hel rune

A Hel rune is a low tier rune that can be socketed into armor and weapons in Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction and Diablo 2 Resurrected. A Hel rune provides Requirements -15% when inserted in shields or off-hands, body armor and headgear, and Requirements -20% in weapons.

The primary use of Hel runes, beside runewords, is removing gems, runes, and jewels from socketed items.

You can cube 3 Dol runes and a chipped emerald together to get a Hel rune. You can also obtain a Hel rune from nightmare countess. You can get a Hel rune from the nightmare hellforge quest.

A Hel rune requires level 33 to use. When you socket an item with a Hel rune, you increase the level requirement to level 33, unless it was already higher.

Clvl 33
weaponRequirements -20%armor/helmRequirements -15%shieldRequirements -15%
rune sources


nightmare and above



Treasure class:

act 1 (nm) good and above


3 dol + chipped emerald

Horadric cube recipes with hel runes

hel runehel rune
chipped diamondchipped diamond
io runeio rune
  • transmute any socketed item, a hel rune, and a scroll of town portal, to remove and destroy all socketed gems, runes, and jewels

There are 9 runewords that contain a hel rune

list of all runewords in Diablo 2 made with a hel rune
Allowed BasesRuneword Recipe
Myth3 socketsbody armor
hel + amn + nef
3% Chance To Cast Level 1 Howl When Struck10% Chance To Cast Level 1 Taunt On Striking+2 To Barbarian Skill Levels+30 Defense Vs. Missile (nef)Replenish Life +10Attacker Takes Damage of 14 (amn)Requirements -15% (hel)
Lionheart3 socketsbody armor
hel + lum + fal
+20% Enhanced Damage+25 To Strength (fal)+15 To Dexterity+20 To Vitality+10 To Energy (lum)+50 To LifeAll Resistances +30Requirements -15% (hel)
Obedience5 socketspolearmspear
hel + ko + thul + eth + fal
30% Chance To Cast Level 21 Enchant When You Kill An Enemy+40% Faster Hit Recovery+370% Enhanced Damage-25% Target Defense (eth)Adds 3-14 Cold Damage (thul)-25% To Enemy Fire Resistance40% Chance of Crushing Blow+200-300 Defense (varies)+10 To Strength (fal)+10 To Dexterity (ko)All Resistances +20-30 (varies)Requirements -20% (hel)
Unbending Will6 socketssword
fal + io + ith + eld + el + hel
18% Chance To Cast Level 18 Taunt On Striking+3 to Combat Skills (Barbarian Only)+20-30% Increased Attack Speed (varies)+300-350% Enhanced Damage+9 to Maximum Damage (ith)+50 to Attack Rating (el)+75 Damage to Undead+50 to Attack Rating Against Undead (eld)8-10% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies)Prevent Monster Heal+10 to Strength (fal)+10 to Vitality (io)Damage Reduced By 8+1 to Light Radius (el)Requirements -20% (hel)
Rift4 socketspolearmscepter
hel + ko + lem + gul
20% Chance To Cast Level 16 Tornado On Striking16% Chance To Cast Level 21 Frozen Orb On Attack20% Bonus To Attack Rating (gul)Adds 160-250 Magic DamageAdds 60-180 Fire Damage+5-10 To All Attributes (varies)+10 To Dexterity (ko)38% Damage Taken Goes To Mana75% Extra Gold From Monsters (lem)Level 15 Iron Maiden (40 Charges)Requirements -20% (hel)
Death5 socketsswordaxe
hel + el + vex + ort + gul
Indestructible100% Chance To Cast Level 44 Chain Lightning When You Die25% Chance To Cast Level 18 Glacial Spike On Attack+300-385% Enhanced Damage (varies)20% Bonus To Attack Rating (gul)+50 To Attack Rating (el)Adds 1-50 Lightning Damage (ort)7% Mana Stolen Per Hit (vex)50% Chance of Crushing Blow(0.5*Clvl)% Deadly Strike (Based on Character Level)+1 To Light Radius (el)Level 22 Blood Golem (15 Charges)Requirements -20% (hel)
Silence6 socketsweapon
dol + eld + hel + ist + tir + vex
+2 to All Skills+20% Increased Attack Speed+20% Faster Hit Recovery+200% Enhanced Damage+75% Damage To Undead (eld)+50 to Attack Rating Against Undead (eld)11% Mana Stolen Per Hit (vex)Hit Blinds Target +33Hit Causes Monster to Flee 25% (dol)All Resistances +75+2 to Mana After Each Kill (tir)30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (ist)Requirements -20% (hel)
Doom5 socketsaxehammerpolearm
hel + ohm + um + lo + cham
5% Chance To Cast Level 18 Volcano On StrikingLevel 12 Holy Freeze Aura When Equipped+2 To All Skills+45% Increased Attack Speed+330-370% Enhanced Damage (varies) (ohm)-40-60% To Enemy Cold Resistance (varies)20% Deadly Strike (lo)25% Chance of Open Wounds (um)Prevent Monster HealFreezes Target +3 (cham)Requirements -20% (hel)
Breath of the Dying6 socketsweapon
vex + hel + el + eld + zod + eth
50% Chance To Cast Level 20 Poison Nova When You Kill An EnemyIndestructible (zod)+60% Increased Attack Speed+350-400% Enhanced Damage (varies)-25% Target Defense (eth)+50 To Attack Rating (el)+200% Damage To Undead (eld)+50 To Attack Rating Against Undead (eld)7% Mana Stolen Per Hit (vex)12-15% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies)Prevent Monster Heal+30 To All Attributes+1 To Light Radius (el)Requirements -20% (hel)