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Path of Exile Patch 3.9 Fixes: 10-4 for The PS4

Path of Exile Patch 3.9 Fixes

Not a lot of people consider the PS4 as the best platform to play Path of Exile on. Nevertheless, there are quite a lot of exiles that chose the bestselling Sony console as their home. To further improve the playing experience of the PS4 base, Grinding Gear Games has released Patch 3.9.2D. That means hunting for PoE Orbs is going to be a lot smoother than before!

What Issues Have Been Fixed?

The problem with PS4 having different hardware, software, and pretty much everything is that it’s going to have issues that are exclusive to the platform.

Here are some recent problems:

  • Unusable corpses are targetable by corpse skills
  • Blight encounters cannot be completed
  • Client crashing after using a sextant when there are no socketed watch stones

The patch also improves upon a number of things. First of that is Unique Maps are searchable on the Atlas again, making your life as a post-game exile much easier. Also, divination cards that give Shaper-related items have their Shaper background again, and maps influenced by the Shaper and the Elder now have fancy backgrounds.

Certain skills are also getting fixed. For example, the bug where Ignite applied by Explosive Arrow dealing no damage has been fixed, and so is the one where Volatile Dead orbs don’t detonate once the maximum number is reached.

The patch also added a few new features for Conquerors of the Atlas and Metamorph. They’ve now added frames to the map stash, which indicates if it’s under a Conqueror’s influence, as well as more modifiers Awakened Sextants can apply.

The games also added a lot of visual indicators for a wide variety of reasons.

They are for as follows:

  • Visual indicator at the Atlas’s centre, showing which Conquerors have already been defeated
  • Forwatchstones(especially those socketed in Citadels) so you know whether a sextant is applied or not
  • For maps in map stash which will tell you if the Awakening Objective has been completed
  • More modifiers that Awakened Sextants can apply

Aside from that, the patch also improved a few features related to these two sets of content. First and foremost would be the maps, which now display Atlas Region by default. By pressing L3, you’ll be able to see the map’s completion, bonus objective completion, and awakening objective completion status.

As for gear, the two rings, Mark of the Shaper and Mark of the Elder will now give you a bonus if the other ring you equip is Shaper or Elder-influenced.

What About the Bugs?

Other than the improvement of features, the patch also fixed quite a handful of bugs related to the content, which are the following:

  • Conqueror’s Exalted Orbs ignoring modifiers that prohibit it from rolling Caster Modifiers and Attack Modifiers
  • Conqueror encounters spawning in unreachable areas as well as performance issues they and their monsters cause
  • A visual bug of the organ collection graphic when killing Metamorphtargets being seen only by the creator of an area.
  • Individual map in the influenced region that previously had the current Conqueror’s influence effect having a lower chance to gain the same effect
  • Conqueror’s Exalted Orbs ignoring “Cannot roll Caster Modifiers” and “Cannot roll Attack Modifiers” modifiers
  • Certain sextants in a watchstone socketed in a citadel giving the same or similar modifier in another watchstone of the same citadel

There are many other bugs related to Conqueror’s and Metamorph that have been addressed, so the PS4 experience for those taking on the endgame is going to be smoother from now on.

GGG has always been known for running Path of Exile smoothly, and they’re not about to stop now. So PS4 players, it’s time to go back and go PoE Currency farming in an Atlas because it’s better than ever!

A Brief Introduction to Path of Exile’s Item Mechanics

PoE Items

Path of Exile’s item mechanics almost looks like they require a doctorate to understand. From categorizing to item crafting, you have many factors to study to master it. Knowing how the mechanics work, however, is essential for your PoE currency hoarding or leveling up progress.

As you fight, items gather. Defeated enemies drop rates all kinds of PoE items. The more you kill, the more items you get. With a limited inventory space, you can’t collect all of them to sort later. How are you able to figure out which ones to leave and which to take?

Don’t fret! This guide will help you figure that out, among other things.

The Basics

Items have characteristics. Specifically, they have Rarity, Item Levels, and Affixes. PoE orbs don’t have the latter, but some can manipulate the characteristics of other magic items.

Rarity indicates the potential of a base item. There are four rarities, Normal, Magic, Rare, and Unique. Normal rarity items can be considered the ‘base’ and rawest form of that item type. It lacks any modifications higher rarities may have. As this characteristic increases, the amount of modifications the currency item can have also increased.

Unique items are a bit of an anomaly. As its name implies, each unique item has different sets of modifications from each other.

Item Levels determine how strong the modifiers on an item can be. Higher levels mean better modifications. These modifications are the Affixes, which manipulate the effects of the item. There are eight tiers for these modifications. The highest and most effective affixes are tier 1 ones.

With chaos orbs and lucky rolls, even normal rarity items can become valuable. How will you be able to judge though?

Judging Items

Generally, you’d want either Life modifying prefixes or Energy Shield modifying affixes on your equipment. The former modifies Maximum Life or Innate Defense (Armor or Evasion). The latter is more focused on Innate Defense and/or Stun and Block Recovery. You might find hybrid items, though they aren’t as valuable as pure ones.

Suffixes are a more complicated affair. What determines synthesized items possible suffixes is its type. Helmets may gain a bonus to Intelligence, while boots have increased Movement Speed. Something you can look at and instantly know to be valuable is a high-tier Elemental Resistance boost when you get elemental damage and elemental hit. If an item quantity has a 110% resistance to any element, you know it’s valuable. Chaos resistance less so, but some players would absolutely need it.

So, in summary, you need to figure out if it’s a Hybrid or not, then figure out if the modifier tiers are high enough. You can adjust these goals according to what you need. The last advice to give would be to research more and practice. Research the best modifier values for each item type. Then you should go and play to practice identifying the loot you get.

The more you play, the better you will get active skills at judging what’s valuable skill gem and what isn’t. This isn’t a race, so you don’t need to rush. Take your time to understand everything you need to. Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun as you go along.

Keep on enjoying Path of Exile!

FAQ                                                     

What is a fractured item in the Path of Exile?

Fractured items were found in the Synthesis league. They were items and equipment that contained permanently fixed modifiers, and could be used to create synthesised items. After the Synthesis leagues ended, Fractured items were not added to the core game.

What is a magic item in Path of Exile?

Magic items have the same base statistics as a normal item of the same type, but have magical modifiers on them given by affixes, up to one prefix and one suffix. … A magic item can be upgraded into a rare item using a Regal Orb. Current modifiers are retained and a new one is added.

What is a shaper item?

Shaper items are found in Shaper-influenced maps or dropped by the Shaper (including Uber Elder fight).

Do spells count as attacks Poe?

Physical damage: it affects all physical damage, be it attack, spell, dot or secondary

 

 

 

Run Elder City Square for Path of Exile Orbs

Path of Exile Elder City Square

When you’re looking for Path of Exile maps to run for PoE currency farming, look no further than the Elder City Square. We’ll be listing why it’s a good map to run as well as some key notes for you to look at.

Why Elder City Square?

First off, you can loop its layout. Sure, it has alleys that branch off the main square, but at its most basic, it’s a loop. You can go around killing the mobs, only going to the center when facing off the bosses. This makes clearing the map easier. In turn, that lets you run it more times in a single sitting. That results in more PoE Chaos Orbs, Exalted Orbs, Jewellers Orb, Orb of Alchemy, Orbs of Alterations, Blessed Orbs, and Orb of Fusing for you in the long run.

Second, it has a good mob density. Loot piles up quickly, so you have to decide which to keep and which to throw. Keeping everything will make you less efficient if you have to go back and forth to your hideout just to unload your inventory. Using stricter filters to get the most valuable PoE Item and stuff can go a long way to keeping your efficiency up.

Lastly, the loot you can get from this map is quite valuable. With several runs, you’ll get back your investment and more. Sell all these magic items in bulk, which is more satisfying than selling small things after runs.

Additional Notes

Corrupt your maps with Vaal orbs. In addition to making your runs a little more challenging, it increases your potential for profit with a bigger or more valuable unique item loot pool.

Save up your awakened sextant by running maps with bad mods. Just try again in the next run. Since you’re not constantly rerolling, you get profit and spend less on your resources (simple sextant and Orbs of Scouring, for example).

Do your missions for bonus loot or resources. Otherwise, just keep them in mind. The chaos of battle sometimes makes it hard to keep track of what you want to do. Missions from Jun, Alva, Einhar, and Niko should be your priorities. Jun, Alva, and Einhar missions reward more loot. Niko awards more sulfate to use in Delves.

You, as an individual, have your own preference in running maps. The saying goes ‘there’s more than one way to skin a cat’ and that certainly applies here. You don’t have to follow Path of Exile guides or do what others are doing. They might be more efficient than you, but you have your own interpretation of ‘efficiency’. As long as you enjoy the game, you can play and run the map in any way you want.

Conclusion

Elder City Square is not the best farming map, per se. It is, however, still a good map to grind in, especially for Harbinger’s Shards. Rack up those Harbingers Orb, Ancient Orb, PoE orbs and PoE currency guides by running this map. You can just go round and round killing mobs, until the time comes to fight the bosses. Even then, they’re not much of a challenge. Runs finish quicker, you do more runs, you get more profit.

Enjoy Path of Exile!

Elder City Square FAQ

  1. What are the best maps for Elder Orb 3.8?   

    Alleyways Map and Armoury Map are the best options overall due to layout, monster count, and density. Choose Alleyways Map if you plan on using your Elder orb on Armoury Map, otherwise, we prefer Armoury. An alternative option is Mesa Map, which has a great layout but poor density and monster count.

  2. How does Elder influence work?     Elder Influence will always take over a node (map) if a node has Shaper Influence, it is adjacent to Elder Influence, and you run that map. Running a map here means clearing around 60% of monsters on it OR killing the boss. … Running an Elder Influenced map results in it losing Elder Influence.
  3. How is elder influence spreading?

  4. What are shaper influenced maps?                                                                                              Shaper influenced areas can contain additional enemies or hazards or enhances the map boss by the Shaper, making them more difficult. These areas have a chance to drop a rare Shaper item with at least one Shaper affix. Once a Shaper-influenced map is cleared, it will disappear

 

Path of Exile: Tips When Creating Your Build

Path of Exile Builds

Creating your very own build is sort of like completing a puzzle piece that never ends. Thanks to the intricacy of Path of Exile’s legendary skill tree, the progress is perpetual—even when you reach the endgame. If you don’t take the time to learn and research about what build you plan on getting, it can dampen your experience as Path of Exile is an unforgiving game compared to other ARPGs. To help you out, we’ve rounded up some rips that will help you get the ideal build you want for your character. No PoE orbs or PoE currency is needed here, just sheer effort and the will to learn!

The Building Blocks

Knowing where to start your build is not only a great step to take, but it ultimately leads to having a domino effect on your progress. Whether you want to build around a unique item that you’ve acquired during raids or a certain skill that you’re thinking of diving deeper into, there are millions of possibilities that you can explore when making a build. This can be daunting, especially if you’re still a newbie, but rest assured all of this will be worth it in the end! Don’t be fixated on certain builds that require too much time and effort, but not enough to be so simple that there’s no thrill in using your character anymore. The key is to keep it simple yet effective while having a bit of thrill.

State Your Purpose

Decide the purpose of your character. Not only does this broaden (or limit) your possibilities, it also lets you know where you stand at the very least. Do you want your character to be a boss farmer, a skill-based character, or maybe a gold farmer? Once you’ve finally figured out what the purpose of your character is, it’s time to think about its survivability. This is where you’ll be picking out certain nodes in the skill tree that will make the character more powerful or have skills that are unique to their race.

Grow the Tree

The skill tree is full of passive skills that can either make or break your character. This large network is chock-filled with stats and attributes that can be used to further strengthen the character. While all of the players use the same skill tree, you’ll all be starting in different places on it. The tree is almost web-like, with over 1,325 skills. You can just imagine the thousands of possibilities you can execute within this skill tree alone. It’s understandable if you’re intimidated by this, especially if it’s your first time seeing such a complicated way of distributing skill points. Luckily for you, Path of Exile has a page that can let your toy around the passive skill tree. Here, you can experiment with whatever builds you desire. Once you’re done with the building process, you can simply copy it for your character. Check out the passive skill tree maker here!

GG: Gems and Gear

There are so many skill gems in Path of Exile. These shiny rocks have a huge impact on the skills that your character will have. Selecting skill gems can be tedious, as you constantly have to check the details of every skill gem you’re interested in on wikis and blogs. But trust us, the research you’ll be doing will highly benefit you!

Gearing up can alter certain mechanics and make the game more enjoyable for you. Having unique items that can complement your build will not only make your character stronger, but it can potentially unlock bonuses in terms of skills and attributes. Granted that some gear is worth a lot of PoE currency and PoE orbs, but you’re bound to run into cheaper alternatives.

There you have it! Those are our tips for creating the perfect build for your character. So did you learn a thing or two about what it takes to construct these thingamajigs? Do you have any other suggestions with regards to creating a build? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment down below!

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!

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!

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.