An Ist rune is a mid rune which can be socketed into equipment in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. Although Ist runes are less difficult to obtain than high runes, their magic finding attributes make them valuable enough that they can usually be traded in bulk for high runes.


Equipment type Effects
Weapon 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Body armor or helm 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Shield 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Socketing an item with an Ist rune increases the item's level requirement to 51, unless it was already higher.

Ist Runes grant better chances of magic find than perfect topazes, but this is offset by their relative rarity.


The Countess's extra rune drops on hell difficulty can include Ist runes.

The Hellforge on hell difficulty has a 1 in 11 chance to drop an Ist rune as part of its quest reward.

The Act 5 (N) Good treasure class has a chance to drop an Ist rune, as do higher Good treasure classes.

In single-player, open or ladder games only, the Horadric Cube can transmute two Mal runes and one normal amethyst into one Ist rune.

Rune WordsEdit

Ist runes are used in seven rune words.


Ist runes are used in one Horadric Cube recipe.

  • Transmute two Ist runes and a normal sapphire to create one Gul rune. (single-player, open or ladder only)
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