Splendor: Shield Rune Word - Diablo 2

Splendor Rune Word in Monarch

Splendor is a rather cheap and easy to make Rune Word which is often seen as a weaker version of Spirit. Everything Splendor does, Spirit does way better. Many players use Splendor as a budget form of Spirit or in place of Spirit until they can find a shield that has 4 Open Sockets.

Alternatively, Necromancers who find an exceptionally good Shrunken Head will use Splendor over Spirit since the max amount of Sockets a Shrunken Head can have is 2. In other words, the only real reason people use the Splendor Rune Word is when they have no other choice and Spirit is some way unable to be obtained for them.

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: Eth RuneEth -- Lum RuneLum
Level Req: 37
Other Req: N/A
Slots: Shield

+1 To All Skills
+10% Faster Cast Rate
+20% Faster Block Rate
+60-100% Enhanced Defense (varies)
+10 To Energy
Regenerate Mana 15%
50% Extra Gold From Monsters
20% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
+3 To Light Radius

 

Splendor Rune Word in Monarch

 

Splendor Rune Word in Large Shield

 

Splendor Rune Word in Targe
Splendor Rune Word in Paladin Targe Shield.