Saturday, February 4, 2017

The best unique items for leveling up fast (Path of Exile)

When you are leveling up a new character in Path of Exile, certain unique items can make that process a whole lot smoother. In this guide we will cover all the generally useful uniques to equip while leveling up, and these typically last until around level 50-70 before you need to trade them in for better equipment.

Tabula Rasa: This is extremely powerful for leveling up because it gives you a 6-link where you can put 5 support gem onto your main damage dealer.

Elreon Jewelry: Elreon sells certain jewelry from your hideout, and these are very powerful for leveling up. The items with the Elreon prefix will have reduced mana cost of skills, which is very useful, especially at pre-level 40. These can be bough from Elreon himself, or from another player pretty cheap. You can have two Elreon rings + one Elreon amulet equipped at the same time to get skills for almost free.

Goldrim: This helm is very nice for leveling due to the high amount of elemental resistances on it. With this you don't really need to worry about getting any other resistance until you start mapping. It also reflects some damage back to the attacker, which is nice when dealing with large group of mobs.

Wanderlust: A pair of boots that gives increased mana regen, and have a flat 20 % movement speed increase, which is amazing when going trough the main story three times in a row. Can be used at level 3, so pick it up early.

Lifesprig: If you are playing as a spell damage user, 2 x Lifesprig is going to make the entire leveling process a whole lot easier. It has nice stats, and give a good amount of life regen, making you pretty difficult to kill when leveling up. Can be used at level 1.

Racing guide (Path of Exile)

Path of Exile features a game-mode known as Races, where players compete to reach the higher amount of experience points / levels in a certain amount of time. Some races can be as short as a few minutes, while other can be up to a month. The most common race is however 1 hour.

In races, areas have special modifiers that are determined by what type of race it is. For example, Headhunter Races will give your character the effect of the unique trigger from the Headhunter Belt, and every time you kill an enemy, you gain its mods for 20 secs. For a complete list of all the different race mods, check out the Wiki entry on races.

When you are entering a race, you need to be there at the correct time. If you are late, you are at a disadventage against the ones who arrived on time. So check the Event Schedule to find out when the races begins.

Race strategy

This part of the guide is a general race strategy that will get you far into the race, but since all races have different modifiers, it might not work for every single one. You should twerk it to fit the type of event that are run, for example by speccing into some more defense for the harder events.

If you are new to racing, you should not expect to get the top prizes without a lot of practice, and like any other race, you should create a few characters and level them as fast as possible to get some practice done before the actual race. Having to alt-tab to this guide to check your talent points is not going to win you the race, so prepare ahead!

Some general racing tips

These tips might be common sense for a lot of players, but make sure you are aware of all of them:
- Don't fully clear any area. In terms of experience points per hour, this is a terrible waste! Only engage with packs of mobs that are worth the time it takes to kill them, and in most cases you are better off running along to a higher level area.

- Don't do all quests. For example, Fetid Pools are a complete waste of time both in terms of experience and quest reward.

- Pick up any quicksilver flasks that might drop. These are very useful for the events!

- Check Tarkleigh at the start of the race to see if he has any movement speed increase boots for sale. A few extra percentages will go a long way in a one-hour race. Also check out vendors for Coral Rings (health regen) and Sapphire Rings (Cold Resistance) to make the boss fight Merveil a lot easier.

- Sapphire Rings can be gotten from vendors by trading an Iron Ring and any blue gem, so do this if you don''t get a Sapphire Ring by any other means.

- The vendor have their inventories reset every time you level up, so check back in with them every once in a while.

- Once you are done with an area that you have the waypoint to, relog instead of using a Scroll of Portal. 

- Shields and chest armour decreases your movement speed, so you might want to play without these two slots.

- Rare mobs (yellow) and Unique mobs are generally not worth killing in terms of XP, but might drop some nice loot. Rather focus on magic (blue) mob packs.

- Get comfortable with speccing and managing the inventory while on the run. This might take some practice, so make sure you are comfortable with this prior to beginning the race.

Which class to pick?

The choice of class of course depends on what specc you are going to run, but generally speaking Shadow or Scion is the best race class, and most good racers will play as either of them.

Zone strategy

Twilight Strand: Don't kill anything except Hillock at the end to unlock the town. Pick up the loot from him and vendor it, then check for rings and movement speed boots.

The Coast: Rush trough it, and only kill big packs if you have an AoE ability ready.

The Tidal Island: Rush to Hailrake if you are comfortable with killing him, which can be pretty difficult at level 1/2. Killing him awards a Quicksilver Flask, so for the longer races, it is generally worth it. A lot of players wait a few levels before going here for the Quicksilver flask, and the waypoint is right next to the zone screen, so waiting a bit is not really a big time loss.

The Mud Flats: Quickly try to find all the gems to open the passage These are connected by small water streams that you can follow to find them all. Kill and big mob packs, especially if blue.

The Fetid Pool: Don't go to this area.

Friday, February 3, 2017

How to get all the crafting benches in your hideout (Path of Exile)

When you invite a master into your hideout, you can claim their crafting benches by talking to them, but when you haven't fully upgraded your hideout yet, you need to rotate the masters and talking with them to get all the crafting benches. There is however a much easier way to obtain all the crafting benches, and that is by typing the following command into the chat box:

/claim_crafting_benches

This command adds all available crafting benches to your hideout inventory, and you can then place them in your hideout without having the master associated to it around.

How to upgrade your hideout (Path of Exile)

When you first get a Hideout at Master level 3, it is pretty small, and can only house 2 masters in it. In order to get more Masters at your Hideout, you need to upgrade it, and this is done by leveling up the master that is responsible for hosing your hideout.

At level 5, you can upgrade the hideout to host 4 masters.

At master level 7, you can do the final upgrade to the hideout, making it capable to host 7 masters.

Note that Leo and Navali does not count towards the amount of masters in the hideout, so you can fit all masters into a fully upgraded hideout.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

How to abandon daily missions from the Masters (Path of Exile)

Once all your masters are at level 8, there is really no need to do any of their daily missions, but accepting it is still pretty useful in order to refresh their vendor inventory. There is no UI option to abandon the daily quest, and you cannot start a new one until you have completed the previous one, so use the following comment (type it into the chatbox) to abandon the current active daily mission:

/abandon_daily


You need to be in your hideout to use this command.

How to reset the inventory for the Masters (Path of Exile)

The inventory of the Masters in your hideout can include some pretty nice purchases, but resetting the inventory is done differently than most other vendors in the game. In order to reset their inventory you need to accept a new mission from them. This is the only trigger to actually reset it, and provide you with a fresh inventory. You can either complete their daily mission, fail it, or simply abandon it, and the inventory will have refreshed. To abandon the mission, type in "/abandon_daily" without the brackets, while being inside your hideout.

How to get Skyforth (Path of Exile)

Skyforth is a very valuable item in Path of Exile, and they are the best boots for very many powerful builds that are very popular. So if you are playing one of these, you definitely want a pair of Skyforth, but getting them is pretty difficult.

If you can afford to, buying a Skyforth is the best and most reliable option. Other than that, finding white Sorcerer Boots that you use Orb of Chance on is a good strategy. These have a very small chance to be upgraded into Skyforth, so it is well worth it to pick up and upgrade all of these. You need a pretty good amount of luck to get a pair, but enough boots and Orbs of Chances will get you one.

It is also possible to use Orb of Chance + Orb of Scouring on a pair of white Sorcerer Boots until you get the Skyforth boots. You will on average need a whole lot of boots to pull this off, but after enough orbs you will get the boots.

Skyforth can also randomly drop from any high-level mobs, but the area needs to be level 82+. They will be found as Unique Sorcerer Boots, so pick up these!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

How to get Orb of Chance from vendors (Path of Exile)

There are certain recipes to get Orb of Chance from vendors, known as the Chance Recipes. Below is what you need to trade to the vendor in order to get Orb of Chance from them:

2 x Identified rare items with same name - gives 1 Orb of Chance.

1 x normal, 1 x magic, 1 x rare, 1 x unique with the same base item type - gives 5 Orb of Chance. For example you trade in 1 normal bow, 1 magic bow, 1 rare bow and 1 unique bow to get 5 Orbs.

Full rare set with lowest item level between 1 and 59 - gives 1 Orb of Chance. This is the same as the Chaos Orb recipe, but with items pre-level 60. If all items are level 60+ except for one, you get an Orb of Chance instead of Chaos.

Full rare set with lowest item level between 1 and 59, all unidentified or all 20% quality - gives 2 Orb of Chance. Again, same as the 2 Chaos Recipe. Usually not really worth it.

Full rare set with lowest item level between 1 and 59, all unidentified and all 20% quality - gives 1 Orb of Chance. Definitely not worth the currency you need to spend to get all 9/10 items to 20 % quality.

Along with the vendor recipes, getting Orb of Chances is best to trade from other players or get from drops. You can usually get 5-10 Orb of Chances for a single Chaos Orb by using poe.trade.