Since Diablo 4’s launch, players have been disappointed with the game’s itemization and loot system. It’s not a great sign for a game with loot as its central focus.

Below, we’re going to go over the reasons why players dislike Diablo 4’s itemization, how Blizzard has responded, and what it could do to improve it in the future.

Players going into a dungeon in Diablo 4

Itemization Issues

The main issue with Diablo 4’s itemization is that loot has far too many Affixes and Affix combinations. It’s incredibly tedious to decipher what loot is useful and what you should discard.

This Reddit user recently expressed their frustration with the state of loot in Diablo 4:

Having lots of “useless” loot leads to a monotonous gameplay loop of sifting through a full inventory of countless Rare, Legendary, and Unique loot drops in the hopes of finding an item that suits your build.

You often have to resort to reading dozens of Affix descriptions at a time so you don’t miss out on something useful:

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Finding loot that meets all the requirements for your build can be incredibly frustrating. It’s a problem that has been present since the game’s launch, causing many to stop playing:

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Blizzard’s Response

With the release of Diablo 4 Season 2, Blizzard has increased the drop rate of Uniques and Uber Uniques by allowing you to target farm for these powerful items. Having them drop more often makes loot more interesting in Diablo 4.

The dev team also announced that they will discuss how they plan to update Diablo 4’s itemization in an upcoming Campfire Chat on November 30.

Previously, Uber Unique items were nearly impossible to obtain in Diablo 4. Since the release of Season 2, players have had the opportunity to target farm for Uniques and Uber Uniques by summoning and defeating endgame bosses.

Though still incredibly rare, more players are now seeing these powerful items drop in-game.

The improvements to loot that came with Season 2 were a step in the right direction for Diablo 4, but there is still room for improvement.

Hopefully, the Campfire Chat scheduled for November 30 will address these issues.

Monsters in the Abattoir of Zir dungeon in Diablo 4 Season 2

How to Improve Itemization

The main ways Blizzard can improve itemization in Diablo 4 would be to change and improve the current Affix pool and to include a loot filter to streamline the looting experience.

Many fans wish to see Diablo 4 return to the loot system of Diablo 2. Here, loot was more distinct, without you having to scrutinize and meticulously identify each gear piece.

To get back to the series’ glory days, here are some of the ways Blizzard can go about improving itemization in Diablo 4:

Completely Revamp the Current Affix Pool

Players are unhappy with the current state of Affixes in Diablo 4.

There are far too many Affixes that provide little to no benefit for most builds and just end up cluttering your inventory with useless loot. Removing these would improve Affixes considerably.

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Include a loot filter

This would be a huge quality-of-life update that would allow you to filter out any loot that isn’t relevant to your build. It would only highlight loot with Affixes that are important.

Allow All Aspects in the Codex

Currently, some of the best Aspects in the game are only on Legendary items. They can also only be extracted and imprinted just once.

Because of this, you end up hoarding a load of Aspects, which makes up your limited inventory space. It discourages players from hunting for new items.

Allowing all Aspects to be in the Codex will alleviate this problem and would allow players to experiment more freely with their builds.

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Further Increase the Drop Rate of Uniques and Uber Uniques

This already improved in Season 2, but increasing the drop rate even more would go a long way in making the loot feel more exciting in Diablo 4.

Despite being able to target farm Uber Uniques from the Duriel endgame boss, they are still incredibly rare. It’s already a time-consuming process to get the required materials. Increasing the drop rate would make the fight much more worthwhile.

Echo of Duriel in Diablo 4 Season 2 Season of Blood

Hopefully, Blizzard can take all of the above suggestions on board for Diablo 4! For more, be sure to check out when Diablo 4 Season 3 is expected to release as well as the end date for Season 2.

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