Runes Overview


Runes in Diablo Immortal are used to craft Legendary Gems. There are currently 24 Runes in the game that can be obtained through running Elder Rifts or purchased from the Fading Ember Merchant in town. Runes fall into 4 different categories which we will discuss in more detail below. Some are used to craft 1 Star Legendary Gems while others are for 2 Star Legendary Gems. 5 Star Legendary Gems can only be crafted using the random recipes at the Jeweler. Getting enough Runes and to craft a 2 Star Legendary Gem is expensive and takes quite awhile. Make sure you're using these resources wisely to rank up a powerful Legendary Gem.

How to Obtain Runes

Elder Rifts

Runes can only be obtained by running Elder Rifts while using a Rare Crest or Legendary Crest. Each Rare Crest provides 4 random Runes and each Legendary Crest provides 3. On top of this every Elder Rift you run rewards 8 Fading Ember upon completion.

Elder Rift Runes

Fading Embers

Fading Ember are resources that drop when completing an Elder Rift. Every week you can obtain up to 320 Fading Ember. Every Elder Rift grants 8 by default and 1 additional for every crest used by your party, up to maximum of 20 per Elder rift. Trade in your Fading Ember at the Fading Ember Merchant next to the Elder Rift portal in Westmarch. Here you can obtain additional Runes to directly craft the Legendary Gems you desire, you can also trade in for FA which allow you to randomly roll for Legendary Gems at the Jeweler.

The Fading Ember Merchant has 3 categories to choose from. You can either buy FA directly with Fading Ember Merchant or trade Magic and Rare along with Fading Ember Merchant for ATI. Check the table to see the crafting costs at the Fading Ember Merchant.

RuneCrafting Cost
FA18 Fading Ember
ATI15 Fading Ember
12 Magic Runes
ATI15 Fading Ember
3 Rare Runes

Crafting Runes


ati runes

This is the base Rune used to craft Legendary Gems. 1 Star Legendary Gems require 7 ATI and 2 Star Legendary Gems require 28. You can craft these using your undesired Runes along with Fading Ember at the Fading Ember Merchant.



This Rune is very unique in that it isn't used to directly craft any specific Legendary Gem. You can trade in FA at the Jeweler to craft a random 1-5 Star Legendary Gem if desired. There is no other purpose for these so if you choose to purchase these with your Fading Ember Merchant you'll have to take a gamble on what you can win! All gems received using these recipes can be sold on the Marketplace.

Magic Runes

Magic Runes have a 80% chance to drop and are used to Craft 1 Star Legendary Gems. You can use 2 of the following Magic Runes along with 7 ATI to craft 1 star Legendary Gems. These are the least powerful Legendary Gems in the game and thus require the least to craft. For more information on Legendary Gems and what each one requires to craft check out the Legendary Gems post here.


weh runes
Used to Craft:

The Black Rose


nie runes
Used to Craft:

Nightmare Wreath


pyr runes
Used to Craft:
Berserker's Eye


lux runes
Used to Craft:

Pain of Subjugation


ord runes
Used to Craft:

Respite Stone


Used to Craft:

Trickshot Gem


Used to Craft:

Ca'arsen's Invigoration


urs runes
Used to Craft:

Zod Stone


Used to Craft:

Everlasting Torment


Used to Craft:

Defiant Soul


Used to Craft:

Freedom and Devotion


Used to Craft:

Chained Death


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Mocking Laughter


Used to Craft:

Seled's Weakening

Rare Runes

Rare Runes have a 20% chance to drop and are used to craft 2 Star Legendary Gems. You can use 2 of the following Rare Runes along with 28 ATI to craft 2 star Legendary Gems. 2 Star Legendary Gems are used for quite awhile and can pack a decent punch, so finding Runes and using them to rank up the best ones is highly recommended.


Used to Craft:

Lightning Core


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Used to Craft:

The Hunger


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Follower's Burden


Used to Craft:

Power & Command


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Cutthroat's Grin


Used to Craft:

Unity Crystal


Used to Craft:

Bloody Reach

Runes Summary

  • Runes craft 1 and 2 Star Legendary Gems, and have a chance to grant a 5 star Legendary Gem when using the random FA Recipe at the Jeweler.
  • They are found in Elder Rifts or bought from the Fading Ember Merchant.
  • Magic Runes are much more common than Rare Runes, with the rarest ones crafting the best 2 Star Legendary Gems.
  • Use your Fading Ember wisely to upgrade the best Legendary Gems for your class! Check out our Class Guides to see which ones we recommend.


Written by Facefoot
Contributions by Dredscythe
Reviewed by Raxxanterax, Rob


Jun 12th 2022
Updated with Launch Rune info, pictures coming soon.

Apr 26th 2022
Updated for launch