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Sanctum league
Challenge league
The Forbidden Sanctum logo.png
Release version3.20.0
Release date2022-12-09 19:00:00 UTC
End date2023-03-07 21:00:00 UTC
LinksOfficial Page

In the Sanctum challenge league, you'll discover The Forbidden Sanctum, an ancient Templar enclave hidden beneath the Fellshrine Ruins. Abandoned for a long time, it is now controlled by a malevolent entity. You must explore it, uncover its secrets, and deal with the evil that lurks within..

Sanctum League is a challenge league. It was launched on December 9, 2022 (UTC), alongside the Forbidden Sanctum expansion and Version 3.20.0 patch.

League Mechanic

Upon entering the Sanctum, you'll uncover a map that reveals a few of the rooms ahead of you. Sparse details of the room and its rewards are shown, so you must plan carefully as each mistake will dwindle your resolve. When your resolve runs out, your Sanctum run ends. Each time you enter the Sanctum, you will seek to push yourself farther than before through its four floors.

The Sanctum's rooms hold many secrets. Some contain ancient fountains you can rest at to restore a portion of your resolve. Others will curse you with an affliction, hindering your progress. These afflictions stack up as you explore deeper and deeper within the Sanctum. You can also receive boons, blessings that help you overcome the Sanctum's dangers. Each time you enter the Sanctum, you will encounter a unique layout that you must assess and adapt to as you explore.

Inside the Sanctum, you will find gold coins called Aureus, a currency that the Templar used for commerce. It's stored in treasure chests and falls from slain monsters. Although these coins belong to the Sanctum and will not leave with you, they can be traded with a merchant who you may encounter from time to time. Spend your Aureus wisely as it can be used to purchase a crucial boon when the time is right.

The sinister powers controlling the Sanctum will occasionally present you with an Accursed Pact. These pacts offer you a powerful benefit with a dangerous cost. Although the Pact will tempt you greatly, you must choose with care. The result of your choice could signal the end of your time in the Sanctum or be the turning point in your success.

Many rooms in the Sanctum will offer you a choice of currency items. You can take the reward now or leave it behind, with the promise of an even larger reward later. Deferring your reward to the end of the current floor or even the end of the entire Sanctum escalates it with great risk. If you run out of resolve before reaching this goal, you lose everything you gambled. Do you believe in yourself enough to take the risk and potentially reap a massive reward? Or do you play it safe and leave with what you have?

As you explore the Sanctum, you'll discover a special altar that Templar Relics can be placed on. These relics make you more powerful in the Sanctum and persist from run to run. Their continued power is the key to making it deeper into the Sanctum's vaults each time you enter. As you accumulate more relics, you'll need to make decisions around which ones most benefit you and arrange the Altar accordingly.

You may also uncover Sanctified Relics, a very rare type that directly affects your character's build. You may use only one of these, but its benefits stay with you beyond the Sanctum walls and bestow the Templars' power on you as you journey through Wraeclast.

The Forbidden Sanctum is home to many bosses, including random miniboss encounters, bosses at the end of each floor and an ultimate showdown against the entity that controls the Sanctum. These fights yield valuable rewards including Relics, piles of Aureus coins, masses of experience, new Unique Items and more.

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New items

Base items

ItemStats
Candlestick RelicCandlestick RelicUnmodifiablePlace this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runAccount-boundN/A
Censer RelicCenser RelicUnmodifiablePlace this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runAccount-boundN/A
Coffer RelicCoffer RelicUnmodifiablePlace this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runAccount-boundN/A
Papyrus RelicPapyrus RelicUnmodifiablePlace this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runAccount-boundN/A
Processional RelicProcessional RelicUnmodifiablePlace this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runAccount-boundN/A
Tome RelicTome RelicUnmodifiablePlace this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runAccount-boundN/A
Urn RelicUrn RelicUnmodifiablePlace this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runAccount-boundN/A
Sanctified RelicSanctified RelicLimited to: 1Requires Level 60Place this item on the Relic Altar to affect your characterN/A
Sanctified RelicSanctified RelicLimited to: 1Requires Level 60Place this item on the Relic Altar to affect your characterN/A
Sanctified RelicSanctified RelicLimited to: 1Requires Level 60Place this item on the Relic Altar to affect your characterN/A

Unique items

ItemStats
The Balance of TerrorThe Balance of Terror
Cobalt Jewel
Limited to: 1+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
<2-3 random curse modifiers>
Fellshrine stood as a holy bastion opposite the
Chamber of Sins, and all that it represented.
For one to rise, the other must fall.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
<2-3 random curse modifiers>
Inflict Lightning Exposure on Hit if you've cast Conductivity in the past 10 seconds
You are Unaffected by Shock if you've cast Conductivity in the past 10 seconds
Immune to Curses if you've cast Despair in the past 10 seconds
Inflict Withered for 2 seconds on Hit if you've cast Despair in the past 10 seconds
Immune to Exposure if you've cast Elemental Weakness in the past 10 seconds
+(30-40)% to Critical Strike Multiplier if you've cast Enfeeble in the past 10 seconds
Take no Extra Damage from Critical Strikes if you've cast Enfeeble in the past 10 seconds
Inflict Fire Exposure on Hit if you've cast Flammability in the past 10 seconds
You are Unaffected by Ignite if you've cast Flammability in the past 10 seconds
Cold Exposure on Hit if you've cast Frostbite in the past 10 seconds
You are Unaffected by Freeze if you've cast Frostbite in the past 10 seconds
Immune to Reflected Damage if you've cast Punishment in the past 10 seconds
Intimidate Enemies on Hit if you've cast Punishment in the past 10 seconds
Action Speed cannot be Slowed below Base Value if you've cast Temporal Chains in the past 10 seconds
(20-25)% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate if you've cast Temporal Chains in the past 10 seconds
(6-10)% chance to deal Double Damage if you've cast Vulnerability in the past 10 seconds
You are Unaffected by Bleeding if you've cast Vulnerability in the past 10 seconds
Eternal DamnationEternal Damnation
Agate Amulet
Requires Level 52+(16-24) to Strength and Intelligence+(40-70) to maximum Mana
+(-13-13)% to Chaos Resistance
-5% to all maximum Resistances
Gain additional Elemental Damage Reduction equal to half your Chaos Resistance
The price of immortality is isolation.
+(16-24) to Strength and Intelligence+(40-70) to maximum Mana
+(-13-13)% to Chaos Resistance
-5% to all maximum Resistances
Gain additional Elemental Damage Reduction equal to half your Chaos Resistance
Original SinOriginal Sin
Amethyst Ring
Requires Level 52+(17-23)% to Chaos ResistanceAll Elemental Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
Nearby Enemies' Chaos Resistance is 0
Innocence rose to godhood not on inspired faith,
but on the vilification and hatred of another.
+(17-23)% to Chaos ResistanceAll Elemental Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
Nearby Enemies' Chaos Resistance is 0
Sandstorm VisageSandstorm Visage
Necromancer Circlet
Energy Shield: (165-224)Requires Level 54, 112 Int(8-10)% increased Cast Speed
(200-250)% increased Energy Shield
Avoid interruption from Stuns while Casting
Base Spell Critical Strike Chance is equal to that of Main Hand Weapon
Cannot deal Critical Strikes with Attacks
A fell wind brings death.
(8-10)% increased Cast Speed
(200-250)% increased Energy Shield
Avoid interruption from Stuns while Casting
Base Spell Critical Strike Chance is equal to that of Main Hand Weapon
Cannot deal Critical Strikes with Attacks
The Winds of FateThe Winds of Fate
Foul Staff
Warstaff
Physical Damage: (520-585) to (968-1089)
Critical Strike Chance: 6.10%
Attacks per Second: 1.30
Weapon Range: 13
Requires Level 55, 94 Str, 94 Int+18% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff(700-800)% increased Physical Damage
+100% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
75% of Physical Damage converted to a random Element
25% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
Maximum Critical Strike Chance is 50%
Non-Critical Strikes deal no Damage
Life... Death...
The whim of the cosmos.
+18% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff(700-800)% increased Physical Damage
+100% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
75% of Physical Damage converted to a random Element
25% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
Maximum Critical Strike Chance is 50%
Non-Critical Strikes deal no Damage
The Broken CenserThe Broken Censer
Tome Relic
Requires Level 64The Herald of the Scourge drops an additional Invocation
Cannot have Inspiration
Cannot recover Resolve
This item is destroyed when your Sanctum ends
Unmodifiable"His followers were too small in number to spark divinity, so he turned to a greater
power: hatred. He vilified his brother, sparking zealotry, and the change finally began."
- Lycia, the Heretic
Place this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runAccount-bound
The Herald of the Scourge drops an additional Invocation
Cannot have Inspiration
Cannot recover Resolve
This item is destroyed when your Sanctum endsUnmodifiable
The First CrestThe First Crest
Coffer Relic
Requires Level 64This item is destroyed when your Sanctum ends
Aureus Coins are converted to <3 variants> upon defeating the Herald of the Scourge
Unmodifiable"In pursuit of divinity, he tried many times to found a religion. Few followed his
initial symbols and proverbs. He needed something greater. A symbol none could
deny." - Lycia, the Heretic
Place this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runAccount-bound
This item is destroyed when your Sanctum ends
Aureus Coins are converted to <3 variants> upon defeating the Herald of the Scourge
Aureus Coins are converted to Experience upon defeating the Herald of the Scourge
Aureus Coins are converted to Relics upon defeating the Herald of the Scourge
Aureus Coins are converted to Unique Items upon defeating the Herald of the Scourge
Unmodifiable
The Gilded ChaliceThe Gilded Chalice
Processional Relic
Requires Level 64The Herald of the Scourge drops an additional Invocation
Cannot have Inspiration
Cannot recover Resolve
This item is destroyed when your Sanctum ends
Unmodifiable"He took the newcomers' symbol and made it his own. Finally, they flocked to him.
Finally, he had the power and wealth he so desired." - Lycia, the Heretic
Place this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runAccount-bound
The Herald of the Scourge drops an additional Invocation
Cannot have Inspiration
Cannot recover Resolve
This item is destroyed when your Sanctum endsUnmodifiable
The Hour of DivinityThe Hour of Divinity
Censer Relic
Requires Level 64The Herald of the Scourge drops 2 additional Sanctified Relics
Cannot have Boons
This item is destroyed when your Sanctum ends
Unmodifiable"They ascended together, one unwillingly. The vilified became black as coal, and the
lauded, golden. After a lifetime of ambition, he finally had his heart's desire. It only
cost him his brother." - Lycia, the Heretic
Place this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runAccount-bound
The Herald of the Scourge drops 2 additional Sanctified Relics
Cannot have Boons
This item is destroyed when your Sanctum endsUnmodifiable
The Night LampThe Night Lamp
Urn Relic
Requires Level 64The Herald of the Scourge drops 2 additional Sanctified Relics
Rooms are unknown on the Sanctum Map
This item is destroyed when your Sanctum ends
Unmodifiable"The new comers were terrified of fire. He used their fear to control them, to lay the
seeds of unquestioning faith. He claimed only his god could protect them." - Lycia, the Heretic
Place this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runAccount-bound
The Herald of the Scourge drops 2 additional Sanctified Relics
Rooms are unknown on the Sanctum Map
This item is destroyed when your Sanctum endsUnmodifiable
The Original ScriptureThe Original Scripture
Papyrus Relic
Requires Level 64The Herald of the Scourge drops the Original Sin
Cannot have Inspiration
Maximum Resolve is 1
This item is destroyed when your Sanctum ends
Unmodifiable"It's all here. The lie at the core of my faith. Maxarius was not the first chosen of
Innocence. Maxarius was Innocence himself. A charlatan, a liar, and a power-seeker."
- Lycia, the Heretic
Place this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runAccount-bound
The Herald of the Scourge drops the Original Sin
Cannot have Inspiration
Maximum Resolve is 1
This item is destroyed when your Sanctum endsUnmodifiable
The Second SacramentThe Second Sacrament
Candlestick Relic
Requires Level 64The Herald of the Scourge drops an additional Balance of Terror with an extra Modifier
The Herald of the Scourge deals 100% more Damage
The Herald of the Scourge takes 70% less Damage
This item is destroyed when your Sanctum ends
Unmodifiable"He took many of his people's traditions and gilded them, hollowed them. They
rejected his new religion, and he and his followers were forced to depart the
mountains for lands unknown." - Lycia, the Heretic
Place this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runAccount-bound
The Herald of the Scourge drops an additional Balance of Terror with an extra Modifier
The Herald of the Scourge deals 100% more Damage
The Herald of the Scourge takes 70% less Damage
This item is destroyed when your Sanctum endsUnmodifiable

Currency items

ItemStats
Lycia's Invocation of AcrobaticsLycia's Invocation of AcrobaticsStack Size: 10Adds Acrobatics to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Ancestral BondLycia's Invocation of Ancestral BondStack Size: 10Adds Ancestral Bond to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Arrow DancingLycia's Invocation of Arrow DancingStack Size: 10Adds Arrow Dancing to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Avatar of FireLycia's Invocation of Avatar of FireStack Size: 10Adds Avatar of Fire to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Blood MagicLycia's Invocation of Blood MagicStack Size: 10Adds Blood Magic to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Call to ArmsLycia's Invocation of Call to ArmsStack Size: 10Adds Call To Arms to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of ConduitLycia's Invocation of ConduitStack Size: 10Adds Conduit to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Crimson DanceLycia's Invocation of Crimson DanceStack Size: 10Adds Crimson Dance to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Divine ShieldLycia's Invocation of Divine ShieldStack Size: 10Adds Divine Shield to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Eldritch BatteryLycia's Invocation of Eldritch BatteryStack Size: 10Adds Eldritch Battery to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Elemental EquilibriumLycia's Invocation of Elemental EquilibriumStack Size: 10Adds Elemental Equilibrium to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Elemental OverloadLycia's Invocation of Elemental OverloadStack Size: 10Adds Elemental Overload to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Eternal YouthLycia's Invocation of Eternal YouthStack Size: 10Adds Eternal Youth to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Ghost DanceLycia's Invocation of Ghost DanceStack Size: 10Adds Ghost Dance to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Ghost ReaverLycia's Invocation of Ghost ReaverStack Size: 10Adds Ghost Reaver to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Glancing BlowsLycia's Invocation of Glancing BlowsStack Size: 10Adds Glancing Blows to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Hex MasterLycia's Invocation of Hex MasterStack Size: 10Adds Hex Master to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Imbalanced GuardLycia's Invocation of Imbalanced GuardStack Size: 10Adds Imbalanced Guard to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Iron GripLycia's Invocation of Iron GripStack Size: 10Adds Iron Grip to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Iron ReflexesLycia's Invocation of Iron ReflexesStack Size: 10Adds Iron Reflexes to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Iron WillLycia's Invocation of Iron WillStack Size: 10Adds Iron Will to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Lethe ShadeLycia's Invocation of Lethe ShadeStack Size: 10Adds Lethe Shade to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of MagebaneLycia's Invocation of MagebaneStack Size: 10Adds Magebane to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Mind Over MatterLycia's Invocation of Mind Over MatterStack Size: 10Adds Mind Over Matter to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Minion InstabilityLycia's Invocation of Minion InstabilityStack Size: 10Adds Minion Instability to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Pain AttunementLycia's Invocation of Pain AttunementStack Size: 10Adds Pain Attunement to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Perfect AgonyLycia's Invocation of Perfect AgonyStack Size: 10Adds Perfect Agony to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Point BlankLycia's Invocation of Point BlankStack Size: 10Adds Point Blank to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Precise TechniqueLycia's Invocation of Precise TechniqueStack Size: 10Adds Precise Technique to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Resolute TechniqueLycia's Invocation of Resolute TechniqueStack Size: 10Adds Resolute Technique to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of RunebinderLycia's Invocation of RunebinderStack Size: 10Adds Runebinder to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of SolipsismLycia's Invocation of SolipsismStack Size: 10Adds Solipsism to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Supreme EgoLycia's Invocation of Supreme EgoStack Size: 10Adds Supreme Ego to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of The AgnosticLycia's Invocation of The AgnosticStack Size: 10Adds The Agnostic to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of The ImpalerLycia's Invocation of The ImpalerStack Size: 10Adds The Impaler to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Unwavering StanceLycia's Invocation of Unwavering StanceStack Size: 10Adds Unwavering Stance to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Vaal PactLycia's Invocation of Vaal PactStack Size: 10Adds Vaal Pact to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Versatile CombatantLycia's Invocation of Versatile CombatantStack Size: 10Adds Versatile Combatant to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Wicked WardLycia's Invocation of Wicked WardStack Size: 10Adds Wicked Ward to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Wind DancerLycia's Invocation of Wind DancerStack Size: 10Adds Wind Dancer to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Lycia's Invocation of Zealot's OathLycia's Invocation of Zealot's OathStack Size: 10Adds Zealot's Oath to a Sanctified RelicRight click this item then left click a non-Corrupted Sanctified Relic to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A

Challenges and rewards

The Sanctum league includes 40 optional challenges. Completing them awards the following cosmetic items: List of Sanctum league challenges

Note that these challenges were not completable in Ruthless mode versions of the temporary league.

League Artwork

League artwork from the Forbidden Sanctum presskit:[1]

Version history

Version Changes
3.20.0
  • Introduced to the game.

References

  1. Grinding Gear Games (December 1, 2022). "Press Kit". Official Path of Exile Website. Retrieved December 1, 2022.