Diablo IV features a loot system that will keep players grinding for gear for hours, but as your inventory fills up you may be asking yourself if you should salvage or sell the items you’ve obtained during your journey. It’s definitely something circumstantial, but generally, salvaging your gear will be the way to go for a myriad reasons. Salvaging of any kind can be done at any Blacksmith, and salvaging items not only allows you to recycle old gear into cosmetics, but you also get extremely valuable materials by doing so.
Players will generally always want to salvage gear in Diablo IV, with the exception of Legendary items. Until you obtain the Codec of Power you’re looking for to complete your ideal build, you will want to extract Legendary Aspects from Legendary gear at the Occultist. After this, you will want to salvage Legendary items in order to obtain the extremely valuable Baleful Fragment material. That can be obtained through salvaging Legendary items, to reapply Codecs of Power and extracted Legendary Aspects to new pieces of gear. While you may be concerned about gold, given that it can feel relatively hard to come by, it is always advisable to salvage instead of sell. Since Legendary drop rates will remain relatively low, even when playing on higher world tiers, you will want to make sure you have enough materials to create your desired build.
That said, early on in the game, if you find yourself with a plethora of common items, you can feel free to sell them. Rares should always be salvaged for Veiled Crystals, however. Additionally, if you’re finding yourself low on funds, you can always do World Events or even dungeons to obtain gold. Gold is a standard drop, unlike the items received from salvaging gear, which are sometimes distributed at random or can be found through certain caches. Ultimately, you always want to work towards end game and material consumption will be high when applying Aspects to weapons, or even leveling up your gear.
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