How does augment ancient items work?
So basically what this recipe does is it makes your current ancient item better.
The legendary gems are the important component in this recipe; you receive +5 points to an attribute chosen by Flawless Royal gem (Amethyst for Vit, Ruby for Strength, Emerald for Dex, Topaz for Int, regardless of item type) for every rank of your legendary gem.
So, a rank 50 legendary gem will give you an additional 250 to your main stat (chosen by normal gem type). You aren’t able to augment twice to double the effect though if you augment a second time it just overwrites the first augment.
These augments are extremely important for endgame content. They are one of the keys to progressing into the upper greater rifts.
As the accepted answer states, you get +5 for every rank of the gem.
The end result is a unique blue stat name on your item called “Caldesann’s Despair” (the name of the cube recipe for augmenting), as well as the rank and bonus to the stat.
So, for example, let’s say you used a level 42 legendary gem with an emerald, the added blue stat would be:
+210 Dexterity (Caldesann’s Despair Rank 42)
These are the correlations for gems to stats:
- ruby (red): strength,
- amethyst (purple): vitality,
- emerald (green): dexterity,
- topaz (yellow): intelligence
- diamond (white): not available
Having enough gems is important. You should be taking your off stat gems (as in, if you are a Demon Hunter and don’t use Topaz) and using Convert Gem to get them to your main stat type.
- If you want to augment a weapon, the legendary gem you use must be at least rank 30.
- If you want to augment jewelry, the legendary gem you use must be at least rank 40.
- If you want to augment armor, the legendary gem you use must be at least rank 50.
This doesn’t mean that you should use a 30, 40, or 50 rank gem though. This means that once you reach grift 30, you should absolutely augment your weapon if it is ancient, and then every 5-10 grifts re-augment it.
The same goes for jewelry and armor. By 60 you may be augmenting every several grift levels you earn, as each +5 or +10 is noticeable during progression.
How Do You Augment Ancient Items?
An ancient item is already pretty awesome since it’s better than legendary. But if you want to up your game, you can augment your ancient items.
To do so, you’ll need a legendary gem and 3 flawless royal gems. Do note that they’ll be destroyed.
For the flawless royal gems, you should use gems level 100 and ones that your build doesn’t use. For the legendary gem, the higher the level, the better. You’ll get +5 main stat per level you have it on.
For a quick reminder, ruby is for strength, topaz is for intelligence, emerald is for dexterity, and amethyst is for vitality. In general, you should stay away from using amethyst, unless you’re doing group meta support.
Put all 4 gems into the last page in Kanai’s Cube. All your gems will be destroyed and your ancient item will be augmented.
What is an augment ancient item in 2021?
Augmenting an Ancient or Primal Ancient Ring or Amulet requires a Legendary Gem of Rank 40 or higher while augmenting an Ancient or Primal Ancient piece of armor requires a Legendary Gem of Rank 50 or higher. The higher the rank of the Legendary Gem used, the more attribute points will be added to your item.
You aren’t able to augment twice to double the effect though, if you augment a second time it just overwrites the first augment.
The only way to get ancient items in Diablo 3 is by playing on Torment level difficulty. Your character also needs to be level 70. Once you get ancient items, you can augment and give them to your lower-level characters to use by using the techniques above.
Ancient items can come from monster and chest drops, blacksmith crafting, gambling, Kanai’s Cube, and Horadric Caches.
Proficiency bonus in 2021
What Are Ancient Items?
Ancient items were something that was introduced in early 2015, with Patch 2.1.2. Essentially, ancient items are legendary items that were modified to have even better stats. This made them extremely valuable to get.
Ancient items are only available on level 70 items. However, there are ways to use them before then.
First, you can have a -clvl req modifier. Also, you can use it from level 1 if you use a Gem of Ease or Work of Cathan cube recipe.
To get the Gem of Ease, you need to kill Great Rift Guardian. It was initially exclusive to Season Two, but now, you can get this gem for normal characters.
For the second option, you need to find Kanai’s Cube in Kanai’s Throneroom, which is in The Elder Sanctum, Ruins of Sescheron, Act 3. Once you get the cube, you put the item and a rank 25 or higher Gem of Ease in. That’ll remove the level requirements.
Restrictions on Gem of Ease and Work of Cathan Recipe
With the Gem of Ease, you can only socket it in weapons. When it’s below rank 25, it only increases the EXP gained through kills. However, once you reach rank 25 or above, it can be used to reduce the character level requirement of your weapons to 1.
With the Work of Cathan cube recipe, you can’t use Gem of Eases that are under rank 25. But if you use the cube recipe, you can put in any item to reduce the requirements to level 1, not just weapons.
However, the main caveat to using the cube recipe is your Gem of Ease gets destroyed in the process. By socketing it instead, you’ll get to keep your gem.
What are augments in Diablo 3?
Augments basically let you sacrifice a legendary gem (the one you get from a GRift guardian – I’m sure there’s a better name) + some gems of your choice (ie: emerald, ruby, etc) to increase that stat on a weapon or armor or jewelry. Basically, it’s a way to boost your primary stat.
With good enough gear, the only way to progress and do higher GRs is by stacking the main stat (strength, dexterity, intelligence). On top of the farming paragon, you have an option to augment your ancient pieces of gear.
To do that, you need a legendary gem and 3 flawless royal gems. Type of the gem dictates what stat is added to your gear: Ruby for str, Emerald for dex, Topaz for int, Amethyst for it (not advisable unless on some group meta support setup).
The gem is destroyed in the process of augmenting. Each level of the gem adds 5 points to a chosen stat. Augmenting doesn’t stack and new augments overwrite the old ones.
For example augmenting with a level 50 gem will give you 250 mainstays, but if you augment the same piece of gear with a level 60 gem you will only have 300 extra mainstays from augmenting, which is why it’s best to do it with the highest possible levels of the gems.
Do not use the gems your build is using – gem gets destroyed in the process and after finishing the next GR, you will drop a new, level 0 one. Generally, it’s advised to start augmenting with gems around level 100.
1. Find Kanai’s Cube
- Start a game in adventure mode
- Open the Map (M) or step on a waypoint
- Go to Act III > The Ruins of Sescheron
- Navigate to the Inner Sanctum
- Once you find the chamber containing the Cube, interact with it
- When you teleport back to town, you will find the cube next to Zoltun Kulle
To start augmenting your gear, the first thing you need is the device which allows you to augment ancient items.
The Cube is a powerful artefact created by Zoltun Kulle and used by the Horadrim. As its corruptive powers became apparent, the Horadrim hid the Cube on Mount Arreat, entrusted to the Barbarians living there.
In its place, they created a less powerful artifact, called the Horadric Cube, which The Adventurer used in Diablo 2.
2. Gather the required materials to augment ancient items
- Augment ancient and primal ancient weapons: Item to augment + Legendary Gem level 30 (minimum) + 3 x Flawless Royal gems
- Augment ancient and primal ancient rings or amulet: Item to augment + Legendary Gem level 40 (minimum) + 3 x Flawless Royal gems
- Augment ancient and primal ancient armour: Item to augment + Legendary Gem level 50 (minimum) + 3 x Flawless Royal gems
The three Flawless Royal Gems will determine the primary stat applied by Cladesann’s Despair:
- Flawless Royal Ruby will apply strength
- Flawless Royal Topaz will apply intelligence
- Flawless Royal Emerald will apply dexterity
- Flawless Royal Amethyst will apply vitality
Augmenting an ancient item will apply the main stat in addition to what the item being augmented already has.
Keep in mind that the gems will be consumed on each augment, so you will need a new legendary gem and 3 flawless royal gems for each subsequent augment you do.
Beware of the hidden cost of augmenting ancient items in Diablo 3. Whilst you will not need gold for the augmentation itself, you need to upgrade the gems to the top tier. This cost can add up when you’re just starting.
3. Use the recipe to augment your items
- Click on Kanai’s Cube
- Click on the book icon
- Use the arrow buttons to scroll to page 10
- Place the materials in the Cube
- Click on Transmute
The item will be returned to your inventory and you will see an extra stat appear in the description. Keep in mind that if you re-augment an ancient item, it will replace the previous augmentation.
4. Augment ancient items when needed
Once you gain access to item augmentation, you will be tempted to augment often. You can do your first round of augments when you have the legendary gems available, afterwards, you will want to do it every 10-15 levels of the legendary gems.
Naturally, this pace will slow down as you go past legendary gem level 60, and from here you can do it every 5 levels or so, depending on how many mats you have available.
The legendary gem you use for augmentations does not impact the final result. The only thing to take into account is the level of the legendary gem used, as each level will add 5 points to the main stat added to the final item.
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