Legendary Aspects in Diablo 4

What's a Legendary Aspect?

A Legendary Aspect stores the power of a Legendary affix, which is multiple times more powerful than a regular affix. They can be imprinted on Rare or other Legendary items to improve them.

Legendary Aspects are:

  • Always account-bound
  • Often class-based
  • Eligible for usage only on certain equipment slots
Diablo IV Legendary Aspect
A Legendary Aspect for the Barbarian Class

Obtaining Legendary Aspects

Aspects from completing Dungeons (Codex of Power system)

Each Dungeon in Diablo 4 unlocks a specific Legendary Aspect in Diablo 4's Codex of Power, meaning players can target certain Dungeons to get the Legendary powers they want for their items. Codex of Power Aspects can be imprinted on items unlimited times.

While this approach provides certainty around which Aspect will be acquired, the drawback is that Codex of Power Aspects are less powerful than those extracted from Legendary items that are dropped by monsters.

Extracting Aspects from Legendary item drops

Any Legendary item can be taken to the Occultist NPC to extract its Legendary affix and store it in a Legendary Aspect. This solves the problem from past Diablo games where a player might find a Legendary item with a Legendary affix they like, but don't like the other affixes and/or item slot. Players can keep Aspects in their Inventories (there's a dedicated tab) or Stash to use at a future time. Note that the original Legendary item that the Aspect is extracted from is destroyed.

Imprinting a Legendary Aspect on an item

One of the main services that the Occultist offers is imprinting a Rare or Legendary item with a Legendary Aspect (assuming it hasn't been imprinted before).

  • Rare item: upgraded to Legendary quality and is imprinted with the Legendary affix
  • Legendary item: existing Legendary affix is overwritten by the Aspect's Legendary affix

The Occultist's interface for imprinting Aspects on items allows the player to choose an Aspect from the Codex of Power or their Inventory.

Occultist interface for imprinting a Diablo 4 Legendary Aspect
Player imprinting a Legendary item with an Aspect from their inventory
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Defensive Aspects

All Class Defensive Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of the Deflecting Barrier While you have a Barrier active, there is a 20% chance to ignore direct damage from Distant enemies. Lost Keep (Dungeon)
Aspect of Disobedience You get 0.25% increased Armor for 4 seconds when you deal any form of damage, stacking up to 25%. Reach Kehjistan (Story)
Aspect of Might Basic Skills grant 25% Damage Reduction for 4 seconds. Reach Dry Steppes (Story)
Aspect of the Protector Damaging an Elite enemy grants you a Barrier absorbing up to 199 damage for 10 seconds. This effect can only happen once every 30 seconds. Lost Archives (Dungeon)

Barbarian Defensive Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Bul-Kathos Leap creates an earthquake that deals 62 Physical damage over 4 seconds. While standing in the Earthquake, you get a 5% increased Damage Reduction. Reach Hawezar (Story)
Aspect of the Iron Warrior Iron Skin grants Unstoppable and 10% Damage Reduction. Carrion Fields (Dungeon)
Aspect of Numbing Wraith Each point of Fury generated while at Maximum Fury grants 0.5 Fortify. Reach Hawezar (Story)
Aspect of Tempering Blows After swapping weapons 6 times, gain 17 Fortify. Defiled Catacomb (Dungeon)
Iron Blood Aspect Gain 2% Damage Reduction for each Nearby Bleeding enemy up to 10% max. Forgotten Ruins (Dungeon)

Druid Defensive Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Cyclonic Force Cyclone Armor also produces Physical Damage Reduction. In addition, Cyclone Armor will also be applied to all Nearby Allies. Collapsed Vault (Dungeon)
Aspect of Mending Stone The duration of Earthen Bulwark is increased by 6 seconds. In addition, killing an enemy with Earth Skills replenishes 8 of your active Earthen Bulwark's Barrier. Sealed Archives (Dungeon)
Skinwalker's Aspect When you use a Shapeshifting Skill that changes your form, gain 8 Life. If you are not at full Life, gain the same amount as Fortify. Reach Kehjistan (Story)
Vigorous Aspect Gain 10.0% Damage reduction while Shapeshifted into a Werewolf. Reach Hawezar (Story)

Rogue Defensive Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Siphoned Victuals Damaging a Vulnerable enemy with a Core Skill has up to a 10% chance to drop a Healing Potion. Leviathan's Maw (Dungeon)
Aspect of Uncanny Treachery Dealing direct damage to a Dazed Enemy with an Ability Skill grants Stealth for 4 seconds. Breaking Stealth with an attack grants you a 15% Control Impaired Duration Reduction for 4 seconds. Reach Scosglen (Story)
Cheat's Aspect You can take 15% less damage from Crowded Controlled enemies. Whenever a Crowd Controlled enemy deals direct damage to you, gain 15% Movement Speed for 2 seconds. Luban's Rest (Dungeon)
Enshrouding Aspect Gain a free Dark Shroud shadow every 3 seconds when standing still. Each Dark Shroud shadow grants 2.0% increased Damage Reduction. Ghoa Ruins (Dungeon)

Sorcerer Defensive Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of the Unwavering Taking direct damage has a 5% chance to reset the Cooldown of one of your Defensive Skills. Putrid Aquifer (Dungeon)
Snowguard's Aspect While you are in your own Blizzard, you take 10% less damage. Reach Hawezar (Story)
Snowveiled Aspect Casting Ice Armor makes you Unstoppable for 2 seconds. Sarat's Lair (Dungeon)
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Mobility Aspects

All Class Mobility Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Wind Striker Aspect Critical Strikes grant 8% Movement Speed for 1 second, up to 6 seconds. Shivta Ruin (Dungeon)
Ghostwalker Aspect While Unstoppable and for 2 seconds after, you gain 10% increased Movement Speed and can move freely through enemies. Progress in Scosglen (Story)

Barbarian Mobility Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Perpetual Stomping Damaging an enemy with Kick or Ground Stomp resets Leap's Cooldown. Charnel House (Dungeon)

Sorcerer Mobility Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Charged Aspect Collecting Crackling Energy increases your Movement Speed by 10% for 4 seconds. Maddux Watch (Dungeon)
Aspect of the Bounding Conduit Gain 20% Movement Speed for 3 seconds after Teleporting. Komdor Temple (Dungeon)
Flamewalker's Aspect Coming in contact with your Firewall grants you 15% Movement Speed for 4 seconds. Cultist Refuge (Dungeon)
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Offensive Aspects

All Class Offensive Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Inner Calm Deal 3% increased damage for each second you stand still, up to 30%. Reach Scosglen (Story)
Aspect of Plunging Darkness Bone Prison spawns a pool of Blight that deals 50% bonus damage over 6 seconds. Rimescar Cavern (Dungeon)
Aspect of Retribution Distant enemies have a 15% chance to be Stunned for 2 seconds when they hit you. You deal 30% increased damage to Stunned enemies. Reach Kehjistan (Story)
Aspect of the Expectant Attacking enemies with a Basic Skill increases the damage of your next Core Skill cast by 5% up to 50%. Underroot (Dungeon)
Edgemaster's Aspect Skills deal up to 24% increased damage based on your available Primary Resource when cast, receiving the maximum benefit while you have full Primary Resource. Oldstones (Dungeon)
Needleflare Aspect Thorns damage dealt has a 20% chance to deal damage to all enemies around you. Progress in Kehjistan (Story)
Rapid Aspect Basic Skills gain 23% Attack Speed Progress in Dry Steppes (Story)
Shadowslicer Aspect When you cast Dash, a Shadow Clone is spawned at your location that also casts Dash, dealing 25% of the Base damage. Twisted Hollow (Dungeon)

Barbarian Offensive Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Ancestral Echoes Damaging enemies with Leap, Upheaval, or Whirlwind has up to a 40% chance to summon an Ancient to perform the same Skill. Can only happen once every 5 seconds. Progress in Hawezar (Story)
Aspect of Ancestral Force Hammer of the Ancients quakes outwards, dealing 32% of its damage to enemies. Sunken Ruins (Dungeon)
Aspect of Berserk Ripping Whenever you deal direct damage while Berserking, inflict 22% of the Base damage dealt as additional Bleeding damage over 5 seconds. Mournfield (Dungeon)
Aspect of the Dire Whirlwind Whirlwind's Critical Strike Chance is increased by 5% for each second it is channeled, up to 20%. Garan Hold (Dungeon)
Brawler's Aspect Enemies damaged by Kick or Charge will explode if they are killed within the next 2 seconds, dealing 158 damage to surrounding enemies. Progress in Hawezar (Story)
Death Wish Aspect Gain 17 Thorns while Berserking. Progress in Scosglen (Story)
Earthstriker's Aspect After swapping weapons 10 times, your next attack will Overpowers and deal 30% increased Overpowers damage. Maugan's Works (Dungeon)
Veteran Brawler's Aspect Each time a Core Skill deals direct damage to an enemy, your next Charge or Leap deals 15% increased damage, up to 22%. Heretic's Asylum (Dungeon)

Druid Offensive Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of the Rampaging Werebeast The duration of Grizzly Rage is increased by 1 second. In addition, Critical Strikes while Grizzly Rage is active increase your critical strike damage by 10% for the duration. Endless Gates (Dungeon)
Aspect of Retaliation Your Core Skills deal up to 20% increased damage based on your amount of Fortify. Seaside Descent (Dungeon)
Aspect of the Tempest Hurricane damage is increased by 7% each second while active Blind Burrows (Dungeon)
Aspect of the Ursine Horror Pulverize is now also an Earth Skill. After casting Pulverize, tectonic spikes continue to deal 55 damage over 2 seconds. Reach Hawezar (Story)
Crashstone Aspect Earth Skills deal 40% more Critical Strike Damage to Crowd Controlled enemies. Progress in Scosglen (Story)
Nighthowler's Aspect Blood Howl increases Critical Strike Chance by 5%. In addition, Blood Howl also affects Companions and players for 3 seconds. Forbidden City (Dungeon)
Overcharged Aspect Up to a 10% chance when dealing Lightning damage to overload the target for 3 seconds, causing any direct damage you deal to them to pulse 111 additional damage to surrounding enemies. Mariner's Refuge (Dungeon)
Shepherd's Aspect Core Skills deal an additional 6% damage for each active Companion. Bloodsoaked Crag (Dungeon)
Stormclaw's Aspect Critical Strikes with Shred deal 20% of the damage dealt as Lightning damage to the target and surrounding enemies. Anica's Claim (Dungeon)

Necromancer Offensive Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Bursting Bones When a segment of Bone Prison is destroyed or expires, it deals 3 damage in an area around itself. Path of the Blind (Dungeon)
Aspect of Grasping Veins Gain 10% increased Critical Strike Chance for 6 seconds when you cast Corpse Tendrils. You deal 30% bonus Critical Strike Damage to enemies damaged by Corpse Tendrils. Corrupted Grotto (Dungeon)
Aspect of Reanimation Your Skeletons gain increased damage while alive, up to 20% after 10 seconds. Progress in Kehjistan (Story)
Aspect of Swelling Curse Bone Spirit deals increased damage based on distance traveled, up to 15%. Hive (Dungeon)
Aspect of the Damned You deal 30% increased Shadow Damage to enemies afflicted by both Decrepify and Iron Maiden Uldur's Cave (Dungeon)
Aspect of the Empowering Reaper Critical Strikes from Sever have a 10% chance to spawn a pool of Blight under the target that heals 20% bonus damage. This effect can only happen once every 3 seconds. Flooded Depths (Dungeon)
Blighted Aspect You deal 50% increased damage for 6 seconds after the Shadowblight Key Passive damages enemies 10 times. Progress in Hawezar (Story)
Blood-bathed Aspect Blood Surge's nova echoes again after a short delay, dealing 70% less damage. Hoarfrost's Demise
Blood Seeker's Aspect Blood Lance deals x15% increased damage to its primary target per lanced enemy. Mercy's Reach (Dungeon)
Sacrificial Aspect Your Sacrifice bonuses are increased by 15%. Ruins of Eridu (Dungeon)
Splintering Aspect Bone Spear's primary attack makes enemies hit beyond the first Vulnerable for 1.5 seconds. Bone Shards from Bone Speak deal 50% bonus damage to Vulnerable enemies and pierce them. Progress in Dry Steppes (Story)
Unyielding Commander's Aspect While your Army of the Dead is active, your Minions gain 70% Attack Speed and take 90% reduced damage. Faceless Shrine (Dungeon)

Rogue Offensive Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Arrow Storms Your Marksman skills have up to a 10% chance to create an arrow storm at the enemy's location, dealing 171 Physical damage over 3 seconds. You can have up to 4 active arrow storms. Howling Warren (Dungeon)
Aspect of Branching Volleys Barrage's arrows have a 15% chance to split into 2 arrows whenever they ricochet. Shadowed Plunge (Dungeon)
Aspect of Encircling Blades Flurry damages enemies in a circle around you and deals 8% increased damage. Forsaken Quarry (Dungeon)
Aspect of Corruption Your Imbuement Skill effects have 20% increased potency against Vulnerable enemies. Reach Kehjistan (Story)
Aspect of Unstable Imbuements When casting an Imbuement Skill you can trigger an Imbued explosion around yourself, applying the Imbuement effects and dealing 44 damage of the same type. Progress in Dry Steppes (Story)
Aspect of Volatile Shadows When a Dark Shroud Shadow is removed, you trigger an explosion around yourself that deals 17 Shadow damage. Ancient's Lament (Dungeon)
Blade Dancer's Aspect Twisting Blades orbit for a short time after they return to you, dealing 10% of Twisting Blades' return damage per hit. Based on the distance the blades return, the orbit damage increases up to 20% of the return damage. Progress in Scosglen (Story)
Blast Trapper's Aspect Dealing direct damage to enemies affected by your Trap Skills, you have up to a 30% chance to make them Vulnerable for 3 seconds. Progress in Fractured Peaks (Story)
Opportunist's Aspect When you break Stealth with an attack, you drop a cluster of exploding Stun Grenades around your location that deals 114 total Physical damage and Stun enemies for 0.50 seconds. Progress in Kehjistan (Story)
Trickshot Aspect Whenever Penetrating Shot damages an enemy, 2 additional arrows split off to either side. These side arrows deal 30% of Penetrating Shot's Base damage and do not Split. Bastion of Faith (Dungeon)
Vengeful Aspect Making an enemy Vulnerable has up to a 30% chance to grant 3% increased Critical Strike Chance for 3 seconds, up to 9%. Inferno (Dungeon)

Sorcerer Offensive Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Control You deal 30% more damage to Immobilized, Stunned, or Frozen enemies. Sunken Library (Dungeon)
Aspect of Piercing Cold Ice Shards pierce 3 times, dealing 25% less damage per subsequent enemy hit. Dead Man's Dredge (Dungeon)
Aspect of Three Curses Meteor deals 35% Critical Strike Damage against Healthy targets. Reach Hawezar (Story)
Aspect of Piercing Cold Ice Shards pierce 3 times, dealing 25% less damage per subsequent enemy hit. Progress in Fractured Peaks (Story)
Aspect of Biting Cold When you Frozen an enemy, there is a 25% chance they become Vulnerable for 3 seconds. Dry Steppes (Story)
Aspect of Static Cling Your cast of Charged Bolts has a 15% chance to be attracted to enemies and last 300% longer. Wretched Delve (Dungeon)
Aspect of Conflagration While channeling Incinerate, your Burning damage is increased by 20%. Light's Watch (Dungeon)
Storm Swell Aspect You deal 11% increased damage to Vulnerable enemies while you have a Barrier Onyx Hold (Dungeon)
Aspect of Splintering Energy Lighting Spark has a 11% chance to spawn an additional Lighting Spark when you cast it. Crumbling Hekma (Dungeon)
Elementalist's Aspect Core or Mastery Skills cast at or above 100 Mana gain a 20% increased Critical Strike Chance. Pallid Delve (Dungeon)

Resource Aspects

All Class Resource Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of the Umbral Restore 1 of your Primary Resource when you Crowd Control an enemy. Champion's Demise (Dungeon)

Barbarian Resource Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Echoing Fury Your Shout Skills generate 2 Fury per second while active. Sirocco Caverns (Dungeon)
Aspect of the Relentless Armsmaster Gain 20% increased Fury Generation while all damage bonuses from the Walking Arsenal Key Passive are active. Clibel's Mine (Dungeon)
Aspect of Unrelenting Fury Killing an enemy with a Core Skill refunds 10% of its base Fury cost. Can only happen once per Skill cast. Hallowed Ossuary (Dungeon)
Slaking Aspect You have up to a 30% chance to gain 20 Fury when Rend deals direct damage to at least one Bleeding enemy. Maulwood (Dungeon)

Druid Resource Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of the Calm Breeze Wind Shear has up to a 5% chance to fully restore your Spirit. Grinning Labyrinth (Dungeon)
Aspect of the Changeling's Debt Damaging a Poisoned enemy with a Werebear Skill instantly deals 120% of the Poisoning damage and consumes the Poisoning. Conclave (Dungeon)
Aspect of the Unsatiated After Killing an enemy with Shred, your next Werewolf Skill generates 20% more Spirit and deals 20% increased damage. Tormented Ruins (Dungeon)
Mangled Aspect When you are struck as a Werebear, you have a 20% chance to gain 1 Spirit. Immortal Emanation (Dungeon)

Necromancer Resource Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Torment Critical Strikes with Bone Skills increases your Essence Regeneration by 20% for 4 seconds. Black Asylum (Dungeon)
Aspect of Potent Blood While at full Life, Blood Orbs grant 10 Essence. Betrayer's Row (Dungeon)
Fastblood Aspect Blood Orbs reduce your Ultimate Cooldown by 0.5 seconds. Progress in Hawezar (Story)
Flesh-Rending Aspect After Decompose spawns a Corpse, gain 10 Essence. Nostrava Deepwood (Dungeon)
Hulking Aspect Your Golem has a 10% chance to reduce its active Cooldown by 2 seconds and a 5% chance to spawn a Corpse each time it damages an enemy with its normal attack. Sepulcher of The Forsworn (Dungeon)
Requiem Aspect You gain 3 Maximum Essence per active Minion. Progress in Scosglen (Story)

Rogue Resource Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Energizing Aspect Damaging an Elite enemy with a Basic Skill generates 5 Energy. Sanguine Chapel (Dungeon)
Ravenous Aspect Killing a Vulnerable enemy grants you 50% increased Energy Regeneration for 4 seconds. Shifting City (Dungeon)

Sorcerer Resource Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Efficiency Casting a Basic Skill reduces the Mana cost of your next Core Skill by 10%. Domhainne Tunnels (Dungeon)
Incendiary Aspect Burning Damage has up to a 5% chance to restore 10 Mana. Tomb of the Saints (Dungeon)
Prodigy's Aspect Using a Cooldown restores 15 Mana. Progress in Hawezar (Story)
Recharging Aspect Each time Chain Lightning bounces off you, gain 4 Mana. Progress in Fractured Peaks (Story)

Utility Aspects

All Class Utility Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Shared Misery When you hit a Crowd Controlled enemy, there is up to a 30% chance for that Crowd Control effect to spread to another unaffected enemy. Oblivion (Dungeon)
Eluding Aspect Becoming Injured while Crowd Controlled grants you Unstoppable for 4 seconds. This effect has a 40 second Cooldown. Caldera Gate (Dungeon)

Barbarian Utility Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Anemia Direct damage against Bleeding enemies has up to a 31% chance to Stun them for 2 seconds. Kor Dragan Barracks (Dungeon)
Relentless Berserker's Aspect Damaging an enemy with a Core Skill up to a 22% chance to extend the duration of Berserking by 1 second. Double this duration if it was a Critical Strike. Hakan's Refuge (Dungeon)

Druid Utility Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Quicksand Damage from Earth Skills Slow enemies hit by 25% for 5 seconds. Ferals Den (Dungeon)
Ballistic Aspect When you have Fortify, your Earth Skills gain +2 Ranks. Whispering Pines (Dungeon)
Stromshifter's Aspect While Hurricane is active, gain +2 Ranks to your Shapeshifting Skills. Progress in Kehjistan (Story)

Necromancer Utility Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Torturous Aspect Enemies afflicted by your Iron Maiden have a 15% chance to be Stunned for 1 second when they deal direct damage. Progress in Kehjistan (Story)

Rogue Utility Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Explosive Verve Your Grenade Skills count as Trap Skills. Whenever you arm a Trap or drop Grenades, you gain 10% increased Movement Speed for 3 seconds. Derelict Lodge (Dungeon)

Sorcerer Utility Aspects

Aspect Bonus Acquired
Aspect of Singed Extremities After Immobilize wears off, enemies are Slowed by 25% for 4 seconds. Earthen Wound (Dungeon)
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