Last updated on November 27th, 2019
Path of Exile is a complex game with very unique currency system. Traditional currency like Gold Coins have no meaning here, instead there are various types of Orbs that can be used for improving equipment, as well as exchanged for other orbs or useful equipment. How the game system works is that it has many different recipes for specific items.
Path of Exile Best Recipes
Recipes are used at vendors to produce a wanted item in exchange for ones used in the recipe. However, there are so many recipes available, that even experienced players can forget about ones that are essential in the long run. This guide compiles the most commonly used recipes, as well as some not so common ones, that should be part of your recipe arsenal.
Due to the insane amount of recipes available to Path of Exile players, it is nice to have a more compact list like this one to have at hand, that can help new and experienced players in reducing the time invested in searching for the right recipe. We can arrange this list into Leveling and End-Game recipes.
Early Game & Leveling Recipes
In this section we will take a look at commonly used recipes while Leveling. These recipes are going to be used a lot when starting newly introduced Leagues, since Storage is not shared across Leagues and there will be a higher demand for certain items.
3x Scroll of Wisdom = 1x Portal Scroll
Scrolls are items that are easy to come by and are hoarded as your continue to play, but when beginning a new League, they are in short supply during first couple acts. Portal Scrolls are especially useful in this case because the hold the ability to take you back and forth from town at all times. This especially helps in hoarding more valuable currencies must faster. This recipe can be directly purchased from the vendor Nessa in Act 1, meaning you need to choose Purchase option (instead of Sell) for this recipe to become available.
4x Scrolls of Wisdom Recipe
4x Scrolls of Wisdom can be obtained by trading one of these: Orb of Transmutation, Orb of Alteration or Blacksmith’s Whetstone. This recipe is great for players who like to speed run everything and can’t be bothered with picking up everything they see. All of those items can be hoarded in insane amounts quite easily, so spending some to get Scrolls of Wisdom is not a waste if speed runs are what you are after.
40% Quality Recipe
This recipe can net you lots of Quality currencies and should be always on your mind. Everything in Path of Exile has a Quality property, it can go as high as 20%, as well as improve every item in some way. By adding many items of the same type, with a quality property that totals to 40% or over, you will gain Quality currency for that item type in exchange. Let’s take Weapons as an example, if we add trading Dagger with 7% Quality, Sword with 13%, Axe with 14% and Bow with 6%, we have a total of 40% Quality and for that we get 1x Blacksmith’s Whetstone. This works for all rarities.
Here is a list of all item types and Quality currency you can attain for them:
- Weapons —–> Blacksmith’s Whetstone
- Armor ———> Armourer’s Scrap
- Maps ———-> Cartographer’s Chisel
- Flask ———-> Glassblower’s Bauble
- Skill Gem —-> Gemcutter’s Prism
Note: Higher quality Skill Gems are worth more trading with other players, than exchanging for Quality currency.
RGB Linked Item = 1x Chromatic Orb
Weapon and Armor pieces sometimes come with Red, Green and Blue sockets that are linked together. Such items can be exchanged directly for 1x Chromatic Orb. Chromatic Orbs are used to change the color of sockets on an item, making it extremely useful in end-game to get necessary socket colors on items that might not be ideal otherwise.
Weapons with Physical and Spell Damage Mod
This is a fantastic recipe to know throughout the game, as Physical or Spell Damage increase on Weapons is the best mod you can have. By using this recipe you will receive new blue (magic) weapon with such a mod in return. Weapons received are always Blue (Magic).
- Physical Damage increase: Weapon + Blacksmith’s Whetstone + Rustic Sash
Increased physical damage depends on Rustic Sash rarity and item level. Magic (Blue) gives 40-49% and Rare (Yellow) gives 50-69% increase.
- Spell Damage increase: Scepter, Wand, Dagger, Staff + Blacksmith’s Whetstone + Chain Belt
Increased spell damage depends on Chain Belt rarity and item level. Magic (Blue) gives 10-19% and Rare (Yellow) gives 20-29% increase.
Gems have attribute requirements and sometimes when putting high level gems into different equipment, these requirements can be too high. In that case there are 2 recipes you could use to lower the requirements, by the lowering level of those gems.
- Gem + Orb of Scouring = Lowers Gem Level by 1
- Gem + Orb of Regret = Resets Gem Level to 1
There is another very useful Gem recipe you should know:
- Level 20 Gem + Gemcutter’s Prism = Level 1 Gem with 20% Quality
This is great for 2 reasons:
- Receive better a version of the same Gem without having to spend many Gemcutter’s Prism
- 20% Quality Gems are sought by other players so these gems have higher trading value
End Game Recipes
In this category we will focus on recipes primarily used after level 50 and for Maps. By this point, you should already have plenty low level currencies such as Scrolls of Wisdom, Portal Scrolls, Orbs of Alteration, Orbs of Transmutation, Quality currencies and Chromatic Orbs. Now it is time to focus on high level Orbs that are very valuable in trading and crafting.
6 Socket Item = 7 Jeweler Orbs
Two Handed Weapons and Armor Chest Pieces can have 6 Sockets if item level is 50+. By selling one of these items you get 7 Jeweler Orbs in return. These Orbs are valuable in crafting because a Jeweler Orb is used to re-roll a number of sockets on a weapon and armor pieces. 4 Jeweler Orbs can be also traded for Orb of Fusing (through Purchase option at some vendors).
7x Vaal Gems + Sacrifice Fragment = Vaal Orb
Vaal Orb is a high-risk high reward currency, that can be used on any item to make it much better or much worse. By trading Vaal Gems that do not have a trade value with other players, you can get yourself a nice amount of Vaal Orbs. Just make sure not to use Sacrifice of Midnight fragments in this recipe because it is too valuable.
Full Set of ilvl 60+ Rare Gear = Chaos Orb
By trading in a full set of rare identified equipment (Two Handed Weapon or Weapon and Shield, 2 Rings, Amulet, Chest piece, Boots, Helmet, Gloves and Belt) that are all item level 60+, you will gain 1 Chaos Orb in return. This is basically the same recipe but with unidentified items granted, 2 Chaos Orbs instead of 1. Both of these recipes are great ways to get a lot of Chaos Orbs.
Full Set of ilvl 75+ Rare Gear = Regal Orb
This recipe works the same as a Chaos Orb one, the only difference is we are selling full sets of rares with ilvl 75+. Identified set yields 1 Regal Orb and Unidentified set yields 2 Regal Orbs.
20% Quality Rock Breaker/Stone Hammer/Gavel + any Map = 1x Cartographer’s Chisel
This is the most common recipe for Cartographer’s Chisel. Chisel is vital as an end-game item, as it improves quality of Maps. Rock Breaker, Stone Hammer and Gavel can be of any rarity. It is best to use normal (white) ones and upgrade them to 20% with 4 Blacksmith’s Whetstones.
3x Same Tier Maps = 1x Higher Tier Map
By trading in 3 same named and tiered maps, you can gain the same named map but a higher tier version. For example, trading 3x Dungeon Tier 1 maps will yield 1x Dungeon Tier 2 map. Rarity depends on the lowest rarity among the initial maps.
Recipes featured in this article are the ones most commonly used and worthwhile to gain. There are quite a large variety that’ll you come across in Path of Exile, but most of them require a great deal of time to be invested and do not have a worthwhile pay off in the end. Most experienced players already know these but it is easy to forget some of them, especially if not used frequently.
The more you progress through the end-game, the less recipes you will generally use because most currencies will amass by simply playing Maps. Until then, this article can aid you in preparing for end-game content by not missing out on those important items!
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