Diablo 4 Loot System, Smart Loot

Loot System D4

Like Diablo III, Diablo IV has a Personal Loot system, where loot is generated separately per player.

Diablo 4 will introduce instanced loot which means that when loot drops, only you can see your Diablo 4 items. Other players will only see it once you have picked it up and then dropped it.

Anything will be able to drop anywhere, similar to previous Diablo games. However, each monster family will be more likely to drop certain item types than others. For example, Bandits will have an increased chance to drop Maces, Crossbows, and Boots; and Drowned have an increased chance to drop Pants.

Characters can equip a total of 10 items, except for Barbarians, who are able to wear a total of 12 because of the Arsenal system, and Rogues, who can equip a total of 11 items.

Smart Loot

Blizzard has stated that Smart Loot will be making a return in Diablo 4. This means a higher percentage of drops will be specific to your class.

Smart loot introduced a system where the game would roll item types and/or affixes appropriate for the class of the character that finds or crafts or gambles the item

In Diablo 3, around 85% of item drops or item rolls (crafting/gambling) roll with bonuses targeted at the class of the character. It’s likely a similar rate will appear in Diablo 4.

Class-restricted items would never roll with a mainstat or +skill bonus not suited to the class being played. No matter which class found the item. stats would be rolled suited to the class the item was for. For example, in Diablo 3, Monk fist weapons will never roll with Int or Str, Wizard sources will never roll with Str or Dex, etc. A class-specific item will never roll with a mainstat or skill bonus that would be useless to its intended class.

To simplify, Smart Loot system rolls useful item types with the mainstat and skills appropriate for the class of the character that you are playing.

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Farming for other Characters

In Diablo 2 it was easier to farm items for other characters on your account but when Smart Loot was introduced in Diablo 3, it became harder with a lower percentage of drops usable by other classes.

When asked about the changes with fewer drops for classes other than one you are playing in Diablo 3, Blizzard responded:

Not all drops will be smart drops. There’s only a chance that an item will be a smart drop (and thus tailored for your Barbarian), which means that you will still be able to farm upgrades for other characters on your account.

To counter Smart Loot, it will be important to be able team with players and exchange items depending on what item restrictions are in play by item tier.

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