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The time has come once again for a new league in Path of Exile and, with it, we have updated our guides on our sister site, PoE Vault, in preparation for the launch today!

Ultimatum League Mechanics

The new league, Ultimatum, introduces a loot-centred gameplay style, with a focus on killing mobs and looting the rewards. TbXie, one of the writers on PoE Vault, summed up the new mechanics as follows:


From what we’ve seen, it plays very similarly to Path of Exile’s last Challenge League, Ritual, in a sense that the trials you’ll be encountering are always circled around the encounter & require you to kill all monsters to “complete” the current wave.

When you encounter an Ultimatum Trial in an instance (and you will encounter multiple per instance), you’ll be asked to fight off waves of monsters while avoiding death. If you complete the current set of waves you’ll get access to the current reward-tier and can either choose to collect the reward or forego it for a new, more potent reward by completing another set of waves. Obviously, the longer you extend the trial & the more waves you fight off, the more difficult the challenge will become. When you fail to complete an encounter, by dying, you lose all rewards and gain absolutely nothing.

Recommended Builds for Ultimatum

As with every new league launch, we've put together a list of recommended builds for players to try and experiment with. Each build features a short description of what you can expect, as well as a link to the build from each author.

  • TbXie's Ignite Penance Brand Elementalist: after having played around with the new Elementalist for a league, we can only confirm that Ignite builds combined with Elementalist's defensives was absolutely insane and will still delete everything, on a budget.

  • TbXie's Freezing Pulse Totem Hierophant: because of some newly-discovered tech, Totem builds will once more be very potent to rely on. Our take on Freezing Pulse Totems brings you to the late-game very easily and very quickly.

  • Furty's Storm Brand Elementalist: this has made for one of the best league starters since its inception. Backed by an army of golems and furnished with cluster jewels, this Elementalist is at its element tearing through maps with the signature guerrilla run-and-gun style of a Brand build. One of the most versatile all-rounders that can easily flex in many different directions.

  • Furty's Bladestorm Berserker: this is another build that lives by the famous "spin to win" creed, but it's a decidedly different flavour of carnage. This build has fantastic top-end damage and the visceral satisfaction we expect of a Berserker.

  • Furty's Cyclone Slayer: this build remains a popular perennial powerhouse, league in and league out, and Ultimatum is set to be no exception. Stable, powerful, and flexible — one of the best builds from league start to league finish, from the Twilight Strand to fully delirious guardian maps. If Cyclone is your brand of ruin, this is the best build to do it with.

  • Ghazzy's Dark Pact Necromancer: if smooth league-starting is your desire, this remains an excellent build to do that with. What's more, with enough budget, you can scale up to extreme levels in the end-game.

  • Ghazzy's Raise Spectre Summoner: Raise Spectre builds are still some of the strongest league starters that exist. This guide covers everything you need to know about starting out as Spectres on a budget and scaling them into the late game.

  • Brittleknee's Bladefall/Blade Blast Hierophant: if you're wanting to try a version of the popular Bladefall/Blade Blast archetype, consider Brittleknee's Archmage Hierophant. This version of BF/BB is well-rounded, with a particular focus on defenses. Boasting incredible recovery and mitigation, this build has done everything in the current end-game, including The Feated Invitation deathless.

  • Brittleknee's SRS Necromancer: if you want a Necromancer build that sidestepped a lot of the recent changes and remains a great all-around build, consider this SRS Necromancer. With well-layered defenses ready for boss battles, and damage to boot, this build remains a steady, reliable league-starter.

  • Octavian0's Archamge Cremation Necromancer: Octavian0 hasn't gotten around to updating it for 3.14 yet, but it should be done in time for launch; it remains an incredibly potent and solid pick for people who enjoy strong league starts on builds that have no trouble clearing the game on any budget.

Useful General Guides

While build guides are certainly important, PoE Vault also features a number of guides that cover more general topics, such as our Echoes of Atlas, Quick Reference Leveling, or Atlas Progression guides.


If you've got questions about the builds for the writers or even just need some help getting into PoE, you can always join the PoE Vault Discord.

If you're ready to go without asking any further questions, then I wish you all the best of luck in Ultimatum and a wonderful launch!

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