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The newest Path of Exile challenge league (Archnemesis) and expansion 3.17 (Siege of the Atlas) are upon us and launch today! We've updated the guides on our sister site PoE Vault to ensure that Exiles are well-prepared to challenge the new Eldritch Horrors in the Atlas of the Worlds.
Together with the Archnemesis league they also have a brand-new end game Atlas with the Siege of the Atlas expansion; a new era begins!
Siege of the Atlas
In Path of Exile: Siege of the Atlas, two new Eldritch Horrors threaten to consume the Atlas of Worlds. Join Commander Kirac's militia and defend the Atlas and Wraeclast itself against these celestial foes.
This large endgame expansion contains new Atlas systems, pinnacle bosses, one gigantic Atlas passive skill tree, Eldritch implicit endgame crafting, new unique items, and much more.
The Archnemesis Challenge League
In the Archnemesis league, you'll build your own Rare boss fights by applying new monster modifiers to petrified monsters, found throughout every area. These modifiers add dangerous behaviours to their targets but also imbue them with valuable rewards. Each subsequent petrified monster you imbue within an area keeps all of the previous modifiers applied, allowing you to build some extremely difficult and rewarding encounters. There are over 60 new boss modifiers to discover, more than half of which can be created by combining other modifiers in specific recipes to unlock the most powerful and rewarding modifiers.
Recommended Builds for Siege of the Atlas and the Archnemesis league
We’d like to give you a few recommendations of what we believe to be some of the strongest league starter builds (although any build tagged as a League Starter and updated for 3.17, is a very solid choice)
GhazzyTV’s Skeleton Mages Necromancer is going to be the best minion build of the Archnemesis league; this build excels in not only getting your maps clear but it's an excellent boss killer. With the new Atlas bosses, this build will not let you down and is described as the most OP minion build of the league. GhazzyTV’s Chaos Dot Occultist is a classic build that has stood the test of time for many leagues. Giving good clear speed and consistent bossing damage, the build is perfect for both beginners and veterans alike and a solid league starter choice. GhazzyTV’s Blade Blast Bladefall Poison Assassin is one of the most prominent choices for both SSF, hardcore, as well as trade leagues. This build brings very enjoyable clear speed as well as efficient bossing to the table. It has very interesting mechanics where you cast one skill on top of another skill creating massive explosions and poisoning the enemy. TbXie’s Herald of Agony Juggernaut is back on the table as one of the best tanky builds around in any scenario of the game. The build has an insane damage reduction of reaching 89% elemental damage reduction and 92% Physical reduction. While this obviously makes it very tanky, it still maintains 3-5M Shaper DPS. TbXie’s Arc Elementalist has seen some gigantic buffs in the Archnemesis league. Arc is going to be a very strong self-cast build. This build is amazing for Solo Self-Found where you can reach 2M boss damage and 10.000 effective health. A very strong contender in the new league. TbXie’s Freezing Pulse Totems Hierophant has been one of the most popular builds for newer players for the longest of times. Especially after recent tree changes, it pushed its single target boss killing capabilities up by quite a significant amount. This build is an excellent one for both new and experienced players alike. Furty’s Lacerate Gladiator has been a staple of league starts and Solo Self-Found alike. With the addition of last league Masteries and an improved tree, this build is more flexible than ever and has one of the smoothest transitions from Merveil to end game. Furty’s Bladestorm Berserker isn't one of the most known builds, but it has the potential to be one of the most powerful builds. It has extremely high damage is backed by stable leech, life, and mobility, allowing you to carve your way through the endgame with confidence. An added bonus is that Bladestorm is a great skill for leveling, making it a great choice for any melee league start. Furty’s Essence Drain/Contagion and Blight Trickster - name a more iconic duo. This chaos damage combo has been tearing apart maps for years and is still virtually unmatched when it comes to raw clear speed in maps. One of the best builds for solo self-found and a solid choice for to unlock the new atlas. Besides the above builds, we have a lot more league starters ready for you. If you still have not found a build and the above recommendations are not for you then head over to our league start build hub.
To make your leveling experience easier, you can pick up our Quick Reference Levelling guide.
If you've got questions about builds and itemization in Archnemesis you can chat with our writers on the PoE Vault Discord!
If you're thinking about getting into Path of Exile (it's free-to-play!) with this newest league, they're available to answer any of your questions, so please feel free to join their Discord.
We wish you an amazing league start.
A new Path of Exile league begins today: Scourge! We've updated the guides on our sister site PoE Vault to ensure that Exiles are well-prepared to challenge the deadly Scourge in their twisted Nightmare. You can learn more about the gameplay and features of this newest league at the Path of Exile 3.16 Scourge League Guide / Hub!
Scourge League Mechanics
This latest league introduces an all-new device used to upgrade items, the Blood Crucible. This device, when filled with the blood of slain enemies, can be activated to shift the Exile into the Nightmare, an apocalyptical world of deadly enemies known as the Scourge. The Blood Crucible also allows players to “Scourge” items and maps to roll for powerful modifiers. Items placed in the Blood Crucible will gain Corruption from fiends killed while in the Nightmare, and can be transformed to gain new beneficial and detrimental modifiers.
Recommended Builds for Scourge
We've put together an list of recommended Patch 3.16 builds for players both new and old. Here you'll find a small taste of what the build has in store for you! Click on a guide's name to check out the full deal on PoE Vault, including skill tree builds, Path of Building exports, gearing recommendations and more.
Furty's Lacerate Gladiator has been a staple of league starts and solo self-found alike. With the addition of Masteries and an improved tree, this build is more flexible than ever and has one of the smoothest transitions from Merveil to Maven. Furty's Bladestorm Berserker isn't one of the game's most well known archetypes, but it has the potential to be one of the most powerful. Extremely high damage is backed by stable leech, life, and mobility, allowing you to carve your way through the end-game with confidence. An added bonus is that Bladestorm is a great skill for leveling, making it a great choice for any melee league start. Furty's Essence Drain and Contagion — name a more iconic duo. This chaos damage combo has been tearing apart maps for years and is still virtually unmatched when it comes to raw clear speed in maps. One of the best builds for solo self-found, you'll doubtless see many streamers sticking with this setup on league launch. LunaWolve's Lightning Strike Raider offers super fast clear, good boss scaling, and heavy defenses to make sure we don't die. The build is able to scale even more into defense if necessary. Ghazzy's Dark Pact Necromancer is a super solid league start build that scales very well in the end-game. This build offers lots of possible upgrade routes to handle the absolute hardest type of end-game available to us. Ghazzy's Raise Spectre Summoner build guide has been around for many years and is consistently updated to show you the absolute best spectres in the game for optimal performance. It's a wonderful build to use in Hardcore with the many options you have to tweak the build to your personal preference. Ghazzy's Ice Spear Freezing Pulse Totem Hierophant is an incredibly strong league starter build with great clearing as well as very solid end-game bossing capabilities. It also comes with an insanely high roof of upgradable options. Ghazzy's Eye of Winter Saboteur offers crazy damage output while requiring almost no gear whatsoever, making it one of the best league start boss killer builds around. Ghazzy's Physical Golem Necromancer build thrives on being super tanky while still having admirable damage output! Carrion Golems are used for lower budgets and higher budgets stacking Primordial Harmony will go for Stone Golem stacking. TbXie's Freezing Pulse Totems has been one of the most popular builds for newer players for the longest of times. Especially after recent tech also pushed his single target bosskilling capabilities up by quite a significant amount, this build is an excellent one for both new and experienced players alike. TbXie's Carrion Golems Elementalist takes advantage of the addition of many more powerful gem options in Scourge. Carrion Golems is making a resurgence as one of the top contenders to trivialize almost any content in the game. As long as you're willing to invest a little bit of time and currency into your character, Carrion Golems is going to treat you really well. Definitely my pick for a summoner league starter this time around. TbXie's Righteous Fire Juggernaut is perfect for anyone who has envisioned being the Burning Man? With an insane buff to Righteous Fire this patch, now is your time to shine - or be on fire. While the build may never be the biggest powerhouse, it now packs a significant amount of punch while staying incredibly durable and easy to play. If you're looking for a smooth transition to the very endgame, give this one a try. Useful General Guides
For the best success in Path of Exile's Patch 3.16 Scourge League, you'll need more than just a good build! Don't worry, we've got you covered. PoE Vault also features a number of guides covering general gameplay, such as our Echoes of Atlas, Quick Reference Leveling, or Atlas Progression guides.
If you've got questions about builds and itemization in Scourge you can chat with our writers on the PoE Vault Discord! If you're thinking about getting into Path of Exile (it's free-to-play!) with this newest league, we're available any generalized questions about the game, too, so come say, "Hi!"
The new PoE League goes live today!
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:
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!
The launch of the new league in Path of Exile, Ritual, is coinciding with the release of a new expansion, Echoes of the Atlas, and our sister site, PoE Vault, has a plethora of new and updated guides ready for you to use to dive into the latest content!
The newest league to hit Path of Exile is what is known as a "combat" league, in which the main mechanic is focused entirely on combat and extra rewards from killing enemies; in Ritual, players will be able to summon mobs at shrines with increasing difficulty, along with increased rewards to match, and as each shrine is cleared, mobs from the shrines that have already been cleared within that map will spawn along with new ones.
Alongside this new league, PoE is also getting a new expansion launching with it: the Echoes of the Atlas. This brings with it a huge number of changes on top of the league, such as a significant rework of the Atlas system, with more player choice and new boss encounters. You can find out everything about the new expansion on the dedicated expansion hub.
As with any new league start, choosing a build for your character is one of the major things you can do to prepare; we've put together a number of the strongest builds for 3.13 and added some notes for those of you looking to find a build.
Bleed Bow Gladiator - this build is a boss-killing monster that exsanguinates with enthusiasm. A great league starter and an end-game demon, its lethal bleeds and satisfying bleed-splosion pops are sure to keep a smile on your lips throughout Ritual. Elemental Hit Deadeye - this build is in its prime with the new changes to the Ascendancy and the addition of Trinity. While it takes a bit of know-how to league start an Elemental Hit character, the payout is well worth it as it melts bosses and maps alike. Damage scales virtually forever if you have the coin, allowing for constant upgrades and making this an engaging character for the discerning Exile. Penance Brand Elementalist - taking advantage of the new Elementalist rework, this build uses Shaper of Flames and Storm combined with Golem Buff Effect to reach outrageous levels of defence and big Ignites on your enemies. Toxic Rain DoT Trickster - this build remains a really solid starter, even though the Trickster got changed significantly. It makes use of high Area of Effect, Attack Speed, and Skill Effect Duration to scale up Toxic Rain's pod damage through the roof. Explosive Trap Saboteur - a really strong trapper to play; perhaps not the best league-starter (although the key gear for it should be much more accessible this league), but it has astronomical levels of damage, and it's also very tanky. Impale Cyclone Champion - this build excels at slicing your enemies apart with its high physical damage output, respectable defensive capabilities, and its consistent mobility profile. Blade Blast Bladefall Poison Assassin - a great league starter with high clear speed that also excels at bossing, this blade-detonation playstyle is somewhat niche and atypical, but if it's something you enjoy, you'll reap many benefits. Dark Pact Necromancer - another crazy good league start build that has the potential to scale to ridiculous heights with enough budget investment. Caustic Arrow CI Trickster - this Chaos Innoculation build boasts high defenses (and safe gameplay as a result), while still dishing out very high boss damage and being generally fun to play during mapping. Summon Raging Spirits Necromancer - if you want a Necromancer build that sidestepped a lot of the recent changes and remains a great all-round build, consider this SRS Necromancer. With well-layered defenses ready for boss battles and damage to boot, this build remains a steady, reliable leaguestarter. Regardless of which one you choose to start with (or many a completely different one from our full build list), this is the perfect time to give PoE a try if you haven't before, with so much new stuff to try out!
Once again, a new League is upon us in Path of Exile, and this time around, you'll be learning how to pull off the most daring heists possible, with new companions by your side. You can find everything you need to know about the new League in this post, along with links to some of the most recommended guides for players from our sister site, PoE Vault.
Introducing the Heist League
The new Heist League brings with it a multitude of changes, including adding the new Heist mechanic, which allows players to ravage the lands, plundering loot and gathering Heist Markers, which will allow you entry to the newest area added, Rogue Harbour. This is certainly no job for you to complete alone, however, so you'll need to make sure that you pick the right crew out of the 13 different Rogues to help you out.
Economic Predictions for the Heist League
As some of you may already know, one of the newest writers to join the team over on PoE Vault is Luna Wolve, the creater of The Chaos Report; this series serves as a guide to the economy of each League, ensuring that you know exactly which items, currencies, and strategies are going to be paramount to your economic success.
As always, the first episode of a new League means Prediction Week, so make sure to check it out if you're wondering how to build your fortunes in the new season. You can also find the text version of the video on PoE Vault here.
Starting out in the Heist League
As always, having a solid starter build in a new League is going to be fairly important if you're hoping to speed through to the end-game as efficiently as possible.
We've made sure to put together a list of some of the best builds to try out in the early game, so take your pick!
Build Author Notes Archmage Cremation Necromancer Octavian0 Easily demolish bosses on a budget. Shattering / Splitting Steel Impale Champion LunaWolve Makes use of the new Heist gems with a fun playstyle. Impervious Herald of Agony Juggernaught TbXie Extremely durable and safe, with solid damage output. Ultimate Arc Mines Saboteur Furty Destroy enemies on a very small budget. Toxic Rain Mines Saboteur Octavian0 Smooth pushing to end-game content with a small budget. Lacerate Gladiator Furty One of the best melee skills for SSF and excellent starter. Zombiemancer Baron Raise Zombie Necromancer TbXie Excellent choice for starter despite nerfs to Necromancers. Crit Based Elemental Hit Deadeye Furty Incredible build when played correctly, with huge single-target damage and excellent clear speed. Summon Raging Sprits Necromancer Brittleknee A solid league starter that can complete all content without requiring expensive gear. If you're looking to start playing the League, but have never leveled before, we'd recommend looking into our leveling guide, which can help give you a proper vision of how to level in its most efficient form, as well as our gameplay guides, which give a better overview of systems for beginners.
If none of these builds are meeting your expectations or playstyle wishes for the Heist league, you can always check out our full build list. The list has been mostly updated, with more updates on the way in the run up to the League release.