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Rediscovering Diablo 2 again? Have a look at some of the best mods in existence for the game.

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With the recent announcement of Diablo 3, many have taken it upon themselves to jump back into the Diablo universe. Diablo 2 has shot up back into the top ten list here at ModDB and you'd be hard pressed to find a copy of the Diablo Battlechest at your local video game store. Gamers all over the world are dusting off their copies of previous games in the series to experience the nostalgia of playing one of the most classic and revered titles ever. However, it's no secret that release of Diablo 3 is still a long ways off. To help ease the pain, we've compiled a short list of essential mods for every Diablo 2 player. Be sure to check these great mods out in-between your bouts of salivating at Diablo 3 media.

MEDIAN 2008

If you only get one mod for Diablo 2, Median is the mod you want to get.

Median wrote: The main attraction of Median 2008 is the brand new skill trees, 30 skills per class, providing a whole new experience. The mod also offers a new base item setup with 6 quality tiers, 430 uniques, 490 runewords, a new affix pool and gem/jewel stats, and many new and powerful crafting recipes.
All this would be for nothing without the monster AI modifications and new attacks and abilities to make them more dangerous, and for advanced players there are 18+1 new uberquests; the attribute challenges, which reward those who invest only half of their stat points with shiny items; and the level challenges, which require you to complete difficult tasks at a low character level.


Median 2008 - Uberlevel #3 Median 2008 - Uberlevel #2 Median 2008 - Uberboss #4

ZY-EL: TRIAL BY FIRE

Not satisfied with the difficulty levels of the "vanilla" Diablo 2? Zy-El's the mod for you:

Zy-El: wrote: I made this Mod to play the game the way I like to play Diablo. I've played other Mods and found most to be over-powered and too easy. The Zy-El Mod has a lot of changes, but I've tried to balance the changes to make a challenging and playable game.
Collecting gold still matters (unlike Battlenet). Your character still needs to carry potions because they still matter. The story's still the same so everyone knows what the game is about. And the character classes are still the same although the skills have been rebalanced along with the monsters.
One of the most significant elements in the Mod is the ability to craft your own items through Cube recipes. Using the various items available in the game, you can create items to suit whatever need or playing style you prefer. If you can't find the magic item you're looking for, you can craft it instead. You just have to find the ingredients.


Just a walk in the park, er . . . desert Increased inventory for hirelings Don't sweat it . . .

BATTLE FOR ELEMENTS

A regularly updated mod that also increases difficulty in addition to adding new areas, monsters, and runewords system. Particularly focused on the addition of many new cube recipes.

Character Selection Screen Ancient Vault Lair of Fenris

THE HORDES OF CHAOS

A total conversion mod that follows a unique storyline and features a whole list of changes.

Darque wrote: ACT I - The Goblin Armies
An army of goblinkind is amassing. You must blaze a trail through the throngs of monsters and find the warlords (Nah'Zul, Jehzerael, and Gruumsh) and destroy them before the goblin army marches upon civilization.
ACT II - The Wasteland
After taking out the warlords you find that the warlords have a master that brought them to power. You travel east to find this master. On the way there you find yourself in the city of Astalard. Many raids have recently taken place on the city and its visitors. You must find this group of attackers and bring them to justice before you can proceed east through the mountains.
ACT III - The Dark Forests
You have followed the trail of this Dark Master east to Spelwood Forest. Speaking with various civilians at the edge of the forest you find that the Dark Master is indeed the drow queen Durhanna. Find your way throught Spelwood Forest and find the entrance to the Underdark city of the drow.
ACT IV - Underdark
You have found your way to the Underdark, but now must search for city of the drow. Now find your way to the city to find the Mistress of Chaos, Durhanna.
ACT V - Siege
You have found and killed Durhanna, but her top general, Bursantas has already marched his army upon Firewindle Gate. You go to Firewindle Gate and go find the Lord of Chaos.


Act 1 Border Updated Witch Skill icons and new Town Portal Ice Storm and Energy Shield

BACK TO HELLFIRE

Ever wanted to play the first Diablo, only with all the greatness of the second? Back to Hellfire does just that and adds some new features into the mix as well.

BacktoHellfire wrote: This is a modification for Diablo II Lord of Destruction 1.10. It focuses on re-creating the feel and the atmosphere of Diablo and it's expansion Hellfire while keeping some features from the sequel. Those are features that improve the gameplay in my opinion - arrows, boss graphics, mercenaries to name a few. Don't expect to get a full re-creation of Diablo and Hellfire in the mod - it's very different yet still close to them. Back to Hellfire has a different storyline to suit the bigger level environment scattered in the five acts. For example, you will find the Nest in the town of Lut Gholein, and not in Tristram. I can't limit Back to Hellfire to one act. Even if I could, I wouldn't do it, I love variation. I think this brings more fun in the gameplay.


Ring of Fire By popular demand Remember them?
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stenchy Author
stenchy

These are only mods that are listed on ModDB. If you know of any other ones, tell the creators to list on ModDB or create a profile for them yourself. PM me and I'll add the mod to the list!

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stormage
stormage

All of these mods look hella cool, but are they only available to use offline. Doesn't battlenet prohibit hacks? Just curious... I seriously want to load some of these, but don't want to get my account cancelled. Are there other servers than Battlenet? Thanks for any info.

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FlySpyGuy
FlySpyGuy

They should be fine as long as you use it with someone who has the same exact version of the mod.

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PhoeniXXX
PhoeniXXX

I started Diablo 2 expansion again after diablo 3 was announced. Now level 24 sourcess

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Henley Creator
Henley

is that all? I have a 62 pally :P

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tesher07
tesher07

83 pally =d and barb =). and some 70s and a 70 sorc with full talrasha =).

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Terminal58
Terminal58

Level 102 night-elf mohawk

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teh_pwnzor
teh_pwnzor

noobs

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Ezure
Ezure

lvl 78 hammerdin, lvl 77 bowzon

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Kornet555
Kornet555

how the hell do you get to levels that high creeps barely give me any experience past level 40 even in hell

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Henley Creator
Henley

no slaughter :(

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stenchy Author
stenchy

Refer to first post please.

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INtense! Creator
INtense!

share the love - Digg.com :D

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lodle
lodle

Going to play d2 again while waiting for d3. Good work!

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tnathan475
tnathan475

wow, this is pretty convienient, I just randomly reinstalled this game two nights ago.

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zixed01
zixed01

gahh makes me wish i had diablo 2

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st.ern
st.ern

a friend told me there is something like a "mod" that enables a higher resolution. is that true?

thanks for answer

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Necromunger
Necromunger

yes it is true, google it

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Karuto
Karuto

Median 2008 deserves the love. That's why I personally saw to it that the mod be rewarded Honorable Mention in the Old Skool category during modDB Editor's Choice 2006!

/brag

I highly recommend it for those looking for a big (and I mean big) overhaul of Diablo II goodness

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Bubbinska
Bubbinska

Check out the Valhalla and Eastern Sun mods:
Eastern sun is the one I'm currently playing, it retools a lot of the skills and items: Homepage3.nifty.com
I've currently got a level 77 Katana assassin on this mod, which is an interesting change from the dual claw-class weapons.

Valhalla is a pretty crazy mod, it raises the level cap to 300 and adds heaps and heaps of new items, along with changing many skills: Afterlife.ws

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mike06303
mike06303

If it's Valhalla a pretty crazy mod then you haven't met Zy-El. This mod gives you the chance to feel what is like to fight in really difficult levels and you can reach level up to 10000!!!!! Check it for yourself if you don't believe me. A thousand runes can be found, a lot of gems, special weapons, you can create your own special weapons e.t.c. You can even reach your skills up to 100.

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Setis
Setis

ahhh i wish i could play d2 again, but my dvd drive buggered up. i think its a hardware problem - and I'm not sure how to fix it.. or if getting a new dvd drive is necessary (if that is the case, I might as well get a new laptop/desktop). In any case.. I miss D2 and those mods look delicious :(

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smoochy666
smoochy666

Setis, if you register your D2 cd-key at blizzard-store online, you can download D2 for free :)

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therock136
therock136

Yo Setis just ask a friend to create an image of the game it is portable that way you dont need to install the game.Good luck P.S. you will need a portable drive to transfer the image since ur drive is on the fritz

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st.ern
st.ern

check out the snej-mod.
with the next version (6.0) a higher resolution (1024x...) will be possible

Snej.d2maniacs.org

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MowsysWrath
MowsysWrath

24 Necro... Without a rush though, and I'm proud of that.

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Keptron
Keptron

Hmm nice

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DeltaFox
DeltaFox

I strongly recommend anyone interested in mods for D2 and LOD to go to the PhrozenKeep at Phrozenkeep.planetdiablo.gamespy.com

I'm actually editing a mod right now for kingpin called Dark Alliance - it's in the Senior Staff forums under "Black Omen Productions".

As of late, I've really enjoyed playing the mod "Eastern Sun." The exciting thing is that there are tournaments you can participate in year-round. There are Major tourneys every 5 months and Mini-tournaments every 8 weeks. Come over to the Keep and check everything out!

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volf78
volf78

Just making a note that the phrozen keep has moved to D2mods.info

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ConuhF
ConuhF

FYI, the new update for Diablo 2 is version 1.11b, so the last mod listed *might* not work with updated versions.

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RedDragoonSpider
RedDragoonSpider

I Played Median 2008 and i quit after i got lv 98 barb with most of the sets lol all and all its a good mod :)

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RedDragoonSpider
RedDragoonSpider

Hey i just downloaded batlle for the elements and its not working

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bloodstalker
bloodstalker

a 70 sorcoress with full tal rasha????????well,it's nice having people giving u stuff.i've got 92 assassin,92 amazon,72 barbarian,82 necromancer(d2)
median:120(paladin ,necromancer ,amazon,assassin, barbarian)
but recently i just had an idea playing median hardcore without back up files.my save game has turned into a cemetry but it's diablo after all.it's fun.

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bloodstalker
bloodstalker

median works with 1.11b(choose ur mods wisely!)

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Cid-Highwind
Cid-Highwind

Try Nez mod if your looking for something with a lot of new items, and new pvp aspects.
realm is hosted on d2maniacs (google it)
download it also on the nez mod thread.

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God601
God601

i have my mod too for diablo 2 ^^

SnMX Mod : Moddb.com

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erymelttes2
erymelttes2

God601 ur mod doesn't work past act 3 dude

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deathknightruin
deathknightruin

since i cant post a url just google "jayofteror" they host a medianxl server for everyone to play online

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FlySpyGuy
FlySpyGuy

Are there any WH 40k mods for Diablo 2?

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cadb8
cadb8

how do u mod diablo 2? i have tryed everything!
mpq editor, hexeditor...nothing have worked

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