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Item Enhancement Guide

Making Sockets

Max Socket Number Limitation by ilvl

  • The ilvl of the target item also limits the max socket number of an item, as well as the max socket number in the database base item page.
  • MaxSock1 is the max socket number when "ilvl < 25". MaxSock25 is the max socket number when "25 <= ilvl < 40". MaxSock40 is the max socket number when "40 <= ilvl".
MaxSock1MaxSock25MaxSock40
Weapons356
Helms334
Body Armor346
Shields334
Paladin Shields344

Larzuk's Quest Reward

  • White (Normal/Superior/Low Quality) Weapons and Armor: Larzuk makes the maximum number of sockets allowed on the base item, as long as the item level is equal to or higher than 40. As a rule of thumb, the items dropped in Nightmare Act 3 and later can have the maximum sockets.
  • Magic Weapons and Armor: Larzuk makes one or two sockets randomly. Because you can make up to 3 sockets on a magic item by a cube recipe in ES, it's a bad idea to ask Larzuk to make sockets on magic items.
  • Other Weapons and Armor (Rare, Crafted, Set and Unique): Larzuk always makes one socket. Because you can make up to 2 sockets on rare weapons, helms, body armor and shields by a cube recipe in ES, it's a bad idea to ask Larzuk to make sockets on these rare items.
  • The socketing recipes cost higher for upper items, so it's most efficient to ask Larzuk to make sockets on Elite items, if possible. But you don't have to stick to this principle too much, because the difference of the costs can be insignificant in end games, and Larzuk's reward has some restrictions as stated above.

Socketing Recipes

  • Magic Weapons and Armor: The recipe makes up to 3 sockets. Of course the socket number is capped at the maximum socket number of the base item.
  • Rare Weapons, Helms, Body Armor and Shields: The recipe makes up to 2 sockets.
  • Rare Gloves, Belts and Boots: The recipe makes only 1 socket.
  • Crafted/Set/Unique Weapons and Armor: The recipe makes only 1 socket.
  • White Weapons and Armor: The recipe can make any number of sockets.
  • Non Secret recipes rerolls the white items, which means all Ethereality, Superiority and Low Quality are removed. Staffmods are also removed/rerolled. Don't use the non-secret recipe to socket that +3 Frozen Orb / +3 Blizzard / +3 Cold Mastery staff you just found.
  • Secret recipe 16 and 17 make sockets without removing these properties. Of course it's better to use non secret recipes for Low Quality items. Superiority is always welcome because the repair cost of Superior items is very low in ES.
  • You can make a Socket Donut from a Unique Dagger, if the gold is more precious than the time (ie. "if you are poor"). You can gamble a Unique Dagger cheaply with a level 1 character.
  • The socketing cost is generally cheaper, so it's one of the most frequently used enhancements even in early and mid games.

Socketing Amulets, Rings and Charms

  • Secret Recipe 12, 13, 41-48 can make a socket on these items. Charms generally get bigger if they have a sockets.
  • Unique Amulets and Rings of LoD (cubed from Ancient Coupons) are spawned with a socket.
  • Legacy (LoD) Crafted Amulets and Rings are spawned with a socket.

Socketing Arrow and Bolt Quivers

  • Only Normal (White) quivers and Magic quivers can have a socket.
  • You can activate all Gemwords and some Runewords on Normal quivers

Forging

  • Forging adds skill bonus or some other good bonus without any penalty. But one item can have only one Forging mod at once.
  • Please imagine an invisible socket besides the conventional sockets, and you can put a bonus there.
  • Forging can be removed later, to apply another Forging. Most of the Forging materials are refunded at that time.


Mag/Rar/Set/Uni
Equipment
Crafted
Equipment
Unique
Charm
Unique
Jewel
Mag/Rar
Jewel
Skill ForgingYes-YesYes-
All Skill ForgingYes----
Stat ForgingYesYesYesYes-
Rune ForgingYesYes---
Tab Forging-Yes--Yes
2/3 Rune Forging----Yes
Aura ForgingMag/Rar/Set/Uni Amulets
(Equipment means Weapons, Armor, Amulets and Rings.)
(Normal Items, M/R Charms and all Quivers cannot be Forged.)

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