How to salvage items in Diablo 4

You need to recover items in Diablo 4 if you want more crafting materials or transmog appearances.

While it’s nice to have different styles for your weapons and armor, it’s those precious crafting materials that make salvaging your gear more useful than selling it most of the time.

If you’ve never played a Diablo game before or need a refresher, we’ve detailed how to recover items in Diablo 4 below, including a section on how to recover legendary items since it involves an extra step.

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How to recover items in Diablo 4

Rescue will eventually become second nature to you, but how to do it isn’t really explained very well at the beginning of the game.

To recover items in Diablo 4 you must visit a blacksmith. They are found in cities and in most towns, even small ones. Blacksmiths are easily identified by the hammer and anvil symbol on the map.

The blacksmith is the most popular attraction at the Sanctuary.

Once you talk to a blacksmith, you will see many recovery options on the screen. Here’s what each salvage option does in the blacksmith:

  • All Junk: Recover all items in your inventory marked as “junk” (you must do this manually in your inventory and you cannot mark legendaries as junk).
  • Common: Recover all gray items from your inventory.
  • Magic: Recover all the yellow items in your inventory.
  • Rare: Recover all blue items in your inventory.
  • All Items: Recover all items in your inventory that can be recovered (legendaries will not be recovered).

Of course, you can also recover individual items, but we recommend looking at your loot and marking what you don’t want as trash before visiting the blacksmith, so that you can quickly get rid of many items at once when you get to the blacksmith.

You can mark and unmark items as junk in your inventory.

Don’t worry if you have gems socketed in your gear when you retrieve them, as retrieving them will unsocket them and return the gems to you. It’s actually a good way to get your gems back for free.

If an item has the description “unlocks a new appearance upon recovery”, when you retrieve it from the blacksmith, its appearance will be added to your transmog styles. You can change your appearance through transmogrification by visiting the wardrobe available in cities.

How to recover legendary items in Diablo 4

You may have noticed in the rescue descriptions above that legendaries are not included. This is because you have to manually select legendary items with the hammer symbol on a blacksmith to retrieve legendary items in Diablo 4.

It’s the hammer with the red background directly above the “All Junk” option.

All you have to do now is choose the legendary item from your inventory that you want to recover. A message will appear asking if you are sure you want to recover it. We recommend really thinking if you want to salvage a Legendary, as it’s often preferable to keep it in your stash for another character or extract its Legendary Skin.

It’s all up to you, though, as you’ll gain crafting resources useful for upgrading other Legendaries if you choose to rescue one.

Should you sell or salvage items in Diablo 4?

Gold is necessary to upgrade, craft, and do almost anything related to your loot in Diablo 4, so it’s an important resource.

That said, you get gold from many sources, such as killing enemies and completing quests, while you really only get useful crafting materials by salvaging your unwanted equipment.

You don’t need a lot of gold or crafting materials at the beginning of the game, but it’s a good idea to save up for when you do need them. As crafting materials are a rarer find than gold, we recommend that you salvage your items instead of selling them in Diablo 4. At least until you’re in the late game.

Once you get past level 50, that’s when we recommend you start really thinking about selling your gear instead of taking it back.

As for Legendaries, we only recommend salvaging them if you decide you don’t want one cluttering up your inventory anymore. In general though, you should save your Legendaries for different builds and characters, or extract their Power Aspects in order to create your own Legendaries.

All the best on your journey to Diablo 4!

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