Diablo 2 Set Items

What are Set Items in D2R?

Diablo 2 set items: What are they and how can you use them? First, we begin with Diablo 2 set items which are unique items with unchanged attributes each time you find them. These special items are like unique items and were introduced in Diablo II and continued into Diablo III. Here is a referral set item from Diablo II;

“While scavenging through corpses and chests in Sanctuary, some may happen to run across ancient gear that once belonged to a legend of Sanctuary. Unlike the mortal owners of these distinguished items, the equipment is still very solid and real. With enough perseverance, it may be possible to gather all the remaining pieces of gear that once belonged to your role model, bestowing you the same powers as it did to the original owner.”

There is, however, a slight difference between Diablo 2 set items and unique items. Set items are each part of specific sets, and if you equip the entire set you get an extra set of bonus affixes, hence the name “Set items.” Set items are denoted by their name appearing in bright green and are weaker when compared to unique items.

Diablo 2 Set Items

Set items come in different forms, each tailored for specific level ranges, fighting style, and even classes. As set designers, it is essential to use an identifiable style to help the audience understand how and why the set works for a specific production. While lower Sets can be used on different characters with nearly identical results, a Sorceress will never be able to attain the full power of the Immortal King because of class restrictions. While a Set consists of two to six pieces, it is possible to wear two full sets at once depending on your setup. This will unleash even more bonus stats for your character.

The downside of using complete sets early in the game is the eventual replacement for them. You may keep finding better Helmets for your character, but replacing the Set helmet with the newly found one will cause the full set bonus to disappear. This means that it is harder to part from specific pieces of the equipment because one must consider the pros and cons of changing gear, unlike simply replacing an old helmet with a better new one. Note that sets are designed with the collectors in mind and are continually evolving. This means that as you equip two or more pieces of one Set, you will unlock additional qualities that were previously unknown.

Set Bonuses

Speaking of bonuses, sets can be completed even on the hireling, who fully benefit from the set bonuses. Bonuses are accumulated when an entire set of items are equipped as it was in the expansion pack Lord of Destruction. There, Blizzard added  a Partial Set Bonus feature to sets that include more than two items. For each item you equip past the first, there is a bonus added to the item itself until you put together the whole set. This means it’s not necessary to equip an entire set to get some beneficial bonuses. Some of the new sets added in Lord of Destruction give particularly interesting bonuses upon completion. Many sets give bonuses that one normally cannot find on Magic or Rare items. One of them (Trang-Oul’s Avatar, a set for Necromancers) will even transform you into a Vampire enemy, and give you three of the Sorceress’ Fire Skills! Basically set bonuses work similar to a “runeword“, which is formed from multiple runes in the correct order and has a bonus applied instead of simply adding up the properties of the individual runes.

Normal or Exceptional set items

A set can be Normal or exceptional. Initially, Sets were composed of normal items which made sets useless at higher levels, where higher base gear was more common and useful. Blizzard added more sets that included exceptional and elite items when they released Lord of Destruction. This made them a much better choice late in the game, as opposed to the standard sets. There are also Class sets which refer to several item sales that can only be fully equipped by one class since one or two items in each set are class specific, and the set bonuses are themed for a single class.

Each class in Diablo II has a set built explicitly for them. It also depends which of the builds you choose. Upon the completion of these sets, your character will get a golden light shining around them. This does not happen when using Trang-Oul’s Avatar. Here your character will transform into a Ghoul Lord. When using Natalya’s Odium, your Assassin will appear faded. These sets always include class-specific items, i.e., only the class the set is intended for can complete it.

There are other sets also intended for only one class, but they do not award a unique graphical feature.

To identify the difference between normal sets, exceptional set and class sets, refer to the following setlist.

Normal Sets

  • Arcanna’s Tricks
  • Arctic Gear
  • Berserker’s Arsenal
  • Cathan’s Traps
  • Civerb’s Vestments
  • Cleglaw’s Brace
  • Angelic Raiment
  • Hsarus’ Defense
  • Infernal Tools
  • Iratha’s Finery
  • Isenhart’s Armory
  • Milabrega’s Regalia
  • Sigon’s Complete Steel
  • Tancred’s Battlegear
  • Death’s Disguise
  • Vidala’s Rig

Exceptional Sets

  • Heaven’s Brethren
  • The Disciple
  • Hwanin’s Majesty
  • Cow King’s Leathers
  • Naj’s Ancient Vestige
  • Sander’s Folly
  • Sazabi’s Grand Tribute
  • Orphan’s Call

Elite & Class Sets

  • Aldur’s Watchtower
  • Bul-Kathos’ Children
  • Griswold’s Legacy
  • M’avina’s Battle Hymn
  • Natalya’s Odium
  • Tal Rasha’s Wrappings
  • Trang-Oul’s Avatar
  • Immortal King

In summary, please note that sets can be:

  • Socketed using the appropriate quest reward or Horadric Cube Recipe.
  • Enhanced with Runes, Gems or Jewels if socket slots are open.
  • Unsocketed if the bonus of an insert isn’t desirable anymore.
  • Named using the appropriate quest reward.

And cannot be:

  • Worn partially for the full set bonus. Every piece must be equipped. Placing unwanted pieces in the inventory will not count towards equipping a full set.
  • ‘Rune worded.’ While you will receive the bonus for each specific rune, you will not be able to make rune words using set items.