Improve Graphic Performance With A Glide Wrapper

What A Glide Wrapper Does?

  • Diablo II is optimized for Voodoo series video cards, which were popular among 3D gamers when it was released. Glide is the 3D graphics API for Voodoo cards, and D2 runs much faster in Glide mode than in other modes (Direct Draw/3D.) If you don't have a Voodoo, you can't select Glide mode.
  • In short, a Glide wrapper lets other video cards than Voodoo work in Glide mode, to improve the graphic performance.

Which Glide Wrapper Do You Recommend?

General Tips

  • Repair/Recharge cost is very low in ES. You no longer have to worry about the recharge cost. Superior Runeworded items will never bankrupt you.
  • Other mercenaries than Act 2 mercenaries are also useful. All mercenaries have useful support skill(s) like an aura, warcries, etc.
  • Mercenaries hired in Hell has the same stats as the ones hired in Normal (Only the aura of the Act 2 mercenaries changes each difficulty). You can change your mercenary without losing their stats, so I recommend hiring each mercenary at least once to see how they work.
  • Weaken, Iron Maiden and Decrepify reduce monster's physical resist by 60% while Amplify Damage reduces by 90%. Now Amplify Damage isn't the only melee curse to be considered.
  • Inner Sight also reduces monster's physical damage by 5-35% (more than 70% when fully synergized), and this works on top of another curse.
  • Damage Augmenter is a free bonus charm included in the starting items. A must for all physical attack builds, but useless for pure casters. You can make one by a cube recipe for your old characters.
    Wirt's Leg + Tome of Identify -> Damage Augmenter

Getting Started

Starting out in Eastern Sun for the first time, or playing untwinked can be quite a challenge. Here are a few tips that should make it easier:


  • You start out with a very low chance to hit, so go after easy targets like Fallen until you gain a couple levels.
  • (Edit) All monsters' life was roughly doubled in R5, and characters are given 500 fulminating potions instead, which would let you gain a few levels with ease.
Fallen2Dark Spearwoman3Fast
Quillrat2Gargantuan Beast3Stun
Zombie2SlowHungry Dead3Slow
Dark Hunter3FastSkeleton3
  • Please note even the weakest monsters have a twice higher level than you, and this level difference make it very difficult to hit monsters. Attack Rating would be given the highest priority.
  • Don't be afraid to flee back to town and start a new game if you get too many monsters coming after you at once.
  • Every character class can benefit from a javelin/shield combo early on. This gives you the