Path of Exile is an amazing game to get into, especially if you like more complex games that allow you to build your character however you want. It comes with the disadvantage that you have to spend a lot of time learning the game. Today’s article aims to give you some quick tips along with providing some Path of Exile related Youtube videos, which will help you better understand the game in general.
Common mistakes new players make
Picking the wrong character for your build
In Path of Exile there is no class system like in other games. There are 7 main characters: Witch, Templar, Marauder, Duelist, Ranger, Shadow and Scion. You should still pick one of those carefully, mainly having its ascendancy class in mind. Once you progress through the campaign enough you will be able to complete a set of trials and defeat Izaro in the Labyrinth. After you’ve proven you are worthy you will be able to choose one of three ascendancy classes.
Example: The Witch can become a Necromancer, an Elementalist or an Occultist. Each of these ascendancy classes has different perks for different kinds of builds. The Necromancer is a great choice if you want to build your character around Minions for example. This is why if you want to create a Summoner you should start with a Witch; a Duelist would be a horrible choice in this case and will only leave you hopeless and a mistake like that can even lead to you quitting the game.
Not understanding the Gem system
Gems are one of the unique system Path of Exile has and is one of the big reasons the game is so fun. In order to make a decent build you have to understand Gems and how they interact with each other. There are Active gems and Support gems. The main idea behind the system is to have an Active gem, which is linked with Support gems that make the skill more powerful. Understanding Gem colours should be pretty intuitive.
Example: Fireball is a cool skill that works just fine by itself when killing a single enemy, but its efficiency falls off quickly when you face a horde of foes. Linking it with Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support will allow you to shoot multiple projectiles with a single cast, which will greatly increase your clearing capabilities. Once you have more links you should also increase the skill’s damage. In that case, something like Controlled Destruction Support will work well.
Understanding Gem tags is also quite important. For example, Fireball is a Spell, which can only be supported by Support gems that have the same Spell tag. This is why there is no point linking Fireball with something like Elemental Damage with Attacks Support, since it only Supports Attack skills, and not Spell skills.
Not interacting with the crafting system / storing up whatever you find
As a new player you can be overwhelmed with the crafting systems Path of Exile has to offer. The game is based around a currency system instead of a raw Gold one. Getting different currency orbs like Orb of Transmutation and Orb of Alchemy is quite common and will allow you to craft some items early on, which is essential for progressing forward. You should not hesitate crafting, even if you are new to the game and mistakes are quite possible.
Even though this just scratches the surface of Path of Exile you should be encouraged to at least give the game a try.
Here are some Youtube videos that might help you further: