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Item Hunting


So, you now have a character level 25-30. But your equipment isn't so hot yet, is it? One of the keys to having powerful characters, is having powerful equipment. If you have looked at my equipment page, you have seen a listing of some of the most powerful items in the game. How do you find them? Well certain items can be generated only in certain places. Each item, prefix, suffix and unique item has a item number. Also, each monster and unique monster has a monster number. The following chart lists some of the better items, prefixes, suffixes and unique items. It also lists some of the monsters and unique monsters. Each has a corresponding item number listed.

Item generation must follow some rules, I will attempt to summarize most of the rules, so you will have an idea of where you may find the items you are looking for.

What is dropped from ordinary monsters?

What are the chance of finding a magical item?

What are the chances of getting prefixes and/or suffixes on these drops?

What are the chances of finding a unique item from one of these drops?

How does the monster level determine the item you get?

Note: Unique monsters also get a +4 bonus to the item level generated.

I'll give some examples to attempt to explain:

Royal Circlet (item level 27) can only be dropped by unique monsters rated 23 or higher, normal monsters rated 27 or higher. Although, that unique monster may drop anything of course, Civerb's Cudgel (item level 1) or a regular magical item.

Awesome (item level 28) Full Plate (item level 25) of Sorcery (item level 17) may be dropped by any boss in hell and 2 bosses in level 12. It sould also be dropped by Hell Spawn, Soul Burners, Steel Lords, Blood Knights, Cabalists or Advocates.

Emerald (item level 31) Long War Bow (item level 19) of the Heavens (item level 25) can only be dropped by the 9 bosses rated 27 or higher. Good luck! I would recommend shopping at Wirt for that one, and if he offers a smaller version of it, buy it!

Looking for Thinking Cap (6), Civerb's Cudgel (1)  or Helm of Spirits (1)? I would recommend the bosses in the church, since they won't be dropping items rated in the 20's, this should improve your chances.

Looking for Windforce (17), Naj Light Plate (19), or Mindcry (20)? These can be found in the caves, but i would look in hell anyway, because you might find some of the next group of items.

Looking for Royal Circlet (27), Stormshield (24), Dreamflange (26) or Eaglehorn (26)? These items will mostly be found in hell. Although, SS could be dropped on level 10 by The Flayer.

Location Monster Rating Boss Rating (add 4)
Church 1-10 1-8, Leoric (14)
Catacombs 6-16 7-15
Caves 13-25 15-24
Hell 21-30 24-30

The secret to finding the best items IMO, is to go to hell (any difficulty) and kill everything (also search all bodies, chests and barrels) except Diablo. After identifying and keeping what you want, Wirt/Griz/Adria surf and leave the game. Normal Difficulty goes much faster and has no effect on item generation, but if you want to gain some experience along the way, no one is stopping you from doing Nightmare or Hell. Repeat. .

Partial listing of Items and Item levels

Prefix Item # Found in:
Gold 12 Any Level
Angel's 15 Cats/Caves/Hell/Adria
Serpent's 15 Cats/Caves/Hell/Adria
Brutal 16 Caves/Hell/Wirt/Griz
Jade 18 Caves/Hell/Wirt/Griz
Massive 20 Caves/Hell/Wirt/Griz
Drake's 21 Caves/Hell/Adria
Meteoric 23 Hell/Wirt/Griz
Savage 23 Hell/Wirt/Griz
Obsidian 24 Hell/Wirt/Griz
Saintly 24 Hell/Wirt/Griz
Arch-Angel's 25 Hell/Adria
Dragon's 27 Hell/Adria
Awesome 27 Hell/Wirt/Griz
King's 28 Hell/Wirt/Griz
Master's 28 Hell/Wirt/Griz
Emerald 31 Hell/Wirt
Holy 35 Wirt only
Ruthless 35 Wirt only
Weird 35 Wirt only
Champion's 40 Wirt only
Godly 60 Wirt only
Merciless 60 Wirt only
Strange 60 Wirt only
Suffix Item # Found in:
the Dark 6 Church/Cats/Caves
the Bat 8 Church/Cats/Caves
the Leech 8 Church/Cats/Caves
Brilliance 11 Church/Cats/Caves
Theives 11 Church/Cats/Caves
Absorption 12 Any Level/ Wirt/Griz
Trouble 12 Any Level
the Stars 17 Cats/Caves/Hell/Wirt/Griz
Vigor 17 Cats/Caves/Hell/Wirt/Griz
Giants 17 Cats/Caves/Hell/Wirt/Griz
Precision 17 Cats/Caves/Hell/Wirt/Griz
Sorcery 17 Cats/Caves/Hell/Wirt/Griz
Blood 19 Caves/Hell/Wirt/Griz
Speed 19 Caves/Hell/Wirt/Griz
Vampire 19 Caves/Hell/Wirt/Griz
Deflection 20 Caves/Hell/Wirt/Griz
Harmony 20 Caves/Hell/Wirt/Griz
Lightning 21 Caves/Hell/Wirt/Griz
the Tiger 21 Caves/Hell/Wirt/Griz
Life 23 Hell/Wirt/Griz
Perfection 23 Hell/Wirt/Griz
Titans 23 Hell/Wirt/Griz
Wizardry 23 Hell/Adria
the Ages 25 Hell/Wirt/Griz
Gore 25 Hell/Wirt/Griz
the Heavens 25 Hell/Wirt/Griz
Haste 27 Hell/Wirt/Griz
the Lion 27 Hell/Wirt/Griz
the Zodiac 30 Hell
Burning 35 Wirt only
Carnage 35 Wirt only
the Mammoth 35 Wirt only
Osmosis 50 Wirt only
Slaughter 60 Wirt only
Thunder 60 Wirt only
the Whale 60 Wirt only
     
Unique Item Item # Found in:
Civerb's Cudgel 1 Church-Hell
Helm of Spirits 1 Church-Hell
The Needler 2 Church-Hell
Constricting Ring 5 Church-Hell
Thinking Cap 6 Church-Hell
Overlords Helm 7 Church-Hell
Holy Defender 10 Church-Hell
Ring of Engagement 11 Church-Hell
Windforce 17 Cats-Hell
Mindcry 20 Caves-Hell
Gotterdamerung 21 Caves-Hell
The Grizzly 23 Caves-Hell
Stormshield 24 Caves-Hell
Demonspike Coat 25 Caves-Hell
Messerschmidt's Reaver 25 Caves-Hell
Dreamflange 26 Caves-Hell
Eaglehorn 26 Caves-Hell
The Grandfather 27 Caves-Hell
Royal Circlet 27 Caves-Hell
Monster Item # Found in:
Illusion Weaver 13 8-10
Night Clan 14 7-9
Night Clan Archer 14 7-9
Mud Man 14 7-9
Toad Demon 16 8-10
Flayed One 20 10-12
Gargoyle 13 7-9
Blood Claw 19 9-11
Death Wing 23 10-12
Magma Demon 13 8-9
Blood Stone 14 8-9
Hell Stone 16 9-11
Lava Lord 18 9-11
Horned Demon 13 7-9
Mud Runner 15 8-10
Frost Charger 17 9-11
Obsidian Lord 19 10-12
Poison Spitter 15 8-10
Pit Beast 21 10-12
Lava Maw 25 12-14
Red Storm 18 9-11
Storm Rider 20 10-12
Storm Lord 22 11-13
Maelstorm 24 12-14
Slayer 20 10-12
Gaurdian 22 11-13
Vortex Lord 24 12-14
Balrog 26 13-15
Cave Viper 21 11-13
Fire Drake 23 12-14
Gold Viper 25 13-14
Azure Drake 27 15
Succubus 24 12-14
Snow Witch 26 13-15
Hell Spawn 28 14-15
Soul Burner 30 15
Black Knight 24 12-14,16
Doom Guard 26 13-15
Steel Lords 28 14-15
Blood Knights 30 13-14,16
Counselor 25 13-14
Magistrate 27 14-15
Cabalist 29 15
Advocates 30 15,16
Unique Monster Item # Found in:
Bladeskin the Slasher 1 2
Bonehead Keenaxe 2 2
Boneripper 1 2
Deadeye 3 2
Pukerat the Unclean 1 2
Rotfeast the Hungry 1 2
Shadowbite 2 2
Soulpus 1 2
The Butchert 6 2
Bongo 5 3
Brokenhead Banshield 6 3
El Chupacabras 4 3
Goretoungue 4 3
Gutshank the Quick 3 3
Rotcarnage 2 3
Skullfire 5 3
Warpskull 5 3
Skeleton King 14 3
Blackash the Burning 7 4
Madeye the Dead 4 4
Moonbender 7 4
Pulsecrawler 6 4
Snotspill 7 4
Spineeater 8 4
Bloodskin Darkbow 8 5
Foulwing 9 5
Shadowcrow 7 5
Shadowdrinker 10 5
Wraithraven 7 5
Bilefroth the Pit Master 10 6
Bloodgutter 12 6
Deathshade Fleshmaul 10 6
Deathspit 11 6
Blightfire 12 7
Blighthorn Steelmace 14 7
Gorestone 14 7
Nightwing the Cold 13 7
Baron Sludge 14 8
Chaoshowler 15 8
Firewound the Grim 13 8
Breakspine 15 9
Brokenstorm 18 9
Oozedrool 16 9
Blackstorm 19 10
The Flayer 20 10
Goldblight of the Flame 13 10
Plaugewrath 15 10
Bluehorn 17 11
Fangspier 21 11
Lionskull the Bent 24 12
Viletouch 23 12
Viperflame 23 12
Windspawn 24 12
Witchfire the Unholy 24 12
Blackskull 26 13
Doomcloud 24 13
Gorefeast 24 13
Rustweaver 26 13
Witchmoon 26 13
Dreadjudge 27 14
Fangskin 25 14
Graywar the Slayer 26 14
Stareye the Witch 28 14
Steelskull the Hunter 28 14
Blackjade 28 15
Bloodlust 28 15
Arch-Bishop Lazarus 30 15
Red Vex 28 15
The Vizier 29 15
Sir Gorash 30 16