Death runeword

Death is a Diablo 2 Resurrected runeword created by combining hel + el + vex + ort + gul into a 5 socket sword or axe. It requires at least level 55 to equip.

The Death runeword is similar to Breath of the Dying, in a sense that it is also Indestructible and gives a huge Damage boost. On top of this, it provides a whopping 50% Chance of Crushing Blow and Deadly Strike.

On average, it will provide more damage than BotD, but for a lower cost. It does lack the dual leach and Increased Attack Speed, and can't be made in a Polearm, so it's not suitable for a Mercenary.




Phase Blade'HelElVexOrtGul'required level: 55item type: Sword | Axe
  • Indestructible
  • 100% Chance To Cast Level 44 Chain Lightning When You Die
  • 25% Chance To Cast Level 18 Glacial Spike On Attack
  • +300-385% Enhanced Damage (varies)
  • 20% Bonus To Attack Rating
  • +50 To Attack Rating
  • Adds 1-50 Lightning Damage
  • 7% Mana Stolen Per Hit
  • 50% Chance of Crushing Blow
  • (0.5*Clvl)% Deadly Strike (Based on Character Level)
  • +1 To Light Radius
  • Level 22 Blood Golem (15 Charges)
  • Requirements -20%
  • socketed (5)

Eligible bases

Frequently asked questions

What runes make Death?

You need Hel + El + Vex + Ort + Gul rune to create Death.

Is Death ladder only?

Yes, Death is ladder only in Diablo 2 Lord of Destruction.