Path of Exile It is a huge game that has so many facets, it can be overwhelming. Many of the systems in the game are complex and interconnected, which can lead to discouragement for new players. Failure to grasp the basics will hinder your progress or make the game feel slower or more difficult than it should.
Now that we have this sobering message, let’s get on to our Beginner’s Guide to Path of Exile. Exile, stay sane.
We have already mentioned that many of the Path of Exile systems are interconnected. It can be hard to understand one concept without understanding another. We will explain all concepts and words you are unfamiliar within this page.
The most talked-about part of Path of exiles is the famous passive skill tree. This allows you to weave in many directions.
The tree boasts over 1200 nodes. We will talk more about the Passive Tree later auto-clicker, but suffice it to say that it’s not as complicated as it seems at first glance.
Character Classes and Core Attributes
Path of Exile’s class design is the first departure from the video game standard. The choice of a class will affect where you begin on the Passive Skill Tree, not what abilities your class has. Certain classes are better suited for certain abilities because they have passives that work in conjunction with their build. This results in less skill point investment.
Path of Exile has three core attributes. Each one is associated with a particular color. This is important because it affects many other systems in the game.
The passive tree can be divided into three pieces. Each slice contains many nodes that are related to one core attribute. This is an example of how the Passive Tree works.
All combat skills and all items have attributes requirements. For example, the Farrul’s Fur chest requires 95 Strength and 116 dexterity. Each 10 points earned will bring you a different benefit.
These attributes can be associated with both the classes of Path of Exile and the passive tree. There are seven classes within Path of Exile. Each class begins at a different place on the Passive Skill Tree. The core classes’ starting points look like the “wheels” of the tree. Here is an example of a Marauder at low level investing points starting from his wheel.
You are awarded a skill point each time you level up. However, you must still be connected to your class’s starting wheel. These are the core classes:
The Scion class is a special one that begins in the middle of the tree. You must rescue her in the main storyline to unlock it. This is due to the fact that customization is extremely easy and it’s very difficult for new players to use.
It is important to remember that there is no “best” class in Path of Exile. The most important decision in Path of Exile is choosing a class, unlike MMORPGs or role-playing games. There are literally infinite build options for every class.
The main difference between classes is the way they are structured.AscendancyThere are many options that we will discuss in detail in a subsequent section. Ascendancies can be described as “sub-classes,” or specializations that further diversify playstyles. Except for the Scion who has only one, each class has three Ascendancy options.
Gems – The Abilities of the Path of Exile
Path of Exile is a new way to look at skills and abilities. Except for the default auto-attack, all players begin the game without any abilities. You will soon acquire a skill gem and a weapon.
Skill gems are a Path of Exile’s abilities. The ability can be used by any player if a skill gem has been placed in a socket. The required attribute is indicated by the color of the skill gemstone. To be slotted in, gems must match the socket’s color. Gems gain experience as they are used more often. However, leveling up gems will increase their effectiveness and power. At the same time, the attribute requirement will increase.
Only certain items can contain gem sockets. Gem sockets are only found in certain types of equipment, with a few exceptions.
You can try to change the number of sockets on an item of gear by using a playerJeweller’s Orbs, but not higher than the maximum mentioned above. Each socket added to an item’s socket count reduces the likelihood of it having more sockets (e.g. It is possible to get 5 sockets for a chest item. SignificantlyMore likely than 6. A higher quality item has a greater likelihood of receiving a higher number of sockets.
You can also recolor sockets with Chromatic orbs.
A piece of gear cannot have more than one socket, depending on its item level. A 2-handed weapon found near the start of the game won’t be able have 6 sockets regardless of how many Jewellers Orbs you use. To see the item level, hold down the ALT key and hover over an item. These are the item-level restrictions for sockets:
The Orb for Fusing currency can link Gem Sockets together. The chances of getting a greater number of links than you get with Jeweller’s Orbs are significantly lower than those who have fewer links. A higher quality item has a better chance of receiving more links.
Support gems, which augment existing skills in interesting and unique ways, are perhaps even more important than skill gems. To allow a support gem’s effects to be realized, it must be link to the skill gem in the gem socket chain as described in the section above. Support gems are useless on their own or when they aren’t linked to active skill gems.
There are many support gems available in Path of Exile. They vary in their effectiveness. Some support gems won’t work with active skill gems. Greater Multiple projectiles Support, for example, will only support Projectile skill gemstones as you might expect. This is an example of Elemental Hit, a skill gem that can be used with or without Greater Multiple Projectiles support.
Skill Gems have the same restrictions for support gems. They must match the socket’s color and meet the attribute requirements. Support gems don’t have to match the color of the skill gem.
Setting up your skills
Path of Exile builds usually revolve around one or two main skill gemstones. These are augmented with multiple support gems in each link. Your goal is to have 6 linked sockets in your chest or a 2-hand weapon by the end of the game. You will have one skill gem and 5 support gems in such an instance. This means that your main skill will be exponentially more powerful if it is linked to support gems. This is an example of a 6-Link that a player might use during the Path of Exile’s end-game.
Firestorm, as you can see from the tooltips is the skill gem. These support gems reduce the skill’s area of effect while increasing its damage by Concentrated Impact Support. Controlled Destruction and Elemental Focus both increase the skill’s elemental damage, while Fire Penetration support grants the skill the ability to punch through monsters with Fire resistance faster. Spell Echo Support lets you cast multiple spells quickly. This setup is far more damaging than Firestorm by itself. You are now beginning to see how important it can be to link your skill gem with support gems.
Additional gem links such as those found in Boots or Gloves, which have a maximum number of 4 Links, are often used to defend or move. Each build in Path of Exile includes at least one mobility skill such as Whirling blades.
Here’s an example of a mobility link that is used in certain builds:
Whirling Blades, the skill gem in this hyperlink, is linked to Faster attacks Support to increase skill speed. This allows us faster travel through the game’s areas. It can be linked to Fortify support for a nice reduction in damage when we run into a group of monsters. This will give us additional defense. Blood Magic Support increases the skill’s cost to Life, rather than Mana. This can be useful for Mana-hungry builds.
Technically, Aura gems can be considered skill gems. However, instead of giving combat skills, they give a buff that lasts up to canceled in return for a portion your maximum Mana pool.
Path of Exile has a wide variety of Aura gems. Some enhance damage while others boost the player’s defenses.
Vaal gems can be both Skill Gems or Auras. They are a special type of gem. Vaal gems are only available for certain skills and abilities and can be empowered versions of the base skill gemstone. The player can use both the Vaal skill gem and the empowered Vaal ability when using a Vaal gemstone. If Reave was your primary ability, you can use the Vaal Reave gemstone instead. You still have the ability to use the normal Reave ability. A fixed number of enemy kills or “souls” is required to activate the Vaal version. This is an example showing a player activating Vaal Fireball by using the Fireball skill.
Most Paths of Exile players prefers to play in temporary Leagues that last for around three months. Leagues can be described as seasonal or quarterly resets that bring a unique twist to the game. In the Beyond League, for example, you could be attacked by monsters from the “Beyond” if you kill a group of monsters within close proximity. Many players find this a refreshing twist to the game that they enjoy.
League play also offers an economic reset. The economy is never in danger of stagnating because all players start on an even playing field. This makes farming exciting as items are much more valuable than in the “Standard” permanent league where there is an infinite supply.
Leagues give experienced players the chance to “race”. Leagues allow experienced players to “race”, whether it’s to become the first to kill a boss or reach the maximum level.
Hardcore leagues can be identical to “softcore” but have the additional restriction that the player has only one life. If the player’s character is killed, it is transferred to the permanent Standard league.
Every league has a “Solo Self-Found” variant. This is commonly known as SSF. SSF leagues prohibit players from forming parties with other players. Trading is impossible and, as the name suggests, all must be purchased by the player.
SSF leagues should not be recommended for beginners as they have specific strategies that make it easier to obtain key items. SSF leagues are not better than “trade leagues” and are merely a choice in playstyle.
Choose Your Builder
Once you have mastered the basics of the game you can choose your build and start creating your first exile. You can browse our guides to find a build that’s budget-friendly or a league start. League starters are a type of build that can function without the need for currency or other items. These builds are used by many experienced players to create wealth and build their character before moving on to more expensive or ambitious builds later.
Many new players make the error of selecting a build with “insane damage” or “all content feasible”. This is a trap. These builds can be difficult to level up, require extensive wealth to outfit properly, and have difficult gameplay mechanics. Many new exiles have chosen this build only to be beaten while leveling up and have an unpleasant experience with the game. One mistaken belief is that if they persist long enough they will eventually be able to afford the resources necessary to complete the build. However, this is a mistaken belief as new players lack the knowledge and skills to quickly accumulate wealth and identify valuable items.
Some classes are easier to level than others. For example, the Marauder starts near a large number of Life nodes on passive skill trees, making him more naturally tanky than other classes. This will make it less likely that you die due to mistakes or lack of knowledge. The Witch class is a more fragile class and can be dangerous early on in the game. It requires some finesse to level safely without dying.
How to Get Started on the Path of Exile
Choose your favorite League and class, give your character a name and you will be able to enter the dangerous and dark world of Wraeclast. Your first enemy will be presented to you, and you will be given a weapon to defeat them. You will automatically be equipped with the weapon and you can simply click to attack it.
To get your first special attack, grab the skill gem it drops and place it in your weapon. The skill will default be assigned to your right mouse button. You can move with a left click and attack your enemies with right-click.
You should now change your auto-attack keybind (left click), to move only. Path of Exile’s basic auto-attack is rarely used as damage since all damage is done by our attack skills. Your left mouse button can be set to move only, which allows you to move more quickly. You cannot mislick enemies or interrupt your movement by using an auto-attack.
This can be changed by clicking on the binding at the bottom right of the screen and selecting Move only.
As you make your way along the beach, take your first support gem out of any chests that you find. To bolster your newly acquired skill gemstone, place it in your weapon’s second socket. Continue exploring the beach until you find it.HillockThe first Unique enemy you’ll encounter. The orange flavor text denoting unique enemies indicates that they either have a boss or are an enemy with multiple unique mechanics.
Hillock should be defeated. Use your Flasks to get more Mana or Life during battle.1-5By default, numerical keys are used. Hillock will drop items to help you equip your character if it is your first. Hillock’s defeat will open the door to your first home city, which you can enter. Lioneye’s Watch.
Cities of Home
Each Act in Path of Exile comes with its own home city. This serves as both a refuge and a travel hub that allows you to move around quickly. The home cities of Quest are where you will find quest givers. They also double up as vendors to whom your drops can be sold.
You can also use a waypoint you will find a waypoint in each home city that allows you to travel quickly around the entire world of Wraeclast. You will come across inactive waypoints as you travel through the game. These can be activated by clicking on them. They are permanently unlocked once they become active and can be used to travel quickly between unlocked waypoints.
Quests can be identified by exclamation marks placed above the quest giver’s character model. Talking with them will accept the quest. You don’t have to accept quests to be completed. If you take an action related to the quest, it will be automatically added to your log. It is easier to navigate and it allows you to continue the story without interruption.
Press “U” To open the Quest Log, you will also see any waypoints and connected areas. However, you can only select another active quest by clicking left on them. This is for navigational purposes only.
Understanding Experience Gain
Quests in Path of Exile do not give experience, unlike many other RPGs. To increase your experience and level up, you must kill enemies within your level range. The best way to increase your experience is to kill enemies close enough to your level. However, enemies too high or low in level will not grant you any.
To avoid difficulties, new players will want to kill monsters of the same level as their character. PressTabTo view the instance information, including the monster level, click the top right.
New players often make the common error of trying to clear all zones of monsters. This is a good idea for later games, but it’s very inefficient in the beginning. You will be extremely over-leveled. Also, these low-level monster drops are very poor so you don’t have much incentive to kill more than you need.
It is best to be at least a few levels lower than the current zone in order to maximize efficiency. Advanced players often aim to ensure that their character is at least two levels below the zone they are currently in. This is because that is where maximum experience is earned.
As you level up, your experience values decrease. To go from level 1 through level 2, you only need to kill some monsters. However, once you reach the 50s, you will need to clear entire zones in order to level up. Although 100 is the maximum level, this milestone is not reached by many players. In the 90s, the experience jumps can be so extreme that it takes more experience than any level from 1 to 99 to reach 100.
An experience penalty is imposed for dying in Path of Exile. To give newer players the opportunity to get to know the basics of the game, the death penalty for Act 1-5 is waived.
OnceKitavaIf you are the first person to encounter Act V for the first, a hidden penalty is imposed. Every death will result in the loss of 5% of your experience. OnceKitavaif the offense is repeated for the second consecutive time at the end Act X, the penalty is increased to 10% per diem.
Levels cannot be lost by players who die; the experience bar will reach 0% and stop at that point.
Currency in the Path of Exile
Path of Exile’s currency system is one of the most engaging and unique in video games. The game world has a number of currency items called “Orbs”. Each orb has a practical use. For example, the Fusing can be used for connecting sockets within an item. An orb’s value is determined by its practical value and rarity.
One orb is used to make most transactions or to determine the relative dollar value of all other orbs. This currency unit is known as the Chaos Orb and is used most often to trade with other players. The relative value of other orbs is used to measure their worth in relation to the Chaos Orb. To determine their values, you can use the website poe.ninja.
Market demand determines the currency’s value. The Orb of Fusing is usually very cheap and can be bought for 0.25 Chaos. However, as players attempt to link their new end-game gear after a few weeks, the value of the items can double or triple depending on how much demand there is.
Installing a Loot filter
There are many thousands of currencies and items in Path of Exile. It would be impossible for an exile to learn everyone. There are many things to be thankful for. Loot FilterThis is a great way of highlighting the rarest and best drops while filtering out items not worth your time. This takes only two minutes and is very easy to do. Absolutely necessary higher levels are where loot can completely block your screen. Below is a comparison of loot without a filter (top) and basic loot filters (bottom).
A Loot Filter is a great way to reduce confusion, for both new and experienced players. It highlights the most valuable and rare items by using colors, sounds, and visible text. The majority of useless items are hidden by filters so they can’t be seen. This level of strictness can also be adjusted later if necessary. High-level players or those who have more money will often use stricter filters to only loot items they consider “worth their while”.