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Some Diablo II items have sockets, in which magically infused gems, jewels or runes can be inserted to induce their magic powers to that item. These items will on themselves not provide any bonuses to a character.


Introduction[edit]

Socketed Items can be complicated, mainly in the number of sockets and how to add sockets to existing items. There are three Cube recipes to add them, as well as the socket quest in Act V. Also items can generate with a variable number of sockets, and how many depends on the monster that drops them, the item type, and much more.


You can never add a socket to an item that already has one or more sockets, with any recipe or the socketing quest reward. The only partial exception is the 3 chipped gems + 1 magical weapon recipe, which will create a magical weapon with new properties and 1-2 sockets. This doesn't add sockets to the existing weapon though, since it is rolling new mods on the weapon, so is essentially random.


Rare, Set, Unique, Crafted Items[edit]

The Socketing quest adds 1 and only 1 Socket to any of these types. Rares may spawn with 1-2 sockets from the Mechanic's prefix, and some sets and uniques have 1 or more sockets inherently, and can't have more added. You will never get more than 1 socket added using the socketing quest on any of these items.

Rare items can also have a socket added by a Horadric Cube Recipe. This requires 1 Stone of Jordan + 3 Perfect Skulls + One Rare Item. It's basically the same as putting that Rare item in the socketing quest reward. It can't be used on an item with sockets already.


Magical Items[edit]

Magical items can have 1-4 sockets, depending on the prefixes and the item type, and you can never add more sockets to an item that already has one or more. For magical items without sockets, using them in the socket quest reward will add 1 or 2 sockets, selected randomly.


Chipped Gems[edit]

There is a recipe for magical weapons.

  • 3 chipped gems + 1 magical weapon = magical weapon of the same type, with 1-2 sockets and an item level of 25.

This results in a magical, socketed weapon that can be rerolled again with chipped, normal or flawless gems as many times as desired. Weapons which cannot have sockets (like throwing weapons) won't get any socket and those with a maximum of 1 socket (like a few daggers and wands) have no chance for two of them. The issue of possible affixes (or bonuses to single skills on wands, orbs etc.) is beyond the scope of this article. It follows the normal rules for the generation of magical items, see the Item Generation Tutorial for details.


Normal Items[edit]

Normal items can have from 1-6 sockets. How many a given item can get is random for most item types, but the maximum is always limited by the mlvl of the monster that drops the item, item type and in the case of naturally spawning sockets the difficulty level. Items can only naturally spawn with a maximum of 3 sockets on normal difficulty, 4 sockets on nightmare and 6 sockets on hell. This limitation only applies to sockets that are spawn naturally, not ones which are added through the cube recipe or socket quest. Check the master table below, or the individual Armor and Weapons pages for info on how many sockets are possible on given item types.

The number of sockets from the socket quest is not affected by the difficulty level, only by the ilvl of the item, which is based on the mlvl of the monster that drops it. Your Clvl and the difficulty level of the quest reward has nothing to do with the number of sockets you get. You can use the Normal quest reward on a Crystal Sword and get 6 sockets, or the Hell quest reward and get 3, depending on the ilvl of the swords used.

There are rumours of the quest reward varying the number of sockets further but these rumours are completely unfounded. Its likely that minions on a borderline area level dropped a white item that was thought to have a lower ilvl. The number of sockets from a quest reward is always the maximum possible based on the ilvl and item type (assuming its a white item).

If you need a number of sockets that Larzuk won't provide, then you'll have to try the cube recipes which adds a random number of sockets or find that item with the number of sockets you want. The cube recipe has equal chances of adding 1 to 6 sockets on an item, with any socket count exceeding the maximum sockets available being bumped back down to the max. You cannot use the socket recipe on low quality items.

Trade for it if you have to, or ask in games, most people don't save socketed items, so you might ask as soon as you join, say you'll make 100k for a 5-socket Ogre Maul, for example, or trade more if someone drives a hard bargain. If they aren't keeping it, they'll only get 35k at most for the sale, so shouldn't be too greedy.

How to Obtain Socketed/Socketable Items[edit]

To find socketed items you want to kill a lot of monsters while wearing as little Magic Find % as possible.

The key is to not have any Magic Find, since the more of that you have the more likely items dropped will be magical or better (Rare, Set, Unique). Zero MF is best for finding socketed items, but if you can't avoid a small % bonus, it won't make much of a difference. The best characters for this are probably Sorcs for the high-level areas in hell mode and Javazons for the Cow level, where each can kill at a tremendous pace.

You want to be in as big a multi-player game as possible, so more items will drop, though this can be taken too far. If you don't have a power character and it's taking you much longer to kill in an 8-player, you could drop down to a 3-5 player and still have lots of items dropping, while killing so much faster that you actually got more items than you would taking twice as long in an 8 player game.


Cube Recipes[edit]

Several Cube Recipes were added in v1.10 to make socketed items. Players can now turn low quality items into base quality (white) items which can be socketed via the socketing quest, or via a cube recipe.

Sockets by Number[edit]

The master list, with items sorted by Ilvl and alphabetically.

Item Ilvl 1-25 Ilvl 26-40 Ilvl 41+
Aegis 3 3 4
Aerin Shield 3 4 4
Akaran Rondache 3 4 4
Akaran Targe 3 4 4
Alpha Helm 2 3 3
Ancient Armor 3 4 4
Ancient Axe 4 5 6
Ancient Shield 3 3 3
Ancient Sword 3 3 3
Antlers 2 3 3
Arbalest 3 3 3
Archon Plate 3 4 4
Archon Staff 5 6 6
Armet 2 2 2
Ashwood Bow 3 4 5
Assault Helmet 2 3 3
Ataghan 2 2 2
Avenger Guard 2 3 3
Axe 4 4 4
Balista 3 4 6
Balrog Blade 3 4 4
Balrog Skin 3 4 4
Barbed Club 3 3 3
Barbed Shield 2 2 2
Bardiche 3 3 3
Basinet 2 2 2
Bastard Sword 3 4 4
Battle Axe 4 5 5
Battle Cestus 2 2 2
Battle Hammer 3 4 4
Battle Scythe 3 4 5
Battle Staff 4 4 4
Battle Sword 3 4 4
Bearded Axe 4 5 5
Bec-de-Corbin 3 4 6
Berserker Axe 4 5 6
Bill 3 4 4
Blade 2 2 2
Blade Barrier 3 3 3
Blade Bow 3 4 4
Blade Talons 2 3 3
Blood Spirt 2 3 3
Bloodlord Skull 2 2 2
Bone Helm 2 2 2
Bone Knife 1 1 1
Bone Shield 2 2 2
Bone Visage 2 2 3
Bone Wand 2 2 2
Boneweave 3 4 4
Brandistock 3 4 5
Breast Plate 3 3 3
Broad Axe 4 5 5
Broad Sword 3 4 4
Buckler 1 1 1
Burnt Wand 1 1 1
Caduceus 3 5 5
Cantor Trophy 2 2 2
Cap/hat 2 2 2
Carnage Helm 2 3 3
Casque 2 2 2
Cedar Bow 3 4 5
Cedar Staff 4 4 4
Ceremonial Bow 3 4 5
Ceremonial Pike 3 4 6
Ceremonial Spear 3 4 6
Cestus 2 2 2
Chain Mail 2 2 2
Champion Axe 4 5 6
Champion Sword 3 4 4
Chaos Armor 3 4 4
Chu-Ko-Nu 3 4 5
Cinquedeas 2 3 3
Circlet 1 2 2
Clasped Orb 2 3 3
Claws 2 3 3
Claymore 3 4 4
Cleaver 4 4 4
Cloudy Sphere 2 3 3
Club 2 2 2
Colossal Sword 3 4 5
Colossus Blade 3 4 6
Colossus Crossbow 3 4 6
Colossus Voulge 3 4 4
Composite Bow 3 4 4
Conquerer Crown 2 3 3
Conquest Sword 3 4 4
Corona 2 2 3
Coronet 1 2 2
Crossbow 3 4 4
Crowbill 4 5 6
Crown 2 2 3
Crown Shield 3 4 4
Crusader Bow 3 4 6
Cryptic Axe 3 4 5
Cryptic Sword 3 4 4
Crystal Sword 3 4 6
Crystalline Globe 2 3 3
Cudgel 2 2 2
Cuirass 3 3 3
Cutlass 2 2 2
Dacian Falx 3 4 4
Dagger 1 1 1
Death Mask 2 2 3
Decapitator 4 5 5
Defender 1 1 1
Demon Crossbow 3 4 5
Demon Head 2 2 2
Demon Heart 2 3 3
Demonhead 2 2 3
Demonhide Armor 2 2 2
Destroyer Helm 2 3 3
Devil Star 3 3 3
Diadem 1 2 3
Diamond Bow 3 4 5
Diamond Mail 3 4 4
Dimensional Blade 3 4 6
Dimensional Shard 2 3 3
Dirk 1 1 1
Divine Scepter 3 5 5
Double Axe 4 5 5
Double Bow 3 4 4
Dragon Shield 3 3 3
Dragon Stone 2 3 3
Dream Spirit 2 3 3
Dusk Shroud 3 4 4
Eagle Orb 2 3 3
Earth Spirit 2 3 3
Edge Bow 3 3 3
Elder Staff 4 4 4
Eldritch Orb 2 3 3
Elegant Blade 2 2 2
Embossed Plate 3 4 4
Espadon 3 3 3
Ettin Axe 4 5 5
Executioner Sword 3 4 6
Falcata 2 2 2
Falchion 2 2 2
Falcon Mask 2 3 3
Fanged Helm 2 3 3
Fanged Knife 2 3 3
Fascia 2 2 2
Feral Axe 4 4 4
Feral Claws 2 3 3
Fetish Trophy 2 2 2
Field Plate 2 2 2
Flail 3 4 5
Flamberge 3 4 5
Flanged Mace 2 2 2
Full Helm 2 2 2
Full Plate Mail 3 4 4
Fury Visor 2 3 3
Fuscina 3 4 4
Gargoyle Head 2 2 2
Ghost Armor 2 2 2
Ghost Spear 3 4 6
Ghost Wand 2 2 2
Giant Axe 4 5 6
Giant Conch 2 2 2
Giant Sword 3 4 4
Giant Thresher 3 4 6
Gladius 2 2 2
Glorious Axe 4 5 6
Glowing Orb 2 3 3
Gnarled Staff 4 4 4
Gorgon Crossbow 3 4 4
Gothic Axe 4 5 6
Gothic Bow 3 4 6
Gothic Plate 3 4 4
Gothic Shield 3 3 3
Gothic Staff 4 4 4
Gothic Sword 3 4 4
Grand Crown 2 2 3
Grand Matron Bow 3 4 5
Grand Scepter 3 3 3
Grave Wand 2 2 2
Great Axe 4 5 6
Great Bow 3 4 4
Great Hauberk 3 4 4
Great Helm 2 2 3
Great Maul 3 4 6
Great Poleaxe 3 4 6
Great Sword 3 4 6
Greater Claws 2 3 3
Greater Talons 2 3 3
Griffon Headress 2 3 3
Grim Helm 2 2 2
Grim Scythe 3 4 6
Grim Shield 2 2 2
Grim Wand 2 2 2
Guardian Crown 2 3 3
Guilded Shield 3 4 4
Halberd 3 4 6
Hand Axe 2 2 2
Hand Scythe 2 2 2
Hard Leather Armor 2 2 2
Hatchet 2 2 2
Hatchet Hands 2 2 2
Hawk Helm 2 3 3
Heater 2 2 2
Heavenly Stone 2 3 3
Heavy Crossbow 3 4 6
Heirophant Trophy 2 2 2
Hellforge Hammer 3 4 5
Hellforged Plate 3 4 4
Hellspawn Skull 2 2 2
Helm 2 2 2
Heraldic Shield 3 4 4
Highland Blade 3 4 4
Holy Water Sprinkler 3 3 3
Horned Helm 2 3 3
Hunter's Bow 3 4 4
Hunter's Guise 2 3 3
Hydra Bow 3 4 6
Hydra Edge 2 2 2
Hydraskull 2 2 2
Hyperion 3 3 3
Hyperion Spear 3 3 3
Jagged Star 3 3 3
Jawbone Cap 2 3 3
Jawbone Visor 2 3 3
Jo Staff 2 2 2
Katar 2 2 2
KhalimFlail 3 3 3
Kite Shield 3 3 3
Knout 3 4 5
Kraken Shell 3 4 4
Kriss 2 3 3
Kurast Shield 3 4 4
Lacquered Plate 3 4 4
Lance 3 4 6
Large Axe 4 4 4
Large Shield 3 3 3
Leather Armor 2 2 2
Legend Spike 2 2 2
Legend Sword 3 3 3
Legendary Mallet 3 4 4
Lich Wand 2 2 2
Light Crossbow 3 3 3
Light Plate 3 3 3
Linked Mail 3 3 3
Lion Helm 2 3 3
Lochaber Axe 3 3 3
Long Battle Bow 3 4 6
Long Bow 3 4 5
Long Siege Bow 3 4 6
Long Staff 3 3 3
Long Sword 3 4 4
Long War Bow 3 4 6
Loricated Mail 3 4 4
Luna 2 2 2
Mace 2 2 2
Mage Plate 3 3 3
Maiden Pike 3 4 6
Maiden Spear 3 4 6
Mancatcher 3 4 5
Martel de Fer 3 4 6
Mask 2 2 3
Matriarchal Bow 3 4 5
Matriarchal Pike 3 4 6
Matriarchal Spear 3 4 6
Maul 3 4 6
Mesh Armor 3 3 3
Mighty Scepter 2 2 2
Military Axe 4 4 4
Military Pick 4 5 6
Minion Skull 2 2 2
Mithril Point 1 1 1
Monarch 3 3 4
Morning Star 3 3 3
Mummified Trophy 2 2 2
Mythical Sword 3 3 3
Naga 4 5 6
Ogre Axe 3 3 3
Ogre Maul 3 4 6
Ornate Armor 3 4 4
Overseer Skull 2 2 2
Partizan 3 4 5
Pavise 3 3 3
Pellet Bow 3 3 3
Petrified Wand 2 2 2
Phase Blade 3 4 6
Pike 3 4 6
Plate Mail 2 2 2
Poignard 1 1 1
Poleaxe 3 4 5
Polished Wand 2 2 2
Preserved Head 2 2 2
Protector Shield 3 4 4
Quarterstaff 3 3 3
Quhab 2 3 3
Quilted Armor 2 2 2
Rage Mask 2 3 3
Razor Bow 3 4 4
Reflex Bow 3 4 5
Reinforced Mace 2 2 2
Repeating Crossbow 3 4 5
Ring Mail 3 3 3
Rondache 3 4 4
Rondel 1 1 1
Round Shield 2 2 2
Royal Shield 3 4 4
Rune Bow 3 4 5
Rune Scepter 2 2 2
Rune Staff 5 6 6
Rune Sword 3 4 4
Runic Talons 2 3 3
Russet Armor 3 3 3
Saber 2 2 2
Sacred Armor 3 4 4
Sacred Feathers 2 3 3
Sacred Globe 2 3 3
Sacred Rondache 3 4 4
Sacred Targe 3 4 4
Sallet 2 2 2
Savage Helmet 2 3 3
Scale Mail 2 2 2
Scarab Husk 3 4 4
Scepter 2 2 2
Scimitar 2 2 2
Scissors Katar 2 3 3
Scissors Quhab 2 3 3
Scissors Suwayyah 2 3 3
Scourge 3 4 5
Scutum 3 3 3
Scythe 3 4 5
Seraph Rod 3 3 3
Serpentskin Armor 2 2 2
Sexton Trophy 2 2 2
Shadow Bow 3 4 5
Shadow Plate 3 4 4
Shako 2 2 2
Shamshir 2 2 2
Sharktooth Armor 3 3 3
Shillelah 4 4 4
Short Battle Bow 3 4 5
Short Bow 3 3 3
Short Siege Bow 3 4 5
Short Staff 2 2 2
Short Sword 2 2 2
Short War Bow 3 4 5
Siege Crossbow 3 4 4
Silver Edged Axe 4 5 5
Skull Cap 2 2 2
Sky Spirit 2 3 3
Slayer Guard 2 3 3
Small Crescent 4 4 4
Small Shield 2 2 2
Smoked Sphere 2 3 3
Sparkling Ball 2 3 3
Spear 3 3 3
Spetum 3 4 6
Spider Bow 3 3 3
Spiked Club 2 2 2
Spiked Shield 2 2 2
Spired Helm 2 2 3
Spirit Mask 2 3 3
Splint Mail 2 2 2
Stag Bow 3 4 5
Stalagmite 3 3 3
Stilleto 2 2 2
Studded Leather 2 2 2
Stygian Pike 3 4 4
Succubae Skull 2 2 2
Sun Spirit 2 3 3
SuperKhalimFlail 3 3 3
Suwayyah 2 3 3
Swirling Crystal 2 3 3
Tabar 4 5 5
Targe 3 4 4
Templar Coat 3 3 3
Thresher 3 4 5
Thunder Maul 3 4 6
Tiara 1 2 3
Tigulated Mail 3 3 3
Tomahawk 2 2 2
Tomb Wand 2 2 2
Totemic Mask 2 3 3
Tower Shield 3 3 3
Trellised Armor 2 2 2
Trident 3 4 4
Troll Nest 3 3 3
Truncheon 2 2 2
Tulwar 2 2 2
Tusk Sword 3 4 4
Twin Axe 4 5 5
Two-Handed Sword 3 3 3
Tyrant Club 3 3 3
Unearthed Wand 2 2 2
Unraveller Head 2 2 2
Vortex Orb 2 3 3
Vortex Shield 3 4 4
Voulge 3 4 4
Walking Stick 2 2 2
Wand 1 1 1
War Axe 4 5 6
War Club 3 4 6
War Fist 2 2 2
War Fork 3 4 5
War Hammer 3 4 4
War Hat 2 2 2
War Pike 3 4 6
War Scepter 3 5 5
War Scythe 3 4 6
War Spear 3 3 3
War Spike 4 5 6
War Staff 5 6 6
War Sword 3 3 3
Ward 3 3 4
Ward Bow 3 4 5
Winged Helm 2 2 3
Wire Fleece 3 4 4
Wirt's Leg 3 3 3
Wolf Head 2 3 3
Wrist Blade 2 2 2
Wrist Spike 2 2 2
Wrist Sword 2 3 3
Wyrmhide 3 4 4
Yari 3 4 6
Yew Wand 1 1 1
Zakarum Shield 3 4 4
Zombie Head 2 2 2
Zweihander 3 4 5
Item Ilvl 1-25 Ilvl 26-40 Ilvl 41+