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Verdungo’s Hearty Cord is a unique Mithril Coil Belt, and is a popular belt choice among Diablo 2 players for its Physical Damage Resistance and huge bonus to Vitality (and thus Life).

The Stats:

Defense: 125-158

Minimum Strength: 106

Level Requirement: 63

+90-140% Enhanced Defense (varies)

10% Faster Hit Recovery

+30-40 to Vitality (varies)

Replenish Life +10-13 (varies)

+100-120 to Maximum Stamina (varies)

Damage Reduced by 10-15% (varies)

Minimum Strength: 106

Right off the bat one can see that Verdungo’s Hearty Cord has a huge Strength requirement. Plan ahead when using Verdungo’s, and see whether you can get enough Strength bonuses from items and charms to get to a Strength of 106.

10% Faster Hit Recovery

10% Faster Hit Recovery isn’t much, but it’s nice to have it anyway. Faster Hit Recovery helps your character recover from being hit by their enemies; the more you have, the faster you can recover from blows and dish out your own damage.

+30-40 to Vitality (varies)

Verdungo’s Hearty Cord offers the biggest Life bonus among all belts, something that makes it very useful to all characters, regardless of class or build. A perfect Verdungo’s will grant your character 40 bonus Vitality points, giving your character 160 hit points if he is a Barbarian, 120 points if they are one of the other melee characters or 80 points if a caster. For any character, that’s a huge gain in hit points!

Replenish Life +10-13 (varies)

Not only does Verdungo’s offer a huge Vitality bonus, but it also offers Replenish Life…not only do you get more hit points, but you now recover hit points faster as well.

+100-120 to Maximum Stamina (varies)

This is a huge boost to Stamina, but no player really looks at this because by Level 63, a good player wouldn’t be having any Stamina issues.

Damage Reduced by 10-15% (varies)

Verdungo’s Hearty Cord is one of the few items in the game that provides a % Physical damage resistance. The others are Shaftstop, String of Ears, Vampire’s Gaze, Harlequin Crest and Stormshield.

Many players try to put on at least one item that has % Physical damage resistance, for the very good reason that it reduces the damage received from successful physical attacks, and thus, with enough % Physical Damage Resistance items, you can make your character very resistant to Physical damage.

Summary:

Verdungo’s Hearty Cord is a very, very useful belt. It is often compared to String of Ears, which is another unique belt that offers the same range of Physical Damage Resistance (10-15%). String of Ears is a more attractive option for characters who don’t wish to invest so many attribute points in Strength, as it requires only a Strength of 20 to wear, while Verdungo’s require a huge 106. However, if they meet the Strength requirement, most characters would pick Verdungo’s because even though String of Ears has Life Leech, but Verdungo’s massive bonus to Life is hard to resist.

Source by Dan Massicotte

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