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Disambiguous This article is about a type of item called "Salvage item". For the process of extracting materials and upgrades from items, see Salvage.

The term salvage item refers to a class of items that drop from foes, the primary use of which is to salvage them into crafting materials and, for certain salvage items, runes and insignia.


All salvage items:

Salvage items can be further divided into two unofficial types: salvage armor and salvage remains. Armors have an armor rating in their description, no set price, and (once identified) allows for the extraction of runes or insignias. Remains have a fixed value and are stackable. The following table summarizes the differences and similarities of the two:

Property Salvage armor Salvage remains
Identifiable Yes Nope
Stackable Nope Yes
Fixed merchant value Nope Yes
Rarity Variable White
Can contain runes/insignias Yes Nope


  • Check prices at the Rune Trader in order to get the most money for any salvage armors that contain runes or insignia. If the trader's price for a given upgrade is at least twice the merchant value of the salvage armor, you should salvage the upgrade out of the armor and sell it to the trader. Even if the armor is destroyed by the salvage, you'll come out ahead.
  • Unlike trophies, salvage items do not have any persistent collectors offering to take them in exchange for other items, with one exception: Calissa Sedgwick will give you 1 Fur in place of 4 Charr Hides.