Sanctum league

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Sanctum league
Challenge league
Release version3.20.0
Release date2022-12-09 19:00:00 UTC
End date2023-04-04 21:00:00 UTC
LinksOfficial Page

Sanctum League was a challenge league. It launched on December 9, 2022 as part of Path of Exile: The Forbidden Sanctum in version 3.20.0.[1]

Lore

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

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.

Ladders

In Sanctum league, players could choose to enable any of these optional game modes:

This means that there were eight distinct ladders for Sanctum league:

Minimap Icons

New items

Base items

ItemStats
Candlestick RelicCandlestick RelicUnmodifiablePlace this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runN/A
Censer RelicCenser RelicUnmodifiablePlace this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runN/A
Coffer RelicCoffer RelicUnmodifiablePlace this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runN/A
Papyrus RelicPapyrus RelicUnmodifiablePlace this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runN/A
Processional RelicProcessional RelicUnmodifiablePlace this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runN/A
Tome RelicTome RelicUnmodifiablePlace this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runN/A
Urn RelicUrn RelicUnmodifiablePlace this item on the Relic Altar at the start of each Sanctum runN/A

Unique items

These unique are exclusive to Sanctum league mechanic:

ItemBase ItemStats
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.
Agate Amulet+(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 Balance of TerrorThe Balance of Terror
Cobalt Jewel
Limited to: 1+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
<2 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.
Cobalt Jewel+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
<2 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
Gain (30-40)% of Physical Damage as a Random Element 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 modified to 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
Sandstorm VisageSandstorm Visage
Necromancer Circlet
Energy Shield: (165-224)Requires Level 54, 112 Int(8-10)% increased Cast Speed
(200-250)% increased Energy Shield
Ignore Stuns while Casting
Base Spell Critical Strike Chance of Spells is equal to that of Main Hand Weapon
Cannot deal Critical Strikes with Attacks
A fell wind brings death.
Necromancer Circlet(8-10)% increased Cast Speed
(200-250)% increased Energy Shield
Ignore Stuns while Casting
Base Spell Critical Strike Chance of Spells 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: 1.3 metres
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.
Foul Staff+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
Original SinOriginal Sin
Amethyst Ring
Requires Level 52+(17-23)% to Chaos ResistanceAll Elemental Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
Nearby 6.0m radius Enemies' Chaos Resistance is 0
Innocence rose to godhood not on inspired faith,
but on the vilification and hatred of another.
Amethyst Ring+(17-23)% to Chaos ResistanceAll Elemental Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
Nearby 6.0m radius Enemies' Chaos Resistance is 0

These relic are not in-game anymore after the league end:

ItemBase ItemStats
The Gilded ChaliceThe Gilded Chalice
Processional Relic
Requires Level 64Duplicates up to 4 random Offer Rewards upon defeating the Herald of the Scourge
Cannot recover Resolve
Cannot be used with Forbidden Tomes below level 75
This item is destroyed when applied to a Sanctum
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 run
Processional RelicDuplicates up to 4 random Offer Rewards upon defeating the Herald of the Scourge
Cannot recover Resolve
Cannot be used with Forbidden Tomes below level 75
This item is destroyed when applied to a SanctumUnmodifiable
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
Cannot be used with Forbidden Tomes below level 83
This item is destroyed when applied to a Sanctum
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 run
Papyrus RelicThe Herald of the Scourge drops the Original Sin
Cannot have Inspiration
Maximum Resolve is 1
Cannot be used with Forbidden Tomes below level 83
This item is destroyed when applied to a SanctumUnmodifiable
The Hour of DivinityThe Hour of Divinity
Censer Relic
Requires Level 64Duplicates up to 2 random Offer Rewards upon defeating the Herald of the Scourge
Cannot have Boons
This item is destroyed when applied to a Sanctum
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 run
Censer RelicDuplicates up to 2 random Offer Rewards upon defeating the Herald of the Scourge
Cannot have Boons
This item is destroyed when applied to a SanctumUnmodifiable
The Night LampThe Night Lamp
Urn Relic
Requires Level 64The Herald of the Scourge drops an additional Forbidden Tome
No Resolve Mitigation, chance to Avoid Resolve loss or Resolve Aegis
This item is destroyed when applied to a Sanctum
Unmodifiable"The newcomers 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 run
Urn RelicThe Herald of the Scourge drops an additional Forbidden Tome
No Resolve Mitigation, chance to Avoid Resolve loss or Resolve Aegis
This item is destroyed when applied to a SanctumUnmodifiable
The Second SacramentThe Second Sacrament
Candlestick Relic
Requires Level 64The Herald of the Scourge deals 100% more Damage
The Herald of the Scourge takes 70% less Damage
The Herald of the Scourge drops the Winds of Fate
Cannot be used with Forbidden Tomes below level 83
This item is destroyed when applied to a Sanctum
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 run
Candlestick RelicThe Herald of the Scourge deals 100% more Damage
The Herald of the Scourge takes 70% less Damage
The Herald of the Scourge drops the Winds of Fate
Cannot be used with Forbidden Tomes below level 83
This item is destroyed when applied to a SanctumUnmodifiable
The Broken CenserThe Broken Censer
Tome Relic
Requires Level 64The Herald of the Scourge drops 2 additional Forbidden Tomes
Rooms are unknown on the Sanctum Map
Cannot be used with Forbidden Tomes below level 75
This item is destroyed when applied to a Sanctum
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 run
Tome RelicThe Herald of the Scourge drops 2 additional Forbidden Tomes
Rooms are unknown on the Sanctum Map
Cannot be used with Forbidden Tomes below level 75
This item is destroyed when applied to a SanctumUnmodifiable
The First CrestThe First Crest
Coffer Relic
Requires Level 64This item is destroyed when applied to a Sanctum
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 run
Coffer RelicThis item is destroyed when applied to a Sanctum
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 Tainted Currency upon defeating the Herald of the Scourge
Unmodifiable

Currency items

Lycia's Invocations are currency items that can be applied to sanctified relics to add keystone modifiers.

Challenges and rewards

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

Challenges Reward
4 Victorious GlovesVictorious GlovesGloves SkinChanges the appearance of any equipped gloves to the Victorious Gloves. (Tier 1)
6 Victorious BootsVictorious BootsBoots SkinChanges the appearance of any equipped boots to the Victorious Boots. (Tier 1)
8 Victorious HelmetVictorious HelmetHelmet SkinChanges the appearance of any equipped helmet to the Victorious Helmet. (Tier 1)
10 Victorious Body ArmourVictorious Body ArmourArmour SkinChanges the appearance of any equipped body armour to the Victorious Body Armour. (Tier 1)
12 Victorious GlovesVictorious GlovesGloves SkinChanges the appearance of any equipped gloves to the Victorious Gloves. (Tier 2)
14 Victorious BootsVictorious BootsBoots SkinChanges the appearance of any equipped boots to the Victorious Boots. (Tier 2)
16 Victorious HelmetVictorious HelmetHelmet SkinChanges the appearance of any equipped helmet to the Victorious Helmet. (Tier 2)
18 Victorious Body ArmourVictorious Body ArmourArmour SkinChanges the appearance of any equipped body armour to the Victorious Body Armour. (Tier 2)
22 Sanctum Challenger TrophySanctum Challenger TrophyHideout ItemCreates an object in your hideout8 Variations
20 Victorious GlovesVictorious GlovesGloves SkinChanges the appearance of any equipped gloves to the Victorious Gloves. (Tier 3)
22 Victorious BootsVictorious BootsBoots SkinChanges the appearance of any equipped boots to the Victorious Boots. (Tier 3)
Sanctum Challenger TrophySanctum Challenger TrophyHideout ItemCreates an object in your hideout8 Variations
24 Victorious HelmetVictorious HelmetHelmet SkinChanges the appearance of any equipped helmet to the Victorious Helmet. (Tier 3)
25 Sanctum Challenger TrophySanctum Challenger TrophyHideout ItemCreates an object in your hideout8 Variations
26 Victorious Body ArmourVictorious Body ArmourArmour SkinChanges the appearance of any equipped body armour to the Victorious Body Armour. (Tier 3)
28 Sanctum Challenger TrophySanctum Challenger TrophyHideout ItemCreates an object in your hideout8 Variations
29 Victorious GlovesVictorious GlovesGloves SkinChanges the appearance of any equipped gloves to the Victorious Gloves. (Tier 4)
31 Sanctum Challenger TrophySanctum Challenger TrophyHideout ItemCreates an object in your hideout8 Variations
32 Victorious BootsVictorious BootsBoots SkinChanges the appearance of any equipped boots to the Victorious Boots. (Tier 4)
34 Sanctum Challenger TrophySanctum Challenger TrophyHideout ItemCreates an object in your hideout8 Variations
35 Victorious HelmetVictorious HelmetHelmet SkinChanges the appearance of any equipped helmet to the Victorious Helmet. (Tier 4)
37 Sanctum Challenger TrophySanctum Challenger TrophyHideout ItemCreates an object in your hideout8 Variations
38 Victorious Body ArmourVictorious Body ArmourArmour SkinChanges the appearance of any equipped body armour to the Victorious Body Armour. (Tier 4)
40 Sanctum Challenger TrophySanctum Challenger TrophyHideout ItemCreates an object in your hideout8 Variations


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

League Artwork

League artwork from the Forbidden Sanctum presskit:[2]

References

  1. "https://www.pathofexile.com/sanctum". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved August 13, 2023.
  2. Grinding Gear Games (December 1, 2022). "Press Kit". Official Path of Exile Website. Retrieved December 1, 2022.