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Vaal Orb

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Vaal 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.
Vaal Orb inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 12
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Miscellaneous
Item class: Stackable Currency
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Currency/CurrencyCorrupt

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 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.
.[1]

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 Luck55x CurrencyThe house always wins.1 can be exchanged for five Vaal Orbs.
  • A set of 6 The InventorThe Inventor610x 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]
    • This event can most likely even occur when the equipment has no sockets and will have the identical phenotype to "no effect". The assumption comes from the Altar of Corruption where the white socket achievement could be obtained from jewellery.
  • 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] An item with "prefixes cannot be changed" or "suffixes cannot be changed" will retain those mods, similar to using a chaos orb.[4]
  • 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. It is not known how this outcome affects the chances of the other outcomes. At equal weighting the chance for transformation would be in the below cases at 20%.
    • Tear 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 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
      -> Blood 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
      Corrupted
      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
    • Voll's VisionVoll's Vision
      Praetor Crown
      Quality: +20%
      Armour: (505-553)
      Energy Shield: 57
      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 Equipped Items are Corrupted
      Regenerate 100 Life per second if no Equipped Items are Corrupted
      Righteous men seek virtue like tame pups seeking praise.
      -> Malachai's VisionMalachai's Vision
      Praetor Crown
      Quality: +20%
      Armour: 193
      Energy Shield: (237-297)
      Requires Level 68, 62 Str, 91 IntAdds (13-17) to (29-37) Chaos Damage
      +(150-200) to maximum Energy Shield
      +(32-40)% to Cold Resistance
      +(15-20)% to Lightning Resistance
      Regenerate 100 Energy Shield per second if all Equipped items are Corrupted
      Regenerate 35 Mana per second if all Equipped Items are Corrupted
      Corrupted
      Wicked men chase power like stray dogs chase a rat.

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 83 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.
  • Corrupting a Shaped or Elder Map can change it to another Shaped or Elder (respectively) Map base of one tier higher, even if that map isn't unlocked on the player's Atlas.

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 Vaal-exclusive 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 Arborix 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 Ahn's Might 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 Ahkeli's Meadow 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 Allelopathy inventory icon.png Abberath's Hooves inventory icon.png Anatomical Knowledge inventory icon.png
1 +(35–60) Armour while stationary
yes
31 +(61–138) Armour while stationary
yes
75 +(139–322) Armour while stationary
yes
1 Adds (3–4) to (7–8) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
yes
31 Adds (6–9) to (13–16) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
yes
81 Adds (12–16) to (24–28) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
yes
1 Adds (6–8) to (13–15) Cold Damage to Bow Attacks
yes
31 Adds (14–18) to (27–32) Cold Damage to Bow Attacks
yes
75 Adds (21–25) to (39–44) Cold Damage to Bow Attacks
yes
1 +(35–60) Global Evasion Rating while moving
yes
31 +(61–138) Global Evasion Rating while moving
yes
75 +(139–322) Global Evasion Rating while moving
yes
1 Adds (3–5) to (7–8) Fire Damage to Spells and Attacks
yes
31 Adds (7–10) to (15–18) Fire Damage to Spells and Attacks
yes
82 Adds (13–18) to (28–33) Fire Damage to Spells and Attacks
yes
1 Adds (8–10) to (15–18) Fire Damage to Bow Attacks
yes
31 Adds Adds (17–22) to (33–39) Fire Damage to Bow Attack
yes
75 Adds Adds (21–28) to (42–49) Fire Damage to Bow Attacks
yes
1 Adds 1 to (14–15) Lightning Damage to Spells and Attacks
yes
31 Adds (1–2) to (27–28) Lightning Damage to Spells and Attacks
yes
83 Adds (1–5) to (50–52) Lightning Damage to Spells and Attacks
yes
1 Adds (1–2) to (27–28) Lightning Damage to Bow Attacks
yes
31 Adds (2–5) to (58–61) Lightning Damage to Bow Attack
yes
75 Adds (2–6) to (72–76) Lightning Damage to Bow Attacks
yes
1 (8–10)% increased Area of Effect
yes
75 Bow Attacks fire an additional Arrow
yes
yes
80 Skills Chain +1 times
yes
60 +(20–25)% to Critical Strike Multiplier during any Flask Effect
yes
60 Enemies can have 1 additional Curse
yes
1 (3–5)% additional Physical Damage Reduction while stationary
yes
1 Skills fire an additional Projectile
yes
56 Grants Level 21 Anger Skill
yes
1 (8–10)% increased Attack Speed
yes
1 Cannot be Blinded
yes
1 (4–5)% Chance to Block
yes
1 You can catch Corrupted Fish
yes
85 Bleeding cannot be inflicted on you
yes
60 Cannot be Ignited
yes
60 Cannot be Poisoned
yes
1 (10–20)% increased Cast Speed
yes
1 20% chance to cause Bleeding on Hit
(30–40)% increased Attack Damage against Bleeding Enemies
yes
yes
1 (4–6)% chance to Dodge Attack Hits
yes
1 (5–7)% chance to gain an Endurance Charge when you Stun an Enemy
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 (10–15)% chance to Fortify on Melee hit
yes
yes
yes
1 (9–11)% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge on Kill
yes
yes
yes
1 (10–15)% chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 (5–7)% chance to gain a Power Charge on Critical Strike
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 (10–15)% chance to gain Unholy Might for 3 seconds on Kill
yes
yes
1 (4–6)% chance to Dodge Spell Hits
yes
56 Grants Level 21 Clarity Skill
yes
50 0.5% of Cold Damage Leeched as Life
yes
yes
yes
56 Grants Level 23 Conductivity Skill
yes
30 Curse Enemies with Level (10–12) Despair on Hit
yes
30 Curse Enemies with Level (10–12) Elemental Weakness on Hit
yes
30 Curse Enemies with Level (10–12) Enfeeble on Hit
yes
30 Curse Enemies with Level (10–12) Temporal Chains on Hit
yes
30 Curse Enemies with Level (10–12) Vulnerability on Hit
yes
56 Grants Level 23 Despair Skill
yes
56 Grants Level 23 Determination Skill
yes
56 Grants Level 23 Discipline Skill
yes
60 (6–10)% chance to Dodge Attack Hits while moving
yes
60 (6–10)% chance to Dodge Spell Hits while moving
yes
1 (8–10)% additional Block Chance while Dual Wielding
yes
1 Damage Penetrates (8–10)% Elemental Resistances
yes
yes
50 0.5% of Fire Damage Leeched as Life
yes
yes
yes
1 (5–10)% increased Quantity of Fish Caught
yes
1 (5–10)% increased Rarity of Fish Caught
yes
56 Grants Level 23 Flammability Skill
yes
56 Grants Level 23 Frostbite Skill
yes
1 Gain a Frenzy Charge after Spending a total of 200 Mana
yes
1 +1 to Level of Socketed Gems
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 +(25–30)% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
yes
yes
56 Grants Level 23 Grace Skill
yes
56 Grants Level 21 Haste Skill
yes
56 Grants Level 21 Hatred Skill
yes
1 (15–20)% increased Area of Effect
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 (25–30)% increased Area of Effect
yes
yes
yes
yes
60 Attacks have +(0.5–0.8)% to Critical Strike Chance
yes
1 (8–10)% increased Attack Speed
yes
yes
60 (8–12)% increased Attack Speed during any Flask Effect
yes
40 (30–40)% increased Burning Damage
yes
1 (8–10)% increased Cast Speed
yes
yes
60 (8–12)% increased Cast Speed during any Flask Effect
yes
40 (25–30)% increased Effect of Chill
yes
1 (35–40)% increased Critical Strike Chance during any Flask Effect
yes
1 (40–50)% increased Damage
yes
1 (50–60)% increased Damage over Time
yes
1 (12–15)% increased Skill Effect Duration
yes
1 (8–10)% increased maximum Energy Shield
yes
1 (15–25)% increased Global Physical Damage
yes
1 (6–8)% increased maximum Life
yes
1 (1.6–2)% of Life Regenerated per second
yes
60 (8–12)% increased Movement Speed during any Flask Effect
yes
40 Projectiles deal (20–25)% increased Damage for each time they have Chained
yes
40 Projectiles deal (8–10)% increased Damage for each Enemy Pierced
yes
40 (25–30)% increased Effect of Shock
yes
60 Spells have +(0.5–0.8)% to Critical Strike Chance
yes
1 +2 to Level of Socketed Cold Gems
yes
1 +2 to Level of Socketed Fire Gems
yes
1 +2 to Level of Socketed Lightning Gems
yes
50 0.5% of Lightning Damage Leeched as Life
yes
yes
1 Adds (1–2) to (3–5) Chaos Damage
yes
31 Adds (6–8) to (11–13) Chaos Damage
yes
84 Adds (8–11) to (19–23) Chaos Damage
yes
1 Adds (6–8) to (13–15) Cold Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
31 Adds (14–18) to (27–32) Cold Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
84 Adds (17–23) to (24–40) Cold Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 Adds (8–11) to (17–20) Cold Damage
yes
yes
31 Adds (19–23) to (31–38) Cold Damage
yes
yes
84 Adds (22–28) to (39–47) Cold Damage
yes
yes
1 Adds (8–10) to (15–18) Fire Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
31 Adds (17–22) to (33–39) Fire Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
84 Adds (21–28) to (40–48) Fire Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 Adds (10–15) to (20–23) Fire Damage
yes
yes
31 Adds (23–27) to (34–43) Fire Damage
yes
yes
84 Adds (27–34) to (45–53) Fire Damage
yes
yes
1 Adds (1–2) to (27–28) Lightning Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
31 Adds (2–5) to (58–61) Lightning Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
84 Adds (2–6) to (72–76) Lightning Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 Adds (2–3) to (30–34) Lightning Damage
yes
yes
31 Adds (3–6) to (63–72) Lightning Damage
yes
yes
84 Adds (4–8) to (89–92) Lightning Damage
yes
yes
1 Adds 1 to 2 Physical Damage
yes
yes
yes
31 Adds (3–4) to (5–7) Physical Damage
yes
yes
yes
84 Adds (5–7) to (10–12) Physical Damage
yes
yes
yes
1 Adds 1 to (2–3) Physical Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
31 Adds (4–5) to (6–8) Physical Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
84 Adds (8–9) to (11–13) Physical Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 +(4–5)% Chance to Block
yes
1 (3–5)% increased Attack Speed
yes
1 (5–7)% increased Attack Speed
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
70 (5–7)% increased Attack Speed
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 (3–5)% increased Attack Speed
yes
1 (12–15)% increased Cast Speed
yes
yes
1 (14–18)% increased Critical Strike Chance
yes
yes
yes
1 (14–18)% increased Critical Strike Chance
yes
yes
1 (14–18)% increased Critical Strike Chance
yes
yes
1 (10–15)% increased Physical Damage
yes
85 (16–20)% increased Physical Damage
yes
1 (10–15)% increased Physical Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
85 (16–20)% increased Physical Damage
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 (50–60)% increased Spell Damage
yes
1 +(1–2) to Weapon range
yes
40 +(4–6) Mana gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
yes
60 +1 to Maximum Endurance Charges
yes
60 +1 to Maximum Frenzy Charges
yes
60 +1 to Maximum Power Charges
yes
60 +1% to maximum Block Chance
yes
80 +1% to all maximum Resistances
yes
yes
1 (8–10)% increased Movement Speed
yes
yes
1 (20–25)% of Block Chance applied to Spells
yes
yes
1 Gain (8–12)% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage
yes
1 Gain (8–12)% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage
yes
1 Gain (8–12)% of Physical Damage as Extra Lightning Damage
yes
60 (6–8)% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Cold Damage
yes
60 (6–8)% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Fire Damage
yes
60 (6–8)% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Lightning Damage
yes
60 (6–8)% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Chaos Damage
yes
1 Point Blank
yes
56 Grants Level 23 Purity of Fire Skill
yes
56 Grants Level 23 Purity of Ice Skill
yes
56 Grants Level 23 Purity of Lightning Skill
yes
56 Grants Level 21 Purity of Elements Skill
yes
45 (4–6)% reduced Chaos Damage taken
yes
45 (4–6)% reduced Cold Damage taken
yes
20 (4–6)% reduced Area Damage taken from Hits
yes
20 (4–6)% reduced Damage taken from Projectiles
yes
45 (4–6)% reduced Fire Damage taken
yes
45 (4–6)% reduced Lightning Damage taken
yes
20 You take 50% reduced Extra Damage from Critical Strikes
yes
60 100 Life Regenerated per second while moving
yes
40 Resolute Technique
yes
yes
yes
1 Socketed Skill Gems get a 90% Mana Multiplier
yes
1 Socketed Gems are supported by Level 10 Additional Accuracy
yes
1 Socketed Gems are supported by Level 10 Blind
yes
1 Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 1 Blood Magic
yes
1 Socketed Gems are supported by Level 10 Faster Projectiles
yes
1 Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 10 Fortify
yes
yes
yes
1 Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 10 Life Gain On Hit
yes
1 Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 10 Onslaught
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 10 Reduced Mana
yes
yes
1 (20–24)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
yes
45 Grants Level 21 Wrath Skill
yes
20 +2 to Level of Socketed Duration Gems
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
20 +2 to Level of Socketed AoE Gems
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
20 +2 to Level of Socketed Aura Gems
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
20 +2 to Level of Socketed Curse Gems
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
20 +2 to Level of Socketed Trap or Mine Gems
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
20 +2 to Level of Socketed Warcry Gems
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
20 +2 to Level of Socketed Projectile Gems
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 (4–6)% increased maximum Life
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
1 (4–6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
60 (20–30)% increased Rarity of Items found
yes
yes
yes
84 (3–5)% increased Quantity of Items found
yes
yes
yes
45 Wrath has (15–20)% increased Aura Effect
yes
yes
yes
45 Anger has (15–20)% increased Aura Effect
yes
yes
yes
45 Hatred has (15–20)% increased Aura Effect
yes
yes
yes
45 Determination has (15–20)% increased Aura Effect
yes
yes
yes
45 Discipline has (15–20)% increased Aura Effect
yes
yes
yes
45 Grace has (15–20)% increased Aura Effect
yes
yes
yes
1 (4–6)% increased Intelligence
(4–6)% increased Dexterity
yes
yes
yes
1 (4–6)% increased Dexterity
(4–6)% increased Strength
yes
yes
yes
1 (4–6)% increased Strength
(4–6)% increased Intelligence
yes
yes
yes
1 +(14–16)% to all Elemental Resistances
yes
yes
yes
33 Corrupted Blood cannot be inflicted on you
yes
40 You cannot be Hindered
yes
1 (5–7)% increased Effect of non-Damaging Ailments on Enemies
yes
1 (4–5)% increased Area of Effect
yes
1 (8–10)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
yes
1 (4–5)% increased Damage
yes
40 You cannot be Maimed
yes
1 Minions deal (4–5)% increased Damage
yes
1 1% reduced Mana Reserved
yes
60 You cannot be Cursed with Silence
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
3.3.0
  • Added new corrupted implicits which can appear on items corrupted by Vaal Orbs, bringing the total to approximately 176. Many of the old implicits were buffed or moved to different items, and some were disabled. Generally, corrupted implicits are now more powerful on average.
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.
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcTHWAFWgQQ