What are maps? How do I find maps? How do I use maps? In Path of Exile, most of the new players may have these confusion. Don’t panic, the following post I will tell you how to find and use maps.
Maps act as Path of Exile’s end-game content. They serve as items which can be placed into a map device (and then consumed) to generate an instance. The map instance contains monsters and a unique boss at the end of each map. Maps have varying difficulty ranging from tier 1 maps (level 68 mobs) to tier 16 maps (level 83 mobs).
Maps are very similar to other poe items in that they have varying rarities and affixes. A map can be normal/magic/rare/unique. Magic maps have one or two affixes (A prefix and a suffix) and rare maps can have up to 6 affixes under normal circumstances (up to 3 prefixes and 3 suffixes).
Tier 1 maps start dropping from monsters in Act 8 onwards (in the main story only tier 1 maps drop). When running maps, maps of any tier equal to or below the tier of the map you are running may drop. Magic and rare monsters in the map have a chance of dropping a map one tier above and map bosses in rare cases can drop a map two tiers above(only if you have unlocked a map two tiers above on your Atlas though). Within a map the chance to find other maps is based on the Increased Item Quantity of the map. Increased Item Quantity on gear (such as Ventor’s Gamble or Bisco’s Collar) does not affect the drop rate of maps.
Maps can be activated by being placed into the map device in the Templar Laboratory found in the Epilogue area accessible after beating Act 10 Kitava. You cannot enter maps until you have killed Act 10 Kitava. Players can also get a map device in their own personal hideout by completing one of Zana, master cartographer’s missions. Zana is located in the Templar Laboratory where she will give you a complementary map and a mission to kill a map boss (only once each league). After completion Zana can be invited to your hideout and will give you a map device. This map device is extremely useful as in your hideout you have much quicker access to vendors and a stash.