Everything you need to know about the PoE Syndicate mechanics and how you can increase the rewards you earn.

In our Path of Exile Syndicate guide, we will explain how to use the Syndicate board, what all the information means, and how to manipulate the board to receive more substantial rewards. The Syndicate is a very complex mechanic comprised of eighteen Syndicate members that all come with their own set of rewards. Manipulate the Master’s Friendships, Rankings, Bargain, Interrogate, Execute and Betray to further your investigations. Let’s go over the basics of the PoE Syndicate mechanics to provide you a better understanding of how things work.

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PoE Immortal Syndicate basics

Currently, there are four distinct branches to the PoE Immortal Syndicate which are Transportation safehouse, Fortification safehouse, Research safehouse, and Intervention safehouse. The mastermind behind the Immortal Syndicates is Catarina, Master of Undeath, however, to learn about her whereabouts you’ll have to gather intelligence from her captains that occupy the four different branches.

One captain will occupy each of the four safehouses, however, you’ll initially have to encounter the masters and strengthen their ranks to maneuver them into position. All other masters will work for one of the four captains. The goal is to strategically place masters to maximize intelligence and rewards.

A master’s rank can be seen on the right-hand side of their card and can range from zero stars all the way to three stars. The master’s ranking will affect the quality of the specific rewards granted by that master. You will equally find that some masters possess special items, this will grant the master with perks that generally make them harder to defeat once you encounter them.

Path of Exiles (PoE) Syndicate Master's Rank
PoE Syndicate Master’s Rank

At the bottom of the five main cards – Catarina, Master of Undeath and the four Captains, you will have a progress bar. Earning intelligence points gradually fills this bar, with one point of intelligence totaling one percent. Once you have achieved 100%, you’ll gain access to that specific safehouse.

That’s the brief summary of how the PoE Syndicate functions and how to utilize the masters, but now let’s dive into the more finer points of how to maximize the Syndicate within PoE. Further on we will cover masters relationships, Interrogations, Executions, and potential rewards.

PoE Syndicate Master’s Relations

Path of Exiles Syndicate can be wildly confusing with so many masters and choices, feeling overwhelmed would not be uncommon. However, once you finally start familiarizing yourself with the Syndicate board, PoE throws another spanner in the works when you start noticing all these green and yellow ropes linking between masters possibly even a red rope. Before you start pulling out your hair, let’s break down exactly what they mean and how they can help you maximize the rewards you get from each encounter.

Yellow Rope: Starting from the top with the mastermind Catarina, she’ll have four yellow ropes attaching to all four of the captains. Underneath her, the four captains can additionally have a yellow rope attached to masters beneath them.

PoE Syndicate Master's Relationships
PoE Syndicate Master’s Relationships

Using the example above, Vagan represents the leader of Transportation safehouse and has a yellow rope attached to Jorgin. The yellow rope indicates that once we encounter Vagan in the Transportation safehouse, Jorgin will enter the fight to aid Vagan. This is glorious as the safehouse will now include the rewards of both these masters. You can boast a total of four masters supporting the leader in defending the safehouse, which if planned correctly could mean a great barrel of loot coming your way.

Green Rope: When you see a green rope attached to and from masters, this typically means that the masters trust one another. Therefore have a chance to come to the aid of each other during encounters in the PoE world, not in safehouses mind.

Using the same example above, Riker has a green rope linked with Aisling. Therefore if you encounter Riker in the PoE world then Aisling can appear and vice versa. Developing trust between masters will ensure multiple masters appear when you encounter them, increasing your potential rewards and maximizing the opportunity to reshape your Syndicate board.

Red Rope: Similar to the green rope but instead of trusting each other, the master actually hate one another. They can be discovered fighting each other with the same mechanics as the green ropes, with them disappearing if you don’t slay them fast enough.

PoE Syndicate Interrogate or Execute?

Execute Masters - PoE Syndicate
Execute Masters – PoE Syndicate

Each time you successfully kill a master once you encounter them a card will drop on the floor. Clicking the card will bring up the Syndicate board with two choice options for the slain master. You do not have to select a choice if both options are bad. Just walk away and leave the card be.

The choice will vary, however, usually, one of the options involves receiving intelligence to the whereabouts of safehouses they’re currently present in. The intelligence typically comes at a cost, moving the master off the board and unable to be used for three turns (encounters). Once the master returns to the board its usually at a minus 1 rank. Sending a master to prison will eliminate the chance for you to encounter the master in the PoE World, forfeiting any chance of receiving the master’s rewards. So make sure the intelligence gain outweighs the loss of rewards from the master.

PoE Syndicate Master's Prison
PoE Master’s Prison

The goal is to make sure the masters you want are in the safehouse locations that you desire them to be in based on the rewards you seek. The remaining masters will merely represent the ones you discard for the sake of intelligence. Structuring in such a way to maximize the rewards will, however, slow down your progression towards fighting the mastermind, Catarina.

Best PoE Syndicate Master

Masters in the captain spot of each safehouse will drop double the rewards, by strategically placing a master into one of these vacant roles will greatly bolster your income. So, which PoE Master is the best? The answer is not so straightforward, PoE is structured in such a way that certain items can be good for one person but useless for another. As such, I’ll list the masters that typically offer the most value.

  • Gracicius: Placing in Transportation, players have a chance for a full stack of divination cards.
  • Guff: Craft one item with Chaos Orbs. You’ll want to place Guff in Transportation.
  • Hillock: This master comes down to personal preference. If you demand extra quality on your weapon, place him in Transportation, for extra amour quality Fortifications is the way to go. You can also place Hillock in Intervention if you want to increase Flasks and Maps.
  • Leo: Getting this master to rank 3 and placing in research will provide you a chance to exalt one of your items. However, for all other currency drops, place in Fortification.

As you can see the master’s rewards vary from each placement they occupy on the PoE Syndicate board. It’s up to you to determine if the master’s current rewards are valuable to you. If not, use them to gather intelligence and demote them or move to another branch.

PoE Veiled Items

Poe Unveiled Items Path of Exile Syndicate
PoE Unveiled Items

Another interesting Path of Exile Syndicate Mechanic is masters dropping veiled items. Talking to Jun and selecting Unveil items will allow you to Unveil any item dropped by a master unlocking three potential stats that you can add. Unveiling Veiled items add experience towards that recipe. Each new crafting rank will boost the stats given. The new stats given to the Veiled item will be shown in light blue.

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1 year ago

This makes absolutely no sense to me. What does interrogating versus executing actually DO? I still don’t get it.