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Crafting

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Master crafting a helmet.

Crafting refers to creating or improving items with certain orbs and other currency by adding and removing modifiers, sometimes with the help of masters.

Path of Exile's in-game currency is required for both crafting and trading items. Since most crafting techniques are costly and unpredictable, only the most succesful crafting attempts are cost-efficient. As a result it is often preferable to buy a desired item from another player instead of crafting it yourself. As a rule of thumb, advanced crafting for equipment and weapons should also be avoided until the player has access to high level items (with an item level of 80 or more) to make sure the highest tier of modifiers is available.

Despite its unpredictability and high initial capital requirement, successful crafts can be very lucrative for the player(s) involved. There might be a buyer willing to pay more than the initial investment and allow you to make a profit. Owners of the crafted item can also set up a mirror service, through which other players use their Mirrors of Kalandra to make a copy of the crafted item. The owner of the crafted item is paid a fixed mirror fee everytime a player mirrors his item. This repeated income can be used to earn back the crafting investment.

Under some circumstances, an item with the desired combination of mods may simply not yet exist. In that case crafting it is the only way of obtaining it.

Crafting techniques

There are a number of crafting techniques that you can choose from. They differ in terms of the amount orbs required, aswell as the rarity of the base item and the item you're going to craft.

Basic crafting techniques

You have a few options to directly upgrade a white (normal) item to either a magic or rare item. They don't require very expensive currency, but don't have much customization possible either. One orb will usually do the job.

There are three ways to do this (taken from Invalesco's Crafting Guide[1])

  • Use an Orb of TransmutationOrb of TransmutationStack Size: 40Upgrades a normal item to a magic itemRight click this item then left click a normal item to apply it.
    Shift click to unstack.
    on a white item to upgrade it to a magic item.
  • Use a 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.
    on a white item to get either a magic, rare or unique version of the item. The rarity is chosen completely randomly (although higher rarities are less likely).
  • Use an Orb of AlchemyOrb of AlchemyStack Size: 10Upgrades a normal item to a rare itemRight click this item then left click a normal item to apply it.
    Shift click to unstack.
    . This makes your white item rare.

These basic methods are inexpensive but their outcome is arbitrary.

Advanced crafting techniques

Instead of changing all the modifiers on an item at once, you can also add each one separately. This is a more reliable way of crafting and you can make sure that you add only desirable mods. This is however quite pricey and therefore you are recommended to only use these techniques to craft high-level gear. These methods are taken from Invalesco's crafting guide.

  • Chaos OrbChaos OrbStack Size: 10Reforges a rare item with new random propertiesRight click this item then left click a rare item to apply it.
    Shift click to unstack.
    crafting: after you have alched an item, you use chaos orbs until you get the desired mods. You can also use ScourOrb of ScouringStack Size: 30Removes all properties from an itemRight click this item then left click on a magic or rare item to apply it.
    Shift click to unstack.
    + AlchOrb of AlchemyStack Size: 10Upgrades a normal item to a rare itemRight click this item then left click a normal item to apply it.
    Shift click to unstack.
    to get the same effect. This method is not recommended for getting specific modifiers.
  • The Systematic Alt/Regal/Exalt Method: an effective method to get the mods you want. It consists of a series of steps you follow.
  1. Start with a white item (preferably with a high item level)
  2. Use an Orb of TransmutationOrb of TransmutationStack Size: 40Upgrades a normal item to a magic itemRight click this item then left click a normal item to apply it.
    Shift click to unstack.
  3. Keep spamming Orbs of AlterationOrb of AlterationStack Size: 20Reforges a magic item with new random propertiesRight click this item then left click a magic item to apply it.
    Shift click to unstack.
    until you get the two mods you want.
  4. Use Regal OrbRegal OrbStack Size: 10Upgrades a magic item to a rare itemRight 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.
    . If you roll an unwanted mod, scourOrb of ScouringStack Size: 30Removes all properties from an itemRight click this item then left click on a magic or rare item to apply it.
    Shift click to unstack.
    the item and start over at step one.
  5. (Use Eternal OrbEternal OrbStack Size: 10Creates 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.
    to make an imprint of the item. Although it isn't essential to use an eternal at this step, it is the safest way to craft. If your exalts turn out bad, you have something to fall back on.)
  6. Use three Exalted OrbsExalted OrbStack Size: 10Enchants a rare item with a new random propertyRight 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.
    . (If you roll an unwanted mod, restore the item with the Eternal Orb.)
  7. If necessary, use a Divine OrbDivine OrbStack Size: 10Randomises the numeric values of the random properties on an itemRight click this item then left click a magic, rare or unique item to apply it.
    Shift click to unstack.
    or Blessed OrbBlessed OrbStack Size: 20Randomises the numeric values of the implicit properties of an itemRight click this item then left click another item to apply it.
    Shift click to unstack.
    to alter the mod values.
  8. (Corruption, see below.)

Master crafting

Using crafting benches provided by the masters, it is possible to craft a specific modifier. These require a certain level of the corresponding master and have a price that needs to be paid at the time of the craft (depending on the mod). By default, every item is limited to one of these mods, but there are ways to bypass that limit.

Master crafting common stats like life or energy shield is relatively inexpensive and is not exclusively done in the endgame. Even on lower-level characters, adding stats for some more survivability is worthwile and can help the player greatly.

The existence of a crafted master mod on an item prevents a mod of the same type from being added via an Exalted OrbExalted OrbStack Size: 10Enchants a rare item with a new random propertyRight 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.
. This means that master mods can be added to an item temporarily to block that type, effectively removing it from the pool of possible mods. This is a very useful technique to increase the odds of getting a desired mod.

Note: while crafting benches placed in a hideout are available to all characters within the same league, placing items inside the benches are specific to each character.

Meta-crafting modifiers

The more advanced master crafting techniques mainly revolve around the interaction between meta-crafting mods and Orb of ScouringOrb of ScouringStack Size: 30Removes all properties from an itemRight click this item then left click on a magic or rare item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
. Although the orb's description says it Removes all properties from an item, modifiers protected by meta-crafting mods will remain untouched. This way, players can remove unsuccesful crafts without losing all the other modifiers.

Using Elreon's meta-crafting mod to combine multiple other meta-crafting mods allows for even more control of the item. This way the player can often limit the pool of possible mods so that outcome of the craft is almost guaranteed.

This table shows the meta-crafting modifiers for each master:

Master Modifier Affix type Cost
Catarina Cannot roll Attack Mods Suffix 1x Exalted OrbExalted OrbStack Size: 10Enchants a rare item with a new random propertyRight 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.
Elreon Can have multiple Crafted Mods Suffix Exalted OrbExalted OrbStack Size: 10Enchants a rare item with a new random propertyRight 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.
Haku Prefixes Cannot Be Changed Suffix Exalted OrbExalted OrbStack Size: 10Enchants a rare item with a new random propertyRight 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.
Leo Cannot roll Mods with Required Level above 28 Suffix 3x Blessed OrbBlessed OrbStack Size: 20Randomises the numeric values of the implicit properties of an itemRight click this item then left click another item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
Tora Suffixes Cannot Be Changed Prefix Exalted OrbExalted OrbStack Size: 10Enchants a rare item with a new random propertyRight 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.
Vagan Cannot roll Caster Mods Suffix Blessed OrbBlessed OrbStack Size: 20Randomises the numeric values of the implicit properties of an itemRight click this item then left click another item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.

Keep in mind that this technique of crafting requires multiple Exalted OrbsExalted OrbStack Size: 10Enchants a rare item with a new random propertyRight 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.
and several level 8 masters.

Suffix or Prefix Wipe
Crafting an amulet

After having rolled some desired affixes, one can utilize Tora's or Haku's meta-crafting mod to protect them while altering the item. In the example on the right, we're trying to improve a five affix amulet. We're pleased with the following modifiers:

  • of Penetrating (critical strike chance)
  • of Exile (chaos resistance)
  • of Destruction (critical strike multiplier)

These are all suffixes. We don't care for the other modifiers. In this case, since there's still one affix slot available, we can craft Tora's meta-crafting mod (Suffixes Cannot Be Changed) to protect these mods and reroll the prefixes. We then scour the amulet, so only the suffixes remain. Note that Tora's mod is also a prefix, so it will be wiped in the process.

The player can then attempt to exalt prefixes again and repeat the process if the results aren't satisfactory. Be warned that this technique is only worthwile when trying to isolate two or three affixes. In the case of only one wanted affix, spamming Orbs of AlterationOrb of AlterationStack Size: 20Reforges a magic item with new random propertiesRight click this item then left click a magic item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
on a white item to get the affix is generally a cheaper option. Keep in mind that Tora's and Haku's meta crafting mods cost two Exalted OrbsExalted OrbStack Size: 10Enchants a rare item with a new random propertyRight 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.
each time they are are crafted.

Single Mod Magic Item

For some crafting techniques the player might need a magic item with one specific affix, but with the other affix slot still available. This can be done by crafting a master mod onto the item. It can be any mod, as long as it is not the same affix type as the wanted mod (e.g. if the wanted mod is a prefix, master craft a suffix). Then use a Regal OrbRegal OrbStack Size: 10Upgrades a magic item to a rare itemRight 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.
. This may take many times, since the item needs to be scoured whenever an incorrect mod spawns. When the wanted mod spawns, remove the master crafted mod.

This magic item can be used as a base for further crafting using meta-crafting mods.

+3 to Level Weapon Crafting
The final, completed bow.

Using the masters' meta-crafting mods players can relatively cheaply create bows and staves with +3 to level of Socketed Bow Gems or +3 to level of Socketed Fire/Cold/Lightning Gems.[2] In this example we'll craft a bow:

  1. Start with the preferred base bow with an item level of at least 64.
  2. Use Orbs of AlterationOrb of AlterationStack Size: 20Reforges a magic item with new random propertiesRight click this item then left click a magic item to apply it.
    Shift click to unstack.
    and Orbs of AugmentationOrb of AugmentationStack Size: 30Enchants a magic item with a new random propertyRight 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.
    until the Sharpshooter's prefix (+2 to level) and a random suffix is rolled.
  3. Use a Regal OrbRegal OrbStack Size: 10Upgrades a magic item to a rare itemRight 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.
    hoping for a second suffix. If not, scour the bow and start over.
  4. Craft Catarina's meta-crafting mod Cannot Roll Attack Mods for the cost of one Exalted OrbExalted OrbStack Size: 10Enchants a rare item with a new random propertyRight 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.
    .
  5. Use an Exalted OrbExalted OrbStack Size: 10Enchants a rare item with a new random propertyRight 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.
    for a guaranteed Paragon's prefix (+1 to level).
  6. Remove Catarina's meta-crafting mod.
  7. The item can be finished to the player's liking. In case of a Poison Arrow build, a good idea might be to craft (15 to 30)% increased Damage over Time through Leo's crafting bench.
What the staff should look like on step 5.

A slightly different technique is used when crafting a staff with +3 to level of Socketed Fire / Cold / Lightning Gems. In this example we craft a staff with +3 to Level of Socketed Fire Gems.[3]

  1. Choose the preferred base staff with an item level of at least 55.
  2. Craft it into a single mod rare item with the Lava Caller's prefix (+2 to Socketed Fire Gems) using the technique explained above.
  3. Craft Elreon's (Can have multiple Crafted Mods), Vagan's (Cannot roll Caster Mods) and Catarina's (Cannot roll Attack Mods) meta-crafting mods.
  4. Master craft +x to Maximum Mana through Catarina's crafting bench.
  5. Craft the guaranteed Paragon's prefix (+1 to Socketed Gems) by using an Exalted OrbExalted OrbStack Size: 10Enchants a rare item with a new random propertyRight 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.
    .
  6. Remove all master crafted mods.
  7. Exalt or master craft the remaining affixes.
Meta-crafting and Eternal Orbs

When there's an item with an exceptionally rare affix such as Warbands mods (which can't be rolled with an Orb of AlterationOrb of AlterationStack Size: 20Reforges a magic item with new random propertiesRight click this item then left click a magic item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
), the player might want to use even more expensive crafting techniques to ensure the best possible rolls. In this case Eternal OrbsEternal OrbStack Size: 10Creates 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.
are used to restore the base item after an unsuccessful roll. We'll take a high ilvl helmet with the Redblade prefix 10% of Physical Damage taken as Fire Damage as an example:

The player should start with using the Eternal Orb on the helmet and craft Haku's meta-crafting mod (Prefixes Cannot Be Changed) to protect the Warbands mod. Then use a Regal OrbRegal OrbStack Size: 10Upgrades a magic item to a rare itemRight 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.
to get a good prefix. If a suffix rolls, the helmet can be scoured and the player needs to craft Haku's mod again. In case of an undesired prefix, he will have to restore the imprint and use another Eternal Orb to continue crafting. When a good prefix is crafted, the player removes Haku's mod, crafts Elreon's mod (Can have multiple Crafted Mods), crafts Haku's mod again and master crafts any suffix mod to block out all possible prefixes from an Exalted Orb. He now has a five mod helmet with three master crafted mods. He can choose to use another Eternal Orb here, if preferred. The three prefixes are all protected by Haku's mod so now the suffixes can be Exalted and removed again when they are unsuccessful. If the desired suffix is crafted, the master mods can be removed since the last suffixes and prefix will require Eternal Orbs (master mods can still be used to block out unwanted mods).

Keep in mind that this way of crafting is extremely costly and may take a long time to complete since Eternal Orbs don't drop anymore. Also note that this specific way of crafting is just one of many techniques and may not be optimal for all items.

Corruption

Using a Vaal OrbVaal OrbStack Size: 10Corrupts 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.
it is possible to improve an item even more, but with the risk of losing important stats or links/sockets. After being corrupted, the item can't be modified anymore.

Vendor recipes

Some vendor recipes allow for a more controlled way of crafting items, like always adding a certain modifier to a white item. These kind of recipes are being added to the game at a fast pace, so in the long run, expect this to alter the way crafting is done.

For a list of vendor recipes pertaining to Crafting, see Vendor Recipes#Crafting.

External links

  • Velkor has also got a spreadsheet for item mods that may be a useful reference for those intending to do crafting.

References

  1. Invalesco (October 18, 2012). "Your Crafting Resource Guide". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  2. cladclad (August 19, 2015). "[Guide] Cheaper +3 Bow Crafting Method". Reddit. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  3. IVIrPorter (August 19, 2015). "So this is how we managed to Accumulate 72 mirrors". Reddit. Retrieved December 7, 2015.