Trading is a critical function in Diablo 4. Tradable items and consumables have inherent values based on their prices in the economy. High demand + early Season starts can make certain items worth a fortune. Let's review how trading works in Diablo 4 so you can be rich! ...at least in game. :)
Which Items can be Traded?
Items are either tradable or not with nothing in between. An untradable item is always marked with Account Bound in the tooltip. Here's what you can and can't trade:
- Common Items
- Magic Items
- Rare Items
- Boss Summoning Materials
How To Trade
- Invite your trade partner to your party to get into the same World Instance.
- Approach your trade partner, open the action wheel, and select "Invite to Trade".
- When they accept the request, the trade window opens.
- Both parties put their negotiated items into the trade window.
- The items need to be in your Inventory to be placed in the trade window. You cannot access your Stash or worn items while trading.
- After all agreed items are placed into the trade window, both parties click the "lock in offer" button.
- Once both locked in their offers, proceed to click "accept trade" to complete the trade.
- If a player changes anything in the trade window, the "accept trade" status of the other person gets removed.
- Most trading will happen in the starting town, Kyovashad.
How To Find Trade Partners
- Use the dedicated Channels for Trading in the Diablo 4 Battle.Net. You can either:
- Advertise what you are selling or what you are looking for. Hit shift + left-click to showcase items.
- Read the channel for people that have/need what you need/have for sale.
The common trading currencies may evolve over time, but the obvious choice is Gold. Gold can also be used to respec your character, repair your gear, upgrade items at the Blacksmith and to create new items using the Occultist. It's quite valuable throughout the game for every player. It is also possible that valuable Elixirs may become a popular trading item. Time will tell!
Players use abbreviations to increase the efficiency of looking for trades. The following abbreviations are commonly used:
BT = Battle Tag
Desc = Description
GLHF = Good Luck, Have Fun!
ISO = In Search Of
LF = Looking For
N = Need
NN = No Need
NTY = No, Thank You
O = Offer
OBO = Or Best Offer
P = Perfect
T4T = Thanks for Trade
SS = Stay Safe (Usually in Hardcore)
WUG = What do you have for trade?
WUN = What do you need?
What Should You Trade For?
Let's look at some of the things you may want to buy or sell in Diablo 4:
- Godly Yellow Items. An Ancestral Yellow with 4 synergistic stats with a high item power could be quite valuable. Some of these may be a 1 in 1,000 drop. They can later be imprinted to become Legendary and carry you to the endgame.
- +Skill Rank Yellows. You never know who is playing what build. You might have found a max level Skill upgrade for someone willing to pay big for it.
- Universal Stats. If you find an item with something like: Critical Strike Chance, Critical Strike Damage and Life, there will be many players willing to buy it. Identify the universally great stats and see if they all line up on your items.
- Valuable Elixirs. Not everyone wants to pick flowers all day, and if you've crafted the Elixir they need, you'll be making a lot of Gold.
- Boss Summoning Materials. Getting a chance to target farm Uniques, even Uber Uniques is worth trading for a missing material or two. Just make sure to not get scammed. Pay attention to the economy specifically around these materials for exchange equivalences, similarly to Uber Keys in D2.
Warning: Diablo 4 is a game that rewards farming, and standing around in town waiting for trades can be time consuming. Therefore, we advise only trading for high-end items that are actually worth your time.
How To Avoid Scams
- Always double-check the items your Trade Partner has placed into the Trade Window, especially:
- When the Trade Window was closed after you have initially checked the items and accepted the Trade.
- When your Trade Partner removes and re-adds items to the Trade Window.
- Do Not Trade If:
- Your Trade Partner asks you to drop an item! This is always a trick.
- You are asked to give your item without receiving the agreed Trade Items. (Example: Your Trade Partner tells you that one of the items is on a different Character. Tell them to go get it prior to trading.)
- You can trade Common, Magic and Rare Items, Gold, Gems, Incense, Elixirs and Boss Summoning Materials.
- Legendaries, Uniques and Enchanted Items are untradeable.
- Remember to focus your trades on high-end items, like godly ancestral yellows, +Skill Rank yellows, Gear with universally desired stats and valuable Elixirs.
- Do not get scammed; always pay attention to what you are trading!
Written by Raxxanterax.
Contributions by Teo1904.
Reviewed by wudijo.