What is Path of Exile’s Vendor Recipe System?
Path of Exile having trading instead of a currency is an interesting choice, and somehow it works. It also helps that POE trade for POE Currency isn’t limited between players, but also applies to NPC vendors. In fact, if players specifically look for items, then so do they. It’s no other than the vendor recipe system.
What is the Vendor Recipe System
For the uninitiated (which will mostly be the ones that will look this guide up), the vendor recipe system is a list of items that NPC vendors give out when you trade in a specific group of items. It helps to know what these items are, as this allows you to get those items, which includes POE Orbs, with complete certainty in exchange for items you don’t want or need, or you don’t find as important as the one you’re looking for.
Certain vendor recipe items have more than one Path of Exile items that they can be exchanged for. This gives players many ways of getting an item they’re looking for.
Also, despite the name of the system, some vendor recipe items only require one item. Yes, even exchanging random normal Path of Exile items in exchange for scrolls of wisdom falls under the vendor recipe system despite not asking for specific POE items. This is because the scroll of wisdom is what the game considers as the lowest form of stand-in currency, and if the devs made the vendors ask for specific PoE items in exchange for them, lots of players will meet a dead end.
Cooking Up Examples
There is a very long list of vendor recipes. You can look these up yourself, it’s hard to know which ones you can use if you don’t have the context. And while the vendor recipe system follows certain trends, which means you don’t have to look that long list up if you already have a certain understanding of certain recipes. However, not all players, even experienced ones, found it easy to follow at first. For that, we’ll be bringing up those that are frequently used by players.
First would be the flask upgrade. By exchanging three flasks of the same kind and quality, you’ll get one flask of the same kind but higher quality. For example, if you have three colossal life flasks, you can combine them and you’ll end up with a sacred life flask. This goes on until you get to Eternal Flasks. Or in the case of hybrid flasks, Hallowed.
Another use of the vendor recipe system would be to lower skill gem levels. While the general rule is that the higher the skill gem level the better, it’s not the case for all of them. Some builds actually require a specific level of a certain skill or support gem – neither higher nor lower. So if you accidentally over-leveled a skill gem or can’t find one with the right level, you can just sell the gem in question with an Orb of Scouring. In exchange, you’ll get the same gem but with a lower level. Rinse and repeat until it hits the desired level.
A vendor recipe with a rather steep price would be the Vaal Orb. In exchange for one, you have to give up 7 Vaal skill gems and 1 Vaal Fragment. Some would argue that it’s not worth the PoE items asked for in exchange. However, if you have a lot of Vaal skill gems that you don’t have a use for and want to corrupt a particular item or skill gem, then you might as well do this one.
If you want to change the Bandit favor that you have over another, you can. Just exchange 20 Orbs of Regret with a specific amulet. The latter will determine which Bandit’s favor will the resulting Book of Reform grant your character with. An amber amulet gives you Oak’s favor, a jade amulet gives you Kraitlyn, and a lapis amulet for Alira’s. This is useful for builds that require a leveling build whose chosen Bandit favor will become inapplicable once the endgame built can finally be set.
Finally, if you want an easy way to be rich in Path of Exile, you can exchange a full set of equipment whose item levels are 61 and above for a Chaos Orb. It’s not exactly Exalted Orbs, which is considered more valuable and gets you better PoE items in exchange. But hey, it’s a free PoE orb that you got in exchange for PoE items you didn’t need, so it’s still a profit.
Thanks to the vendor recipe system, your life as an exile doesn’t have to be ruled by the RNG. So, before you start grinding, check the Path of Exile items you have and this nifty list to save your precious time and energy.