Cube Surprise! Excep --> Elite (unique) works in SP!! Sorry all -- newbie here on the forums. However, I recently found a Pul rune, and so I went out to the runeword page on the Arreat Summit to see what sort of fun item I might be able to build with it. As I was browsing around, I got distracted and looked at the uniques, and stumbled across Kiara's Guardian. Now, it said "Ladder Only," but I only play SP/Open, and I'd found one before. Well, this got the gears turning in my head, so I popped over to the Horadric Cube recipie page. Just as I'd remembered, it said the recipie to upgrade unique exceptional weapons to unique elite weapons only worked on ladder. "What if this works in SP too," I thought? My favorite character is probably "Grahhk", a lv 70's were-druid. So, I empty my Horadric Cube, then I insert my only Pul rune, one of my 3 Lum runes, and a perfect emerald, and... PRESTO! I'm now the proud owner of a Ribcracker: Stalagmite!! My were-druid is now almost viable in Hell solo--YEAH!! Anyway, I'm sure this has been known for ages, but I just found out and got really excited. p.s. I've been playing since 2000, on and off, but I only recently started posting on Dii.net. This is my first post in the SP forum--where I'll be from now on!