Crafting in Path of Exile isn’t like most other games. You don’t start with basic components and then build an item. Instead with PoE, you start with a pre-made item, and change it’s abilities, stats, or spells. You can change the quantity of sockets, the colors, and how they are linked. You can also change the quality, which means more base damage to weapons or armor to armor pieces. Last, you can change the spell modifiers. This might be +damage or resistance.
Different Modifications (mods)
- Orb of Alchemy – Upgrades a white item to a rare item
- Orb of Scouring – Downgrades rare/magic item to a white
- Chaos Orb – Reforges a rare item
- Orb of Chance – Upgrades a white item to a magic/rare/unique
- Regal Orb – Adds ONE mod to a magic item (changing it into a rare)
- Exalted Orb – Adds ONE mod to a rare item (max of 6 mods)
- Divine Orb – Rerolls the values on an item’s mods
- Blessed Orb – Rerolls the value on an item’s implicit mod
- Chromatic Orb – Rerolls the colours on an item’s sockets
- Jeweller’s Orb – Rerolls the number of sockets on an item
- Orb of Fusing – Rerolls the links on an item
- Orb of Transmutation – Changes a white item to a magic item
- Orb of Augmentation – Adds a mod to a magic item with only 1 mod
Crafting an item tips
Craft only when:
- Your item is that good such that it is extremely tough to purchase/find an upgrade
- You need an upgrade desperately or you won’t survive the next boss encounter
- You’re in a race and need an upgrade asap to give you the upper hand
- You’ve found a nice item that would be an upgrade but needs better links/colours/sockets
Know your limits!
- Be reasonable. Don’t overspend if you can help it. You will need your orbs later on too
- Would you rather spend 5 chaos on a level 30 item or buy a better level 40 item for 1 chaos?
How much should I expect to spend?
This depends on you! If you just want a decent upgrade over a decent item, 10 Chaos orbs or so might get you there if you’re lucky. If you want the mother of all upgrades, be prepared to spend at least 40 GCPs or so worth of orbs to craft it.
All craftable rares can have up to 6 mods. Of these 6, 3 will be prefixes while the remaining 3 will be suffixes.
Not all mods can spawn on all items. For instance, movement speed mods can only spawn on boots. IIR/IIQ mods cannot spawn on chestpieces, weapons, belts or shields. Increased attack speed can only spawn on Weapons/Quivers, rings etc.
In addition, not all mods can attain the highest level mod for every single item. For instance, the attack speed mod can reach 13% on gloves but only 7% on rings.
Here is a great resource, a mod max attributes list.
The type of mods an item can have depends on its item level. For instance, an ilevel 69 ES gear can spawn all of the above mods. an ilevel 43 item however can spawn all of the above mods EXCEPT Blazing, Scintillating and Incandescent.
Certain mods may exist as prefixes or suffixes, for instance, IIR and %Increased Block and Stun Recovery.
Before you craft an item, it is perhaps better if you change quality on it first. This ensures that you save on armorer scraps/blacksmith whetstones as it takes 4 Scraps/Whetstones to quality a white to 20%, 10 to quality a blue to 20%, and 20 to quality a rare to 20%.
Basic Crafting Guide
This is as basic as it gets, and is usually applicable to the first two difficulties: Normal and Cruel.
If you have a white item and need it to be better there are three things you can do.
- Transmute it with an Orb of Transmutation and hope for a decent magic item OR
- Chance it with an Orb of Chance and hope for a decent magic/rare item or even a unique! OR
- Alch it and hope for a decent rare.
Before you Alch it, be sure to follow Crafting Rule Number 5 first (if you have enough whetstones/scraps)
Advanced Crafting Guide
(Coming Soon for VIP Members)