Category: Action RPG

PATH OF EXILE ITEMS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER FARMING

In Path of Exile, the epic ARPG title from Grinding Gear Games, farming items plays an intricately huge part of your experience. You will soon become familiar with the ways of combat, currency in the form of PoE orbs and PoE currency, and of course, farming when starting out. With that in mind, you may want to know just what kind of items are worth grinding it out for, so here are a few that you will definitely want to consider during your time with this sensational free-to-play title.

PoE Orbs and PoE Items

Tabula Rasa                                                                               

Unique items and odd rare items are things you will inevitably come across and they may save you from having to buy PoE currency. The first item we’ll tackle is the Tabula Rasa robe, which can be farmed via the humility divination card found in Blood Aquaduct. This is a great place for power leveling up for Hardcore players also, which will help you farm the required cards. What’s more, it is also useful to gain XP here as there are a lot of enemies. Fortunately, that also raises the chances of dropping the card.

This item is a simple robe that features six sockets, and would normally set you back five Chaos Orb or a single Divine Orb. Interestingly, the name derives the Latin term of ‘Blank Slate’ which is essentially what this robe is. On its own, it is capable of very little, having no base or defense values. However, depending on how you choose to level it, the Tabula Rasa has plenty of potential for enhancement and can come in handy for new players who want to experiment with gems and find a suitable build.

PoE Orbs

Elegant Ringmail

Another one of the notable PoE items is the Elegant Ringmail. Before jumping into this item, it is worth mentioning that it will require a pretty hefty amount of rings, 60 to be exact, for you to obtain it.

The Ringmail has several variables and six sockets for you to use and has plenty of effective base stats that will prove to be quite useful regardless of the build that you are going for. Perhaps the most important of the said stats is the Maximum Resistances, which can roll up to 80%, with better rolls obtainable via the use of a Divine Orb. On the subject of the Divine Orb, if you managed to farm the previous item we discussed, the Tabula Rasa, you can sell it for a Divine Orb, which can then be used to increase your percentages with the Elegant Ringmail.

Oni Goroshi

If it is weaponry is more your thing, then look no further than the Oni Goroshi. This one-handed sword can only be farmed in the Twilight Strand area of the game and will require you to reset the zone if you want to get your hands on it. To do so, you will need to use around four characters and find Hillock the Blacksmith and kill him. From there, you will come up against Uber Hillock, who will prove to be more of a challenge than the regular Hillock—which is to be expected. What’s great about the Oni Goroshi is that it has the capability of buffing attack and movement speed when an enemy is ignited, and can also pack a significant amount of fire damage. It also proves to be suitable for any build, since there is no stat requirement for you to use it.

These are just a few of the items that you can farm in Path of Exile without having to worry about spending too many of your PoE Orb or PoE currency. They can be farmed completely for free with minimal time and effort. You will soon find yourself with some unique and useful items to do with as you please, regardless of your build.

Path of Exile: A Brief Introduction to the Shadow Class

Path of Exile Shadow Class

If you are new to the popular ARPG Path of Exile, then several features may seem a bit alien to you at first. There are a few things that you need to wrap your head around, such as utilizing PoE Orbs, jewellers orb, and buy PoE currency. Perhaps more importantly, you just need to figure out how certain classes work and whether or not they cater to your personal gaming style. This article will discuss one of the classes that will be available to you during your time in the game.

The Shadow Class is one of the hybrid classes in Path of Exile. Choosing this class will see the player opting for quick-use melee weapons such as daggers, claws and other close-range short-but-deadly weaponry. The way of the Shadow also sees a tactical approach with the use of traps, as players attempt to always stay one step ahead.

The class itself isn’t without its drawbacks, however. It is considered by many players to be one of the hardest classes to play since they are far more fragile to attack than other classes. Nevertheless, the evasive techniques used by the Shadow allow players to counter this disadvantage, courtesy of the traps used and energy shield at their disposal. The Shadow also adopts the use of masks, coats, spiked shields, garbs, raiments, and mitts for their armor.

Ascendancy Classes

Ascendancy classes are sub-classes that can be chosen by the player and be made use of after completing the Labyrinth for the first time. From here, players will be able to access the Ascendancy skill tree which caters to their specific class. Ascendancy skill points can be gained for completing the Labyrinths, which can be unlocked as you progress through the Acts in the game. A total of eight points can be spent on new skills, following the unlocking of the Eternal Labyrinth, but you don’t need to worry about that until you reach post-game.

There are three Ascendancy classes for the Shadow, which are made up of the Assassin, Saboteur, and Trickster.

Assassin

By choosing the Assassin, players will experience a methodology that focuses on critical striking. There are a number of skills available to the Assassin which will enhance how effective these strikes are, with power leveling charges being progressed and bonus damage being attached to them. These strikes are subject to certain conditions, but can have devastating effects on their opponents. This ascendancy gives players the feel of a true Shadow, allowing them to further their critical damage bonuses with the use of poison, as well as increasing their speed with particular buffs.

Saboteur

The Saboteur approach differs slightly but is all the same just as deadly a choice as the Assassin if used correctly. As mentioned in the introduction, the Shadow class makes use of traps and mines, and that is where this ascendancy comes directly into play, managing to use the specialist skill to gain a significant advantage. On the subject of advantages, the Saboteur also possesses the ability of regeneration and is immune to many ailments that the opponent may choose to inflict upon them.

The Saboteur specializes in traps and mines to greatly enhance their utility. The class also possesses other utility bonuses like blind synergy, area of effect bonuses, regeneration, and ailment immunities.

Trickster

The Trickster sub-class offers a potent mixture of speed and evasion that resembles the true mark of the Shadow. There is also a heavy focus on defence, using the likes of Shade Form and Escape Artist to add further dimensions to their defenses. While this does encourage the player to take the odd hit, the rewards are certainly beneficial for doing so. Reduced mana consumption is also a highlight from such instances as Weave the Arcane, and can also gain charge generation for Power and Frenzy.

Now that you have an idea of the benefits of choosing the Shadow class, you should be ready to delve deeper into the depths of Path of Exile and explore different builds to make you an extremely formidable force. Don’t forget to learn more about buying PoE Orbs, chaos orbs, exalted orbs standard league, an orb of fusing and experiment with your character’s build to make the most of your PoE currency!

PATH OF EXILE LOOT FILTERS GUIDE

There are so many loot filters you can choose from, but there are only a few that can be considered great—especially for beginners. Using loot filters is essential when playing Path of Exile, especially if you’re planning to play all the way to the endgame content. The premise of item sorters is to be flexible to each player according to their needs, so if you’re looking for certain filters that are designed for racing or for a certain class, then we’ve got you covered. We’ll be showing you the best PoE items drop sorters to use in various situations like for farming PoE Currency and PoE Orbs plus a general overview of what they are.

Path of Exile Loot Filters Guide

What Are Loot Filters?

Loot filters allow you to customize which item labels you want to be displayed in your inventory. Whether it’s the color of the text, drop sound effects, size of the text, or certain items for your class, you can choose which of the resources you want to be displayed. This automatically hides any potentially bad items that you’ll get—or ones that aren’t necessary for your class. By completely hiding certain item drops that you don’t need, this sorts out your inventory and makes it look more organized. However, do note that this will remove your ability to pick up hidden items unless you hold down the item drop hotkey for a good second.

Best Path of Exile Loot Filters to Use

With all kinds of loot dropping in Path of Exile, the helpfulness of item filters can make sorting through the treasure much faster compared to tediously sifting through your items one by one. While you can make a custom filter for yourself, the only drawback is that it’s pretty time-consuming to make. As such, we’ve rounded up a list of the best Path of Exile items drop sorters you can use.

StupidFatHobbit’s Loot Filter

StupidFatHobbit’s l is primarily designed for racers. But it’s doesn’t fall short when it comes to mapping and end game content either. The filter automatically transitions as you level up, do some mapping, and when you’ve reached the endgame. There are 3 presets in StupidFatHobbit’s items sorter: General, Strict, and Uberstrict. You can use it from level 1-100 with ease and without doing any modifications at all, making it an item sorter that you should consider using.

Neversink’s Loot Filter                                                         

Neversink’s item sorter is one of the most widely known filters in Path of Exile. Designed to serve as an all-in-one leveling plus endgame item sorter, this extremely versatile filter gives strong visual cues in order to distinguish a good treasure to a god-tier item drop. Neversink’s loot filter has preset that you can select ranging from Soft to Uber-Strict, making it flexible and great for new players or low-level characters. As such, the loot filter is commonly used throughout the community and is considered to be the best one due to its user-friendliness.

Greengroove’s Loot Filter

Greengroove’s offers a ton of features and presets—making it a favorite for both beginners and advanced players. With five unique options for you to choose from such as: Leveling, Caster, Endgame, Racing, and Magic Find, the customization it provides for players is top tier. There are also special audio cues for certain drops. To add an extra depth of customizability, Greengroove’s item sorter can be switched to six different color themes: Amethyst, Antlantisite, Bloodstone, Jade, Zoisite, and Game Like. Undoubtedly, this filter is perfect for whatever stage you are in the game.

And there you have it! The three best item sorters you can use to make your life easier when farming items for PoE currency and PoE orbs. Are there some notable loot filters that we’ve left out? Let us know by leaving a comment or two to let us know!

HOW TO BEAT FFXIV’S OPERATION ARCHON

Operation Archon is the last story quest of the base game. As such, players need to beat it to unlock postgame content and beyond. However, to beat it, you need a full team of eight, as well as a sound strategy to follow. Don’t worry, this won’t make you spend your hard-earned FFXIV Gil.

Read on for the strategy and team composition.

FFXIV OPERATION ARCHON

Team Composition

You have 8 slots. Assign four slots to damage dealers, two to tanks, and two for healers. This way, you can separate into two teams. Two damage dealers, a tank, and a healer make up each team. As for why, it will be detailed in the strategy section.

For recommended classes, Summoners are valuable since they can call in creatures to temporarily fill in the roles of downed allies. They’re also exceptional damage dealers through their damage over time effects. Then there are White Mages, who have the best HP recovery skills and buffs. However, even if you haven’t recruited any of those two, you’ll still be able to beat the quest if you follow the strategy. That is, as long as you also complete the roles.

Strategy

There are two tankers in the team. While one takes on the boss, the other acts as an off-tank. At a certain point in the fight, extra mobs will appear. It’s the off-tank’s job to keep those enemies from harassing the main tank. That’s why you’ll need two teams. One will focus on the boss, and the other will focus on the extra mobs that will appear.

Now, the boss has three major damage-dealing attacks to avoid. First, it shoots sparks in front of it. A critical hit can OHKO DPS and healers in range. Avoid being in front as much as possible if you’re not a tanker. Second, it shoots out a ring of fire that will damage anyone caught inside. You’ll see the range of the ring where it will land. Lastly, it will fire missiles that can kill anyone in the middle of the explosion. A red circle will appear where the missile will land. The main tank will have to drag the boss out of range so the DPS can continue dealing damage while avoiding the missiles.

Keep on damaging the boss while being mindful of the above strategy, and you’ll see the fight to the end.

Additional Notes

It doesn’t matter which Final Fantasy classes you recruit. What’s more important is being able to follow the strategy and having the right characters for each role. The teams can be broken into 3 and 5, as long as one character fills each role in the three-man team. They should also be able to keep the extras at bay so the other team can do their jobs properly. Communicate and work with your teammates, not against them.

If you find your attacks are not effective from behind the boss, try going to the side. Pay attention so you don’t end up in front of it though. Healers should keep the party’s HP topped up as much as possible as they join in the attack.

And that’s that for Operation Archon! Following these instructions should let you finish the fight easily so you can get back to farming FFXIV currency. Continue enjoying Final Fantasy XIV!

PATH OF EXILE GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS

If you want to know what it’s like to farm PoE orbs and PoE currency, then why not try out Path of Exile for yourself. A game with a large community that’s more than willing to help beginners like you, this dungeon-delving RPG gained an even bigger audience share since its release on the PS4. Path of Exile is inspired by Diablo 2 that focuses on getting loot, slaying hoards of enemies, and upgrading your character’s intricate skill tree. That being said, despite being a free game, Grinding Gear Games pulled out all the stops to make this game worth your time. With the game highlighting deep gameplay mechanics, our guide will explain what Path of Exile has to offer such as its class system and more along with helpful tips to get you started.

Main Attributes

There are three main attributes in Path of Exile: Dexterity, Strength, and Intelligence. By gaining 10 points in each of these abilities, you’ll gain bonuses added to the stats of your character. Here are the effects in which you can get when upgrading these attributes.

Ability Effects
Strength Your maximum HP will increase by 5 points. Melee damage to be increased by 2% per upgrade.
Dexterity Your accuracy will increase by 20 points. Evasion to be increased by 2% per upgrade.
Intelligence Your maximum mana pool will increase by 5 points. Energy shield to be increased by 2% per upgrade.

It’s important to upgrade attributes as gears in Path of Exile often have minimum requirements. Meaning that in order to equip a high-level weapon, you’ll need to have a certain amount of points to your main attributes to be able to use it.

Path of Exile Classes

There are seven playable classes for you to choose from in PoE: Duelist, Templar, Witch, Ranger, Marauder, Shadow, and Scion. These classes come equipped with different starting stats and begin at a different spot on the Passive Skill Tree.

Duelist – The Duelist class fights through the use of melee attacks. They can also summon AI minions to fight alongside them. Their attributes are Strength and Dexterity.

Templar – The Templar fires projectiles and offers a variety of lightning-based attacks. Their attributes are Intelligence and Strength.

Witch – A Witch is a female spellcaster that boasts high magic damage. Similar to mages, Witches use staffs to draw out their power. Their main attribute is Intelligence.

Ranger – The Ranger class uses a bow as their primary weapon, but can wield a sword as well as a secondary weapon. They are dexterous and nimble, making them a class that is very much agile. Their main attribute is Dexterity.

Marauder – The Marauder is a melee fighter that has great strength. A juggernaut that’s meant to be either be a defense-oriented tank or high damage dealer, their main attribute is Strength.

Shadow – The Shadow is a fighter that slices its foes through the use of short-range weapons and traps in battle. A cunning class with great speed, their main attributes is Dexterity and Intelligence.

Scion – The Scion class is not available at the beginning of the game, but instead can be permanently unlocked by rescuing her on Act 3. She can adjust to any character build, making her a flexible class. The Scion’s main attributes are Dexterity, Intelligence, and Strength.

PoE’s Passive Skill Tree: A Spider’s Web

The Passive Skill Tree of Path of Exile looks a tad bit intimidating due to its somewhat complex spider-web appearance. But don’t fret as it doesn’t take very long to figure out exactly how it works. This expanding map is what makes Path of Exile unique to its competitors.

As you go up a level, your character will also gain a skill point. You can collect up to a total of99 skill points from leveling, but you can further earn 24 more from quests. Each of these skill points is to be added to your skill tree. If you add the points to the smaller nodes on the map, it’ll offer you small bonuses such as permanent additional points to your main attributes and/or small boosts to your damage. The larger nodes offer more unique upgrades to your abilities. Basically, choosing where to put your skill points in these large nodes is what makes your skill tree stand out apart from the others.

It’s best to first plan out exactly how you’ll be allocating your points down the line since the Passive Skill Tree is so massive. Should you completely want to try a new build, you can earn “Refund Points” through certain quests to re-allocate your skill points in a different build that you may desire. Do note that you can’t buy skill points with PoE orbs or PoE currency; you’ll have to earn them the hard way!

PICK THE BEST MMO FOR YOU!

The Elder Scrolls Online, World of Warcraft, and Final Fantasy XIV are currently among the most popular MMOs out there right now. With so many top-tier games to choose from, how do you pick which one to play? Do you want a good storyline? Do you look for the best combat system? What about content?

There are so many things to consider, but fortunately, we’re going to make it a little easier for you. We’ll be focusing more on the content and gameplay, so there’s no talking about the currencies (FFXIV Gil, ESO and WoW’s gold), nor any leveling up or farming guides. Each of us has different preferences, so we’ll just explore the games’ strengths and weaknesses and let you choose for yourself.

World of Warcraft

By virtue of being the “senior” among the three, we’ll go with World of Warcraft first. WoW boasts massive content, a huge world to explore, and hours upon hours of gameplay.

Strengths:

  • Has the most content
  • Good combat system
  • Class customization (to an extent)

Weaknesses:

  • No benefit to exploration
  • Raids are a little daunting for beginners
  • Content updates usually rehash old content in new environments

WoW has been going on for fifteen years. It’s has had seven expansions, bringing the level cap higher and higher to its current total of 120. Each expansion also added quests and additional activities to do. However, fatigue may be setting in, as some players have noted that new content updates are getting a little lackluster. Progression also gets slow at a certain point, and leveling becomes a sluggish, slog to 120. After that, there’s not much to do afterward, especially if you don’t like raiding and dungeoneering.

World of Warcraft is for those who won’t mind rather repetitive content and quests. Those who love raiding with others or with a guild will also enjoy this game. It is not for those who like good stories (though some zone questlines may tickle your fancy), nor those looking for varied content.

Final Fantasy XIV

FFXIV is the middle child who suffered a life-threatening accident only to be revived three years later, bigger and better than ever before. In other words, it shut down soon after its first launch due to a slew of negative reviews. In 2013, it got re-released with the subtitle A Realm Reborn, which players received more favorably. Now, it’s enjoying a sizable number of consistent subscribers who enjoy the game.

Strengths:

  • Good storyline
  • Varied quests
  • Many, many activities are available for players

Weaknesses:

  • No class customization
  • Combat is slower compared to the other two

For the record, progression is tied to the main quest. While those who like good storylines won’t mind, those who do not could end up quitting before getting to the better content. It’s neither strength nor weakness, as you can decide whether it’s something you want to sit through or not. Anyway, since the story is an important part of the game, it kind of makes or breaks the FFXIV. It has a trial version, so you may see if you can sit through the story or not. If you can, great! If not, that’s fine, you can try the other games on this list instead.

Elder Scrolls Online

Hailing from the acclaimed makers of the Elder Scrolls series, the youngest entry of the three featured games is as good as it gets. It has solid gameplay, and while it doesn’t have the scope of content that the other two have, it more than makes up for it in other ways. Like FFXIV, it had a troubled first release but was better received the second time around.

Strengths:

  • Solid combat system
  • Good progression system
  • Class customization

Weaknesses:

  • Non-linear gameplay
  • Works better as a single-player game

The game’s non-linear gameplay allows players to go wherever they want. Enemies they encounter will have levels scaled to the player’s level. It also has a different combat system than the other two, being more action-based. The two other games have tab-targeting systems, which could be something that you don’t like.

Additional Notes

World of Warcraft doesn’t have a player housing feature. It’s something to consider, especially if you like that kind of feature. ESO may be more appealing to fans of the series, similar to Final Fantasy XIV. There’s also the graphics, and whether you prefer the cartoony look (WoW), the anime look (FFXIV), or the realistic look (ESO).

Then there are the subscriptions to figure out. WoW is on a subscription basis, while the other two are free to play with limitations. You can subscribe for access to more content, as well as receive other advantages. Otherwise, you may try them out for a bit to see if they fit your preferences.

If in-game economics is your thing, doing some research on that topic would definitely help. FFXIV currency can be farmed without even fighting once. You can just focus all your time in leveling your professions and crafting things to sell. In ESO, you’re more likely to use your crafted items as there is no auction house. Player owned shops are tied to guilds. WoW’s crafting system is abysmally bad and not even worth mentioning.

At any rate, go and pick the one that tickles your fancy the most! Sometimes, you really need to try it out for yourself to make a decision. Just make sure to enjoy the game!

SNEAK PEEK: 5 HIGHLY ANTICIPATED GAMES OF E3 2019

It’s that time of the year when gamers are wrapped in eager anticipation to see what the near (and for delayed games, not-so-near) future has in store for them. All the excitement is brought about by none other than the Electronic Entertainment Expo—more popularly known as E3. Think of it like Christmas for gamers. And just like Christmas, gamers have their own wish list every single time E3 comes around.

So, which ones made this year? Read up and find out.

Death Stranding

After being revealed on E3 three years ago, Death Stranding is going back one last time, with just as much hype as it did when it was first unveiled—if not more. It’s a no-brainer why, as it’s from world-renowned game director and auteur Hideo Kojima, the brainchild of the action-packed, operatic, and sometimes absurdist espionage action franchise Metal Gear Solid.

After cutting ties with Konami, the game company that owns Kojima’s long-running military half-cinematic video game series and his development studio, Kojima Productions, the gaming visionary streaked on his, reformed his development studio, partnered with Sony, and started what seems like his most ambitious project yet.

Given the last trailer, we see Norman Reedus being some ruffian-fighting, spectre-dodging deliveryman in a post-apocalyptic American wasteland that must be “reconnected” again. Also featured in the game are other big Hollywood names like Lea Seydoux, MadsMikkelsen, Guillermo del Toro, and Lindsey Wagner doing all sorts of political, sci-fi stuff. In true Kojima fashion, the eight-minute-long trailer raised even more questions than answers. That, however, is no surprise, as it has effectively made fans want more of Death Stranding on E3. But until E3 (and Death Stranding’s long-awaited release), we all know fans will end up with even more questions.

Borderlands 3

After the success of the crazy and colorful Borderlands 2, it’s only right that Gearbox’s RPG-esque adventure shooter series will have another addition. With the last one released seven years ago, a lot of the fans who have been waiting in earnest started to question Borderlands 3 was even coming out at all. Thankfully, it is! It’s set to bring back familiar faces and put players back to vault hunters’ shoes.

The patience of the franchise’s fans has finally paid off because the third installment of the game will be officially released on September 13 this year. But before that, it will definitely have a quick stopover at E3 before hitting shelves. When it does, the developers will hopefully address the issue regarding the game’s exclusivity on the Epic Store.

WoW Classic

Games don’t usually get to have a second outing at E3 after being released. After all, there’s no point in hyping up a game that’s already in stores. World of Warcraft: Classic, however, is an exception. Other than improved graphics, nothing has changed. Or rather, everything has changed back to how things were during the game’s early days. The classic version of the most popular and influential MMORPGs will be released on August 27, 2019.

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

Ubisoft, one of the biggest western gaming companies, is an E3 mainstay, and so is Ghost Recon. For 2019, it’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, a direct sequel to the open-world shooter Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Set in the fictional Pacific country of Auroa, you will be taking on the paramilitary group called Wolves, which was introduced in the previous.

True to the franchise’s name, stealth and survival will once again be an important factor in the game. And unlike in Wildlands where player skills are assigned through perks and abilities, there are now classes that have role-specific skillsets.

Cyberpunk 2077

Last but definitely not least would be Cyberpunk 2077, CDProjektRed’s next masterpiece after the much-praised Witcher franchise. After news of its development, it was finally unveiled for the first time on E3 last year, and will be going back for a second outing in 2019.

The game takes place in the namesake year in Night City, a fictional city in California. Despite being rife with crime, a lot of people live here because of its liberal laws regarding body modification and the promise of making it to the top.

Slated for release in 2020, there is still a lot to be revealed about this potential masterpiece, so it makes perfect sense that it’s going to grace the E3 event once more.

With these highly anticipated titles, this year’s E3 is going to be massive–and that’s an understatement. So, are you now officially hyped? You better be!

Path of Exile Delve: Fossil Crafting Guide

Fossils are a special type of PoE currency, much like PoE Orb. They were introduced in the Delve league and can be socketed into resonators. Furthermore, they are considered to be a special type of crafting material. There is a wide variety of Fossils that can be found within the Delves—a randomly generated mine that you can explore between each checkpoint. With our Fossil Crafting Guide, we’ll be discussing where the optimal locations to find these fossils are and how you can craft them in the easiest manner possible.

Fossil Crafting

As earlier stated, Fossil crafting was introduced in Delve expansion league. While you’re delving down in the mine, you will find these fossils along with resonators. The fossils can be placed inside the resonators, and when they are full the resonators are used to apply to an item the same way as a chaos orb or essence. These resonators have between one to four sockets, allowing you to craft both mid-tier and even extremely powerful items in the process.

However, unlike essences, fossils do not guarantee anything. Although they can be used to block off stats you don’t want, or weight rolls towards stats that you do want. A prime example would a Pristine Fossil weight rolls on an item towards having a life roll, but it also guarantees that the item will not have an armor, energy shield, or evasion rating roll. By using multiple fossils at once, you can effectively block entire sections of modifiers, and guarantee certain results to some extent.

Besides that, there are also a few extremely rare and expensive fossils that roll the item with all new modifiers that can only be found from fossils. This includes Hollow Fossil and Bloodstained Fossil. Hollow Fossil guarantees one abyssal socket on a rare item, but it is added as a modifier which will be removed should the item be rolled again. The Bloodstained Fossil adds all-new vaal modifiers, which in turn affects how vaal skills are used. While these fossils are extremely expensive to try, they can altogether result in some of the strongest items in the game!

Fossil Locations

Fossils are mostly found within the short side areas in the darkness, though they sometimes even appear in areas in which your cart can move. Sometimes, Fossils can even spawn behind Fractured Walls, so you’ll have to destroy them with Dynamite before you can access the Fossil spawn location. Currently, there are a total of 30 different Fossils which spawn in certain Fossil locations aka Fossil biomes within the Delve mine. There are seven of these Fossil locations which are listed down below:

  1. Mines Biome – Metallic Fossil, Serrated Fossil, Pristine Fossil, and Aetheric Fossil
  2. Fungal Caverns Biome – Dense Fossil, Aberrant Fossil, Perfect Fossil, Corroded Fossil, and Gilded Fossil (Note: Gilded Fossil spawns rarer than the other Fossils in this location, making it more valuable and is hidden behind Fractured Walls.)
  3. Petrified Forest Biome – Bound Fossil, Jagged Fossil, Corroded Fossil, and Sanctified Fossil (Note: Sanctified Fossil spawns rare than the other Fossils on this location, therefore it is worth more and can only be found behind Fractured Walls.)
  4. Abyssal Depths Biome – Aberrant Fossil, Bound Fossil, Gilded Fossil, and Lucent Fossil (Note: Gilded and Lucent Fossils can only be found behind Fractured Walls.)
  5. Frozen Hollow Biome – Frigid Fossil, Serrated Fossil, Prismatic Fossil, and Sanctified Fossil (Note: Sanctified Fossil is rare and can only be found behind Fractured Walls.)
  6. Magma Fissure Biome – Scorched Fossil, Prismatic Fossil, Pristine Fossil, Enchanted Fossil, Encrusted Fossil, and Faceted Fossil (Note: Encrusted and Faceted Fossils are rare fossils, and therefore can only be found behind Fractured Walls.)
  7. Sulfur Vents Biome – Metallic Fossil, Perfect Fossil, Aetheric Fossil, and Encrusted Fossil

Fossil farming and crafting is a rather common thing to do during new leagues, simply because Fossils can be quite expensive and can be considered a really good PoE currency and PoE orbs making method. But in order to be an efficient farmer, it’s critical to know the Fossil locations and spawn rates before crafting them.

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.

Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Scion

Path of Exile Scion

The last (but not at all the least) PoE class you’ll encounter is the Scion. Because of the difficult learning curve she has, the Scion is initially unavailable until you meet and rescue her in Act 3. She sits right at the center of the skill tree, aligned with all three stats. She isn’t associated with any PoE item equipment (armor and weapons) and can use them all. The player, you, has the choice of building her stats and equipment.

She is also unique in that she only has one Ascendancy Class, the Ascendant.

Strengths and Weaknesses

In general, the build you give her will dictate her strengths and weaknesses. Being in the center puts her in a very unique and enviable position as she has the opportunity to reach all the passive skill nodes easily. The challenge lies in allocating the points properly.

Paradoxically, her vast potential and adaptability is both a strength and weakness at the same time. The number of builds available to her is staggering. Done well, she can be a juggernaut, a mage tank, or the most cunning sneak. However, making one mistake in allocating nodes can break your build in the worst possible way. Collecting the best skill gems and equipment for the build might also prove to be a challenge. Then again, you can collect the items with another character first.

You can also use her to see if certain builds for the other classes are viable, to an extent. Test out gimmicky builds with her as well. Take note that you need to have careful planning and proper handling to play the Scion effectively.

Ascendancy Class

The Ascendant has access to passives based on other Ascendancy Classes. These passives have effects similar to the class skill tree it’s based on, albeit with weaker effects. She can only take up to two, and they have to be from different base classes. One more benefit she has is further investment in one class’s path. Taking that skill lets her use that class’s starting point on the passive skill tree. A majority of her notable skills are named after the Ascendancy Classes, and the rest are named ‘Path of (base class)’.

The former skills, the ones named after other Ascendancy Classes, provide general bonuses that are representative of that class. For example, the passive Raider provides increased attack damage, movement speed, and chance to dodge attacks. It also provides Onslaught on full Frenzy Charges, and a 10% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge when hitting a rare or unique enemy. These effects are what Raiders focus on, and the Raider passive reflects that.

The Path of (base class) skills, on the other hand, grants 2 passive skill points and allows the Ascendant to allocate passives from that class’s starting point. It allows the Ascendant to further focus on one base class of the two Ascendancy Class passives she took.

The Verdict

Of course, being unavailable to beginners, this is hardly a proper choice for players only starting out in Path of Exile. However, if you’re considering playing Path of Exile as one, you’d better have a build in mind. As stated earlier, one mistake can break the build all too easily. It gets worse not plotting your course of action ahead of time. The Scion is the one that is the most like a blank slate. If you’re careful and patient, a beautiful painting appears in it. If you’re hasty and careless, she’ll end up an unappealing mess to play. Keep that in mind when you come across her in Act 3.

 

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Ascendant Scion

Scion Build Guides for Delve – Starter and Non-Starters

Infernal Flicker Strike Build – Ascendant Scion