Crafting Guide: Basic Body Armor




This guide will teach you how to craft basic generic body armors with high life or high energy shield.

Crafting in Path of Exile can be extremely complex and rather daunting for new players, the video below will outline the most basic information you’ll need before diving in to the midst of crafting specific items.

This video shows how to apply the crafting process:


The Finished Item

The finished item that you should have after following this guide heavily depends on if you’re looking to make a high life based shield or a high energy shield, below you can see examples of how the finished products can look.

You can check the full crafting process below, or skip straight to the TL;DR summary

The Base

The choice of base will differ depending on whether you are playing a Life-based build or an Energy Shield-based build. For an Energy Shield base, you should go for a Vaal Regalia Vaal Regalia, while for the Life-based version you can use any base you want, however, I do suggest looking for an Astral Plate Astral Plate due to the extra resistances provided, for evasion based armors you could look to get an Assassin's Garb Assassin's Garb.

The item level you’ll want to go for is a minimum of 84 for the life based versions to allow for tier 1 resistance rolls, whilst the energy shield base requires item level 86+ to allow for the highest tier of increased energy shield.

If you are going for high Energy Shield you would want to prepare the base by first making sure the item has 29-30% Quality. This is done with 1-socket Resonators with the Perfect Fossil Perfect Fossil, which will re-roll the item as well as change the quality on the item from 1-30%. Once you are satisfied with the Quality, we can move on to the actual crafting process.

Crafting Process

The process is extremely generic and straight forward.

For an Energy Shield focused approach you’re going to want to spam 1 socket resonators (Primitive Chaotic Resonator Primitive Chaotic Resonator) combined with a Dense Fossil Dense Fossil, you do this for the purpose of getting high energy shield modifiers with the potential possibility of bench-crafting a third modifier should you end up with 2 high tier ones.

For a life focused version the process is pretty much the same , however instead of a Dense Fossil we’ll be using the Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil. The main focus is to stop at a higher life tier as well as other desirable modifiers such as resistance rolls or armor/evasion if that’s your focus.


  1. Decide if you’re going for a life base or Energy Shield then pick a base item for that purpose.
  2. Bring the quality to 29%-30% using Perfect Fossil Perfect Fossils in 1-socket Resonators. If you’re going for high ES.
  3. Use Dense Fossil Dense Fossil or Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil with 1socket Resonators until you hit desirable modifiers that you can either keep or bench-craft the item to finish

Final Notes

As much as I love making guides, it is very crucial in a game like Path of Exile that you play the game the way you enjoy playing it. This guide merely describes the most effective approach to craft the best items.
I hope you found the guide useful and I wish you all many Divine Orb Divine Orbdrops!

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