As we all know, Legendary items, formerly Uniques, drop at a much lower rate than they did in Diablo 2.
I'm really impressed by how rare they are, so I decided to start a thread on the topic so we might find out, roughly, how rare they are.
Considering how rare Legendary items are, I'd be willing to bet that most people can count on one or two hands how many Legendary items they have actually witnessed drop. Since they are so few, many of you probably remember whether it was an elite or normal mob that dropped it.
So, here are my statistics...
I have killed 2,902 Elites and 72, 405 total kills. Assuming Elites are included in total kills, I have killed 69, 503 Normal or white mobs.
I have witnessed 4 Legendary items drop.
Unity (ring) - from a normal mob (Somewhere in Nightmare)
Thundergod's Vigor - from an Elite pack (Hell Act 3)
Zunimassa's Attunement - normal mob (Inferno Act 1)
Cindercoat - normal mob (Inferno Act 2)
So, out of 2902 Elites, 1 has dropped a Legendary
of 69,503 Normals, 3 have dropped Legendary items
Obviously, we'll need more people to contribute to get some reliable stats, so if you remember what kind of mobs dropped your Legendary items, click on your character and relay your stats in this thread. Once enough people post their info, we'll have some good stats on our hands.
Feel free to include any other information about your drops!
Edit - This is assuming you don't have a significant amount of MF gear on. I never had more than 10 mf or so for all of these drops. Of course, if you did have a lot of MF gear on, you should mention it, but I'd say if you had 20 or less, don't bother. Personally, I don't think MF gear will affect the statistics much unless you're rocking 1k MF or more. Legendary items are so vanishingly rare that you probably need a HUGE multiplier to make any significant difference.
STATS SO FAR:
Elite Legendary drop rate: 1 in 4,536 Elites or 0.022% chance
Normal Legendary drop rate: 1 in 56,096 Normals or 0.0018% chance
Interesting stats so far. It appears that elites are about 10x more likely to drop a Legendary than Normals and people are, typically, killing about 20x to 30x more Normals than Elites.
38% of Legendaries have come from Elites while Elites have accounted for 4.7% of total mobs killed
62% of Legendaries have come from Normals while Normals have accounted for 95.3% of total mobs killed
I've got 45k total kills, only 1 legendary from a normal mob. I believe about 1.2k of the total kills are elite. I've got friends with less kills with more legendary drops and friends with more kills and no legendary drops.
1st one was with almost zero MF. Act 2 inferno, off a white mob. It was the monk set innas' pants.
2nd was also with zero MF. Act 2 normal, and off a white mob. Magefist gloves.
3rd was with minimal (about 12-15%) mf, act 3 inferno, off a champ pack. Legendary polearm, vigilance.
4 legendaries. 1 normal (level 9 monk fist), 1 hell (belt - something of ears? good barbarian thing), 2 inferno (belt and ring). None worth keeping Last one was today, actually. Ourmororo - ring or whatever. Sold for 850k on the auction house. Would have kept it, but I bought a "attack speed/magic find" one only hours earlier. Doh.
I'm currently running inferno with a 136% magic find if I have no NV stacks. Best (other) inferno drop I've had came from a barrel in Act 1. Everything else has been junk.
58806 total kills, 2811 elite kills
8 legendaries and 1 set has dropped (1 in normal, 2 in hell and others in inferno)
2 of those have been from an elite pack, 4 or 5 have been from random mobs and 2 or 3 from a barrel/chest.
Since inferno, I have also been stacking MF (currently at 135% without NV) and, judging by everyone else's stats, it has seemed to have made a difference.