Swords to Ploughshares


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Swords to Ploughshares is a rune effect in Battle Rage, a Fury-spending Barbarian skill.

This rune effect grants a bonus to the Barbarian's critical hits, making enemies tagged with them 5% more likely to drop additional health globes.

While under the effects of Battle Rage, Critical Hits have up to a 5% chance to cause enemies to drop additional health globes.

Skill Rune Effects[edit]

See the Battle Rage rune effects article for thorough descriptions of all five rune effects in this skill, including screenshots, videos, and strategy tips.

Name Level Description
Battle Rage

1 Cost: 20 Fury

Enter a rage which increases your damage by 10% and Critical Hit Chance by 3%. Lasts 120 seconds.

MedRuneA Marauder's Rage
1 Increase damage bonus to 15%.
MedRuneB Ferocity
1 Increase movement speed by 15%.
MedRuneC Swords to Ploughshares
1 Critical Hits heal you and your pets for up to 21456.84 Life.
MedRuneD Into the Fray
1 Gain 1% Critical Hit Chance for each enemy within 10 yards while under the effects of Battle Rage.
MedRuneE Bloodshed
1 Critical Hits cause an explosion of blood dealing 20% of the damage done to all other nearby enemies.


Screenshots and movies will be added post-release.


Prior to the skill revision in February 2012, this rune effect was enabled by the Obsidian Rune, granting the following effect with a level 7 runestone:

Swords to Ploughshares


Critical hits have a 20% chance to cause enemies to drop additional treasure or health globes.


The skill name refers to a proverb from the Hebrew Bible, found in the Book of Isaiah.[1]

They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. — Isaiah 2:4 & Micah 4:3

The phrase is generally used to mean turning weapons into tools of cultivation and construction, rather than destruction and death. In that way it's not quite accurate for this skill rune effect, since it only causes the monsters to drop more healing globes, rather than somehow disarming them entirely.