In Path of Exile: Siege of the Atlas, two new Eldritch Horrors threaten to consume the Atlas of Worlds. We are joining Commander Kirac’s militia and defending 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, the Archnemesis Challenge league.
Two New Bosses!
The Searing Exarch and The Eater of Worlds are the most powerful beings that Wraeclast has ever seen. The path to defeating them involves exploring many influenced maps and slaying their formidable subordinates, The Black Star and The Infinite Hunger, yielding valuable rewards.
Reworked Atlas Mechanics
Most Atlas mechanics have been reworked with the goal of creating deeper systems that are easier to understand. Regions have been removed, so your Atlas specialisation affects every map you run. Where you’d previously collect 16 Watchstones, you must now earn four Voidstones which let you raise the tier of all maps on your Atlas until they are uniformly tier 16. Sextants can apply to Voidstones and be itemised and traded. Commander Kirac offers a large variety of Atlas objectives that add valuable content to your maps.
The New Atlas Passive Tree
Say goodbye to regional Atlas Passive Trees and hello to one gigantic Atlas-wide Passive Tree with over 600 skills to specialise in. Every map as well as various Atlas quests you complete will earn you an Atlas skill point. In addition to the best skills from the regional trees, we have created many completely new ones that let you choose your own level of risk and reward for Atlas content.
Eldritch Implicit Modifiers
The Searing Exarch and The Eater of Worlds each have a powerful set of Eldritch Implicit Modifiers, which can be imbued onto items using Eldritch Embers and Eldritch Ichor, respectively. Although this process replaces existing implicit mods, it’s possible to have both types of Eldritch Implicits on an item at the same time.
You can use an Orb of Conflict to manipulate the tiers of these modifiers on your item, within the six tiers of modifiers available. When applied, the Orb randomly increases the tier of one modifier and lowers the tier of the other. The new Eldritch Chaos Orb, Eldritch Exalted Orb and Eldritch Orb of Annulment can manipulate the prefixes or suffixes of an item depending on whether The Searing Exarch or The Eater of Worlds has a higher Eldritch modifier on it.
Powerful New Unique Items
The four new pinnacle Atlas bosses each have their own drop pools of new unique items to find. There are more than a dozen in total and they represent some of the most powerful unique items we have introduced to Path of Exile yet, enabling exciting new character build opportunities.
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
- 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.
Zana League Mods
Even though Zana has been replaced by Kirac we still have Atlas mods.
Path of Exile: Archnemesis Zana Map Mods:
- Fortune Favours the Brave (costs 3 Chaos Orb): One of these options will be applied at random, including those you have not yet unlocked.
- Abyss (costs 2 Chaos Orb): Area contains an additional Abyss
- Domination (costs 3 Chaos Orb): Area contains 2 extra Shrines
- Bloodlines (costs 3 Chaos Orb): Magic Monster Packs each have a Bloodline mod. Area contains 3 additional Magic Monster Packs.
- Ambush (costs 4 Chaos Orb): Area contains 4 additional Strongboxes.
- Harbinger (costs 4 Chaos Orb): Area contains 2 additional Harbingers.
- Beyond (costs 5 Chaos Orb): Slaying enemies close together has a chance to attract monsters from Beyond.
- Ritual (costs 13 Chaos Orb): Area contains ? additional Ritual Altars
Notable Additions in Patch 3.17
Major New Content and Features
- Added 13 new Divination Cards, designed by our supporters.
- Added 14 new Unique Items.
- Introduced Lesser, Greater, Grand, and Exceptional Eldritch Ichor, currency items that add an Eater of Worlds implicit modifier to a Body Armour, Boots, Gloves, or Helmet. This replaces any existing implicit modifiers other than Searing Exarch implicit modifiers.
- Introduced Lesser, Greater, Grand, and Exceptional Eldritch Ember, currency items that add a Searing Exarch implicit modifier to a Body Armour, Boots, Gloves, or Helmet. This replaces any existing implicit modifiers other than Eater of Worlds implicit modifiers.
- Introduced the Orb of Conflict, a currency item that unpredictably raises the strength of one Searing Exarch or Eater of Worlds modifier on an item and lowers the strength of another. Lesser modifiers that have their strength lowered will be removed.
- Introduced the Eldritch Chaos Orb, a currency item that rerolls prefix modifiers on an item if The Searing Exarch is dominant, or rerolls suffix modifiers if The Eater of Worlds is dominant. Dominance is determined by which Eldritch Horror has a higher Eldritch Implicit on the item.
- Introduced the Eldritch Exalted Orb, a currency item that adds a prefix modifier to an item if The Searing Exarch is dominant, or adds a suffix modifier is The Eater of Worlds is dominant. Dominance is determined by which Eldritch Horror has a higher Eldritch Implicit on the item.
- Introduced the Eldritch Orb of Annulment, a currency item that removes a prefix modifier from an item if The Searing Exarch is dominant, or removes a suffix modifier if The Eater of Worlds is dominant. Dominance is determined by which Eldritch Horror has a higher Eldritch Implicit on the item.
- Introduced the Oil Extractor, a currency item that destroys an Anointed Ring, Amulet or Map to gain one of the oils used to create its Anointment, chosen at random. This item can be obtained with a specialisation on the Atlas Passive Tree.
- Introduced a new type of currency, Scouting Reports, which can be used to reroll the missions offered by Kirac, guaranteeing at least one mission of a certain type.
- Introduced the Surveyor’s Compass, a currency item that allows you to store a Sextant Modifier.
- Added a new Dexterity Support gem – Mark on Hit: Trigger Supported Skill when you Hit a Rare or Unique Enemy with an Attack. Supports mark curse skills.
- Added a new Strength/Intelligence Support gem – Divine Blessing: Converts supported Aura Skills into temporary Blessings with increased effect, changing their Reservation to a one-time cost. You will only be able to benefit from one Blessing at a time. This gem cannot convert Banner Skills.
- Added a new Strength Support gem – Eternal Blessing: Supported Aura Skills lose their reservations and become Blessings. You will only be able to benefit from one Blessing at a time and while under the effect of a Supported Skill, all Non-Blessing Skills which reserve mana are disabled.
Minor New Content and Features
- It is now possible to have multiple Blight Encounters in a single Area through the new Blight Atlas Passive Skills.
- The Duelist has received audio dialogue for Part Two (acts 6-10) of Path of Exile.
- Flasks now refill upon entering or leaving the Azurite Mine Encampment.
- Raise Spectre’s most recent monster types are now saved to your character and may be Desecrated. The size of this list is capped by your Spectre limit.
- Delve monsters that glow now fade their glow on death.
- Continued to incrementally improve the sound, art, effects and environments.
Since this is not only a challenge league but a full expansion it would be too much for us to list all the new additions. If you want to read the full patch notes you can find them here
Be sure to keep an eye on the PoE Vault homepage for the latest news and guide updates as we shift into Path of Exile Siege of the Atlas and Archnemesis League.