Improve Graphic Performance With A Glide

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?

  • This Glide Wrapper is recommended in Eastern Sun forum Glide Wrapper thread.
    http://www.svenswrapper.de/english/downloads.html
    A slightly more detailed guide can be found in the E.S. Troubleshooting & Problem Solving FAQ thread here:
    http://phrozenkeep.hugelaser.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=54529
  • You can find many other Glide Wrappers, too, but this one is optimized for Diablo II, and would work better.
  • If you are running Windows Vista with the Aero-theme activated, the Glide Wrapper will not function by default due to OpenGL conflicts. You can go around this issue by configuring your Eastern Sun shortcut: Go to the compatibility-tab at the shortcut properties, and enable 'Disable desktop compositing'. This setting will disable the Vista Aero-theme every time you run ES from the shortcut, which allows the Glide Wrapper to run properly.
  • NOTE: The 'test version of Sven's Wrapper includes an option to automatically tun off the effects needed to run properly under Windows Vista/7.
    http://www.svenswrapper.de/english/text/testversion.html

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 it by 80%. 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. All characters should have one. 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:

Tactics

  • 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.
MonsterLevelRemarksMonsterLevelRemarks
Fallen2Dark Spearwoman3Fast
Quillrat2Gargantuan Beast3Stun
Zombie2SlowHungry Dead