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How do I find items with the right level to salvage particular ingredients?

my question is about getting crafting materials from items. I understand that the crafting materials you get depend on the level of the item, but does anyone have the level ranges or drop rate?

For example:

1-20 - Normal 21-40 - Nightmare 41-60 - Hell 61-63 - Inferno

Please note that the values above are just to explain, I made them up. What I mean is, if an item has a level of 5 it always give Normal crafting materials, etc.

Also, what are the drop rates on the crafting materials? I noticed that when I salvage Inferno blues I sometimes get an Iridescent Tear along with the Exquisite Essence, but sometimes just the Exquisite Essence. When salvaging rares, I always get both.

As a closing off point, is it possible to get Fiery Brimstone from non-legendary items?

Edit: Just in case someone is interested in this topic, I spent all day researching and wrote a post on my blog. As per the rules, THIS IS MY BLOG.

  • For your chance to get certain salvage materials: gaming.stackexchange.com/a/66138/20456
    – Frank
    Aug 31, 2012 at 13:25
  • You're using my hard work there, and you're not giving me credit for it. I really don't like that.
    – Frank
    Aug 31, 2012 at 17:10
  • The only thing I took was the level ranges. Anyway I gave you credit now. Sep 1, 2012 at 10:30

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For the level ranges, check this question and the great answer there.

As you noticed, magic items always give magic materials, rares always give magic+rare, and inferno legendaries will always give rare+Fiery Brimstone. In addition, magic items have a 15% chance to give rare materials. (Source)

It is possible to get Fiery Brimstone from non-legendary inferno tier items, but the drop rate is ~0.1% for rares, and even less for magic items.

  • So as far as I understand it, armor and weapons from level 60 - 63 always give Inferno, but the level range for rings, amulets, and follower relics is 59+. The only problem I have with this theory is that sometimes level 60 items give Hell mats. Aug 31, 2012 at 11:17
  • Yes, that's correct. Note that the level in question is the required level, and not the item level (which wasn't even shown on items earlier).
    – Hex
    Aug 31, 2012 at 11:19
  • What about the fact that level 60 items sometimes give Hell materials? Aug 31, 2012 at 11:21
  • @TheGateKeeper which type and quality items? I'm not sure I've experienced that.
    – Hex
    Aug 31, 2012 at 11:26
  • I salved some Magic level 60 items and they seen to have a chance to give both Hell or Inferno mats. Also, looking on the armory (us.battle.net/d3/en/item/amulet-1PQswa) it seems the % for Magic items to give rare mats is 15% and not 5%. Aug 31, 2012 at 11:32

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