Diablo LoD Expansion Details

Diablo II: Lord of Destruction (also known as LoD or D2X short for Diablo 2 eXpansion or simply Diablo old or D2 LoD) is an expansion pack for the popular Action Role-Playing game Diablo II. Unlike the original Diablo expansion pack (Diablo: Hellfire), it is an official expansion designed by Blizzard Entertainment. More than a standard expansion, Diablo 2 Lord of Destruction not only added content in the form of new character classes and an additional scenario, it also dramatically revamped the gameplay of the existing Diablo II for solo and especially multiplayer. So thanks to all these improvements Diablo LoD has become one of the most important and must-have parts of the game.

The great news is that Diablo 2 Resurrected will contain all the content from Diablo 2 including D2 LoD. So when you purchase D2 Resurrected you get Diablo 2 Lord of Destruction automatically too. If you are a new player and want to learn more about the features that have been added in Diablo LoD, please read the information below.

Diablo 2 and Diablo LoD
  • New Act. A fifth act taking place in and around Mount Arreat in the northern Barbarian Highlands, with an additional act boss, Baal.
  • New character classes. The Assassin and the Druid.
  • Runes and Runewords. Stones that give powerful attributes to a socketed item when placed in it or even more powerful bonuses when placed in a certain order forming a Rune Word.
  • Jewels. Items serving a similar purpose to gems in that they can be placed in socketed items, but which have random characteristics.
  • Ethereal Items. When an item is ethereal, it gains a bonus to its damage/defense, has reduced durability, has reduced requirements, and is no longer repairable through conventional means.
  • Charms. Items giving boosts to character’s stats when kept in the inventory of the player.
  • Class-specific items. Items that only a specific character class can use, often adding additional skill points for that character class.
  • Elite Items. More powerful versions of items following the Normal and Exceptional Items.
  • New Unique and Set Items.
  • Expanded private stash. Double the size of the Diablo II stash.
  • Hirelings as well as summons can now follow the player outside of the Act in which they were hired. They can also be equipped with armor, a helm, and a hireling-specific weapon (as well as a shield in one case). Hirelings can also be resurrected (for a price proportional to their level) when killed.
  • New mechanics. Such as alternate main hand/off-hand setup that can be switched between via a hotkey in gameplay.

For most of the content described above, we have written separate posts with details and suggestions of how to play them effectively. You can find the links in the list.

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