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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What is the Twisted Essence of Suffering used for?

2 of these was dropped after fighting Andariel in Hell Difficulty, they can't be traded or sold, what are they used for? Presumably some Hordadric Cube recipe?
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Is it realistically possible to play Diablo 2 LOD on Hell difficulty using a necromancer with all points in summoning?

I played this game years ago and I've been playing again recently. While I realize most Diablo 2 players use battle.net, I've always played in single player mode. I've never made it quite this far ...
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What would this horadric cube recipe exactly do?

I am in act 2 of Diablo 2 (nightmare) and am getting better runes every now and then, around Amn, Sheal etc I have an amazon companion with a bow I found that is good. It is rare with +100% or so ...
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What is the purpose of ears in Diablo II

This is something that has always puzzled me since the release of diablo 2. What is the purpose of collecting ears? I know that if I kill someone in PvP I get an ear with their name attached to it. ...
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What strategy can I use to improve my success with my Hammerdin?

I changed my build from a Paladin using Zeal and Fanaticism (Zealot) to one using Blessed Hammer and Concentration (Hammerdin). I am presently at Act 5 Quest 3 in Nightmare but I find myself dying ...
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Why are most people on the top of the Diablo 2 ladder Paladin?

I've been looking at the expansion ladder and you could see one non-paladin every like 8~10 paladins! What's the deal with Paladins? Are they somehow superior in Diablo 2?
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Diablo 2: Why has this runeword failed?

I am a ladder character on normal difficulty and got this for my hireling: The name of the bow was: Short Battle Bow in gray. I got this runeword from Arreat Summit, the name is Edge. I don't get ...
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Are Diablo 2 Act II mercenaries affected by weapon reach?

Act II mercenaries are capable of only using polearms, spears, and javelins. Polearms are the obvious choice due to the number of good runewords that can be made (particularly Insight and Infinity). ...
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What is a good power levelling strategy for Diablo 2?

The Battle.net ladder reset a few days ago, and already some players are up to level 90+. Myself, I've managed to play primarily solo and get to Act 3 in Normal and a comfortable level 20. I presume ...
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How do I find unique charms in Diablo 2?

I've tried researching this one on my own and I've come up with several different answers depending on the site I'm checking. I'd like some solid information on obtaining unique charms in Diablo 2. ...
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How do you recover socketed gems/runes from an item?

So I tried to create a Stealth armor in a ladder game on ladder/normal, I inserted the runes in the correct order (So it says TalEth) and the body armor has only 2 slots. However, it just didn't ...
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Should I play a “build” of a character my first time through in Diablo 2?

I've never played Diablo 2 all the way through before, so I decided to install it on a netbook and start playing it. I'm not an expert when it comes to action role playing games. I've only played ...
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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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If I use 2 identical set rings and add a different set piece, will I get the bonus on both rings?

I have been lucky enough to find 3 set rings in my last few play sessions, however all 3 of them are Cathan's Seal from the Cathan's Traps set (what are the odds of THAT?). If I put both of them on, ...
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What are the equipment restrictions for NPC/Hirelings in Diablo 2?

I am playing my way through Nightmare Diablo 2 on Battle.net closed servers and because of the swarming that's occurring I've decided to bite the bullet and get a hireling to come help out. My act 1 ...
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Can the Potion of Life be muled to provide a character with a steady stream of +20 to life?

If I have a main character who as completed all 3 difficulty levels and received +60 life from the 3 Golden Bird quests and I have another character who has completed the same quest on normal, can the ...
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Can you accumulate multiple respecs in Diablo II?

With the new patch, you can respec once per difficulty (plus additional respecs if you accumulate the boss drops). To expand on the information presented in that linked question, do you have to use ...
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What are keys for in Diablo 2?

I've just started Diablo 2 in single player mode, and there is one thing I don't understand. Some opponents drop keys, generally in multiple numbers (like 6 of them stacked). I can buy them in the ...
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Diablo 2 & Wine Compatibility

I was just wondering if anyone has any experience installing & running Diablo 2 on Linux (Ubuntu 10, latest Wine) using Wine? I tried to install the other day and encountered a problem, but I ...
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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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Is there a method to encourage set items to pop?

In Diablo 2, is there a known method to encourage a particular item to show up? I know that, in general, there is no way to increase the odds of getting a set item over a magic item, so magic ...
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Do Magic Find bonuses increase rune and gem drop rates?

Do items with Magic Find bonuses (such as topaz socketed helms) increase rune and gem drop rates?
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How can I run Diablo II on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)?

I planned on buying a digital copy of Diablo II to prep my left click muscles for any potential beta access to Diablo III in the near future. Despite the requirements stating that Diablo II can run on ...
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Is it recommended to upgrade runes below Ort?

Unless I've missed a Horadric Cube recipe, low end runes can only be upgraded to Ort, and Ort cannot be upgraded. Clearly storing runes and gems is a major challenge, is it wise to upgrade all the ...
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A good program to get the game data from Diablo 2

Looking for a tool to get current character data (hp,mana,exp,gold, etc.) from the current version (1.13) of Diablo 2. Its fine if it just works for single player, and even an out of date tool is ...
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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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Can't connect to battle.net

I just bought a new copy of Diablo 2 and Lord of Destruction. I installed it on my Windows 7 (Boot Camp) and tried to play it. But I couldn't connect to the server (Europe). So I opened port 6112 on ...
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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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If self-muling does it make sense to start with a Barbarian?

I read that Barbarians are able to attain the very highest Magic Find rating possible. Thus some people will use them to that purpose and dress other characters from the gear found. In the context ...
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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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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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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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How can I survive Hell as an Assassin?

I'm having trouble with my current Assassin build in Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction. I'm level 74 and basically distributing my stats 2 str/2 dex/ 1 vitality. My current build is: 20 Tiger Strike ...
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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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Can you play all the Diablo 2 acts on Diablo 2 Lord of Destruction?

If I have both Diablo 2 and the expansion pack: Diablo 2 : Lord of Destruction installed, can I play the Diablo 2 acts on the expansion pack? The reason is, I've heard that the expansion pack has a ...
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Item Property “Slain Monsters Rest in Peace” in Diablo II

I've had a look at some of the uniques available here and noticed that Tyrael's Might has a property called "Slain Monsters Rest in Peace". What is this?
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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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usability playing diablo II and starcraft 2 on a mac with magic mouse

I'm currently playing through Mass Effect 2 on the Xbox 360 and it is probably the best gaming experience I've ever had. Now that it's coming to an end and I get to eagerly anticipate ME3 with other ...
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Do I need to download Diablo II and the expansion seperately from battle.net to play?

Since I've registered both my CD Keys with battle.net, I can digitally redownload both Diablo II and the expansion. Do I need to download both to play the expansion, or is downloading only the ...
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Do Diablo II mercenaries gain new skills as they level?

I'm currently using a necromancer with a high distribution of skills on raise skeleton and skeleton mastery/summon resist. To compliment this I have kept my henchman from Act II who has the Blessed ...
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How to disable Amazon shouts in Diablo 2?

I'm replaying Diablo2 once again and I would like to leave music and SFX sounds, but I want to mute the Amazon, her constant shouts when she shoots are going on my nerves. Does anyone knows how to ...
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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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Diablo II, Nightmare/Hell Mode, Undead Dolls

I've been playing Diablo II as I do every 6 months or so and have wanted to know this for a number of years now: In Kurast; when playing nightmare or hell mode; whenever I kill an undead doll it ...
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Diablo 2: Hireling won't take potion?

In Diablo 2, my hireling has fairly low health, so I'm trying to give her a health potion by dragging it onto her portrait. She thanks me, but refuses to drink the potion. In other words, the potion ...
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How to pick up on the warning signs of someone who wants to kill me?

Recently, I picked Diablo 2 back up and have been playing lots of hardcore online. Once I get past the normal difficulty, I get extremely wary of other players and for some reason I think everyone is ...
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Diablo 2 digital download patch level

I am trying to play Diablo 2 with my flat mate over LAN but it looks as if my CD has seen some better days (and some sand paper). Suffice to say I cannot play. I am trying to stay with v1.00 as ...
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Diablo II LOD How to change difficulty levels online?

I'm currently stuck in hell mode with an lvl 56 character, how do I get back to nightmare?
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Diablo 2: Strongest Hardcore Classes with No Gear

In Diablo 2 (Expansion), what characters survive well in hell with minimum gear? Ideally, this character will be a basic MF character designed to build 'wealth' as I am returning to the game after ...
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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?