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PoE Basic Currency Guide: A Beginner's Treasury | 2024

Exiles welcome! Taking a step into Wraeclast, a dark treacherous world of Path of Exile (PoE), might be confusing especially when it comes to understanding its unique currency system. Unlike other games where gold or coins are the standard, PoE has an intriguing economy that is based on trading different items with varying uses. Fear not, brave adventurer, for this guide will illuminate the path to economic prowess for any new player.


PoE Basic Currency Guide: A Beginner


Currency Items Basics

Different orbs and scrolls replace traditional gold coins as the barter-based system used in PoE. Each currency item has a specific function related to crafting or enhancing your gear. Let us untangle these puzzles:

  • Scrolls of Wisdom: These are your staple diet for identifying magic, rare or unique items so you can almost never run out of them.
  • Portal Scrolls: This nifty scroll returns you to town or hideout once activated through teleportation magic. Keep some handy just in case you ever find yourself stuck in a tight corner.
  • Orb of Transmutation: The purpose of these orbs is changing normal (white) quality items into magical ones (blue) by adding one or two random affixes (modifiers).
  • Orb of Alteration: If your magic item's affixes do not please you, then this orb can be used to reforge them so that they change and give you another chance at getting some desired stats.
  • Orb of Augmentation: When your magic item falls short by lacking an affix it could have even up to two among others which this orb will grant another one plus others making a total of three.
  • Chromatic Orb: PoE is a game of colors as it determines the socketing of gems in gear that players have to observe when making choices. These orbs change the color of sockets on an item.
  • Jeweller's Orb: It is also important to consider the number of sockets! Use these orbs to modify how many gems an item can take.
  • Orb of Fusing: You got the right number of sockets but they aren't linked! This orb changes that by allowing you to link sockets for interrelated gem effects.
  • Orb of Chance: Occasionally, a random rarity—magic, rare or even unique normal item which has been upgraded from its original form may be obtained by gambling with this orb.
  • Orb of Alchemy: Instead, turn any normal item into a yellow one with multiple affixes using this orb hence not having to gamble.
  • Chaos Orb: The standard currency for trading among players and also rerolling affixes on rare items.
  • Regal Orb: Add one more affix and retain all others while promoting a magic item towards being regarded as rare using this orb.
  • Orb of Scouring: Oops… Forget about everything. This reverts an item back to normal rarity by removing all affixes from it using this tool if it was not intended for it initially.
  • Orb of Regret: In PoE, you do not get free respecs, so use these balls in order to acquire passive skill refund points for redefining your character's capabilities.


Currency Management Tips

  1. Get A Currency Stash Tab: Please buy yourself a currency stash tab in Wraeclast before anything else. It is just like having your wallet rather than loose change jingling in your pockets – smartly arranged and manages space efficiently,
  2. Quality Improvement Items such as Blacksmith's Whetstones (for weapons) and Armourer's Scraps (for armor): Quality improvement items include Blacksmith’s Whetstones and Armourer’s Scraps for weapons and armour, respectively. Do not forget that quality increases your item's effectiveness, so these are useful tools you should not ignore.
  3. Flask Enhancement Orbs: Enkindling Orbs and Instilling Orbs can enhance utility flasks, which is important for successful fights in the game. As such, new players are advised to acquire Instilling orbs that automatically consume the contents of a flask when particular conditions are met.
  4. Linking and Socketing: Jeweler's orbs change the number of sockets an item has while orbs of fusing fuse those sockets together, while Chromatic Orbs change the color of sockets so that they become compatible with your skill gems.
  5. Upgrading and Reforging: There are several types of these reagents like Chance, Regal, and Chaos Orbs that help to raise the quality or upgrade them to different rare levels respectively. These can be powerful tools for crafting but should be used judiciously until you get used.
  6. Save Valuable Currencies: Exalted Orbs or Divine Orbs which are among the rarest and most valuable orbs in this game should be saved until there is a better understanding about their value in the economy.


Advanced Currency (Save These for Later)

  • Exalted Orb: A random affix will be added to any rare item making it incredibly sought after by high level crafters or traders.
  • Divine Orb: Rerolls values within existing affixes on an item without changing them.
  • Vaal Orb: Turns an item into a corrupted version with unpredictable outcomes but no more changes can be made to it.


Final Words of Wisdom

As you begin your journey through Wraeclast, remember that knowledge is power as much as any shiny orb. Take time knowing what currencies should not be released from one's hand versus those used quickly upon finding them. With this guide as your treasure map, you'll soon master the art of PoE's economy and stand ready to face its harshest depths.


If you found this guide helpful or have further questions, feel free to leave a comment below. 

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