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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