Completing quests in Diablo 2: Resurrected is a sure-fire way to accumulate a variety of rewards, and one of those is the ability to imbue an item of your choice with magical powers.
Part way through Act I, as you get closer to the monastery, Charsi will task you with recovering her enchanted smithing hammer, the Horadric Malus. It can be found in the barracks, and area near the entrance to the monastery, and if you find it, Charsi will reward you by imbuing any normal item of your choice with magical powers, turning it into a Rare quality item. But what item should you imbue in Diablo 2: Resurrected?
It’s a question that doesn’t have a definitive answer. Ultimately, it’s up to decide what item to imbue, and when. In any case, it’s pretty safe to say that you shouldn’t imbue an item right away – you should probably wait until further in the game when you’re at a higher character level. That way, the rare item you create via the imbue option is likely to be better. And don’t worry – you won’t lose your reward if you move between difficulties.
What we’d recommend is saving your ability to imbue an item in Diablo 2: Resurrected until you’re at least in Nightmare or Hell difficulty. If you get stuck, look at your items and see what really needs upgrading. If it’s something that Charsi can create a replacement for, such as a pair of gloves, seek out a good base item, with a name in pure white, then get her to imbue it. Hopefully you’ll get something good that can help you progress through a difficult spot.
Others, however, may want to keep their imbue opportunities available right into the endgame. Using the imbue function, for example, is one of the easiest ways to acquire a Rare Diadem, the most sought-after of Circlets. These are particularly valuable as they often offer the best boosts to skills and suchlike. They give your character a helmetless appearance, too. And once you have a rare Diadem, you can use the Horadric Cube to reroll it if you’re hot happy with its stats.