Crafting is a huge part of Diablo 3, yet there is a lot of conflicting information. This post will serve as a Diablo 3 crafting guide, a source for D3 players to find out what is currently known about Diablo 3 crafting material and artisans. Once the game is released in its entirety, expect a post on jewelcrafting to be up as well. Unfortunately, this post will mostly consist of information regarding the blacksmith as jewelcrafting has not been made available in beta. Feel free to contact me through the contact form if any information is wrong or left out as I will update accordingly.
Diablo 3 Crafting Guide Information
Diablo 3 artisans, such as the blacksmith, are saved throughout your account but different between softcore and hardcore characters. This means that if you are leveling up your blacksmith on a character created in softcore mode, the next softcore character you create will share the same leveled up blacksmith. In addition, training, levels and recipes will be shared amongst your softcore characters. However, if you were to create your first hardcore character, the blacksmith would be back to how it was originally, level 1. Any additional hardcore characters that you create will share your highest level artisan. A simple way to think about this, is that there are softcore Artisans, and hardcore Artisans, and these are shared accordingly with whatever mode you are playing in.
Diablo 3 Salvaging Items
In Diablo 3, order to obtain crafting materials, you must salvage items. The blacksmith will salvage items for you. Salvaging items through the blacksmith is a free service. In order to salvage an item, go to the blacksmith and select the salvaging tab and then select whatever item you wish to salvage. You can only salvage magic, rare and legendary items. Magic items will salvage instantly but when salvaging rare or legendary items, a prompt will be displayed, verifying the fact that you do indeed wish to salvage said rare or legendary item. This makes it harder to accidentally salvage a rare or legendary item that you did not intend to.
It does not matter whether or not you salvage weapons or armor, you will get the same type of crafting material, although the level of the item you wish to salvage will determine the different levels of material.
Here is a quick breakdown and guide of Diablo 3 crafting:
Diablo 3 Normal Craftling/ Salvaging
-Magic items found in Normal mode will yield a crafting material known subtle essence with a chance to also get fallen tooth.
-Rare gear found in Normal mode will result in a subtle essence and a fallen tooth.
-Until the real release, we will not know exactly what you get from salvaging legendary gear in Normal mode, but it is presumed that you will get the same as salvaging a rare item: a subtle essence and a fallen tooth.
Diablo 3 Nightmare Crafting/ Salvaging
-Magic items found in Nightmare mode will result in a shimmering essence with an additional chance to obtain a lizard eye.
-Rare gear found in Nightmare mode will yield in a shimmering essence and a lizard eye.
-As with Normal mode, the salvaging of legendary items found in Nightmare mode is not publicly known but it is assumed that it will yield the same as a rare item.
Diablo 3 Hell Crafting/ Salvaging
-Magic items found in Hell mode will result in a wishful essence with an additional chance to get an encrusted hoof.
-Rare gear in Hell mode will yield a wishful essence and an encrusted hoof.
-Legendary gear in Hell mode will probably yield the same as rare items, but this will be determined once the game is released.
Diablo 3 Inferno Crafting/ Salvaging
-Magical items found in Inferno will yield what is known as exquisite essence with an additional chance to obtain iridescent tear and a lesser chance to get a fiery brimstone.
-Salvaging a rare item found in this mode will result in an exquisite essence, a iridescent tear with an additional chance to get a fiery brimstone.
-Salvaging a legendary item found in Inferno mode will yield an exquisite essence, iridescent tear, and a fiery brimstone.
Diablo 3 Pages of Training
Diablo 3 pages of training are used to level up or train your artisan, such as the blacksmith. They are also used to crafting plans or recipes. You can find Diablo 3 pages of training with other loot drops as you play the game. They are currently not dropping in the beta. It is presumed that pages of training will not drop until nightmare mode. There are five different kinds of Pages of Training: Page of Blacksmithing, Page of Jewelcrafting, Tome of Blacksmithing, Tome of Jewelcrafting and finally, Tome of Secrets.
Diablo 3 Crafting Guide Summary
Crafting will be a huge part of Diablo 3, so make sure to know the in’s and out if you want to make the most of your characters. Although I only touched on the very basics of crafting in this article, you can find out more information in Inferno Codex, a comprehensive Diablo 3 Strategy Guide that outlines a lot of great information you won’t find anywhere else on the Internet.