How to upgrade weapons in Diablo 4 is something you’ll want to figure out early. Enhancing your items, whether they’re weapons or accessories, is an important part of upgrading your character and can help smooth out some of your rough edges while you’re waiting for the next tier of gear to drop. Not every piece of equipment is worth upgrading, though, especially given how steep the upgrade cost is.
How to upgrade weapons in Diablo 4
You can upgrade weapons, armor, and accessories at any blacksmith across Sanctuary, and pretty much every settlement – even the dinkiest, most backwoods hamlets – has a blacksmith. Speak with the smith, and choose the “Upgrade” tab. It’s the furthest on the right, next to salvaging and repairing.
Any equipment you can upgrade has a little pickaxe icon in the corner of the gear square. Select the item you want to enhance, and move it to the enhanced slot on the left side of the screen. You’ll see a preview showing which stats will increase and how much the upgrade costs. The item power level is guaranteed to increase by a set amount with each upgrade, and most of the bonus effects usually increase as well.
Should you upgrade weapons in Diablo 4?
Whether you should upgrade depends on the gear in question. You can upgrade common and magic-tier items, but you really shouldn’t. Upgrading these uses valuable resources, and any Rare-grade gear will almost certainly outclass your upgraded magic and common items. These lower-rank items offer fewer benefits as well.
Rare items are worth upgrading if they come with stats or buffs that fit your current build. The first two or three upgrades use materials that are fairly common, and Rare gear usually holds its own for a while, until you reach World Tier 3 when Legendary gear becomes more common.Upgrading Legendary items is always a good idea, and you absolutely should upgrade Unique items. Unique is the highest equipment tier, so until Blizzard adds more, you’ll want to get the most out of them.
Diablo 4 upgrade costs
Here’s what it takes to upgrade weapons and armor.
- Tier 1 weapons and accessories: Iron Chunk
- Tier 1 armor: Rawhide
- Tier 2 weapons and accessories: Silver Ore
- Tier 2 armor: Superior Leather
- Tier 3 (all gear): Veiled Crystal
- Tier 4 weapons: Baleful Fragment
- Tier 4 armor: Coiling Ward
- Tier 5 weapons and armor: Forgotten Soul