Want to know how to upgrade weapons and armor in Diablo 4? Regardless of which class you play, the equipment you use has a direct and immediate effect on your character's overall power level, and keeping up with the steadily increasing difficulty curve is a must. On this page, as part of our Diablo 4 guide, we'll teach you everything you need to know about how to upgrade weapons and armor in Diablo 4.
Diablo 4: How to Upgrade Weapons and Armor
The Blacksmith is an NPC vendor who appears in every major settlement in Diablo 4 and facilitates all things weapons and armor, capable of Salvage, Repair, and Upgrade as the situation demands. As players haul back the mountains of loot gained while out delving into Dungeons or engaging in the open world, a goodly amount of inventory management will be required, and the best place to do it is within arm's reach of The Blacksmith.
Upgrading weapons and armor is best left until you reach the Endgame (level 50+), as the pace at which powerful new gear drops will quickly make this a losing endeavour. Thus, enjoy using a variety of equipment, and keep an eye out for any Legendary or Unique tier items you might want to keep as you approach the Endgame, which can be used to base a Build around.
When you've selected an appropriate weapon, take it to The Blacksmith. Depending on the quality of the item in question, its base statistics can be improved a number of times: Magic (blue) once, Rare (Yellow) twice, and Legendary (orange) three times. Unique gear cannot be upgraded at the Blacksmith but can be altered at The Occultist.
Salvaging gear involves breaking it down into component pieces and gaining valuable Upgrade materials in the process. Unless completely strapped for Gold, you should be salvaging every item you aren't using, at least until you reach the Endgame. This is because the gear required at that level of Diablo 4 content requires engaging the services of other NPCs like The Occultist or The Jeweller, but that's a tale for another time.
Repairing gear is fairly self-explanatory; for a fee (that increases in line with the power of the item), The Blacksmith will restore the Durability of any equipped items. Dying and needing to respawn in Diablo 4 incurs a flat 10% damage cost on every piece of equipped gear, so doing your best to avoid so wherever possible is to your financial benefit, as well as the good for your physical wellbeing.