Diablo 2: Resurrected is everything Diablo 2 but with a fresh coat of paint. It does not have the modern Quality-of-Life advancements in gameplay design. When Diablo 2 was released, RPGs still had Save Points. Although Diablo 2 does not have Save Points, it only allows limited respec opportunities. Other RPG games today incorporate almost instantaneous and infinite instances of respeccing characters.
In Diablo 2, respec allows you to reset both your skill and stat points that have previously been invested in your class character. This implies they will all be returned to you once you have completed the task.
This is useful for many reasons, such as putting dozens of hours into the game but not like the build you have been following thus far or simply wanting to try something different without having to level another character from the beginning.
What is a Respec?
Respec is video game jargon, which comes from “re-specialization.” This allows for skill points reset when players already allocate it upon leveling up. Respec is usually present in MMORPGs but found its way in other games. JRPGs are notorious for disallowing respec as most stat-enhancing items or growth are tied to a set number altered by level-ups.
There are only two methods in Diablo 2 that also made their way to the remake. Respec in Diablo 2 Resurrected allows for resetting both skills and stats. It reverts everything as if no stat points or skill points are spent.
Why is Respeccing Important in Diablo 2
The truth is, any decent specialization for any character you choose in Diablo II will allow you to play the game without any problems, at least in the Normal difficulty. Such will only be noticeable in higher difficulties when enemies gain immunities from elements, magic itself, and physical attacks. Hence, if you are highly concentrated in one particular element, you may enter an area with enemies immune from your attack. You have to respec to spread your damage sources to bypass immunities.
Also, Diablo 2 is a game of luck. At least in terms of drops and loots. Hence, you might chance upon certain armor for your class that has amazing bonuses but is not within your build. If you want to change builds since you have accumulated gear for a certain build due to drops or as given by your friends, you have to respec to not just wear them, mostly strength stat for armors, but also to divert the skill points.
First Method of Respec in Diablo 2: Resurrected
Right off the bat, the game will reward you with the respect chance by completing the first quest: Den of Evil. Talk to Akara after clearing the quest. Do not use the respec here since nothing is worth respeccing. Also, once used, you can never respec again after respeccing. This is one-time use only. Although, the same reward is given when you complete the same quest in Nightmare and Hell. You can only have three respecs from the same quest reward in a single character.
Second Method: Token of Absolution
The second method of obtaining a respec is by chancing drops from bosses. This method is both difficult and grindy. The chances of dropping the items below are available in the highest difficulty: Hell. You may not have been rewarded at all after several attempts. If you haphazardly or inefficiently used your respec chances, you can retry to grind again. This may sound that this method is infinite, while technically true; good luck with that.
These are the ingredients for the Token of Absolution:
- Twisted Essence of Suffering (Andariel and Duriel of Act I and Act II, respectivel)
- Charged Essence of Hatred (Mephisto of Act III)
- Burning Essence of Terror (Diablo of Act IV)
- Festering Essence of Destruction (Baal of Act V)
You have to combine all of these in the Horadric Cube.