#1 - Jan. 23, 2023, 6 p.m.
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We welcome you to a PTR fresh from the Burning Hells’ depths, adventurer.

Our first testing period of 2023, PTR 2.6, will go live on January 24 at 10:00 a.m. PST and concludes on January 31 at 10:00 a.m. PST. Pour yourself a comforting elixir to enjoy as we delve straight into the focus of our test—eight new Rune Words.


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Eight New Rune Words

PTR Focus and Details

How to Participate


Eight New Rune Words

Individually they are meek, but when uttered in unison, a greater force is awoken—this is the mystique of Rune Words. Call upon these archaic forces to transform your ordinary items into a wieldable force of destruction capable of smiting demonic hordes.

We are introducing eight new Rune Words for Ladder and Offline Single-Player play. Our intent with introducing these additional Rune Words to Diablo II: Resurrected is to sprinkle variety into the competitive meta, creating an opportunity for players to forge new strategies as they race to Level 99. The bulk of these Rune Words focus on bolstering resistance bonuses, while the other Rune Words are centered on movement speed, and Assassin and Druid builds.

New Rune Word
Rune Order
Allowed Items
Character Level Required
Final Stats

Bulwark

Shael + lo + Sol

Helm

35

  • +20% Faster Hit Recovery
  • +4-6% Life stolen per hit
  • +75-100% Enhanced Defense
  • +10 to Vitality
  • Increase Maximum Life 5%
  • Replenish Life +30
  • Damage Reduced by 7
  • Physical Damage Received Reduced by 10-15%

Cure

Shael + lo + Tal

Helm

35

  • +20% Faster Hit Recovery
  • +75-100% Enhanced Defense
  • +10 to Vitality
  • Increase Maximum Life 5%
  • Poison Resist +40-60%
  • Poison Length Reduced by 75%

Ground

Shael + lo + Ort

Helm

35

  • +20% Faster Hit Recovery
  • +75-100% Enhanced Defense
  • +10 to Vitality
  • Increase Maximum Life 5%
  • Lightning Resist +40-60%
  • Lightning Absorb +10-15%

Hearth

Shael + lo + Thul

Helm

35

  • +20% Faster Hit Recovery
  • +75-100% Enhanced Defense
  • +10 to Vitality
  • Increase Maximum Life 5%
  • Cold Resist +40-60%
  • Cold Absorb +10-15%

Temper

Shael + lo + Ral

Helm

35

  • +20% Faster Hit Recovery
  • +75-100% Enhanced Defense
  • +10 to Vitality
  • Increase Maximum Life 5%
  • Fire Resist +40-60%
  • Fire Absorb +10-15%

Hustle

Shael + Ko + Eld

Any Weapon or Armor item

39

  • Armor:
    • +50% Faster Run/Walk
    • +20% Increased Attack Speed
    • +20% Faster Hit Recovery
    • +10 to Dexterity
    • 50% Slower Stamina Drain
  • Weapon:
    • 5% Chance to cast level nine Burst of Speed on striking
    • +30% Increased Attack Speed
    • +130-150% Enhanced Damage
    • +75% Damage to Undead
    • +50 to Attack Rating against Undead
    • +10 to Dexterity

Mosaic

Mal + Gul + Thul

Claw

53

  • +25% chance for finishing moves to not consume charges
  • +2 to Martial Arts (Assassin only)
  • +20% Increased Attack Speed
  • +200-250% Enhanced Damage
  • +20% Bonus to Attack Rating
  • Adds 3-14 Cold Damage
  • Prevent Monster Heal

Metamorphosis

lo + Cham + Fal

Helm

67

  • Werewolf strikes grant Mark for 180 seconds
  • Mark of the Wolf:
    • +20% Bonus to Attack Rating
    • Increase Maximum Life 40%
  • Werebear strikes grant Mark for 180 seconds
  • Mark of the Bear:
    • +25% Attack Speed
    • +25% Chance of Crushing Blow
    • Physical Damage Received Reduced by 20%
  • +5 to Shape Shifting Skills (Druid only)
  • +50-80% Enhanced Defense
  • +10 to Strength
  • +10 to Vitality
  • All Resistances +10
  • Cannot be Frozen

Developer's Note: The Bulwark, Cure, Ground, Hearth, and Temper Rune Words are being added to equip players with additional tools to boost specific resistance types as desired following the release of Sundering Charms.
The Hustle Rune Word is being added as an early mobility option, providing increased Movement Speed without the teleport aspect of the Enigma Rune Word.
For the Metamorphosis Rune Word, we wanted to add another viable option for an end-game shapeshifter Druid that could compete with items such as Jalal’s Mane. Metamorphosis grants a bonus for successful attacks in both Werewolf and Werebear forms, with each form providing different stacking bonuses.
The Mosaic Rune Word is designed to buff Martial Arts Assassin builds. It grants a brand-new effect that allows for a chance to not consume the charge when using a finisher move. Note that the effect still occurs but the charge is not removed.

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PTR Focus and Details

As the PTR progresses, please be aware there may be periodic maintenance, outages, or updates based on player feedback. Any changes implemented during this PTR period to the new Rune Words are not set in stone and we may make additional changes to how these Rune Word function post-PTR.

We are testing eight new Rune Words with the desire of spicing up the Ladder meta and giving players additional tools to bring new builds to life. The new Rune Words are only a portion of the content arriving with Patch 2.6, stay tuned for what else is to come when the Patch officially releases. Please note that Ladder play is not available for this PTR. The Ladder flag can be toggled but character creation will fail.

To ensure these new Rune Words provide an experience that best serves our players, we will need your assistance and urge you to provide any feedback you may have. You can leave your feedback in the PTR Feedback forum. If you discover any bugs, please report them in the PTR Bug Report forum.

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How To Participate

To participate in the public test, you must have a Diablo II: Resurrected game license attached to a Battle.net account in good standing (Ex: one that hasn't been suspended or banned). In addition, you will also need to download and install the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app if you have not already done so.

  • Step 1: Restart the Battle.net desktop app.

  • Step 2: Navigate to the Diablo II: Resurrected tab on the left-hand menu.

  • Step 3: On the Diablo II: Resurrected screen, there is a drop-down menu right above the "Play" button (note that this may say "Install" if you do not have Diablo II: Resurrected currently installed). Select "PTR: Diablo II: Resurrected" from this drop-down menu before proceeding.

  • Step 4: Click Install to begin the installation process.

Your PTR account will be created automatically if you do not already have one. The PTR is available in all supported languages, and accounts from all regions are eligible to participate. For additional assistance with installing and launching the PTR, click here.

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Thank You for Playing

As we embark on a 2023 full of demons to slay, loot to acquire, and memories to make playing Diablo II: Resurrected—we want to thank you for your continued support. Your time spent testing the new features we cook up, as always, is heavily appreciated.

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