Grinding Gear Games have announced their next major Update: Content Update 2.1.0 for Path of Exile. Content Update 2.1.0 will initiate the next Challenge Leagues, new Talisman amulets, Stone Circles, new Challenge Boss, Challenges, Skills & Support Gems, Balance Changes and Unique Items. The Content Update will be released on December 11 for PST.
The Talisman Challenge Leagues
The next set of Challenge Leagues have been revealed to encompass the new item type, Talismans.
Ancient Ezomyte Talismans
Talismans are infused with the power of the First Ones, the primeval gods of the ancient Ezomytes. The creatures of Wraeclast are instinctively drawn to these relics and the feral vigour they impart.
As you play in the Talisman challenge leagues, you’ll occasionally encounter monsters that are under the influence of Talismans. The ancient magic improves their abilities, resulting in dangerous encounters if you choose to engage them.
Talismans have such a strong lure that monsters are irresistibly drawn to them. If a monster possessed by one is slain, other monsters will rush to claim the Talisman for themselves. Given their power, can you resist equipping one yourself?
The Talisman is the all new amulets that will also be corrupted and is only obtained through the defeating monsters. The more powerful the Talisman, the more powerful is the creature that yields it.
Stone Circles are a new mechanic the revolve around the new Talismans. They are only available in the new challenge leagues and allow the players to sacrifice 5 different Talismans of the same tier to summon a Talisman monster of the next tier.
Thane Rigwald, The Wolven King
Thane Rigwald is the new challenge boss that is only available in the new Talisman Challenges Leagues. In order to fight him, you must sacrifice 5 Talismans of the Third Tier. Upon completing the sacrifice, you’ll be given a portal to challenge him for one of his unique Talismans.
Challenges and Rewards
New Challenge Leagues always means New Challenges for their respective Challenge League and new rewards. There are a total of 32 challenges throughout both the challenge leagues that will reward the player with a part of Thane Rigwald‘s armor set for every 8 challenges completed. The Totem Reward is also making a return as players will be receiving a Totem piece for every 2 challenges completed.
New Skills & Support Gems
Content Update 2.1.0 will feature a total of 8 new Skill gems and 4 new support Gems. There will be 3 new Bow Skills:
Shrapnel Shot fires a piercing arrow with a cone of lightning damage, for high close-range damage.
Blast Rain bombards an area with a series of fiery arrows that explode when they land. The damage is focused around the middle, making it a reliable way to remove tougher enemies while also destroying those gathered around them.
The Siege Ballista skill creates a mechanical crossbow that fires a powerful, piercing bolt after a build-up time. It’s extremely useful for bow characters, delivering a deadly shot if you’re able to draw enemies into its fire.
2 new Physical Damage Spells:
Blade Vortex summons ethereal weapons that spin around you, slicing up nearby enemies.
Bladefall causes a wide cluster of blades to rain down in a row, carpeting an area with ethereal weapons. The blades spread out and cover a wider area as they travel away from you.
3 new chaos damage spells:
Contagion applies a chaos damage over time effect to your foes, which spreads to other nearby enemies as they die.
Essence Drain fires a projectile that applies a chaos damage over time effect, which can be spread by Contagion. A portion of the damage dealt by Essence Drain is recovered as life.
Wither applies a slowing effect to enemies and makes them more vulnerable to chaos damage. It can combine with the new chaos skills or existing ones like Caustic Arrow or Viper Strike.
4 new Support Gems:
Controlled Destruction boosts Spell Damage while reducing Critical Strike Chance.
Void Manipulation enhances Chaos Damage by taking away Elemental Damage.
Rapid Decay empowers Damage Over Time for the price of reduced Skill Effect Duration.
The Blasphemy Support Gem allows you to convert your curses to auras, applying them to nearby monsters without manual intervention. Melee and other close-range characters will find this incredibly useful.
New Unique Items
There are 3 new Unique items that have revealed
Roth’s Reach Recurve Bow
71% Increased Physical Damage 21% Increased Elemental Damage with Weapons 5% Increased Attack Speed Skills Chain +1 Times 30% increased Projectile Speed
"Exiled to the sea; what a joke. I'm more free than I've e-ver been." -Captain Weylam "Rot-Tooth" Roth of the Black Crest
Kongming’s Strategem Ivory Spirit Shield
+30 Intelligence 101% Increased Energy Shield Socketed Trap Skills create a Smoke Cloud when triggered 30% Increased Fire Damage to Blinded Enemies 30% Reduced Spell Damage Taken from Blinded Enemies No Block Chance
Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered. Those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid. Thus thewise win before they fight, while the ignorant fight to win.
Steel Spirit Virdian Jewel
8% Increasd Projectile Damage With at least 50 Dexterity allocated in Radius, each Spectral Throw Projectile Gains 4% Increased Damage each time it hits.
The Sekhema rode to the mountain, with her tribe, devoted and strong. And sewed shut the mouth of nightmare, so that it would not consume her world.
As always, every Content Update will features Balance Changes to the passive tree. Players will all receive a passive tree reset to compensate for the changes.
- Path of Exile
- Path of Exile Blade Vortex
- Path of Exile Bladefall
- Path of Exile Blasphemy
- Path of Exile Blast Rain
- Path of Exile Contagion
- Path of Exile Content Update 2.1.0
- Path of Exile Controlled Destruction
- Path of Exile Essence Drain
- Path of Exile Kongming's Strategem Ivory Spirit Shield
- Path of Exile Rapid Decay
- Path of Exile Rigwald Armor Set
- Path of Exile Roth's Reach Recurve Bow
- Path of Exile Shrapnel Shot
- Path of Exile Siege Ballista
- Path of Exile Steel Spirit Virdian Jewel
- Path of Exile Stone Circles
- Path of Exile Talisman
- Path of Exile Talisman Challenge Leagues
- Path of Exile Thane Rigwald
- Path of Exile Void Manipulation
- Path of Exile Wither