How to Use Aspects in Diablo 4

This guide unpacks the intricacies of using aspects in Diablo 4, including how to unlock, equip, and get the most out of them for a rewarding gaming experience.
Diablo 4 Codex Of Power
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Aspects are a defining feature in Diablo 4, offering a new level of gameplay customization. But what are they, and how can you harness their full potential? Let’s dive in!

What are Aspects in Diablo 4?

In simple terms, Aspects are Legendary powers that can be attached to non-Legendary gear, transforming ordinary items into powerful tools. These powers can enhance your character’s abilities or offer special utilities. The Aspects fall into five categories: defensive, offensive, resource, utility, or mobility, which give you room to adjust according to your character’s needs.

How to Unlock Aspects

Unlocking Aspects is straightforward. Once your character reaches level 25 or you acquire the Codex of Power from a dungeon, Aspects become accessible. The Codex of Power not only unlocks these aspects but also helps you track which ones you own. To check, open the “Collections” tab or press “Y” on your keyboard.

How to Obtain More Aspects

  1. Complete the dungeon associated with a specific Aspect.
    • You can view where each Aspect is located in the Codex of Power.
  2. Extract the Aspect from a piece of Legendary gear you’ve looted from a boss or chest.

Keep in mind, the extraction process destroys the Legendary item, but it adds the Aspect to your inventory. The Aspects added to your Codex of Power become available to all characters in that realm, regardless of the class used to complete the dungeon.

Diablo 4 Occultist Npc
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How to Equip Aspects

After unlocking Aspects, the next step is to equip them to your gear. Visit the Occultist in any major town, denoted by an icon of three linked circles on the map. The Occultist in Kyovashad, a city in the Fractured Peaks region, is in the top left corner of the town.

Diablo 4 Occultist Locations Map
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Imprinting Aspects Onto Your Gear

  1. Select the gear from your inventory to which you wish to add an Aspect.
  2. Choose an Aspect from your Codex of Power or your inventory.
  3. Click the “Imprint Aspect” button at the bottom of the menu to get your enhanced gear.

Remember, imprinting Aspects costs gold and Veiled Crystals, obtained from salvaging rare weapons and armor.

Extracting Aspects from Your Gear

  1. Select the Extract Aspect tab in the Occultist menu.
  2. Choose the Legendary item from your inventory with the Aspect you wish to extract.
  3. Click the “Extract Aspect” button at the bottom of the menu.

Again, this process will destroy the item, so ensure you have a replacement at hand. Extracting Aspects only costs gold.

When Should You Use Aspects?

While Aspects are a fantastic tool, they’re best used sparingly early on in Diablo 4. Gear changes frequently in the initial stages of the game, so imprinting Aspects too early could lead to wasted resources. Once you find a decent piece of gear that fits your build, then consider imprinting an Aspect. It’s also worth remembering that gear with imprinted Aspects will likely be replaced as you progress through the game. Thus, it’s crucial to be strategic about spending gold and Veiled Crystals.

Other Important Considerations

Before you begin your Aspect adventure in Diablo 4, here are a few more points to keep in mind:

  1. Aspects can only be applied to certain gear types (i.e., Amulet, Gloves, etc).
  2. Aspects extracted from gear can only be used once, so use them wisely.
  3. Aspects from dungeons, however, can be used multiple times once they’re in your Codex of Power.
  4. Aspects are shared across your entire profile, meaning you can collect Aspects for other classes before starting a new character.

With these tips at your fingertips, you’re ready to make the most of Aspects in Diablo 4!

Shaun Savage

Shaun Savage

Shaun Savage is the founder and editor-in-chief of Try Hard Guides. He has been covering and writing about video games for over 9 years. He is a 2013 graduate of the Academy of Art University with an A.A. in Web Design and New Media. In his off-time, he enjoys playing video games, watching bad movies, and spending time with his family.

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