Path of Exile has been out for quite some time now. That being said, the dungeon delving RPG has earned a new resurgence of players since the game’s recent release on the PlayStation 4. With that in mind, we have crafted a quick guide to the basics of Path of Exile. Check it out below.


On the surface, Path of Exile looks quite a lot like Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed Diablo 2. The game features a similar focus on loot and slaying massive hoards of enemies. That being said, Grinding Gear Games’ Path of Exile is truly its own invention.

The game offers quite a few unique features, which will each be discussed here. This guide is designed with new players in mind, as it draws attention to the basics of the title. With that in mind, any new player looking to get in on Path of Exile should definitely check out these quick facts, tips and tricks before jumping into this massive game.


One of the first choices a new player will be faced with is choosing which league to play with. Each league is its own game world, almost like a game server. The three primary league types are Standard, Private and Challenge.

Standard League

The default league most players find themselves in is the Standard League, as the name would suggest. There are two variants to the standard league, which are Hardcore and Solo Self-Found. The Hardcore variant adds a somewhat unique twist on permadeath to your play.

Whenever a player within the hardcore variant standard league dies, their character reverts to whatever form the character was in during the normal standard league. Meanwhile, the Solo Self-Found variant prohibits players from trading with each other or from joining together for raiding parties. Consequently, this variant is for players that exclusively want a solo-campaign experience.

Private League

Private leagues must be purchased. However, the owning player will consequently be able to add interesting modifiers to the Path of Exile world to enhance their playing experience. The private league can use similar modifiers to other leagues, such as the unique permadeath feature of the hardcore league variant. Or, the owning player can add in unique modifiers such as increased monster statistics or disabled vendors.

Challenge League

The challenge leagues are temporary, as they roughly change every few months or so. Each challenge league is unique, as each league offers a new set of modifiers to the world of Path of Exile. Challenge leagues are always available in pairs, so players will have two unique challenge leagues available at any given time. After some time, the leagues will be removed and then replaced with new and unique leagues.

When a challenge league ends, a player’s stash and characters are all shipped over to the relevant permanent league that the player was previously using.

When it comes to choosing a league, it is perhaps best to just stick with the standard league until you have a firm grasp of the game’s mechanics. After that, the challenge leagues and standard league variants can be great ways to enhance your play.


There are seven total classes for the player to choose from. Each class comes equipped with different starting stats and each begins at a different spot on the passive skill tree, which will be used to level your characters. With all of that in mind, choosing a class is not as consequential as in most other RPGs.

It is important to note that the Scion class is not unlocked until rescuing a certain character during Act 3 of the game’s campaign. The scion is an incredibly flexible class, but is not considered friendly to new players. Consequently, the class has to be unlocked.


There are three attributes in Path of Exile. As mentioned before, they are strength, dexterity and intelligence. Every 10 points in each of these ability scores offer various bonuses to the player’s character.

AbilityEffect Per 10 Points

Strength:Maximum life increases by five points. Melee damage increases by 2%.

Dexterity:Accuracy increases by 20 points. Evasion increases by 2%.

Intelligence:Maximum mana increases by five points. Energy shield increases by 2%.

Gear within Path of Exile often have ability score minimum requirements. For instance, a hefty battleaxe may demand the player have 132 strength and 45 dexterity in order to wield the weapon. Consequently, it is important to manage your ability scores as you play the game.

Certain items will boost your ability scores. Beyond that, abilities within the passive skill tree will also provide permanent ability bonuses.

Last Minute Tips and Tricks

Now that you have a grasp of the basics of Path of Exile, here are some quick tips and tricks to help you throughout your playing experience.

Unlike most RPGs, you do not gain experience for completing quests. Rather, your character gains experience from defeating enemies. That being said, you will have to fight enemies near your level in order to gain experience. Enemies too low of level or too high of level will not provide experience.

Install a loot filter. Loot filters help draw the player’s eye to useful gear. During the early stages of Path of Exile, a loot filter may seem unnecessary. However, the ground will be littered with loot during high-level gameplay, making loot filters a must. You can pick up a loot filter here.

You can lose experience. During campaign Acts 1-5, there is no penalty for dying. However, near the end of Act 5, a hidden penalty system will be enacted. Every time you die, you will now lose 5% of your experience. At the end of Act 10, you will lose 10% of your experience for each death. While you cannot lose levels through this penalty system, the lost experience can still be quite detrimental at higher levels. That's all in this guide. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comment section. And if you want to enhance your Path of Exile experience - You can come to the Best gaming store : to getting more POE Currency to enjoy the game