Path of Exile Froming Orbs Guide for Beginners

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As in every game in the market, there is PoE Currency in Path of Exile.

As in every game in the market, there is PoE Currency in Path of Exile. For other games it’s mostly gold, but in Path of Exile currency is much more complex than that. Game has interesting system – currency in it is also used for crafting, that means it will never become obsolete as it often happens with gold in other games. Currently there are more than 20 different currency orbs, it is very confusing for newer players and that is why I am writing this PoE currency guide. I will cover all Path of Exile currency items, write down some tips and tricks of using, obtaining and spending them and help you understand the value of each orb and a little about how poe currency trading works.

Scroll of Wisdom

Most players at some point stop picking Scrolls up because there is just so many of them. However, if you are a casual player, I suggest collecting them anyway. Eventually, when you reach level 66-70 and want to buy your starting gear for low tier maps this can come in handy. If you have identified only items that you could have possibly used for your character, at that point you should have hundreds (if not thousands) of Scrolls. You can also trade around 300 Scrolls of Wisdom for 1 Chaos Orb.

Portal Scroll

Same as above. They are worth around 4 times more than Scrolls of Wisdom though, staying at around 80:1 exchange rate to Chaos Orbs. Cumulatively, if done right, you should be able to fill about 2-3 item slots at level 66 with a decent piece of equipment, just from the Scrolls.

Blacksmith’s Whetstone

This orb is used to improve the quality of a weapon. It has very similar usage as Armourer’s Scrap but additionally can come in handy when leveling new characters. You will squeeze out most of the value from this Orb by using the "Hammer Recipe"

Armorer’s Scrap

Armorer’s Scrap is used to improve quality of an armor piece, such as boots, gloves, chest armor, helm or shield. This is currency widely used on endgame items, however some people use it on items while levelling, although I am not one of them as it feels pointless. Adding quality to an armor piece enhances its defensive statistics – armor, evasion or energy shield.

Adding 1 Armorer’s Scrap to item based on rarity adds to it:

Normal – 5% quality

Magic – 2% quality

Rare – 1% quality

Unique – 1% quality

Armorer’s Scraps can also be turned into Blacksmith’s Whetstones by trading 3x Scraps to 1x Whetstone using certain vendors. They can be obtained by trading with vendor, as drops or selling any armor pieces with combined quality of 40% or more.

Glassblower’s Bauble

Glassblower’s Baubles are used to improve quality of all kind of flasks. I usually do not bother spending them while levelling and only use them on my final flasks that I am going to use in endgame. Best bet is to use them on normal quality flasks as it will be more efficient unless you get unique flask.

As for armor items and weapons, adding 1 Glassblower’s Bauble to flask based on rarity adds to it:

Normal – 5% quality

Magic – 2% quality

There are no rare flasks in the game at the moment

Unique – 1% quality

One Glassblower’s Bauble can be bought for 8x Blacksmith’s Whetstones by trading with vendors. They can also be obtained as drops or by selling flasks with combined quality of 40% or more.

Orb of Augmentation

This Orb adds a new property (affix) to a magic quality item. This orb has several uses, although mainly related to the late game activity.

Orb of Alteration

Changes affixes on a magic quality item. Vis-à-vis of the Chaos Orbs but for lower quality gear. This is the most popular low-level Orbs as has many usages both the early game, and thousands of those are required to craft end-game gear. Because of its’ rather good value, and popularity, we suggest you only to use them when in Merciless difficulty.

Chromatic Orb

Used to change the current colors of the sockets. A lot of those can be found during leveling and farming, from direct drops as well as from selling 3-linked R-G-B (red, green and blue sockets) items to vendors. Unless you play a very niche build you should have a lot of those lying around

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