This Path of Exile (PoE) 3.9 Path of Exile Metamorph League Beginner’s Leveling Guide, Tips and Tricks will be both useful for new and existing players that are trying to speed up their leveling to reach the endgame maps as quick as possible.
Other PoE Metamorph Guides
- Best 3.9 Builds for Beginners
- Most Popular Metamorph Loot Filters
- 3 Fast Currency Farming MF Builds
- Strongest Boss Killer Builds
The information in this article applies to Path of Exile on PC, Xbox and PS4.
Table of contents
- Interface Settings
- Early Game Setup
- Inventory Management
- Lab Trials and Ascension
- Maximizing Experience
- Useful Links
First off let’s start off with some Path of Exile Metamorph friendly interface options. Landscape transparency is really good if you put the map transparency to the right and the landscape transparency to the left on your mini-map this will make your map a lot easier to read. By doing this you won’t see any of the fluff that you don’t need.
By pressing the plus or minus button you can also zoom in and out if you want to see your map better. There’s a few other useful settings, I always show new sockets, life and mana numbers and life bars on allies and enemies. Advanced Mode description will show you the item prefixes and suffixes if you hold the alt button, this is REALLY important because each item has up to six affixes.
Next up is mouse button 1 to click move is important because it is very common to see a lot of new players have default attack on their mouse button 1 so they’ll accidentally talk to NPCs whilst trying to pass them which can result in a quick death.
Early Game Setup
You should look at the vendor early because there’s 3 important things to try and get in order to get a faster leveling experience in PoE Metamorph: 3 link item (any), movement speed boots and make a mule if you need certain gems. Vendors can start selling movement speed boots as soon as you’re in town after killing Hillock and the items reset every few zones so keep checking for movement speed boots!
A mule character is very important because it allows you to get some of the early gems that you will definitely need once you start rushing in Path of Exile Metamorph, for example a witch wouldn’t start with decoy totem (really useful at Brutus fight) so you can make a scion character and as soon as you get off the beach and kill hillock you’ll be able to get the gem by picking it up as a quest reward or buying it at the NPC.
Logging out is a good strategy for the Metamorph league start (and any other league start) because it allows you to save up on portal scrolls which can be sometimes really rare once you are speed leveling and you’ll spend them very fast. An example of where logging out is a good strategy is: Quicksilver flask quest, Fairgraves quest, Crab quest, Spider in A2, Voll in A4 and any other similar areas where the zone entry is far from the boss.
The best time to get the Crab and Fairgraves skill points is when you’re close to being done with A2 because you’ll sometimes already have a second Quicksilver flask at this point and you will be moving a lot quicker due to having a movement skill and pair of movement speed boots (which is a must at this point, at least 10%).
A lot of PoE quests are skippable: Fetid Pool, Crypt, Library (although useful if you need gems), A Swig of hope…Many of these skippable quests only give minor rewards such as a rare item (which is in most cases trash) and respec points (which you shouldn’t need while leveling). These quests take a long time to finish so avoid them if you’re trying to get to maps as fast as possible.
Remember that you can very easily make a +1 to gem level wand and the recipe for doing this is one alteration orb, one blue gem and a ring of your choice so for example a sapphire ring would make it a +1 cold gem wand.
One thing that’s done by a lot of players is that they pick up too much stuff early on which makes inventory management a living hell and it will drain up so much of their time. Try not to pick up everything, if you really have to then only pick up rare items (blue and white are useless, sometimes you should sell them early in the league if you’re low on wisdom scrolls).
Path of Exile starts getting bloated with useless white and blue items once you start reaching endgame maps. Get an item filter, I personally use the Semi-Strict Neversink’s loot filter and I find it great and it’s updated before every league start. You can use Poe Blade website to further edit the loot filter and even add custom sounds to it!
Alira is the best bandit for league starts (especially for beginners) because you’ll get a bonus percentage to all of your elemental resistances which is really important if you’re undergeared and trying to speed run. A good strategy for undergeared characters is to try and get to A4 and then run some Dried Lakes in order to catch up on levels and get good gear. If the Alira is not the preferred bandit for you build you can respec this later with twenty regret orbs and an onyx amulet.
Lab Trials and Ascension
Ascending as well can be pretty important, do the Normal Lab trials when you feel comfortable to do so and always have the best flasks for your current level. Some lab trials are really rippy so never try to rush it. After you’ve completed the lab trials you will be able to enter the respective lab (normal, cruel, merc, uber). Normal Lab trials and the lab itself usually take ~ 20 minutes which is not that bad because Normal Lab usually gives you a great boost for your character (be it offensive or defensive, it will let you progress faster and easier) but always make sure you’re overleveled for the Cruel, Merciless and Uber lab.
How XP ranges work is an extremely important topic, the formula is base level +-3 meaning if you’re a level four you’re getting full XP in a level seven zone and full XP in a level one zone. New players very often fully clear a zone thinking it’s better – IT’S NOT. If you’re speed leveling the most IMPORTANT thing is to stay around 2 levels below the zone you’re in, this will maximize your experience gain making you fly through levels in no time. This formula increases plus one every 16 levels so once you are level 16 you get full XP at level 20 and at level 12 and then again at 32 it is 27-37.
Blood Aquaducts are crucial at league starts because that zone is perfect for a good old grind. Blood Aquaducts is usually the best zone for both leveling and drops, highest experience per hour can be achieved in this zone with close to no effort because monsters are really easy (always skip the bird boss) and this zone drops the HUMILITY card. Combining a set of Humility cards will net you a Tabula Rasa – a 6 link body armor which can carry you to T10+ maps if your build is good.
Pick a build that you enjoy playing. I can’t stress this enough, most new players will google “top Metamorph league starter build” and most often it’ll be a Totem build. Totems are VERY strong but they’re also extremely boring to play, which results in the player quitting before even reaching the fun part of the game which is after 60+ once things start to speed up and you start to one shot monsters.
Lastly, be efficient with your time. If you’re playing a trade league (non SSF) and you lack items / don’t have capped resists, your damage is bad – buy some gear. Usually the best time to buy new gear is after A5 and after A7 or A8.
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PoE Addon Launcher (Basically launcher for all other apps): https://github.com/POE-Addon-Launcher/PoE-Addon-Launcher
Path of Building (Theory crafting and build damage calculation): https://github.com/Openarl/PathOfBuilding
PoE Trade Macro (Check item prices in game): https://github.com/PoE-TradeMacro/POE-TradeMacro
Lab Compas (Labyrinth Map based on current layout): https://www.poelab.com/lab-compass/
Mercury Trade (Easy trading, preset replies and popup of item offers): https://github.com/Exslims/MercuryTrade
PoE Trades Companion (Easy trading, preset replies and popup of item offers): https://github.com/lemasato/POE-Trades-Companion
XenonTrade (Price checking/trading overlay): https://github.com/klayveR/xenontrade
Trader for PoE (Yet another trading app): https://github.com/labo89/TraderForPoe
PoE Level Buddy (Displays useful info while levelling): https://github.com/Pastillage/PoE_Level_Buddy
Poe Levelling Overlay (Shows possible layouts of an area to make levelling faster) https://github.com/Biggoron144/PoE-Leveling-Overlay
Filtration (Create your own Item Filter the easy way using intuitive GUI): https://github.com/ben-wallis/Filtration
Currency Cop (Calculates value of your tabs in Chaos Orbs): https://github.com/currency-cop/currency-cop
PoE Controller (Play Path of Exile using a controller [Not as good as Xbox One version… yet]): https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1594688
Filter Bro (Update many popular ItemFilters to it’s newer versions): https://github.com/Skyline969/FilterBro
Exilence (Track net worth, maps, gear and more for you and your party): https://github.com/viktorgullmark/exilence
Exile Diary (Track drops, Exp and profit in your maps and more!): https://github.com/briansd9/exile-diary
PoE Direction Helper (Levelling overlay with zone layouts): https://github.com/flacostec/PoEDirectionHelper
YoloMouse (Change your cursor appearance to make it more visible): https://pandateemo.github.io/YoloMouse/
Acquisition (Trade items without premium tabs, find items in your stash): https://github.com/xyzz/acquisition/
LutBot (PoE AutoHotkey Macro with many options): http://lutbot.com/#/
PoE Racing (Racing companion and overlay): poe-racing.com
Grinding.Zone (Hub with most of these links): https://grinding.zone/
PoE Trade (Most popular Path of Exile shop indexer): http://poe.trade/
Official PoE Trading Site (Official trade site made by GGG): https://www.pathofexile.com/trade
PoE App (Yet another trading site with some new options): https://poeapp.com/
Poe Ninja (Currency/Item prices and past graph info): https://poe.ninja/
PoE Lab (Current Lab layouts, updated daily): https://www.poelab.com/
Poe Builds (Easy to navigate list of Path of Exile builds): https://www.poebuilds.cc/
PoE Build Browser (Another Easy to navigate list of Path of Exile builds): http://timtips.com/buildbrowser/
PoEDB (Data-mined info about items/gems/skills etc.): http://poedb.tw/us/
PoEAffix (Path of Exile item affixes): http://poeaffix.net/
Path of Exile Wiki (Well, it’s Wiki, you should know what that is): https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Path_of_Exile_Wiki
PoE Planner (Plan your skill tree online): https://poeplanner.com/|
PoE Checklist (Checklist of all the maps (Even these that are not on the Atlas): http://poechecklist.com/
FilterBlade (Customize NeverSink filter to your own liking): https://www.filterblade.xyz/
FilterBlast (Customize many popular filters to your own liking): https://filterblast.xyz/
ExileNinja (Plan your leveling progress before league): https://exile.ninja/
PoE Antiquary (Check archival prices of items from the past leagues): https://poe-antiquary.xyz/
PoE Road-map (Use Path of Building code to create levelling road-map): http://poe-roadmap.com/
TLDR Exile (PoE forum in more responsive version): https://tldrexile.com/pathofexile.com/forum/
Mikelat’s Aura Calc (Online Aura reservation planner): https://poe.mikelat.com/