Every now and then, players will face a constant inconvenience while trying to enjoy Diablo 4, trading being down for several reasons.
This occurrence is unfortunately repeating once or twice per month. In the worst-case scenarios, this functionality has remained unusable for days at a time.
We are here to discuss why this is happening and let you know what can be done as a workaround to share items with your friends while the trading problem is solved.
Why is Trading Down?
Trading is down in Diablo 4 because of two possible reasons:
- Developers have discovered a duplication glitch and have disabled trading while they solve this problem.
- There is a server issue of sorts, and the functionality is down, along with login services.
Whenever trading is down, there is usually a small disclaimer on the right corner of the main login screen of the game announcing the issue.
In most cases, if the issue is server-related, it gets solved in a few hours tops. However, if the problem has a duplication glitch as its root, it might take one to several days to fix.
What Can You Do to Share Items in the Meantime?
Even if trading services are down, you can still share items with your friends in your Diablo 4 party by dropping the thing you want to give them nearby.
However, this is certainly not ideal if you plan to exchange an item for gold since you can’t drop gold to share it with friends. Exchanging an item for gold is only possible via trading.
To drop an item on Diablo 4:
- Open your inventory
- Select the item you want to drop
- PC: Drag it out of your inventory with your mouse to drop it
- PlayStation: Hold Square
- Xbox: Hold X
Alternatively, if a friend wants to share an item with you, they can do so by following the method described above.
How to Know if Trading Is Down?
When Blizzard turns down trading in Diablo 4, it lets players know about it directly on the upper right corner of the game’s login screen.
As well, once the problem is solved, most of the time there is an announcement on the same screen.
Has Blizzard Made a Statement?
Blizzard has addressed trading being down on Diablo 4 several times. However, each time a new duplication glitch appears, the developer has to provide a unique solution and stop trading altogether one more time.
So far, the dupe glitches continue to appear at least once per month, with the most recent one happening this month of November 2023.
Why Are Players Duplicating Items & Materials?
Some players duplicate items to get materials and gold without grinding or farming. Nevertheless, many others duplicatecate massive amounts of items to resell them online for real money.
Unfortunately, due to the implications this has on the game’s economy and possible online scams, Blizzard ends up turning off the trading option in Diablo 4 while the latest dupe glitch is sorted out.
Are There Any Bans for Item Duplication?
Yes, these item duplication bans can range in duration, but most are permanent. Blizzard’s End User License Agreement states the company can revoke or suspend your game license if you cheat or exploit in-game bugs to gain an advantage.
The following is stated in the EULA about in-game exploits like item duplication:“Blizzard may suspend or revoke your license to use the Platform, or parts, components and/or single features thereof, if you violate, or assist others in violating, the license limitations set forth below.
Cheating: Create, use, offer, promote, advertise, make available and/or distribute the following or assist therein:
– cheats; i.e. methods not expressly authorized by Blizzard (whether accomplished using hardware, software, a combination thereof, or otherwise), influencing and/or facilitating gameplay, including exploits of any in-game bugs, and thereby granting you and/or any other user an advantage over other players not using such methods“