Heart of the Oak runeword (HotO)

Heart of the Oak is a Diablo 2 Resurrected runeword created by combining ko + vex + pul + thul into a 4 socket staff or mace. It requires at least level 55 to equip.

Often abbreviated as HOTO, this runeword is the most obvious choice for almost any caster build. It is a Druid-themed mace or staff runeword useful to Hammerdins, Elemental Sorceresses, and Elemental Druids. It is most often used by caster builds because of its +3 to All Skills, high bonus to Faster Cast Rate, and All Resistances.

Keep in mind that for runewords, maces do not include the hammers, clubs, and scepters of the mace class. The only mace, and by extent one-handed weapon, this runeword can be made in, is the Flail (and its exceptional and elite variant). It is best made in a Flail, because this base has the lowest strength requirement of all the one-handed options.

It is a relatively cheap endgame option, because it only requires a vex rune, the cheapest high-rune.

Heart of the Oak increases your Cast Rate by a hefty 40%. Faster cast rate reduces the cast animation time of all spells. It does not have any affect on cast delays though. 

faster cast rate breakpoints
faster cast rate frames
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Heart of the Oak

Scourge'KoVexPulThul'required level: 55item type: Staff | Mace
  • +3 To All Skills
  • +40% Faster Cast Rate
  • +75% Damage To Demons
  • +100 To Attack Rating Against Demons
  • Adds 3-14 Cold Damage
  • 7% Mana Stolen Per Hit
  • +10 To Dexterity
  • Replenish Life +20
  • Increase Maximum Mana 15%
  • All Resistances +30-40 (varies)
  • Level 4 Oak Sage (25 Charges)
  • Level 14 Raven (60 Charges)
  • socketed (4)

Eligible bases

Frequently asked questions

What runes make Heart of the Oak?

You need Ko + Vex + Pul + Thul rune to create Heart of the Oak.

Is Heart of the Oak ladder only?

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

What is the best base for Heart of the Oak?

The recommended base to make Heart of the Oak is a Scourge.