Going Underground: Path of Exile: Delve

Overseas, down memory lane, and even parallel universes – some of the few places Path of Exile has brought players. So this time, the game is bringing exiles to where they’ve never been before: underground. Next expansions going way down, literally: it’s no other than Path of Exile: Delve. Time to mine some POE items.

A Bit of Downtime

Path of Exile: Delve will be taking players to what seems like the bottomless Azurite Mine. There, they’ll be confronting dangers they’ll never find on the surface of Wraeclast and Oriath.

The Azurite Mine is deadly as it is mysterious because of the darkness that has consumed the place for two and a half centuries and cast the Eternal Empire out. The darkness also kills anyone who enters the mines, making exploration impossible. Inventor Niko, however, built the Crawler, a cart-like automaton that can light the mines up. Powered by Voltaxic Sulphite, it’s the only contraption that can perform this feat. Thus, with Niko’s work and your very own courage and readiness, be ready to venture into the deep unknown down below.

Darker, Longer, Better

But rather than the Crawler following you, it will be the other way around. You’ll have to go along with the Crawler, lest you be left behind in the darkness, which will deal damage over time. But don’t worry about not being able to keep up, as the Crawler’s movement speed is very much like yours.

The more you delve deeper, the more the mine becomes harder to explore. To get past these limitations, upgrading the Crawler and other mining gear is a must. For that, you’ll need azurite, which you’ll find in the mines. For example, if you want to stay longer in the mines, you need a higher carrying capacity of Voltaxic Sulphite. Like what’s been previously said, you’ll need azurite for that. Other than that, azurite is used to improve darkness resistance, light radius, as well as upgrade and buy flares and dynamites.

Can’t Stay Below

In true hack-and-slash dungeon crawler fashion, the deeper you reach in the Azurite Mine, the stronger the enemies will be. Also, true to the genre’s conventions, stronger enemies mean better POE items and more PoE currency. Aside from the positive feedback loop grinding, you can also find packets of hidden rewards simply by exploring. And if you’re into the lore, you’ll find ruins of ancient civilizations as an added bonus. The devs have even teased players that there’s a dragon somewhere down there. With so many surprises, it’s no surprise that players will want to keep going down and down.

How long? For as long as they can, because the Azurite Mine is Path of Exile’s first infinite dungeon. And because you can go and on and on while the mobs get stronger and stronger, you might even eventually come to a point where the encounters can be tougher to beat than some endgame content. So don’t just aimlessly go lower and lower; be prepared.

Also, don’t think that you can stay in Azurite Mines for as long as you can. This is because you’ll be consuming Votaxic Sulphate on a regular basis, and the stuff can only be found on regular maps. Think of it as playing Path of Exile, because you’ll have to go out from time to time in order to get food Don’t take it so hard, that’s just how the mining industry works.

Path of Exile: Delve is already online; that means a lot of us will be digging deeper and deeper in its rich content. So, what are you waiting for? Log in now and start getting down to business.

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