How to create exceptional or elite items from normal items?
I'm finally finished my first nightmare difficulty, and started playing hell. I'm faced many monsters with "Immune to Physical", they are really pain in my *** (especially god damn specters), because I'm playing a whirlwind barbarian (with axes mastery). I read some rune word recipes, and found a "Famine" runeword with a lot of elemental damage. I was hoping to find a "small crescent" axe, which has a max of 4 sockets. Now my barb is 84 level, and finishing act 2 of hell, but there are no small crescents drops at all. And now I hope to create one from normal or exceptional items, like cleaver or axe. Is there any way to do this?
I read cube recipes, there are recipes to convert rare weapons from normal to elite grade, but is there any way to convert rare weapon back to normal (I mean, white colored), so it could be used for socketing and creating a rune word item?
Re: How to create exceptional or elite items from normal items?
You can use Amplify Damage to remove the physical immunities from monsters. Some items have Amplify Damage charges on them (including wands that can be shopped, if I'm not mistaken). You can also use a Lacerator (hard to find, though...) on secondary inventory, for its chance to cast Amplify Damage. But it won't be very handy in all cases.