Set items are special items introduced in Diablo II and continued into Diablo III. They are like Unique Items, in that every time you find the same item it has the same attributes. However, in general Set items are a tad weaker than Uniques. This is because Set items are each part of specific sets, and if you equip the entire set you get an extra set of bonus affixes, hence the name "Set items." Set items are denoted by their name appearing in bright green.
Partial Set BonusEdit
At first, you had to equip an entire set of items to get any bonus effects at all. With the Diablo II expansion pack Lord of Destruction, a Partial Set Bonus feature was added to the sets that include more than two items. For each item you equip past the first, there is an extra magic affix added, until you put together the whole set. This means it's no longer necessary to equip an entire set to get some very useful bonuses.
The partial set bonus concept was kept for Diablo III.
New Full Set BonusesEdit
Some of the new sets added in Lord of Destruction give particularly interesting bonuses upon completion. Many will give you bonuses that are not normally found on Magic or Rare items. One of them (Trang-Oul's Avatar, a set for Necromancers) will even transform you into a Vampire enemy, and give you three of the Sorceress' Fire Skills!
Each class in Diablo II has a set specifically built for them. Upon the completion of these sets, Your character will get a golden light shining around them, except for when using Trang-Oul's Avatar, your character will transform into a Ghoul Lord, and when using Natalya's Odium, your Assassin will appear faded.
- Amazon ~ M'avina's Battle Hymn
- Assassin ~ Natalya's Odium
- Barbarian ~ Immortal King
- Druid ~ Aldur's Watchtower
- Necromancer ~ Trang-Oul's Avatar
- Paladin ~ Griswold's Legacy
- Sorceress ~ Tal Rasha's Wrappings
There are other sets beyond these also intended for only one class, but they do not award a unique graphical feature. Diablo III has generic class-specific sets as well.
When a legendary is first found, it is unidentified. The player can identify it by right-clicking it, or by travelling to a town and using the Book of Cain. The stats for the item are created at the time it is spawned, not when it is identified. It can have between six and seven magical properties.
All legendary items dropped since patch 2.0 are account bound, to an extent. The item will be tradeable for the next two hours of gameplay to any player that was in the same game when the item was dropped. After two hours of gameplay, the item will be bound to the player's account.