Trading in Path of Exile is one of a kind, though it can be difficult or tedious for players to find the items they need. The website poe.trade has been the primary means of locating items for trade for some time, though it has undergone many domain changes and updates over the years. pathofexile.com/trade is an alternative option that could also be considered. That said, this guide will focus on poe.trade.
Learning to effectively locate the items that you need can catapult your character to new heights and make your game experience significantly smoother. There are a variety of options that allow you to easily locate the items that can make or break your build, sort them for easy comparisons, price check items you intend to sell, and much more.
Please remember that players on Solo Self-Found leagues cannot trade, so this aspect does not apply to them.
Performing Basic Searches
The easiest items to locate on poe.trade are items with fixed names, such as Gems or Uniques. Ensure your league is correctly selected before attempting to locate items for purchase.
Simply enter the name of the item you are searching for, and hit ENTER or click the SEARCH button.
Editing Your Search
To edit a search without returning to the home page, simply click the Show Search Form button at the top of the page.
This can be done for any type of search, including Live Searches. If you are searching for an entirely different type of item, be sure to clear any fields that do not apply to your new search (for example, Item Type).
Searching for Gems
Since all gems are available at Level 1 from Lily Roth in-game, it is probable that you are searching for gems with quality or experience when using poe.trade. In order to properly specify what you are searching for, scroll down and fill in the “Quality” and “Level/Tier” fields under “Misc”.
If you are searching for Level 20 gems with 20% Quality, bear in mind that Corrupted gems are often significantly cheaper. The reason for this is that players will attempt to corrupt these gems in the hopes of obtaining a Level 21 gem, and therefore these “bricked” versions are worth considerably less. If you do not want to purchase already corrupted gems, ensure you set the “Corrupted” field to “No”.
Searching for Uniques
Unique items are also relatively easy to locate, as their names are fixed, and their stats roll within a specified range. Simply enter the name of your desired item in the search field to see the results. Uniques that have a higher amount of rolled affixes typically have a noticeable difference in price between the lowest and highest rolls. The Loreweave chest, for example, has so many different possible stat rolls that the difference between a low roll and a high roll can often exceed several Exalted Orbs. For expensive items, it can sometimes instead be more prudent to purchase a low roll, then use Divine Orbs until the desired roll is achieved. Check the prices of the high and low rolls before committing to a purchase to ensure you get the best item for the best value.
In the case of unique items with multiple stats that can have different rolls, it is important to identify which one(s) are important for your build, so that you do not end up paying a lot of currency for an item that is rolled poorly for your needs. Likewise, checking the ranges of these rolls (by looking the item up on an item database, for example) is important so that you can see how good a particular item actually is.
Narrowing Down Results
Due to the vast amount of items, and the relatively specific needs of most players, the only feasible way to search for desirable items with any consistency is to apply filters of your own to your searches.
One of the simplest ways to do this is to add “Mods” to search for. Click Add Mod, then on the drop down bar that appears to query for different options. Type in the stat you are searching for, and specify minimum or maximum rolls on the right of the bar.
Ensure that you select the stats you are looking for on the item, being sure to choose the correct affix tag (explicit, enchantment, etc.). The website poeaffix.net can be helpful for identifying possible ranges for affixes, as well as displaying what mods are possible on certain item types.
You can switch between several different search types beneath the “Mods” bars — by default, searches are set to “AND”, which specifies that all designated mods must exist within the parameters assigned, if any. There are several other options to explore here; for example, the “COUNT” feature can be useful if you cast a wider net for stat combinations.
Spend a few minutes familiarizing yourself with the general search interface. Many of the options are rather self-explanatory, allowing you to narrow down an item as much as necessary. Looking for a Rare helmet with an enchantment, but getting flooded with results for Starkonja's Head? Set the “Rarity” box to “Non-Unique”. Working within a budget? Set a maximum listing price to truncate any results that are out of your price range.
Unless you are searching for top quality “once in a league” items, you will want to keep the ONLINE ONLY option enabled, preventing any items from players who are currently offline from being displayed.
Always remember that any Crafted affixes on items can be easily and cheaply removed for only 2 Orb of Alchemy using the Crafting Bench in your hideout, and replaced with a new craft of your choosing. Keep this in mind when looking at the results, and focus on the mods on the item that cannot be changed.
Also, unless you are specifically looking to purchase a 5 or 6-linked item, do not worry about trivial things such as sockets, colors, etc., as this can be adjusted after purchase, provided that the item you are buying is not Corrupted.
Sorting Search Results
By default, searches are sorted by price, in ascending order. Clicking on a stat for one of the listings will re-order the results, displaying all items with that affix in descending order.
This works for any type of item that has variable rolls, and can be particularly useful if you are looking for a Unique that has one especially important roll.
Searching for Resistances
Since Resistances are necessary for virtually every build in Path of Exile, you will often find yourself looking for gear with multiple types of resistance. In order to effectively narrow down the results, there are a few filters that can be applied under the Mods section that are extraordinarily useful.
The Pseudo mods are a great place to start. As the Greek prefix “pseudo” implies, these are not actual mods in-game, but instead allow you to perform searches that would otherwise require far more complex filters.
The main two Pseudo mods that you will be selecting are # Elemental Resistances and +#% Total Elemental Resistance.
- # Elemental Resistances allows you to specify how many Resistances you want on your item.
- +#% Total Elemental Resistance allows you to specify the combined total of Elemental Resistances on the item.
You can also opt to use # Resistances and +#% Total Resistances, however, this will cause Chaos Resistance to be included in the results, which is not a highly valued affix for most builds.
The Pseudo filters are great for buying items when you are not constrained by very specific values. If you are looking for exact values or types of Resistances, you will have to create a more specific search. Either add the mods directly to your search, accompanied by “Min” and “Max” values if necessary, and perform the search.
Running Live Searches
The LIVE SEARCH function can be extremely helpful for a variety of applications. After performing your basic search, you will have the option to perform a Live Search.
Set your notification settings to your preference. The browser tab containing the search must remain open in order for the search to stay active. Here are some examples of reasons to run a live search:
- Looking for build-making items early a league when supply is limited
- Searching for items with uncommon mod combinations that might not be available on the market currently
- Scouting for items that are cheaply priced with the aim of either flipping them or saving currency
- Finding the best deals before other players have a chance to compete with you for them
There are unique strategies involved with running Live Searches to flip items, particularly early in a league’s life cycle when price is constantly in a state of flux. Similar to flipping in other games and real-world investing, the best items and currencies to flip constantly change. A Unique that is relatively cheap during one league may be featured in a popular build in the next, and thus skyrocket in demand.
Trading on the Currency Market
The currency market can be accessed at the top right of the site, or by navigating to currency.poe.trade. A wide variety of items can be purchased from this portal in a much more convenient fashion than searching for them on the regular site.
Buying bulk currency on poe.trade often results in exchange losses, and for the best rates it is typically advised to stick to trade channels. On the other hand, players who do not mind some lost profits in favor of the convenience should not be discouraged.
Other objects, most notably things like Maps, Fragments, Divination Cards, and much more can be tracked down from the currency market. You can, of course, specify a minimum quantity, which makes bulk purchases easier and cuts down trade time.
Selling Items on poe.trade
The easiest way to sell items on poe.trade is to place them in a Premium stash tab that has been set to “Public”. Items can be priced individually or en masse from within the stash using the Premium tabs. If you are unwilling to buy Premium tabs, you can also create a thread or “shop” on the official Path of Exile forums in the appropriate trading sections. Linking your items in your thread will also allow them to be indexed automatically and listed for other players to browse.