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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 are used to pay for items in player trading.
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.
These currencies have a direct purpose and can be consumed in most cases.
Shards and Fragments
Essences are items that upgrade a normal item to a rare item with predetermined modifiers.
League-specific currency items
The following currency items only drop in a specific league.
These orbs and shards only drop in the Harbinger leagues.
Perandus Coins only dropped in the Perandus leagues.
Discontinued currency items
The following currency items no longer drop in the game.
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:
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.
|Orb||Price||Value in Alts||Location|
|Orb of Alchemy||1× Orb of Regret||64||Act 3 (Clarissa)|
|Orb of Regret||2× Orb of Scouring||64||Act 2 (Yeena)|
|Orb of Scouring||4× Orb of Chance||32||Act 2 (Yeena)|
|Orb of Chance||1× Orb of Fusing||8||Act 3 (Clarissa)|
|Orb of Fusing||4× Jeweller's Orb||8||Act 2 (Yeena)|
|Chromatic Orb||3× Jeweller's Orb||6||Act 2 (Yeena)|
|Jeweller's Orb||2× Orb of Alteration||2||Act 2 (Yeena)|
|Orb of Alteration||4× Orb of Augmentation||1||Act 1 (Nessa)|
|Orb of Augmentation||4× Orb of Transmutation||1/4||Act 1 (Nessa)|
|Orb of Transmutation||7× Portal Scroll||1/16||Act 1 (Nessa)|
|Portal Scroll||3× Scroll of Wisdom||1/112||Act 1 (Nessa)|
|Scroll of Wisdom||baseline currency||1/336||N/A|
|Glassblower's Bauble||8× Blacksmith's Whetstone||N/A||Act 3 (Hargan)|
|Blacksmith's Whetstone||3× Armourer's Scrap||N/A||Act 2 (Greust)|
|Armourer's Scrap||1× Blacksmith's Whetstone||N/A||Act 1 (Tarkleigh)|
Act 3's Clarissa and Act 4's Petarus and Vanja have 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.
|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.