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How Do Sundered Charms Work in Diablo 2 Resurrected?

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Nathan Garvin

This page will cover how Sundered Charms work in Diablo 2 Resurrected, including how Sundered Charms break enemy immunities, and how Sundered Charms work with other sources that lower resistances, like Infinity, Griffon’s Eye and Cold Mastery.

(1 of 2) Sundered Charms will break one form of elemental immunity,

Sundered Charms will break one form of elemental immunity, (left), setting an enemy's resistance to that element at 95%, allowing you to deal damage to otherwise immune enemies. (right)

How Do Sundered Charms Work in Diablo 2 Resurrected?

These wonderfully game-breaking trinkets only spawn in [Terror Zones] in Hell Difficulty, which requires a character who has defeated Baal, and they can only be dropped by Champion, Unique, Superunique and Boss monsters. A Sundered Charm - appearing as a unique Grand Charm when it drops - only has two properties: it breaks a single type of immunity, and it imposes a heavy vulnerability to the same form of damage on the player. There are six different types of Sundered Charms, all of which are unique Grand Charms, each one influencing a different form of immunity:

  • The Black Cleft: Sunders Magic Immunity, player’s Magic Resistance is lowered by 45% to 65%.
  • The Bone Break: Sunders Physical Immunity, player takes 10% to 30% extra Physical Damage.
  • The Cold Rupture: Sunders Cold Immunity, player’s Cold Resistance is lowered by 70% to 90%.
  • The Crack of the Heavens: Sunders Lightning Immunity, player’s Lightning Resistance is lowered by 70% to 90%.
  • The Rotting Fissure: Sunders Poison Immunity, player’s Poison Resistance is lowered by 70% to 90%.
  • Flame Rift: Sunders Fire Immunity, player’s Fire Resistance is lowered by 70% to 90%.

When an enemy’s immunity is “sundered”, instead of being immune that enemy’s resistance to said form of damage is reduced to 95%. Not quite immune, but still heavily resistant to that form of damage. It doesn’t matter how high an enemy’s resistance was before being sundered, and this change is made before any other changes to an enemy’s resistance are made. Keep in mind, however, that the enemy is still considered to have been immune before their immunity was sundered, and this has some odd effects:

  • Since sundered enemies are considered to have been immune, Lower Resistance and Conviction is only 20% effective against sundered enemies. [Infinity] (Lv12 Conviction Aura) and a Sundered Charm will not reduce a sundered enemy’s resistance to 10% (95% - 85%), but rather to 78% (95% - 17%).

  • Gear that reduces an enemy’s resistances has its full effect. For example, a [Griffon’s Eye] would further reduce a sundered enemy’s lightning resistance by 15% to 20% from its base (sundered) 95%, [Crescent Moon] would reduce an enemy’s lightning resistance by 35%, Death’s Web would reduce an enemy’s poison resistance by 40% to 50%, etc.

  • The Sorceress’s Cold Mastery skill has full effect on a sundered enemy’s cold resistance, which makes it particularly broken for them, as with enough +skills a high-level cold Sorceress could be dealing double base damage to enemies that were previously immune.

Your mileage may vary with Sundered Charms, and they’re definitely not all made equal. Physical immunes are fairly rare, and keeping The Bone Break equipped at all times is likely going to do more harm than good. Keeping it in your Horadric Cube for the relatively rare times you’ll need it is another matter… Likewise Magic Immune enemies are rare enough that a Hammerdin probably doesn’t really need The Black Cleft, not to mention there aren’t many good ways to boost your own Magic Resistance back up. [Poisonmancers] can always use minions to kill Poison Immunes, but poison damage isn’t all that deadly anyways, so it’s kind of a mixed bag. Lightning Sorceresses make off pretty well, as Tal Rasha’s Guardianship and Tal Rasha’s Adjudication both give big boosts to Lightning Resistance, making it easy to dig yourself out of the resistance hole The Crack of the Heavens will put you in. Cold Sorceresses have a harder time scrounging up extra Cold Resistance, but their Cold Mastery makes The Cold Rupture absolutely devastating.

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  • Publisher
    Activision Blizzard
  • Platforms,
    PS4, PS5, Switch, XB One, XB X|S
  • Genre
    Action RPG, Hack-n-slash
  • Guide Release
    20 September 2021
  • Last Updated
    1 March 2023
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