While we are all patiently waiting for closed beta keys to Awakening and praying to Keysus, I got together 10 interesting facts about PoE currency and other stuff.
Reverse Exalted Orb
There is always a lot of discussion going on about new currency orbs to potentially be added to the game. One of the suggestions was adding an orb, which does exactly the opposite of an Exalted Orb – randomly removes an affix from the item. That would open a whole lot of possibilities – everyone has been in the situation when you find an awesome item with 3 good stats and one really bad, that messes up the item completely. This orb would let you reverse-craft the item and remove the unwanted mod. Interestingly enough, Chris Wilson has stated that this is the idea they have saved for a rainy day, so maybe we will see it sometime in the future.
Vaal orb and white sockets
Since the addition of Vaal Orbs, tons of items have been bricked. The popular saying – Vaal or no balls further encourages people to corrupt their valuable stuff. Vaal Orbs can be very fun to mess around with and it is even possible to roll 6 white sockets on the item. So yeah, you can transform your awesome 6L armor to “Tabula Rasa”, except with all the cool stats it has.
Transmutations and very expensive items
Orbs of Transmutation are very common and when they drop, reaction is more or less “Meh”, but you still collect them. What if I told you, that you can make an item worth several Exalted Orbs with only one Orb of Transmutation? You have to get EXTREMELY lucky, but it is possible. I myself created amulet worth 5ex by throwing one Orb of Transmutation and 1 Orb of Augmentation on white gold amulet. The result was Dragon’s Gold amulet of Excavation, which is pretty awesome thing to have.
Chance legacy items
Path of Exile has had quite a few challenge leagues – Anarchy/Onslaught, Domination/Nemesis, etc. These leagues had specific unique items that you were only able to drop while playing the challenge league itself. When given league ended, the uniques became legacy. After Forsaken Masters patch, stuff changed – you are now able to acquire all the league specific uniques if you open map with, for example, Nemesis mod using Zana’s map device. Inside the map, you can acquire the league specific uniques using Orb of Chance on appropriate base item or get them as drops from monsters, although chancing them would be better choice if you are going for specific item.
Portal gem combination
Everybody expects to die in this game, except for those who play hardcore obviously. It can sometimes be frustrating to run the distances after death, even with checkpoints, so good combination to use is Portal gem linked with Cast on Death. This combination will always open portal after your death and you can keep moving quickly.
Divine orb and uniques
Most people think about Divine orb as a currency for polishing off the high-end rare items, although that is not the only use for it. You can also use Divine Orb on the unique items. Many people sound surprised about that fact when I tell them while playing the game. There are unique items that differ quite a bit in price depending on the rolls of their mods, for example Doryani’s Catalyst. The price range is 1-8 Exalted Orbs or so, therefore it might be a decent idea to throw a Divine if you have the Catalyst with lowest elemental damage roll.
Currency drops and character level
Have you noticed that monsters drop a little more currency while you’re leveling? There is a reason for that – monsters drop more currency if you are a little over or a little under (2 levels or so) the level of the zone you’re in. Although, if you’re much higher or much lower level as the zone, drop penalty will be applied.
Just a fun fact – Mirror of Kalandra has the same chance of dropping as the coin has landing on the same side 21 times in a row, pretty crazy, huh?
Good deals from vendors
While playing the game, people tend to forget about vendors and run thought the acts. Don’t underestimate the value of checking what they sell – sometimes you can get 6-socketed items, even 6-linked items, but that happens quite rarely. Although you can get Stone hammers for chisel recipe, 3-links for chromatic recipe very often.
Song of the Sirens
If you ever manage to find a white fishing rod, go ahead and throw some Orbs of Chance on it. Who knows, maybe you will be the one to find a spot where Exotic fish are!