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Diablo 4 Sacred Legendary Item Drops: How To Unlock

We explain how you can start getting Sacred Legendary item drops in Diablo 4 by unlocking a specific World Tier.
Diablo 4 Sacred Legendary Item Drops: How To Unlock

Diablo 4 has several item rarities for players to find, from Common to Legendary and up to Unique. There are, however, Legendary item subsets, and if you want to know how you can unlock and start getting Sacred Legendary item drops in Diablo 4, we've got you covered.

This article explains the steps you need to take to get your first Sacred Legendary items in Diablo 4, so let's get started!

Update on 12 July 2023: We've updated this article with more information on how you can unlock Sacred item drops, including Legendaries, in Diablo 4.

Diablo 4 Sacred Legendary Items: How To Unlock

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Unlock the chance of getting Sacred Legendary items by completing the campaign and heading into Nightmare difficulty. (Picture: Blizzard)

Sacred Legendary items are beefed-up versions of your standard Legendary gear, with higher item levels and base stats, for example, more damage on a weapon or more armor on a chest piece. 

No matter how lucky you are, you won't get Sacred items to drop while playing the campaign for the first time, and maybe even hours after the credits roll. Follow the simple yet time-consuming steps below to unlock Sacred Legendary item drops in Diablo 4.

  • Complete the Diablo 4 Campaign/Story
  • Gear up enough to take on and clear the Cathedral of Light Capstone dungeon.
  • With World Tier 3 (Nightmare) difficulty unlocked, change to Nightmare and start slaying monsters across Sanctuary.

Remember that this only unlocks the chance to get a Sacred Legendary drop, and it is not guaranteed. The drops are quite rare, so you might spend hours upon hours in Nightmare difficulty without getting one, but at least now, it is possible.

How To Get More Sacred Legendary Drops in Diablo 4

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Could that be a Sacred Legendary? You'll have to pick it up to find out. (Picture: Blizzard)

After completing the steps outlined in the previous section of this guide, you might want to know how to get more Sacred Legendary items to drop. While they can drop anywhere in the world, even from regular chests, the drop rates might be higher in endgame activities, from Nightmare Dungeons to Tree of Whispers quests and Helltides.

Check out short explanations of the endgame activities where you can, hopefully, get more Sacred Legendary items to drop below:

  • Nightmare Dungeons: These dungeons are endgame activities in Diablo 4, unlocked by finding Sigils in Sanctuary. Using a Nightmare Sigil turns any normal dungeon into a Nightmare dungeon, with unique affixes, such as portals spawning with additional enemies, environmental effects, and more.
  • Helltides: Helltide events are new region-wide events in Diablo 4 that unlock after World Tier 3 Nightmare difficulty. These events are part of the game's endgame content and offer players new challenges and opportunities to earn valuable rewards. Diablo 4's Helltide events will spawn a multitude of demons that drop a new currency called Cinders, which players can use to open special Helltide chests spread across the different regions of Sanctuary in Diablo 4.
  • Tree of Whispers: The Tree of Whispers is an endgame Diablo 4 bounty system sending players to different parts of the world to complete specific objectives for high-level rewards.

If you've missed it, check out the Diablo 4 launch trailer below while you think about those shiny Sacred Legendary item drops!

That's everything you need to know about Sacred Legendary items in Diablo 4, from unlocking possible drops to getting more of these powerful gear pieces. If anything changes, we will endeavor to update this article with haste.

For more Diablo 4, be sure to check out our dedicated section or some of our Guides & Tutorials just below:

Diablo 4 Season 2 Guides
Class Builds & Tier Lists


Tech Guides & Fixes
World, Maps & Locations
Diablo 4 Items & Slots
Legendary Aspects
Gameplay Systems
The Story, Lore & Characters
Diablo 4 Season Guides

Our section keeps growing, so check for new guides daily! Don't forget to pick up one of the Diablo 4 Editions and join the fight to save Sanctuary soon.