A Paladin casting teleport granted by Enigma.

How to Make Enigma

Enigma in Diablo 2 Resurrected is the runeword JahIthBer. To create it, you need to insert a Jah rune, Ith rune and Ber rune in a 3 socket body armor. Make sure to put the runes in the right order and that the base item has exactly 3 sockets, or else the runeword will not work.

Choosing the optimal base for Enigma

The recommended base to make Enigma is a Dusk Shroud or an Archon Plate

Archon Plate
Dusk Shroud

There are in total 15 eligible bases. The Dusk Shroud, Wyrmhide, Scarab Husk, Wire Fleece, Diamond Mail, Loricated Mail, Great Hauberk, Boneweave, Balrog Skin, Archon Plate, Kraken Shell, Hellforge Plate, Lacquered Plate, Shadow Plate and Sacred Armor.

What to look out for

Builds that don't invest a lot in Strength often look for a light armor with no impact on run speed.  These armors generally don't have a high Strength requirement and thus leave more points for Vitality. The bases with the least impact on run speed are the Dusk Shroud, Wyrmhide, Scarab Husk, Wire Fleece, Great Hauberk and Archon Plate

Builds that already have a high Strength requirement can look for higher defense bases. The base with the best defense is the Sacred Armor.  High defense often comes with a high strength requirement, that's why these requirements are also an import factor.

The base with the lowest strength requirement is the Dusk Shroud.  The Dusk Shroud only requires 77 Strength to equip. 

Elite bases overview

table of base stats
namedefensestrengthsocketsweight
Dusk Shroud361 - 467 (414)774Light
Wyrmhide364 - 470 (417)844Light
Scarab Husk369 - 474 (421.5)954Light
Wire Fleece375 - 481 (428)1114Light
Diamond Mail383 - 489 (436)1314Medium
Loricated Mail390 - 496 (443)1494Heavy
Great Hauberk395 - 501 (448)1184Light
Boneweave399 - 505 (452)1584Medium
Balrog Skin410 - 517 (463.5)1654Medium
Archon Plate410 - 524 (467)1034Light
Kraken Shell417 - 523 (470)1744Medium
Hellforge Plate421 - 530 (475.5)1964Heavy
Lacquered Plate433 - 541 (487)2084Medium
Shadow Plate446 - 557 (501.5)2304Heavy
Sacred Armor487 - 600 (543.5)2324Medium

Exceptional bases overview

In addition to Elite bases, Exceptional bases are also an option

table of base stats
namedefensestrengthsocketsweight
Linked Mail158 - 172 (165)743Medium
Tigulated Mail176 - 190 (183)863Heavy
Cuirass188 - 202 (195)653Light
Mesh Armor198 - 213 (205.5)923Medium
Russet Armor225 - 243 (234)973Medium
Mage Plate225 - 261 (243)553Light
Sharktooth Armor242 - 258 (250)1033Medium
Templar Coat252 - 274 (263)1183Heavy
Embossed Plate282 - 303 (292.5)1254Medium
Chaos Armor315 - 342 (328.5)1404Heavy
Ornate Plate417 - 450 (433.5)1704Medium

Conclusion

Generally, the best balance between Strength requirement and defense, is the Archon Plate. Since the average defense among the elite light armors is minimal (ranging from 414 to 467), depending on how low you want to go on Strength requirements, the Dusk Shroud is also a very good option. Because of the small defense range of the light armors, your choice can also be based on aesthetics. The difference between a max defense Dusk Shroud and max defense Archon Plate is only 75 defense, while having 26 less Strength requirement.

If you however want the absolute lowest Strength requirement (48 less than Archon Plate), the exceptional Mage Plate is the best option, while still maintaining decent defense. For comparison, if assigned to Vitality, this would result in 144 more life for a Paladin, which is more than 7 Small Charms of Vita.

Where to find

A 3 socket Dusk Shroud can be found earliest in Nightmare difficulty. Since a 3 socket Dusk Shroud can only drop from level 65 areas or higher (from normal monsters), the earliest area you can find this base in is The Worldstone Keep Level 1, which has an area level of 65.

Obtaining the runes for Enigma

Most of the runes for this recipe are hard to find. Because it requires multiple high runes, this recipe is particularly hard to make.

where to find runes for Enigma
runesource
ithFarming Normal, Nightmare, or Hell Countess
berFarming high density areas in Act 3 or higher on Hell difficulty
jahFarming high density areas in Act 4 or higher on Hell difficulty

The benefits of Enigma

Enigma is most popular for its ability to grant +1 to Teleport to any class. Besides Teleport, this armor also provides huge amounts of Better Chance of Getting Magic Items and a massive Strength bonus allowing more points to be allocated to other Stats like Vitality.

Enigma is most often created in an exceptional or elite version of light armor (Dusk Shroud, Wyrmhhide, Scarab Husk, Wire Fleece, Great Hauberk, and Archon Plate), the most popular choice is a Superior Archon Plate. However it should be noted that a Mage Plate might be the better option if you don't need high Strength. ALL these armors don't affect run speed and have a low Strength requirement.

The biggest downside of Enigma is its high cost of Jah and Ber, and its lack of Resistances.

The resulting runeword will have the following stats. Since this runeword has varying attributes, you might end up with an undesirable item if the attributes didn't roll high enough.

  • +2 To All Skills
  • +45% Faster Run/Walk
  • +1 To Teleport
  • +750-775 Defense (varies)
  • +(0.75*Clvl) To Strength (Based On Character Level)
  • Increase Maximum Life 5%
  • Damage Reduced By 8%
  • +14 Life After Each Kill
  • 15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
  • (1*Clvl)% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based On Character Level)

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