Stealth: Armor Rune Word - Diablo 2

Stealth in Eth Full Plate Mail

The Stealth Rune Word is the earliest Rune Word you can make using Chest Armor in the game and it's one of the most powerful (if not the most powerful) early piece of equipment that you can get for your character. All you need to make this Rune Word is a Tal and an Eth High rune, both of which are extremely easy to find early on in the game.

Keep in mind that all Rune Words you create will retain any pre-existing bonuses found on the item. If you find a 'Superior' piece of armor with +Enhanced Defense, a Superior Weapon with +Enhanced Damage or a Helm/Weapon that has +Skill bonuses for a certain class, all of these will remain on the final Rune Word that is created. It's also possible to 'ebug' a piece of Ethereal Armor that you find which will increase the Defense bonuses by 50%, check out my Ebugging Guide for more information.


Farming High Runes: Out of all locations in the game one stands above the rest for farming specifically High Runes, the Countess during Act 1. The Countess has a guaranteed chance to always drop a High Rune and can even drop more than one. Check out my The Countess Farming Guide for more information.


Required Runes: Tal RuneTal -- Eth RuneEth
Level Req: 17
Other Req: N/A
Slots: Chest Armor

+25% Faster Run/Walk
+25% Faster Casting Rate
+25% Faster Hit Recovery
+6 to Dexterity
Regenerate Mana 15%
+15 Maximum Stamina
Poison Resist +30%
Magic Damage Reduced by 3


Stealth Runeword in Chain Mail

Stealth Runeword in Ring Mail

Stealth Runeword in Studded Leather