Make your way through Diablo 2: Resurrected and you’ll find mountains of loot, but most of the good stuff is no use until you identified it.
Any magical item you can equip in Diablo 2: Resurrected – that’s any item with a name that’s Blue, Yellow, Green or Gold in colour – needs to be identified before its stats are revealed. So, while you might have an idea of whether an item’s going to be any good based on its colour, you ultimately won’t know until you identify it. The question is, then, just how do you identify items in Diablo 2: Resurrected?
To identify items in Diablo 2: Resurrected you have two options. The first is using a Scroll of Identify. These can be looted as you explore, or bought from vendors in each of the game’s acts. You’ll need one scroll for each item that you want to identify, but thankfully you can buy a tome that will hold 20 scrolls, saving you valuable inventory space.
To identify an item using a scroll, simply open up your inventory, hold the interact button over a Scroll or Tome of Identify, then select the item you wish to identify. The item’s stats will then be revealed, allowing you to decide whether to equip it, stash it or sell it. The good thing about using a Scroll of Identify is that it can be done even while you’re exploring, allowing you to drop an item if it’s not worth your time and effort.
The second and perhaps less cumbersome way to identify items in Diablo 2: Resurrected is by talking to Deckard Cain. He can be found at the centre of the town in each act, but he’s not available right at the start of the game. To acquire his services, you need to rescue him in Tristram, which requires you to travel to the Dark Wood and retrieve the Scroll of Inifuss. When translated by Akara, this scroll will then tell you the order in which to interact with the Cairn Stones in the Stony Field, opening up a portal to Tristram.
With Deckard Cain rescued, you can then talk to him in a town and select the Identify Items option to get him to identify all the items in your inventory at once. You’ll need to rescue Deckard Cain again on Nightmare and Hell difficulties, however. And when playing through the game with another character.