Diablo 2 + Lord of Destruction: Play without CD


As of patch v1.12, Blizzard allowed the game to be played without CD since they were offering the digital copy of it from their online store.

- Patch 1.12

     Downloadable Installer Support

- If all required Diablo 2 '.MPQ' files are installed on the
  hard drive, the game will no longer require the CD to play.

   For users that originally performed a 'Full Installation'
   and wish to run without the CD, all '.MPQ' files should
   be copied from the Diablo 2 CDs to the Diablo 2 directory. 
   Most users will only need to copy D2Music.mpq from the
   Diablo 2 Play CD and/or D2xMusic.mpq from the Lord of
   Destruction CD.  Mac users will need to copy these music
   files and rename them to 'Diablo II Music' and
   'Diablo II Expansion Music' respectively.

So, assuming you've done a "full" install of the Diablo 2 game and that you've installed the expansion pack, you'll also need to copy over D2xMusic.mpq from the expansion CD to your installation folder (by default it should be C:\Program Files\Diablo II).

Something they forgot to mention is that you'll also need D2XVIDEO.MPQ as well. Otherwise you'll get the annoying "Insert Expansion Disc" message when you try to start the game.


It should work straight away once you've got those 2 files in your game folder.


  1. Thanks. I was looking for the D2XVIDEO.MPQ bit. well i didnt know i was looking for it but i found it and it resolved my conundrum

  2. hi there would like to know if it could be posible to merge diablo2 lod files into diablo2 directory and if there will be any reg file that need to be made up or downloaded to make this work. thanks for the help. reply at aracna@webmail.co.za asap please.


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