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One of the most popular armaments in history, the sword is arguably the most deadly yet versatile weapon available to a fighter. Comprised of a blade and hilt, the hilt comprising of a pommel for offsetting the weight of the blade, and a grip for holding it straight. Many designs include a guard that protects the fingers and knuckles. The blade itself can either be curved or straight; curved, convex swords like the falchion and the scimitar, are used for slashing attacks, and thus are only sharpened on one side of the blade. The straight, double-edged blades such as the broadsword or the mighty claymore can be used to both thrust and slash. The tip of the blade is usually tapered off to aid in thrusting, but many designs have simple flat ends to aid in balance.

Swords have great variety in range, damage, Attack Rate, and durability. The small dagger is among the weakest weapons in the game, while the largest two-handed swords can rival axes and polearms for dealing massive damage, and having a long reach and plenty of durability as well. As with all melee weapons, the Barbarian is very skillful with a sword, and has a Sword Mastery skill. The other characters are all decent with swords as well, and the Necromancer even has a melee skill that only works with a dagger.

Swords possess nearly every magical modifier you can find on a weapon, and may be socketed as well. There are also numerous unique, Rare, and Set Item swords.

One-Handed Swords[edit]

Larger and more damaging than daggers, but smaller than the might two-handed swords. One of the most popular weapons in the game, swords are used by all character types for their fast striking and solid damage. Swords deal no specially high damage to any type of monster, but they are consistently damage to all, and can be found in a very large variety. Barbarians tend to prefer the larger range and damage of two-handed swords, which they can wield one-handed. All other characters have to stick to the one-handed swords if they wish to use a shield at the same time.

  • Damage Bonus: This determines how you multiply the item damage by your stats to reach the actual damage. Each 100 points in that stat doubles your weapon's total physical damage. All swords are 100 Str, which means every point in strength adds 1% to your total weapon damage. 100 points in Str doubles the weapon damage.
  • Item Level: Used in many in-game calculations. Monsters must be of this level to drop the item, and it factors in when you get to gamble for this item type as well.
  • Weapon Speed: A relative comparison to other weapons of the same type. 0 is the base -10, -20, etc is faster, 10, 20, etc is slower, always in increments of 10. Each 10 is equivalent to an SIAS item. Characters are abbreviated to their first letter, with Am = Amazon and As = Assassin.
  • Range: Goes from 1 (least) to 5 (most), and is identical for all weapon types. I.E. a 3 sword = a 3 spear = a 3 hammer.




Normal One-Handed Sword[edit]

Item Item Name Properties Misc Stats Attack Rate
Sword-short sword.gif Short Sword 2-7 Damage
24 Durability
Str Req: None
Dex Req: None
Item Level: 1
Clvl Req: None
D2 Sockets: 2
D2X Sockets: 1-2
Range: 1
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x3
Weapon Speed: 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Normal: S
Sword-scimitar.gif Scimitar 2-6 Damage
22 Durability
Str Req: None
Dex Req: 21
Item Level: 5
Clvl Req: None
D2 Sockets: 2
D2X Sockets: 1-2
Range: 1
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x3
Weapon Speed: -20
Swing Speed:
Very Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Fast: S
Sword-sabre.gif Sabre 3-8 Damage
32 Durability
Str Req: 25
Dex Req: 25
Item Level: 8
Clvl Req: None
D2 Sockets: 2
D2X Sockets: 1-2
Range: 1
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x3
Weapon Speed: -10
Swing Speed:
Very Fast: As/P
Normal: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-falchion.gif Falchion 7-15 Dmg (9-17)
32 Durability
Str Req: 33
Dex Req: None
Item Level: 11
Clvl Req: None
D2 Sockets: 2
D2X Sockets: 1-2
Range: 1
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x3
Weapon Speed: 20
Swing Speed:
Normal: As/P
Slow: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-crystal.gif Crystal Sword 5-15 Damage
20 Durability
Str Req: 43
Dex Req: None
Item Level: 11
Clvl Req: None
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-6
Range: 2
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 2x3
Weapon Speed: 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Normal: S
Sword-broad sword.gif Broad Sword 7-14 Damage
32 Durability
Str Req: 48
Dex Req: None
Item Level: 15
Clvl Req: None
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-4
Range: 1
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 2x3
Weapon Speed: 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Normal: S
Sword-long.gif Long Sword 3-19 Damage
44 Durability
Str Req: 55
Dex Req: 39
Item Level: 20
Clvl Req: None
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-4
Range: 2
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 2x3
Weapon Speed: -10
Swing Speed:
Very Fast: As/P
Fast: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-war sword.gif War Sword 8-20 Damage
44 Durability
Str Req: 71
Dex Req: 45
Item Level: 27
Clvl Req: None
D2 Sockets: 2
D2X Sockets: 1-2
Range: 2
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x3
Weapon Speed: 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Normal: S

Values in () These are values that are changed in the Expansion.


Exceptional One-Handed Sword[edit]

Exceptional items can only be found in Nightmare and Hell in Diablo II. In the Expansion they can be found in Acts 4 and 5 of normal as well, depending on the level of the item and the level of the monsters you are killing.


Item Item Name Properties Misc Stats Attack Rate
Sword-short sword.gif Gladius 8-22 Damage
24 Durability
Str Req: None
Dex Req: None
Item Level: 30
Clvl Req: 25 (18)*
D2 Sockets: 2
D2X Sockets: 1-2
Range: 1
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x3
Weapon Speed: 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Normal: S
Sword-scimitar.gif Cutlass 8-21 Damage
22 Durability
Str Req: 25
Dex Req: 52
Item Level: 43
Clvl Req: 25
D2 Sockets: 2
D2X Sockets: 1-2
Range: 1
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x3
Weapon Speed: -30
Swing Speed:
Very Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P/S
Sword-sabre.gif Shamshir 10-24 Damage
32 Durability
Str Req: 58
Dex Req: 58
Item Level: 35
Clvl Req: 25 (23)*
D2 Sockets: 2
D2X Sockets: 1-2
Range: 1
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x3
Weapon Speed: -10
Swing Speed:
Very Fast: As/P
Normal: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-falchion.gif Tulwar 16-35 Damage
32 Durability
Str Req: 70
Dex Req: None
Item Level: 37
Clvl Req: 25
D2 Sockets: 2
D2X Sockets: 1-2
Range: 1
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x3
Weapon Speed: 2 0
Swing Speed:
Normal: As/P
Slow: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-crystal.gif Dimensional Blade 13-35 Damage
5-10 Durability
Str Req: 85
Dex Req: None
Item Level: 37
Clvl Req: 25
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-6
Range: 2
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 2x3
Weapon Speed: 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Normal: S
Sword-broad sword.gif Battle Sword 16-34 Damage
32 Durability
Str Req: 93
Dex Req: None
Item Level: 40
Clvl Req: 25
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-4
Range: 1
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 2x3
Weapon Speed: 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Normal: S
Sword-long.gif Rune Sword 10-42 Dmg
44 Durability
Str Req: 103
Dex Req: 79
Item Level: 44
Clvl Req: 25
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-4
Range: 2
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 2x3
Weapon Speed: -10
Swing Speed:
Very Fast: As/P
Normal: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-war sword.gif Ancient Sword 18-43 Damage
44 Durability
Str Req: 127
Dex Req: 88
Item Level: 49
Clvl Req: 25
D2 Sockets: 2
D2X Sockets: 1-3
Range: 2
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x3
Weapon Speed: 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Normal: S


* The values in parentheses are those that are changed in the Expansion.


Elite One-Handed Sword[edit]

Elite items are found only in the Expansion. Elite swords will drop in late Nightmare, and then all through hell, depending on the level of the item and the level of the monsters you are killing.

Item Item Name Properties Misc Stats Attack Rate
Sword-short sword.gif Falcata 31-59 Dmg
24 Durability
Str Req: 150
Dex Req: 88
Item Level: 58
Clvl Req: 50
Sockets: 1-2
Range: 1
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x3
Weapon Speed: 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Normal: S
Sword-scimitar.gif Ataghan 26-46 Dmg
22 Durability
Str Req: 138
Dex Req: 95
Item Level: 67
Clvl Req: 59
Sockets: 1-2
Range: 1
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x3
Weapon Speed: -20
Swing Speed:
Very Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Fast: Sorc
Sword-sabre.gif Elegant Blade 33-45 Dmg
32 Durability
Str Req: 109
Dex Req: 122
Item Level: 61
Clvl Req: 47
Sockets: 1-2
Range: 1
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x3
Weapon Speed: -10
Swing Speed:
Very Fast: As/P
Normal: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-falchion.gif Hydra Edge 28-68 Dmg
32 Durability
Str Req: 142
Dex Req: 105
Item Level: 63
Clvl Req: 51
Sockets: 1-2
Range: 1
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x3
Weapon Speed: 2 0
Swing Speed:
Normal: As/P
Slow: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-crystal.gif Phase Blade 31-35 Dmg
0 Dur (Indes)
Str Req: 25
Dex Req: 136
Item Level: 63
Clvl Req: 54
Sockets: 1-6
Range: 2
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 2x3
Weapon Speed: -30
Swing Speed:
V Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P/S
Sword-broad sword.gif Conquest Sword 37-53 Dmg
32 Durability
Str Req: 142
Dex Req: 112
Item Level: 65
Clvl Req: 57
Sockets: 1-4
Range: 1
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 2x3
Weapon Speed: 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Normal: S
Sword-long.gif Cryptic Sword 5-77 Dmg
44 Durability
Str Req: 99
Dex Req: 109
Item Level: 68
Clvl Req: 60
Sockets: 1-4
Range: 2
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 2x3
Weapon Speed: -10
Swing Speed:
Very Fast: As/P
Normal: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-war sword.gif Mythical Sword 40-50 Dmg
44 Durability
Str Req: 147
Dex Req: 124
Item Level: 72
Clvl Req: 64
Sockets: 1-3
Range: 2
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x3
Weapon Speed: 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Normal: S

Two-Handed Swords[edit]

Two-handed swords, as the name implies, must be wielded with two hands by six of the seven characters, precluding the use of a shield with them. Barbarians are the one exception to the rule, as they can wield all 2H swords in one hand, even dual-wielding them, though the 2H swords do much lower damage when wielding in one-hand only. They have greater range though, and still a quite fast attack rate, and most Barbarians go this route, especially to get the 3 range for their Whirlwind. If your Barbarian is mostly a melee fighter, and doesn't need more range with WW, any sword or mace is usable, with damage and attack speed being the important factors then.

  • Damage Bonus: This determines how you multiply the item damage by your stats to reach the actual damage. Each 100 points in that stat doubles your weapon's total physical damage. All swords are 100 Str, which means every point in strength adds 1% to your total weapon damage. 100 points in Str doubles the weapon damage.
  • Item Level: Used in many in-game calculations. Monsters must be of this level to drop the item, and it factors in when you get to gamble for this item type as well.
  • Weapon Speed: A relative comparison to other weapons of the same type. 0 is the base -10, -20, etc is faster, 10, 20, etc is slower, always in increments of 10. Each 10 is equivalent to an SIAS item. Characters are abbreviated to their first letter, with Am = Amazon and As = Assassin.
  • Range: Goes from 1 (least) to 5 (most), and is identical for all weapon types. I.E. a 3 sword = a 3 spear = a 3 hammer.

Normal Two-Handed Sword[edit]

Item Item Name Properties Misc Stats Attack Rate
Sword-2h.gif Two-Handed Sword 2-9 1H Damage
8-17 2H Damage
44 Durability
Str Req: 35
Dex Req: 27
Item Level: 10
Clvl Req: None
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-3
Range: 3
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x4
Weapon Speed: 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Normal: S
Sword-claymore.gif Claymore 5-12 1H Dmg
13-30 2H Dmg
50 Durability
Str Req: 47
Dex Req: None
Item Level: 17
Clvl Req: None
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-4
Range: 3
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x4
Weapon Speed: 10
Swing Speed:
Fast: As/P
Normal: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-giant sword.gif Giant Sword 3-16 1H Damage
9-28 2H Damage
50 Durability
Str Req: 56
Dex Req: 34
Item Level: 21
Clvl Req: None
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-4
Range: 3
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x4
Weapon Speed: 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Normal: S
Sword-bastard sword.gif Bastard Sword 6-18 1H Dmg (7-19)
20-28 2H Dmg
40 Durability
Str Req: 62
Dex Req: None
Item Level: 24
Clvl Req: None
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-4
Range: 2
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x4
Weapon Speed:10
Swing Speed:
Fast: As/P
Normal: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-2h-greater.gif Flamberge 9-15 1H Dmg
13-26 2H Dmg
50 Durability
Str Req: 70
Dex Req: 49
Item Level: 27
Clvl Req: None
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-5
Range: 3
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 2x4
Weapon Speed: -10
Swing Speed:
Very Fast: As/P
Fast: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-great.gif Great Sword 12-18 1H Dmg (12-20)
25-42 2H Dmg
50 Durability
Str Req: 100
Dex Req: 60
Item Level: 33
Clvl Req: None
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-6
Range: 3
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 2x4
Weapon Speed: 10
Swing Speed:
Fast: As/P
Normal: Am/B/D/N/S

Values in () These are values that are changed in the Expansion.

Exceptional Two-Handed Sword[edit]

Exceptional items can only be found in Nightmare and Hell in Diablo II. In the Expansion they can be found in Acts 4 and 5 of normal as well, depending on the level of the item and the level of the monsters you are killing.

Item Item Name Properties Misc Stats Attack Rate
Sword-2h.gif Espandon 8-26 1H Dmg
18-40 2H Dmg
44 Durability
Str Req: 73
Dex Req: 61
Item Level: 37
Clvl Req: 25
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-3
Range: 3
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x4
Weapon Speed: 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Normal: S
Sword-claymore.gif Dalcian Falx 13-30 1H Dmg
26-61 2H Dmg
50 Durability
Str Req: 91
Dex Req: 20
Item Level: 42
Clvl Req: 25
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-4
Range: 3
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x4
Weapon Speed: 1 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: As/P
Normal: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-giant sword.gif Tusk Sword 10-37 1H Dmg
19-58 2H Dmg
50 Durability
Str Req: 104
Dex Req: 71
Item Level: 45
Clvl Req: 25
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-4
Range: 3
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x4
Weapon Speed: 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Normal: S
Sword-bastard sword.gif Gothic Sword 14-40 1H Dmg
37-58 2H Dmg (39-60)
40 Durability
Str Req: 113
Dex Req: 20
Item Level: 48
Clvl Req: 25
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-4
Range: 2
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x4
Weapon Speed:1 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: As/P
Normal: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-2h-greater.gif Zweihander 19-35 1H Dmg
26-54 2H Dmg (29-54)
50 Durability
Str Req: 125
Dex Req: 94
Item Level: 49
Clvl Req: 25
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-5
Range: 3
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 2x4
Weapon Speed: -1 0
Swing Speed:
Very Fast: As/P
Fast: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-great.gif Executioner Sword 24-40 1H Dmg
45-80 2H Dmg (47-80)
50 Durability
Str Req: 170
Dex Req: 110
Item Level: 54
Clvl Req: 25
D2 Sockets: 3
D2X Sockets: 1-6
Range: 3
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 2x4
Weapon Speed: 10
Swing Speed:
Fast: As/P
Normal: Am/B/D/N/S

Values in () These are values that are changed in the Expansion.

Elite Two-Handed Sword[edit]

Elite items are found only in the Expansion. Elite swords will drop in late Nightmare, and then all through hell, depending on the level of the item and the level of the monsters you are killing.

Item Item Name Properties Misc Stats Attack Rate
Sword-2h.gif Legend Sword 22-56 1H Dmg
50-94 2H Dmg
44 Durability
Str Req: 175
Dex Req: 100
Item Level: 63
Clvl Req: 44
Sockets: 1-3
Range: 3
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x4
Weapon Speed: -15
Swing Speed:
Very Fast: Am/As/B/P
Fast: B/D/S
Sword-claymore.gif Highland Blade 22-62 1H Dmg
67-96 2H Dmg
50 Durability
Str Req: 171
Dex Req: 104
Item Level: 67
Clvl Req: 49
Sockets: 1-4
Range: 3
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x4
Weapon Speed: -5
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P/S
Sword-giant sword.gif Balrog Blade 15-75 1H Dmg
55-118 2H Dmg
50 Durability
Str Req: 185
Dex Req: 87
Item Level: 69
Clvl Req: 53
Sockets: 1-4
Range: 3
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x4
Weapon Speed: 0
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/P
Normal: S
Sword-bastard sword.gif Champion Sword 24-54 1H Dmg
71-83 2H Dmg
40 Durability
Str Req: 163
Dex Req: 103
Item Level: 71
Clvl Req: 63
Sockets: 1-4
Range: 2
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 1x4
Weapon Speed:-10
Swing Speed:
Fast: As/P
Normal: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-2h-greater.gif Colossus Sword 26-70 1H Dmg
61-121 2H Dmg
50 Durability
Str Req: 182
Dex Req: 95
Item Level: 72
Clvl Req: 60
Sockets: 1-5
Range: 3
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 2x4
Weapon Speed: 10
Swing Speed:
Very Fast: As/P
Fast: Am/B/D/N/S
Sword-great.gif Colossus Blade 25-65 1H Dmg
58-115 2H Dmg
50 Durability
Str Req: 189
Dex Req: 110
Item Level: 76
Clvl Req: 68
Sockets: 1-6
Range: 3
Dmg Bonus: 100 Str
Inv Size: 2x4
Weapon Speed: 5
Swing Speed:
Fast: Am/As/B/P
Normal: D/N/S



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