Charms are something that a lot of players overlook in terms of their importance. There is sometimes a great deal of ambiguity as to what constitutes a good, great, or fantastic charm, as well as how to go about obtaining one of these.
Most new players ignore charms entirely, concentrating instead on building up their collection of sets and uniques, and as a result, they can inadvertently sell, not pick up, or give away a significant amount of wealth. This guide is intended to inform those who have never given much thought to charms about what mods are considered valuable and how to obtain them.
There is absolutely no intention on my part for this to become some sort of currency definition when it comes to charms. When a certain player refuses to trade his Stormlash in exchange for a Pestilent small charm of Anthrax, this rule was not intended to be used as a rule of trade values, but rather as a guideline. The values I have assigned to each prefix and suffix are solely my opinion, supported by years of experience in the game and a general understanding of what is valuable in a healthy trading community. Those who have never really understood the value of charms will benefit from reading this guide because it will help them understand what is worth keeping and what is not, what to cube for, and what they can expect to be able to trade them for. Remember that different people place different values on different things, and you should never insist that a charm is worth something in a trade simply because we have suggested it is worth something here. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s get down to business.
There are three basic methods of obtaining good charms at this time:
- You’ll have to go out and find them
- Trading in exchange for them
It is possible to “cube” them using the 3-perfect gem Horadric Cube recipe (when you transmute 3 perfect gems of any type with D2R items, such as a charm, the prefixes and suffixes of the magical item are randomly re-rolled to give you the new prefixes and suffixes).
During cubing, it’s important to remember that the item level (abbreviated to ilvl) of the magic item you’re cubing is the most important thing to remember because it will determine what prefixes and suffixes the resulting item can have. In this guide, I’ve listed the ilvl of every notable prefix and suffix, so that if you’re looking for a specific type of charm, you’ll know what ilvl to start with when looking for it.
I also hope that by following this guide, a player who has never really considered charms to be valuable will be able to identify which charms should be kept and which should be discarded, as well as determine accurate trade values for each charm.
Each section of this guide is divided into three sections, one for each category of charm – small, medium, and large – and for each section, I’ll list all of the available prefixes and suffixes, as well as their relative worth, ilvl, and some notes on how to use them. Small prefixes and suffixes are the most common, but there are many others. Next, a section on cubing guidelines is presented, followed by some information on the two unique charms in 1.10, Annihilus and Gheed’s Fortune, which are both found in the game.
Because the charm analysis was done with twinking in mind, some charms that were deemed ‘worthless’ by the twinking community can still be extremely valuable to an untwinked player looking for that extra bit of damage or a simple way to stop monster regeneration.
Getting Prefixes and Suffixes to Work for You
A standard (blue) magic charm can have a maximum of two modifications applied to it. A prefix and an affix are both used. While this is determined at random when the item is dropped, odds are in the neighborhood of:
- Only 25% of the suffixes are used
- Only 25% of the total is prefix
- Prefixes and suffixes
- Charms of a Small Size
Often surprising to new players, small charms can be more valuable than their larger cousins, which is a fact that should not be overlooked. What is the reason? Because the benefits they provide from the prefixes and suffixes they have available are better per inventory space than the benefits provided by the larger charms, they are preferred over the latter. As an example, you’ll get significantly more life from three small charms of Vita than you will from one grand charm of Vita, which takes up the same amount of space. Consequently, certain mods are more valuable to have on a small charm than others, and vice versa.
Keep in mind that due to the quality of SC’s, any charms found that are below ilvl 28 can all spawn with the following mods:(For the sake of simplicity, they will be categorized as ilvl 1 because they can be found almost anywhere in the game).