White dots now appear on the compass indicating the locations of loots inside a room. If you are looking for these treasures, you can now search these spots specifically. Do you want to poe buy items? If you do, you can visit U4GM to have more guides and methods about this.
How does it work?
Some of you might remember these white dots present in my showcase video but failed to make it to the initial release. Well, the reason was simple. I did the note for loot locations manually for the showcase video, but these kinds of information haven’t been available since poelab started to provide lab maps, mostly because it’s practically impossible to do this by hand every day.
Every room is associated with an “area code” which uniquely defines its layout, including the locations of doors and any loots in it. That means if we see a room with code OH_branch today, a room in tomorrow’s lab with the same code will have the exact same layout, without our need to look at it.
For this reason, I’ve been collecting data on these code-associated layouts recently and have covered most of them. There might still be some rare layouts I haven’t seen, but I’ll keep you updated.
Again, this means LabCompass is anything but map hacks. No new methods through which LabCompass interacts with the game have ever been introduced since release.
How do I read the new display?
First some background information:
- Each room has up to two fixed locations to spawn loots (hence up to two white dots). If there are exactly two loots in the room, they’ll take both locations but can randomly switch places with each other. If there is only one loot in the room, it randomly takes one of the two locations and the other location will be empty.
- In our example, the room contains argus and a chest (trove or lockbox). The two white dots means one of them appears on the east side and the other appears on the west. The exact order however is completely random.
- Basically, if a room has 2 white dots displayed, you have to search both spots to guarantee finding everything in the room.
The Wiki Launch
Since the release of LabCompass there are quite some people confused about it. For this reason I’ve set up a wiki on github. It currently covers the basic step-by-step usage with screenshots. I’ll probably put up some advanced topics on the wiki later as well.