Everyone who plays Path of Exile is united by one thing, the neverending need for more currency. You need currency for everything in this game, from trading for gear to crafting better items and more useful stuff, you need everything from Scrolls of Wisdom to Exalted Orbs, and getting these isn’t always easy. So why not make your life in Wraeclast just a little bit easier by using the vendor recipe system.
What Are Vendor Recipes?
Vendor Recipes are “secret” combinations of items that you can trade to any NPC with the “Sell Items” that will often reward you with useful items or currency.
If you want to check out other POE guides while you’re here, check those out below.
There’s a new players guide to POE that lays out the basics of playing this ARPG. If you want a POE 3.6 starter build, that’s here too. We’ve also got a guide about the basics of Synthesis League and the Memory Nexus if you want that. For you end-game farmers, we’ve even got a guide to mapping in Synthesis. If you’re leveling a character for the first time and need some help optimizing your item loadout, we got that covered as well. And if you need a refresher on Betrayal League content, we’ve got you.
Efficiency is the name of the game when farming currency, and this is equally true when using vendor recipes to make a bit of that extra POE currency. With that in mind, here are some useful tips for speeding up your farming for the purposes of these recipes
- Have a good item filter all the time. A good loot filter will always highlight items worth picking up for many recipes, as well as any valuable currency drops.
- Focus on a couple of item recipes at a time, especially if you have limited Stash space.
- Wait until you get to Maps to start really focusing on Vendor Recipes, as the returns on the leveling loot are pretty poor.
Since Exalted Orbs are some of the most valuable currency in POE, anyone playing long-term will want to get their hands on as many as possible. For this reason, this particular recipe is really useful for the later stages of Mapping when you’re reliably farming maps with Elder and Shaper influence.
Identified, full set of either Shaper items or Elder items = 2 Exalted Shards
Unidentified, full set of either Shaper items or Elder items = 4 Exalted Shards
The most well-known Vendor Recipe involves trading a full set of Rare equipment to receive Chaos Orbs in return. This means having a full set that includes:
2H Weapon (or 1H and Shield), Mind, Mitts, Boots, Chest, Belt, Amulet, and 2 Rings, all item levels 60 to 74 will get you 1 Chaos. If all products have 20% quality you receive back 2 Chaos Orbs. Having a fully unidentified set, in addition to the other requirements of item level and quality, will grant you 3.
A higher level version of the basic Chaos recipe. A good item filter will slightly alter the highlighting of Rares to make identifying Rares for this recipe easier. And as Regals are rarer than Chaos by a wide margin, you’ll want to switch to this recipe at some point.
2H Weapon (or 1H and Shield), Mind, Mitts, Boots, Chest, Belt, Amulet, and 2 Rings, all item levels 75 to 100 will get you 1 Regal. If all products have 20% quality you receive back 2 Regal Orbs. Having a fully unidentified set, in addition to the other requirements of item level and quality, will grant you 3.
The least useful of the Rare items recipes, I would advice skipping this as it’s not too hard to farm Chance Orbs while mapping, and they’re very cheap to trade for.
2H Weapon (or 1H and Shield), Mind, Mitts, Boots, Chest, Belt, Amulet, and 2 Rings, all item levels 1 to 59 will get you 1 Chance. If all products have 20% quality you receive back 2 Chance Orbs. Having a fully unidentified set, in addition to the other requirements of item level and quality, will grant you 3.
A Vaal Orb is great for end-game crafting, as it will randomly modify the properties of an item it’s used on, with all manner of strange effects. Some of the more useful outcomes include creating a 6-linked item, as well as adding useful corruptions as Implicit modifiers to said items. For this reason, it’s almost always good to pickup Vaal skill gems and Sacrifice fragments for this particular recipe.
7 Vaal Skill Gems + 1 Sacrifice Fragment = 1 Vaal Orb
One of the easiest recipes to take advantage of. Chromatic Orbs can be used to change the colors of item sockets, so you’ll need a lot of them when you’re in the end-game and customizing gear becomes a major priority.
Any Item traded which has three linked sockets, one of each of the three colors.
This is a very niche recipe, but it’s extremely useful for targeted mapping on the Atlas of Worlds. There is one for each level of maps (White, Yellow Red) that corresponds to each Sextant. Using one of these Seals on a Map will remove it from the Atlas completion percentage, and the map drop pool for that character. This is necessary for targeted farming of a specific Map. For more mapping tips and tricks, check out our POE Mapping Guide.
3 of any same Sextant + 1 Orb of Scouring = 1 Seal of the corresponding level.
Another useful tool in the Mapping arsenal in Path of Exile. Using one of these on a Shaped version of a Map on the Atlas will return that map to it’s original state and Tier.
20 Cartographer’s Chisel + 5 Orb of Regret = 1 Unshaping Orb
Item Quality Recipes
This class of vendor recipes involves handing over a certain item type with Quality on it to receive an item in return. It’s possible to get multiple very rare and useful currency items
Trading Maps, Flasks, and Skill Gems with quality will reward 1 Cartographer’s Chisel, 1 Glassblower’s Bauble or 1 Gemcuttter’s Prism respectively.
These recipes produce currency items that improve the quality of their category of items. To produce one requires one of the following:
- A single normal item (not magic, rare etc) of that category with 20% quality.
- Items of that category with a total of at least 40% quality (works for all rarities).
- When done for multiple instances of the recipe at once , each individual combination must add up to 40%. Ex. 19 , 13, 15, 9 , 17 , 7 would add up to 80, but would not actually grant 2 of the resulting quality items, only 1 because the individual combinations do not add up to 40 each.
Mana, Life and other Flasks are essential to success in Path of Exile, as such, you’ll need to upgrade them throughout the leveling process. You can upgrade most of the lower tiers of Flasks with this simple vendor recipe. The components must all be of the same base item type (e.g. Small Life Flask). The result will have the lowest item level of all components. If all three are magic, the result will be magic and unidentified. NOTE: This does not work on any items level 50 or higher, including Sanctified, Divine, and Eternal Life Flasks.
3 of any of the same tier of Flask = 1 of the next tier beyond the 3 traded
This is really useful for upgrading lower Map Tiers later in the lifecycle of a League. Once you have completed all of the White Tiers for example, it could be useful to change some of them to higher Tiers to speed up EXP gain while mapping. Just be sure to keep a couple around though as you may want to use them for other recipes too.
3 copies of any Map = 1× Map, higher or same tier connected on the Atlas of Worlds