Diablo II is a dark fantasy/horror-themed hack and slash, with elements of the role playing game and dungeon crawl genres. It was released for Windows and Mac OS in 2000 by Blizzard Entertainment, and was developed by Blizzard North. It is a direct sequel to the 1996 hit PC game, Diablo.

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How can I find the CD Key used in a Diablo 2 installation?

I have Diablo 2 installed on my old gaming PC, and was looking to install it on my new gaming rig. The problem I have is that while I have the install discs and things, I cannot for the life of me ...
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Is there a slash command to mute (or squelch) a player in Diablo 2?

When playing Ladder games without a password, the game gets the same few spammers joining, spamming, leaving, and rejoining every few minutes. What I'd really like is to be able to stop them from ...
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Does item duping still work in Diablo 2 with the latest patches (for single player use)?

Once upon a merry time ago I was the first kid on my block to beat Diablo 2 with a Paladin. One thing that I hated was farming for runes and gems. We discovered pretty quickly how to use multiplayer ...
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How can Diablo appear in Diablo III when his soulstone was destroyed in Diablo II?

I still don't understand this part. In Diablo II Diablo's soulstone is destroyed preventing his return forever but at the end of Diablo III we face him once again. How is this possible?
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Maximizing item value runs

I've started gambling items in order to get better gear. As expected, this is a very expensive endeavour, and I run out of gold in short order. To this end, I am attempting to maximize my playing so ...
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Got stuck in Chaos Sanctuary, now what do I do?

This is the N-th time I've tried to beat Diablo 2, and it's happening all over again. I'm a Paladin at lvl 28, ripped through the game without much difficulty until Chaos Sanctuary. As soon as I ...
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Do new playthroughs require new characters?

I've never played Diablo 2 before. If I beat the game and then restart on a harder difficulty, will I be reusing the character from my first round through the game or making a new one?
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How should I distribute my bonus points with my Paladin at level up?

In Diablo 2, how should I use the bonus points at time of level up for my Paladin? I haven't been putting much into mana since I usually use an active skill for defense or attack. I stick with using ...
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How does the accuracy (or “chance to hit”) work in Diablo 2?

This percentage shows how accurate your character is. Say I use an Amazon and reaches 100% accuracy, then I believe it hits all the arrows. But after I saw that I'm getting more percentage than ...
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How was the cow level discovered? [closed]

Does anyone know how was the cow level discovered? I don't think the instructions were in the game guide. Was it hinted through either the game or the lore of Diablo 2? How did people figure out that ...
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I am playing with a necromancer in Diablo 2. What is the recommended skill points distribution for hell difficulty?

I'm playing with a necromancer (84 exp) in hell difficulty with the following skills: Skeleton mastery: 20 (for revived monsters stats) Corpse Explosion: 15 (for quick cleaning of small monsters ...
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Are the Necromancer's Golems of any use whatsoever in Diablo 2?

The class I play most commonly in Diablo 2 is the Necromancer. I've always run the same build (below), but now I want to start trying some alternative builds to mix it up a bit and add some extra ...
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Using Wirt's Leg on another difficulty than it was obtained in?

Playing in Nightmare I just picked up Wirt's Leg for the first time. I must have somehow missed it in Normal, so now I'm wondering: will I miss out on anything if I simply bring it back to Normal and ...
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What is a useful strategy to farm runes/gems in Diablo 2?

As a follow up to my can I still dupe the hell out of Diablo 2 runes/gems, which I intended more for the single player fun factor, I am curious to know if there is a well developed strategy for ...
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How can I change the number of sockets for Runewords?

The item must have exactly the correct number of sockets to trigger a Runeword. Is there a way to add multiple sockets or even remove multiple sockets?
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What rune words can I build at lower levels?

I started a new ladder character and am beginning to find random runes in Act II (Normal). What rune words can I reasonably find runes for and create while I'm still in Normal? I know of Stealth ...
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How can I get Diablo II to run on Windows 7?

I just tried installing Diablo II on my girlfriend's laptop so that she can get caught up on the gameplay in preparation for playing Diablo III together...except that it won't launch on Windows 7. I ...
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Are you rewarded for playing Diablo II in hardcore mode?

Once you've finished Diablo II you are able to play hardcore mode. So far, I am aware of these elements when playing hardcore: When you die, your character is permanently killed and unplayable. ...
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“Connection interrupted” after a few seconds of fighting the Ancients

I'm being kicked from the game when fighting Ancients after about ten seconds of fighting them. Other than that, the game works fine. Why is this happening?
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Diablo 2 procuring affixes on mercenaries (hirelings)

If I give my mercenary an item that has "Chance to cast" attribute, will it work?
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What skills can be cast on allies in Diablo 2?

What skills in Diablo 2 can be cast on friendly players, summoned creatures and hirelings?
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How do I effectively use multiple skills?

Switching between different charge-up moves and finishers, as well as buffs and summons on my Assassin is fairly irritating given the incredibly dated control scheme of Diablo II. Are there any ...
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How does attack rating compare to damage in Diablo 2?

I have two bows for my companion, one having higher damage (100, but in poison, so it takes effect slowly) and 5% life steal (with other stuff) and another with lower damage and 7% life steal (with ...
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Magic Find worse for finding unique/sets in Baal runs?

It always seemed to me that if I do a Baal run without MF, I get more unique/sets and less rares. So I thought to make a couple dozen runs on Baal Nightmare to see how it works. After 15 runs without ...
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What is a ladder character?

When making my character, there's a checkbox for creating a 'Ladder Character'. What does this mean? Does this make the game easier/harder?
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What's the recommended level before starting Nightmare (or Hell) difficulty?

In Diablo II, what's the recommended level before starting Nightmare (or Hell) difficulty?
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Is there a way to enable borderless window mode for Diablo 2?

I've become a bit spoiled with all the newer games offering borderless window mode1. Is there anyway to enable it for Diablo 2? Or am I stuck with the nasty border around my window? 1. Borderless ...
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Is it possible to convert a Diablo 2 CD-Key to an Battle.net Game Key?

I like to sign in for beta games in my battle.net account. It says I have to register at least one game. If I want to add a game it needs the game key, but I just own CD-Keys of my Diablo 2 game, and ...
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Is there a way to see loot on the ground?

I could swear there is a way to see loot on the ground with a "name bubble". Often times it drops behind something on screen and in big fights I just forget where it dropped. Many items blend in the ...
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Which mercenaries have Freeze Aura?

What is the best way to get a merc with freeze aura, or is there a better way to use the mercenaries when playing with necromancer (main attack: bone/spirit spear)?
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What does the “Chat Gem” do in battle.net?

In Diablo 2's battle.net chat interface, there is a gem embedded in the middle of the interface. Clicking on it yields the chat message Gem Activated and clicking again yields the message ...
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What are the statistically most likely places to buy certain items from merchants?

I'm looking to (eventually) get into crafting, and while I've saved a lot of jewels, gems, and runes, I'm lacking in certain magical equipment. Namely: sharkskin gloves vampirebone gloves sharkskin ...
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Gheed is abusing my addiction. What are my odds when gambling in Diablo 2?

So, I've just picked up D2 again to play with a friend, and we both have been giving that jovial fellow Gheed the majority (read: all) of our money for the chance of decent items. What is the chance ...
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Using Wirt's Leg as a weapon

If I place runes in the sockets of Wirt's Leg, can I still use it to get to the secret cow level? Or does it have to be "clean" for that to work? Reason I am asking is because it is the only weapon ...
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Can I imbue more than once on the same difficulty level in Diablo 2?

After getting the Horadric Malus and bringing it back to Charsi, she gives you the chance to imbue an item to make it better. I know you can do it again on the next difficulty, but I want to do it ...
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How do I get my Jewels/Gems out of my weapon? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you recover socketed gems/runes from an item? Aside from playing Diablo 3 for countless hours of the day, I can honestly say that I never beat Diablo 2. In fact, ...
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Does assigning a point to Skeleton Mastery apply the benefits to current Skeletons?

I've been wondering for a while; if I have say 8 skeletons active and I place a point into Raise Skeleton or Skeleton Mastery, will my currently active Skeletons gain the benefits, or do I need to ...
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Is there any reason to hoard skill points in Diablo 2?

Is there any reason to hoard skill points, whether from leveling up or in the form of the occasional quest reward? Can any benefit be gained by saving the skill points for later, or are they best ...
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Why does the Vigor skill bonus from equipment not increase Blessed Hammer damage?

This is my damage when boots on. This is my damage when boots off. Vigor is synergy for Blessed Hammer, why doesn't the boots increase my damage?
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Is there a way to change the Automap size option in Diablo 2 via command line or key binding?

I want to be able to push a button or type a quick command to switch from the minimap to the fullscreen map. The Toggle Minimap keybind option does not do this, it just switches what side of the ...
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Will the version of Diablo 2 included with the Collectors Edition of Diablo 3 run on modern Mac OS X?

The collectors Edition of Diablo 3 includes a 4GB USB drive preloaded with Diablo 2 and Lord of Destruction. Will this version of the game run on a modern Intel Mac running OS X 10.7 without ...
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What is a good strategy for finding and rerolling charms?

In all my time playing Diablo 2, I've found few very good charms (excluding the uniques). The market seems to be flooded with incredibly good charms - +1 to class skill tree, resistances, life, magic ...
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Is it worth it to repair before selling?

Often times I find loot that has a small amount of durability lost. I tend to "repair all" as my first action when I visit the blacksmith, where I usually sell my stuff. So when I sell stuff, I'm ...
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Is there a way to shoot a ranged weapon consistently without moving my feet?

I switched to using a bow, and now I find myself constantly running to a few steps away from enemies before shooting them in the face. At my current level it isn't a big deal since I can still tank ...
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My hireling died, what happens to their equipment?

Despite my best attempts, my hireling died. Alas poor meatshield, I knew her well. It does not seem that her equipment dropped when she died. Is it lost forever? If I hire a new hireling will the ...
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What to socket Aldur's Rhythm with?

I found a 3 socket Aldur's Rhythm during my game play last night, and it is a vast improvement over the weapon I was using. I am running a Zeal Paladin, on closed Battle.net, at Nightmare difficulty ...
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Why did Stones of Jordan (“SoJ's”) become the “currency” at one point in Diablo 2?

My friends and I were having a conversation about bitcoins, and randomly the question popped into my head.. why did Stones of Jordan become the "currency" at one point in Diablo 2?
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Is it worthwhile to collect gold?

In Diablo II, the gold drops from monsters and objects in the scenario (like vases). Sometimes you use some skill shot or ranged attack and drops small amounts of gold (like 5 piles of 1 gold each, ...
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Do respawned enemies give experience?

In the early game of Diablo II I seem to be constantly facing these pesky Demon Shamans that endlessly respawn/resurrect nearby fallen demons. I recall there are similar enemies later in the game ...
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Does loot despawn/disappear after a certain amount of time?

As mentioned in this question, inventory size is an issue in Diablo II. So far, I don't plan on playing with others, so for me loot whoring is not an issue. Given this, I am interested to know if ...