Throwing Weapons

Diablo 2 Throwing Weapons

Diablo 2 throwing weapons come in a number of varieties in Diablo 2. There are throwing knives, axes, potions, and many types of javelins. All but the potions can be used as melee weapons, and all the weapons have higher damage when thrown than when used for melee.

The Barbarian’s Throwing Mastery works with throwing axes, knives, and javelins when they are thrown. It does not work for melee. His Axe Mastery works with throwing axes during melee, but not when throwing. He has no Javelin Mastery, and throwing knives are Dagger Class, not Sword Class, so he has no Mastery to help there. His best bet is to use Axe Mastery and melee with throwing axes, or keep a weapon handy in the weapon switch slot in the expansion.

  • Damage Bonus: This determines how you multiply the item damage by your stats to reach the actual damage. All throwing weapons are 50Str/50Dex.
  • Item Level: Used in many in-game calculations. Monsters must be of this level to drop the item, and it factors in when you get to gamble for this item type as well. Check full Mlvl stats on Darkness.
  • Weapon Speed: A relative comparison to other weapons of the same type. 0 is the base -10, -20, etc is faster, 10, 20, etc is slower by one frame per 10.
  • Stack Size: Applies only to throwing weapons. Min = the smallest stack a monster can drop. Max = the largest a stack can possibly be. Throwing weapons stack only on others of their exact same type and mods, if magical.
  • Range: Melee only. From 1 (least) to 5 (most) in D2X. Numbers are fixed across item classes: a 3 javelin = a 3 sword = a 3 hammer, etc.

All characters throw at the same rate, and this speed is not affected by increased attack speed modifiers. Those only affect melee attack rates.

No Throwing weapons are socketable in D2 or D2X.

Diablo 2 vs Expansion Differences

Since patch v1.12,  throwing weapons are all 50/50 Str/Dex, so for every point in Str or Dex you can add .5% of the weapon damage. This means you did more damage than in Diablo 2 classic if your Dex is higher than your Str. Since most throwing weapons require a lot of Dexterity, this is more natural, while making it harder to get really big damage, since you need 2 stat points to do the damage bonus of 1 strength point in Diablo 2.

Durability on throwing weapons was a new addition in the expansion. In Diablo 2 all throwing weapons are indestructible when used for melee. In Diablo 2 they all have durability (though it’s not displayed in the game) which they lose at 1/3 the normal melee weapon rate when used for melee fighting. When the durability is expended one throwing weapon vanishes from the stack, just as if you’d thrown it.

Normal Diablo 2 Throwing Weapons

ImageItem NamePropertiesMisc StatsAttack Rate
Diablo 2 Throwing Knife

Throwing Knife

Melee Dmg: 2-3
Throwing Dmg: 4-9
Durability: 4
Str Req: None
Dex Req: 21
Item Level: 2
Clvl Req: None
Max Stack: 160
Melee Range: 1
Dmg Bonus:
D2: 100 Str
D2X: 50/50 Str/Dex
Inv Size: 1×2
Weapon Speed: 0
Melee Attack Rate:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/S
Normal: P
Diablo 2 Throwing Axe

Throwing Axe

4-7 Melee
8-12 Thrown
Durability: 6
Str Req: None
Dex Req: 40
Item Level: 7
Clvl Req: None
Max Stack: 130
Melee Range: 1
Dmg Bonus:
D2: 100 Str
D2X: 50/50 Str/Dex
Inv Size: 1×2
Weapon Speed: 10
Melee Attack Rate:
Fast: As/P
Normal: Am/B/D/N/S
Diablo 2 Balanced Knife

Balanced Knife

1-8 Melee
6-11 Thrown
Durability: 8
Str Req: None
Dex Req: 51
Item Level: 13
Clvl Req: None
Max Stack: 160
Melee Range: 1
Dmg Bonus:
D2: 100 Str
D2X: 50/50 Str/Dex
Inv Size: 1×2
Weapon Speed: -20
Melee Attack Rate:
Very Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/S
Fast: P
Diablo 2 Balanced Axe

Balanced Axe

5-10 Melee
12-15 Throw
Durability: 10
Str Req: None
Dex Req: 57
Item Level: 16
Clvl Req: None
Max Stack: 130
Melee Range: 1
Dmg Bonus:
D2: 100 Str
D2X: 50/50 Str/Dex
Inv Size: 2×3
Weapon Speed: -10
Melee Attack Rate:
Very Fast: As/P
Fast: Am/B/D/N/S

Exceptional

Exceptional Throwing Weapons can be found only in Nightmare and Hell in Diablo II. In D2X they can be found in Acts 4-5 Normal, and then all through Nightmare and Hell.

ImageItem NamePropertiesMisc StatsAttack Rate
Diablo 2 Throwing Knife

Battle Dart

Melee Dmg: 8-16
Throwing Dmg: 11-24
Durability: 6*
Str Req: 25
Dex Req: 52
Item Level: 31
Clvl Req: 19**
Max Stack: 160
Melee Range: 1
Dmg Bonus:
D2: 100 Str
D2X: 50/50 Str/Dex
Inv Size: 1×2
Weapon Speed: 0
Melee Attack Rate:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/S
Normal: P
Diablo 2 Throwing Axe

Francisca

Melee Dmg: 11-22
Throwing Dmg: 18-33
Durability: 15
Str Req: 25
Dex Req: 80
Item Level: 34
Clvl Req: 22**
Max Stack: 130
Melee Range: 1
Dmg Bonus:
D2: 100 Str
D2X: 50/50 Str/Dex
Inv Size: 1×2
Weapon Speed: 10
Melee Attack Rate:
Fast: As/P
Normal: Am/B/D/N/S
Diablo 2 Balanced Knife

War Dart

Melee Dmg: 6-24
Throwing Dmg: 14-27
Durability: 20
Str Req: 25
Dex Req: 97
Item Level: 39
Clvl Req: 25**
Max Stack: 160
Melee Range: 1
Dmg Bonus:
D2: 100 Str
D2X: 50/50 Str/Dex
Inv Size: 1×2
Weapon Speed: -20
Melee Attack Rate:
Very Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/S
Fast: P
Diablo 2 Balanced Axe

Hurlbat

Melee Dmg: 13-27
Throwing Dmg: 24-34
Durability: 16
Str Req: 25
Dex Req: 106
Item Level: 41
Clvl Req: 25**
Max Stack: 130
Melee Range: 1
Dmg Bonus:
D2: 100 Str
D2X: 50/50 Str/Dex
Inv Size: 2×3
Weapon Speed: -10
Melee Attack Rate:
Very Fast: As/P
Fast: Am/B/D/N/S

** All Exceptional items are Clvl 25 in Diablo II. Some lower-quality ones are slightly lower in expansion.

Elite

Elite Throwing Weapons can be found only in the Expansion. Monsters will drop them in Acts 4-5 Nightmare, and then all through Hell difficulty.

ImageItem NamePropertiesMisc StatsAttack Rate
Diablo 2 Throwing Knife

Flying Knife

Melee Dmg: 23-54
Throwing Dmg: 23-54
Durability: 6
Str Req: 48
Dex Req: 141
Item Level: 58
Clvl Req: 48
Max Stack: 200
Melee Range: 1
Dmg Bonus:
D2: 100 Str
D2X: 50/50 Str/Dex
Inv Size: 1×2
Weapon Speed: 0
Melee Attack Rate:
Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/S
Normal: P
Diablo 2 Throwing Axe

Flying Axe

Melee Dmg: 17-65
Throwing Dmg: 15-66
Durability: 15
Str Req: 88
Dex Req: 108
Item Level: 61
Clvl Req: 42
Max Stack: 180
Melee Range: 1
Dmg Bonus:
D2: 100 Str
D2X: 50/50 Str/Dex
Inv Size: 1×2
Weapon Speed: 10
Melee Attack Rate:
Fast: As/P
Normal: Am/B/D/N/S
Diablo 2 Balanced Knife

Winged Knife

Melee Dmg: 27-35
Throwing Dmg: 23-39
Durability: 20
Str Req: 45
Dex Req: 142
Item Level: 64
Clvl Req: 56
Max Stack: 200
Melee Range: 1
Dmg Bonus:
D2: 100 Str
D2X: 50/50 Str/Dex
Inv Size: 1×2
Weapon Speed: -20
Melee Attack Rate:
Very Fast: Am/As/B/D/N/S
Fast: P
Diablo 2 Balanced Axe

Winged Axe

Melee Dmg: 11-56
Throwing Dmg: 7-60
Durability: 16*
Str Req: 96
Dex Req: 122
Item Level: 66
Clvl Req: 58
Max Stack: 180
Melee Range: 1
Dmg Bonus:
D2: 100 Str
D2X: 50/50 Str/Dex
Inv Size: 2×3
Weapon Speed: -10
Melee Attack Rate:
Very Fast: As/P
Fast: Am/B/D/N/S

 

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