August 18, 2017

Path of Exile: Helpful Websites and Tools


Path of Exile is a complex game with many different interacting systems. Information is not always easily accessible or understood in-game. Luckily, the community has created some very useful websites, programs, and other tools to help players.

In my previous post on preparing for The Fall of Oriath expansion, I talked about a few basic tools for getting started, choosing a build, and setting up a loot filter. Here are many of the other tools I use to improve my Path of Exile experience as I get further into the league and improve my characters.

PoETrade 

PoETrade is currently the standard (popular) 3rd-party trading website. Using Path of Exile's public stash tab API, PoETrade allows players to search for items (and currency) available for sale. You can do broad searches, such as for a specific unique item, or increasingly detailed searches, like all boots with 30% movement speed, two resistances with a total greater than 80, and maximum life greater than 50. PoETrade makes it much easier to sell the loot you find and use the profits to acquire better gear for yourself.

You can read the original trade improvements announcement for more information about how to list items for sale using premium stash tabs. If you don't have premium stash tabs, you can use the programs Procurement or Acquisition to list items using the official forums.

PoEApp

PoEApp is another, newer trade website. I am not as familiar with the site, but it offers very similar functionality to PoETrade, including a currency market. I started using PoEApp more recently, especially early in the league when PoETrade was a bit overwhelmed with traffic. At this point, you can probably just use one or the other depending on preference, but I am personally more comfortable working with PoETrade due to experience.

Update (8/18): Apparently the developer of PoEApp has decided to shut down the website on August 31st for financial reasons. PoETrade is still available, and hopefully some other alternatives may rise up.

Update: (8/20): The developer has now created a Patreon with the goal of keeping the site running.

PoENinja

PoENinja is a great supplement to the above trade websites (or trade in general), providing quick access to live average prices for currency, unique items, maps, etc. You can also see historical data to examine pricing trends. This is a great way to check prices of commodity items before you buy or sell on the trade websites. The green, yellow, and red bars represent the confidence in the displayed price, with green being highest and red being lowest confidence. More sellers provide more data resulting in higher confidence.

PoE TradeMacro

PoE TradeMacro is a versatile AutoHotkey script with a number of helpful trade commands. It includes the very useful PoE Item Info which shows otherwise hidden information like affix tiers and possible rolls, divination card locations, map data (bosses, layout, etc.), and more. The TradeMacro then allows basic price checking with fetched data from PoETrade or configurable advanced price checking. This is probably the best way to quickly check the prices of items in-game, similar to PoENinja but without leaving the game.

Whichever method you use to price check, be wary of players trying to drive the prices down with false listings. You will probably underprice (or overprice) your items a lot at first, or even miss valuable items entirely. The best price checking comes with practice, experience, and awareness of what makes items valuable or powerful. For some recent examples specific to jewelry, ZiggyD recorded himself crafting and pricing rings and amulets.

Engineering Eternity has a helpful video guide for using PoE Trade Macro.

Path of Building

In my post on preparing for The Fall of Oriath I mentioned Path of Building as something that many build guides will use. Once you move beyond the basics of importing builds, Path of Building is an incredibly powerful tool for improving your character. You can preview the results of every passive node, item, or skill change. You can configure the calculations for specific scenarios like fighting a boss in a map with specific modifiers while you have certain flasks and conditional buffs active. I often use Path of Building together with PoETrade to see how potential item purchases would affect my character.

The ability to easily calculate effective DPS and defenses is invaluable as you move towards the endgame. Path of Building can be overwhelming at first, but I cannot go back to trying to use the limited in-game information to plan my characters. As an example, here is an import code for my level 91 Righteous Fire Berserker (mostly based on Pohx's build) that I am currently playing in Harbinger League.

Engineering Eternity has another helpful video guide for using Path of Building.

PoEAffix

PoEAffix has a simple interface for showing possible affixes on different item classes. This information is useful for crafting and trading alike. Although this information is available on other sites like the Path of Exile wiki, PoEAffix has the most concise and easy to use format.


POELab

As the name implies, POELab is all about Path of Exile's labyrinth. The layout of the labyrinth changes each day, and POELab quickly posts visual guides for each of the four difficulties. These guides show the quickest path and highlight the various side objectives like darkshrines, puzzles, keys/doors, reliquaries, and Izaro's pet Argus. The site also includes info on traps, rewards, and puzzle solutions. Whether you're just running the labyrinth for your ascendancy or you are interested in farming the the Uber/Endgame/Eternal labyrinth for rewards, POELab is invaluable.

PoECraft

PoECraft hosts a collection of unrelated tools, including affix info like PoEAffix, an interactive atlas planner, an area of effect visualizer, and even some guides.

Vorici Chromatic Calculator

This very specific tool calculates the odds for different methods of recoloring gem sockets in gear. You enter the item's stat requirements, number of sockets, and desired colors, and the calculator shows you the cheapest expected method of obtaining those colors. Note that in some cases this "off color" technique described in a video from Pohx may be more efficient, and is not taken into account by the calculator.

PoEWhisperNotifier

This small background program offers a few different methods for notifying the player of in-game whispers while the game is minimized or the player is away. The tool can be configured to play a sound or show a notification, send a PushBullet alert to your phone, or even send an email. The necessity of this tool has been slightly lessened as a recent patch made the Path of Exile icon flash on the taskbar if you are whisper while minimized. I still use the sound notification just to make sure I don't miss trade offers or other messages.

MercuryTrade

I am listing MercuryTrade at the bottom only because I haven't used it myself yet, but it still deserves attention. MercuryTrade is an overlay with features like buff and cooldown timers, chat scanning, stash highlighting, and a set of customizable trade notifications and responses. There is even a trade history.


More Tools

My list is not in any way exhaustive. You can find even more useful websites and applications on the Path of Exile wiki. There is also a subreddit for Path of Exile tool development where you can find some more information or check out works in progress.

An in-game price lookup for Kaom's Heart from PoETradeMacro.