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 November 14th, 2013

Title: Diablo II Ladder Reset - November 26 - Nebu
On Tuesday, November 26, we'll be conducting maintenance in order to reset the Diablo II ladder. We anticipate the realms could be down for up to six hours, and during that time all existing ladder characters will be converted to non-ladder. All characters and items being converted to non-ladder will remain intact, but once converted these characters will no longer have access to ladder content such as creating ladder-only rune words. This ladder reset, like all those before it, creates a clean slate where all ladder characters begin at level 1 with no previous items to help them. To participate, simply wait until the Diablo II realms return to service on November 26, log in to Battle.net, and tick the "Ladder Character" checkbox when creating a new character. You can track ladder character leveling progress by clicking on the Ladder button from the main Diablo 2 in-game Battle.net interface.

For more information on ladder characters please visit here.
April 30th, 2013

Title: Diablo II Ladder Reset - May 14 - Nebu
It's that time again! On the morning of Tuesday, May 14, we'll be conducting maintenance in order to reset the Diablo II ladder. We anticipate the realms could be down for up to six hours, and during that time all existing ladder characters will be converted to non-ladder. All characters and items being converted to non-ladder will remain intact, but once converted these characters will no longer have access to ladder content such as creating ladder-only rune words.

This ladder reset, like all those before it, creates a clean slate where all ladder characters begin at level 1 with no previous items to help them. To participate, simply wait until the Diablo II realms return to service on May, log in to Battle.net, and tick the “Ladder Character” checkbox when creating a new character. You can track ladder character leveling progress by clicking on the Ladder button from the main Diablo II in-game Battle.net interface.

For more information on ladder characters please visit here.
October 29th, 2012

Diablo II Ladder Reset – November 6 - Kaivax
It’s that time again! On the morning of Tuesday, November 6, we’ll be conducting maintenance in order to reset the Diablo II ladder. We anticipate the realms could be down for up to six hours, and during that time all existing ladder characters will be converted to non-ladder. All characters and items being converted to non-ladder will remain intact, but once converted these characters will no longer have access to ladder content such as creating ladder-only rune words.

This ladder reset, like all those before it, creates a clean slate where all ladder characters begin at level 1 with no previous items to help them. To participate, simply wait until the Diablo II realms return to service on November 6, log in to Battle.net, and tick the "Ladder Character" checkbox when creating a new character. You can track ladder character leveling progress by clicking on the Ladder button from the main Diablo II in-game Battle.net interface.
June 11th, 2012

Calling all Editing Heroes - Nebu
We're at it again, trying to create the "Arreat Summit" of Diablo III guides. You can see what we've done so far here or check out our giant link above.

If you have anything to contribute to the D3 guide, you can email me here. You can also report errors at the same location. Thanks to whoever comes over to help. I'm also hoping to get them to add a news page for the guide page updates like you see here.
April 19th, 2012

Diablo II Ladder Reset – May 2 - Bashiok
As we all anxiously await the release of Diablo III on May 15, we invite you to come enjoy one last hurrah in Diablo II as we reset the ladder the morning of May 2. We anticipate the realms could be down for up to six hours during the reset, and during that time all existing ladder characters will be converted to non-ladder. All characters and items being converted to non-ladder will remain intact, but once converted these characters will no longer have access to ladder content such as creating ladder-only rune words.

This ladder reset, like all those before it, creates a clean slate where all ladder characters begin at level 1 with no previous items to help them. To participate, simply wait until the Diablo II realms return to service on May 2, log in to Battle.net, and tick the “Ladder Character” checkbox when creating a new character. You can track ladder character leveling progress by clicking on the Ladder button from the main Diablo II in-game Battle.net interface.

Of course if you haven’t yet tried Diablo II you can find the Battle Chest at any fine PC game retail store, as well as our online Blizzard Store. You can alternatively purchase digital copies of Diablo II and the Lord of Destruction expansion, which you can begin downloading and playing immediately.

For more information on ladder characters please visit the Arreat Summit Realm Character Types page.
October 7th, 2011

Ladder Reset October 25 - Nebu
We anticipate all Diablo II realms to be down for approximately six hours during the reset. More specific information on realm availability on the day of the reset will be posted in the Battle.net Status forum. When the ladder is reset all existing ladder characters will be converted to non-ladder. All characters and items being converted to non-ladder will remain intact, but once converted these characters will no longer have access to ladder content such as creating ladder-only rune words. For more information on ladder characters please visit the Arreat Summit Realm Character Types page.
September 26th, 2011

The Diablo III Community Site Forges a New Items Page - Nebu
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September 13th, 2011

The Diablo III Community Site Levels Up - Nebu
It’s been a mere three weeks since we officially introduced this brand-new website to the Diablo III community, leading up to the much-anticipated game launch. Well, friends, the community site has leveled up and now offers you a host of new features and information.
August 1st, 2011

Diablo III Beta & New Features Revealed - Nebu
Countless hours of consulting the ancient prophecies and poring over dusty tomes have resulted in the unearthing of new information about Diablo III. The upcoming Diablo III beta test will introduce a treasure trove of exciting new features, including a new Auction House that will provide a powerful new way for your characters to acquire the implements of war. Prepare yourselves!

Read on to learn more about the upcoming Diablo III beta and Auction House.
July 27th, 2011

Site Updates - Nebu
  • Hello again! Thanks for all your visits. This site gets more visits than most of our other content we post. Please continue to send in your error reports. I work through them every few months.I really hope you'll all continue to help once we start our Diablo III web pages.
  • Guide FAQ (removed a few lines)
  • Fixed typos on various pages
  • Magic Prefixes (updated Tireless, updated 4 names)
  • Unique Charms (updated two stats)
  • March 30th, 2011

    Site Updates - Nebu
  • Circlets (added note)
  • March 23th, 2011

    Diablo II Ladder Reset March 28 - Blizzard
    While our original poll for reset length showed a little less than 150 people wanted a reset every year, our most recent follow up poll had over 1,000 votes for 6 months: http://forums.battle.net/thread.html?topicId=27800569877&sid=3000

    We've heard you, so this is a one week warning that the Diablo II ladder will reset next Monday, March 28. We generally prefer to provide a two week warning for the case of resets, but to hit the exact 6 month mark we feel one week is sufficient this time.

    We anticipate all Diablo II realms to be down for approximately six hours during the reset. More specific information on realm availability on the day of the reset will be posted in the Battle.net Status forum. When the ladder is reset all existing ladder characters will be converted to non-ladder. All characters and items being converted to non-ladder will remain intact, but once converted these characters will no longer have access to ladder content such as creating ladder-only rune words. For more information on ladder characters please visit the Arreat Summit Realm Character Types page.
    March 15th, 2011

    Site Updates - Nebu
  • Trang-Oul's Complete Set Bonus
  • Alma Negra (updated graphic)
  • March 14th, 2011

    New Forum Poll - Nebu
  • Vote! - Show your voice about the length of the Ladder Season.
  • March 11th, 2011

    Site Updates - Nebu
  • Exceptional Unique Axes (Boneslayer Blade/Guardian Naga)
  • Monsters Bonuses (fixed link)
  • Monsters Bonuses (fixed error)
  • Unique: War Traveler (Battle Boots) (updated stats)
  • Cow Level (text changes)
  • March 7th, 2011

    Site Updates - Nebu
  • Thanks "onderduiker" and "Zerae" for today's changes
  • Unique Bow: Skystrike (updated damage)
  • Unique Amulet: Seraph's Hymn (added note)
  • Unique Scepter: Heaven's Light (added note)
  • Unique Basics (updated sections)
  • Unique Charm: Gheed's Fortune
  • Monsters: Bosses (updated text, added some at the bottom)
  • Monsters: Über Duriel (updated stats)
  • Monsters: Über Mephisto (updated stats)
  • Monsters: Über Baal (updated stats)
  • Monsters: Pandemonium Diablo (updated stats)
  • Monsters Bonuses (added tips)
  • Cow Level (text changes)
  • March 1st, 2011

    New Page - Nebu
    It's pretty rare to see a new page. Hey it's Monsters: Bosses. (Thanks onderduiker).

    Site Updates - Nebu

  • Thanks "onderduiker" for most of today's changes
  • Super Unique Monsters (added tips)
  • Monster Bonuses (added lots of tips/removed some tips)
  • Über Izual (updated tips/stats)
  • Über Duriel (updated tips/stats)
  • Monster: Duriel (updated tips)
  • Monster: Lilith (added tips/updated stats)
  • Monster: Über Mephisto (added tips)
  • Monster: Über Baal (Demon) (added tips/updated stats)
  • Monster: Pandemonium Diablo (tips/updated 2 stats)
  • Unique: The Rising Sun (updated level range)
  • February 25th, 2011

    Site Updates - Nebu
  • Item Basics (Items and Gold Disappear section)
  • Cow Level (some massive replacements)
  • Monsters: Undead Horror (updated tips)
  • Monsters: Suicide Minion (updated tip)
  • Items: Maces (updated header info)
  • Normal Assassin Katars (updated intro)
  • February 24th, 2011

    Hi - Nebu
    Here we are at another year! It's amazing how we continue on year after year. The visits to this guide continue to be very good showing that you just really enjoy playing the game. I bet you'll really like Diablo III. Thanks for your error reports (esp Zerae, onderduiker).

    Site Updates - Nebu
  • Quests: Act V (updated multiple)
  • Quests: Act I (updated multiple)
  • Quests: Act III (updated multiple)
  • Quests: Act II: The Horadric Staff
  • Basics: Characters (double heal/mana)
  • Monster Bonuses (changed "damage" text, added note under Champion)
  • Magic Find (added note on Assassins)
  • Necromancer: Skeletal Mage (updated life formula)
  • Necromancer: Raise Skeleton (updated life formula)
  • Paladin: Conviction (updated note)
  • Runeword: Death (updated)
  • Barbarian Throwing Mastery (updated text on tip)
  • Fixed a link below, in the news
  • September 23rd, 2010

    Site Updates - Nebu
  • Monster Bonuses (More Changes: Thanks onderduiker)
  • Necromancer Raise Skeleton: Formula
  • September 21st, 2010

    Site Updates - Nebu
  • Monster Bonuses (Massive Changes)
  • Assassin Dragon Talon (Fixed Attack Rating)
  • Sets (updated partial set bonus on Infernal Tools)
  • General FAQ (removed outdated question)
  • Circlets (text fix)
  • Magic Items (Updated Fire Magic Skills)
  • Files (re-added Rune Word Calculator Link, Added PDF links, added another link)
  • Necromancer Raise Skeleton: Formula
  • Unique Belt: Snowclash (updated level range of Snowclash on an ability)
  • Gems (Updated formatting a little)
  • Rings and Amulets (Text fix)
  • Jewels (2 text fixes)
  • Amulet: Rising Sun (updated Meteor level)
  • Barbarian Spear Mastery (Text fix)
  • Unique Normal Spear: Razortine (Updated note)
  • June 29th, 2010

    Diablo II 10-Year Anniversary - Nebu
    Join us in celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Diablo II with a brief look back at this genre-defining action RPG. Visit the Diablo II anniversary page by clicking here.
    June 22nd, 2010

    Site Updates - Nebu
  • Basics: Resistances (removed outdated text)
  • Assassin: Phoenix Strike (text fix)
  • June 14th, 2010

    Site Updates - Nebu
  • I added a ton of content from submissions (over 50 emails). Thanks!
  • Quest Rewards (added a ton of info, thanks Zerae)
  • Paladin Conviction (fixed typo)
  • Basics: Skill Planning (removed outdated text)
  • Magic Prefixes (removed helm)
  • Necromancer: Dim Vision (removed outdated text)
  • Skill Basics (updated skill respec section)
  • Dungeon Randomization
  • Unique Exceptional Axe: Stormrider (fixed layout)
  • Character Types (removed outdated question)
  • Controls (added command line at the bottom)
  • Quest Rewards (Added Act IV: Quest 2)
  • Assassin Phoenix Strike - Updated Meteor Damage
  • Druid Hurricane - Updated Damage
  • Ignores Target Defense
  • Casting Delays 0 Added info, changed order
  • Amazon Valkyrie (added Casting Delay)
  • Assassin Shock Web (added Casting Delay)
  • Amazon Slow Missiles (added tips)
  • Assassin Cloak of Shadows (added tips)
  • Necromancer Clay Golem (updated tips)
  • Barbarian Taunt (updated tips)
  • Barbarian Battle Command (added tip)
  • Barbarian Throwing Mastery (added tips)
  • Druid Fury (added tips)
  • Skill Basics (lots of text replacements)
  • April 9th, 2010

    10 Years! - Nebu
    This strategy guide is now 10 years old (this year)! When we started it, never did I imagine I'd be sitting here 10 years later making updates. All of the original creators of this web site (Warblade! and Indoflaven) are still here, working strong. The Arreat Summit also continues to perform with many 100,000s of hits in February, 2010. This site is successful because of the great visitors that continue to help and improve it via their emails. Even this year, several people sent in over 40 emails of suggested changes and improvements to the page.

    This was the first MAJOR strategy guide on the Blizzard site. Previous guides were StarCraft Compendium (in 1998) and Warcraft II: The Dark Portal in 1999 were less successful but were great stepping stones to this guide. The Arreat Summit has also helped to bring about futher guides on our site for Warcraft III, World of Warcraft and even StarCraft II (guide coming this year).

    Thanks for all your support everyone!
    Site Updates - Nebu
  • Assassin: Dragon Talon (added ton of info, thanks Alex)
  • Necromancer Strategies (updated corpse explosion)
  • Paladin Conviction (added 2 notes)
  • Amazon Immolation Arrow (updated synergy)
  • April 6th, 2010

    Site Updates - Nebu
  • Quest Rewards (updated act 1)
  • Necromancer Blood Golem (updated text)
  • Unique Charms (fixed typo)
  • Suicide Minion (added note)
  • Paladin Cleansing (removed outdated text, added text)
  • Paladin Prayer (updated Prayer note)
  • Druid Items (added varies to two items)
  • Unique Normal Spears (updated one item)
  • Unique Normal Swords (updated one item)
  • March 29th, 2010

    1.13 Site Updates - Nebu
  • Magic Find (added one shield suggestion)
  • Arreat Summit FAQ (updated patch number)
  • Unique Mace Weapon: Fleshrender (updated damage)
  • Unique Elite Shield: Spike Thorn (updated defense)
  • Barbarian Whirlwind (removed outdated tip)
  • Monster: Demon Imp (added note)
  • Rune Word: Principle (updated bonuses)
  • Quest Rewards (added one)
  • Basics (fixed broken image)
  • March 24th, 2010

    Site Updates - Nebu
  • Updated the guide for 1.13. If you still see something wrong, please report it. Enjoy playing!
  • March 23rd, 2010

    Diablo II 1.13 Live -- Ladder Reset - Nebu
    The 1.13 patch for Diablo II is now live! With this patch we have included a number of changes including a new respec system, allowing you to reset your character's stats and skills. To update to 1.13 simply connect to Battle.net, or to download and install manually visit our Diablo II Patch page.

    With the release of 1.13 the Diablo II ladder has been reset and all previous ladder characters are now normal non-ladder characters. To participate in the new ladder you'll need to create a new character and ensure the "Ladder Character" option is checked. For more information on ladder characters visit the Arreat Summit Realm Character Types page.
    March 18th, 2010

    Site Updates - Nebu
  • Normal Swords (fixed page)
  • Item Basics (updated superior weapons)
  • Elite Shields (updated formatting)
  • Elite Helms (updated formatting)
  • March 16th, 2010

    Site Updates - Nebu
  • Item Basics (updated superior weapons)
  • March 15th, 2010

    Diablo II Ladder Reset Coming - Nebu
    We will be resetting the Diablo II ladder on March 23 with the release of patch 1.13. We anticipate all Diablo II realms to be down for approximately six hours during the reset. More specific information on realm availability on the day of the reset will be posted in the Battle.net Status forum. When the ladder is reset, all existing ladder characters will be converted to non-ladder. All characters and items being converted to non-ladder will remain intact, but once converted these characters will no longer have access to ladder content such as creating ladder-only rune words. For more information on ladder characters please visit the Arreat Summit Realm Character Types page.
    March 15th, 2010

    Site Updates - Nebu
  • Updated all weapon pages with range information (thanks Zerae)
  • Small Charms (updated Life/Greed)
  • Site Navigation
    To help ease your navigation through this site, there are several ways you can move between sections. On the left is the main menu with links to each of the main sections found in this guide. Once you enter a main section, you will find a submenu on top for the main subpages for that section (many of these links will also be found on the index page of the section). If you wish to read through the guide in the order that it was intended, use the arrows at the bottom right of the guide to go from page to page. At the bottom left is the Exit button so that you can exit out of the guide at any time.

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