Diablo II: The Abyss

Diablo II: The Abyss is a mod I made for Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. When Diablo II came out in 2000, I was already a fan of the first game and was instantly hooked. Time and again, I come back to Diablo II. It’s one of those games you get a spontaneous urge to play a couple times a year. Now in 2010, its time for another D2 binge. This time, whenever I find myself thinking “Damn, it’d be cool if [cool idea] was in D2,” I add it. So far, this has taken the form of 50+ new runewords, several new skills, additional sockets in some items, and much more.

The latest version of the mod is 1.2.0.1.
Download Diablo 2: The Abyss Setup
view changelogolder versions

If you prefer not to use setup, you can download the mpq and launcher files manually here. All of them go in the same directory as patch_d2.mpq. This may be an easier way to install the mod if you run Diablo II under Linux via Wine.

Installation

1. Backup your original patch_d2.mpq and your character files (the Save folder in the game directory) just in case! Windows Vista/7 users: If you installed Diablo 2 in a non-public folder (i.e. Program Files) some of the files, especially the Save folder, will be found in %APPDATA%\Diablo II.
2. Run d2a_setup.exe
3. Run the game using the launcher setup placed in the Start Menu\Diablo II.

Screenshots

Runes & Runewords

All these are in addition to the existing runes in Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction. Information on those Runes and Runewords can be found at Arreat Summit.

Arcane Runes

These runes can be upgraded using the Horadric Cube. Combine 2 of the runes you wish to upgrade along with another rune in the same circle, and one sacred herb.

  1. Fehu Rune
  2. Uruz Rune
  3. Thurisaz Rune
  4. Ansuz Rune
  5. Raido Rune
  6. Kenaz Rune
  7. Gebo Rune
  8. Wunjo Rune
  9. Hagal Rune
  10. Naud Rune
  11. Isaz Rune
  12. Jera Rune
  13. Eihoz Rune
  14. Perth Rune
  15. Algiz Rune
  16. Sowil Rune
  17. Tiwaz Rune
  18. Bjark Rune
  19. Ehwaz Rune
  20. Manaz Rune
  21. Laguz Rune
  22. Yngvi Rune
  23. Odal Rune
  24. Dagaz Rune

Runewords

  • Serendipity (AnsuzFehu) [All armor slots]
  • Shadow (HagalSowilPerth) [helms and shields]
  • Morning Dew (LaguzRaidoWunjoTiwaz) [swords]
  • Siren’s Song (JeraIsazBjarkYngviPerth) [weapon]
  • Starlight (AnsuzKenaz) [helm]
  • Shadow of Doubt (GeboIsazEhwazKenazAlgiz) [all]
  • Still Water (LaguzPerth) [gloves]
  • Flickering Flame (KenazPerth) [gloves]
  • Time (JeraRaido) [boots]
  • Thuggish Ruggish (BjarkPerfectskullTiwaz) [troll nest, grim shield, bone visage]
  • Conky (KenazNaudJera) [Wirt’s Leg]
  • Heaven’s Will (ManazTiwazSowilHagal) [Weapons]
  • Nightfall (DagazBjark) [Weapons]
  • Obsession (NaudNaud) [All Weapons and All Armor]
  • Fortune’s Favor (NaudNaudNaud) [All Weapons and All Armor]
  • Authority (NaudNaudNaudNaudNaudNaud) [All Weapons and All Armor]
  • Woe (IsazUruz) [Weapons]

The Horadric Cube

Horadric CubeAs stated on The Arreat Summit:

The Horadric Cube is a quest item obtained in Act II which can be used to complete several quests. In addition to that task, it can be also used as a permanent backpack to store additional items and create new ones.

Place the Horadric Cube in your inventory. Notice it only takes up 2×2 slots.

Place items into the Horadric Cube by picking them up, dragging them over the Horadric Cube, and left click on the Horadric Cube. You will hear a sound when the item is placed into the Cube. You can also pick the Horadric Cube, drag it over a large item you want to pick up, and left click on that item to place it into the Cube. You can also open up the Cube by right clicking on it like a Tome. Drag items from your inventory into the Cube.

Items will be Identified by Cain while inside the Horadric Cube.

You cannot place a Horadric Cube within a Horadric Cube, imagine that…

…You can use the Horadric Cube’s magical powers to Transmute items into a new item. Place the items into the Cube and hit the Transmute Button.

The Horadric Cube can be used to create Crafted Items.

Transmuting Formulae

“Simply place the items in the first half of the equation into the Cube and hit the Transmute Button to produce the item in the second half of the equation.”

Arcane Rune Upgrades

2 f01 + 1st circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f02
2 f02 + 2nd circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f03
2 f03 + 2nd circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f04
2 f04 + 2nd circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f05
2 f05 + 3rd circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f06
2 f06 + 3rd circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f07
2 f07 + 3rd circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f08
2 f08 + 3rd circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f09
2 f09 + 4th circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f10
2 f10 + 4th circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f11
2 f11 + 4th circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f12
2 f12 + 4th circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f13
2 f13 + 5th circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f14
2 f14 + 5th circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f15
2 f15 + 5th circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f16
2 f16 + 5th circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f17
2 f17 + 5th circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f18
2 f18 + 6th circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f19
2 f19 + 6th circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f20
2 f20 + 6th circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f21
2 f21 + 6th circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f22
2 f22 + 6th circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f23
2 f23 + 6th circle rune + Sacred Herb -> f24

Crafted (Orange) Items

magic full helm + jewel + rune 06 + perfect sapphire -> hitpower helm
magic chain boots + jewel + rune 08 + perfect sapphire -> hitpower boots
magic chain gloves + jewel + rune 09 + perfect sapphire -> hitpower gloves
magic heavy belt + jewel + rune 07 + perfect sapphire -> hitpower belt
magic gothic shield + jewel + rune 05 + perfect sapphire -> hitpower shield
magic field plate + jewel + rune 04 + perfect sapphire -> hitpower body
magic amulet + jewel + rune 10 + perfect sapphire -> hitpower amulet
magic ring + jewel + rune 11 + perfect sapphire -> hitpower ring
magic blunt + jewel + rune 03 + perfect sapphire -> hitpower weapon
magic helm + jewel + rune 08 + perfect ruby -> blood helm
magic light plated boots + jewel + rune 05 + perfect ruby -> blood boots
magic heavy gloves + jewel + rune 04 + perfect ruby -> blood gloves
magic belt + jewel + rune 07 + perfect ruby -> blood belt
magic spiked shield + jewel + rune 06 + perfect ruby -> blood shield
magic plate mail + jewel + rune 10 + perfect ruby -> blood body
magic amulet + jewel + rune 11 + perfect ruby -> blood amulet
magic ring + jewel + rune 12 + perfect ruby -> blood ring
magic axe + jewel + rune 09 + perfect ruby -> blood weapon
magic mask + jewel + rune 04 + perfect amethyst -> caster helm
magic boots + jewel + rune 10 + perfect amethyst -> caster boots
magic leather gloves + jewel + rune 09 + perfect amethyst -> caster gloves
magic light belt + jewel + rune 06 + perfect amethyst -> caster belt
magic small shield + jewel + rune 05 + perfect amethyst -> caster shield
magic light plate + jewel + rune 07 + perfect amethyst -> caster body
magic amulet + jewel + rune 08 + perfect amethyst -> caster amulet
magic ring + jewel + rune 11 + perfect amethyst -> caster ring
magic rod + jewel + rune 03 + perfect amethyst -> caster weapon
magic crown + jewel + rune 06 + perfect emerald -> safety helm
magic plate boots + jewel + rune 09 + perfect emerald -> safety boots
magic gauntlets + jewel + rune 08 + perfect emerald -> safety gloves
magic sash + jewel + rune 07 + perfect emerald -> safety belt
magic kite shield + jewel + rune 04 + perfect emerald -> safety shield
magic breastplate + jewel + rune 05 + perfect emerald -> safety body
magic amulet + jewel + rune 10 + perfect emerald -> safety amulet
magic ring + jewel + rune 11 + perfect emerald -> safety ring
magic spear + jewel + rune 12 + perfect emerald -> safety weapon

Equipment

3 health potions + 3 mana potions -> full rejuvenate potion
3 health potions + 3 mana potions + 1 chipped gem -> rejuvenate potion
3 small rejuvs -> one large
1 perfect gem of each type + 1 amulet -> prismatic amulet
1 ring + 1 perfect ruby + 1 exploding potions -> garnet ring
1 ring + 1 perfect sapphire + 1 thawing potions-> cobalt ring
1 ring + 1 perfect topaz + 1 rejuvenation -> coral ring
1 ring + 1 emerald + 1 antidote potions -> jade ring
1 axe + 1 dagger -> throwing axe
1 spear + 1 arrow quiver -> javelins
3 rings -> amulet
3 amulets -> ring
“3 standard gems + 1 socketed weapon -> magic, socketable weapon”
“3 flawless gems + 1 magic weapon -> socketed, magic weapon”
1 magic small shield + 1 spiked club + 2 skulls -> shield of spikes
4 health potion + 1 ruby + 1 magic sword -> sword of the leech
1 diamond + 1 kriss + 1 staff + 1 belt -> savage polearm
1 strangling gas potion + 1 health potion -> antidote potion
2 arrows -> bolts
2 bolts -> arrows

Equipment Upgrades

r07 + r10 + 1 perfect topaz + normal torso -> socketed torso
r08 + r11 + 1 perfect amethyst + normal weapon -> socketed weapon
r08 + r10 + 1 perfect sapphire + normal helm -> socketed helm
r07 + r11 + 1 perfect ruby + normal shield -> socketed shield
r02 + 1 chipped gem + low weapon -> normal weapon
r01 + 1 chipped gem + low armor -> normal armor
r08 + r12 + perfect emerald + basic unique weapon -> exceptional unique weapon
r07 + r13 + perfect diamond + basic item -> exceptional item
r17 + r21 + perfect emerald + exceptional unique weapon -> elite unique weapon
r18 + r20 + perfect diamond + exceptional item -> elite item
r09 + r11 + perfect sapphire + basic rare weapon -> exceptional rare weapon
r08 + r10 + perfect amethyst + basic rare armor -> exceptional rare armor
r19 + r22 + perfect sapphire + exceptional rare weapon -> elite rare weapon
r18 + r21 + perfect amethyst + exceptional rare armor -> elite rare armor
r09 + weapon -> repair
r08 + armor -> repair
r09 + weapon + chipped gem -> repair + recharge
r08 + armor + flawed gem -> repair + recharge
r15 + tsc + any socketed item -> unsocket (destroy gems)
r08 + jew + superior armor -> tempered armor
r08 + jew + superior weapon -> tempered weapon
r08 + jew + magic ring -> tempered ring
r08 + jew + magic amulet -> tempered amulet
r01 + gcv + tempered weapon -> +30-50 ar
“3 chipped gems + 1 magic weapon -> socketed, magic weapon”
3 perfect gems + 1 magic item -> magic item
6 perfect skulls + 1 rare item -> 1 low level rare item
1 perfect skull + 1 rare item + soj -> 1 high level rare item
3 perfect skull + 1 rare item + stone of jordan-> add 1 socket to rare

Gem Upgrades

3 chipped amethysts -> flawed amethyst
3 flawed amethysts -> standard amethyst
3 standard amethysts -> flawless amethyst
3 flawless amethysts -> perfect amethyst
3 chipped rubies -> flawed ruby
3 flawed rubies -> standard ruby
3 standard rubies -> flawless ruby
3 flawless rubies -> perfect ruby
3 chipped sapphires -> flawed sapphire
3 flawed sapphires -> standard sapphire
3 standard sapphires -> flawless sapphire
3 flawless sapphires -> perfect sapphire
3 chipped topazes -> flawed topaz
3 flawed topazes -> standard topaz
3 standard topazes -> flawless topaz
3 flawless topazes -> perfect topaz
3 chipped emeralds -> flawed emerald
3 flawed emeralds -> standard emerald
3 standard emeralds -> flawless emerald
3 flawless emeralds -> perfect emerald
3 chipped diamonds -> flawed diamond
3 flawed diamonds -> standard diamond
3 standard diamonds -> flawless diamond
3 flawless diamonds -> perfect diamond
3 chipped skulls -> flawed skull
3 flawed skulls -> standard skull
3 standard skulls -> flawless skull
3 flawless skulls -> perfect skull
rune 01 + Sacred Herb + perf gem -> 1 of each color chipped gem

Rune Upgrades

3 El Runes -> 1 Eld Rune
3 Eld Runes -> 1 Tir Rune
3 Tir Runes -> 1 Nef Rune
3 Nef Runes -> 1 Eth Rune
3 Eth Runes -> 1 Ith Rune
3 Ith Runes -> 1 Tal Rune
3 Tal Runes -> 1 Ral Rune
3 Ral Runes -> 1 Ort Rune
3 Ort Runes -> 1 Thul Rune
3 rune 10 + 1 chipped topaz -> rune 11
3 rune 11 + 1 chipped amethyst -> rune 12
3 rune 12 + 1 chipped sapphire -> rune 13
3 rune 13 + 1 chipped ruby -> rune 14
3 rune 14 + 1 chipped emerald -> rune 15
3 rune 15 + 1 chipped diamond -> rune 16
3 rune 16 + 1 flawed topaz -> rune 17
3 rune 17 + 1 flawed amethyst -> rune 18
3 rune 18 + 1 flawed sapphire -> rune 19
3 rune 19 + 1 flawed ruby -> rune 20
3 rune 20 + 1 flawed emerald -> rune 21
2 rune 21 + 1 flawed diamond -> rune 22
2 rune 22 + 1 standard topaz -> rune 23
2 rune 23 + 1 standard amethyst -> rune 24
2 rune 24 + 1 standard sapphire -> rune 25
2 rune 25 + 1 standard ruby -> rune 26
2 rune 26 + 1 standard emerald -> rune 27
2 rune 27 + 1 standard diamond -> rune 28
2 rune 28 + 1 flawless topaz -> rune 29
2 rune 29 + 1 flawless amethyst -> rune 30
2 rune 30 + 1 flawless sapphire -> rune 31
2 rune 31 + 1 flawless ruby -> rune 32
2 rune 32 + 1 flawless emerald -> rune 33

3 thoughts on “Diablo II: The Abyss”

  1. Just checking in since I haven’t touched this in awhile.

    For the info above, keep in mind f[##] refers to one of the new runes of whatever the number is (so f01 would be Fehu, the first rune in the new set.) The sacred herb is bought from potion NPCs.

    The only bug I’ve noticed when using the mod in 1.12 is the button to respec skills uses the wrong string. However respecing is not in the spirit of Diablo 2 and Blizz should be ashamed for such a hackneyed act of blasphemy, so I’m not going to worry about it. I suggest using version 1.11b of the game if possible.

    A great deal of information about things that were added can be found in the changelog, and, of course, I’ll answer any questions posted in these here comments.

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