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 | edit source]

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

<skill subcat="Shout" class="Barbarian">Battle Rage</skill> <skill class="Barbarian" rune="Marauder's Rage">Battle Rage</skill> <skill class="Barbarian" rune="Ferocity">Battle Rage</skill> <skill class="Barbarian" rune="Swords to Ploughshares">Battle Rage</skill> <skill class="Barbarian" rune="Into the Fray">Battle Rage</skill> <skill class="Barbarian" rune="Bloodshed">Battle Rage</skill>

Media[edit | edit source]

Screenshots and movies will be added post-release.

Development[edit | edit source]

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.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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.