In Path of Exile, as I am sure you have noticed, currency is one of the things that everything revolves around. To be able to successfully play the game, you either need to buy items or use currency to fund your build. In this article I wanted to take a look at 5 proven ways on how to make currency in Path of Exile: Heist and any other challenge league.
1.) Running Eternal Labyrinth and enchanting popular helmets
It’s not a secret that running Eternal Labyrinth pays well. Most players find in pretty boring, but it can bring you huge profits if you are consistent, as some enchantments on specific helmets sell for multiple exalts.
The strategy here is to simply buy up popular helmets and enchant them, hoping for a good enchant. Try to pick a helmet that can be used for as many builds as possible – good example would be Crown of The Inward Eye – it’s a great helmet for pretty much any energy shield or mana based spellcaster.
By picking popular helmets, you have a higher chance of getting a usable enchantment and selling it for a good price. Another good, universal helmet to enchant would be a Hubris Circlet with item level 84+, since it’s used by a lot of builds as well.
Generally, 40% increasd damage for a skill is a good enchantment, but the most expensive ones are usually those that give an extra projectile, extra chain, extra pierces, etc. It highly depends on the meta, so try to enchant a lot of helmets and not ”rewrite” the enchantment until you learn its value.
Useful tip: buy Twice Enchanted prophecies to double your chances of getting good enchants.
2.) Doing Exalted Shard recipe
There are a lot of vendor recipes in Path of Exile and remembering most of them is challenging. I am, however, pretty surprised about the number of people who do not know about this particular recipe. It works similarly to chaos recipe, but with influenced items, and instead of Chaos Orbs, it gives 2 Exalted Shards for an identified set of influenced items and 4 Exalted Shards for a set of unidentified items.
So, the recipe works as follows – you need to sell a set of items of the same influence, each item from its own slot to the vendor.
Example: 1 Shaper influenced 2-handed weapon (or 1 Shaper influenced one-handed weapon and 1 Shaper influenced shield or 2 Shaper influenced 1 handed weapons), 1 Shaper influenced body armor, 1 Shaper influenced gloves, 1 Shaper influenced boots, 1 Shaper influenced helmet, 1 Shaper influenced amulet, 2 Shaper influenced rings and 1 Shaper influenced belt.
It can be done with any influence – Shaper, Elder, Redeemer, Warlord, Hunter, or Crusader, but all the items have to have the same influence. You should also aim for all of the items to be unidentified, so you get 4 Exalted shards instead of 2.
To source the items, collect them yourself and store them in the bank or check the Path of Exile trade site since people might be selling unidentified items with influence for as little as 1 chaos.
Depending on the price of the Exalted orb, 1 recipe like this can yield you 20 – 40 Chaos Orbs when you convert the shards into Chaos Orbs.
You can see how this recipe works in action in the image below.
3.) Delving in Azurite mine
Azurite mine was introduced in 3.4 together with Delve league and it’s considered one of the coolest additions to the game in the last few years.
It is also a great place to make currency.
There are two main ways on how I personally like to do Delve.
Way number 1.) Going as deep as possible: the aim of this option is to try to get as deep in the Azurite mine as possible. The benefit of going deeper is that nodes with Fossil rewards are going to spawn way more common, allowing you to collect tons of different fossils. Also, in lower depths, Delve bosses have a higher chance of spawning. They can quite frequently drop valuable uniques that are really hard to obtain in other ways. For example, Aul’s Uprising amulet with useful aura mod can easily sell for 10+ Exalted Orbs. Let me note that depth of 1000 and higher require specific builds that are purely focused on offense and usually they are not cheap.
Way number 2.) Going for long routes with multiple walls to blow up: long delve routes with multiple corners can potentially have 3 or perhaps more walls to blow up with dynamite. Behind these walls, you can find fossils, various league-specific Uniques, resonators, Hidden Opulence boxes that guarantee high-value currency drop, and more.
4.) Buying items separately and selling them in bulk
This is a way to make currency without actually killing things. Instead, you buy items on Path of Exile trade website and sell them later on.
There are a lot of people in this game who love to craft high-ticket items and to do that, they need a lot of resources, for example, fossils. Let’s say they need hundreds or thousands of Dense fossils – to buy them individually would cost them a lot of time, so they pay a premium price when people offer them say 50 fossils. Sure, they could buy them one by one for 1 chaos, but they would choose to buy 50 in one trade for 4 Chaos each. That’s where you come in. You could buy and then sell scarabs, currency, resonators, catalysts, or essences.
So the essence of this money-making method is to buy items one by one and then sell them back in bulk. For each bought item you will potentially be making a few chaos, so it’s a pretty neat, low-pressure way to make some extra currency.
I believe this is one of the best ways to make currency early in Path of Exile challenge league, since I have earned plenty with this method.
To do this method, you would need a bit more than average knowledge about item value and which mods are desirable, but it’s possible to do it with simple items as well.
How this method works: you buy rare items with 1 prefix or 1 suffix open and no crafted mod on them. Let’s say you find a ring with 65 life, 2 resistance mods, and mana mod. The ring has open suffix – it means you could craft say Strength or Dexterity or even more resistance on that ring. After you craft the mod on the ring and relist it on Trade site with a higher price, now it will potentially show up on more specific searches that it didn’t before, for example, ones that include Strength / Dexterity as a required mod on the item.
Some of these ways require for you to spend quite a bit of time in game and a lot of Path of Exile players are busy with their own lives. When the time is the limiting factor in enjoying the game, you could also consider buying currency, although it might not be for everyone. Take a look at the item and currency selection here.