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Diablo 2 Endgame Options Guide

More Resources:
D2: New Players Guide
Runewords & Runes Cheat Sheet
How to Hit 400 MF Fast & Cheap: (MF Guide)

1. The Pandemonium Event (Ubers)
1. The Pandemonium Event: (Now Available in Single Player) [Source]
You gather keys to open portals to fight Uber Andariel, Uber Duriel & Uber Izual to obtain the Hellfire Torch. (Large Charm with x3 random class skills, +10-20 to All Resistances/Attributes and 5% ctc lvl 10 Firestorm on attack)
Important Notes:
-You gather the keys by killing 3 Unique monsters in Hell: The Countess (A1), The Summoner (A2) & Nihlathak (A5). They will not be easy to kill, especially over and over because a Key dropping isn't guaranteed.
-You need 3 sets of keys to open all 3 portals in the same game. Put 1 of each Key in the horadric cube and open the portal in A5.
-Once you kill the 3 Ubers they will drop Diablo's Horn, Baal's Eye & Mephisto's Brain. Combine these in the cube to open Uber Tristram, which you will need to kill all 3 to obtain the Torch.
-WARNINGS:
-You must open all Key portals in the same game otherwise you may re-open a previously completed portal and have to farm more keys.
-The Torch that drops is NOT guaranteed to be for your class. It is random.
Tips To Get A Torch:
-The easiest/fastest way to kill the Ubers is with a Smiter and get them the basic gear needed to beat them. Killing them solo with any other class or build will be next to impossible.
-You can also pay a Smiter to help you. Many people create Smiters specifically to run a business farming torches and getting paid to run for other people.
-If you can at least farm enough Key sets or find some High Runes, you can trade those for a low-mid Torch or an unidentified torch.
2. Racing / Reaching level 99
2. Racing / Reaching level 99:
The level cap in this game is 99. But it takes hundreds of hours of farming experience in order to reach this level and many race for it at the start of each ladder to immortalize their player names on the boards. People also like to compete for 'world firsts' when it comes to killing Baal or other act bosses in all 3 difficulties.
-Where you farm XP matters A LOT, Here is the Experience Percent Per-Level Chart: https://diablo2.diablowiki.net/Guide:Di ... uide_v1.10
3. Diablo Clone Hunting (Dclone)
3. Diablo Clone Hunting: (Now Available in Single Player!)
You sell Stone of Jordan's (1 for SP and ~70-120 for Battlenet) to summon Uber Diablo who drops the Annihilus small charm that has similar stats to the Hellfire Torch but with x1 to all skills and a bonus to experience gained of 5-10%.
-Sell your Soj to Malah in A5 and he should appear above the Frigid Highlands Way point
4. Holy Grail Farming
4. Holy Grail Farming:
Simply finding every item in the game. This can literally take several years depending on your luck & frequency of play. Some items are so rare that its essentially winning the actual lottery when it drops for you. (tyraels might, mang-songs ext)
-You can separate your noble quest into 3 Grail-categories: The Runeword Grail, The Set Item Grail, and The Unique Item Grail. The Holy Grail is obtaining all three.
-Manual tracking: https://d2-holy-grail.herokuapp.com/
5. Magic Finding (MFing)
5. Magic Finding:
Also referred to as "MFing". Its the process of running the same bosses or areas over and over in an attempt to find more powerful items to deck out your main character and find good gear to start other classes and builds.
-Stack at least ~300. MF has significant diminishing returns after the first ~300 for everything but Magic items.
-MF Curve: https://diablo2.diablowiki.net/Magic_fi ... ng_returns
How to Hit 400 MF Fast & Cheap: forums/how-to-get-break-300-magic-find- ... 40037.html
-Note: Do not MF in public games. MF in Single Player, Private Games or with Close Friends only. Loot is FFA or "shared" in Diablo 2 and other players can see and pick up anything that drops!
-Great Places to MF: Ancient Tunnels (H) > Mausoleum (H) > Andariel (NM-H) > Mephisto (NM-H) > Travincal (H) > The Countess (NM-H, *Runes) > Lower Kurast (NM-H) > Pindelskin (H) > Eldritch The Rectifier (H) > Shenk The Overseer (H) > Nihlathak (H, *Runes/keys) > Pit (H) > Chaos Sanctuary (NM-H) > Cows (NM-H) > Baal/throne room (NM-H)
-Refer to Item Finder: http://dropcalc.silospen.com/item.php for specific loot drops and odds in each area
6. Crafting & Gambling
6. Crafting & Gambling:
You can spend hundreds of hours crafting or gambling various rare items to use for hundreds of possible build combinations since in D2 the "best" items in the game for certain slots are actually random rares, not the uniques (or "legendaries" in D3). Even beating high level runewords in some cases.
-Start gambling Daggers at lvl 11 for a chance at the Gull Dagger! (1:2000 chance)
Crafting list: https://d2.maxroll.gg/items/crafted-items
Gambling Calculator: https://d2.maxroll.gg/d2-drop-calculator#gamble=amu
7. Player VS Player (PVP)
7. Player VS Player: Many players love to min/max their PVP gear and fight other players.
WARNING: It is open world PVP online in D2 so any player can hostile you and attack you outside of town.
-Many players deck out lower level characters for low lvl duels as well. look for public games with "duel" or "pvp" in the name.
Tips to Avoid PVP:
-Make password protected games
-Level restrict your games so high lvl players cannot join. (low level PKers still exist)
-Play Single Player Mode (Characters in SP cannot be used or transferred to multiplayer)
8. Start Playing Hardcore (HC)
8. Start playing Hardcore mode and risk losing your character and gear upon Death!? *gasp* :O
-You will have to change up your tactics significantly when playing HC since Death is permanent.
-Keep Scrolls of Town Portal in your Belt for quick 1-Key escapes
-You can also press Esc to Save & Exit if about to die (*cluck*)
Havelox's HC Fury Druid Guide
9. Creating Fun Builds with Runewords
9. Creating Fun Builds with Runewords. There's a lot of gear in D2 that gives classes access to skills they don't have, like the runeword Passion allows any character to use the Paladin skill Zeal and the Barb skill Berserk. Or the Beast runeword gives any class the ability to transform into the Druids Werebear form. So the possibilities sky rocket for build diversity as you acquire these items.
Runewords & Runes Cheat Sheet

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Diablo 2 Endgame Options Guide

More Resources:
D2: New Players Guide
Runewords & Runes Cheat Sheet
How to Hit 400 MF Fast & Cheap: (MF Guide)

1. The Pandemonium Event (Ubers)
1. The Pandemonium Event: (Now Available in Single Player) [Source]
You gather keys to open portals to fight Uber Andariel, Uber Duriel & Uber Izual to obtain the Hellfire Torch. (Large Charm with x3 random class skills, +10-20 to All Resistances/Attributes and 5% ctc lvl 10 Firestorm on attack)
Important Notes:
-You gather the keys by killing 3 Unique monsters in Hell: The Countess (A1), The Summoner (A2) & Nihlathak (A5). They will not be easy to kill, especially over and over because a Key dropping isn't guaranteed.
-You need 3 sets of keys to open all 3 portals in the same game. Put 1 of each Key in the horadric cube and open the portal in A5.
-Once you kill the 3 Ubers they will drop Diablo's Horn, Baal's Eye & Mephisto's Brain. Combine these in the cube to open Uber Tristram, which you will need to kill all 3 to obtain the Torch.
-WARNINGS:
-You must open all Key portals in the same game otherwise you may re-open a previously completed portal and have to farm more keys.
-The Torch that drops is NOT guaranteed to be for your class. It is random.
Tips To Get A Torch:
-The easiest/fastest way to kill the Ubers is with a Smiter and get them the basic gear needed to beat them. Killing them solo with any other class or build will be next to impossible.
-You can also pay a Smiter to help you. Many people create Smiters specifically to run a business farming torches and getting paid to run for other people.
-If you can at least farm enough Key sets or find some High Runes, you can trade those for a low-mid Torch or an unidentified torch.
2. Racing / Reaching level 99
2. Racing / Reaching level 99:
The level cap in this game is 99. But it takes hundreds of hours of farming experience in order to reach this level and many race for it at the start of each ladder to immortalize their player names on the boards. People also like to compete for 'world firsts' when it comes to killing Baal or other act bosses in all 3 difficulties.
-Where you farm XP matters A LOT, Here is the Experience Percent Per-Level Chart: https://diablo2.diablowiki.net/Guide:Di ... uide_v1.10
3. Diablo Clone Hunting (Dclone)
3. Diablo Clone Hunting: (Now Available in Single Player!)
You sell Stone of Jordan's (1 for SP and ~70-120 for Battlenet) to summon Uber Diablo who drops the Annihilus small charm that has similar stats to the Hellfire Torch but with x1 to all skills and a bonus to experience gained of 5-10%.
-Sell your Soj to Malah in A5 and he should appear above the Frigid Highlands Way point
4. Holy Grail Farming
4. Holy Grail Farming:
Simply finding every item in the game. This can literally take several years depending on your luck & frequency of play. Some items are so rare that its essentially winning the actual lottery when it drops for you. (tyraels might, mang-songs ext)
-You can separate your noble quest into 3 Grail-categories: The Runeword Grail, The Set Item Grail, and The Unique Item Grail. The Holy Grail is obtaining all three.
-Manual tracking: https://d2-holy-grail.herokuapp.com/
5. Magic Finding (MFing)
5. Magic Finding:
Also referred to as "MFing". Its the process of running the same bosses or areas over and over in an attempt to find more powerful items to deck out your main character and find good gear to start other classes and builds.
-Stack at least ~300. MF has significant diminishing returns after the first ~300 for everything but Magic items.
-MF Curve: https://diablo2.diablowiki.net/Magic_fi ... ng_returns
How to Hit 400 MF Fast & Cheap: forums/how-to-get-break-300-magic-find- ... 40037.html
-Note: Do not MF in public games. MF in Single Player, Private Games or with Close Friends only. Loot is FFA or "shared" in Diablo 2 and other players can see and pick up anything that drops!
-Great Places to MF: Ancient Tunnels (H) > Mausoleum (H) > Andariel (NM-H) > Mephisto (NM-H) > Travincal (H) > The Countess (NM-H, *Runes) > Lower Kurast (NM-H) > Pindelskin (H) > Eldritch The Rectifier (H) > Shenk The Overseer (H) > Nihlathak (H, *Runes/keys) > Pit (H) > Chaos Sanctuary (NM-H) > Cows (NM-H) > Baal/throne room (NM-H)
-Refer to Item Finder: http://dropcalc.silospen.com/item.php for specific loot drops and odds in each area
6. Crafting & Gambling
6. Crafting & Gambling:
You can spend hundreds of hours crafting or gambling various rare items to use for hundreds of possible build combinations since in D2 the "best" items in the game for certain slots are actually random rares, not the uniques (or "legendaries" in D3). Even beating high level runewords in some cases.
-Start gambling Daggers at lvl 11 for a chance at the Gull Dagger! (1:2000 chance)
Crafting list: https://d2.maxroll.gg/items/crafted-items
Gambling Calculator: https://d2.maxroll.gg/d2-drop-calculator#gamble=amu
7. Player VS Player (PVP)
7. Player VS Player: Many players love to min/max their PVP gear and fight other players.
WARNING: It is open world PVP online in D2 so any player can hostile you and attack you outside of town.
-Many players deck out lower level characters for low lvl duels as well. look for public games with "duel" or "pvp" in the name.
Tips to Avoid PVP:
-Make password protected games
-Level restrict your games so high lvl players cannot join. (low level PKers still exist)
-Play Single Player Mode (Characters in SP cannot be used or transferred to multiplayer)
8. Start Playing Hardcore (HC)
8. Start playing Hardcore mode and risk losing your character and gear upon Death!? *gasp* :O
-You will have to change up your tactics significantly when playing HC since Death is permanent.
-Keep Scrolls of Town Portal in your Belt for quick 1-Key escapes
-You can also press Esc to Save & Exit if about to die (*cluck*)
Havelox's HC Fury Druid Guide
9. Creating Fun Builds with Runewords
9. Creating Fun Builds with Runewords. There's a lot of gear in D2 that gives classes access to skills they don't have, like the runeword Passion allows any character to use the Paladin skill Zeal and the Barb skill Berserk. Or the Beast runeword gives any class the ability to transform into the Druids Werebear form. So the possibilities sky rocket for build diversity as you acquire these items.
Runewords & Runes Cheat Sheet


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thanks for the write up!

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conir wrote: 3 weeks ago
thanks for the write up!
NP. i had a lot of free time on my hands and couldn't stand doing anything non-diablo related. But i also didn't want to play OG D2 and spoil my experience for D2R launch :P


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Barbarian Americas Playstation

Pandemonium Event isnt in Single player? I thought D2R allows it


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IronLesbian wrote: 3 weeks ago
Pandemonium Event isnt in Single player? I though D2R allows it
Yea its in single player now.


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Paladin Europe PC

Very nice with all these informative posts @BillyMaysed! Always a noble act to share your knowledge and this especially holds true with all the new people we're getting with D2R!


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Tavron wrote: 3 weeks ago
Very nice with all these informative posts @BillyMaysed! Always a noble act to share your knowledge and this especially holds true with all the new people we're getting with D2R!
Thanks man. I spent a lot of time on all of them, but to be honest i originally started creating them for myself. haha. xD

I started creating lists right after D2R was announced because of the hype. So i started listing everything i knew and started researching the rest. i was BEYOND shocked at how many dozens of things i had NO CLUE about for the past 20 years and i started creating a detailed list of everything i didn't know, then it got so huge i figured i might as well add the basic stuff too and then share with everyone lol.

im extremely surprised my "D2R New Players Guide" went so viral on reddit. figured it *might* get a decent amount of likes lol. https://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comment ... ers_guide/


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BillyMaysed wrote: 3 weeks ago
Tavron wrote: 3 weeks ago
Very nice with all these informative posts @BillyMaysed! Always a noble act to share your knowledge and this especially holds true with all the new people we're getting with D2R!
Thanks man. I spent a lot of time on all of them, but to be honest i originally started creating them for myself. haha. xD

I started creating lists right after D2R was announced because of the hype. So i started listing everything i knew and started researching the rest. i was BEYOND shocked at how many dozens of things i had NO CLUE about for the past 20 years and i started creating a detailed list of everything i didn't know, then it got so huge i figured i might as well add the basic stuff too and then share with everyone lol.

im extremely surprised my "D2R New Players Guide" went so viral on reddit. figured it *might* get a decent amount of likes lol. https://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comment ... ers_guide/
Well that's often how it starts isn't it :D Making something for yourself since you find it useful and then figure why not share it!

And yea, been researching since D2R announcement myself and boy is there a lot I learned that I knew nothing about!

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing" - Sokrates --> spot on lol.


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Trust

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Members with higher trustworthiness are less likely to scam or try to cheat you in-game and generally enjoy faster and higher quantities of responses.

Build up your own trust in the d2io marketplace by creating detailed trade ads and executing deals quickly. A friendly attitude always helps :)

Sorceress Americas PC

Tavron wrote: 3 weeks ago
And yea, been researching since D2R announcement myself and boy is there a lot I learned that I knew nothing about!
it blows my mind how insanely in-depth this game is for coming out 21 years ago lol. Making this and the New Players Guide has been a real trip, even as a long time veteran.

World-first D2R Ubers Kill video:


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Trust

A measure of trading reputation

This is the number of times this member had one of their trades marked as trustworthy.

Members with higher trustworthiness are less likely to scam or try to cheat you in-game and generally enjoy faster and higher quantities of responses.

Build up your own trust in the d2io marketplace by creating detailed trade ads and executing deals quickly. A friendly attitude always helps :)

Sorceress Americas PC

Updates: [10/11/21]
-Put each section under spoiler tags for easier reading
-Added a bit more information to every section.
-Currently working on adding more tips/guides for the HC and PVP sections. (any help appreciated)


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