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Diablo 2 had a barter economy, but gold itself was not valuable enough to trade for any high-end items (because there was a max amount you could carry). So the economy needed something that was more valuable to serve as a basis of comparison between the value of high-end items. That something needed to be small (so people could carry a number of them), ...


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ED - Enhanced Damage or Enhanced Defense MF - Magic Find SoJ - Stone of Jordan ft or FT - For Trade (the opposite of ISO, below) ISO - In Search Of (what people say when they want to trade for something) SC - Softcore HC - Hardcore cube/cubing - Use of the Horadric Cube Ammy - Slang for Amulet torch - Hellfire Torch wp - Waypoint eth - Ethereal e-bugged - A ...


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From the all-knowing Arreat Summit The items you receive will be from most common, to most rare: Magic Items, Rare, Sets, Uniques. Set and Unique Items are extremely rare. The chance for Uniques is 1 in 2,000 (0.05%) and 1 in 1,000 (0.10%) for Sets. The chance for Rares is 1 in 10 (10%). Magic Items are 1/~1.1 (89.85%).


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To add to Noctrine's answer, actually there are 4 essences that must be cubed (red, yellow, green, blue). Baal, Mephisto, and Diablo each drop a different essence, and Duriel and Andariel both drop the same fourth essence. Cubing the essences gives you a Token of Absolution, which can be right-clicked to respec.


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I played HC Diablo2 for years and I would strongly suggest a Summoner-Necro as your first character. A sorceress is faster for MF, this is true, but without proper Gear your sorceress is very vulnerable. The Necromancer on the other hand can stay behind his skeletons and wear crappy gear as he very rarely gets attacked. Even a socketed Armor with topaz gems ...


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Barbarians (and Assassins, in the expansion) are the only classes who can dual wield. Barbarians can dual wield any one-handed melee weapons - one-handed swords, one-handed axes, one-handed hammers. They can also dual wield throwing weapons like javelins, but without the Double Throw skill they can't throw from both hands. As a final point, they can also ...


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The LoD expansion expands the original game - it includes everything in it, but adds more content such as new classes and a new act. It does not replace the existing acts, so the answer to your question is yes, you can play all the D2 acts on D2:LoD. If you have Lord of Destruction there's not much reason for you to run the regular D2 (unless you want to ...


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Ears are just a "trophy" to show that you killed someone. Ears can be sold for 1 gold, but apart from that, they are useless.


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Only once per difficulty, after that if you fuse 3 essences (dropped from the Act bosses in hell) in the Cube in Act 2 you can get more.


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Keys are used to unlock locked chests, which are scattered across the game world. As per this page: Keys are dropped by monsters or purchased for a very low price in town. They stack 12 high, and are readily available. Each time you open a locked chest, one of your keys is used, and destroyed. There are no locked doors, and never anything in a ...


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Short answer: Yes! Long answer: There are two types of set item bonuses - individual item bonuses that only apply if you are wearing multiple different items in a set, and the full set bonus, which only occurs if you are wearing every item in the set. You will not receive the full set bonus twice if you are wearing something like Cathan's Traps or ...


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Hold Alt to show the names of all the loot on the screen. From here, you can even click on the names that appear to pick the items up, so you don't have to hunt with your mouse in the general area on the ground to find the loot.


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Another slight edit: The official Diablo 3 Game Guide is now live, and includes an introduction which sets the stage for new players entering Diablo 3 without the background of the previous games. I believes backs up the updated content in my first edit. Now, a star has fallen from the heavens—a grim omen that heralds the End of Days. Sanctuary’s ...


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Unfortunately, Diablo 2 is a very, very item dependent game, which is probably why you are struggling on Hell mode. Pretty much all builds will struggle in Hell without some decent gear to put on your character. In general, melee Assassin builds are better served for PvP rather than PvM. You could probably do some sort of fun PvM build by making a bear sin ...


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I'm not sure if this helps but it works perfectly for me on Mac + Windows 7; I've downloaded the clients through the Blizzard portal/store by adding my games. Think I had issues using the actual CDs because you couldn't patch them properly to begin with, etc. If you have the CD keys you can just hop onto the website and add your games and download the ...


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Using the Horadric Cube, any socketed item + a Hel Rune + Scroll of Town Portal = All sockets cleared. There is no recipe to destroy the socketed item and recover the gem/runes. Are you sure you used a "White" body armor with only two slots? You can not insert Runewords into Magic/Rare/Set/Unique quality items. You can certainly put the same runes in those ...


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I find that I mostly only use gold for potions and scrolls (town portal). With that said, I found that when I started using some really high tier items (such as Runeworded items) that the repair costs were phenomenal (and actually sometimes difficult to cover). Aside from that, here are a couple of other things I find my money going to: Recruit ...


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Although bwarner and Kyralessa are right about the traditional reason to save skill points, now that Blizzard added the ability to reset your points and respec, this is less important. You can invest points as you get them, and then when you are a high level, reset the points and spend them more "optimally." Currently you get one free respec per difficulty ...


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Monsters are considered "immune" when their resistance to an element becomes 100 or greater. The lowest that a monster's resistance to any element can be lowered is to a combined total of -100. (For PvP, this also is true against enemy players/minions). Take note that a unique/boss mobs that spawns with "[Element Name] Enchanted" will have an extra 75 ...


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Originally, it was important to repair everything before selling it, because you'd make much more money that way. However, this was later changed in patch 1.8. There's no benefit to repairing items before selling them in the current version. From the 1.8 patch notes: "Items sold to stores are priced as if they were fully repaired." Also note that hitting ...


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The dolls/bone fetishes do an explosion, similar to the necromancers "corpse explosion" skill. It deals a huge amount of physical damage. If you're a ranged player it should be easy to snipe them from the distance. If you're a melee character, go for -% physical damage gear, like Stormshield, Rockstopper, Vampire Gaze or other to reduce the damage. Also try ...


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The CD key is the key you need. Simply type in the key you already have, and the game should be added to your account. You can also download the game from the website after you've done this. For Diablo II, I seem to recall it generates a new, longer key, and I think you'll need this longer key for the downloadable version - but as long as you use your CDs, ...


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According to http://www.lurkerlounge.com/spirea/Hirelings/Stats.shtml, the inherent attack rating (AR) of Act 1 mercenary is quite low: 796 on level 80. Combined with the fact that the monsters in Hell difficulty have defense rating (DR) on the order of 1500 and the chance to hit formula (assuming equal levels of attacker and defender): toHit = AR / (AR + ...


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Maximizing your chances of a specific item is a complex set of events when an item is generated. There is a good guide here for how items are generated. More info can also be found here. In short for weapons and armors when a monster dies or a chest is opened the item that drops is picked from a Treasure Class (TC), the TC has to be equal to or less than ...


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As per Arreat Summit: "The following Rune Words will only work on the Battle.net Realms for Ladder Characters only. They will not work for single or open characters or non-ladder characters" It sounds like your character is no longer a ladder character. The ladder was reset on October 25, 2011. All previously ladder characters were moved to non-ladder.


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Nope. http://diablo.incgamers.com/forums/showthread.php?519546-The-Hardcore-FAQ 2.3 Hardcore vs Softcore…what's the difference? When it comes down to it, the difference is not that great. Apart from the one life aspect of HC, the game is exactly the same; the same items, same skills, same levels, same monsters. However, the spectre of your ...


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Simple steps Step 1: If you know what sort of charms you are looking for, you can use the charm affix list. This will give you the item level requirements for your specific charm. If you are looking for both a prefix AND a suffix, take the highest item level. Your character's level must be at minimum 75% of this. Step 2: Find an area that has monsters ...


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No. Without third party mods, there is no way to increase the size of your inventory or your stash. There are a few tricks you can do, however, to take creative advantage of some game mechanics. Try carrying the Horadric Cube with you, which has a 3x4 area inside it but only takes up a 2x2 area in your inventory. You can also equip items you're not using. ...


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There is an official free online flash player with the soundtracks at this location: http://classic.battle.net/window.shtml Link to it can normally be found on this page: http://classic.battle.net/files.shtml


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I've referred to this for my source on necromancer skills: http://classic.battle.net/diablo2exp/skills/necromancer-curses.shtml Lower Resist decreases an enemies elemental resistances and Decrepify decreases their physical resistance. Unfortunately, bone spells do magic damage, so I don't think either curse improves your bone spell damage (as Grace Note ...



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