nef rune

A Nef 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 Nef rune provides +30 Defense vs. Missile when inserted in shields or off-hands, body armor and headgear, and Knockback in weapons.

You can cube 3 Tir runes together to get a Nef rune. You can also obtain a Nef rune from normal countess. You can get a Nef rune from the normal hellforge quest.

A Nef rune requires level 13 to use. When you socket an item with a Nef rune, you increase the level requirement to level 13, unless it was already higher.

Clvl 13
weaponKnockbackarmor/helm+30 Defense vs. Missileshield+30 Defense vs. Missile
rune sources


normal and above



Treasure class:

act 2 good and above


3 tir

Horadric cube recipes with nef runes

nef runenef rune
eth runeeth rune

    Crafting recipes with nef runes

    Blood Gloves

    NEF RuneNEF Rune
    Magic JewelMagic Jewel
    Perfect RubyPerfect Ruby
    Vampirebone GlovesVampirebone Gloves

    Caster Mask

    NEF RuneNEF Rune
    Magic JewelMagic Jewel
    Perfect AmethystPerfect Amethyst

    Hitpower Armor

    NEF RuneNEF Rune
    Magic JewelMagic Jewel
    Perfect SapphirePerfect Sapphire
    Kraken ShellKraken Shell

    Safety Shield

    NEF RuneNEF Rune
    Magic JewelMagic Jewel
    Perfect EmeraldPerfect Emerald

    There are 8 runewords that contain a nef rune

    list of all runewords in Diablo 2 made with a nef rune
    Allowed BasesRuneword Recipe
    Nadir2 socketshelm
    nef + tir
    +50% Enhanced Defense+10 Defense+30 Defense vs. Missile (nef)+5 to Strength+2 to Mana after each Kill (tir)-33% Extra Gold from Monsters-3 to Light RadiusLevel 13 Cloak of Shadows (9 charges)
    Radiance3 socketshelm
    nef + sol + ith
    +75% Enhanced Defense+30 Defense vs. Missile (nef)+10 to Vitality+10 to Energy+33 to ManaDamage Reduced by 7 (sol)Magic Damage Reduced by 315% Damage Taken Goes to Mana (ith)+5 to Light Radius
    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)
    Black3 socketsclubhammermace
    thul + io + nef
    +15% Increased Attack Speed+120% Enhanced Damage+200 to Attack RatingAdds 3-14 Cold Damage (thul)40% Chance of Crushing BlowKnockback (nef)+10 to Vitality (io)Magic Damage Reduced By 2Level 4 Corpse Explosion (12 Charges)
    Smoke2 socketsbody armor
    nef + lum
    +20% Faster Hit Recovery+75% Enhanced Defense+280 Defense vs. Missile (nef)+10 to Energy (lum)All Resistances +50-1 to Light RadiusLevel 6 Weaken (18 charges)
    Melody3 socketsmissile weapon
    shael + ko + nef
    +3 To Bow and Crossbow Skills (Amazon Only)+20% Increased Attack Speed (shael)+50% Enhanced Damage+300% Damage To Undead+3 To Slow Missiles (Amazon Only)+3 To Dodge (Amazon Only)+3 To Critical Strike (Amazon Only)Knockback (nef)+10 To Dexterity (ko)
    Flickering Flame3 socketshelm
    nef + pul + vex
    Level 4-8 Resist Fire Aura When Equipped (varies)+3 to Fire Skills-10-15% to Enemy Fire Resistance (varies)+30% Enhanced Defense (pul)+30 Defense vs. Missile (nef)Adds 3-14 Cold Damage+50-75 to Mana (varies)+5% to Maximum Fire Resist (vex)Half Freeze DurationPoison Length Reduced by 50%
    Obsession6 socketsstaff
    zod + ist + lem + lum + io + nef
    Indestructible (zod)24% Chance to cast level 10 Weaken when struck+4 To All Skills+65% Faster Cast Rate+60% Faster Hit RecoveryKnockback (nef)+10 To Vitality (io)+10 To Energy (lum)Increase Maximum Life 15-25% (varies)Regenerate Mana 15-30% (varies)All Resistances +60-70 (varies)75% Extra Gold from Monsters (lem)30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (ist)