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Diablo 4 Sell or Salvage: What Should You Do With Gear?

Diablo 4 has a fairly generous drop rate for items, leading players to a big question: should you sell or salvage excess gear? It’s quite easy to run out of both inventory and stash space if you’re a hoarder. At that point, it becomes necessary to choose between selling your excess wares for gold or salvaging them for other uses. In order to make an informed decision, it helps to know what exactly gold and salvage can be used for.

Diablo 4: Should You Sell or Salvage Gear?

On one hand, selling in Diablo 4 is key, as almost every vendor transaction in Sanctuary is going to involve some amount of gold over and above any other currencies or materials. The Alchemist needs gold to brew potions and craft elixirs. The Blacksmith needs gold to repair and upgrade your items. The Jeweler needs gold for gem crafting. Even your personal Stash needs gold to expand its maximum capacity. And you will need gold yourself if you decide to respec your build at some point.

Salvage, on the other hand, offers up a variety of materials for crafting, upgrades, and imprints, depending on the item and its rarity. Additionally, it is the only way to unlock the corresponding Transmog of the item.

Early Game

Should you sell or salvage gear in Diablo 4 early on?

At the very beginning of a run, you should opt to only sell items of significant value for a quick cash infusion, while salvaging the lower-valued junk items instead, for their crafting materials. This will help build out your resource pool early on, for upgrading the items you will be picking up in the mid game. If aesthetics are important to you, consider salvaging the higher-valued items at your discretion, for their Transmogs.

Mid to Late Game

By this point, you will actually begin requiring the crafting materials from higher rarity items, so salvage these, and mass sell the Common and Magic items instead. While salvaging Rare gear is a no-brainer, when deciding whether to sell or salvage Legendary items in Diablo 4, you should go through a three-stage decision making process:

  • Do you need the Legendary Aspect extracted?
  • Do you need the crafting materials salvaged?
  • Do you need the Transmog unlocked?

If the answer is no to all of those questions, then and only then, should you sell a Legendary item for its gold value.

That’s all you need to know about the sell or salvage process in Diablo 4! While you’re here, check out our guide for the best way to level up faster.