This Diablo2 Horadric cube and recipes article is an overall guide on how to use the Horadric cube and lists all recipes available in the game.
What is the Horadric Cube and how to use it?
The Horadric Cube is a powerful tool in Diablo2 that has many purposes and is obtained in Act II while in the Halls of the Dead level 3 ,during the Horadric Staff quest. In addition, it acts as a combining device by putting old items inside in order to create a new one or upgrade one you already have.
To do so , one must simply open the cube then put the required items for the recipe inside it and finally then press the “transmute” button . You can open the Cube by right clicking it then you can drag and drop the items you want to combine inside it . Because you can put items inside it , the Cube also serves as a storage unit. As a result, it will provide you with extra space wich is very practical .
It gives the player 4×3 slots of space , costing only 2×2 slots to carry , resulting in 8 item slots worth of space!If you try to put something in the Cube but there is not enough space inside, you character will say something. Also, Deckard Cain will still identify your items even if they are inside the Cube.
What else ?
The biggest perk of the Horadric Cube still remains its ability to convert , combine , transform, upgrade or recycle items . Not many recipes were available when the game first came out but in 2003 when Blizzard released the patch 1.10 , more than 60 were added. These recipes give you access to a lot of possibilities, from enhancing a piece of equipment to upgrading your runes to the next tier . Note that Runewords will be addressed in another guide .
Here is the list of all the Diablo2 Horadric Cube recipes broken down in categories :
Runes and Gems recipes
These Recipes are used to increase your runes tiers
-After Ort rune , patch 1.10 or higher is required for the recipes to work.
-After Dol rune , the 19 remaining rune recipes will only work for single-player , ladder or open . They won’t work for normal characters.
-Be careful not to get confused with the runes Io and Lo as they are very similar in spelling.
3 El runes = 1 Eld rune
3 Eld runes = 1 Tir rune
3 Tir runes = 1 Nef rune
3 Nef runes = 1 Eth rune
3 Eth runes = 1 Ith rune
3 Ith runes = 1 Tal rune
3 Tal runes = 1 Ral rune
3 Ral runes = 1 Ort rune
3 Ort runes = 1 Thul rune
3 Thul runes + 1 chipped topaz = 1 Amn rune
3 Amn runes + 1 chipped amethyst = 1 Sol rune
3 Sol runes + 1 chipped saphire = 1 Shael rune
3 Shael runes + 1 chipped ruby = 1 Dol eune
3 Dol runes + 1 chipped emerald = 1 Hel rune
3 Hel runes + 1 chipped diamond = 1 Io rune
3 Io runes + 1 flawed topaz = 1 Lum rune
3 Lum runes + 1 flawed amethyst = 1 Ko rune
3 Ko runes + 1 flawed saphire = 1 Fal rune
3 Fal runes + 1 flawed ruby = 1 Lem rune
3 Lem runes + 1 flawed emerald = 1 Pul rune
3 Pul runes + 1 flawed diamond = 1 Um rune
3 Um runes + 1 topaz = 1 Mal rune
3 Mal runes + 1 amethyst = 1 Ist rune
3 Ist runes + 1 saphire = 1 Gul rune
3 Gul runes + 1 ruby = 1 Vex rune
3 Vex runes + 1 emereald = 1 Ohm rune
3 Ohm runes + 1 diamond = 1 Lo rune
3 Lo runes + 1 flawless topaz = 1 Sur rune
3 Sur runes + 1 flawless amethyst = 1 Ber rune
3 Ber runes + 1 flawless saphire = 1 Jah rune
3 Jah runes + 1 flawless ruby = 1 Cham rune
3 Cham runes + 1 flawless emerald = 1 Zod rune
These recipes are made to upgrade the quality of a piece of equipment only and will not change the affixes on the item . Their purpose it to boost either the defense or the attack of the chosen item (armor or weapon). Some recipes give very specific bonuses on specific pieces of equipment , but these will be addressed on another page .
1 El rune + 1 chipped gem + 1 LOW quality armor = same type NORMAL quality armor.
1 Eld rune + 1 chipped gem + 1 LOW quality weapon = same type NORMAL quality weapon.
The following recipes only work with the 1.10 patch or higher
These remaining recipes are needed to complete certain quests or have a special purpose.1
1. The secret cow level
This special quest allows you to craft a portal for another dimension. There you will find many cows ready to drop lots of loot ! Be careful not to kill the “Cow King” though , if you do , the recipe will be lost and you will no longer be able to travel there on that difficulty. For the recipe to work , you will need to have beaten Diablo in Act IV in the normal version of the game or Baal if you have the Lord of Destruction expansion installed. You need to be in Rogue Camp (the first town in ACT I ) and mix in the cube :
Wirt’s leg + 1 tome of town portal = red portal to the Secret Cow Level.
You can find Wirt’s leg in ACT I in Tristram , during the quest to save Deckard Cain .
2. The pandemonium event (Uber Bosses)
Note that this event is only available after installing the patch 1.11 or higher
Part 1 acquiring the keys
Probably the most difficult event in the game . To start this chain of quests , one must first acquire 3 keys; (you should actually get 3 of each though, you will see why soon) . These 3 keys have a chance to drop every time you defeat 3 bosses :
The countess in ACT I , in the Black Marsh , at the bottom of the Forgotten Tower has a chance to drop the Key of Terror.
The summoner in ACT II , at one of the 4 ends of the Arcane Sanctuary , has a chance to drop the Key of Hate.
Nihlathak in ACT V , found deep in Anya’s portal at one of the 4 ends of the Halls of Vaught , has a chance to drop the Key of Destruction.
Part 2 mixing the keys (Get 9keys first , 3 of each !)
When you have 1 key of each , go to Harrogath (first town in ACT V) and mix them in the cube . This will start the next step, opening 1 red portal of the 3 you will need to open . That being said, it is a good idea to actually have 3 keys of each in order to be able to open the 3 red portals at the same time and save you a headache.
Key of Hate + Key of Terror + Key of Destruction = Red portal bringing you to either the Matron’s Den, The Furnace of Pain or The Forgotten Sands.
If you already have 9 keys (3 of each) you don’t have to worry about wich portal is going to open , the same portal won’t open twice if there is already one active.
Part 3 into the portals
When you travel trough these portals you will reach 3 areas where you have 3 new bosses to defeat and these bosses will drop an item needed for the last part of the chain of quests.
Lilith in The Matron’s Den who will drop Diablo’s Horn.
Uber Duriel in The Forgotten Sands who will drop Baal’s eye.
Uber Isuual in The Furnace of Pain who will drop Mephisto’s Brain.
When you finally have the 3 body parts you can combine them in the Cube :
Baal’s Eye + Diablo’s Horn + Mephisto’s Brain = red portal to Uber Tristram.
Part 4 Final challenge
Uber Tristram is a version of Tristram who is inhabited by none other than Uber Diablo , Uber Mephisto and Uber Baal , a much more harder version of their predecessors . Must you defeat them , you will obtain the legendary Hell Fire Torch, probably the best Grand Charm in the game .
The token of absolution
This last recipe crafts a token able to reset all your skill and stats point. As a result, you can convert the build of your character or try to switch things up a little . Also, very practical when you made a mistake or don’t like the way your character is going . You will need to gather 4 essences dropped by 4 bosses all on Hell difficulty only . This recipe only works from patch 1.13 or higher.
Andariel or Duriel will drop the Twisted Essence of Suffering.
Mephisto will drop the Charged Essence of Hatred.
Diablo will drop the Burning Essence of Terror.
Baal will drop the Festering Essence of Destruction.
1 Twisted Essence of Suffering, 1 Charged Essence of Hatred, 1 Burning Essence of Terror, 1 Festering Essence of Destruction = Token of Absolution.