Ancient Orb

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Ancient OrbStack Size: 20Reforges a unique item as another of the same item classRight click this item then left click a unique item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
Ancient Orb inventory icon.png
Level: 1
League(s): Harbinger
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment

Ancient Orb is a currency item that can be used to reforge a unique item as another of the same item class in the broader sense of the term, such as "flask" instead of life/mana/hybrid/utility flask[1].


Reforging a unique item means the base item type can change when the orb is applied. Ancient Orbs do not change the inventory size of an item, so 2x4-sized "tower shields" for example stay within that group[2].

Like an Orb of ChanceOrb of ChanceStack Size: 20Upgrades a normal item to a random rarityRight click this item then left click a normal item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
, the result of using an Ancient Orb was not restricted by item level (as of version 3.0.0).[3] Therefore, a unique with a high item level requirement (like SkyforthSkyforth
Sorcerer Boots
Quality: +20%
Energy Shield: 58
Requires Level 67, 123 Int+(60-120) to maximum Mana
30% increased Movement Speed
25% chance to gain a Power Charge on Critical Strike
6% reduced Mana Reserved
You have no Life Regeneration
Stun Threshold is based on 500% of your Mana instead of Life
The quick die young, the brilliant go mad,
and the powerful stand alone in a wasteland of their own creation.
) may be obtained from any unique item of the appropriate class, regardless of the base's item level. Similarly, when attempting to obtain a unique that drops at low item levels (like Taste of HateTaste of Hate
Sapphire Flask
Lasts 4.00 Seconds
Consumes 30 of 60 Charges on use
+50% to Cold Resistance
+6% to maximum Cold Resistance
Requires Level 1820% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Cold Damage during Flask effect
Gain (15-20)% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage during effect
30% chance to Avoid being Chilled during Flask effect
30% chance to Avoid being Frozen during Flask effect
A sip will freeze your lips,
A swig will chill your heart,
A glass will still your soul.
Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
), no advantage is gained by using a low item level base. Unlike the Orb of Chance, the Ancient Orb is able to reforge sockets and links on the item.

However, from at least version 3.2.0 Ancient Orbs are to some degree restricted by item level or at least influenced by it. This can be useful to boost the chances to get a desired lower level unique (like Headhunter or Lycosidae).[4][5]


Ancient Orbs don't drop, but are obtained by combining a full stack of Ancient ShardsAncient ShardStack Size: 20A stack of 20 shards becomes an Ancient Orb
Shift click to unstack.
. Ancient Shards were exclusive to the Harbinger league. They are currently (as of version 3.2.X) only obtainable by trading or through Harbinger map modifier of Zana's map device.

Version history

Version Changes
  • Introduced to the game.


  1. (August 7, 2017). "Bug report: Ancient orb or wiki are wrong". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  2. (August 24, 2017). "Using 100 Ancient Orbs: Shields". YouTube: Slipperyjim8. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  3. Johannes ThatDK (August 9,2017). "22x Ancient orb gambling for science [GONE EXTREME]". Youtube. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  4. Lighty (March 22,2018). "Ez Money Making With Ancient Orb Mechanic Abuse". Youtube. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  5. Whissp (March 22,2018). "PoE 3.2 How to get Headhunter with Beastcrafting". Youtube. Retrieved 23 March 2018.