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PostSubject: Median Xl Contents   Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:37 pm

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Q: What do I need to get the mod running? Does it work with other mods and stuff?

Median XL supports both PC and Mac computers. It is a patch_d2.mpq mod (as opposed to an unpacked -direct -txt mod) which means installation is very easy.

This is what you must have installed in order to play Median XL.

* the Diablo 2 game
* the Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction expansion
* your game installation must be patched to any version from at least 1.10 to 1.12.

Q: What exactly is the mod about? What does it change?

Median XL is a mod for Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction. It changes many features of the original game - basically, it revamps nearly everything. The following is a rundown of the more visible changes in the game.



Q: I like socketing stuff. Tell me what the mod has.

Median XL contains the standard Diablo 2 gems with new bonuses, as well as 5 additional gem types and 20 additional runes. Also, since sockets can now appear on other armor pieces (gloves, belts, boots), the gem and rune effects for those pieces share the same effect as on armor. So for example if gem X gives life when used on weapons, mana on armor, and resistances on shields, if you slot it into a belt you will get the armor effect (mana).


Gems

Unfortunately, the new gem types are not considered as gems in some parts of the game; for example, you cannot upgrade them with Gem Shrines. This is a game limitation (not mod).


Amber Amethyst

Weapons - chance% reanimate as: Death Gnat
Armor - +Lightning Resist%
Shields - Slow attacker by %


Weapons - % bonus to Attack Rating
Armor - +% bonus to Dexterity
Shields - +X mana when struck by enemy


Bloodstone Diamond

Weapons - +% bonus to Summoned Minion life
Armor - +Fire Resist%
Shields - +% bonus to Summoned Minion resistances


Weapons - +% to Spell Damage
Armor - +% bonus to Strength
Shields - +all resistances%


Emerald Onyx

Weapons - +X to Maximum Damage
Armor - +X to Life Regen
Shields - +Poison Resist%


Weapons - +% bonus to Summoned Minion damage
Armor - +Cold Resist%
Shields - % chance of Uninterruptible Attack


Ruby Sapphire

Weapons - +X Life after each kill
Armor - +% bonus to Vitality
Shields - +Fire Resist%


Weapons - +X Mana after each kill
Armor - +% bonus to buff/debuff/cold skill duration
Shields - +Cold Resist%

Topaz Turquoise

Weapons - +X Energy Factor to Spell Damage
Armor - +% bonus to Energy
Shields - +Lightning Resist%


Weapons - +X% to Mana Regen
Armor - +Poison Resist%
Shields - +% chance of Getting Magic Items

Rainbow Stone Skull

Weapons - +% Crushing Blow
Armor - +X Crafting Points
Shields - % Curse Length Reduction

Weapons - +% Enhanced Damage
Armor - +% Enhanced Defence
Shields - % Poison Length Reduction

Gemwords

Gemwords are similar to Runewords, involving gems instead of runes. To make a gemword, use a grey (i.e. nonmagical, socketed) item, and put jewels into all sockets except one. Then fill that last socket with a gem. The resulting item will have the jewels' and gem's bonus as expected, with one difference: the gem bonus is multiplied by (number of sockets + 1).

Example

Grey long war bow (4 sockets) + 3 jewels + 1 flawless Ruby

Bonus: jewel bonuses + (flawless Ruby bonus x5)
From the gem descriptions above, we see that socketing ruby gems on weapons grant +X Life after each kill, and from the official website we find that for flawless quality the value of X is 8. Thus, this gemword will give you the jewel bonuses and +(8 x5) Life after each kill (or +40 Life after each kill).

As you can see, gemwords provide an affordable option for even low level characters who have specific bonus needs without having to sacrifice a lot of power to obtain them. Unlike runewords though, gemwords are not keyed with particular names - on the item you create, only the text "Gemword!" will appear in light bronze.

Items with only one socket may also have a gemword. In this case you don't need any jewels (only room for a gem, after all), and the resulting bonus is simply (1 + 1) = 2 times the bonus of the gem.

Runes

For the full runes list, please see the official website.

Special note: The three Greater Runes are not obtainable from the simple Horadric Cube upgrade recipe, nor can they be downgraded. They are level 100, and can only be found in the Faustinville uberlevel on Destruction difficulty.


* Taha

Weapons - +40 to Maximum Damage
Armor - +20 to Maximum Damage
Shields - +20 to Maximum Damage


* Ghal

Weapons - +15 Energy Factor to Spell Damage
Armor - +5 Energy Factor to Spell Damage
Shields - +5 Energy Factor to Spell Damage

* Qor

Weapons - -12% Requirements
Armor - -12% Requirements
Shields - -12% Requirements


Runewords

As with gemwords, runewords can only be created in grey (nonmagical, socketed) items. Similarly, each runeword actually only requires one rune! However, this does not mean you can only make runewords in items with only one socket: just as with gemwords before, you fill up the other sockets with jewels first, and then only do you insert the rune into the final socket to get your runeword.


So how can Median XL sport 250+ runewords when each runeword consists of only 1 rune, and that there are fewer than that number of basic runes? Easy. The runeword you obtain is different depending on what base item you socket it into. For example, the rune Dol will result in the runeword Enyo when socketed into a weapon, Outlaw when socketed into boots, and Asmodai when socketed into a Paladin Shield.


Also, just as with gemwords, you still obtain the jewel bonuses on top of that! So your runeword item isn't necessarily the same as everybody elses'. In fact you may even find better jewels later to create a more powerful item of the same runeword Smile

Q: Interesting. Does this mean I get to do more things with the cube?

CUBE RECIPES

The cube was always an underused aspect of Diablo II. Median XL overhauls its function from a cute gimmick to an important tool of war.

Crafting Points
Many cube recipes work only if you have the required amount of Crafting Points on your equipped items. If you do not meet this requirement, the recipe will not work. Crafting Point requirements are listed near the recipe in grey text:

Upgrade Egg to Chicken: 200 Crafting Points

To use this recipe and turn an egg into a chicken, you would need to wear something like an armour with +183 Crafting Points and an amulet with +28 Crafting Points.

Reagents

Victim's Heart/Meditation Candle
These reagents can be obtained by buying them from any magic items vendor.

Arcane Shards
These reagents can be obtained by disenchanting unique items, see below.

Arcane Crystal
These reagents are created by cubing Arcane Shards in sets of five.

Mystic Orb
These reagents can be obtained by buying them from any magic items vendor or by killing monsters. Note that not all Mystic Orbs can be bought...

Portable Shrine
These reagents are orange crucifixes that drop in late Terror and in Destruction difficulty. They allow you to create and bless items, see below.

DISENCHANTING

These recipes deal with disassembling items into cube reagents or other items.

Disenchant unique

This recipe creates Arcane Shards and Arcane Crystals, which are a required ingredient for other cube recipes. You get them by disenchanting uniques.

Unique + mana potion -> Arcane Shards + mana potion
Arcane Shards x5 -> Arcane Crystal

Disenchant set

Sacrifice set items to obtain a Signet of Learning. The Signet can be consumed to gain 1 attribute point permanently. You can only use 500 signets on any single character.

Set item + mana potion -> Signet of Learning + mana potion

ITEM QUALITY UPGRADES

These recipes deal with changing one item quality to another.

Reroll low quality to regular

This recipe allows you to upgrade a low quality item to regular quality. This also rerolls the socket count on the item.

Low quality item + gem -> reroll item as regular

Reroll regular to superior

Similar to the previous recipe, you can upgrade a regular nonmagical item to a superior item. This rerolls the socket count on the item.

Regular item + gem -> reroll item as superior

Reroll nonmagical to magic

Takes any non-enchanted item (white or grey) and upgrades it to a basic magical item. Although magic items are not the most powerful items around, they are used as base items for further upgrades, notably to create honorific items.

Any nonmagical item + gem + scroll of town portal + scroll of identify -> reroll item as magic

Reroll magic to rare (gem shatter recipe)

Turn any magical item into a rare item. Note that this will slightly lower the output item level to 85% of the input item level, which limits the range of high level affixes that can appear on it.

Magic item + gem + rune -> reroll item as rare

Reroll magic to honorific

Honorific items are blank items that receive a double bonus from Mystic Orbs. This enables you to create your own custom items, provided you have some money to spend on the ingredients and the Mystic Orbs.

See the HONORIFIC AND SHRINE CRAFTS page for more details.

Magic weapon/armor + Meditation Candle + Victim's Heart -> return item as honorific

Reroll any item to unique

One of the most powerful recipes in Median XL, this recipe uses the reagents obtained by disenchanting uniques to turn a single item of your choosing into a unique. But choose wisely, because this power comes at a very high cost. This does not work on sacred items.

Non-sacred item + Arcane Crystal x2 + perfect gem -> reroll item as unique

Chaos reroll recipe

This recipe essentially ‘drops’ the item again. You may get a lowly white or magical item... or a powerful rare or unique. It depends on the roll of the dice, though high magic find helps.

Any item + jewel + healing potion + mana potion -> reroll item randomly

Affix burn recipe

This explosive alchemical combination burns all magic off an item, returning it as a basic damaged low quality item. This recipe is useful to prepare an item for a runeword.

Any item + rune + healing potion + mana potion -> reroll item as low quality

Reroll superior/magic/rare item

These recipes reroll the modifiers and socket count on any superior, magic or rare item. This is useful when you have a bad rare that could have been good, or to try and get better superior bonuses on your item before making a runeword.

Superior item + rune -> reroll item
Magic item + rune -> reroll item
Rare item + rune -> reroll item

Dupe recipe

Face it, this is a single player game and people have no morals. After learning that a significant part of my players dupe, I decided I might as well provide a recipe for it to give the more scrupulous players a chance to catch up with the ill-gotten gains of the cheaters.

Any gem or jewel + Arcane Crystal + town portal scroll x3 -> item x2

Trivia: In older versions of Median XL, this recipe could dupe any item. This led to players setting up shop and trading duped items to the entire community for a small fee, flooding the market with powerful items.

Zomghelp recipe

If you have very bad luck and find yourself stuck with no useful weapon or armour, use this recipe to create yourself some baseline items. The items come with very weak random stats, but have a built-in enhanced damage or defence bonus.

Magic weapon/armor + rare amulet + rare ring -> reroll item as level 1 magical item

This recipe also adds +25% Enhanced Damage (weapons) or +25% Enhanced Defense (armour) if you use it at character level 1, and an additional +2% for each higher character level. A level 40 character, for example, will get +103%.

UPTIER RECIPES

These recipes improve tiered items by upgrading them to higher tiers, improving their base statistics and maximum sockets but also increasing requirements. You cannot use these recipes to create Sacred items.

See the BASE ITEMS page for more information about item tiers.

Uptier recipe

This recipe enables you to upgrade any tiered item to the next higher tier. The modifiers on the item remain intact, but the new item will have improved base statistics and higher requirements.

Any non-sacred weapon/armor + Arcane Crystal -> return item as next higher tier

Due to an unfortunate bug in Diablo II, this recipe is limited to non-ethereal items. Sorry...

Special unique uptier recipe

When you finally have that unique you always wanted but discover to your regret that it is a low tier version and no longer useful, you can fix that.

This recipe is an improved version of the generic uptier recipe. Not only is the item upgraded to the next higher tier, but the modifiers are rerolled and replaced with those of the higher tier version of the unique.

Non-sacred unique weapon/armor + Arcane Crystal + gem -> reroll as next higher tier

AFFIX UPGRADES

These recipes deal with improving items by adding extra affixes to them.

Due to an unfortunate bug in Diablo II, these recipes are limited to non-ethereal items. Sorry...

Mystic Orb recipe

You can find Mystic Orbs or buy them for a base price of 1000 gold. Mystic Orbs add an affix to an item, making it more powerful at the cost of a +2 required level penalty. Hover over a Mystic Orb to see which items are compatible with it.

Any non-ethereal item of the appropriate type + Mystic Orb -> add orb bonus and +2 required level

Btw. You can only apply up to 15 of the same Mystic Orb (eg. +strength) to your item.

Btw. The level requirement penalty is applied after taking into account both the base item level and the level of any socket fillers. This means for example if you have a belt with required level 20, add five orbs (level penalty +10) and socket a Rha rune (required level 100), you get a belt with required level 100+10 = 110.

Btw. You cannot use this recipe on jewels.

Trophy recipe (new in 1.95)

Killing an uberquest boss will often yield his own special unique charm on Destruction difficulty. But before you grab the charm and leave the uberquest area for good, consider that many bosses also have an additional 2% chance to drop a special trophy which you can cube with the charm for a small extra bonus.

See the UBERQUESTS MENU for more information.

Any uberquest trophy + Corresponding unique charm -> return charm with added bonus

Btw. This recipe only works once per charm.

Lucky modifier recipe

This recipe allows you to use 3 runes for a chance to add an extra bonus to an item.

Any non-ethereal item + rune x3 -> returns item, may add bonuses

This recipe has 20% chance to add any of the following bonuses:

Weapon: +40% Enhanced Damage, 100% Bonus to Attack Rating
Armour: +40% Enhanced Defense, Damage Reduced by 1%
Amulet: +1 to All Skill Levels
Ring: +10% to Spell Damage
Quiver: 5% Bonus to all Attributes
Jewel: +2 to Strength, +2 to Dexterity, +2 to Energy, +2 to Vitality

Btw. You can only try this recipe once on a given item. If the upgrade fails and you want to try again, your only recourse is to reroll the item.

Socket drill recipe

Use this recipe to add extra sockets to an item. The more jewels you feed this recipe, the more sockets it will create.

Non-socketed non-ethereal item + jewel x[1-6] -> returns item with [1-6] sockets

Warning: this recipe will not go over the max natural sockets an item can have. Lower tier items have a lower socket count.

See the BASE ITEMS page for more information about the maximum sockets.

PORTABLE SHRINES

In Terror and Destruction difficulty, you may find Portable Shrines, relics from the ancient labyrinth beneath Tristram. They were once part of altars that granted their Heavenly blessings to adventurers, but have lost much of their power and are now most commonly used to create enchanted items.

There are 15 types of Portable Shrines with eldritch names and a short arcane phrase giving you a clue about what the Shrine will do. However, the power of the shrine depends on Divine Will and varies from item to item.

The following Portable Shrines exist:
Abandoned Shrine
Creepy Shrine
Eerie Shrine
Fascinating Shrine
Gloomy Shrine
Hidden Shrine
Magical Shrine
Ornate Shrine
Quiet Shrine
Sacred Shrine
Shimmering Shrine
Spiritual Shrine
Stone Shrine
Tainted Shrine
Weird Shrine

Experiment, learn and create some of the most powerful items in all of Sanctuary.

Btw. Each Portable Shrine comes with 10 charges. Each use in the cube will drain one charge. When you use up the last charge, it disappears.

Shrine crafting

Use a Portable Shrine to turn any sacred item into a powerful crafted item. The crafted item comes with several random rare modifiers and there is a high chance that some preset modifiers based on shrine type will appear as well. The preset modifiers may stack with the rare modifiers, creating some very powerful items.

Rare/unique/set/crafted sacred item + Portable Shrine -> reroll item as crafted + Portable Shrine -1 charge

Crafted items always have maximum sockets and receive a double bonus from Mystic Orbs.

What affixes will the item have?
The resulting crafted item spawns with 0-3 preset affixes depending on luck and shrine type used, and 1-4 extra random rare affixes, based on the item level:

Item level 1-30 : 40% chance of 1 affix and 20% chance each of 2, 3 or 4 affixes.
Item level 31-50 : 60% chance of 2 affixes and 20% chance each of 3 or 4 affixes.
Item level 51-70 : 80% chance of 3 affixes and 20% chance of 4 affixes.
Item level 71+ : 100% chance of 4 affixes.

The required level of a crafted item is:

[level of the highest affix * 3/4] + 10 + 3 * [number of random rare affixes]

Especially at lower levels, this formula may create items with a required level above the level of the character that crafted them. This is a feature of crafting and occurs in classic LoD as well.

Do not confuse required level, which appears on the item, with item level, which is invisible and usually equal to the monster level of the monster that dropped the item.

Btw. Due to a technical issue, you cannot use honorific items as input items.

Btw. If you ask me why your non-sacred item does not work, I murder a kitten.

Shrine blessing

A variant of shrine crafting, this recipe allows you to impart the blessings of the shrine unto an existing sacred item. This randomly adds some or all of the shrine modifiers to the item and subtracts 1 charge. You can only use this recipe once per item, so choose your shrine wisely.

Rare/crafted/honorific sacred item + Portable Shrine + Arcane Crystal -> add shrine bonuses + Portable Shrine -1 charge

The item gains 0-3 preset affixes depending on luck and shrine type used.

Due to an unfortunate bug in Diablo II, this recipe is limited to non-ethereal items. Sorry...

JEWELCRAFTING

Create your own crafted jewels. These are potentially the best jewels in the game, if you are dedicated enough to make a full set of them.

Jewelcrafting

Jewel + perfect gem + rune + healing potion + mana potion -> reroll jewel as crafted, add bonuses

The bonuses on the jewel depend on the rune used as follows:

Tir: (6 to 10)% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Ith: All Resists +(3 to 5)%

Tir, Ith: 50 Crafting Points

Ort: Requirements –(2 to 4)%
Shael: +(21 to 50) Defense

Ort, Shael: 100 Crafting Points

Lum: +(1 to 2)% to Experience Gained
Lem: +(3 to 5) to All Attributes

Lum, Lem: 150 Crafting Points

Ist: +(4 to 6)% Bonus to Summoned Minion Life
Ohm: +(4 to 12) to Maximum Damage

Ist, Ohm: 200 Crafting Points

Ber: (1 to 2)% Life Stolen per Hit, (1 to 2)% Mana Stolen per Hit
Zod: +(1 to 3)% to Spell Damage

Ber, Zod: 250 Crafting Points

Kur: +(4 to 6)% Bonus to Summoned Minion Damage
Nas: Slows Target by 1%

Kur, Nas: 300 Crafting Points

Vith: +(2 to 4)% Bonus to Summoned Minion Resistances
Thai: +(6 to 15) to Minimum Damage

Vith, Thai: 350 Crafting Points

Nih: +(2 to Cool Life on Striking in Melee, +(2 to Cool Mana on Striking in Melee

Nih: 400 Crafting Points



CUBE RECIPES

The cube was always an underused aspect of Diablo II. Median XL overhauls its function from a cute gimmick to an important tool of war.

Crafting Points
Many cube recipes work only if you have the required amount of Crafting Points on your equipped items. If you do not meet this requirement, the recipe will not work. Crafting Point requirements are listed near the recipe in grey text:

Upgrade Egg to Chicken: 200 Crafting Points

To use this recipe and turn an egg into a chicken, you would need to wear something like an armour with +183 Crafting Points and an amulet with +28 Crafting Points.

Reagents

Victim's Heart/Meditation Candle
These reagents can be obtained by buying them from any magic items vendor.

Arcane Shards
These reagents can be obtained by disenchanting unique items, see below.

Arcane Crystal
These reagents are created by cubing Arcane Shards in sets of five.

Mystic Orb
These reagents can be obtained by buying them from any magic items vendor or by killing monsters. Note that not all Mystic Orbs can be bought...

Portable Shrine
These reagents are orange crucifixes that drop in late Terror and in Destruction difficulty. They allow you to create and bless items, see below.

DISENCHANTING

These recipes deal with disassembling items into cube reagents or other items.

Disenchant unique

This recipe creates Arcane Shards and Arcane Crystals, which are a required ingredient for other cube recipes. You get them by disenchanting uniques.

Unique + mana potion -> Arcane Shards + mana potion
Arcane Shards x5 -> Arcane Crystal

Disenchant set

Sacrifice set items to obtain a Signet of Learning. The Signet can be consumed to gain 1 attribute point permanently. You can only use 500 signets on any single character.

Set item + mana potion -> Signet of Learning + mana potion

ITEM QUALITY UPGRADES

These recipes deal with changing one item quality to another.

Reroll low quality to regular

This recipe allows you to upgrade a low quality item to regular quality. This also rerolls the socket count on the item.

Low quality item + gem -> reroll item as regular

Reroll regular to superior

Similar to the previous recipe, you can upgrade a regular nonmagical item to a superior item. This rerolls the socket count on the item.

Regular item + gem -> reroll item as superior

Reroll nonmagical to magic

Takes any non-enchanted item (white or grey) and upgrades it to a basic magical item. Although magic items are not the most powerful items around, they are used as base items for further upgrades, notably to create honorific items.

Any nonmagical item + gem + scroll of town portal + scroll of identify -> reroll item as magic

Reroll magic to rare (gem shatter recipe)

Turn any magical item into a rare item. Note that this will slightly lower the output item level to 85% of the input item level, which limits the range of high level affixes that can appear on it.

Magic item + gem + rune -> reroll item as rare

Reroll magic to honorific

Honorific items are blank items that receive a double bonus from Mystic Orbs. This enables you to create your own custom items, provided you have some money to spend on the ingredients and the Mystic Orbs.

See the HONORIFIC AND SHRINE CRAFTS page for more details.

Magic weapon/armor + Meditation Candle + Victim's Heart -> return item as honorific

Reroll any item to unique

One of the most powerful recipes in Median XL, this recipe uses the reagents obtained by disenchanting uniques to turn a single item of your choosing into a unique. But choose wisely, because this power comes at a very high cost. This does not work on sacred items.

Non-sacred item + Arcane Crystal x2 + perfect gem -> reroll item as unique

Chaos reroll recipe

This recipe essentially ‘drops’ the item again. You may get a lowly white or magical item... or a powerful rare or unique. It depends on the roll of the dice, though high magic find helps.

Any item + jewel + healing potion + mana potion -> reroll item randomly

Affix burn recipe

This explosive alchemical combination burns all magic off an item, returning it as a basic damaged low quality item. This recipe is useful to prepare an item for a runeword.

Any item + rune + healing potion + mana potion -> reroll item as low quality

Reroll superior/magic/rare item

These recipes reroll the modifiers and socket count on any superior, magic or rare item. This is useful when you have a bad rare that could have been good, or to try and get better superior bonuses on your item before making a runeword.

Superior item + rune -> reroll item
Magic item + rune -> reroll item
Rare item + rune -> reroll item

Dupe recipe

Face it, this is a single player game and people have no morals. After learning that a significant part of my players dupe, I decided I might as well provide a recipe for it to give the more scrupulous players a chance to catch up with the ill-gotten gains of the cheaters.

Any gem or jewel + Arcane Crystal + town portal scroll x3 -> item x2

Trivia: In older versions of Median XL, this recipe could dupe any item. This led to players setting up shop and trading duped items to the entire community for a small fee, flooding the market with powerful items.

Zomghelp recipe

If you have very bad luck and find yourself stuck with no useful weapon or armour, use this recipe to create yourself some baseline items. The items come with very weak random stats, but have a built-in enhanced damage or defence bonus.

Magic weapon/armor + rare amulet + rare ring -> reroll item as level 1 magical item

This recipe also adds +25% Enhanced Damage (weapons) or +25% Enhanced Defense (armour) if you use it at character level 1, and an additional +2% for each higher character level. A level 40 character, for example, will get +103%.

UPTIER RECIPES

These recipes improve tiered items by upgrading them to higher tiers, improving their base statistics and maximum sockets but also increasing requirements. You cannot use these recipes to create Sacred items.

See the BASE ITEMS page for more information about item tiers.

Uptier recipe

This recipe enables you to upgrade any tiered item to the next higher tier. The modifiers on the item remain intact, but the new item will have improved base statistics and higher requirements.

Any non-sacred weapon/armor + Arcane Crystal -> return item as next higher tier

Due to an unfortunate bug in Diablo II, this recipe is limited to non-ethereal items. Sorry...

Special unique uptier recipe

When you finally have that unique you always wanted but discover to your regret that it is a low tier version and no longer useful, you can fix that.

This recipe is an improved version of the generic uptier recipe. Not only is the item upgraded to the next higher tier, but the modifiers are rerolled and replaced with those of the higher tier version of the unique.

Non-sacred unique weapon/armor + Arcane Crystal + gem -> reroll as next higher tier

AFFIX UPGRADES

These recipes deal with improving items by adding extra affixes to them.

Due to an unfortunate bug in Diablo II, these recipes are limited to non-ethereal items. Sorry...

Mystic Orb recipe

You can find Mystic Orbs or buy them for a base price of 1000 gold. Mystic Orbs add an affix to an item, making it more powerful at the cost of a +2 required level penalty. Hover over a Mystic Orb to see which items are compatible with it.

Any non-ethereal item of the appropriate type + Mystic Orb -> add orb bonus and +2 required level

Btw. You can only apply up to 15 of the same Mystic Orb (eg. +strength) to your item.

Btw. The level requirement penalty is applied after taking into account both the base item level and the level of any socket fillers. This means for example if you have a belt with required level 20, add five orbs (level penalty +10) and socket a Rha rune (required level 100), you get a belt with required level 100+10 = 110.

Btw. You cannot use this recipe on jewels.

Trophy recipe (new in 1.95)

Killing an uberquest boss will often yield his own special unique charm on Destruction difficulty. But before you grab the charm and leave the uberquest area for good, consider that many bosses also have an additional 2% chance to drop a special trophy which you can cube with the charm for a small extra bonus.

See the UBERQUESTS MENU for more information.

Any uberquest trophy + Corresponding unique charm -> return charm with added bonus

Btw. This recipe only works once per charm.

Lucky modifier recipe

This recipe allows you to use 3 runes for a chance to add an extra bonus to an item.

Any non-ethereal item + rune x3 -> returns item, may add bonuses

This recipe has 20% chance to add any of the following bonuses:

Weapon: +40% Enhanced Damage, 100% Bonus to Attack Rating
Armour: +40% Enhanced Defense, Damage Reduced by 1%
Amulet: +1 to All Skill Levels
Ring: +10% to Spell Damage
Quiver: 5% Bonus to all Attributes
Jewel: +2 to Strength, +2 to Dexterity, +2 to Energy, +2 to Vitality

Btw. You can only try this recipe once on a given item. If the upgrade fails and you want to try again, your only recourse is to reroll the item.

Socket drill recipe

Use this recipe to add extra sockets to an item. The more jewels you feed this recipe, the more sockets it will create.

Non-socketed non-ethereal item + jewel x[1-6] -> returns item with [1-6] sockets

Warning: this recipe will not go over the max natural sockets an item can have. Lower tier items have a lower socket count.

See the BASE ITEMS page for more information about the maximum sockets.

PORTABLE SHRINES

In Terror and Destruction difficulty, you may find Portable Shrines, relics from the ancient labyrinth beneath Tristram. They were once part of altars that granted their Heavenly blessings to adventurers, but have lost much of their power and are now most commonly used to create enchanted items.

There are 15 types of Portable Shrines with eldritch names and a short arcane phrase giving you a clue about what the Shrine will do. However, the power of the shrine depends on Divine Will and varies from item to item.

The following Portable Shrines exist:
Abandoned Shrine
Creepy Shrine
Eerie Shrine
Fascinating Shrine
Gloomy Shrine
Hidden Shrine
Magical Shrine
Ornate Shrine
Quiet Shrine
Sacred Shrine
Shimmering Shrine
Spiritual Shrine
Stone Shrine
Tainted Shrine
Weird Shrine

Experiment, learn and create some of the most powerful items in all of Sanctuary.

Btw. Each Portable Shrine comes with 10 charges. Each use in the cube will drain one charge. When you use up the last charge, it disappears.

Shrine crafting

Use a Portable Shrine to turn any sacred item into a powerful crafted item. The crafted item comes with several random rare modifiers and there is a high chance that some preset modifiers based on shrine type will appear as well. The preset modifiers may stack with the rare modifiers, creating some very powerful items.

Rare/unique/set/crafted sacred item + Portable Shrine -> reroll item as crafted + Portable Shrine -1 charge

Crafted items always have maximum sockets and receive a double bonus from Mystic Orbs.

What affixes will the item have?
The resulting crafted item spawns with 0-3 preset affixes depending on luck and shrine type used, and 1-4 extra random rare affixes, based on the item level:

Item level 1-30 : 40% chance of 1 affix and 20% chance each of 2, 3 or 4 affixes.
Item level 31-50 : 60% chance of 2 affixes and 20% chance each of 3 or 4 affixes.
Item level 51-70 : 80% chance of 3 affixes and 20% chance of 4 affixes.
Item level 71+ : 100% chance of 4 affixes.

The required level of a crafted item is:

[level of the highest affix * 3/4] + 10 + 3 * [number of random rare affixes]

Especially at lower levels, this formula may create items with a required level above the level of the character that crafted them. This is a feature of crafting and occurs in classic LoD as well.

Do not confuse required level, which appears on the item, with item level, which is invisible and usually equal to the monster level of the monster that dropped the item.

Btw. Due to a technical issue, you cannot use honorific items as input items.

Btw. If you ask me why your non-sacred item does not work, I murder a kitten.

Shrine blessing

A variant of shrine crafting, this recipe allows you to impart the blessings of the shrine unto an existing sacred item. This randomly adds some or all of the shrine modifiers to the item and subtracts 1 charge. You can only use this recipe once per item, so choose your shrine wisely.

Rare/crafted/honorific sacred item + Portable Shrine + Arcane Crystal -> add shrine bonuses + Portable Shrine -1 charge

The item gains 0-3 preset affixes depending on luck and shrine type used.

Due to an unfortunate bug in Diablo II, this recipe is limited to non-ethereal items. Sorry...

JEWELCRAFTING

Create your own crafted jewels. These are potentially the best jewels in the game, if you are dedicated enough to make a full set of them.

Jewelcrafting

Jewel + perfect gem + rune + healing potion + mana potion -> reroll jewel as crafted, add bonuses

The bonuses on the jewel depend on the rune used as follows:

Tir: (6 to 10)% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Ith: All Resists +(3 to 5)%

Tir, Ith: 50 Crafting Points

Ort: Requirements –(2 to 4)%
Shael: +(21 to 50) Defense

Ort, Shael: 100 Crafting Points

Lum: +(1 to 2)% to Experience Gained
Lem: +(3 to 5) to All Attributes

Lum, Lem: 150 Crafting Points

Ist: +(4 to 6)% Bonus to Summoned Minion Life
Ohm: +(4 to 12) to Maximum Damage

Ist, Ohm: 200 Crafting Points

Ber: (1 to 2)% Life Stolen per Hit, (1 to 2)% Mana Stolen per Hit
Zod: +(1 to 3)% to Spell Damage

Ber, Zod: 250 Crafting Points

Kur: +(4 to 6)% Bonus to Summoned Minion Damage
Nas: Slows Target by 1%

Kur, Nas: 300 Crafting Points

Vith: +(2 to 4)% Bonus to Summoned Minion Resistances
Thai: +(6 to 15) to Minimum Damage

Vith, Thai: 350 Crafting Points

Nih: +(2 to Cool Life on Striking in Melee, +(2 to Cool Mana on Striking in Melee

Nih: 400 Crafting Points

ALCHEMY

Use these recipes to create special Elixirs. When used, an Elixir lasts for 20 seconds, giving you a powerful effect for its duration.

Alchemy

Specific perfect gem + specific scroll -> corresponding Elixir x3

Any alchemy recipe: 500 Crafting Points

There are currently five known alchemy recipes. The mage clans are working on more and stronger concoctions, but the recent explosion of the Annuit lab has resulted in the loss of all collected knowledge so far.

Perfect Amber + Scroll of Identify:
Elixir of Adrenaline: cancels a running spell timer
Perfect Emerald + Scroll of Town Portal:
Elixir of Greater Experience: +300% to Experience Gained
Perfect Ruby + Scroll of Identify:
Elixir of Greater Greed: 350% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Perfect Sapphire + Scroll of Town Portal:
Elixir of Power: +15 to All Skills
Perfect Topaz + Scroll of Identify:
Elixir of Love: Reduces all Vendor Prices 25%

The Elixir of Adrenaline cancels a spell timer (red skill icon), allowing you to use a timered skill instantly again. This Elixir has an instant effect and therefore does not have a duration.

MISCELLANEOUS RECIPES

Gem upgrade recipe

You can upgrade gems to the next higher quality level. Note that unlike classic Diablo II, you only need two gems, not three.

Same gem x2 -> next higher gem quality

If you ask on the forum why you cannot cube 3 gems, you are an idiot.

Rune upgrade recipe

You can upgrade runes to the next higher or lower rune. This is useful when you need a certain exact rune to create a runeword.

Same rune x2 -> next higher rune
Rune -> next lower rune

These recipes do not allow you to obtain or downgrade Great Runes (Taha, Ghal, Qor, Krys, Auhe and Sha'ad).

Unsocketing

These recipes separate the socket fillers (gems, jewels, runes) from an item and return both the item and the socket fillers.

Magical:
Rare:
Set:
Unique:
Crafted:
Honorific:

Socketed item + town portal scroll x3 -> separate item and socket fillers

Nonmagical:

Socketed item + town portal scroll x3 + perfect gem x3 -> separate item and socket fillers

Btw. Nonmagical items are grey, and therefore include runewords.

Book of Summoning creation recipe

You need a Book to attempt any of the summoning uberquests. Although the ingredients are expensive, once you have a Book, you get to keep it.

See the SUMMONING UBERQUESTS page for more information on what you can do with this Book once you have it.

Victim’s Heart x3 + Meditation Candle x3 -> Book of Summoning

Hard Mode Charm difficulty setting

This recipe increases or decreases the difficulty setting of your Hard Mode Charm. See the HARD MODE CHARM page for more details on what all of this means.

Hard Mode Charm + healing potion -> Hard Mode Charm difficulty +1
Hard Mode Charm + mana potion -> Hard Mode Charm difficulty -1

Pearl of Wisdom flipper

The omnipresent Pearls of Wisdom in Act 1 Hatred give new players some valuable information about Median XL. Using this recipe, you can browse through them all.

Pearl of Wisdom -> returns next Pearl of Wisdom

Skill and attribute respec recipe (New in 1.E9)

Diablo II patch 1.13 enables ingame skill and attribute respecs, both at Akara's and by collecting items. In Median, the recipe is much more accessible. A few potions will create an elixir that refunds your skill and attribute points.

Healing potion x3 + mana potion x3 -> Belladonna Elixir

* The elixir works only in Diablo II Lord of Destruction patch 1.13.

Shortcut recipes (New in 1.A9c)

Looking for a way to skip some of that long and boring content? Create your own quest items and give the questgivers the middle finger.

Arcane Crystal x2 + healing potion -> Horadric Staff
Arcane Crystal x2 + mana potion -> Khalim's Will

* You do need to create the quest items in the difficulty where you intend to use them, because they are earmarked by difficulty.

I Am Rich

Want to show the common rabble in your game how rich and powerful you are? This recipe consumes some of the rarest ubercharms and returns a completely useless gem to show to friends and strangers so they know that you are wealthy enough to waste ubercharms on a worthless gem.

See the UBERQUESTS MENU for more information.

Crystalline Flame Medaillon + Eternal Bone Pile + Demonsbane -> I Am Rich Gem

This recipe is inspired by the $1000 iPhone application that does nothing.

Cow Level portal recipe

Moo! You need to have killed Baal on your current difficulty and stand in the Rogue Encampment to use this recipe.

Wirt’s Leg + Tome of Town Portal -> Cow Level portal

Beware, the Cow Level is now a Heroic area.


Q: Great, last question. How are the mercenaries?

Median XL Mercenaries
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Mercenaries, hirelings - gotta love 'em. Median XL has not forgotten about these trusty allies, and they have been given a much-needed makeover in order for them to continue serving you well.

Basic tips

* Damage is good, but a dead mercenary deals none. Therefore, don't forget to equip them with gear that has good defence and resistances.

* The Act 3 mercenaries already have high energy and energy factor, so to really amp up their damage output give them gear with +x% to Spell Damage, -x% to Enemy Resistances, and +x to All Skills. Elemental damage buffs like Bloodlust and Elemental Totem also help them.

* Sometimes a mercenary will stop doing anything. A known game (not mod) bug which occasionally happens when you walk. To fix this, simply use a town portal.

* Mercenaries need a little time to warm up into their battle mindset - don't worry if they seem to start slowly.

The Sisters

Weakened by the prolonged siege, the Sisters of the Sightless Eye may not be in fighting condition. But help them liberate the Monastery and watch them rise and shine.

Bonuses

Starts with 30 energy; +6 energy per level
Defensive Harmony - slows attackers by 25%, +1% per 5 levels

* Ranger

Level Skill Effect
1 Cascade shoots arrows at all nearby enemies
12 Vanquish briefly increases physical damage
24 Wraith Arrow arrow that unleashes homing spirits
24 Broadside fires a massive stream of arrows at nearby enemies
90 War Spirit adds crushing blow and automatically casts spike novas

* Priestess

Level Skill Effect
1 Barrage shoots arrows in random directions
12 Blood Tide Totem totem: increases max hp by a percentage
24 Vindicate curse: heals party and increases damage when victim dies
24 Deathstrike mercenary shoots her bow and calls down an energy blast
90 Tremor all visible enemies lose 25% of their current hp

The Town Guard

Several trading routes converge at Lut Gholein, the jewel of the East. When the demons blocked access over land and the kraken nested in the port, travelling merchants, mystics and warriors were forced to take up arms to replace the dwindling numbers of town guards.

Bonuses

Starts with 20 energy; +4 energy per level
Suppression - crushing blow 25%, +1% per 5 levels
Grit - damage reduced by 20%, +1% per 5 levels

* Exemplar

Level Skill Effect
1 Retaliate retaliates when struck with a damaging shockwave
1 Retribute retaliates when struck by lowering resistances by -25%
6 Lifeblood slowly regenerates lost life over time
12 King of Blades automatically casts bouncing blades at nearby enemies
90 Disintegrate destructive blast of physical and magic damage

* Shapeshifter

Level Skill Effect
1 Werebear turns into a bear, increasing life and armour
1 Claw Tornado melee attack that sends out spinning whirlwinds
6 Bloodlust increases all damage of the party
12 Pounce teleport into an enemy, causing a powerful shockwave
90 Thorn Field melee attack that summons a ripple of spiked thorns

* Fighter Mage

Level Skill Effect
1 Titan Strike melee attack that heals and increases stats
1 Guard Tower summons a guard tower that shoots arrows at enemies
6 Glacial Nova casts a gigantic nova that completely freezes enemies
12 Fortress summons a ring of guard towers around the mercenary
90 Time Field field that slows the movement and attack speed of enemies

The Iron Wolves

Kehjistan is the wellspring of magic. This is where the first magically attuned hunter-gatherers settled at ley nodes and founded the primeval mage clans. Their distant sons of seventh sons will not give up the ley nodes to the forces of Hell without giving them hell first!

Bonuses

Starts with 200 energy; +20 energy per level
Unearthly Power - +250 energy factor to spell damage, +5 per level
Warp Armor - total defence +100%, +1% per level

* Bloodmage

Level Skill Effect
1 Flamefront casts a wave of multiple streaking fireballs
1 Punisher slow moving bolt that deals lethal poison damage
12 Gift of Inner Fire instantly regenerates the party's lost life
24 Pyroblast giant fireball that explodes in a pool of flame
90 Liche Form mercenary turns invulnerable and shoots Punishers around

* Necrolyte

Level Skill Effect
1 Hunting Banshee spirit follows random targets before exploding
1 Charm converts enemies to fight other enemies
12 Hex curse: damage and spell damage boost when victim hits you
24 Hailstorm rains deadly cold on target enemy
90 Venomous Spirit casts a powerful homing spirit of lethal poison

* Abjurer

Level Skill Effect
1 Forked Lightning casts multiple forked lightning bolts
1 Banish curse: reduces monster life by a percentage
12 Starfire web of magical energy that reduces enemy resistances
24 Supernova casts a gigantic nova of lightning
90 Superbeast morph into a demon, gain spell damage and speed

The Barbarians

Considered uncivilised man-beasts by some, sons of the nephalem by others, the only reason why few outsiders have reported their considerable shamanic prowess is because they were usually at the receiving end of it.

Bonuses

Starts with 10 energy; +2 energy per level
Mountain King - +20% bonus to strength and dexterity, +1% per 10 levels

* Barbarian

Level Skill Effect
1 Gift of the Wild increases all damage of the party
12 Thunder Slam damages and stuns enemies in a radius
18 Shower of Rocks melee attack that drops rocks that reduce physical resist
60 Ancients' Hand melee attack that unleashes a shockwave through the ground
90 Warband summons a barbarian army
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