When starting a character in Path of Exile, players will be asked which League to join. This can be confusing at first, but this guide will help you choose which is best for hunting for Path of Exile items. Standard League for easy Path of Exile items Dying is a normal part of any video game. It can be frustrating however, especially when you’re farming for Path of Exile items. Thankfully, in Standard League players don’t need to worry about it too much as monsters do not gain unfair power-ups. No modifiers here and everything is perfectly normal.
A unique item is an item with a specific name, unique artwork, and a predetermined list of modifiers. Unique items have the same implicit modifier as a normal item of the same type.
How to Obtain a unique item?
World drops. Unique items can be found as random drops just the same as any other item. Normal monsters drop items with an item level equal to the monster level, magic monsters drop items with item level at monster level +1, rare/unique monsters drop items with item level at monster level +2.
Chris — "[We have] stratified the drop rates of Unique items so that some of them are more common (especially build-enabling ones), and powerful ones are still extremely rare. The drop rates of unique items are no longer proportional to their item type. A common unique ring is now as likely to drop as a common Unique weapon."
PoE Orbs of Chance. There is a very small chance of upgrading a normal item into a unique of the same base type when using an PoE Orbs of Chance. For example if you want the Andvarius unique ring then you should use an PoE Orbs of Chance on a Gold Ring of normal rarity. Certain uniques are league-specific and will require being on a map with mods from Zana's map device for this method to work.
Vaal Orb. Certain jewels (click here for a list) and some equipment (like Blood of Corruption) can only be created by corrupting another item. The original item will be lost in the process.
Prophecies. Many prophecies exist that reward uniques, many of them a specific unique item which requires you to hunt down a certain monster and kill it. Others reward you with a random unique, such as The Mysterious Gift, which requires you to trade in five uniques to a vendor.
Vendor recipes. Some unique items can only be produced by using a certain vendor recipe. Orb of Chance does not work, and they can't be dropped. The item level of the produced unique will be equal to the lowest ilvl of the components of the recipe. See here for a list of such items.
Upgrading. Some unique items can be upgraded to a superior version. See fated items and blessed items for more information.
Divination cards. Sets of divination cards may have a unique item as their reward. These can be drop-restricted items that are otherwise not available.
Master vendor. Sometimes, a level 8 master will sell a unique item in his/her shop for a relatively low price. This will usually be a common unique item, but it may be rare as well. Cloak of Tawm'r Isley can only be obtained from a master.
Event prizes. Occasionally, unique items are offered as top tier prizes in special event competitions. Please note that not all events offer unique items as prizes.