Path of Exile may seem like a daunting game with its many systems for new players. Our guide aims to help beginners accommodate themselves with the basics of the game. We collected some helpful information for starting your journey in Wreaclast.
For beginners, we suggest choosing the current softcore league, which luckily is also the default league. There is also the standard league which is a permanent ongoing league. Also, if you want a challenge, you can always try out the hardcore league of the aforementioned two.
PoE is an isometric ARPG by genre similar to the Diablo series. From the get-go, you can choose between six non-customizable classes. There are "base" and hybrid classes. Base classes focus mainly on one attribute out of the main three: strength, dexterity and intelligence.
Marauder is your strength class prioritizing heavy weapons and wearing even heavier armor which offers him notable damage reduction to make himself a dependable melee class.
Ranger is your dexterity class mainly using bows or one-handed weapons paired with dexterity armor pieces increasing her chance to evade enemy attacks.
Witch is your caster class using intelligence as her main attribute. The witch usually utilizes wands or stave and uses armor that have energy shield as its base stat.
Hybrid classes use a combination of the main three attributes instead of focusing on just one.
Templar is a hybrid of strength and intelligence. He can be an effective spellcaster or specialize in elemental-based attacks. This class mainly uses staves and sceptres.
Duelist is a hybrid of strength and dexterity. He combines evasion and attack speed with armor, making him a reliable close-range class. This class mainly uses swords and axes.
Shadow is a hybrid of dexterity and intelligence. He can deal massive critical hits and also utilizes damage over time effects and traps to hinder his foes. This class mainly uses daggers and claws.
Also, there is a seventh class. The Scion is a class that becomes accessible to players after rescuing her in the third act of the game before the final boss. Generally speaking, this class has a different learning curve than the others since she is aligned with all three of the main attributes, offering the most flexibility out of all the classes.
Since the game is so diverse you may find it difficult to build your first character for this purpose we offer full equipment for the most popular PoE builds around.
The passive skill tree:
This can seem very intimidating to new players. The skill tree in the game is quite similar to something like the skill tree from Final Fantasy 10, the most notable difference being this system only offers you passive stats such as more health, damage, etc. We suggest you first sink some points into health nodes, since survivability is quite important, especially early on. There are also keystone nodes, which modify your character in some way. They almost always have some notable downside, so invest in them only if the downside does not hurt you much. The masteries system is also worth mentioning here. Whenever you put a point in a so-called notable node you will be allowed to put a point in the mastery node, where you can choose from a variety of bonuses.
Regarding equipment, first, let's talk about armor. There are three different types of bonuses an armor gives you. Armor makes you take less physical damage from attacks. Evasion increases your chance of evading an attack. And energy shield, which, simply put, is a regenerating shield on top of your health bar. It is also worth to mention, that armors can have up to six sockets, which make them a viable option to put your main skill gem and its support gems into it.
Of course, you need to somehow annihilate the hordes of enemies found in the game, that's where weapons come into the picture. For starters, be on the lookout for weapons that amplify your active skill in some way and provide the most DPS for you.
Sometimes you may get lucky and find a unique item. While there are some good, even great unique items you will find that most of them are quite specialized and require a very specific build to make them worth-while. If you have a hard time finding your desired unique fear not, you can find all of them in our shop.
Skill gems and sockets:
There are two types of skill gems in the game: Active skill gems, which grant you an active skill, and support skill gems, which augment your active one. These gems must be socketed into equipment to use. All of the equipment you will find comes with different colored sockets. Gems of a certain color can be socketed into slots with the corresponding color. These sockets can be connected by links, which are required for using support gems to augment your active skills.
In the game, there is not one collective currency such as gold, instead, there are different types of orbs. Simply put, you can use these to buy items from the vendors in-game. Sidenote, be on the lookout for chaos orbs, which is the universal currency used to trade between players. Feel free to check out our shop, where you can buy all PoE currencies for a cheap price.
We hope we made your start with the game easier. Wreaclast is a land brimming with danger, so stay tuned for more guides.
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