Diablo 2

Builds > Diablo 2

With Diablo 3 coming out soon, I won’t be making any Diablo 2 builds. I played Diablo 2 for many years. If I had this blog back then, I would have a huge list of builds. However, these days I just don’t play it very often. The times I do play it I usually just play Normal difficulty and don’t make any builds.

However, I wanted to have a Diablo 2 section here just because of its legacy. I would have never created this blog if not for Diablo 2 getting me into RPGs. Before Diablo 2 I only played RTS. Diablo 2 showed me how much fun an RPG could be. I especially loved the replayability of RPGs where different classes and player choices could greatly change the gameplay and story.

So I’ve decided to use this section to highlight a few of the more interesting builds you could make in Diablo 2. My clan in Diablo 2 called them oddball builds. They don’t do the best damage and might not be viable in Hell difficulty solo, but they each fill a unique niche in the game. Most of these builds should be good enough to beat Normal difficulty solo, with higher difficulties requiring a group.

Builds

A few of the builds I was only able to find on the Internet Archive. I have posted the full text for those builds in case they ever disappear permanently. For those builds I have put any of my words in red color with the original author’s words in the default black color. For all other builds the text is my own words.

Note: I have not actually played any of these builds directly myself. The original authors, however, did play these builds and polish them up. I consider that good enough to consider them *tested* builds.

  • *tested* Magic Arrow Bowazon (full text) – This Amazon build is basically an Amazon sniper build. It specializes in the Magic Arrow skill with other skills chosen as needed to support that main skill.
  • *tested* Dual Element Trapsin – This is an Assassin build specializing in the Traps skill tree. Assassins of this type are commonly called “trapsins”. By putting points in two elements, this build avoids some of the problem with monster immunities.
  • *tested* Singer Barb – This build for the Barbarian is based on the Warcries skill tree specializing in the aptly named War Cry skill as the primary damage source. This build picks up some of the best buffs available to Barbarians.
  • *tested* Fire Elemental Druid – This build is all about the Fire skills available in the Druid’s Elemental skill tree. The Fire skills are harder to use efficiently, but it’s a lot of fun.
  • *tested* Poisonmancer – A Necromancer build specializing in the Poison skills. The only other class with a Poison skill is the Druid, so poison is pretty unique to the Necromancer.
  • *tested* Clericdin (full text) – This Paladin specializes in party support with healing from Holy Bolt and damage from Fist of the Heavens. This build is dependent on group play, so multiplayer is a must.
  • *tested* Enchantress – The Enchantress is a Sorceress that specializes in the Enchant skill that adds Fire damage to any weapon. This build does really well in parties, but can do Normal difficulty well enough solo.
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