How to Farm Zana Maps for 800+ Chaos Per Hour – Path of Exile Currency Farming Guide


Hi guys, Day here! I ran a high efficiency
mapping strategy that focused on the huge profits of Zana’s master missions for 100
maps. I then ran 100 MORE maps without Zana to compare things – keeping track of all my
profits throughout. In 100 maps with Zana, I earned over 5900 chaos at a rate of over
800 chaos per hour, while I earned around 500 chaos per hour without Zana. In this video, I’ll cover the basics of
the approach I used and why it’s so effective, the loot I obtained, and important considerations
if you want to try something similar yourself. Before anything else, I want to say that this
video’s approach requires you to have a pretty strong character. You don’t need
a Headhunter or any specific gear at all, but you do need to be able to defeat some
fairly tough Tier 16 Bosses, as you’ll see very soon. But even if you aren’t able to
do that, or don’t have ANY Zana master missions laying around, this video is sure to contain
something valuable you can take away. The core of my approach revolves around encountering
four main sources of high value items as quickly as possible: metamorphs, map bosses,
Zana master mission, and Conquerors all in Tier 16 maps. In PoE, veteran players know that time is
money. The faster you can kill general monsters, kill the map boss, and the easier you can complete
Zana master missions – the more chaos per you earn. If you have a limited amount
of time to play, maximizing the value of your time is essential. Therefore, the strategy
I ran includes a number of important considerations to maximize efficiency.
T16 Promenade was my map of choice – selected for a number of important reasons, but one
of the most important to me is that it is one of the easiest maps to obtain in bulk.
Currently, Horizon Orbs can transform any Tier 16 map into only 1 of three maps: Summit,
Carcass, or Promenade. Therefore, I could obtain a bulk supply for super cheap without
trading for maps. I pre-rolled hundreds of Tier 16 promenade maps with 4 chisels, alcs,
and vaals, boosting quantity on maps to increase general drops.
● 4x Prime Sextants were run at all times – with mods that increased monster packs,
amplifying the value of the quantity rolled on each map. If I was lucky, I got a free
set of 3 Zana Master Missions – but didn’t reroll to try and get one as they are fairly
rare. ○ Simple Sextants are also an option, but
they cannot roll free Master Missions on maps. Meanwhile, Awakened Sextants are too expensive
for my goals, at over 4 chaos each at the moment. Whenever I rolled a master I liked,
I saved them elsewhere for later and kept my Zanas. When I got a reflect immunity sextant,
I ran it with whatever reflect maps I rolled. If there was no sextant, I ran the map
with Zana’s Master Mission – with the basic 8% quant map mod, no sacrifice fragments,
and no scarabs. Therefore, this keeps the costs to run each map low with little maintenance.
After the portals emerged, I checked Zana’s inventory to see if she was selling something
good. Every time a new set of portals open for Zana’s Master Mission, her inventory
resets. She has a small chance to sell valuable synthesis maps or shaper/elder guardian maps
for very cheap prices. However, across all my testing, she only ever offered 3 maps of
value. Upon entering the map, I cleared as quickly
as possible – making sure to find Zana. If she had a valuable map, such as Elder or Shaper
Guardian Maps, Synthesis Maps, or high profit Uniques – I ran the most profitable one she
offered. On over 55% of my maps, Zana gave at least one of those valuable maps worth
running – which makes for insane profits for running Zana on average. For a comprehensive
breakdown of the all maps she offered check out the google sheet linked in the description.
Killing Shaper and Elder Guardians allows you to get extremely valuable Elder/Shaper
fragments for free, ranging from 30 to 50 chaos each. She also offered Synthesis Maps
which can drop incredibly valuable uniques. Notably, I got to run 4 free Cortex Maps which
typically cost 3 exalts each to run at the moment. On rare occasions, Zana would even
offer an Elder Influenced Shaper Guardian Map, which drops both an elder and shaper
guardian fragment at the end for huge profits. If Zana offered nothing but red maps,
I simply ignored them and didn’t run them. This is because the maps she offers are usually
relatively weak. They may not have great layouts or rolls, they have no sextants on them, and
most importantly – they are unable to spawn conqueror influence. For me, I had no reason
to waste time running a relatively weak map when I could simply run another T16 Promenade
and make more profit for my time on average. If you have an Awakener 8 Atlas, you should
have tons of maps to run sitting around, with no need to run Zana’s free red maps. However,
you wouldn’t be wrong to run her maps if you REALLY wanted to. While running this strategy and target
farming only Promenade, I was able to get active conqueror influence on 33% of my Promenades,
which adds an enormous amount of extra monsters to the map and therefore more drops. This
single-map conqueror spawning wasn’t possible earlier in the league due to bugs, but those
have all been resolved earlier this week. Because T16 Promenades can be cleared so easily,
this allows Conquerors and Sirus’s to spawn relatively quickly as well.
Whenever I spawned a conqueror, I jumped into the free map and finished it. Through
these initial 100 maps, I spawned and killed 11 conquerors and killed 2 Siruses, with a
3rd kill just around the corner. Each one of these kills has a chance to drop items
of incredibly high value – such as conqueror exalted orbs of awakened gems.
After the Zana encounter, I sped towards the end of the map, continuing to clear Promenade’s
extremely intuitive straight-line layout. Promenade’s map boss is one of the easiest
in the game – a twinned boss standing out in the open with no phases.
On an Awakener 8 Atlas, T14+ plus map bosses are incredibly valuable to kill – capable
of dropping Elder and Shaper guardian maps. They can also drop Synthesis maps, unique
items, and valuable currencies. By killing MORE of these bosses in a given time frame,
the more currency you earn. If you don’t have an Awakener 8 Atlas, you should definitely
work towards it. Alternatively, you can buy Ivory Watchstones and socket them into your
Atlas in regions you aren’t running to artificially boost your Awakener Level Upwards, which is
a totally viable alternative to doing it naturally. Furthermore, T16 Metamorphs have the greatest
chance of dropping valuable items. I made sure to look for Catalysts, 6-Links, Blighted
Maps, and Breachstones. Otherwise, I focused on selecting Currency and Fragments. If you
like Tane’s Laboratory and want a Vial to drop, you need to have at least 1 unique organ
selected as which is made easier when there are two unique organs given from Promenade’s
map boss. The raw drops from the Metamorphs at the end of the map create one of the most
reliable sources of gradual currency gain. Don’t forget to do the metamorphs at the
end of the Zana maps as well. Upon map completion, I ported out, immediately
started a new map with Zana, dumped my loot, checked Zana’s inventory for valuable maps,
and jumped right into the next map to repeat the process – minimizing downtime as much
as possible. I repeated this process for all 100 maps and tracked my profits. From that initial pool of 100 Tier 16 Maps
run with Zana, I earned over 5900 chaos for over 8000 chaos per hour when you include
the time it took to sell items. This makes around 59 chaos in profit per map on average.
I’ve attached a google sheet with a comprehensive breakdown of all my loot and profit calculations
as I’ll only briefly cover the loot here. The bulk of my profits were from the massive
amount of fragments earned from Zana’s free maps. You’ll notice there are a lot of elder,
shaper, synthesis, and blighted maps as well – which are huge sources of profit that drop
fairly regularly from the map regardless of Zana’s presence. I also got a bunch of high
value uniques. Notably, I got a Faceted Fossil from Cortex, Chayula’s Breachstone from
a Metamorph, and a Circle of Guilt Ring which sold for 8.5 exalts. However, to mimic atrocious
RNG, those three drops are not included in my profit calculations. I also got a huge
amount of raw currencies, fragments, and divination cards which are certainly nice. In this third
tab, I have tons of maps, organs, incubators and essences which are worth hundreds of chaos
in value, but are not included in my profit calculations to simplify things and because
I hate selling maps. As you can see, this approach is pretty straightforward,
focused on simply running maps fast to bring out more high value encounters. However, not everyone has a bunch of Zana
missions just laying around and this is obviously a short term strategy for a sudden boost in
profits. If you have no master missions, you can simply run a different master mission,
or run T16 Promenades WITHOUT any master missions at all. To test out how profitable T16 Promenades
were without Zana, I ran 100 more maps. As a note, whenever you kill the map boss at
the end of a map, you have a 40% chance to gain a master mission. Therefore, just playing
the game will allow you to stack up more master missions. Of course, you can run into master
missions naturally on maps. From those 100 Zana-less maps, I earned a
profit of 2600 chaos, at a rate of around 490 chaos per hour. The tabs of loot are a
lot drier than the Zana missions as you can see, but I still turned a solid profit, and
earned around 26 chaos per map. Curiously enough, during this run, I got extremely
lucky. While I got basically nothing from killing Conquerers and Sirus in the 100 maps
with Zana, from this extra set of 100 maps, I dropped a Saviour sword worth 11 exalts
from Sirus and 3 extremely high value orbs. I also got a Cortex Map worth well over 3 exalts. However, none
of these big items in the corner here are included in my profit calculations to mimic
really bad RNG. That being said, when you’re running maps and killing big bosses, if you
spin the wheel of chance enough times, eventually you’ll get something good. As you can see, the main focus of this video
is really the importance of speed and maximizing how often you run into high value encounters
to earn high amounts of chaos per hour. However, it’s important to note that playing
at the same pace I did is a lot easier said than done. My character has a lot of investment
into it, capable of blasting through T16 maps while also easily defeating some of the strongest
bosses the game has to offer. While it helps to have a strong character, you don’t need
to play super fast or efficiently to make a solid profit mapping. Speed is just the
way I love to play and the most important thing is always to have fun. If you include
profits from organs in Tane’s lab, gem leveling, incubators, other master missions – you’ll
be averaging far more chaos per map than what my data suggests. The beauty of this approach is that you are
experiencing so much of what PoE has to offer while making currency. You’re killing rare
bosses, running unique maps, fighting conquerors, and blasting through maps juiced with monsters.
You’re also gaining tons of EXP for leveling. If you don’t have Zana missions, hopefully
this video also reassures you that you can make tons of solid currency by just playing
the game and mapping. In this video, we talked about a lot and very
quickly so if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my
very best to lend a helping hand. Anyway, that’s it for this video. Thank you so much
for watching, and I’ll catch you all next time.

92 thoughts on “How to Farm Zana Maps for 800+ Chaos Per Hour – Path of Exile Currency Farming Guide

  1. Run T16 Promenades fast, run Zana, and run conquerors! This strategy was made much more powerful by the recent patch on Feb 4th, and I wanted to capitalize on that! Timestamps for certain topics and an important note I forgot to cover below:

    1:00 – Strategy Summary and General Mapping Details

    3:00 – Zana Master Missions

    5:06 – Conquerors

    5:53 – Awakened 8 Map Bosses

    6:43 – Metamorphs

    7:37 – Loot from 100 Zana T16 Promenade

    9:42 – Loot from 100 no Zana T16 Promenade

    10:45 – Concluding Thoughts

    Note: You can also use Master Seeks Help Prophecies to spawn Zana if you are out of master missions and really feel like it. They can be bought in bulk from poeapp, ~10c each.

  2. 6:57 is that actually true? I'm not totally sure, but it feels like I got organs, even when I didn't pick a single unique organ. As long as the bar is full.

  3. Prome NADE https://www.google.com/search?q=promenade&rlz=1C1MSIM_enUS853US853&oq=promenade&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j0l7.1904j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 😉

  4. Amazing stuff mate, love your way of explaining, tho idk when ill be able to use this knowledge as im on tier 12 maps and cant do bosses, cuz of low DPS :PPP

  5. interesting video, but how do you get sustain of zana ? after a while you wont get any left ? i have 80 missions or so on my atlas

  6. Hey man, love your vids! i got a question, im playing ice shot raider as well and was wondering if farrul's fur + aspect of the cat is really better option than hyrri's ire?

  7. tl;dr just run promenade or any other map and you will profit, or add zana missions and do x2 as much profit for doing x2 as much content (or add any other mission and still do as much)

  8. s'upp thanks for your videos, they so very informative, even tho i play this game since 2.9, but with very limited playtime. I was wondering how much life you suggest for ur build. I'm doin Ice-Shot Deadeye and got around 4.4k life which isnt enough and i also dont have enough dps to justify that lil hp. So a lil tip in regards of the life total i should have would be nice. I saw you droppin kinda low at 4.9k, so that's the goal i should iam for, correct?

  9. solid vid thanks. evne outside of the actual costs, this method alone seems sufficiently macro efficient to be a great thing to try to get into after i knock out al8 with my limited daily play. its deffinitly a concice way to try to define how much value im getting out of my maps too

  10. also, while i deffinitly lack zana mission extreemly, its still not too bad to just run the maps masterless while using the 5c zana mission prophacys id say. expecialy since u can make back the cost and still stock up other missions after i think?

  11. I can confirm that this strategy is bonkers. I have never been the kind of person to target farm a specific mechanic (except T2 Glacier in syndicate, god forgive us all for we all have sinned)
    I have fully min-maxed my CoC assassin, bought a headhunter and still have 50+ EX to spare by regularly playing the game and bulk running zana as soon as I have 20+ missions. The only difference is I just ran whatever T16 map I wanted to instead of spammng just 1 as I find it very boring to run the same map over and over.
    My #1 limitation is not having a quad stash tab to dump, so I had to take sometime to list things immediatly as I got them, usually for the lowest price possible so I don't have to deal with stash being full.

  12. Honestly, I'd recommend 1 awakened sextant and 3 primes. The nemesis currency mod and the additional packs from the pack mods more than pay off the difference in cost.

  13. i honestly dont understand the parts about the conqueror farm. So you basically run the map till you got the influence then you jump in zana mission and clear them to make the other 2 spawn for conqueror and the go to kill them in their citadel or you just run promenade and make them spawn all 3 times in the same map?

  14. Is there anyway you can do a build video?

    Im running a Iceshot/barrage deadeye but I RIP alot with only 3k health and (this being my first season) I dont really know alot of mechanics & spam maxed out metamorphs/maps @ A8 t14+ when It turns into a gamble whether or not I can just dps him down before the adds start spawning or im kiting the whole time and rip to some random attack. Nearly 600 deaths seems like too much, even though half of them are probably from the story and having -resistances all the way to the end before looking at any guides.

    Love the vids and hope u plan to put out more for this season!

  15. I always wonder, if you have a character which is able to clean at this speed why would you like to get more currency or equipment?

  16. I wish the builds i did managed to make all the content. .-. I'm struggling to kill the conquerors most of the time. .-. T-T

  17. Hey Dakyum, I'm newish to the game with 1 month of play time. I'm currently doing a Deadeye dex stack cold rain of arrows build, but it's really not that noob friendly. I want to try respecing to a different (hopefully easier build?) and yours looks fun here. Do you have a link to a noob friendly guide for it?

  18. BS, maps usually drop 1c + maybe a couple of alch in pure currency and that's it, this will be your butter and bread. Good luck getting your 800c per hour, unless, unless you can run a map every 4.5sec for one hour, lulz… HO ye you can actually drop an ex pure, or an item worth that much once every week or 2 (which make this vid utterly misleading because this is a slideshow of those item dropping as if they are candy, they are not). This is the reason why 80% of the player base actually drop the game after a week or 2 after new league start, not even talking about one shooting 6.5k life toons all the time for no special reason, this probably won't help retention either. Also pretty funny they make a "grinding" game but forbid you to grind once you get at end game, before they didn't drop maps, now they one shot you randomly, nice design guys. And before people tell me get good or wtf nonsense, watch the last rank one death on this special league blabla.

  19. wait i thot master missions are only til tier 9? i am so newbie.. is there a guide on how to unlock master missions?

  20. Pretty nice video. I was doing this method too, but a little less efficient. I wasnt been able to run only 1 map, but now that i know about the orbs to change into those maps it will be waaay better! Thanks man, first time seen ur channel, and im liking it 😀

  21. Hello everyone. Can somebody give me a hand. what items or passive tree tweking i need to rise the performance of my char. https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Zerosteel/characters?characterName=YaNoHayTortillas

  22. I really like your way of calculating things, with avoiding the high tier drops, it makes your data feel so much more real than other things like this. Keep it up! <3

  23. Dude you should have WAY more subs. Between this video and your delve darkness/fossil farming guide I've learned SO much. You rock man. Keep making the great content. You are making the game more fun for people like me.

  24. Wow that is so fast. I´m trying some ice shot / barrage build too. Aoe clear is great, but I lack a lot in single target dps. I have to study your build 🙂 Nice vid as usual man, thanks

  25. First I want to thank you for the video. Very nice job explaining everything. I do have a suggestion for another video. You were showing how much you made for the 100 maps. I bought a second currency stash tab cause I figured it would help show me what I am making. However it hasn't really done anything like that. Was wondering if you could make a video showing how you take what you earn from mapping and turn it into currency. If this spew of words made sense…lol. anyways ty again for the video. New sub.

  26. Amazing video.

    But your hideout is awesome dude! can u share ur hideout? Would love to decorate one like that myself. THANKS!

  27. you said you only ran promenade T16 because it's easy to get + good layout (T16s can only roll into 3 different T16s atm, one of them being Promenade), but you also said something about doing the conquerors and Sirus every time you get the chance. How do you spawn Sirus and its conquerors though, when you only run one single map? Maps from Zana's missions can't spawn or clear a conqueror influence afaik, correct me if I'm wrong.

  28. I love you didn't include the higher price drops. Truth is that anyone who does this is going to get some items worth a shitload. Maybe less or more than yours. I've dropped 2 awakened CoC gems so far off Sirus. But other than that he's dropped shit for me. Thanks RNGesus! Making currency is easy in PoE once you just find a style of grinding that you get into the zone on and enjoy. I live running maps how you do, but Delve is my personal favorite. I honestly believe that Delve is still the most consistently profitable way of farming in PoE.

  29. i really like that you do not add things like maps/organs/high rng drops etc to your profit/h .. makes things more relateable.. btw do more bosses increase the odds of having an awakener bonus drop? if so, certain prophecies should be really profitable. and further is there some data that shows if iiq on map (or gear) increases the odds of said bonus drops, or is it a fixed value.

  30. Would you recommend a cheaper version of your Deadeye for newbie? I played Elementalist and currently stucked at t11, and want to try a new build.

  31. Thanks for another great video! Quick question: if they were even in your filter, do you have a count of how many Traitor cards dropped? I was considering trying to farm Promenade as a way to target-farm for Void Battery, because I don't think I'm lucky enough to get two of them to drop in 100 maps haha

  32. I'm wondering how profitable Alva is. I don't really touch Einhar because he gets really rippy and dont really touch alva missions because I would rather have a chance at Jun, niko or Zana

  33. See, there's one thing I don't understand. I beef up my Zana maps as much as I can, ran about 10 maps that had awakened sextants, chiseled, vaal'd, used 4 scarabs each time… Didn't get anything of value worth mentioning. ofc I don't count fragments, because I intend to use those to fight bosses. I feel like my profits are severely subpar compared to anyone else doing exactly the same things as I do, and I can't figure out why. In 2 different characters, I haven't received a SINGLE exalted orb drop. We're talking 92 + 88 levels of playing. Why is the RNG treating me so bad? Something's gotta give.
    I bet it's because the RNG is rigged to favor people that buy microtransactions, my friend actually managed to drop 22 Exalted orbs this league, I don't understand how that's possible, but he bought supporter packs, so I'm just assuming here, lol.

  34. I have a pretty good char and the knowledge to do this strat, however texture loading stuttering and huge FPS drops that follow forbid me from "going fast" since you can't stay alive with constant 3fps action and being dead sucks up your playtime fast.

    God dammit GGG, just accept there's something wrong with texture loading and do something about it.

    (inb4 "I have a i9-9990kf 2x2080tisuperduper 1tb RAM idk what you're talking about")

  35. hey there – i really appreciate the content and i love the way you explain stuff. Is there a chance you could talk about builds that are ( in your opinion) worth investing on? Builds that are extremely fast and efficient while being somewhat doable as you gain more and more currency =)

  36. Hi, you profits are godly to my mind. I am a noob – just reached maps and have secured my first watch stone. Please do a Atlas progression guide for Noobs?

  37. How would you suggest a new player make currency? I started out this league and run the same build although not nearly as strong, being able to do t11s with difficulty in killing bosses

  38. How to get currency fast? Your video only suggested play the game faster and more efficient. Lol. Btw, if your build can already do that, what are those currency are for? Head Hunter?

  39. Естественно будет профит в билде за 200+ экзальтов. А ты попробуй побегать те же карты с бюджетом в 1 экзальт.

  40. Noob here. When you already have such a character that can kill bosses and metamorphs that easily, why do you want even more currency such efficiently?

  41. I was selling unidentified watcher's eye jewels, i85 for around 3.5ex a pop and i86 for 10.5ex a pop from running shaper, elder and uber elder 🙂 Nice video thanks.

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