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Path of Exile Crafting Guide: When to craft or purchase items

In Path of Exile, crafting can be a rewarding but challenging endeavor. Knowing when to craft and when to buy items from the market can greatly impact your success in the game. This guide will help you navigate the basics of crafting and provide insights into when to craft and when to purchase items. We'll also cover essential tips for searching and buying items in the game.


Path of Exile Crafting Guide: When to craft or purchase items


Crafting Throughout the Game

Crafting is a versatile skill that you'll use throughout your Path of Exile journey. It's important to understand when crafting is most effective, considering different stages of the game.


- Early Game Crafting

  • Early in a league or when starting a new character, crafting can be a simple and cost-effective way to upgrade your gear.
  • Essences are your best friends during the early game. Use them to add valuable mods to your items. For instance, add cold or spell damage Essences to a basic wand.
  • Craft items with a few useful mods and move on.


- Mid-Game Purchasing

As you progress into mid-game (yellow and white maps), focus more on buying items rather than crafting. You'll need gear with multiple useful mods.

It's more cost-effective to purchase items with life, resistances, and other necessary stats than to craft them.


- End-Game Crafting

In the end-game, when you have substantial currency reserves and expertise, crafting becomes lucrative.

Crafting can be cheaper than buying high-tier items if you know what you're doing.

For example, crafting an end-game bow can save you a significant amount of Poe currency compared to buying a similar item.


Items to Craft vs. Items to Buy

Knowing what items to craft and what items to purchase is crucial for efficient gameplay. 

Here's a breakdown of items you might want to craft and items you should consider buying:


- Craft

  • Cluster Jewels: Craft your own Cluster Jewels, as they're relatively simple to roll and cost-effective.
  • Belts: Craft belts since there's a limited pool of useful mods, making it cost-effective.
  • Body Armor and Weapons: Craft end-game body armors and weapons to have more control over the item's stats.


- Consider Buying

  • Mid-game Gear: Purchase mid-game gear with life and resistances when you're progressing through yellow and white maps.
  • Items Requiring Specific Mods: If you need many specific mods on an item, it's often better to buy rather than craft.
  • Unique Items: Buy unique items if they provide the exact stats you need, even if crafting might have been your preference.


Understanding Currency Usage

Path of Exile has various currency types, each with specific purposes in crafting. Knowing how to use them effectively is crucial:

  • Divine Orbs: Use Divine Orbs to perfect high-end items or to make minor adjustments to already well-rolled items.
  • Exalted Orbs: Exalted Orbs add a random affix to a rare item. They are valuable and should be used wisely, typically in the end-game.
  • Veiled Chaos Orbs: These chaos orbs add veiled mods to an item. They're useful for unlocking powerful veiled mods via the crafting bench.
  • Valorbs: Valorbs can add an extra implicit modifier to an item. Use them wisely on valuable items or when you need a specific implicit.
  • Fossils: Fossils are used to modify items in specific ways. Experiment with them to craft unique items with specific properties.
  • Essences: Essences are excellent for crafting throughout the game. They guarantee certain mods and make crafting more predictable.


Searching and Trading

To find the items you need in Path of Exile, you should use the official trade website.

Here's a quick guide on how to search for items:

  • Access the Official Trade Website: Go to
  • Select Your League: Make sure you're searching in the correct league (Standard, Hardcore, etc.).


Define Search Criteria

  • Use explicit modifiers to search for specific stats you want on an item.
  • You can use "pseudo" modifiers to search for stats anywhere on an item.
  • You can filter by non-corrupted items, linked sockets, and other criteria.


Refine Your Search

Click on specific modifiers to refine your search based on those mods.

Adjust the maximum value for specific stats to find items within your budget.

Contact Sellers: When you find an item you like, click on it to see details. Then, contact the seller in-game to arrange the purchase.



Crafting in Path of Exile can be a rewarding and challenging experience. Knowing when to craft and when to buy items is essential for efficient progression. As you gain more experience, you'll develop a better understanding of the game's economy and crafting mechanics, allowing you to make informed decisions about your gear. Whether you're crafting your own end-game weapons or buying mid-game gear with the right stats, mastering the balance between crafting and trading is key to success in Path of Exile.

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