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All special droppable legendary materials were abruptly and controversially removed from the game in Patch 2.0.6. See below.

Post v2.06, only legendary materials remaining in Diablo 3 and Reaper of Souls are ones created by salvaging legendary items, along with the special legendary materials related to the Infernal Machine and the Whimsyshire opening Staff of Herding. Patch 2.3 added more legendary materials, the Horadric Cache mats, used largely in Kanai's Cube.

Legendary Materials: Salvageable[edit | edit source]

There are two types of legendary material that are salvaged from legendary and set items, including crafted legendary/set items. One material comes from each salvaged item. They may also directly drop from Rift Guardians, in the appropriate level range.

Forgotten Souls are the chief bottleneck for all end game crafting and legendary enchanting, and most players feel it is impossible to have too many, since any new legendary item might require dozens of enchants, costing a Forgotten Soul apiece, to get the perfect affix.

Infernal Machine Legendary Materials[edit | edit source]

There are a number of legendary materials required to create the Infernal Machine and then to craft a Hellfire Ring in Reaper of Souls. The 4 types of keys drop only from the KeyWardens, and the 4 Demonic Organs drop only from the Ubers. See those articles for full details.

  • Diablo 3 has just 3 keys, 1 Machine, and 3 Ubers for 3 Organs. That info is also covered in the Infernal Machine article.

Staff of Herding Legendary Materials[edit | edit source]

Whimsyshire is the rainbow-colored Easter Egg level in Diablo 3, which remains accessible in Reaper of Souls.

Four legendary materials, the Gibbering Gemstone, Leoric's Shinbone, Liquid Rainbow, Wirt's Bell, are required to create the Staff of Herding, which is used to gain access to Whimsyshire. Going there is required in some cases, since two of the legendary materials can only be found from Uniques in Whimsyshire.

Horadric Cache Materials[edit | edit source]

Legendary Materials made a sort of return in Patch 2.3 when five new Horadric Cache materials]] were added to the game (each using an icon of a former Legendary Material). These five "cache mats" drop only from Horadric Caches, and are required for most level 70 legendary and set crafting in Patch 2.3 and later. Cache mats are also required for the most powerful recipes in Kanai's Cube.

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Legendary Materials were abruptly removed from the game in Patch 2.0.6. This was a very controversial decision taken without any consultation with the community or advance notice. Many fans objected strongly[1], pointing out the lack of any substitute for the complexity and variety of play options the legendary materials offered. Blizzard's official statement was included in the v2.06 patch notes:

Legendary crafted items are meant to be both a stepping stone into end game items and a good place to spend crafting materials at the end game. While we like the fantasy of having the unique crafting materials, obtaining them was either keeping too many people from being able to complete the recipes in a timely manner or encouraging game flipping and similar less than ideal patterns of play in order to acquire them. As such, we are removing the requirement for unique items when crafting Legendaries.
  • Unique crafting materials are no longer required.
    • Legendary crafting materials will no longer drop.
    • Existing Legendary crafting materials will now be grey and have had their sell prices increased.
  • Level 70 crafted sets and Legendary items with unique properties now require additional Death’s Breath.
  • Level 70 crafted Legendary items without unique properties have had their Death's Breath costs removed.
  • Death’s Breath is no longer required for most Artisan training costs.
    • The Mystic no longer requires any Death’s Breath to train.
    • The Blacksmith and the Jeweler now only require 1 each to learn the first rank of level 11.

The remainder of this page is untouched from pre-Patch 2.0.6 for archival purposes.

Legendary Materials[edit | edit source]

Freshly-dropped legendary material.

Legendary materials are found in Reaper of Souls (a few are also found also in Diablo 3 version 2), and required for all legendary and set crafting. While all the regular materials are created by salvaging items, all legendary materials except for Fiery Brimstones and Forgotten Souls must be found in the world. They can be difficult to obtain; almost all legendary materials drop only from certain purple Unique bosses, and these are largely random in their location and frequency.

Like normal types of Materials, Legendary Materials have no function on their own, and are used exclusively in the crafting of set and legendary items. Players generally find a legendary crafting plan, teach it to the Blacksmith, and then view the details of that armor or weapon before deciding if it's worth trying to find the legendary material required to make it. That's what this article is for, with info on every legendary crafting materials, the legendary/set plan they are tied to, and the name and location of the Unique bosses capable of dropping them.

Legendary Material Drop Rates[edit | edit source]

Legendary materials drop more often on higher difficulty levels. Their drop rate was tripled in Patch 2.0.4 shortly after Reaper of Souls' release, making them all much easier to find. The figures are the percent chance the legendary material (or Deaths Breath will be dropped by a valid source. All legendary materials except Adventurer's Journals and Griswold's Scribblings can only be dropped by Unique (purple) bosses of a certain type. See the legendary materials article for full details.

Legendary Material and Deaths Breath drop rates

The same drop rates apply to Death's Breaths, though they have many more possible drop sources.

Legendary Materials[edit | edit source]

The following 41 legendary materials are required for crafting various legendary and set items. The Adventure's Journal and Griswold's Scribblings can drop from various objects from level 10-70, and both are present in Diablo 3. All the rest are Reapr of Souls only, and only drop from level 70 Uniques (Purples) of the correct type.

This table is meant for quick reference. Refer to the individual legendary material articles for more details on the crafting purposes, scarcity, farming tips, and more.


  • Bounty: Monster may appear as a Bounty target.
  • Fixed: Monster appears in this location every game (may differ between Story Mode and Adventure Mode).
  • Event: Monster is part of an event. (Most events are random spawns and not found every game.)
  • Legendary Affixes: Special bonus properties only granted by legendary items. (Can not be enchanted.)
  • Item Set: Bonuses for equipping more than one item from this item set.
  • Inherent Affixes: Affixes always found on that item. (May be enchanted.)

Monsters listed are confirmed to drop the materials. Others may drop but are not yet confirmed. Feedback in the forum thread is welcomed.

Item Used For Drops From
Adventurer's Journal
Pender's Purchase

(Crafted Legendary gloves)

  • Legendary Affixes: None.
  • +6 Random Affixes
Breakable and clickable objects (except chests). Seen from loose floor tiles, urns and vases, barrels, dead bodies, etc.
Angelic Shard
Hallowed Protectors
  • Item Set bonus:
    • (2): +100 All Resistance
    • (2): +10% Attack Speed
Corrupted Angels, found entirely in Acts Four and Five
Behistun Rune
Mark of the Magi

(Crafted Legendary staff)

  • Legendary Affix: None
  • Inherent Affix:
    • (1177-1439)-(1410-1788) Arcane Damage
    • +5 Random Affixes
Unique Cultist Summoners and their Unique Hellions (Demon Dogs).
Bloody Pincer
Demon Claw Monk

(Crafted Legendary Fist)

  • Legendary Affixes: None
  • Inherent Affix:
    • +(981-1199)-(1175-1490) Fire Damage
    • +5 Random Affixes
Tormented Stingers and Scarabs.
Born's Key
Born's Command
  • Item Set bonus:
    • (2) Set: +15% Life
    • (3) Set: Reduces cooldown 10%
    • (3) Set: Increased EXP: 20%
Brigands (grave robbers).
Captured Nightmare
Night's Reaping Barb

(Crafted Legendary 1H Mighty Weapon)

  • Legendary Affix: None
  • Inherent Affixes:
    • +(981-1199)-(1175-1490) Cold Damage
    • +14-18% Life
    • +4 Random Affixes
Terror Demons and Enslaved Nightmares.
Captured Soul
Lai Yui's Persuader Monk

(Crafted Legendary Daibo)

  • Legendary Affix: None
  • Inherent Affix:
    • +(1177-1439)-(1410-1788) Cold Damage
    • +5 Random Affixes
Soul Rippers. (Tongue Lashers.)
Cartographer's Toolkit
Board Walkers

Crafted Legendary boots

  • Legendary Affix: None
  • Inherent Affix: +10-12% Movement Speed
  • + 5 random affixes
Ghouls. (The fast moving melee type.)
Cultist Blood
Blood-Magic Edge

(Crafted Legendary Dagger)

  • Legendary Affix: Blood oozes from you.
  • Inherent Affix:
    • +5-7 Attack Speed
    • +5 Random Affixes
Cultists. (Melee attacker type.)
Defiled Doll
Spite WD

(Crafted Legendary Mojo)

  • Legendary Affix: None
  • Inherent Affixes:
  • +262-328)-(364-394) Damage
  • +8-10% Critical hit Chance
    • +4 random affixes
Demon Skin
Demon's Hide
  • Item Set bonuses:
    • (2): 6000 Thorns damage per hit
    • (3): +25% Area Damage
    • (4): +15% damage to demons,
    • (4): Chance to deflect projectiles
Phasebeasts and Armored Destroyers.
Element of Celerity
Fleeting Strap

(Crafted Legendary Belt)

  • Legendary Affix: None
  • Inherent Affix:
    • +5-7% Attack Speed
    • +5 random affixes
Essence of the Twin Seas
Captain Crimson's Trimmings
  • Item Set bonuses:
    • (2): +2000 Life Regen
    • (2): 10% Cooldown Reduction
    • (3): +50 All Resistance
    • (3): Reduces resource costs 10%
Dune Threshers.
Eternal Power Capsule
Arcane Barb

(Crafted Legendary 2H Xbow)

  • Legendary Affix: None
  • Inherent Affix:
    • +(981-1199)-(1175-1490) Arcane Damage
    • +5 Random Affixes
Cuddle Bears.
Eyes of the Dead
War of the Dead Barb

(Crafted Legendary 2H Mighty Weapon)

  • Legendary Affix: None
  • Inherent Affix:
    • +(1177-1439)-(1410-1788) Damage
    • +5 Random Affixes
Skeletons. (Melee type.)
Frozen Blood
Utar's Roar

(Crafted Legendary 1H Axe)

  • Legendary Affix: None
  • Inherent Affixes:
    • +(981-1199)-(1175-1490) Cold Damage
    • Cold skills deal 15-20% more damage
    • +4 random affixes
Glowing Ore
Cosmic Strand Wiz

(Crafted Legendary Source)

  • Legendary affix: Teleport gains the effect of the Wormhole rune.
  • Inherent affix:
    • +(262-328)-(263-394) Damage
    • +5 Random Affixes
Primordial Scavengers. (Rock-armored giants > soft interior creatures.)
Griswold's Scribblings
Griswold's Perfection

(Crafted Legendary 1H Sword)

  • Legendary Affix: None
  • Inherent Affix:
    • +(981-1199)-(1175-1490) Fire Damage
    • +5 Random Affixes
Bookshelves, lore bags, Cain's backpacks, satchels, podiums, Angiris Archives, etc. (Can be found in thousands of places, but hard to farm intentionally.)
Hilt of the Silver Wolf
Golden Scourge Crus

(Crafted Legendary 1H Flail)

  • Legendary Affix: Smite jumps to 3 additional enemies.
  • Inherent Affixes:
    • +(981-1199)-(1175-1490) Holy Damage
    • Holy skills deal 15-20% more damage
    • +4 Random Affixes
Fallen Hounds.
Human Cartilage
Wall of Man

(Crafted Legendary Shield)

  • Legendary affix: +20-30% chance to be protected by a wall of bones.
  • Inherent affixes: None
Iron Wolves Doctrine
Asheara's Vestments
  • Item Set bonuses:
    • (2): +100 All Resistance
    • (3): +20% Life
    • (4): Attacks cause your followers to occasionally come to your aid.
Deceiver Magi. (The nova-field casting snake men.)
Living Flame
Cinder Switch

(Two-handed Axe)

  • Legendary Affix: 25-50% to cast a Fireball when attacking
  • Inherent Affix:
    • +(1177-1439)-(1410-1788) Damage
    • +4 Random Affixes.
Morlu Casters. (The Meteor-dropping type.)
Lyekurn's Diary

(Crafted Legendary Shoulders)

  • Legendary Affix: None
  • Inherent Affix: None
  • Fixed -- Azmodan. (Act Boss of Act Three.)
Maghda's Tormented Soul
Cain's Destiny
  • Item Set bonuses:
    • (2): +8% Attack Speed
    • (3): +50% Magic Find
    • (3): +50% Increased Experience
Mystical Source
Sage's Journey Set
  • Item Set bonuses:
    • (2): +250 Str/Dex/Int/Vit
    • (3): Doubles Death's Breath drops.
Phial of Weakness
Atrophy Wiz

(Crafted Legendary Wand)

  • Legendary Affixes: None
  • Inherent Affixes:
    • +(981-1199)-(1175-1490) Fire Damage
    • +5 Random Affixes
Heralds of Pestilence.
Quaking Vial

(Crafted Legendary 2H Mace)

  • Legendary Affix: 25-50% chance to sunder the ground beneath your enemies
  • Inherent Affixes:
    • +(1177-1439)-(1410-1788) Fire Damage
    • +4 Random Affixes
Mallet Lords. (Hammer time!)
Reaper's Fear
Reaper's Wraps

(Crafted Legendary Bracers)

  • Legendary affix: Health globes restore 25-30% of your primary resource
  • Inherent affixes: None
    • +5 random affixes
Rydraelm Tome
Mantle of the Rydraelm

(Crafted Legendary chest armor)

  • Legendary affix: None
  • Inherent affixes: None
Fallen Shamans.
Shard of Entsteig Plate
Aughild's Authority
  • Item Set bonuses:
    • (2): -7% damage from ranged attacks.
    • (2): -7% damage from melee attacks.
    • (3): +15% damage against Elites
    • (3): -15% damage from Elites
Enraged Phantoms. (Flying Wraith ghosts.)
Shattered Core

(Crafted Legendary 1H Mace)

  • Legendary affixes: None.
  • Inherent affixes:
    • +(981-1199)-(1175-1490) Fire Damage
    • +15-20% damage to Fire Skills
Sand Dwellers. (Huge Sand Golems who wait hidden beneath the surface.)
Shimmering Quill
Unbound Bolt

(Crafted Legendary Bow)

  • Legendary affixes: None
  • Inherent affixes:
    • +(981-1199)-(1175-1490) Fire Damage
    • +5-7% Attack Speed
    • +31-35% Critical hit Damage
    • +3 Random affixes.
Quill Fiends.
Shuddering Demon Bone
Archfiend Arrows DH

(Crafted Legendary quiver)

  • Legendary affix: None
  • Inherent affixes:
Morlu. (Melee type, wielder of Diabos.)
Skelon's Dice
Skelon's Deceit

(Crafted Legendary pants)

  • Legendary affix: None
  • Inherent affixes: None
Oppressors and Warscarred Ravagers. (Huge winged melee fighting demons.)
Skull of Raylend
Helm of Rule

(Crafted Legendary helm)

  • Legendary affix: None.
  • Inherent affixes:
    • +626-750 Vitality
    • +11% Chance to Block
    • +4 random Affixes
Colossal Golgors.
Sydyru Bone
Sydryu Crust

(Crafted Legendary bow)

  • Legendary affix: None
  • Inherent affixes:
    • +(981-1199)-(1175-1490) Poison Damage
    • +5-7% Increased Attack Speed
    • +9-10% damage to Elites
    • +1 Primary and 2 secondary affixes
Symbol of the Guardian Brotherhood
Guardian's Jeopardy
  • Item Set bonuses:
    • (2): +250 Vitality
    • (2): +2000 Regen per second
    • (3): +15% Movement Speed
Demon Troopers. (The large, mace-wielding, melee brawlers.)
Torn Soul
Living Umbral Oath WD

(Crafted Legendary ceremonial knife)

  • Legendary affix: None
  • Inherent affix: None
Khazra Shamans. (Goatmen mages.)
Urn of Quickening
Kethrye’s Splint

(Crafted Legendary bracers)

  • Legendary affix: None
  • Inherent affixes: None
Lacuni Huntresses.
White Oak Splinter
Rozpedin's Force Monk

(Crafted Legendary daibo)

  • Legendary affix: None
  • Inherent affixes:
    • (1177-1439)-(1410-1788) Holy Damage
    • +5 Random affixes
Wood Wraiths. (Walking trees.)
Wooden Stake
Blitzbolter DH

(Legendary Hand crossbow)

  • Legendary affix: None
  • Inherent affixes:
    • +(858-1049)-(1028-1304) Holy Damage
    • +5 random affixes
Skeleton Archers.
Woven Plate
Piro Marella

(Crafted Legendary Crusader shield)

  • Legendary affixes:
    • Reduces the wrath cost of shield bash 40-50%.
  • Inherent affixes: +5 random affixes
Skeletal Shieldbearers.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

A collection of images of Legendary Materials.

References[edit | edit source]