Grief runeword

Grief is a Diablo 2 Resurrected runeword created by combining eth + tir + lo + mal + ral into a 5 socket sword or axe. It requires at least level 59 to equip.

Grief is the best melee runeword without a doubt. The main reason why Grief outclasses all other weapons is because of its flat damage boost. This damage boost is not visible in the character screen or on the weapon itself, so your damage wll be much higher in reality. This allows you to make Grief in a very fast but low damage weapon, like a phase blade. This damage boost is also one of the only modifiers that work with a Paladin's Smite attack.

On top of that, it provides a significant boost to increased attack speed, makes you ignore target's defenses and has 20% chance of deadly strike. Besides all its overpowering abilities, it's not even super expensive, with the highest and only high rune required being the Lo rune. This puts Grief in the top 1 spot of overpowered runewords.




Berserker Axe'EthTirLoMalRal'required level: 59item type: Sword | Axe
  • 35% Chance To Cast Level 15 Venom On Striking
  • +30-40% Increased Attack Speed (varies)
  • Damage +340-400 (varies)
  • Ignore Target's Defense
  • -25% Target Defense
  • +(1.875*Clvl)% Damage To Demons (Based on Character Level)
  • Adds 5-30 Fire Damage
  • -20-25% To Enemy Poison Resistance (varies)
  • 20% Deadly Strike
  • Prevent Monster Heal
  • +2 To Mana After Each Kill
  • +10-15 Life After Each Kill (varies)
  • socketed (5)

Eligible bases

Frequently asked questions

Why is Grief runeword so good?

Grief adds a flat damage bonus, while most other runewords have a percentage modifier. This makes it particularly effective on high speed weapons like the Phase Blade. For a detailed explanation, view MrLlamaSC' video.

What runes make Grief?

You need Eth + Tir + Lo + Mal + Ral rune to create Grief.

Is Grief ladder only?

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

What is the best base for Grief?

The recommended base to make Grief is a Berserker Axe or a Phase Blade.