Why isn’t Verdungo’s Hearty Cord the best belt for melee characters in Diablo II?

Verdungo’s Hearty Cord is a unique mithril coil belt, and is a popular belt choice among Diablo 2 players for its resistance to physical damage and a great bonus to vitality (and therefore health).

The statistics:

Defense: 125-158

Minimum force: 106

Level requirement: 63

+ 90-140% Enhanced Defense (varies)

10% faster shock recovery

+ 30-40 to Vitality (varies)

Replenish Life + 10-13 (varies)

+ 100-120 to max resistance (varies)

Damage reduced by 10-15% (varies)

Minimum force: 106

Right from the start, it can be seen that Verdungo’s Hearty Cord has a huge strength requirement. Plan ahead when using Verdungo’s and see if you can get enough Strength bonuses from the elements and amulets to reach a Strength of 106.

10% faster shock recovery

10% faster hit recovery isn’t much, but nice to have nonetheless. Faster Hit Recovery helps your character to recover from the blow of his 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 highest health bonus of all belts, something that makes it very useful for all characters, regardless of their class or build. A perfect Verdungo will grant your character an additional 40 vitality points, giving your character 160 hit points if he is a barbarian, 120 points if he is one of the other melee characters, or 80 points if he is a caster. For any character, that’s a huge hit point gain!

Replenish Life + 10-13 (varies)

Verdungo not only offers a great vitality bonus, but it also offers Health Replenishment … not only do you get more hit points, but now you also regain hit points faster.

+ 100-120 to max resistance (varies)

This is a great boost for stamina, but no player really looks at it because at level 63, a good player wouldn’t have any stamina issues.

Damage reduced by 10-15% (varies)

Verdungo’s Hearty Cord is one of the few items in the game that provides% resistance to physical damage. 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 taken from successful physical attacks, and therefore with enough% physical damage resistance items, you can make your character very resistant to physical damage.

Resume:

Verdungo 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 resistance to physical damage (10-15%). String of Ears is a more attractive option for characters who don’t want to invest that many attribute points in Strength, as it only requires a Strength of 20 to use, while Verdungo requires a whopping 106. However, if they meet the requirement of Strength, most characters would choose Verdungo’s because even though String of Ears has Life Leech, Verdungo’s huge bonus to Life is hard to resist.

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