This beginner’s guide for Delve includes all the new game features and what it takes to start grinding this expansion. Delve is the first “endless dungeon” of Path of Exile. The base mechanics are simple, the further you go the higher the challenges you will have to face to continue with your adventure.
- Niko the Mad
- The Mine Encampment
- Voltaxic Sulphite and The Subterranean Chart
- Azurite and The Voltaxic Generator
- Resonators and Fossils
- Timeworn Reliquary Keys
As soon as you enter The Coast you will find “Niko the Mad”. He will ask for your help exploring the Azurite Mine in order to get the precious Voltaxic Sulphite. In all Wraeclast you will find chests of Voltaxic Sulphite, click them and Niko will show up giving you Sulphite and the chance to enter the Mine Encampment.
The Mine Encampment is a new area where you will be able to manage everything related to the Delve, once inside you can:
– Talk with Niko to buy Resonators in exchange for Azurite.
– Use the Voltaxic Generator to purchase upgrades and craft Delve related items.
– Open the Subterranean Chart and chose where to advance next.
– Or just enter the mine and it will take you the beginning regardless of how far you have explored.
As previously mentioned there are chests of Voltaxic Sulphite scattered in every zone and map of the game. Gather as many as you can because this will be what fuels the Crawler.
Inside the mine The Crawler is the best source of light, staying near it will keep you safe from the Darkness and it will guide you to the next waypoint. Keep looking for this chests until you have enough to start exploring. Once you are ready click the Subterranean Chart and it will show you the map with all the directions you can explore and how much Voltaxic Sulphite it takes to advance further into the deeps.
The Delve works with Checkpoints, similar to in-game zones, once you finish one you will have the option to travel to that checkpoint and start a new Delve from there. You have a hand full of options and each will give you different rewards. When the exile reaches the destination and finishes fighting the pack of mobs guarding it, he will be rewarded with jewellery, armour, weapons or piles of Azurite.
Go to the Voltaxic Generator and notice that Azurite is what will allow you to upgrade your Sulphite Capacity, Darkness Resistance and Light Radius.
You can also craft Flares and Dynamite, upgrade how many you can carry, their duration and radius.
The Flares will provide a temporary source of light making it possible to explore areas unreachable by The Crawler.
On the other hand, Dynamite will blow up walls opening the way to hidden areas of the mine.
Using Flares or Dynamite can be tricky because outside the safety of The Crawlers light, you have only a few seconds before your life starts to drop. Also, blowing up walls opens the path to packs of mobs. Make sure you prepare for the fight before adventuring into the Darkness.
Delve League also adds new currencies, Resonators and Fossils. These will help you craft rare items.
Resonators differ from normal orbs because you change the possible rolls by placing Fossils into them.
The more sockets a resonator has the more customisable it is. This feature allows a better chance to roll that perfect rare your build desperately needs.
A list of all the fossils currently in Path of Exile can be found here.
Last but not least, let’s talk about the Timeworn Reliquary.
If you played Path of Exile back in Legacy league you know what to expect. These keys can be exchanged for a new version of a random Unique item, the Delve version. Unlike previous Keys, these no longer roll Legacy versions of these Uniques.