A Zod rune is a high rune which can be socketed into equipment in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. Zod runes have only two uses, the Breath of the Dying rune word, and making equipment (including ethereal equipment) indestructible. Zod runes remain valuable, however, as they are the rarest rune in the game, and the second rarest item in the game, behind Tyrael's Might.


Equipment type Effects
Weapon Indestructible
Body armor or helm Indestructible
Shield Indestructible

Socketing an item with a Zod rune increases the item's level requirement to 69, unless it was already higher.

A Zod rune can make most socketed ethereal items more useful than their non-ethereal equivalents. Since an item does not lose durability with a Zod rune socketed, a hero can make permanent use of an ethereal item's boosted stats, lack of repair costs, and lower Strength and Dexterity requirements. This results in higher damage or defense, more gold saved, and up to 20 stat points freed for other stats.


In single-player, open and ladder games only, the Horadric Cube can transmute two Cham Runes and one Flawless Emerald into one Zod Rune.

This rune can drop from any lvl 81+ regular enemy in the game and all containers in Act 5 hell. The chance of a rune dropped by a lvl 81+ monster being a Zod is 1:5171.


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Counting only El Runes, it would take exactly 14,281,868,906,496 (14 trillion) through Horadric Cube transmutations to create one Zod Rune.

However, El runes alone won't cut it. In addition, one would also need 241,864,704 Chipped Topazes, 80,621,568 Chipped Amethysts, 26,873,856 Chipped Sapphires, 8,957,952 Chipped Rubies, 2,985,984 Chipped Emeralds, 995,328 Chipped Diamonds, 331,776 Flawed Topazes, 110,592 Flawed Amethysts, 36,864 Flawed Sapphires, 12,288 Flawed Rubies, 4096 Flawed Emeralds, 2048 Flawed Diamonds, 1024 Topazes, 512 Amethysts, 256 Sapphires, 128 Rubies, 64 Emeralds, 32 Diamonds, 16 Flawless Topazes, 8 Flawless Amethysts, 4 Flawless Sapphires, 2 Flawless Rubies, and 1 Flawless Emerald.

Selling all of these items instead of using them for a Zod rune would yield 3,999,014,247,109,880 gold (almost 4 quadrillion)-enough to fill a stash to its maximum gold capacity 1,599,605,698 times.

Rune Words

Zod runes are used in one rune word.

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