Thank you for reading this. My modded save file is a clean, fresh copy from the PS3. I even deleted characters and restarted a lvl 1 barb to test. I perform the decrypt(once only) and load into the saveEditor. Once here, I copy the one-handed sword from my locker to my character’s inventory and hit all three saves, close the editor, encrypt the file, and copy the save back to my PS3.
The item being modded is the lowest tier shortsword(just to be safe) with slot 1 being (3) socket, slots 2-5 being 1,178 damage, and no other affix. I set item level to 1 and legendary to 70. Quality is Rare6, item tier is Russian Fast Sword. Item flags include identified and enchantable. Only other edit is the prefix as name “Troll’s”.
My game loads the character select screen, runs through 2-3 tips, and then freezes there. After rebooting console and clearing save file, I load the game and start from a fresh save file, no mods, the game runs fine.