Guardians of the Void

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The Guardians of the Void are four bosses of special Tier 16 maps, who each drop a different map fragment required to fight the Shaper. They are the guardians of the Shaper.

Guardians

Name Guardian of the Phoenix Guardian of the Hydra Guardian of the Minotaur Guardian of the Chimera
Image Guardian of the Phoenix.png Guardian of the Hydra promo.png Guardian of the Minotaur.png Guardian of the Chimera.png
Map Forge of the Phoenix MapForge of the Phoenix MapMap Level: 83
Map Tier: 16
Guild Character: ¤
Area is influenced by The ShaperTravel to this Map by using it in a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
Lair of the Hydra MapLair of the Hydra MapMap Level: 83
Map Tier: 16
Guild Character: ¢
Area is influenced by The ShaperTravel to this Map by using it in a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
Maze of the Minotaur MapMaze of the Minotaur MapMap Level: 83
Map Tier: 16
Guild Character: £
Area is influenced by The ShaperTravel to this Map by using it in a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
Pit of the Chimera MapPit of the Chimera MapMap Level: 83
Map Tier: 16
Guild Character: Â
Area is influenced by The ShaperTravel to this Map by using it in a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
Main Drop Fragment of the PhoenixFragment of the PhoenixItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaEnter the crucible. The nexus of
nothingness and equilibrium of eternity.
Can be used in a personal Map Device.
Fragment of the HydraFragment of the HydraItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaEnter the crucible. The nexus of
nothingness and equilibrium of eternity.
Can be used in a personal Map Device.
Fragment of the MinotaurFragment of the MinotaurItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaEnter the crucible. The nexus of
nothingness and equilibrium of eternity.
Can be used in a personal Map Device.
Fragment of the ChimeraFragment of the ChimeraItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaEnter the crucible. The nexus of
nothingness and equilibrium of eternity.
Can be used in a personal Map Device.


Mechanics

Upon killing T14+ Map Bosses, a Shaper-influenced Tier 16 map may drop, which has one of the four Shaper Guardian specific map bases. 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.
to convert the map between the 4 Shaper Guardians map bases. However, players cannot roll regular T16 Map into Shaper Guardians maps, or vice versa.

As of version 3.18.0, there is also a slim chance for tier 15 maps to turn into a non-influenced Shaper Guardian map when a Vaal OrbVaal OrbStack Size: 10Corrupts an item, modifying it unpredictablyRight click this item then left click an item to corrupt it. Corrupted items cannot be modified again.
Shift click to unstack.
is applied to it.

Shaper-influenced maps contain several Shaper-themed monsters and may drop Shaper-influenced items. It is also possible to find The Maelström Cell within these maps. The boss and arena are affected by map modifiers. Each arena contains various stage hazards and spawns weak monsters at various points during the fight.

Drops

Shaper Guardians may drop one or several Shaper-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 Shaper.

  • Fragment of the PhoenixFragment of the PhoenixItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaEnter the crucible. The nexus of
    nothingness and equilibrium of eternity.
    Can be used in a personal Map Device.
  • Fragment of the HydraFragment of the HydraItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaEnter the crucible. The nexus of
    nothingness and equilibrium of eternity.
    Can be used in a personal Map Device.
  • Fragment of the MinotaurFragment of the MinotaurItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaEnter the crucible. The nexus of
    nothingness and equilibrium of eternity.
    Can be used in a personal Map Device.
  • Fragment of the ChimeraFragment of the ChimeraItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaEnter the crucible. The nexus of
    nothingness and equilibrium of eternity.
    Can be used in a personal Map Device.

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

  • Razor of the Seventh SunRazor of the Seventh Sun
    Midnight Blade
    One Handed Sword
    Physical Damage: (125-145) to (244-269)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Attacks per Second: 1.30
    Weapon Range: 11
    Requires Level 68, 113 Str, 113 Dex40% increased Global Accuracy RatingAdds (90-110) to (145-170) Physical Damage
    30% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
    25% chance to Ignite
    100% increased Burning Damage if you've Ignited an Enemy Recently
    Recover 1% of Life when you Ignite an Enemy
    100% increased Melee Physical Damage against Ignited Enemies
    Quickly cooled the steel,
    but never could it forget
    the heat of the forge.
  • Eye of InnocenceEye of Innocence
    Citrine Amulet
    Requires Level 68+(16-24) to Strength and Dexterity10% chance to Ignite
    (50-70)% increased Damage while Ignited
    Take 100 Fire Damage when you Ignite an Enemy
    2% of Fire Damage Leeched as Life while Ignited
    "...and so He said: 'Let only the good meet my gaze'
    and no eye met His. So He called down the cleansing flames
    and let black smoke sweep the Sinners away."
    - Book of Innocence
  • SlivertongueSlivertongue
    Harbinger Bow
    Bow
    Physical Damage: (130-145) to (353-373)
    Critical Strike Chance: (6.50%-7.50%)
    Attacks per Second: 1.20
    Weapon Range: 120
    Requires Level 68, 212 Dex(30-50)% increased Critical Strike ChanceAdds (80-95) to (220-240) Physical Damage
    (150-200)% increased Critical Strike Chance with arrows that Fork
    Arrows Pierce all Targets after Forking
    Arrows that Pierce have +50% to Critical Strike Multiplier
    A hundred blind heads, each seeking the taste of prey on the air.
  • SnakepitSnakepit
    Sapphire Ring
    Requires Level 68+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance(20-40)% increased Spell Damage
    (5-10)% increased Cast Speed
    Left ring slot: Projectiles from Spells cannot Chain
    Left ring slot: Projectiles from Spells Fork
    Right ring slot: Projectiles from Spells Chain +1 times
    Right ring slot: Projectiles from Spells cannot Fork
    Projectiles from Spells cannot Pierce
    They wrap around you until your blood turns as cold as theirs.
  • Brain RattlerBrain Rattler
    Meatgrinder
    Two Hand Mace
    Physical Damage: (134-154) to (408-458)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Attacks per Second: 1.25
    Weapon Range: 13
    Requires Level 63, 212 Str5% chance to deal Double DamageAdds (60-80) to (270-320) Physical Damage
    50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
    50% chance to Shock
    Shock Enemies as though dealing 300% more Damage
    Damage Penetrates 20% Lightning Resistance
    Enemies you Shock have 30% reduced Cast Speed
    Enemies you Shock have 20% reduced Movement Speed
    The mind may have no limits, but the skull sure does.
  • The Brass DomeThe Brass Dome
    Gladiator Plate
    Armour: (3321-4240)
    Movement Speed: -5%
    Requires Level 65, 177 Str(350-400)% increased Armour
    +(1-5)% to all maximum Elemental Resistances
    Strength provides no bonus to Maximum Life
    Take no Extra Damage from Critical Strikes
    The turtle's shell one day becomes its tomb.
  • The ScourgeThe Scourge
    Terror Claw
    Claw
    Physical Damage: (53-68) to (171-196)
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.30%
    Attacks per Second: (1.65-1.72)
    Weapon Range: 11
    Requires Level 70, 113 Dex, 113 Int2% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as LifeAdds (35-50) to (100-125) Physical Damage
    (10-15)% increased Attack Speed
    Minions have (10-15)% increased Attack Speed
    Increases and Reductions to Minion Damage also affect you at 150% of their value
    Minions deal 70% increased Damage if you've Hit Recently
    With increasing mastery over death
    comes an increasing desire for it.
  • ObscurantisObscurantis
    Lion Pelt
    Evasion: (760-961)Requires Level 70, 150 Dex+(800-1000) to Accuracy Rating
    (100-120)% increased Evasion Rating
    +(50-80) to maximum Life
    1% increased Projectile Attack Damage per 200 Accuracy Rating
    If you know where to strike, you need only strike once.

Lore

Guardians of the Void (also known as Shaper Guardians) were minor antagonists of the Atlas of Worlds expansion and were required to be defeated to fight the Shaper.[1]. According to the lore, each of the Guardians used to be one of the Shaper's captors (likely serving under High Templar Venarius) but were transformed due to their vices and exposure to the Atlas into their current forms.[2]

In the War for the Atlas expansion, it was possible to spread Elder's influence onto the Shaper Guardian maps as part of the story quest. Doing so would replace the bosses with stronger versions of the Elder Guardians, and was required to spread Elder Influence onto the Shaper's Realm and unlock the Uber Elder encounter.

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 Shaper 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:

"

Exile, I think it's important you understand what you're up against. Words don't adequately convey just how dangerous the Elderslayers are. So to that end, I've managed to recover a memory of one of the trials they had to endure, so you can see for yourself just what they're made of. This map is identical to one they conquered on their journey to face my father, the Shaper.

"

- Zana

In the Echoes of the Atlas expansion, the Guardians of the Void are referred to in the the Uncharted Realms. They can be duplicated by the Maven and fought simultaneously in Maven's Invitation: The FormedMaven's Invitation: The FormedThe Maven must Witness:
Lair of the Hydra,
Maze of the Minotaur,
Forge of the Phoenix,
Pit of the Chimera

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
3.9.1
  • Zana Atlas Objectives can now offer Shaper Guardian Maps as options as long as you are in a Tier15+ Map.
3.9.0d
  • Fixed a bug where completing Shaper Guardians Maps caused all Maps in the Atlas of Worlds to be completed.
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 Elder or Shaper guardian's map!
2.4.1
  • The Guardians of the Void can no longer be permanently taunted. They can only be taunted every so often.
2.4.0
  • Introduced to the game.

References

  1. https://www.pathofexile.com/atlasofworlds
  2. The monologue of Shaper when the player entered Pit of the Chimera MapPit of the Chimera MapMap Level: 83
    Map Tier: 16
    Guild Character: Â
    Area is influenced by The ShaperTravel to this Map by using it in a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
    : "One of my captors hid a beast within his heart. Now his true self can be seen by all"