Diablo 4 tempering system needs change to save “bricked” items

Stephanie Zucarelli
Diablo 4 Temper manual

It’s about time that Diablo 4’s tempering and masterworking features receive some tweaks, especially after players feel that “bricking” Unique Items is too much of a risk to even try these mechanics.

Diablo 4 Season 4 introduced the masterworking and tempering features, which breathed new life into its itemization system. But even though these allowed players to personalize their builds, they feel that the risk of “bricking” their favorite items discourages them from even looking for tempering manuals.

As players get only five re-rolls while using tempering manuals, an item that doesn’t get the buff players are waiting for is considered “bricked.” While not being certain which result you’ll get is supposedly to add to the fun of tempering, fans are brokenhearted that this random system can completely ruin items they worked long hours to get.

“It’s too punishing. I’m not too enthused to push deep into the endgame. My fun was leveling a new class. That’s a plus. Didn’t think I’d be leveling all the classes, let alone playing them and having fun,” user your_add_here15243 expressed in the Diablo 4 Subreddit.

Diablo 4 Season 4 blacksmith
Players consider that the tempering system is “too punishing” to even try it.

Blizzard introduced the tempering system as part of Diablo 4 Season 4’s endgame. This was meant as an incentive for those who finished the seasonal questline and wanted to see how to upgrade their favorite builds.

Sadly, those who have spent many hours building their characters aren’t eager to wage their hard work and don’t want to put their hard-earned items at risk.

Diablo 4 fans suggested that this issue could be solved by having fewer buffs per tempering manual, giving them more chances of getting their ideal stats even after re-rolling. Others think Blizzard should implement a system to reset tempering stats, or simply let players transfer affixes from one item to another.

Season of Loot Reborn is the first to feature the masterworking and tempering system, so it’s expected that these mechanics get various tweaks as time goes by. Players could get an answer to their problems in the next season, as patch 1.4.3 hasn’t revealed any features to avoid “bricking” precious items.