The Best Crafty Guides by Odealo
|November 12, 2022
Obtaining new Gear is one of the vital points of Character progression in Path of Exile, especially now, as we can see a trend with recent major Updates, more and more power is transformed from Passive Skills and Skill Gems to Rare Equipment. Path of Exile has an economic system that appears quite simple at the first glance, but as you explore it more, you can see that it can be fairly complex due to all the nuances and small details, as every modifier of Item matters and can drastically change its worth. Good Item search skills will help you secure good deals on Items you need, and sell your loot and the proper value. This Guide is intended not only for beginners but also for advanced players. We want to introduce you to the Path of Exile Trading System, and share some less-known tips and tricks to fully engage with that system.
The first thing you can notice about the Path of Exile economy is that there is no typical Gold or Silver like in other games from this genre. Instead, there is a system similar to bartering - instead of Gold, we use Currency Items. Their value greatly fluctuates over the curse of League, but 99% of trades happen by the use of Chaos Orb or Divine Orb. Their value takes root in their Rarity and usage - every Currency Item modifies the Items in various ways. Chaos Orbs are universal small-value Currency, you can buy most of the items with them. They are commonly found everywhere in the game, can re-roll modifiers on a Rare Item, and you can spend them to get additional modifiers in your Mapping Device.
Divine Orbs, on the other hand, are meant for expensive Items. They are quite rare, and their main usage is crafting various Meta Mods on Items by Crafting Bench - in that regard, they took place of Exalted Orbs in Patch 3.19. They can also randomize the numeric values of the modifiers on an item, but due to their price, it's very rare to use them that way.
Every other Currency Item is valued by those standards, and you should avoid trading with anything different than those two, as it is easy to make a mistake or get manipulated.
There is no Auction House on the PC version of the Game, and according to the Developers, they intend to keep it that way. Instead, all the trading takes place through the Trading Website found on the Main Site of the Game - and up until recently poe.trade which was an unofficial trading hub before GGG implemented their own. It acts in form of an indexer for every item listed in the public API. There you can browse Items through the various filters, such as Item Name, Modifiers, Price, etc. You can also do Bulk trades for everything that is not a part of the Equipment, such as Essences, Maps, other Currency Items, Fragments, etc - more about that later.
Selling Items requires either creating inconvenient Forum posts or buying a Premium Stash Tab from the Microtransaction Item Shop. Forum posts are relics from the past, if you plan on playing this Game for a longer period of time, you should get a Premium Tab.
Premium Stash Tabs have a variety of options to customize.
To manage your Tab, right-click its name to set your Tab to Public, change Affinities (simple Item sorting), and change its Name or Colour. There you can also decide if you want to price your Items manually one-by-one or set a single price for them all. To set the price on an Item, simply right-click it and input desired price.
An alternative way to trade is to use the Trade Chat. Some Trade Chats (you can use /trade # to swap between them) are taken over by some communities, like Private Leagues members, but most of them are filled with spam and malicious players who try to scam newcomers with their bad offers. You can also make a public party and advertise your Items in the Party name. Both those methods are highly inefficient.
There are certain etiquette rules among the players to make trading a smooth experience. To initiate the trade process, you have to send a private message to the other person. That is the part that causes the most problems - it requires another person to respond. In many cases, players might be AFK, engaged in combat, occupied by different trades, or even the Item itself was already sold the moment before you send the whisper, and it is especially noticeable when doing low-value trades.
If the other person is ready to trade, they will send you a Party invitation. You as a Buyer should travel to their Hideout, and await the trading request. Initiating Trading is bad manners because the trade request window pop-up may block their inventory space, making it impossible to prepare requested items to trade.
Once the trade begins, put your Currency Items in the window and carefully check theirs. Sometimes players make a genuine mistake, sometimes it's malicious intent - it's always worth it to check what you are buying, as there are no returns.
As a Seller, it goes the same way. Once you get a whisper, send the Party invitation, wait for the other person to accept it, go to your Hideout to prepare an item, and initiate the Trade.
As you can see, it is a very simple process, it may be unintuitive at first, but after doing a few trades you should have no problems with it.
Another problematic habit of players is a direct result of AFKs and unresponsive Sellers - sending a lot of whispers at once. Sometimes you need to whisper 5-10 people to finally get one party invitation, and waiting between each whisper quickly adds up. There is no simple solution to this problem - all we can do is suggest you to not spam too many players as you will eventually get flooded with invitations while buying, and waiting for the other person to actually join your Party before leaving your Map while selling.
TIP - use the "/whois Nickname" command to see what that person is currently doing. If he simply stands in Hideout, there is a big chance that person is AFK, but if he is in any other location, like Map or Labirynth, you can send them a follow-up whisper and wait a few more seconds for their response. Naturally, do not use this every time you attempt a trade - it is mostly useful in the case of specific Rare Items for your build.
It's time for the most important part of this guide - the Trade Site. You can find it on the game's official website, and you need to log in to your account to have access to it.
The number of options to choose from can be overwhelming at first, but once you get used to it, it's quite intuitive. Most of them are very self-explanatory, quick glance through them should be enough to give you a general idea of them all, although there are a few tricks to keep in mind when browsing for your ideal item. The most interesting are the 2 last categories, Miscellaneous and Trade Filters.
Now we will go over and explain every possible option you can find when you open your trading site for the first time.
Here is an example of a simple search.
By default, the results are listed by the lowest price, but you can click on basically any modifier to change their sorting order. Clicking again the same value will reverse the order from minimum to maximum. You can't sort by 2 values at once, that's why it's important to use proper Stat Filters. Adding "Pseudo" modifiers to your Stat Filter will often add a grey line of text to the Item modifier list, to give you the ability to change the order by that modifier too.
In this example, you can see the DPS stats and gray line of the "Pseudo" Elemental Resistances modifier.
This is the Bulk Trade search. Most options are pretty self-explanatory.
Bulk Trading is quite unusual from an economical point of view. When buying large quantities of Items, you actually pay more than by buying a single Item at a time. Basically, you pay an extra fee for the convenience, as time is the most valuable resource. The price difference can be quite extreme, sometimes even more than double. Remember about that when you sell your valuable loot!
TIP: Try to avoid trading Currency with different Currency, for example exchanging Divine Orbs for Chaos Orbs. You will waste a lot of time and nerves that way. Instead, put your Currency and within a few minutes, you will have plenty of offers to choose from. Works with any form of Currency.
To exchange 1 Divine Orb for 200 Chaos Orbs, simply list your Divine Orb for 200 Chaos Orbs.
To exchange 200 Chaos Orbs for 1 Divine Orb, list your single Chaos Orb for 1/200 of the Divine Orb
Those fractions get rounded up on Individual Item Search. You can use it to your advantage by listing Item for 99/100 Divine Orb, as it will be listed before 1 Divine Orb offers
This is an example of Grouping by a Seller. It doesn't guarantee the best prices on every single Item, but you will buy everything you need in one trade! Note, the first offer is a typical mistake of confusing the buyout order.
Stat Filter is a very powerful tool, you can find excellent deals if you learn how to use it to the full extent. It's also a good way to gain knowledge on the Path of Exile itemization system, as you might find the details you never cared about before. Obviously, you don't need to overthink every single Item you buy. By filtering too much, you limit your choices a lot, and you might miss other possibilities as a result. Path of Exile is a game of opportunities, and in most cases, there is no single best choice.
Stat Groups can be beneficial when you look for a very specific Item. It doesn't have to be very complex, usually, one or two extra filters are enough to make a huge difference.
|Filter Groups usage examples
And - filtered Items will have all modifiers from the list
Not - Items have enough maximum Life and Elemental Resistances to match the "And" filters but do not have any Fire Resistances
If - Specified Item shows only if the maximum Life value ranges from 70 to 78
Count - In this example, we look for a Cluster Jewel that has the Doryani's Lesson modifier to grant us Elemental Damage Leech, and any other 2 modifiers that will simply boost our Damage
Weighted Sum - In the case of this Unique Belt, you want high rolls on the "More" modifier, and low rolls on the "Less" modifiers, thus relevant weights are 1 and -1.
Example Item search - You want to find a Jewel for Dual Wielding Lightning Strike Character, with at least 7% maximum Life, and some Elemental Resistances, but not the Cold ones as you have them capped already.
The first thing you might notice when you expand the Stat list are the "Pseudo" stats. Those modifiers are used to find items by the qualities that are not literal modifiers on the items or combine the effect of various other modifiers, for example, the number of suffix modifiers, Influence type, or Total maximum Life, which sums the maximum Life granted from regular modifier, Implicit, and Strength Attribute. It's also used for League content, such as Rooms in the Chronicle of Atzoatl or Logbooks.
TIP - In the filter text field, just like in the case of Item Name search, you can use the " ~ " sign to ignore the order of characters, it is especially useful when you look for a specific Unique modifier, or various modifiers of the same category, for example, "~crit multi" will help you find all the Critical Strike Multipliers that work with your Skill when you look for a Rare Jewel.
Similar to the Pseudo modifiers, you can search "Crafted", "Fractured", "Implicit", or "Enchant" categories.
With such filters, you will find Items with high maximum Life and Fire Resistances that are not Crafted, so you can easily change any potentially Crafted modifiers for something different.
Problematic Custom Searches
There are many Items that are quite difficult to search when you don't know the exact wording. In this list, we want to create a simple cheatsheet of such filters
Cluster Jewels are notoriously problematic to search for new players. In this case, we are looking for a Large Cluster Jewel with the least amount of Passive Points and at least 3 Notables.
Additional Tip regarding Cluster Jewels - the Middle Notable from the overview will be the middle one when you socket it in. Some Builds choose to skip that one to save some Passive Skill Points but still require 3 Notables to reach Cluster Sockets efficiently.
To find Maps with Conqueror's Influence, you will simply have to add this Implicit modifier
Performing an Elder Guardian Map search is very similar to Conqueror's Maps. Shaper Guardians Maps are a bit different, as they can be found by their Name.
You can find various Sextants by using the Enchant Tag. You can also filter out Sextants with a low remaining number of uses.
Delirious Maps are also found by the Enchant Tag. You can look up specific Delirious levels or Reward Types.
Builds that use Crystallised Omniscience Unique Amulet requires tons of Attributes, but hybrid modifiers work at reduced efficiency, as they add Omniscience only once. The "All Attributes" works at basically 1/3 efficiency, so it shouldn't even be considered.
To quickly find a Tabula Rasa Unique Armour to level up a new Character using the Blade Vortex Skill as an example, you can use "Count" to find Corrupted Implicits matching the Gem Tags.
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