When you first open the auction house UI, it displays a list of recommended items for sale, based on...something.

Screenshot (Gold balance left undisclosed so nobody gets jealous of my wealth)

How are these recommendations generated?

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    Jealous? It doesn't look like there are very many digits there... Commented May 21, 2012 at 20:05
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    He clearly photoshopped the gold icon about 2 inches to the left to mask his 1 trillion gold :)
    – dpatchery
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 20:16
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    Question should be close as there is no longer an auction house for diablo 3.
    – l I
    Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 15:33
  • Question should not be closed. See this answer to your own meta question about D3. Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 15:56

2 Answers 2


This is based on personal experience, but so far I've determined:

  • A slot is chosen, based on the item levels in each of your equipped slots. The slot with the lowest "Required Level" item in it is usually chosen for the recommendation
  • The recommendation list is then sorted by item level, and then by either DPS, Armor, or the primary stat of the hero (for rings/amulets), depending on the slot

I say "usually chosen" because I've seen some odd behavior when a 2-handed weapon is equipped. In some situations, it will pick the 2-handed weapon over other slots with items that have lower levels. Others have reported corner cases where different items are chosen, but I've not been able to nail down why this occurs or how to predict it.

The "hero" in this case is whoever you have currently selected in the character selection menu prior to clicking the auction house button.

There's no accounting for cost or other affixes as far as I can tell. There's also no accounting for the amount of gold you have, as it will often suggest things that cost far, far more than the amount of gold you have.

You also can't sort the recommendation list, even though the "Buyout" column seems like it responds to being clicked on.

I find it somewhat useful to look at this list just to determine where my lowest required level item is so that I can target a search to replace the item in that slot, but otherwise it is pretty useless.

  • I'm wearing a level 17 helm and a level 15 amulet, and my weapon (a 2H sword) is level 23. It is interesting that my recommendations match my current weapon type, though...
    – Brant
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 20:49
  • @Brant, that's odd. I've been trying to reproduce this via various means, and can't yet. Mine is always whatever my lowest item level is. There might be some weirdness around 2-handed weapons, I'll try that next.
    – agent86
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 21:11
  • This was true for my Barbarian (amulet was lowest), my Monk (no shoulder yet) and Witch Doctor (amulet was also lowest). The three of them are below 40. However, my Wizard is showing the belt (boots are lowest), and Demon hunter her bow (chest is lowest). It's mind boggling!! I wish I could set it or if it would just get a set of the random top 20 items with some parameters.
    – Allov
    Commented Jun 11, 2012 at 2:24
  • @Allov, I've yet to determine exactly how it works, but 2-handed weapons are definitely weird. I don't know if it counts it at half because it takes up two slots or what, but this tends to work in the general case.
    – agent86
    Commented Jun 11, 2012 at 12:18

As of right now, the recommendations also seem to take into account what item mods you have on your other items, presumably on the theory that those are the items you prefer. For instance, my monk will see recommendations of items with lightning resistance (which is the one I use for One with Everything), all resistance, life on hit, dex, and vit, since those are stats that I have on many of my items. Not all of the recommended items will have all of those mods, but they do seem to all have most of them.

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