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Vendors + Currency - Everything you need to know

The currency system in Path of Exile revolves around a variety of different Orbs and Scrolls. Each currency item serves a specific function in the crafting and enhancement of a character's equipment, or allowing restructuring of the character's passive skill tree in the case of the Orb of Regret.

Currency Items

Currency items can be found as drops from monsters or chests, bought directly from different vendors in town, or received through the use of the vendor recipe system by trading specific configurations of items to any town vendor. Currency items play a large role in the player to player trading system, with rare orbs able to be traded for powerful equipment, or even other types of orbs that a player might need at the time for crafting.

Orbs and Scrolls

NameStack SizeHelp Text
Scroll of Wisdom
40Right click this item then left click an unidentified item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
Portal Scroll
40Right click on this item to use it.
Shift click to unstack.
Armourer's Scrap
40Right click this item then left click an armour to apply it. Has greater effect on lower rarity armours. The maximum quality is 20%.
Shift click to unstack.
Blacksmith's Whetstone
20Right click this item then left click a weapon to apply it. Has greater effect on lower rarity weapons. The maximum quality is 20%.
Shift click to unstack.
Glassblower's Bauble
20Right click this item then left click a flask to apply it. Has greater effect on lower rarity flasks. The maximum quality is 20%.
Shift click to unstack.
Cartographer's Chisel
20Right click this item then left click a map to apply it. Has greater effect on lower rarity maps. The maximum quality is 20%.
Shift click to unstack.
Gemcutter's Prism
20Right click this item then left click a gem to apply it. The maximum quality is 20%.
Shift click to unstack.
Jeweller's Orb
20Right click this item then left click a socketed item to apply it. The item's quality value is consumed to increase the chances of obtaining more sockets.
Shift click to unstack.
Chromatic Orb
20Right click this item then left click a socketed item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
Orb of Fusing
20Right click this item then left click a socketed item to apply it. The item's quality value is consumed to increase the chances of obtaining more links.
Shift click to unstack.
Orb of Transmutation
40Right click this item then left click a normal item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
Orb of Chance
20Right click this item then left click a normal item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
Orb of Alchemy
10Right click this item then left click a normal item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
Regal Orb
10Right click this item then left click a magic item to apply it. Current properties are retained and a new one is added.
Shift click to unstack.
Orb of Augmentation
30Right click this item then left click a magic item to apply it. Magic items can have up to two random properties.
Shift click to unstack.
Exalted Orb
10Right click this item then left click a rare item to apply it. Rare items can have up to six random properties.
Shift click to unstack.
Orb of Alteration
20Right click this item then left click a magic item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
Chaos Orb
10Right click this item then left click a rare item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
Blessed Orb
20Right click this item then left click another item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
Divine Orb
10Right click this item then left click a magic, rare, or unique item to apply it.
Orb of Scouring
30Right click this item then left click on a magic or rare item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
Mirror of Kalandra
10Right click this item then left click an equippable non-unique item to apply it. Mirrored copies cannot be modified.
Eternal Orb
10Right click this item then left click on an item to create an imprint. This imprint can later be used to restore this specific item to that imprinted state.
Orb of Regret
40Right click this item to use it.
Shift click to unstack.
Vaal Orb
10Right click this item then left click an item to corrupt it. Corrupted items cannot be modified again.
Shift click to unstack.

Shards and Fragments

Shards and fragments are obtained by selling items to vendors. They can be combined to form certain currency items by stacking them.

NameStack SizeHelp Text
Scroll Fragment
5A stack of 5 fragments becomes a Scroll of Wisdom.
Shift click to unstack.
Transmutation Shard
20A stack of 20 shards becomes an Orb of Transmutation.
Shift click to unstack.
Alteration Shard
20A stack of 20 shards becomes an Orb of Alteration.
Shift click to unstack.
Alchemy Shard
20A stack of 20 shards becomes an Orb of Alchemy.
Shift click to unstack.

Currency Exchange Resources

Exchange rates between different currency items is largely dependent on the item's scarcity and the demand for it by players willing to trade. Due to the continuously fluctuating nature of the Path of Exile economy, it is too impractical to keep an updated table of currency exchange rates here. Instead, please refer to these tools and resources:

ExileStats Currency Guide (exileex.com
Exchange rates are determined solely by community input. Simple interface. No registration required. No advertising.
Path of Exile Toolkit's Currency Parser (poetoolkit.com
Tool for converting between different types of currency. Currently uses poeex.info for exchange rates.[1]
Currency Calculator (poecalc.com
Tool for converting between different types of currency. Default rates are rough estimations but can be set manually.
Path of Exile Gems currency guide (pathofexilegems.com
Guide which explains how currency works in the game and provides tips and tricks on obtaining and using it. Rates are only rough estimate between orbs, they may vary by a noteworthy amount depending on the league.

Vendor Prices Chart

A number of orbs are purchasable at vendors, and can thus be ranked like coins in normal currency. There are several progression tables below showing who sells what and what their equivalent value is in a measurable orbs.

Currency items that have shards are italicised.

Main Progression
Orb Price Value in Alts Location
Orb of Alchemy Orb of Regret 64 Act 3 (Clarissa)
Orb of Regret Orb of Scouring 64 Act 2 (Yeena)
Orb of Scouring Orb of Chance 32 Act 2 (Yeena)
Orb of Chance Orb of Fusing 8 Act 3 (Clarissa)
Orb of Fusing Jeweller's Orb 8 Act 2 (Yeena)
Chromatic Orb Jeweller's Orb 6 Act 2 (Yeena)
Jeweller's Orb Orb of Alteration 2 Act 2 (Yeena)
Orb of Alteration Orb of Augmentation 1 Act 1 (Nessa)
Orb of Augmentation Orb of Transmutation 1/4 Act 1 (Nessa)
Orb of Transmutation Portal Scroll 1/16 Act 1 (Nessa)
Portal Scroll Scroll of Wisdom 1/112 Act 1 (Nessa)
Scroll of Wisdom baseline currency 1/336 N/A
Scraps Progression
Glassblower's Bauble Blacksmith's Whetstone N/A Act 3 (Hargan)
Blacksmith's Whetstone Armourer's Scrap N/A Act 2 (Greust)
Armourer's Scrap Blacksmith's Whetstone N/A Act 1 (Tarkleigh)

Act 3's Clarissa has all the Main Progression recipes.

At level 6, masters sell certain kinds of currency in bulk, with a discount. The currency deal listed is 80% of the cost of buying currency at a vendor (except in the case of Chisels), and are not based on market value.

Master Progression
Orbs Price Master
20x Orb of Alteration 64x Orb of Augmentation Haku
20x Jeweller's Orb 32x Orb of Alteration Elreon
30x Orb of Scouring 96x Orb of Chance Catarina
20x Chromatic Orb 48x Jeweller's Orb Tora
20x Orb of Fusing 64x Jeweller's Orb Vorici
40x Orb of Regret 64x Orb of Scouring Leo
10x Orb of Alchemy 8x Orb of Regret Vagan
20x Cartographer's Chisel 12x Chaos Orb Zana

Vendors and player economy

Vendor prices are a base value for comparisons, player market value will vary. Since players can't downgrade one Orb of Fusing into eight Orbs of Alteration, they may be willing to sell them for less. High-level players will tend to accumulate rarer currencies, and when they begin rolling maps and running them, may run out of smaller denominations such as wisdom scrolls and orbs of alterations.

Don't forget that barter trading is not just what it is worth, it is also what you are willing to pay.

References

  1. BlackDeathBE (February 16, 2013 5:05 PM). "Currency Parser - Path of Exile Toolkit - poetoolkit.com". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved March 16, 2013.