Path of Exile Synthesis 3.6 recent launch brought many exciting new mechanics into the game, including the Memory Nexus. While admittedly the Memory Nexus is a complex puzzle that can overwhelm the best of players, follow our guide below to sufficiently grasp how the Nexus works, memory fragments and all our tips to better improve the rewards you can receive in the Memory Nexus.

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Before all else, we feel it’s best to summarize how to unlock the Memory Nexus and what to do once it’s available. In general, completing the tasks required to unlock the Memory Nexus will provide you a glimpse of what to expect when it comes to running a memory fragment. However, Path fo Exile, unfortunately, does a mediocre job guiding players through the process of planning and exploiting all the great perks found in the Nexus.

How to access the PoE Synthesis Memory Nexus?

Getting to grips with all the complex challenges that await in the Memory Nexus can represent a daunting challenge in itself. However, before we dive into how to use the Memory Nexus, let’s go over how we can unlock the Memory Nexus first.

Path of Exile Synthesis Memory Nexus Guide locate Cavas
Path of Exile Synthesis Memory Nexus Guide – Complete quests for Cavas

You’ll need to embark on a short series of introductory quests for Cavas to get the ball rolling. Afterward, you will encounter him in each new zone or map and he will present you with a memory fragment portal. Once inside you will have to activate a number of so-called memory stabilizers while slaying monsters and avoiding the encasing blue zone. If you are absorbed by the blue zone before activating all the required stabilizers, you will fail the objective and you’ll be teleported outside.

It’s meaningful to note, the Memory Nexus was designed as a race against time, as such, you do not have to waste time picking up loot as once the race is over, all the items will be gathered and presented to you. This is only the case for fragments in which the blue zone closes in on you. But more on that later.

PoE Synthesis The Memory Nexus
PoE Synthesis The Memory Nexus

Once you’ve obtained four or five memory fragments while progressing through the mini quest chain that Cavas offers you, he will provide you access to the Nexus. The area contains a stash, an NPC, waypoint and many other contraptions.

Path of Exile Synthesis Memory Nexus Mechanics

Once you have unlocked the memory Nexus, many new mechanics will become available to you. Here are the main Memory Nexus Mechanics that’ll you will need to get accustomed with.

Memory Pieces

  • You can accommodate a maximum of 10 memory pieces at one time.
  • Placing Memories on the Memory map does not lock the placement in and final. Right-clicking the memory will extract it from the planned slot.

Memory Placement

  • Every Memory’s bridge must connect to another bridge or the void. They cannot connect to a wall.
  • Once again, connect placements can be removed by right-clicking.

Memory Modifiers

  • Every piece connected to a Memory Modifier will gain the effects.
  • Planning your path using Memory Modifiers can stack creating insane chains.

Memory Reward Nodes

  • The icon above will indicate the type of loot you can expect to receive.
  • Rewards nodes always have only one charge and consequently will always decay.
  • The location of Reward Chest is random and acts as a safe zone.

Path of Exile Memory Nexus

Successfully stabilizing a memory fragment will not only provide you with valuable loot but, additionally allows you to utilize it in the Memory Nexus Map as a building block. Starting from the Nexus in the center of the map, you will use the fragments obtained from Cavas to establish paths to connect to the notable nodes which provide great loot and bonuses to all other connected memories.

PoE Memory Nexus Building Blocks
PoE Memory Nexus – Building Blocks

You can achieve this by selecting one of the available memory fragments on the right and placing it in one of the suitable spots. Locations which fragments are allowed to be placed will be outlined. Apart from the requirement of having to connect to an existing bridge-head, so far it seems that the only other restriction is a bridge cannot end in a wall.

Each memory Fragment has two, three or four bridge-heads used to connect to other memory bridges. The number of bridges each fragment has is equal to the number of stabilizers you had to activate when you acquired it. Naturally, you should try your hardest to complete the 4-stabilizer memories as they are the most versatile building blocks on the memory map.

Memory Nexus Tips

  • Once you have stabilized the area, you can use the fast-forward button in the bottom right of your screen to speed up the collapse. No more standing around twiddling your thumbs!
  • Stabilizers always spawn in a specific pattern – Top left, top right, bottom left and bottom right.
  • Decaying memories yeild fractured items, with broken mods that are locked in place. Consuming three Fractured Items to synthesise new base types with custom implicit mods based on the Fractured Items you used.
PoE Fractured Item Guide
Path of Exile Fractured Items

Planning your Memory Nexus route

Establishing an optimal path for your memories can yield impressive results. Placing a Memory Modifier in a prime spot is important. Remember, Memory Modifiers affect all placements within the chain so you’ll want to exploit that as best you can. While planning, try to think big, the last thing you want is to start a path only to hit a wall… literally.

PoE Memory Nexus memory modifiers
PoE Memory Nexus – Memory modifiers

Each Memory Fragment will have a small number beneath it. This represents the number of times you can run through it before the fragment starts the decay process and finally disappears. You use up one of these charges once you activate its memory stabilizer. Once you’ve performed this for a planned memory then you can no longer put the memory back into storage. You can still discard it from the map to continue to plan, however, this will delete the fragment for good.

If the remaining number of charges for a memory is two or higher, then the memory is considered “stable“. The benefit of a stable memory is that the blue zone does not close in on you, allowing the player the time to explore as much as they want. You will, however, have to pick up any loot you want, as stable memories will not collect them all for you.

Tip: Once your inventory fills up you can use an activated stabilizer to open a portal to the Nexus. Going back and forth through this type of portal does not consume any charges from the memory fragment.

Memories with once charge are considered “decaying” and is indicated by a glowing blue outline on the map. These memories are just like the ones that Cavas opens up, the memory will close in on you and so you will have to move fast to get to the next stabilizer on the path. A decaying memory will spit out all loot on the floor once you have finished.

Stabilizers are always positioned in the same general direction as you see them on the Nexus map, so before going inside a decaying memory make sure you know which direction you should be heading. Once you have completed the decaying memory, the state will change to “decayed” and will be removed once you enter any other memory fragment.

Good pathing is necessary to connect and complete the special memory fragments already present on the Nexus map. These can be loot-oriented ones, special chests next to a stabilizer or they can contain one or more memory modifiers.

PoE Memory Nexus Reward Chests
PoE Memory Nexus Reward Chests

These memory modifiers will apply a one-time buff to all the other memories connected to it at that point in time. It doesn’t matter how far they are or if the connection goes through the Nexus, as long as there is an uninterrupted path they will receive the buff.

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