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One rather frequent outcome of item enchanting in Torchlight 1 used to be, especially in the late game, adding sockets to items.

My previous weapon, the Extension Sword (highlights: 452-838 dps physical + 285-556 dps between fire and poison, -9% fumble chance, +20% fire damage, 2 meh enchantments) had a socket that was very well spent with my Eye of Gallo (93 health stolen on hit; hit multiple enemies, gain 93 health multiple times!)

The weapon sadly got superseded by my Beast Hammer of Clouded Vision (562-1055 physical, 90% interrupt chance, 10% blinding cloud), which unfortunately has no sockets.

Can I fix this somehow? I really started to rely on the combined effects of Forcefield (damage absorption) and health steal as a cheap and safe way to heal myself, but the days seem over now. I can still go back to the previous gun, except the general poison theme of Act 3 means giving up half of the elemental damage on that Extension Sword and... yeah, I'd just be happier with rescuing the gem and cramming it on the Hammer somehow. Is it possible?

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The Transmuter will take one unsocketed item (even magic or enchanted) + 2 gems of equal or greater level (to the unsocketed item) to consume the gems and place a socket on the item.

As Rilgon Arcsinh pointed out, there is a small chance for an enchanter to add a socket to an item when asked to enchant it. Of course, this will use up one of the limited number of enchants for the item. There is also a named enchanter, Jurik the Socketer, who is guaranteed to add sockets when asked to enchant an item, up to a maximum of two sockets.

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The sockets are empty after the process and the gems lost, right? –  badp Sep 25 '12 at 8:14
    
That is correct. –  SaintWacko Sep 25 '12 at 13:08
    
Worth noting that Enchanters can also rarely add sockets as an enchanting outcome, and the enchanter Jurik the Socketer is guaranteed to add sockets as his enchanting outcome, up to a maximum of two. –  Rilgon Arcsinh Sep 26 '12 at 5:00
    
@RilgonArcsinh - Thanks, added that in. Also, a confession. While adding that in, I looked down and realized I had used the exact same wording as you, so I changed it. I glanced again a moment later and discovered that apparently I had been mistaken, as now I had the exact same wording. When it happened a third time I got suspicious, and realized I had been looking at the preview instead of your comment. Face, meet Palm. –  SaintWacko Sep 26 '12 at 12:50
    
It's early, I'll forgive it. :P –  Rilgon Arcsinh Sep 26 '12 at 13:04
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It is very possible. One of the possible outcomes from visiting an enchanter is that you have a small chance of adding an additional socket, up to a maximum of four.

The cost will increase for each attempt, so make sure you have a fair bit of money, as you're just as likely to either add an additional enchantment, or get nothing at all.

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There's an NPC that gives sockets. He's really rare. I found him in elemental oasis floor 1.

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