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Diablo II: Resurrected

Horadric Cube Recipes

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Nathan Garvin

On this page you’ll find various useful recipes for the Horadric Cube.

The Horadric Cube is a quest item you’ll find during Act 2. It must be used to advance through the main questline, but the uses to which you’ll employ it to advance the story are just the tip of the iceberg. The Horadric Cube can be used to combine lesser gems and runes into higher ones, repair items, create items, add sockets to items, remove socketed gems, jewels and runes from items, and so much more.

The recipes various Horadric Cube formulae can be found below.

Potion and Ammunition Recipes

Recipe Required Items Result
Arrows 2x Bolts 1x Arrows
Bolts 2x Arrows 1x Bolts
Full Rejuvenation Potion 3x Rejuvenation Potions 1x Full Rejuvenation Potion
Full Rejuvenation Potion 3x Health Potions (any type) + 3x Mana Potions (any type) + 1x Normal Gem (any type) 1x Full Rejuvenation Potion
Javelins 1x Arrows + 1x Spear 1x Javelins
Rejuvenation Potion 3x Health Potions (any type) + 3x Mana Potions (any type) + 1x Chipped Gem (any type) 1x Rejuvenation Potion
Strangling Gas Potion 1x Healing Potion (any type) + 1x Antidote Potion x1 Strangling Gas Potion
Throwing Axe 1x Axe + 1x Dagger 1x Throwing Axe

Recharge/Repair Recipes

Recipe Required Items Result
Recharge and Repair Armor 1x Armor (any type/quality) + 1x Ral Rune + 1x Flawed Gem (any type) 1x Armor (full charges/durability)
Recharge and Repair Weapon 1x Weapon (any type/quality) + 1x Ort Rune +1x Chipped Gem (any type) 1x Weapon (full charges/durability)
Repair Armor 1x Armor (any type/quality) + 1x Ral Rune 1x Armor (full durability)
Repair Weapon 1x Weapon (any type/quality) + 1x Ort Rune 1x Weapon (full durability)

Note that the above formulae will not repair ethereal weapons/armor. None of the other stats or properties of the weapon/armor are affected. The primary use of these formulae is to bypass the extremely high gold cost of recharging items.

Gem Recipes

Recipe Required Items Result
Full Rejuvenation Potion 3x Rejuvenation Potions 1x Full Rejuvenation Potion
Flawed Gems 3x Chipped Gems (same type) 1x Flawed Gem
Normal Gems 3x Flawed Gems (same type) 1x Normal Gem
Flawless Gems 3x Normal Gems (same type) 1x Flawless Gem
Perfect Gems 3x Flawless Gems (same type) 1x Perfect Gem

Rune Recipes

Recipe Required Items Result
Eld Rune 3x El Runes 1x Eld Rune
Tir Rune 3x Eld Runes 1x Tir Rune
Nef Rune 3x Tir Runes 1x Nef Rune
Eth Rune 3x Nef Runes 1x Eth Rune
Ith Rune 3x Eth Runes 1x Ith Rune
Tal Rune 3x Ith Runes 1x Tal Rune
Ral Rune 3x Tal Runes 1x Ral Rune
Ort Rune 3x Ral Runes 1x Ort Rune
Thul Rune 3x Ort Runes 1x Thul Rune
Amn Rune 3x Thul Runes + Chipped Topaz 1x Amn Rune
Sol Rune 3x Amn Runes + Chipped Amethyst 1x Sol Rune
Shael Rune 3x Sol Runes + Chipped Sapphire 1x Shael Rune
Dol Rune 3x Shael Runes + Chipped Ruby 1x Dol Rune
Hel Rune 3x Dol Runes + Chipped Emerald 1x Hel Rune
Io Rune 3x Hel Runes + Chipped Diamond 1x Io Rune
Lum Rune 3x Io Runes + Flawed Topaz 1x Lum Rune
Ko Rune 3x Lum Runes + Flawed Amethyst 1x Ko Rune
Fal Rune 3x Ko Runes + Flawed Sapphire 1x Fal Rune
Lem Rune 3x Fal Runes + Flawed Ruby 1x Lem Rune
Pul Rune 3x Lem Runes + Flawed Emerald
Um Rune 2x Pul Runes + 1x Flawed Diamond 1x Um Rune
Mal Rune 2x Um Runes + 1x Topaz 1x Mal Rune
Ist Rune 2x Mal Runes + 1x Amethyst 1x Ist Rune
Gul Rune 2x Ist Runes + 1x Sapphire 1x Gul Rune
Vex Rune 2x Gul Runes + 1x Ruby 1x Vex Rune
Ohm Rune 2x Vex Runes + 1x Emerald 1x Ohm Rune
Lo Rune 2x Ohm Runes + 1x Diamond 1x Lo Rune
Sur Rune 2x Lo Runes + 1x Flawless Topaz 1x Sur Rune
Ber Rune 2x Sur Runes + 1x Flawless Amethyst 1x Ber Rune
Jah Rune 2x Ber Runes + 1x Flawless Sapphire 1x Jah Rune
Cham Rune 2x Jah Runes + 1x Flawless Ruby 1x Cham Rune
Zod Rune 2x Cham Runes + 1x Flawless Emerald 1x Zod Rune

Note that higher-tier runes are not always more valuable than lower tier runes. Cham and Sur runes are prime examples - it would be a great waste to upgrade two Lo runes into a Sur rune or even worse, two Jah runes into a Cham rune. This is mostly due to the number and quality of runewords each rune contributes to, along with their rarity. Ber and Jah runes are generally considered two of the most valuable items in the game… not counting the runewords they are used to create.

Normal Item Modification Recipes

Recipe Required Items Result
Add Sockets to Armor 1x Armor (any type, normal quality) + 1x Perfect Topaz + 1x Tal Rune + 1x Thul Rune
Add Sockets to Helmet 1x Helmet (any type, normal quality) + 1x Perfect Sapphire + 1x Ral Rune + 1x Thul Rune
Add Sockets to Shield 1x Shield (any type, normal quality) + 1x Perfect Ruby + 1x Tal Rune + 1x Amn Rune
Add Sockets to Weapon 1x Weapon (any type, normal quality) + 1x Perfect Amethyst + 1x Ral Rune + 1x Amn Rune

Unfortunately you cannot add sockets to superior grade items (or inferior items, for that matter). You can, however, add sockets to ethereal items. The item must be unsocketed and cannot be magic, rare, set or unique.

The number of sockets added is random, from one to the item’s maximum number of applicable sockets, which varies based on the item type and the item’s iLv. A Kite Shield can never have four sockets, but a Monarch (elite version of a Kite Shield) can. A Crystal Sword found in Act 2 Normal difficulty will never roll with more than 3 sockets, but one found sufficiently late in Nightmare or Hell difficulty can roll with 4, 5 or even 6 sockets. The creator’s Lv doesn’t influence this formula.

Suffice to say, these formulae are ideal ways to create socketed items, usually for runeword bases.

Magic Item Creation/Modification Recipes

Recipe Required Items Result
Cobalt Ring 1x Magic Ring + 1x Perfect Sapphire + 1x Thawing Potion 1x Cobalt Ring (iLv30)
Coral Ring 1x Magic Ring +1x Perfect Topaz + 1x Rejuvenation Potion 1x Coral Ring (iLv30)
Garnet Ring 1x Magic Ring + 1x Perfect Ruby + 1x Exploding Potion 1x Garnet Ring (iLv30)
Jade Ring 1x Magic Ring + 1x Perfect Emerald + 1x Antidote Potion 1x Jade Ring (iLv30)
Magic Amulet
Magic Item Reroll 1x Magic Item (any type) + 3x Perfect Gems (any type) 1x Magic Item (same iLv)
Magic Ring
Prismatic Amulet 1x Magic Amulet + 6x Perfect Gems (each type) 1x Prismatic Amulet (iLv50)
Savage Polearm 1x Staff class weapon (any type/quality) + 1x Kris (any quality) + 1x Belt (any type/quality) + 1x Diamond (any quality) Savage Polearm (iLv50)
Shield of Spikes 1x Magic Shield (any type) + 1x Spiked Club (any quality) + 2x Skull (any quality) Shield of Spike (iLv30)
Socketed Magic Weapon 1x Socket Weapon (any type) + 3x Normal Gems (any type) 1x Socketed Magic Weapon (same type as base, iLv30
Socketed Magic Weapon 1x Magic Weapon (any type) + 3x Chipped Gems (any type) 1x Socket Magic Weapon (same type as base, iLv25
Socketed Magic Weapon 1x Magic Weapon (any type) + 3x Flawless Gems (any type 1x Socket Magic Weapon (same type as base, iLv30
Sword of the Leech 1x Magic Sword (any type) + 4x Healing Potions (any type) + 1x Ruby (any quality) 1x Sword of the Leech (iLv30)

Most of the magical items listed above have a chance to gain a random suffix/prefix when created, along with whatever set suffix/prefix they’re guaranteed to have. Since most of these formulae yield an item with an iLv of 30, the usefulness of these random mods is somewhat limited, but still worth noting.

Perhaps the most interesting magical formula is the Magic Item Reroll formula, as it can be used to reroll Charms. Stick a dud Grand Charm in there and reroll it every time you get a Perfect Gem you don’t plan on using for other formulae (everything save Amethysts and Rubies are fairly disposable). Just make sure the source Grand Charm has a high iLv - ideally one you found in an aLv85 area. With some luck, you can roll up +Skills charms this way.

Rare Item Creation/Modification Recipes

Recipe Required Items Result
Add 1 Socket 1x valid, unsocketed rare item + 1x Stone of Jordan + 3x Perfect Skulls Rare item with 1 Socket
Rare Item Reroll (higher iLv) 1x rare item + 1x Stone of Jordan + 1x Perfect Skull 1x rare item (randomly rerolled stats)
Rare Item Reroll (lower iLv) 1x rare item, 6x Perfect Skulls 1x rare item (randomly rerolled stats)
Upgrade Exceptional Rare Armor 1x Rare Armor (any type, exceptional tier) + Perfect Amethyst + Ko Rune + Pul Rune 1x Rare Armor (same type, modifiers, elite tier)
Upgrade Normal Rare Armor 1x Rare Armor (any type, normal tier) + Perfect Amethyst + Ral Rune + Thul Rune 1x Rare Armor (same type, modifiers, exceptional tier)
Upgrade Exceptional Rare Weapon 1x Rare Weapon (any type, exceptional tier) + Perfect Sapphire + Fal Rune + Um Rune 1x Rare Weapon (same type, modifiers, elite tier)
Upgrade Normal Rare Weapon 1x Rare Weapon (any type, normal tier) + Perfect Sapphire + Amn Rune + Ort Rune 1x Rare Weapon (same type, modifiers, exceptional tier)

These are some odd formulae that bear explanation.

In the case of the Add 1 Socket recipe, the question that needs to be asked is… Why? If you’re playing the full version of the game, the answer is simple: There’s no good reason to use this, you can just use Larzuk to add sockets. If you’re playing Classic Mode, there’s no Act 5, and all of the exceptional/unique items don’t exist. This just leaves you with whatever rare items you can find - adding a socket to a powerful rare weapon is arguably worth the Stone of Jordan.

As for the Rare Item Rerolls, these are more useful in Classic, as well, given the heightened importance of rare items. That said, there’s some justification for them in Expansion play, especially with amulets, rings and circlets. The higher iLv formula will create an item with an iLv equal to 0.66x the creating character’s Lv plus 0.66x the base item’s iLv, generally improving the created item’s iLv (assuming the iLv of the item and the Lv of the creating character are roughly the same). The lesser iLv formula will create an item with an iLv equal to 0.4x of the creating character’s Lv plus 0.4x the base item’s iLv, generally resulting in a lower iLv result. Note that an item’s iLv can’t be seen without mods, so in unmodded Diablo 2: Resurrected, you’ll just have to remember what critter/chest dropped said item to ballpark its iLv.

Concerning the Upgrade Normal/Exceptional Rare Armor/Weapon recipes, the modifiers on the armor/weapon do not change, but the base properties of the item type do change. A rare Maul would retain all its same modifiers but its base item type would change to a War Club. Its base damage would increase from 30 - 43 to 53 - 78, its Strength requirement would increase from 69 to 124, and it would gain a level requirement of 25 if it didn’t have one already.

Unique Item Modification

Recipe Required Items Result
Upgrade Exceptional Unique Armor 1x Unique Armor (any type, exceptional tier) + Perfect Diamond + Ko Rune + Lem Rune 1x Rare Armor (same type, modifiers, elite tier)
Upgrade Normal Unique Armor 1x Unique Armor (any type, normal tier) + Perfect Diamond + Tal Rune + Shael Rune 1x Unique Armor (same type, modifiers, exceptional tier)
Upgrade Exceptional Unique Weapon 1x Unique Weapon (any type, exceptional tier) + Perfect Emerald + Lum Rune + Pul Rune 1x Unique Weapon (same type, modifiers, elite tier)
Upgrade Normal Unique Weapon 1x Unique Weapon (any type, normal tier) + Perfect Emerald + Ral Rune + Sol Rune 1x Unique Weapon (same type, modifiers, exceptional tier)

First things first, note that the recipes above do not change the item from one type of unique to another. Sorry, you can’t upgrade a Peasant Crown to create a Harlequin Crest. Much sorrow.

The modifiers on the armor/weapon do not change, but the base properties of the item type do change. For example, if you used the recipe above to upgrade a Bonesnap Maul with +300% Enhanced Damage, it would still be a Bonesnap with +300% Enhanced Damage (and all the other modifiers typical for that weapon), but it would now be a War Club instead of a Maul. Its base damage would increase from 30 - 43 to 53 - 78, its Strength requirement would increase from 69 to 124, and its level requirement would increase from Bonesnap’s base of 24 to a War Club’s base of 25.

These formulae are often used to upgrade normal/exceptional with useful modifiers like Titan’s Revenge to higher-tier variants to benefit from the higher base damage of said items. It can also be used to upgrade normal belts to exceptional ones, granting them max potion slots… just in case your Goldwrap didn’t have enough potion storage for your needs. Upgrading other types of items is typically only done to show off how good a player is at wasting resources.

Unsocket Recipe

Recipe Required Items Result
Remove Socketed Items 1x Socketed Item (any type/quality) + 1x Hel Rune + 1x Scroll of Town Portal 1x Unsocketed Item (same type/quality)

Using this recipe destroys any socketed items. That being the case, the uses for this are somewhat limited - you can use it to remove the runes from a Spirit Monarch so you can add them again (usually done if you rolled a low +Cast Rate the first time). You can also use this to swap out lower-quality Rainbow Facet jewels for higher-quality ones.

Respec Recipe

Recipe Required Items Result
Token of Absolution 1x Burning Essence of Terror + 1x Charged Essence of Hatred + 1x Festering Essence of Destruction + 1x Twisted Essence of Suffering 1x Token of Absolution

You can use a Token of Absolution to respec a character. You can find the components for this recipe from the following sources:

  • Burning Essence of Terror: Dropped by Hell Diablo
  • Charged Essence of Hatred: Dropped by Hell Mephisto
  • Festering Essence of Destruction: Dropped by Hell Baal
  • Twisted Essence of Suffering: Dropped by Hell Andariel and Duriel

Moo Moo Farm Recipe

Recipe Required Items Result
Portal to the Secret Cow Level 1x Wirts Leg + 1x Tome of Town Portal Portal to Secret Cow Level

See the page How to Reach the Secret Cow Level for more details.

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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
    30 November 2021
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