Breath of the Dying runeword (BotD)

Breath of the Dying is a Diablo 2 Resurrected runeword created by combining vex + hel + el + eld + zod + eth into a 6 socket weapon. It requires at least level 69 to equip.

Breath of the Dying is one of the most powerful melee runewords in the game, and arguably the most powerful non-ladder melee runeword. Compared to other high-end melee runewords like Grief or Last Wish, it is relatively cheap, because Zod runes tend to be one of the least expensive high runes.

The best base for Breath of the Dying runeword is an Ethereal Berserker Axe, because it provides the best damage per second for a one-handed weapon, and the Zod rune makes it Indestructible



Breath of the Dying

Berserker Axe'VexHelElEldZodEth'required level: 69item type: Weapon
  • 50% Chance To Cast Level 20 Poison Nova When You Kill An Enemy
  • Indestructible
  • +60% Increased Attack Speed
  • +350-400% Enhanced Damage (varies)
  • -25% Target Defense
  • +50 To Attack Rating
  • +200% Damage To Undead
  • +50 To Attack Rating Against Undead
  • 7% Mana Stolen Per Hit
  • 12-15% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies)
  • Prevent Monster Heal
  • +30 To All Attributes
  • +1 To Light Radius
  • Requirements -20%
  • socketed (6)

Eligible bases

Missile Potion

Throwing Knife

Throwing Axe


Amazon Javelin


Frequently asked questions

What runes make Breath of the Dying?

You need Vex + Hel + El + Eld + Zod + Eth rune to create Breath of the Dying.

Is Breath of the Dying ladder only?

No, Breath of the Dying is not ladder only in Diablo 2 Lord of Destruction and Diablo 2 Resurrected.

What is the best base for Breath of the Dying?

The recommended base to make Breath of the Dying is a Berserker Axe, a Colossus Blade or a War Pike.