Path of Exile Currency Guide 3: Chromatic Orbs and Orb of Fusing
In Path of Exile, sockets in gear are life. Without them, you won’t have access to active skills, which you’ll need to survive Wraeclast, and more recently, Oriath. However, it’s not enough for gear to have sockets, as the type of sockets they have, how the sockets are arranged, and how the sockets are linked to one another. When these things are far from what’s ideal for gear, even in a good one, that particular piece of equipment usually gets passed for something else. Now, let’s talk about part three of this Path of Exile Currency Guide, which focuses on Chromatic Orbs and Orb of Fusing.
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Hues and Links
Thankfully, there’s a way to keep things on track, and it’s with Orbs. Aside from using them as currency and items that change rarity and mods, there are Chromatic Orbs and Orb of Fusing that alter a gear’s socket colors and reroll links.
Changing Color with Chromatic Orbs
Chromatic Orbs reroll a gear’s socket colors at semi-random. It’s not completely random since it’s more likely to yield a particular color depending on the attributes of the gear in question. For example, if a gear requires more strength, the likelier it is to get red sockets and blue sockets with intelligence, and green with dexterity. Chromatic Orbs, however, cannot result in white sockets, where gems of any color can be placed.
Chromatic Orbs can also turn a particular socket to a specific color, which is useful for items that are unlikely to have a particular socket color simply by using a Chromatic Orb. For example, if a gear only has Strength and Dexterity as a requirement, it won’t have a blue socket simply by using a Chromatic Orb.
However, instead of being used directly, they’ll be used as a requirement when using the Artisan’s Bench by Vorici. The item in question can have at least one socket of a specific color for four Chromatic Orbs, two sockets for 25, and three for 120. It’s a steep price, but worth paying if you’re a master crafter who wants the best set of gears that you can earn by normal means.
Making Socket Links with Orb of Fusing
On the other hand, the Orb of Fusing is utilized to change the socket links in a gear. Linked sockets are essential for players that use support skill gems (a skill gem that gives no active skills, and instead, bolsters a skill gem that’s placed in a socket linked to the support skill gem’s socket). It’s perfect for items that have great stats and mods, but don’t have enough, or worse, any socket links.
An item that an Orb of Fusing is useful for has a high chance of getting three to four linked sockets, and a low probability of getting five to six linked sockets. In fact, you’ll need around thousands of Orb of Fusings to achieve such a result.
The Orb of Fusing can also be spent in Vorici’s Artisan’s Bench, but it’s not worth doing so, as you’ll spend just as much if not more orbs for the same result. For one Orb of Fusing, you get the following: linked socket:
- Three linked sockets with three
- Four linked sockets with five
- Five for a whopping 150 Orbs of Fusing
- Six for 1500 orbs
Sockets and links is a significant consideration when gearing up in Path of Exile. Thankfully, with the Chromatic Orb and Orb of Fusing, taking care of this part can be made more accessible.
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