Socketed items in Diablo 2 Resurrected offer a unique opportunity for customization, allowing you to enhance your gear with powerful gems, runes, and jewels. Here’s a comprehensive guide to understanding and making the most of socketed items:
1. What are Socketed Items?
Socketed items are gear pieces (such as weapons, armor, and shields) that have slots or “sockets” into which you can insert gems, runes, and jewels. These add-ons grant additional attributes, bonuses, and special effects to the item.
2. Types of Socketed Items
There are three main types of socketed items:
- Weapons: These include swords, axes, bows, and more. Weapons can have one to six sockets, depending on their rarity and type.
- Armor: Armor pieces like helmets, body armor, gloves, and boots can have one to four sockets. Shields can also be socketed.
- Shields: Shields can have one to four sockets and are especially valuable for characters looking to increase their defense.
3. Inserting Gems, Runes, and Jewels
To add an enhancement to a socketed item, simply open your inventory, select the gem, rune, or jewel you want to use, and then click and drag it onto the socketed item. The enhancement will be applied, and the item’s appearance will change to reflect the new addition.
4. Gem Combinations
Combining different types of gems in a socketed item can create powerful effects. For instance, combining three gems of the same type in a single item can upgrade them to a higher-quality gem.
Certain combinations of runes, when inserted into specific socketed items in a particular order, create powerful runewords. These runewords grant extraordinary bonuses and abilities to the character. Knowing the runeword recipes is crucial for optimizing your gear.
Jewels are special items that can be inserted into socketed items to provide unique modifiers. They can add attributes like increased damage, resistances, and other valuable effects.
7. Removing Socketed Items
If you want to replace a gem, rune, or jewel in a socketed item, you can use the Horadric Cube to extract it. Simply place the item and a specific combination of gems or runes into the cube, and transmute them to retrieve the original item and the gem.
8. Balancing Socketed Items
Consider the synergy between the item type, the sockets available, and the gems, runes, or jewels you choose. Aim for a balanced combination that complements your character’s build and playstyle.
By understanding how socketed items work in Diablo 2 Runewords, you can greatly enhance your character’s power and versatility. Experiment with different combinations to find the optimal setup for your gear. Happy socketing!