How does Augmenting Ancient Items in Diablo III work?

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An ardent fan of the incredibly popular hack-and-slash action role-playing game Diablo III? Of course, you are! If you are looking to understand how augmenting Ancient Items in Diablo III works, this is the article for you.

Before we dive into the specifics, let us understand what Ancient Items really are…

What are Ancient Items in Diablo III?

If you are an avid fan of Diablo III, you probably already know what ancient items are, but for all the novice gamers new to the extremely popular Diablo franchise, here is an explanation:

Ancient items are additions to the game since Patch 2.1.2, after being extensively tested on the PRT. Ancient, in context to Diablo III, is an item modifier. In other words, ancient items are enhanced versions of an existing legendary or set item with a pre-set value to the affixes found on the item. 

Ancient items are always an upgrade from the non-ancient versions of the same item. These items only occur on level 70 or above. They can also be used from level 1 with a Gem of Ease or the Work of Cathan cube recipe. These items occur on about 10% of legendary items that are obtained via Horadric Caches, Kanai’s Cube recipes, monster or chest drops, or gambling, crafting, etc., and can be identified by a colorful border on the tooltip display. The display is orange on legendaries and green on set items in the game. 

These items can be identified in the clan chat with double brackets around the item (the double bracket is added in Patch 2.3).

Surprisingly ancient items look identical to the generic legendary items when they drop, and you will not be able to tell whether they are actually ancient items until you have ID’d them. 

How to get an Ancient Item in Diablo III?

As mentioned, Ancient Items are available over level 70 of non-ancient items. You will need to play Diablo III on Torment Level difficulty (with your character being at least level 70, of course).

However, if you wish to get them before your item has reached level 70, there are two ways to go about this:

  1. Firstly, you can have a -clvl req modifier that can help you get these ancient items.
  2. You can use these items from straight level 1 by using the Gem of Ease or Work of Cathan cube recipe. To get the Gem of Ease, you will have to kill the Great Rift Guardian. On the other hand, to get the Cathan Cube Recipe, you will need to find Kanai’s Cube. This cube is somewhere in Kanai’s Throneroom, which again is in The Elder Sanctum, Ruins of Sescheron, Act 3. Upon finding the Kanai’s Cube, you can put the cube and a Gem of Ease of level 25 or higher, which will, in turn, remove the level requirements, thus allowing you to use Ancient Items before the legendary or set item has reached level 70 or more.

The Restrictions with using Gem of Ease or Work of Cathan Cube Recipe:

When your Gem of Ease is below the Rank 25, it will only increase the EXP gained through kills, and can only be used to socket into weapons. 

Once you have increased your Gem of Ease level to 25 or above, you can use it to reduce the character level requirement of the weapons for getting an Ancient Item to 1.

The Work of Cathan cube recipe, on the other hand, can not be used if your Gem Of Ease is under Rank 25. However, once the Gem of Ease is of Rank 25 or above, you can use it with the Work of Cathan Cube recipe to reduce level requirements to 1 for any item and not just weapons.

The catch here is that your Gem of Ease is destroyed in the process. When you socket it into weapons, on the other hand, you get to keep it.


What is Augmenting in Diablo III?

Augmenting is the recipe used on Code of Kanai’s queue, which adds a primary stat on the piece of gear getting ‘augmented.’ This means, augmenting allows you to use an ancient item, a legendary gem, and three max levels gems together to engrave a primary stat on the ancient item that you are augmenting. 

For example, if you wish to augment an ancient or primal piece or armor, you will require a legendary gem (or the prefixed level or more, which is 50, in this context) and three max level gems.


How does Augmenting Ancient Items in Diablo III work?

Since augmenting is the process of enchanting an Ancient or Primal Ancient Legendary or Set item with additional attribute points, what will be the resulting attribute? This shall depend on the gem color used to augment the Ancient or Primal Ancient Legendary or Set item. In other terms, what color of the max level gem you use determines the primary stats that are put on the ancient item being augmented. 

  • Using the recipe of augmentation with 3 Flawless Royal Rubies will augment the item with Strength.
  •  When you use 3 Flawless Royal Amethysts to augment your item, it will be augmented with Vitality.
  • Upon using the recipe with 3 Flawless Royal Topazes, the item is then augmented with Intelligence.

Here is a quick list of gems and what stats they put onto the item being augmented:

  • Emerald: Gives you dexterity.
  • Ruby: Gives you strength.
  • Topaz: Gives you intellect.
  • Amethyst: Gives you vitality.

Note: Your gems are destroyed in the process of augmenting the Ancient/Primal Ancient/Set Items.

To augment an Ancient or Primal Ancient weapon, the prerequisite is a Legendary Gem of Rank 30 or higher.

On the other hand, if you wish to augment an Ancient or Primal piece of armor, you will require a Legendary Gem of Rank 50 or above.

To be able to augment any Ancient or Primal Ancient Ring or Amulet, the player needs to have a Legendary Gem of Rank 40 or higher.

Put in the simplest way, the higher the rank of the Legendary Gem that is used to augment the item, the more the attribute points that are added to the item getting augmented.

How to augment Ancient Items in Diablo III?

The principle idea behind the recipe of augmentation in Diablo II is to look for ancient items or find one that drops more powerful items to be augmented. Now, since one way to find an ancient item by monsters, you need to farm the monsters that drop these items or pick up items that augment stones or other such resources in the game. 

Follow the steps below once you have an item you think is eligible to be augmented:

  • Next, go to the ‘game options’ and look for the ‘augment’ option. You will find this right next to the augment skill in the game options. 
  • Click on the same ‘augment’ option to find a dropdown menu.
  • Tap on the option that says ‘use enchanted’ from the drop-down menu. Now, use this option to apply the recipe of augmentation/enchantment to the item.

The Downsides of the method:

The primary downside (however, most users do not make a fuss about the same) is that you will need to right-click the item to use them in the inventory.

Another downside to the method is that when you get hit by an enemy, you will have to drop the item in order to get cash. Myriad times, you may have to drop multiple items to make up for the lost item. This, in our opinion, can be pestering and exhaustive.


Does the augment recipe stack Ancient Items?

Augmenting does not stack and new augments completely replace the old ones.

For example, if you initially augment an ancient item with a Legendary Gem of Rank 50, it will give you a mainstat of 250. However, if you augment the already-augmented Ancient Item, with, say, a Legendary Gem of Level 60, you will have 300 mainstat, and not a 550 mainstat. 

This is why it is always recommended to augment your gear with the highest possible level of Legendary Gem (since these get destroyed during augmentation and the augmentations are not stacked either). 


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