Instead of farming enough currency to buy your desired Item in Path of Exile, it is also possible to create the Item yourself. Crafting has been one of the most convulated mechanics in Path of Exile since its release.
With enough planning, commitment and materials, you can create the best items in the game! In this Guide, we will teach exactly how players can achieve their desired item.
Crafting defines the transformation of any equipment with certain items which can achieve the provoked outcome. There are many ways to ‘craft’ a specific item in Path of Exile, utilizing many different League Mechanics and Basic Currency in the Game.
To learn how to craft powerful and specially designed equipment in Path of Exile, you first have to know how Stats on Equipment works. Crafting can provoke a certain outcome, which is determined by the Equipment which is modified.
Equipment and Items like Jewels can have a different Rarity Level, determining the amount of modifiers imprinted on the item.
Items can have a certain amount of Affixes on their gear, which are mostly randomly generated upon creation. To be able to explain any further Crafting mechanics, it is important to learn the terminology of Affixes on an item.
Equipment can vary in its base. There are many hundreds of different items, with dozens of different Helmets or Body Armours (and more..). Base Items will differ in its Implicit modifier, granting different powers.
Base Items like Body Armour can also vary in its requirements, which also causes different Explicit modifiers being available.
Helmets for example can have different stat requirements which impact the available Explicit modifiers available.
Helmet (Strength), Helmet (Dexterity), Helmet (Intelligence), Helmet (Strength & Dexterity), Helmet (Strength & Intelligence), Helmet (Dexterity & Intelligence)…
It is very important to plan the exact crafting steps you are going to perform in order to achieve the Item of your desire. This requires knowing exactly which Explicit and Implicit modifiers you want to achieve.
Path of Exile is a very complex game, with maybe thousand of different modifiers available for Equipment. There is no way for us to tell you in this guide which modifiers you can obtain on your items. Every Item (due to its Base) will have a different Explicit outcome.
You can find a great overview of all available modifiers for the desired item on https://poedb.tw. This Website is a database for all available modifiers you can achieve. In this Guide, we will only explain the basics of Crafting, instead of telling a player how to exactly obtain the item they want.
This Database will showcase all available Explicit modifiers, split between how to obtain it.
The weighting of these modifiers will showcase the likelyhood of obtaining it by randomly reforging it. The higher the weighting, the more likely it is to obtain it.
There is also another Website called https://craftofexile.com, which can simulate a Crafting process.
Those both Websites will not explain how to craft an Item, but instead will either simulate or show a database of possible modifiers.
Players have a Crafting Table in their Hideout, offering many Recipes to be utilized. This Crafting Table will be used to add a specific Explicit modifier to an item. Mostly, those modifiers from the Crafting Table have often lower effects then the randomly generated ones on an item.
There are a few recipes available which can be learned and used on the Crafting Table which are very unique, and not randomly available on an Item.
Currency Items are mainly used to trade Items with other players, but also to craft your own Items. We will now explain the main categories of Items which can manipulate the Explicit or Implicit modifiers on Items.
Currencies can manipulate Items in many ways. These currencies are used to start your crafting process, causing different outcomes depending on the currency used.
Like a Chaos Orb, an Essence will completly reforge an Item completly. Essences will reforge the Item, but also guarantees the specific Explicit that the Essence implies.
The other Explicit modifers on the Item will be randomly generated, while the stated Essence modifier will be guaranteed. This can be used to provoke a desired outcome on an Item.
Fossils can be placed into a Resonator, which then can be used on an Item like a Currency. This will cause an Item to be reforged, similar to a Chaos Orb or Essence, but with certain outcomes being more likely.
The modifiers on the Fossils define different categories, which can also be seen in the Database listed above. This will cause certain outcomes to be more likely, and others to not be included at all.
Most of the above listed Crafting methods will change the Explicit modifiers on an Item. But Equipment has more then just Explicit modifiers, and those can also be modified.
Implicits or Enchantments of Items can be changed, without reforging the Explicit modifiers on an item. Exception to this are Corrupting an item, causing the item to be no longer modifiable.
After learning all the basics of how to manipulate an Item, we are now looking into the more advanced ways of crafting an item. We will use all the crafting steps learned above, and implement some new League Mechanics and Items to manipulate Items to achieve the desired outcome.
First, we will explain some more advanced Currencies and League Mechanics which can be used, then we use multiple examples to explain the correct steps to craft some Items!
Randomly encountered Betrayal enemies in your maps can drop Items with a Veiled Modifier. Talking to Jun in your Hideout lets you unveil these Items, allowing you to choose from a specific Betrayal Modifier. Every Item Base has a pool of Explicit modifiers.
After unveiling these Items, players will learn a weaker version of the Unveiled Modifier as a crafting recipe, usable on the players Crafting Table.
Learn more how the Betrayal Hideouts work in our League Mechanics Guide if you are looking for the Aisling Rank 4 Betrayal Craft.
The Harvest Mechanic is a way for players to craft very unique recipes, similar to the Betrayal Mechanic.
The Harvest Crafting Table can be accessed in a players hideout or in the Sacred Grove. Harvest Recipes require a special currency which can be obtained by killing enemies in the Sacred Grove discovered during Maps.
Harvest Recipes have many similarities to regular Crafting Currencies, but also some special recipes only obtainable there:
Fractured Items and Synthesis Items are special type of item bases. A Fractured Explicit cannot be removed from the item anymore, allowing players to craft items more easy due to its permanent Explicit. A Fracturing Orb can be used to create a Fractured Mod on an item with atleast 4 Explicits, choosing one of the 4 randomly.
Synthesis Items can be obtained as a drop from Rare mobs or Strongboxes, having different Implicit modifiers then their regular versions.
Synthesis and Fractured Items do have some Crafting Restrictions:
Influenced Items are special types of base items with an expanded pool of exclusive Explicit modifiers.
Using an Awakener’s Orb can create an Item with two Influences. Using an Orb of Scouring will not delete the Influence on an item. Influenced Items can not be Synthesized or influenced with Eldritch Ichors and Eldritch Embers.
In most cases, a corrupted item can no longer be modified. This will prohibit any corrupted item to upgraded by quality or reforged. There are some Crafting Currencies in the game currently which still allow modifying any corrupted item. Those Items can be obtained by killing Beyond Demons. Using these Tainted currencies will have random outcome, and cannot be used to craft deterministically.
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