Sockets

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Item Generation
  3. Item Sockets By ilvl
  4. Horadric Cube Recipes
  5. Socket Quest (Larzuk)

Introduction

In Diablo 2 Resurrected each Weapon, Shield, Body Armor, and Helmet can spawn with an amount of Sockets depending on its Item Level (ilvl), which depends on the monster or chest that it pops out of. Since Runewords require specific numbers of Sockets, knowing exactly how many Sockets your item can roll with is incredibly important. This article covers each item's Socket potential, Horadric Cube recipes, and Quest rewards that can get you to the number you need.


Item Generation

When a Base / Ethereal item drops from a Monster or a clickable object, it determines if the base is eligible for Sockets.

Gear SlotSocketable
Helmet
Body Armor
Shield
Melee Weapon
Missile Weapon
Throwable Weapon-
Amulet-
Ring-
Belt-
Glove-
Boots-

There is a 1/3 chance that an item spawns with Sockets. If it does spawn with Sockets then the item shows up in a Gray color; just like an Ethereal. You need to pick up the item to see the difference. An item can spawn as Socketed and Ethereal.

There are Difficulty restrictions for Socket values when the item is normally spawned. This does NOT limit the number of Sockets the item can get if you use the Horadric Cube recipe, or Larzuk Quest reward.

  • Normal Difficulty has a maximum of 3 Sockets on items.
  • Nightmare Difficulty has a maximum of 4 Sockets on items.
  • Hell Difficulty does not have a Socket limit.

The game then determines how many sockets the item will spawn with. It determines the maximum Sockets based on the Item Level (ilvl).

An item's ilvl is determined by the monster that drops it, or the Area Level (alvl) for chests and other clickables. Let's use Normal Secret Cow Level as an example:

  • The Area Level (alvl) is 28. This means that any clickable and base Hell Bovine you kill drops items with ilvl 28.
  • The Cow King and his Minions are Monster Level (mlvl) 31 because they are a Super Unique boss pack which adds 3 to alvl.
  • Any item dropped in this area has ilvl 28/31.
  • Very common items that you get from this area that you can Larzuk Quest for a desirable amount of Sockets:
    • Crystal Sword
    • Broad Sword
    • Long Sword
    • Flail
    • Poleaxe
    • Partizan
  • As you can see in the table under "Item Sockets by ilvl", these items receive 4 Sockets from Larzuk.

Item Sockets By ilvl

This is a full List of Base Items and the maximum Sockets it can have depending on its Item Level (ilvl).

Itemilvl 1-25ilvl 26-40ilvl 41+
Bone Knife111
Buckler111
Burnt Wand111
Dagger111
Defender111
Dirk111
Mithril Point111
Poignard111
Rondel111
Wand111
Yew Wand111
Circlet122
Coronet122
Diadem123
Tiara123
Armet222
Ataghan222
Barbed Shield222
Basinet222
Battle Cestus´222
Blade222
Bloodlord Skull222
Bone Helm222
Bone Shield222
Bone Wand222
Cantor Trophy222
Cap222
Casque222
Cestus222
Chain Mail222
Club222
Cudgel222
Cutlass222
Demn Head222
Demonhide Armor222
Elegant Blade222
Falcata222
Falchion222
Fascia222
Fetish Trophy222
Field Plate222
Flanged Mace222
Full Helm222
Gargoyle Head222
Ghost Armor222
Ghost Wand222
Giant Conch222
Gladius222
Grave Wand222
Grim Helm222
Grim Shield222
Grim Wand222
Hand Axe222
Hand Scythe222
Hard Leather Armor222
Hatchet222
Hatchet Hands222
Heater222
Heirophant Trophy222
Hellspawn Skull222
Helm222
Hydra Edge222
Hydraskull222
Jo Staff222
Katar222
Leather Armor222
Legend Spike222
Lich Wand222
Luna222
Mace222
Mighty Scepter222
Minion Skull222
Mummified Trophy222
Overseer Skull222
Petrified Wand222
Plate Mail222
Polished Wand222
Preserved Head222
Quilted Armor222
Reinforced Mace222
Round Shield222
Rune Scepter222
Saber222
Sallet222
Scale Mail222
Scepter222
Scimitar222
Serpentskin Armor222
Sexton Trophy222
Shako222
Shamshir222
Short Staff222
Short Sword222
Skull Cap222
Small Shield222
Spiked Club222
Spiked Shield222
Splint Mail222
Stilleto222
Studded Leather222
Succubus Skull222
Tomahawk222
Tomb Wand222
Trellised Armor222
Truncheon222
Tulwar222
Unearthed Wand222
Unraveller Head222
Walking Stick222
War Fist222
War Hat222
Wrist Blade222
Wrist Spike222
Zombie Head222
Bone Visage223
Corona223
Crown223
Death Mask223
Demonhead223
Grand Crown223
Great Helm223
Spired Helm223
Winged Helm223
Alpha Helm233
Antlers233
Assault Helmet233
Avenger Guard233
Blade Talons233
Blood Spirit233
Carnage Helm233
Cinquedeas233
Clasped Orb233
Claws233
Cloudy Sphere233
Conquerer Crown233
Crystalline Globe233
Demon Heart233
Destroyer Helm233
Dimensional Shard233
Dragon Stone233
Dream Spirit233
Eagle Orb233
Earth Spirit233
Eldritch Orb233
Falcon Mask233
Fanged Helm233
Fanged Knife233
Feral Claw233
Fury Visor233
Glowing Orb233
Greater Claws233
Greater Talons233
Griffon Headress233
Guardian Crown233
Hawk Helm233
Heavenly Stone233
Horned Helm233
Hunter's Guise233
Jawbone Cap233
Jawbone Visor233
Kriss233
Lion Helm233
Quhab233
Rage Mask233
Runic Talons233
Sacred Feathers233
Sacred Globe233
Savage Helmet233
Scissors Katar233
Scissors Quhab233
Scissors Suwayyah233
Sky Spirit233
Slayer Guard233
Smoked Sphere233
Sparkling Ball233
Spirit Mask233
Sun Spirit233
Suwayyah233
Swirling Crystal233
Totemic Mask233
Wolf Head233
Vortex Orb233
Wrist Sword233
Ancient Shield333
Ancient Sword333
Arbalest333
Barbed Club333
Bardiche333
Blade Barrier333
Breast Plate333
Cuirass333
Devil Star333
Dragon Shield333
Edge Bow333
Espadon333
Gothic Shield333
Grand Scepter333
Holy Water Sprinkler333
Hyperion333
Hyperion Spear333
Jagged Star333
Kite Shield333
Large Shield333
Legend Sword333
Light Crossbow333
Light Plate333
Linked Mail333
Lochaber Axe333
Long Staff333
Mage Plate333
Mesh Armor333
Morning Star333
Mythical Sword333
Ogre Axe333
Pavise333
Pellet Bow333
Quarterstaff333
Ring Mail333
Russet Armor333
Scutum333
Seraph Rod333
Sharktooth Armor333
Short Bow333
Spear333
Spider Bow333
Stalagmite333
Templar Coat333
Tigulated Mail333
Tower Shield333
Troll Nest333
Two-Handed Sword333
Tyrant Club333
War Spear333
War Sword333
Wirt's Leg333
Aegis334
Monarch334
Ward334
Aerin Shield344
Akaran Rondache344
Akaran Targe344
Ancient Armor344
Archon Plate344
Balrog Blade344
Balrog Skin344
Bastard Sword344
Battle Hammer344
Battle Sword344
Bill344
Blade Bow344
Bone Weave344
Broad Sword344
Champion Sword344
Chaos Armor344
Claymore344
Colossus Voulge344
Composite Bow344
Conquest Sword344
Crossbow344
Crown Shield344
Cryptic Sword344
Dacian Falx344
Diamond Mail344
Double Bow344
Dusk Shroud344
Embossed Plate344
Full Plate Mail344
Fuscina344
Giant Sword344
Gorgon Crossbow344
Gothic Plate344
Gothic Sword344
Great Bow344
Great Hauberk344
Guilded Shield344
Hellforged Plate344
Heraldic Shield344
Highland Blade344
Hunder's Bow344
Kraken Shell344
Kurast Shield344
Lacquered Plate344
Legendary Mallet344
Long Sword344
Loricated Mail344
Ornate Armor344
Protector Shield344
Razor Bow344
Rondache344
Royal Shield344
Rune Sword344
Sacred Armor344
Sacred Rondache344
Sacred Targe344
Scarab Husk344
Shadow Plate344
Siege Crossbow344
Stygian Pike344
Targe344
Tident344
Tusk Sword344
Vortex Shield344
Voulge344
War Hammer344
Wire Fleece344
Wyrmhide344
Zakarum Shield344
Ashwood Bow345
Battle Scythe345
Brandistock345
Cedar Bow345
Ceremonial Bow345
Chu-Ko-Nu345
Colossal Sword345
Cryptic Axe345
Demon Crossbow345
Diamond Bow345
Flail345
Flamberge345
Grand Matron Bow345
Knout345
Long Bow345
Mancatcher345
Matriarchal Bow345
Partizan345
Poleaxe345
Reflex Bow345
Repeating Crossbow345
Rune Bow345
Scourge345
Scythe345
Shadow Bow345
Short Battle Bow345
Short Siege Bow345
Short War Bow345
Stag Bow345
Thresher345
War Fork345
Ward Bow345
Zweihander345
Balista346
Bec-de-Corbin346
Ceremonial Pike346
Ceremonial Spear346
Colossus Blade346
Colossus Crossbow346
Crusader Bow346
Crystal Sword346
Dimensional Blade346
Executioner Sword346
Ghost Spear346
Giant Thresher346
Gothic Bow346
Great Maul346
Great Poleaxe346
Great Sword346
Grim Scythe346
Halberd346
Heavy Crossbow346
Hydra Bow346
Lance346
Long Battle Bow346
Long Siege Bow346
Long War Bow346
Maiden Pike346
Maiden Spear346
Martel de Fer346
Matriarchal Spear346
Maul346
Ogre Maul346
Phase Blade346
Pike346
Spetum346
Thunder Maul346
War Club346
War Pike346
War Scythe346
Yari346
Caduceus355
Divine Scepter355
War Scepter355
Axe444
Battle Staff444
Cedar Staff444
Cleaver444
Elder Staff444
Feral Axe444
Gnarled Staff444
Gothic Staff444
Large Axe444
Military Axe444
Shillelah444
small Crescnet444
Battle Axe455
Bearded Axe455
Broad Axe455
Decapitator455
Double Axe455
Ettin Axe455
Silver Edged Axe455
Tabar455
Twin Axe455
Ancient Axe456
Berserker Axe456
Champion Axe456
Crowbill456
Giant Axe456
Glorious Axe456
Gothic Axe456
Great Axe456
Military Axe456
Naga456
War Axe456
War Spike456
Archon Staff566
Rune Staff566
War Staff566

Horadric Cube Recipes

The Horadric Cube has many recipes which allow you to add Sockets to an item, following specific rules to determine the resulting number. Check our in-depth article, Horadric Cube Recipes, for more information.

Socketing Base Items

Add Sockets to a Body Armor

1 x Normal/Ethereal Body Armor (Mage Plate) + 1 x talrune + 1 x thulrune + 1 x perfecttopaz = Mage Plate

This recipe can be used to randomly add Sockets to a Normal/Ethereal unsocketed Body Armor, capped to the maximum Sockets the Body Armor can have. It can’t be used on Low-quality or Superior bases.

ResultMax 2 SocketsMax 3 SocketsMax 4 Sockets
1 Socket16.67%16.67%16.67%
2 Sockets83.33%16.67%16.67%
3 Sockets-66.67%16.67%
4 Sockets--50%

Add Sockets to a Weapon

1 x Normal/Ethereal Weapon (Executioner Sword) + 1 x ralrune + 1 x amnrune + 1 x perfectamethyst = Executioner Sword

Can be used to add 1-6 Sockets, randomly, to a Normal/Ethereal unsocketed Weapon. Cannot be used on Low-quality or Superior bases.

ResultMax 2 SocketsMax 3 SocketsMax 4 SocketsMax 5 SocketsMax 6 Sockets
1 Socket16.67%16.67%16.67%16.67%16.67%
2 Sockets83.33%16.67%16.67%16.67%16.67%
3 Sockets-66.67%16.67%16.67%16.67%
4 Sockets--50%16.67%16.67%
5 Sockets---33.33%16.67%
6 Sockets----16.67%

Add Sockets to a Helm

1 x Normal/Ethereal Helm (Helm) + 1 x ralrune + 1 x thulrune + 1 x perfectsapphire = Helm

Can be used to add 1-3 Sockets, randomly, to a Normal/Ethereal unsocketed Helm. Cannot be used on Low-quality or Superior bases.

ResultMax 2 SocketsMax 3 Sockets
1 Socket16.67%16.67%
2 Sockets83.33%16.67%
3 Sockets-66.67%

Add Sockets to a Shield

1 x Normal/Ethereal Shield (Vortex Shield) + 1 x talrune + 1 x amnrune + 1 x perfectruby = Vortex Shield

Can be used to add 1-4 Sockets, randomly, to a Normal/Ethereal unsocketed Shield. Cannot be used on Low-quality or Superior bases.

ResultMax 2 SocketsMax 3 SocketsMax 4 Sockets
1 Socket16.67%16.67%16.67%
2 Sockets83.33%16.67%16.67%
3 Sockets-66.67%16.67%
4 Sockets--50%

Socketing Rare Items

Add 1 Socket to a Rare Item

3 x Perfectskull + 1 x thestoneofjordan + 1 x Rare Item (Rare Circlet) = Rare Circlet

Add 1 Socket to a Rare item which can have sockets, and does not currently have any sockets.


Creating New Magic Socketed Items

Socketed Magic Weapon (of the same type)

3 x Standard Gems (any type) + 1 x Normal Socketed Weapon (Short Sword) = Socketed Short Sword

Creates a Socketed Magic Weapon with iLVL = 30. It spawns with 1-2 sockets. The type of weapon is retained, but its original properties are removed (re-rolled). The resulting weapon can also roll a Prefix and a Suffix.


Socketed Magic Weapon (of the same type) iLVL = 25

3 x Chipped Gems (any type) + 1 x Magic Weapon (Short Sword) = Socketed Short Sword

Creates a Socketed Magic Weapon with iLVL = 25. It spawns with 1-2 sockets. The type of weapon is retained, but its original properties are removed (re-rolled). The resulting weapon can also roll a Prefix and a Suffix.
For weapons without sockets (i.e. Javelin), it creates a new Javelin without sockets.


Socketed Magic Weapon (of the same type) iLVL = 30

3 x Flawless Gems (any type) + 1 x Magic Weapon (Short Sword) = Socketed Short Sword

Creates a Socketed Magic Weapon with iLVL = 30. It spawns with 1-2 sockets. The type of weapon is retained, but its original properties are removed (rerolled). The resulting weapon can also roll a Prefix and a Suffix. For weapons without sockets (i.e. Javelin), it creates a new Javelin without sockets.


Removing Items from Sockets

Remove Gems, Jewels, and Runes from Socketed items

1 x Any Socketed Item (Spirit Crystal Sword) + 1 x helrune + 1 x scrolloftownportal = Crystal Sword

This removes any items placed inside the sockets of a base item. This destroys the Gems, Jewels or Runes in the item permanently, and you cannot use them again. The socketed item is unchanged in the process, and new items can be placed in its sockets.


Socket Quest (Larzuk)

The objective of this Quest is to kill Shenk the Overseer at the end of the Bloody Foothills just outside Harrogath in Act 5. Return to Harrogath and Larzuk offers to put Sockets into an item of your choosing:

  • Base Items receive their maximum possible number of Sockets which depend on their Item Levels:
    • Example: Any Monarch always receives 4 Sockets.
  • Magic Items receive 1-2 Sockets (random).
  • Rare, Crafted, Set, and Unique Items receive 1 Socket.

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