Diablo 4 is a game with many different features involving your gear, so it is understandable when newer players, like myself, are unaware of something like salvaging gear. It is a simple feature that many can easily miss at first glance due to being hyper-focused on questing or other activities. Because of that, I have decided to create a short and simple guide on how one can salvage gear, and what the purpose of salvaging gear is in the first place.

How Salvaging Works in Diablo 4

Diablo 4 Salvage Gear Menu

When first getting into the game, you will be unable to access this feature until you reach Kyovashad, the first main town you come across in your journey. Once arriving, look for the icon on the map that looks like a hammer striking an anvil. This icon signifies where a blacksmith is located. 

Talking to the blacksmith will bring up a menu with three tabs. The leftmost tab is the one you want to be on. Once on the tab labeled “salvage”, you will notice a pickaxe icon over a red square. Selecting this pickaxe will change your cursor into the pickaxe icon which you can then drag over to your inventory, and you can only select gear with a pickaxe icon on the top right corner of their designated slot. You may also salvage in bulk by selecting one of the options labeled under “salvage by item quality”.

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Why Salvage Gear?

Diablo 4 Salvage Inventory

Salvaging gear at a blacksmith will grant you materials that you can then use to craft. These materials will show up in the section, “Salvaged Materials”, at the bottom of the menu. The rarity of materials you will receive is equal to the rarity of the gear you are salvaging. For instance, salvaging common weapons will give you iron chunks and a silver ore whereas salvaging rare weapons will grant you iron chunks and a veiled crystal.

The materials received from salvaging can be used to upgrade your gear. Materials such as rawhide and leather can upgrade your armor while iron, silver, and crystals are for weapon upgrades. This makes salvaging particularly useful when you want to make your current gear, with all of its stats and attributes, stronger. Rarer materials you may get from salvaging legendary items such as abstruse sigils, coiling wards, and baleful fragments are used strictly to upgrade legendary gear. This goes for the other rarities as well. For example, rare gear will require veiled crystals for upgrades, and common gear will require silver ores. This does not take into account the cost of gold for each upgrade.

Diablo 4 is available to play now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

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