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If you look at the list of all runes, you can find out the cube recipes to create a rune of one level higher than Nef. Here are the Nef attributes:

Rank: (r4)
Weapon: Knockback
Armor/Helm/Shield: +30 Defense vs. Missile
Ilvl/Clvl Required: 13

The Right Runes[edit]

Look at the rune list for information on how to get the right runes. For weapons you'll want to find the best type of weapon possible, since that's what the bonus damage is based on. Same with Armor if you are after Defense and shields for blocking percentage. If defense isn't important, look for an item that looks good, has low requirements, and for armor and shields, is not going to slow your running speed.

To Make a Runeword[edit]

  1. Items used for Runewords must be gray text items, normal, exceptional, or Elite. Low Quality, Superior, and Ethereal can be used, but you can not use magical, Rare, Set, Crafted, or Unique items, even if they have the correct number of sockets.
  2. The item must be of the correct type.
  3. The item must have exactly the correct number of sockets -- no more.
  4. You must socket the Runes in the correct order.


  • The Runes fill the sockets in numerical order automatically, i.e. in the order 1, 2, 3, .... For example, trying to place the third Rune of a Runeword into the third socket while sockets 1 and 2 are empty will result in the Rune filling socket 1, contrary to intentions. As mentioned elsewhere, it is possible to remove an item from a socket, but the item is destroyed in the process.
  • The Runeword Preparation Recipes tune equipment for receiving Runewords.
  • Check the Rune FAQ for further help.

Runewords with Nef[edit]

Runeword Stats Comments Active In
v1.11+ v1.10 v1.09

Thul (10) + Io (16) + Nef (4)
Clubs, Hammers, Maces {3}
Clvl Required: 35

+15% Increased Attack Speed

+120% Enhanced Damage
+200 to Attack Rating
Adds 3-14 Cold Damage (3 sec)
40% Chance of Crushing Blow
+10 to Vitality
Magic Damage Reduced By 2
Level 4 Corpse Explosion (12 Charges)

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Shael (13) + Ko (18) + Nef (4)
Missile Weapons {3}
Clvl Required: 39

+3 To Bow and Crossbow Skills (Amazon Only)

+20% Increased Attack Speed
+50% Enhanced Damage
+300% Damage To Undead
+3 To Slow Missiles (Amazon Only)
+3 To Dodge (Amazon Only)
+3 To Critical Strike (Amazon Only) Knockback
+10 To Dexterity

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Hel (15) + Amn (11) + Nef (4)
Armor {3}
Clvl Required: 25

3% Chance To Cast Level 1 Howl When Struck

10% Chance To Cast Level 1 Taunt On Striking
+2 To Barbarian Skill Levels
+30 Defense Vs. Missile
Replenish Life +10
Attacker Takes Damage of 14
Requirements -15%

Barbarian Yes No No

Nef (4) + Tir (3)
Headgear (all types) {2}
Clvl Required: 13

+50% Enhanced Defense

+10 Defense
+30 Defense vs. Missile
+5 to Strength
+2 to Mana after each Kill
-33% Extra Gold from Monsters
-3 to Light Radius
Level 13 Cloak of Shadows (9 charges)

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Nef (4) + Sol (12) + Ith (6)
Headgear {3}
Clvl Required: 27

+75% Enhanced Defense

+30 Defense vs. Missiles
+10 to Vitality
+10 to Energy
+33 to Mana
Damage Reduced by 7
Magic Damage Reduced by 3
15% Damage Taken Goes to Mana
+5 to Light Radius

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Nef (4) + Lum (17)
Armor {2}
Clvl Required: 37

+20% Faster Hit Recovery

+75% Enhanced Defense
+280 Defense vs. Missiles
+10 to Energy
All Resistances +50
-1 to Light Radius
Level 6 Weaken (18 charges)

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Crafted Items with Nef[edit]

Ingredients Crafted Item Comments
Blood Gloves
Magical Heavy
or Sharkskin Gloves (Excep)
or Vampirebone Gloves (Elite)
+ Jewel (any)
+ Nef Rune (#4)
+ Perfect Ruby
Blood Gloves
Preset Mods:
1-3% Life Leech
+10-20 Hit Points
5-10% Crushing Blow
An example can be seen here.
Caster Headgear
Magical Mask
or Death Mask (Excep)
or Demonhead (Elite)
+ Jewel
+ Nef Rune (#4)
+ Perfect Amethyst
Caster Mask
Preset Mods:
4-10% Regenerate Mana
+10-20 Mana
1-4% Mana Steal
Hitpower Armor
Magical Field Plate
or Sharktooth (Excep)
or Kraken Shell (Elite)
+ Jewel (any)
+ Nef Rune (#4)
+ Perfect Sapphire
Hitpower Body Armor
Preset Mods:
5% chance of casting Slvl 4 Frost Nova when hit
Attacker takes 3-10 damage
10-20% Faster Hit Recovery
Howling removed, FHR added, armor type changed to Field Plate.
Safety Shields
Magical Kite Shield
or Dragon Shield (Excep)
or Monarch (Elite)
+ Jewel (any)
+ Nef Rune (#4)
+ Perfect Emerald
Safety Shield
Preset Mods:
Reduces Damage 1-4
Reduces Magic Damage 1-2
5-10% Resist Magic
+10-30% Defense
Magical Resistance is a very rare property. Magical damage is only on a few skills, such as Berserk and Bone Spirit.

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