You want to play an ARPG, but you want to feel like in the good old days? Path of Exile is a free to play Diablo-style action-RPG with lots of deep gameplay mechanics like the currency system.
Nearly everyone seems to agree that Path of Exile is at the very top and perhaps the best Diablo-style action RPG currently available. In 2017, this was cemented further as the developer introduced Fall of Oriath. It added six new story acts with new locations and enemies, new gems and weapons, and the new Pantheon system for additional player powers. The fact that Grinding Gear Games added even more with War of the Atlas, significantly revamping the end-game maps system, goes to show how great Path of Exile is to its community.
Items used as currency in Path of Exile are most commonly “orbs,” but they’re not all orbs. The items’ main characteristic is that they’re quite common and that they change or modify other items when they get used.
Items in Path of Exile are used to represent not just a character’s equipment but a variety of other game features. Items can be moved around between locations using the mouse cursor, including the inventory, worn items, stashes, and others, as well as on the ground. Not all types of items can be moved to all item locations. Different item types take a different amount of space in grid based item locations such as inventory and stashes.
Items get obtained in a variety of ways: they can get dropped by monsters, or you can get them as a reward from chests. Also, items are sold by NPC vendors and might get bought or traded for a combination of different items. The exchange rates of these items are used by players to aid bartering.
Another way of obtaining these PoE items is to collect shards and fragments. In a nutshell, they are pieces of other items, so once you’ve collected a certain amount; they transform into a whole orb or scroll. Shards and fragments get gained when items are sold to vendors or are dropped by Harbingers.
Lastly, trading with other players will also let you obtain these items. It’s especially useful for high-levelled players, as they tend to earn the rarer orbs and those can’t get downgraded to the less rare ones. To determine if a trade is worth it vendor prices are a useful guide. However, it’s good to get reminded that barter isn’t just trading for what the item is worth, it’s also what the trader is willing to pay.
Currency items are used to modify other items, and are also used for trading or gained from vendors for selling equipment. They have a light brown text colour by default. 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.