Which types of Diablo 3 items do you pick up?


Since our recent “do you have a Hellfire Ring?” vote/survey produced such interesting results, let’s try it again. A fan asked if other players picked up blue (magical) items and got a blue reply, along with a bunch of (mostly “no”) fan replies.

So I was playing with my cousins the other day and they don’t pick up any blue items on their runs. I figured you go back a bit more but its worth selling them. Is it worth the extra trip to pick up blue items and sell them or is it a waste of valuable farming time?
Grimiku: I almost never intentionally pick up blues on my normal characters unless I’m going back to town and I have inventory space, but I always pick them up when I’m soloing on my Hardcore characters.

My general rule for looting during group play is to simulate whatever they’re doing. If they are frequently going back to town, then it’s probably a good idea to grab blues, but if they want to spend as much time in the field as possible, then I get more selective about what I pick up.

If you’re playing for fun or DiabloWikiIronborn, you’re not worried about profits from selling stuff; you just want to find upgrades and meet your own costs (gold and mats) for gem upgrades and crafting. Most (?) players today are not Ironborn though. Most of us are playing on Inferno, and we’re interested in finding upgrades, but also in finding gear to sell for gold to buy upgrades. In that state you’re picking up gear for your own needs, but also with at least one eye on the potential sale value, which is where market knowledge and evaluation (Rares vs. Legs vs. Crafted in a given slot) and probability comes in.

The main consideration when seeking profit is time vs. gold. Picking up blues and all Rares and selling or salvaging them yields steady gold, but would spending that same time killing monsters yield greater profits? That depends on a lot of factors, including your killing speed, Magic Find, Gold Find, Monster Power, etc. The biggest X-factor is the chance of a big drop, since at any moment you could find a high quality item that will sell for more, all by itself, than every blue you pick up between now and the end of the year. And obviously you’ve got a lot better odds of finding that if you’re mowing down monsters, rather than standing in town making small talk with not-Griswold.

So, what’s worth picking up now? This is a multiple option vote; click as many boxes as apply to your usual play style and let’s see what you guys are bothering to upclick these days.


Select every box that fits your usual Diablo 3 item pickup habits.

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  1. If you simulate what the others in the group are doing, you’ll never be a leader but a follower.

    • You can’t be a leader in every game… most of the teams in public games don’t work well together exactly because everybody wants to be leader and the group is separated and weakened. When there’s one player to lead the party and everybody follows him and adjust to his speed – then you have a foundation of a good team

  2. I pick up all rares mainly because I have a personal hangup about buying crafting materials on the AH. It just seems lazy to me. And yes, I realize that it would be much more efficient to either pick up selectively or sell the rares to vendors, but I’ve never been overly focused on efficiency. It’s a game. I play it because I enjoy it. It’s already basically just a spreadsheet with animations, focusing solely on efficiency makes it unbearably tedious IMHO.

    • True words of wisdom, right there.

    • So happy to see this typed out. I thought I was the only one.

      I stopped picking up Blues on my softcore character once I went Paragon, but I pick up everything else. I’m 99% ironborn (I bought the cheapest ring on GAH to complete a set once I found the other).

      I pick up all Blue and above with my hardcore characters. Again, all Ironborn.

  3. I pick up EVERYTHING. And I mean everything. Every single item that falls to the ground and every gold stack, no matter how small. I know I’m a special case, but I don’t care for efficiency or time spent farming vs time spent running back to town, I play this way because it’s fun to me. One side-effect of my playstyle is that I go to town every 3 – 6 minutes to sell items to merchants. The playstyle is paying off, at least for me. I’m level 55 on my first character and I have 1.5m gold (I followed D3 extremely closely for 4 years, got sick of it shortly after launch and quit and have recently started playing again)

  4. I pick up all yellows partly because, for me, it seems like more works to be selective about what I do or don’t pick up. I love finding lower requirement stuff and that can make many of “almost always useless” items suddenly very useful. I also just plain like to see what rolls on stuff. One change that I would love to see is having the option to make anything stackable be auto pickup. 🙂

  5. QUOTE

    I pick up all yellows partly because, for me, it seems like more works to be selective about what I do or don't pick up. I love finding lower requirement stuff and that can make many of "almost always useless" items suddenly very useful. I also just plain like to see what rolls on stuff. One change that I would love to see is having the option to make anything stackable be auto pickup. :-)

    What he said. Unless it’s a rare that will always be useless, like any shield.

    • Ironic who you quoted, since Zappafan plays HC, where shields are quite valuable objects, when they roll well.

  6. I pick everything except white items. I always did that in Diablo II. Diablo III is not an exception.

  7. I play Ironborn in both SC and HC.

    In SC, i do like Zappa and jonw. All rares except shields.

    In HC, both yellow and blue items, i need the mats because i craft alot in HC.

    Never sell anything to vendors except potions.

  8. It’s such a pain to filter through rares and sell the 99% that are crap, it’s almost fun just to pick up a load of blues and sell them all without a second glance.

    Because my paragon level and therefore gold find is fairly low, I’m still usually picking up blues for the extra cash. I’ve no doubt that will change soon, though.

  9. I’m playing hardcore, and I pick up all rares. I instantly salvage 2-handers and off-handers since all my hardcore characters use shields (you never know when the thing you block could have killed you).

    I then rotate all my gear through my characters to see if it’s an upgrade for any of them, and then if it’s not an upgrade for anyone, salvage it. Any gear that gets worn by at least one character, I attempt to sell on the AH, I figure if I liked it enough to wear it someone else might too. And I post every legendary item whether I used it myself or not. I’ve never seen a set piece drop so far in all my time of playing.

    Considering how many rares I find and that I can only have 10 auctions at a time and I always post bid-only non-buyout auctions which take the full 36 hours to finish, I tend to get pretty cramped on space. If I run out of space I cancel any auctions with less than 12 hours left that don’t have bids, and if I still don’t have space, I either switch to softcore or stop playing Diablo 3 until my auctions finish and I can clear some more space out. Tabs 2 and 3 are devoted to items waiting to put on the AH, lol.

  10. An obvious option missing from the poll is, “Some selected types of grey and white items.”

    I pick up armor (chest pieces) and weapons, but usually not gloves, boot, belts, etc., unless I am headed back to town anyway.

  11. Prior to ‘ID All’ I was very selective about which rares to pick up, sticking to only those that had a *chance* at being worth something (i.e., no 2-handers, shields, etc.). Now that I don’t spend any real quantifiable time identifying anything at all I tend to grab anything along my path unless I’m getting short on inventory space…then I start getting selective again. I grab crafting mats when they are along my route, and the same goes for emeralds and rubies, but less so for amethyst/topaz.

    Since I’ve started getting into self-found HC recently I play quite differently there. I grab everything to sell. I even end up with a bunch of whites, only because using a melee character I tend to pick them up accidently. I imagine as I progress further I’ll start being more selective here too, but for the time being I’m not above picking up all the garbage!

  12. What about potions ? I pick up potions

    • Doesn’t everyone, to the extent that they need them to replace what they drink? That’s not really the thrust of this post though, which is about economic pickup functions, and since potions sell for almost nothing…

  13. It was a while back but I got hooked on trying to find perfect Balanced Darkblades. There’s something about a 1.8 Attacks Per Second weapon that makes helping lower chars so much fun. That obsession for the Darkblade led to me searching for any and all Balanced 20% weapons of each type that I could find and I now have a nice little collection of them on a mule.

  14. I play self found (or Ironborn, if you will) and I generally pick up only legendaries/sets as well as most lvl 61+ rates (except for shields and any WD/Monk specific gear…as they’re my least played classes). For a long time I stopped picking up gems but I’ve started to do that again, though I usually just let them stack up in my inventory (stacks in stash are already full!). I do gobble up Tomes as well, in case I want to do any crafting.

  15. I used to pick up every damn rare, but then I ran out of stash space.

    Now I’m an efficiency bot.

  16. Pick up everything except whites and blues. Would be awesome if you could disable this with a checkbox, the number of times I missclick on blue items…..

  17. I play a WD focused on Pickup Radius, what is this ‘out of the way’ you speak of?

  18. I’ll start picking up legendary and rare items when they add some worth finding. The itemization patch should be right around the corner, ETA 6 months.

  19. Shouldn’t be saying this but I pickup “everything” and Ill say it and duck from the flames. I pick up WHITE & GREY, there said it. I have 5 chars on inferno(1 of each)and still grab everything.I guess that’s why I play solo and self found only. (BlackAdder)

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