Armor Dye

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Armor Dyes allow players to dye certain components of gear.

There are 20 known colors of armor dye, plus two special types: dye remover and transparent dye (which makes the item not display at all). Players purchase dyes in the game, then use them to recolor their equipment. Dyeing (not dying) will modify the color of an item; not the whole thing, though. Just some portion, often a border or sash, or else the background of an item while the metal remains a silvery hue.

Function and Form[edit | edit source]

  • Dyes can not be salvaged
  • A bottle of dye is single use
  • Basic, Magic, Rare, some Legendary and some Set items can be dyed
    • Many Legendary and Set items with unique graphics do not display dyes.
  • Items can only be dyed with one color at a time. Dying the same item with another dye will change the entire color, rather than going two-toned. [1]

What Can and Can not Be Dyed[edit | edit source]

Items that can not be dyed do not make up a visual component of the character anyway, so dying them would make no visible difference even if it was possible.

Can Dye:

  • Helm
  • Shoulders
  • Body Armor
  • Gloves
  • Pants
  • Boots

Can not Dye:

  • Amulet
  • Rings
  • Bracers
  • Belt
  • Main Hand
  • Offhand

Dye List[edit | edit source]

Dye Info Image Dye Info Image

Abyssal Dye
Cost: 5040

The inky blackness seems to grow even darker when exposed to the sun, as though it were drinking in the very light that touches it.

Abyssal.jpg IconDyeAquatic.png

Aquatic Dye
Cost: 360

Sailors from Lut Gholein distill the waters of the Twin Seas and apply the mixture to their sails in order to blend in and avoid detection by pirates.


Autumn Dye
Cost: 1020

The monks from the Order of Yir crush the first leaves of autumn into tea, and apply it to their robes during the Ceremony of the Harvest Moon.

Autumn.jpg IconDyeCardinal.png

Cardinal Dye
Cost: 1020

Once reserved only for nobility, this bright red pigment is now donned by both the influential and the courageous.


Desert Dye
Cost: 1020

Carried by the merchant caravans of the Dry Steppes to reflect the sun and hide dust.



Elegant Dye
Cost: 2160

The bright colors of the Hezna flower are always a favorite amongst the fashionable elite of Caldeum.


Forrester's Dye
Cost: 5040

The Wardens of Duncraig wear coats of this color while patrolling the woods for poachers and wolves.

Forresters.jpg IconDyeGolden.png

Golden Dye
Cost: 5040

Flecks of gold are melted into boiling oil to create a rare pigment used strictly by nobility.


Infernal Dye
Cost: 5040

The bottle is warm to the touch, seeming to flicker with liquid fire.

Infernal.jpg IconDyeLovely.png

Lovely Dye
Cost: 2160

Named for the beauty of Queen Asylla, who once had a thousand gowns created in this color as a gift from King Leoric.


Mariner's Dye
Cost: 2160

Officers of vessels navigating the Skovos Isles wear deep blue garments to indicate seniority.

Mariners.jpg IconDyePurity.png

Purity Dye
Cost: 5040

This mysterious mixture seems to make any material it is applied to impossible to soil, swirling and coalescing like a cloud.


Ranger's Dye
Cost: 1020

Hunters and bandits alike use the bark of the Gorsenna plant to blend in with the shadows of the forest.

Rangers.jpg IconDyeRoyal.png

Royal Dye
Cost: 1020

For many years this color was forbidden to all citizens of Kingsport outside the Royal Family.


Spring Dye
Cost: 360

Traditionally worn during the Hearth Festival in Bramwell to celebrate the first thaw of springtime.

Spring.jpg IconDyeSummer.png

Summer Dye
Cost: 2160

This brightly colored dye is extracted from spices shipped from Kurast at great expense.


Tanner's Dye
Cost: 360

Leatherworkers use a variety of oils to seal their skins with a rich, natural brown pigment.



Winter Dye
Cost: 360

Jars of crushed Veilwood petals are buried in the snow throughout the winter to create this popular hue.


Bottled Cloud
(Exclusive collector edition dye)
Cost: CE

The gentle wind of the heavens cools the air, infusing the area with a soft glow. This dye has unlimited use.

Cloudy White


Bottled Smoke
(Exclusive collector edition dye)
Cost: CE

An eerie howl emanates from within as creeping shadows spill forth. This dye has unlimited use.

Smoky Black

All-Soap's Miraculous Dye Remover
Special Dye

The miraculous, mystical tonic that removes stains, cures rotfoot and tastes great! It's got what plants crave! Warning: Do Not Drink.

Original Color

  • All-Soap's Miraculous Dye Remover: Returns a single piece of armor to its original color.
  • Lore: The miraculous, mystical tonic that removes stains, cures rotfoot and tastes great! It's got what plants crave!

Warning: Do Not Drink. (Note: "It's got what plants crave!" is an Easter Egg reference to the film Idiocracy.)


Vanishing Dye
Special Dye
Cost: 360

Causes materials to vanish before your very eyes! Be sure not to apply this to your undergarments.


  • Vanishing Dye: Renders a single piece of armor invisible.
  • Lore: Causes materials to vanish before your very eyes! Be sure not to apply this to your undergarments.

Removed Dyes[edit | edit source]

Dye Name Color Cost Description
IconDyePale.png Pale Dye (Removed from game) Beige Removed Many commoners use sunlight and minerals to bleach their garments an off-white color. Possibly removed from the game. Same as "Bottled Cloud."
IconDyeRogue.png Rogue's Dye (Removed from game) Dark Gray Removed The preferred shade of those who do not wish to be seen, especially at night. Possibly removed from the game. Same as "Bottled Smoke."

Purchasing Dyes[edit | edit source]

Dyes are purchased from vendors. All dyes are available at each dye vendor but not at the same time. Their inventory refreshes every 15 minutes.

Note that Bottled Cloud and Bottled Smoke are only available in the Collector's Edition and cannot be purchased in-game.

Dye Vendors[edit | edit source]

The following vendors are able to sell dyes to the player:

Some special vendors, such as Rodger the Alchemist or Javad the Merchant, will offer special discounts on items after a vendor-based event. For Rodger, once the player begins The Sacrificial Hermit event, he will sell the player dyes at half cost.

Official Comments[edit | edit source]

A Barbarian who, quite frankly, doesn't care what you think.

More information about how dyes will be obtained and how they will function in the game came from the Diablo 3 community manager, Bashiok, who answered some fan questions about armor dyes after they were revealed at Gamescom in August 2010.

'''Bashiok:'''I wouldn't take the mechanics of how dyes will be accessed as gospel just yet, there have been many ideas on integrating them with other systems, but for the sake of implementation they're drops. They could stay that way, we'll just have to see.

''Will the dyes be used solely on individual armor pieces or will there be patterns that change the entire scheme of the character's attire as well?''
'''Bashiok: '''There are specific slots that are able to be dyed, and it's generally the slots where dying them would actually matter (ie they have some surface area to be dyed).

The dye system is also not a tinting system. And by that I mean we don't apply a color shift to the entire piece of armor. Each piece of dyable armor is specifically designed and built with certain areas that can have their color changed. It could be as simple as a strip of cloth running down a chainmail chest piece, or as complex as an entire robe. We hand craft and designate these areas, and in combination with specific colors we've chosen, we can allow players to have a lot of additional visual variety, while maintaining a controlled look and style to the game.

''Are these dyes single colors only?''
'''Bashiok:''' They're technically a two color gradient, which allows us to achieve a more natural looking coloration, but for the sake of simplicity, yes they're presented as a single color.

I think the idea of having dyes apply effects in different ways is awesome, but don't forget there are plenty of other things going on gear that could be the basis for those types of effects as well.

In a fansite Q&A Blizzard confirmed that there were no special effects on dyes outside of changing an item's color: [2]

Q. Will the Collector’s Edition dyes have any sort of “particle effect” on the items, or are they simply dying them with a unique color?
A. No they don’t have particle effects. For now they can technically only be single color gradients.

Dye Gallery[edit | edit source]

The short video below shows the process of vanishing dye and then removing the vanishing dye:

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Multiple dyes on single item - Blizzard Entertainment, 11/12/2012
  2. Limitations of Dyes - Blizzard Entertainment, 26/03/2012

Armor dye examples, shown in a GDC 2012 panel.