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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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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What happened to the heroes from Diablo 2?

I know that the warrior hero from first Diablo became the Dark Wanderer and Diablo himself in Diablo 2; the rogue became Blood Raven and the the Sorcerer became the Summoner impersonating Horazon, and ...
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What do those abbreviations mean in Diablo 2?

After Diablo 3 gets delayed further and further I recently started playing Diablo II online again after aaages. Thanks reddit ;p Since I never was deep into multiplayer in D2 I have now some problems ...
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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 reassign or change your character's attributes and abilities(respec) more than once in Diablo 2?

I know Akara will reset your stats and skills for you in the first area once, but are you able to do it again later in the game on a higher, more difficult setting?
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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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How does dual wielding work in Diablo 2?

I'm looking for general information on how dual weilding works in Diablo 2: Which classes can do it? What weapons/weapon types can they do it with? How does it affect combat exactly? Does it double ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How should I spend gold?

Is there any reason to save gold in Diablo II? With the fairly high percentage you appear to lose on death, should one just blow it all gambling as much as possible? What is there to do with it save ...
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What is the best way to deal with creatures that are immune to you in Diablo 2?

In Diablo 2, when you reach Nightmare and Hell you will notice that many things are immune to one or more elements, and sometimes physical damage. I often run into situations where there may be ...
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Is there a way to increase the resolution for Diablo II past what the game allows?

I believe that currently Diablo 2 only supports 800x600 resolution (though it may have gone up to 1024x768). Is anyone aware of a hack, mod, etc. which allows for increasing the resolution? I'm ...
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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 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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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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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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Where do I find my 26 character CD key?

I recently opened my dusty box of old games and was excited to find my original CD keys for Diablo II and Diablo II Lord of Destruction. A helpful person on this site pointed out that I could enter ...
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Is there any rhyme or reason to where or when Set Items drop in Diablo 2?

The title says it all, basically I'm wondering if Set Items are more likely to drop from specific bosses, or are they just as likely to drop anywhere any other rare is likely to drop? Note: I know ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I farm the Cows?

Each difficulty level of Diablo 2 has it's own secret cow level associated with it. When I kill the Cow King I get locked out of the secret cow level for that difficulty level forever. How can I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I maximize my chances of finding specific items?

Is there a way to maximize my chances of finding a specific item if I'm absolutely determined to farm until it drops? I understand that it could take thousands of attempts, but if I'm going to be ...
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Clagging in Diablo 2

When dueling in diablo 2, I see a lot of paladins talking about "clagging." How is "clagging" done in diablo 2? And why does it work?
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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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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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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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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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List of Diablo 2 Mods that add quests

Is there a List of Diablo 2 Mods that add quests.
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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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How can I turn off the bot spam messages? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a slash command to mute (or squelch) a player in Diablo 2? Diablo 2's multiplayer has been a wasteland of spam messages for years—bots who enter, post long, ...
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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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Sorceresses that can survive on hell difficulty

I've tried creating (with character editor) a longish series of characters for Diablo II's nightmare difficulty for solo play, and have universally, i.e. with any build I've tried, faced serious ...
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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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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 ...