Path of Exile's Delve expansion is out now

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Path of Exile's Delve expansion is out now

Delve is Path of Exile’s first infinite dungeon, which means that provided you can survive for long enough, you can explore it in any direction – not least downwards – forever. But before you can crack on with that you’ll need to get in touch with Niko the Mad, an inventor who has created a light powerful enough to sustain you in the darkness. Attached to a vehicle called the Crawler, this light is your lifeline through the mine and you’ll have to keep up with it as you venture deeper below the surface, connecting new areas to Niko’s power grid.

As you’re progressing through the Delve, be on the lookout for cracks in the walls around you. You’ll know that you’ve found a destructible wall because it’s model slightly sticks out from the surrounding area. These are areas of wall that can be detonated with Dynamite. Exposing these hidden areas will often lead to hidden treasure chests containing all manner of loot. Most of the time you’ll need to use Voltaxic Flares to carve a path through the Darkness to find these hidden troves. Although you should use them sparingly and get out of the Darkness ASAP.

You can upgrade the Crawler as you progress, and you'll hit different biomes, each of which will offer specific loot. You'll use new socketable currency and crafting items, and play around with new skills. Essentially, there are loads of reasons to play it, and you can read about all of them in Steven's extended preview here. And, like the rest of the game, it's completely free. Come to now, you can buy Path of Exile Currency with fast delivery and 100% safety.

The incentive to keep pushing and compete is rewarded with greater loot and a robust feeling of accomplishment for every level you push to. Previously, as soon as you got to a point where you can kill Uber Elder and comfortably take on all map mods, there wasn’t any purpose to continue upgrading your character. Now there’s an explanation to commit ten exalted orbs on that 2% upgrade, mainly because it truly could get you for the subsequent Delve depth.

Delve also changes crafting with Fossils and Socketable Crafting Items. And these, Wilson said, give you more control over the modifiers that appear on weapons. Wilson then directed me to an image showing how a Metallic Fossil boosts your chance of getting Lightning Mods, adds more to the pool of available mods, and prevents Physical Damage mods from appearing. Wilson went on to show how, when placed in an Alchemical Resonator, it crafts lightning weapons.

There are two types of Resonators – Chaotic and Alchemical. These have the functionality of Chaos Orbs and Orbs of Alchemy respectively. Each can have a number of sockets. Ones with many sockets are harder to find than ones with few.There are between 1-4 sockets on each Resonator depending on rarity. Primitive, Potent, Powerful, and Prime Resonators can be found. You can also purchase some Resonators from Niko in exchange for Azurite.