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Vaal Orb

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Vaal OrbStack Size: 10Acquisition
Level: 12
Corrupts an item, modifying it unpredictablyRight click this item then left click an item to corrupt it. Corrupted items cannot be modified again.
Shift click to unstack.
Vaal Orb inventory icon.png

Vaal Orbs are a currency item that will corrupt an item, causing unpredictable and possibly powerful results. Once an item is corrupted, it can no longer be modified by any other currency. This includes restoring imprints from an Eternal Orb inventory icon.pngEternal OrbEternal OrbStack Size: 10Acquisition
Level: 40
DROP DISABLED
Creates an imprint of an item for later restorationRight 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.
Shift click to unstack.
Eternal Orb inventory icon.png
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Obtaining

Vaal Orbs are uncommon currency items that can be dropped by slain monsters, chests, and destructible containers. They also drop from Arcanist's Strongboxes.

Vendor recipe

They can be also obtained through the following vendor recipe:

Result Recipe
1× Vaal Orb 7x Vaal skill gems
1x Sacrifice Vaal Fragment

Divination cards

  • A set of 3 The CatalystThe Catalyst3Vaal OrbSimple actions can lead the
    world to an early grave.
    can be exchanged for a Vaal Orb.
  • A set of 5 Emperor's LuckEmperor's Luck5CurrencyThe house always wins.1 can be exchanged for five Vaal Orbs.
  • A set of 6 The InventorThe Inventor610× Vaal OrbJump right in,
    But beware
    Of things broken
    Or beyond compare.
    can be exchanged for ten Vaal Orbs.

1Not guaranteed (set grants 5 of any random currency)

Effects of Vaal Orbs

Vaal Orbs always entail a risk: they can greatly improve an item but they can also change it for the worse. Only one of the effects listed for each type of item below may happen.

Equipment

  • No effect (other than adding the corrupted property).
  • Change one or more sockets to white sockets. This has a 1/4 chance of occurring, with a 1/10 chance for each additional socket (1/40 for two, up to 1/400000 for 6 white sockets).[2]
  • Reroll the item into a rare item with randomized sockets, links and six random affixes. If this result is chosen, there is a one in thirty-six chance the item will have the maximum number of sockets and links. "Also, it's not a 1/36 chance to 6-link, it's 1/144 chance to 6-link (because 75% of the time it picks another option)".[3]
  • Change the implicit to a special Vaal Implicit, or adds a Vaal implicit if the item has no implicit by default.
  • Transforms certain unique items into a different unique item:
    • Tear of Purity inventory icon.pngTear of PurityTear of Purity
      Lapis Amulet
      Requires Level 20+(20-30) to IntelligenceGrants level 10 Purity of Elements Skill
      +(5-10) to all Attributes
      +(20-40) to maximum Life
      5% chance to Avoid Elemental Status Ailments
      A shimmering symbol of Purity, clear as water,
      but I know better than most how quickly
      Purity can succumb to Corruption.
      How quickly water turns to blood.
      - Victario, the People's Poet
      Tear of Purity inventory icon.png
      -> Blood of Corruption inventory icon.pngBlood of CorruptionBlood of Corruption
      Amber Amulet
      Requires Level 20+(20-30) to StrengthGrants level 10 Gluttony of Elements Skill
      Adds 19 to 43 Chaos Damage to Attacks
      -(10-5)% to all Elemental Resistances
      +(17-29)% to Chaos Resistance
      In my dream, a voice spoke to me. It said:
      'My reach knows no bounds.
      All that is pure is destined to rot.
      All that lives is destined to serve.'
      - Doryani, Queen's Thaumaturgist
      Blood of Corruption inventory icon.png
    • Voll's Vision inventory icon.pngVoll's VisionVoll's Vision
      Praetor Crown
      Armour: (400 to 440)
      Energy Shield: 63
      Requires Level 68, 62 Str, 91 Int+(260-300) to Armour
      +(26-32)% to Fire Resistance
      +(8-16)% to Chaos Resistance
      20% increased Light Radius
      (8-12)% increased maximum Life if no worn Items are Corrupted
      Regenerate 100 Life per second if no worn Items are Corrupted
      Righteous men seek virtue like tame pups seeking praise.
      Voll's Vision inventory icon.png
      -> Malachai's Vision inventory icon.pngMalachai's VisionMalachai's Vision
      Praetor Crown
      Armour: 140
      Energy Shield: (263 to 313)
      Requires Level 68, 62 Str, 91 IntAdds (13-17) to (29-37) Chaos Damage
      +(200-250) to maximum Energy Shield
      +(32-40)% to Cold Resistance
      +(15-20)% to Lightning Resistance
      Regenerate 100 Energy Shield per second if all worn items are Corrupted
      Regenerate 35 Mana per second if all worn items are Corrupted
      Corrupted
      Wicked men chase power like stray dogs chase a rat.
      Malachai's Vision inventory icon.png

Maps

  • No effect (other than adding the corrupted property).
  • Add one level, changing the base type to one appropriate for the new level, and randomizing the affixes. This is the only way to create a level 81 Vaal Temple Map.
  • Reroll the item into a rare item with up to eight random affixes.
  • Unidentify the item, retaining its affixes and quantity bonus. Unidentified magic or rare maps receive a 30% bonus quantity.

In addition to these effects, all bosses of corrupted maps have a chance to drop Sacrifice Vaal Fragments or Vaal Skill Gems.

Gems

  • No effect (other than adding the corrupted property).
  • Add or subtract one level. Max level gems can exceed their normal maximum this way. A corrupted gem at the normal maximum will not continue to gain experience.
  • Add or subtract 1-10 quality. Gems can have up to 23% quality this way.
  • Change the gem to its corresponding Vaal Gem.

Jewels

  • No effect (other than adding the corrupted property).
  • Add a special Vaal implicit mod.
  • Turn it into a rare or a (different) unique jewel with the same base item.

Strongboxes

When using Vaal Orbs on a Strongbox some or all of the items within the Strongbox will become corrupted. Note that unidentified items cannot be corrupted.

Flasks

Flasks cannot be corrupted.

List of item corrupted implicit modifiers

Mod Level Label Arming Axe inventory icon.png Abyssal Axe inventory icon.png Assassin Bow inventory icon.png Advancing Fortress inventory icon.png Ambusher inventory icon.png Ancestral Club inventory icon.png Abyssal Sceptre inventory icon.png Brain Rattler inventory icon.png Agnerod inventory icon.png Ancient Sword inventory icon.png Antique Rapier inventory icon.png Bastard Sword inventory icon.png Abberath's Horn inventory icon.png Fishing Rod inventory icon.png Agate Amulet inventory icon.png Amethyst Ring inventory icon.png Ascent From Flesh inventory icon.png Asphyxia's Wrath inventory icon.png Aegis Aurora inventory icon.png Abyssus inventory icon.png Ambu's Charge inventory icon.png Ambush Mitts inventory icon.png Abberath's Hooves inventory icon.png Anatomical Knowledge inventory icon.png
1 (2 to 5)% increased Movement Speed
yes
yes
20 +1 Maximum Frenzy Charge
yes
yes
20 +1 Maximum Power Charge
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 Minions deal (15 to 20)% increased Damage
yes
yes
1 +(1 to 2) to Level of Vaal Gems in this item
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 (-5 to -10) Physical Damage taken from Attacks
yes
yes
30 (-11 to -16) Physical Damage taken from Attacks
yes
yes
60 (-17 to -24) Physical Damage taken from Attacks
yes
yes
50 0.2% of Fire Damage Leeched as Life
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
50 0.2% of Cold Damage Leeched as Life
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
50 0.2% of Lightning Damage Leeched as Life
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 (4 to 6)% increased Cast Speed
yes
yes
yes
1 5% Chance to Cause Monsters to Flee
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 (2 to 4)% Chance to Block
yes
yes
1 Adds (1 to 2)–(3 to 5) Chaos Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
20 Adds (6 to 8)–(11 to 13) Chaos Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
40 Adds (8 to 11)–(19 to 23) Chaos Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 Adds 1–(2 to 3) Chaos Damage to Attacks
yes
yes
20 Adds (3 to 4)–(6 to 8) Chaos Damage to Attacks
yes
40 Adds (7 to 9)–(11 to 13) Chaos Damage to Attacks
yes
1 (2 to 4)% Chance to Block Spells
yes
yes
yes
1 (4 to 8)% increased Attack Speed
yes
1 (6 to 12)% increased Elemental Damage with Weapons
yes
yes
1 Culling Strike
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 (3 to 6)% of Damage taken Gained as Mana when Hit
yes
yes
yes
1 +1% to all maximum Resistances
yes
yes
1 Enemies can have 1 additional Curse
yes
1 (10 to 20)% chance to Avoid being Frozen
yes
yes
yes
1 (10 to 20)% chance to Avoid being Ignited
yes
yes
yes
1 +(2 to 4)% to Chaos Resistance
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 (2 to 4)% Chance to Dodge Attacks
yes
1 Cannot be Knocked Back
yes
yes
1 +1 to Level of Gems in this item
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 (10 to 20)% chance to Avoid being Shocked
yes
yes
1 Enemies Cannot Leech Life From You
yes
1 When Hit, (3 to 5)% of Damage is taken from Mana before Life
yes
1 (10 to 20)% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
yes
yes
1 (10 to 20)% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
yes
yes
1 (10 to 20)% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
yes
yes
1 Adds an additional Arrow
yes
yes
1 (4 to 6)% increased Radius of Area Skills
yes
1 (5 to 8)% increased Skill Effect Duration
yes
1 Can set up to 1 additional trap
yes
1 +1 Maximum Endurance Charge
yes
1 (3 to 6)% additional Chance to Block while Dual Wielding
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 (5 to 10)% chance of Arrows Piercing
yes
1 (4 to 8)% chance of Projectiles Piercing
yes
30 Curse Enemies with level (10 to 12) Temporal Chains on Hit
yes
30 Curse Enemies with level (10 to 12) Vulnerability on Hit
yes
30 Curse Enemies with level (10 to 12) Elemental Weakness on Hit
yes
35 Gems in this item are supported by level 12 Cast when Stunned
yes
yes
35 Gems in this item are supported by level 12 Cast On Crit
yes
yes
20 Gems in this item are supported by level 10 Melee Splash
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
48 Gems in this item are Supported by level 12 Added Fire Damage
yes
yes
38 Gems in this item are supported by level 6 Stun
yes
yes
yes
1 +(1 to 2) to Weapon range
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 Skill Gems in this item get a 95% Mana Multiplier
yes
12 Gems in this item are Supported by level 1 Elemental Proliferation
yes
48 Gems in this item are supported by level 12 Additional Accuracy
yes
28 Gems in this item are supported by level 1 Multistrike
yes
yes
24 Gems in this item are Supported by level 1 Increased Area of Effect
yes
59 Gems in this item are supported by level 15 Life Leech
yes
35 Gems in this item are supported by level 14 Increased Critical Damage
yes
6 Gems in this item are supported by level 1 Fork
yes
24 Gems in this item are supported by level 12 Weapon Elemental Damage
yes
24 Gems in this item are Supported by level 10 Faster Casting
yes
45 Grants level 15 Purity of Elements Skill
yes
yes
31 Grants level 10 Assassin's Mark Skill
yes
45 Grants level 15 Purity of Fire Skill
yes
yes
45 Grants level 15 Purity of Ice Skill
yes
yes
45 Grants level 15 Purity of Lightning Skill
yes
yes
28 Grants level 7 Wrath Skill
yes
44 Grants level 11 Hatred Skill
yes
56 Grants level 15 Anger Skill
yes
61 Grants level 16 Determination Skill
yes
61 Grants level 16 Grace Skill
yes
61 Grants level 16 Discipline Skill
yes
58 Grants level 15 Projectile Weakness Skill
yes
31 Grants level 10 Elemental Weakness Skill
yes
31 Grants level 10 Vulnerability Skill
yes
yes
19 Grants level 4 Clarity Skill
yes
yes
32 Grants level 8 Clarity Skill
yes
yes
47 Grants level 12 Clarity Skill
yes
59 Grants level 16 Clarity Skill
yes
46 Grants level 14 Frostbite Skill
yes
46 Grants level 14 Flammability Skill
yes
46 Grants level 14 Conductivity Skill
yes
40 Grants level 14 Temporal Chains Skill
yes
40 Grants level 14 Haste Skill
yes
40 +(1 to 2) Mana gained for each enemy hit by your Attacks
yes
35 Grants level 15 Vitality Skill
yes
1 (5 to 10)% increased Quantity of Fish Caught
yes
1 (5 to 10)% increased Rarity of Fish Caught
yes
1 (10 to 20)% increased Cast Speed
yes
1 You can catch Corrupted Fish
yes
1 (3 to 5)% additional Chance to receive a Critical Strike
yes
1 1% increased Chaos Damage per equipped Corrupted Item
yes
1 +(1 to 3)% to Chaos Resistance
yes
1 (20 to 30)% increased Damage while Dead
yes
1 (3 to 7)% increased Endurance, Frenzy and Power Charge Duration
yes
1 1% increased Life Leeched per second per equipped Corrupted Item
yes
1 1% increased Mana Leeched per second per equipped Corrupted Item
yes
1 1% reduced Character Size
yes
1 (3 to 5)% reduced Chill Duration on You
yes
1 (3 to 5)% reduced Freeze Duration on You
yes
1 (3 to 5)% reduced Ignite Duration on You
yes
1 (3 to 5)% reduced Shock Duration on You
yes
1 You are Immune to Silence
yes
1 (5 to 10)% increased Vaal Skill Damage
yes

Achievements

Using a Vaal Orb on an item can earn the following achievements:

Name Description
Dream Enrichment
Dream Enrichment achievement icon.jpg
Corrupt a map into a Vaal Temple map.
Full Spectrum
Full Spectrum achievement icon.jpg
Corrupt an item to have a white socket.
Identity Corruption
Identity Corruption achievement icon.jpg
Corrupt an item to have a new implicit mod.
Hostile Territory
Hostile Territory achievement icon.jpg
Corrupt a map to have eight mods.
Virtue Corruption
Virtue Corruption achievement icon.jpg
Corrupt a skill gem into a Vaal skill gem.
Imperfections
Imperfections achievement icon.jpg
Corrupt a Unique Jewel into a different Unique Jewel

Version history

Version Changes
1.1.1
  • Vaal Orbs can now generate more corrupted implicit mods than before.
1.1.0d
  • Fixed a problem that would allow a 0% quality gem to reach 23% quality with one Vaal Orb.
1.1.0
  • Added a new currency item: Vaal Orb. It corrupts a target item, modifying it unpredictably. Once an item is corrupted, further currency cannot be applied to it. This includes restoring imprints. There are many possible outcomes of corruption, some of which may be undesirable. Consider its use carefully!

References

  1. Chris (March 4, 2014). "1.1.0 Patch Notes - Sacrifice of the Vaal". Official Path of Exile Forums.
  2. chris_wilson (July 16, 2015). "Chris Wilson on chances of corrupting White Sockets". Path of Exile Subreddit. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  3. chris_wilson. "Secret Info From San Fransisco Meetup". Path of Exile Subreddit.