Crafting (both for profit and for personal use) is an important aspect of Path of Exile, and one that is very often underrated and underused by many players. This is mostly due to the complexity of the crafting system(s), and how difficult it is to tell what you should be doing to not only not simply waste your currency, but actually make gains.
Worry not, though! In this guide, we will walk you through everything you need to know about crafting flasks. This is an excellent starting point to better understand the crafting systems as a whole (since flasks can only have one prefix and one suffix each, and you probably have all the relatively inexpensive crafting materials already), and it is also a great starting point to improve your character yourself.
A Quick Word on Flasks
Flasks and flask usage are an important part of building a character, but they are often overlooked by less experienced players. Indeed, you will hear many veterans say that the difference between a good and a great player is how well they use their flasks.
In Path of Exile, flasks have a lot more uses than the two that are most obvious when you start a character, namely restoring health and/or mana. While one of your flasks will typically provide this purpose all the way into the end-game, the other 3/4 flask slots will generally be used to greatly bolster your character’s survivability, utility, and damage output.
In this guide, we will not make any recommendations whatsoever about which flasks you should use. All of our build guides have a flask section that goes over the best flasks for that build, and we recommend that you use that for guidance instead.
TL;DR Flask Crafting
- Identify the desired outcome (acceptable prefix + suffix combination). For example, Seething Divine Life Flask of Staunching.
- Find the correct base item to craft (ensure it has the right item level to roll the affixes you want; see PoE Affix).
- Use Glassblower's Baubles to get the flask to 20% quality (ideally while the flask is Normal).
- Use an Orb of Transmutation to make the flask Magic. From this point on, be sure to check if the flask has the correct prefix + suffix, and if yes, then stop.
- Use an Orb of Alteration on the item if the prefix or suffix are incorrect. Repeat this step until one of the following happens
- the flask has both correct prefix + suffix; if so, then stop.
- the flask has the correct prefix and no suffix; if so then go to step 6.
- When the flask has the correct prefix and no suffix, you should do one of the following
- go to your Menagerie and Beastcraft the desired suffix onto the flask
- use an Orb of Augmentation on the flask to add a suffix; if the suffix is incorrect, return to step 5.
Step 1: Flask Base
The first thing you will have to do is identify the flask you want to craft. For the purpose of this guide, we will pretend we want to craft a Seething Divine Life Flask of Staunching. This is generally an excellent flask to have, since it provides instant health (the Seething prefix) and immunity to bleed effects (the Staunching suffix). Again, this is just an example, and you could use any number of useful suffixes, like Freeze, Ignite, or Curse immunity. See the specific build guide in question for flask recommendations.
Once you have chosen the flask you want to craft, you will have to acquire a base (either Normal or Magic – if Magic and not already correctly rolled, you can simply use an Orb of Scouring). In this case, a simple Divine Life Flask is what you need. At this point, it is very important to check the flask’s item level (by holding ALT while hovering over it). You must ensure that the item level of the base is high enough for the affixes you want on it to be eligible to roll. Use a website like PoE Affix to check this.
As you can see from the screenshot above, the flask will need to be at least item level 7 to be able to roll Seething, and at least 8 to be able to roll Staunching.
Once you have your correct base, you can move on to the next step.
Step 2: Flask Quality
Like many other items in the game (gems, armor, maps), flasks also have “quality”. This is increased by using Glassblower's Baubles on a flask. Each Glassblower’s Bauble increases the quality of a Normal (white) flask by 5%, a Magic or Rare (blue or yellow) one by 2%, and a Unique one by 1%.
Quality increases the amount of health and mana restored for flasks that have this property, while for all other flasks (Quicksilver Flasks, Diamond Flasks), the duration of the effect is increased.
This guide is not concerned with Unique flasks (which cannot be “crafted” as such). Therefore, we can say that as a rule you should always increase a Normal flask’s quality to 20% using Glassblower's Baubles before you start crafting it. This is simply the most efficient use of the Glassblower’s Baubles, since it only costs 4 Baubles to bring the flask from 0 to 20% quality. If the flask is already Magic (and the exceptions below do not apply), then you can use an Orb of Scouring on it to make it Normal and then increase its quality.
- Exception #1: if for some reason you end up with a perfectly rolled flask (correct affixes; see below), it most likely is more economical to use more Baubles to increase its quality than to use an Orb of Scouring and start all over again.
- Exception #2: early on in the league (while still leveling up), you may lack the required Glassblower’s Baubles to do this. In such a case, it is perfectly acceptable to roll a low/no quality flask.
A final note here, for completion’s sake, is that Hillock in the Research safehouse upgrades a flask’s quality to above 20%, depending on his rank, as follows:
- Rank 1: 22%
- Rank 2: 24%
- Rank 3: 26%
Step 3: Rolling Prefix + Suffix
Each flask can have one prefix and one suffix. In the example above (the Seething Divine Life Flask of Staunching), the prefix is Seething and the Staunching is the suffix.
The process is quite simple.
The first step is to make the flask Magic using an Orb of Transmutation. There is an extremely small chance that this will result in your desired combination of prefix and suffix, in which case you are done.
Most likely, however, your flask will only roll with one affix, or with two affixes of which at least one is not desirable.
- If the flask only has a prefix, and it is desirable, you have two options
- If the flask has only a suffix, and it is desirable, use an Orb of Augmentation to attempt to get a desirable prefix.
- If you have two affixes of which at least one is not desirable, use an Orb of Alteration to roll the affixes and start over again.
You will continue this process until you end up with both desirable affixes. It is important to note that in the case of most builds, there is some amount of flexibility in the affix combinations for your flasks. This means that, most likely, you will want a flask that has one of a few desirable prefixes and one of a few desirable suffixes. This means that it is somewhat easier to make a good flask than if you were looking for that one specific combination, but it also means you need to keep mental track of more affixes.
Beastcrafting (accessed using the Blood Altar in your Menagarie) is a much more efficient way of getting the desired suffix on your flask.
With a relatively modest Beast requirement (which you will have to sacrifice on the Blood Altar by essentially defeating it), you can apply a suffix of your choice on your flask, out of Curing, Dousing, Grounding, Heat, Staunching, and Warding (basically all of the really useful suffixes).
Beastcrafting suffixes on your flasks is by far the fastest and most cost-efficient way of getting the desired suffix, and you should certainly do so if you can.