How to use aspects to power up your gear in Diablo 4

In Diablo 4, aspects are passives that can be added to your equipment to provide your character with upgraded abilities or extra utility. Currently, there are more than a hundred aspects in Diablo 4, some of which are class-specific while others can be used by any class. These passives are necessary when engaging in harder content, and the right set of aspects can elevate your build to the next level. Keep reading to find out how to acquire and equip aspects for optimal gameplay.

What are Aspects in Diablo 4?

Aspects are essentially what makes your gear unique in Diablo 4. These can be added to your gear to give it a passive that will upgrade an ability, increase your defensive capabilities, improve your character’s damage output, or provide you with extra mobility. Each aspect can be placed into one of the following categories: defensive, offensive, resource, utility, or mobility.

While a majority of the aspects are catered to certain classes, a few of them can be used by any class. To unlock aspects, you must either reach level 25 or acquire the Codex of Power, which can be gained by completing a dungeon. To view your aspects, open the “Collections” tab or press “Y” on your PC. Selecting the Codex of Power will show you every available aspect in Diablo 4 while highlighting the ones you own.

How do you acquire more Aspects in Diablo 4?

There are two main ways to unlock aspects:

  • Complete a dungeon.
  • Extract the aspect from gear.

Completing a dungeon adds the aspect to your Codex of Power, which is then available to use by any character on that realm. Thus, it doesn’t matter which class you complete the dungeon with because all your characters will have access to the reward. Extracting the aspect from gear adds it to your character’s inventory. Be aware that extracting an aspect destroys that piece of equipment, so ensure you have a replacement for your gear or risk being left without anything in its place.

How to imprint and extract Aspects in Diablo 4

Head to the Occultist, indicated by an icon of three linked circles on the map, in any major town. In Kyovashad, the primary city during Diablo 4’s beta, the Occultist can be found in the top left section of the town. Interact with the Occultist to open two menus: the aspect menu and your inventory.

Imprinting aspects onto your gear

  1. Select the gear from your inventory that you wish to add an aspect to.
  2. Choose an aspect from your Codex of Power or inventory.
  3. Press the “Imprint Aspect” button at the bottom of the menu to receive your new piece of equipment.

It will cost veiled crystals, salvaged from rare weapons and armor, and gold to imprint an aspect onto your gear.

Extracting aspects from your gear

  1. Select the second tab located on the left-hand menu.
  2. Choose the legendary item from your inventory that you wish to extract the aspect from.
  3. Preview the new item to ensure you’re receiving the desired aspect.
  4. Click the “Extract Aspect” button at the bottom of the menu.

Extracting an aspect from an item destroys it in the process, so have a replacement item ready before extracting. Unlike imprinting, it will only cost gold to extract an aspect.

With this guide, you’ll be able to choose your equipment more effectively and extract the right aspects to power up your gear and get the most out of each class’s abilities. Have fun exploring the world of Diablo 4!


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