Elder Guardians

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The Elder Guardians are four bosses from the War for the Atlas storyline, who each drop a different map fragment that is required to fight the Elder. They are the guardians of the Elder.[1]

Guardians

Name The Eradicator The Constrictor The Purifier The Enslaver
Image The Eradicator.png The Constrictor.png The Purifier.png The Enslaver.png
Map Icon The Eradicator inventory icon.png The Constrictor inventory icon.png The Purifier inventory icon.png The Enslaver inventory icon.png
Map Mod Map is occupied by The Eradicator
Area is influenced by The Elder
Map is occupied by The Constrictor
Area is influenced by The Elder
Map is occupied by The Purifier
Area is influenced by The Elder
Map is occupied by The Enslaver
Area is influenced by The Elder
Main Drop Fragment of EradicationFragment of EradicationItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaPlagues are exhausted, not cured.Can be used in a personal Map Device. Fragment of ConstrictionFragment of ConstrictionItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaWebs are torn, not untangled.Can be used in a personal Map Device. Fragment of PurificationFragment of PurificationItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaCorruption is purged, not cleansed.Can be used in a personal Map Device. Fragment of EnslavementFragment of EnslavementItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaFreedom is won, not given.Can be used in a personal Map Device.

Mechanics

Upon killing T14+ Map Bosses, an Elder-influenced Tier 14 to 16 map may drop, which is occupied by one of the four Elder Guardians. The drop rate can be increased with Atlas passive skills. The map can also be sold by Kirac or offered in-map as part of his Atlas Missions, as well as from Map type rewards, Tujen, and Ritual, among other sources. Players can use an Orb of HorizonsOrb of HorizonsStack Size: 20Reforges a map item as another of the same tierRight click this item then left click a map to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
or Harbinger's OrbHarbinger's OrbStack Size: 20Reforges a map item as another of a higher tierRight click this item then left click a map to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
to convert or upgrade the base type of the map. However, players cannot change the Guardian that is occupying the map itself.

Elder-influenced maps contain several Elder-themed monsters and may drop Elder-influenced items. Upon entering the boss arena, a short cutscene plays, where the Elder drains the map boss' lifeforce and creates a portal to the Elder Guardian's arena, chosen randomly from three possible arenas. The boss and arena are affected by map modifiers.

The boss fight itself is split into three phases; upon reaching 2/3 and 1/3 health, the boss and the player are teleported to a different arena. Each arena contains various stage hazards.

Drops

Elder Guardians may drop one or several Elder-influenced items upon defeat, as well as a Map fragment corresponding to the Guardian that was killed. Opening a complete set of fragments in the map device can open portals to fight the Elder.

  • Fragment of PurificationFragment of PurificationItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaCorruption is purged, not cleansed.Can be used in a personal Map Device.
  • Fragment of ConstrictionFragment of ConstrictionItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaWebs are torn, not untangled.Can be used in a personal Map Device.
  • Fragment of EradicationFragment of EradicationItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaPlagues are exhausted, not cured.Can be used in a personal Map Device.
  • Fragment of EnslavementFragment of EnslavementItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaFreedom is won, not given.Can be used in a personal Map Device.

These unique items were previously exclusive to Elder Guardians, with two themed around each Guardian, but were moved to the core drop table in version 3.14.0:

  • AugyreAugyre
    Void Sceptre
    Sceptre
    Physical Damage: (140-160) to (212.8-243.2)
    Critical Strike Chance: (11.16%-12.40%)
    Attacks per Second: (1.38-1.44)
    Weapon Range: 11
    Requires Level 68, 104 Str, 122 Int40% increased Elemental Damage(180-220)% increased Physical Damage
    (10-15)% increased Attack Speed
    (80-100)% increased Critical Strike Chance
    50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
    Every 16 seconds you gain Elemental Overload for 8 seconds
    You have Resolute Technique while you do not have Elemental Overload
    100% increased Physical Damage while you have Resolute Technique
    When the world spins out of control,
    the safest place to be is in the centre.
  • Leper's AlmsLeper's Alms
    Mirrored Spiked Shield
    Chance to Block: (29%-30%)
    Evasion: (906-1218)
    Energy Shield: (186-245)
    Movement Speed: -3%
    Requires Level 66, 85 Dex, 85 Int+5% chance to Suppress Spell Damage(500-600)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
    +(60-80) to maximum Life
    40% increased Duration of Ailments on Enemies
    +(3-4)% Chance to Block
    Shared Suffering
    One's burden is another's gift.
  • Grelwood ShankGrelwood Shank
    Eternal Sword
    One Handed Sword
    Physical Damage: (116.85-129.15) to (193.8-214.2)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Attacks per Second: (1.72-1.80)
    Weapon Range: 11
    Requires Level 66, 104 Str, 122 Dex+475 to Accuracy Rating(185-215)% increased Physical Damage
    (15-20)% increased Attack Speed
    80% increased Armour while stationary
    Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles if you've been Hit Recently
    Point Blank
    Iron Reflexes while stationary
    Through countless seasons they stand, stoic,
    Each season leaving its mark;
    a memory written in fibrous flesh.
  • Beltimber BladeBeltimber Blade
    Eternal Sword
    One Handed Sword
    Physical Damage: (116.85-129.15) to (193.8-214.2)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Attacks per Second: (1.72-1.80)
    Weapon Range: 11
    Requires Level 66, 104 Str, 122 Dex+475 to Accuracy Rating(185-215)% increased Physical Damage
    (15-20)% increased Attack Speed
    80% increased Evasion Rating while moving
    Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles if you've used a Movement Skill Recently
    Far Shot
    By wind and wing they are carried,
    Their fates not theirs to control,
    Yet the fates of others dragged in their wake.
  • GloomfangGloomfang
    Blue Pearl Amulet
    Requires Level 77(48-56)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate0.5% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life
    Lose (15-10) Life for each Enemy hit by your Spells
    Lose (25-20) Life for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
    Skills Chain +1 times
    (30-40)% increased Projectile Speed
    Projectiles that have Chained gain (20-35)% of Non-Chaos Damage as extra Chaos Damage
    Darkness never stops feeding.
  • Yoke of SufferingYoke of Suffering
    Onyx Amulet
    Requires Level 70+(10-16) to all Attributes+(10-20)% to Fire Resistance
    +(10-20)% to Cold Resistance
    +(20-40)% to Lightning Resistance
    30% reduced Duration of Ailments on Enemies
    (5-10)% chance to Shock
    Enemies take 5% increased Damage for each type of Ailment you have inflicted on them
    Your Elemental Damage can Shock
    Let the unrepentant be dragged ever downwards by the weight of their sins.
  • Memory VaultMemory Vault
    Praetor Crown
    Armour: (161-185)
    Energy Shield: (181-218)
    Requires Level 68, 62 Str, 91 Int+(130-160) to maximum Energy Shield
    +(150-200) to maximum Mana
    (30-40)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
    +(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
    20% reduced Reservation Efficiency of Skills
    1% increased Armour per 50 Reserved Mana
    Your memories are a bridge to the past. Let no one cross.
  • VulconusVulconus
    Demon Dagger
    Rune Dagger
    Physical Damage: (109-134) to (232-247)
    Elemental Damage: (130-160) to (220-240)
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.50%
    Attacks per Second: 1.20
    Weapon Range: 10
    Requires Level 68, 76 Dex, 149 Int40% increased Global Critical Strike ChanceAdds (85-110) to (135-150) Physical Damage
    Adds (130-160) to (220-240) Fire Damage
    50% chance to cause Bleeding on Hit
    (70-100)% increased Fire Damage with Hits and Ailments against Bleeding Enemies
    (70-100)% increased Physical Damage with Hits and Ailments against Ignited Enemies
    Every 8 seconds, gain Avatar of Fire for 4 seconds
    (160-200)% increased Critical Strike Chance while you have Avatar of Fire
    50% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire while you have Avatar of Fire
    +2000 Armour while you do not have Avatar of Fire
    Lava bled from the earth and,
    after a time, cooled and hardened.
    The world protecting its beating heart
    with a thick, black scab.

In addition, ArborixArborix
Assassin Bow
Bow
Physical Damage: (123-143) to (330-355)
Critical Strike Chance: 6.70%
Attacks per Second: 1.25
Weapon Range: 120
Requires Level 62, 212 Dex+(15-25)% to Global Critical Strike MultiplierGrants Level 30 Dash Skill
Adds (80-100) to (200-225) Physical Damage
Bow Attacks fire 2 additional Arrows if you haven't Cast Dash recently
(20-30)% increased Attack Speed if you haven't Cast Dash recently
(100-160)% increased Evasion Rating if you've Cast Dash recently
(20-30)% increased Movement Speed if you've Cast Dash recently
Travel Skills other than Dash are Disabled
Iron Reflexes
Through droughts, fires, floods and frost,
the ancient giants stand resolute,
while deep in the rich, dark earth,
their grasp stretches ever farther.
is obtained from fusingOrb of FusingStack Size: 20Reforges the links between sockets on an itemRight click this item then left click a socketed item to apply it. The item's quality increases the chances of obtaining more links.
Shift click to unstack.
Grelwood ShankGrelwood Shank
Eternal Sword
One Handed Sword
Physical Damage: (116.85-129.15) to (193.8-214.2)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: (1.72-1.80)
Weapon Range: 11
Requires Level 66, 104 Str, 122 Dex+475 to Accuracy Rating(185-215)% increased Physical Damage
(15-20)% increased Attack Speed
80% increased Armour while stationary
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles if you've been Hit Recently
Point Blank
Iron Reflexes while stationary
Through countless seasons they stand, stoic,
Each season leaving its mark;
a memory written in fibrous flesh.
and Beltimber BladeBeltimber Blade
Eternal Sword
One Handed Sword
Physical Damage: (116.85-129.15) to (193.8-214.2)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: (1.72-1.80)
Weapon Range: 11
Requires Level 66, 104 Str, 122 Dex+475 to Accuracy Rating(185-215)% increased Physical Damage
(15-20)% increased Attack Speed
80% increased Evasion Rating while moving
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles if you've used a Movement Skill Recently
Far Shot
By wind and wing they are carried,
Their fates not theirs to control,
Yet the fates of others dragged in their wake.
, thus it is an indirect Elder Guardians exclusive item. A similar bow is used by the Constrictor during its fight.

Notes

  • Defeating an Elder Guardian will count as clearing a map for the sake of Master Missions and drops from Unique Map Bosses, and will grant Map Unlock status (Map appears in colour on the Atlas). However, maps occupied by an Elder Guardian will never grant the Map Completion Bonus (large brown ring) or Awakener Bonus (small white ring) due to an Elder Guardian not being the default map boss.
    • It is possible to have any of the three Conqueror map invade encounters while in an Elder Guardian map, but completing killing an Elder Guardian does not count as killing the map's boss and will not progress the Conqueror influence bar.

Lore

Elder Guardians were minor antagonists that guarded The Elder, akin to the Shaper Guardians. During War for the Atlas expansion, in order to face the Uber Elder, the player need to spread Elder influence to Shaper Guardian Maps (which at that time on the Atlas at the centre) first to convert them to Elder Guardian Maps (the base map is still the Shaper Guardian Map) and beat all 4 of them to convert The Shaper's Realm into Uber Elder variant of the area.

As of the Conquerors of the Atlas expansion, the player exists in an alternative timeline where the Shaper and Elder have already been defeated by the Elderslayers. It is presumed that the Elder Guardians were also defeated as a result of said battle. Their fights are still accessible through their map encounters but do not have any impact on the current storyline as antagonists. To explain this, a new Zana voiceline was added:

"

You must think me a fool for taking so long to understand just how mad the Elderslayers have become, but... you don't know what we were up against. Look, I'm going to show you a memory of a battle against one of the Elder's guardians. Perhaps then you'll see why it wasn't so clear.

"

- Zana

In the Echoes of the Atlas expansion, the Elder Guardians are referred to in the the Uncharted Realms. They can be duplicated by the Maven and fought simultaneously in Maven's Invitation: The TwistedMaven's Invitation: The TwistedThe Maven must Witness:
The Purifier,
The Constrictor,
The Enslaver,
The Eradicator

Modifiers to Item Quantity will affect the number of encounter rewards dropped
For those who must not endure it,
there may be found a perverse joy
in watching the struggle for survival.
Open portals to The Maven's Crucible by using this item in a personal Map Device.
.

See also

Version history

Version Changes
3.9.0e
  • Fixed a bug where Zana missions could offer Elder Guardian Maps earlier than intended. The minimum tier before these maps are offered by Zana missions is now 14.
3.9.0
  • The Atlas of Worlds has been reworked. You now start at the centre and will work your way outwards as you explore a new storyline.
  • The Shaper and Elder storyline is gone and has been replaced by a story that takes place in the aftermath of the old story.
  • Zana can now sell Shaper- and Elder-influenced maps once you have progressed your Atlas enough. These act like the old Atlas influence, creating new monsters, threats, and rewards.
  • The Elder, Shaper, and combined Elder and Shaper encounters can still be accessed. If you're lucky, Zana may offer a Shaper or Elder guardian's map!
  • Elder Guardians are no longer in a separate instance to that of their map.
3.5.0
  • Items exclusive to the Shaper's guardians and the Elder's guardians now drop less frequently. Uniques exclusive to the Elder's guardians now also drop based on map tier, with some items unable to drop until higher map tiers.
  • (not in patch notes) Elder guardians now have a shared pool of exclusive drop, rather than tied to individual guardians.[2]
3.1.0
  • Introduced to the game.

References

  1. https://www.pathofexile.com/war
  2. Jatin_GGG (January 9, 2019). "Re: The Enslaver is able to drop Beltimber Blade (and probably Grelwood Shank too)". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved January 28, 2019.

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