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.
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.
|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!