I remember when I used to play Diablo II that I often find a socketed Wirt's Leg when obtaining it from Tristram. Could you make a rune word out of it? Or was it just socketed sometimes because it was considered a weapon? I'd find it out for myself, but I don't have the game anymore at the moment.

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    Nah you never could. Wirts Leg is a unique item and you can't make runewords from unique items.
    – FoxMcCloud
    Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 1:19
  • I hate that I didn't consider that it was unique. I guess its been much too long since I played that great game Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 4:24
  • Heh yeah. I was just talking about D2 with a buddy of mine yesterday about how I put 1000 hours into this one.
    – FoxMcCloud
    Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 14:35
  • @ChaseC: Wirt's leg is not a unique (gold) item; it is a quest item. It is a quest item that comes in normal (white) and socketed (grey) forms naturally. There are magic (blue) and rare (yellow) versions of it created from cube recipes or from imbuing. In previous versions you could make rune words from it but no longer.
    – purple
    Commented Jul 15, 2015 at 13:38

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According to the Diablo Wiki (here and here), you can not put a rune word in Wirt's Leg.

I only remember picking up a single socket Wirt's Leg. It may be that you are only able to pick up a Wirt's Leg with 1 socket, making it impossible to create a rune word. It may be that the developers have removed the ability for rune words to 'activate' on the item. Since one of the requirements in activating runewords is its application on a specific weapon, I would say it is the later.

  • I've found Wirt's Leg with 2 sockets before. Can also drop with 3 Commented Jun 11, 2017 at 13:37

It is no longer possible to make a runeword in Wirt's Leg. Wirt's Leg does drop in socketed versions (1, 2 or 3 sockets possible.) In earlier versions (1.09, perhaps just 1.07) it was possible to make a runeword in Wirts Leg but not in the current version.

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