how useful is a zod? i know people would give away half thereitems for a zod, but i personally think that they are infact rather useless unless i a certain runeword. so, you find/trade/beg for a zod, your so pleased. but what do you do with it? option 1: you make a BOTD for a godly merc or melee weapon. advantages: most powerful weapon in game for melee, can be used on merc or you (indestructable). disadvantages: you need the 5 other runes as well, some of which are very rare, you need a good 6 socket weapon, and if you want etheral that can take a long tiem to find after you get yourzod (unless you have 1 saved) option 2: you use it in a already extremely good etheral socketed weapon to ake it ast forever. advantages: doesnt have to be 6 socket, you can add other things in other sockets to provide MF, elemental dmg, or IAS. disadvantages: your weapon only has 50% ED, compared to some cruel ones which have over 200%ED. blowing the only zod your ever gong to get (unless your borlag) on a normal weapon is a huge waste. this is about it. for something which has taken you possibly years of playing everyday to acquire, but it can only bused in 1 item. once you put it in there, you cant get it out, and when you get 1, you will most liekly think it isnt that much more power full than your previous weapon you were using. for the time needed to get 1, you can acquire a mule full of tyraels might and all that and it has 1 reasonable mod, so you have almost no choice but to use it in BOTD, it has no other practical use. givn a choice of using any rune into a normal socket item, not to make a runeword, a zod would be way down the list, even for a good eth. As you can probably tell, i have no zod, and if i did i wouldnt use it at all. straight to trade thread for the zod! you can easily get several godly items that have an actual use without even demanding. people will continue to empty there stashes for your zod, but in reality, how good cn 1 runweord be compared to other items?