Scourge league

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Scourge league
Challenge league
Scourge league logo.jpg
Release version3.16.0
Release date2021-10-22
LinksOfficial page

In Path of Exile: Scourge, you must fill the Blood Crucible with the blood of your enemies then shift into an alternate Wraeclast where an apocalyptic event rages, in order to slay powerful demons and craft potent items...

A mysterious figure appears out of nowhere, trying to escape from something you can't see. She hands you a rusty-looking device called the Blood Crucible and urges you to implant it into your body.

The Blood Crucible fills with the blood of monsters you slay. Once it reaches a certain threshold, you're able to activate the device. This will instantly thrust you into a parallel reality, an alternate Wraeclast overrun by demons known as The Scourge. The more blood you have collected, the longer you can stay shifted into the parallel Wraeclast. But the longer you stay, the more damage you'll take.


Path of Exile Scourge league official webpage

Scourge league, also known as Path of Exile: Scourge, is a challenge league. It was launched on October 22, 2021 (UTC), alongside the Version 3.16.0 patch.

In this league, you are given a Blood Crucible to slot into your character. With it, you can charge up the device by slaying monsters in the area. Once it's sufficiently charged, you can activate to instantly shift into an alternate realm, overrun by monsters of the Scourge. You can shift into the nightmare realm multiple times, but the more corruption you absorb, the more dangerous it becomes.

You can also hold items in the Blood Crucible to gather up corruption from Scourge monsters. Once you gather enough corruption on it, you can Scourge the item to transform the item and corrupt it, giving it one positive and one negative Scourge implicit modifiers. You can Scourge an item multiple times if you want to get new corruption outcomes. Killing Scourge monsters also grants experience points towards the Crucible skill tree, which can enhance Scourge corruption outcomes.

Scourge monsters also drop corrupted currency items, which can only used on corrupted items to modify them.

League mechanic

Main page: Blood Crucible
nearly filled blood gauge

Starting from The Coast, The Last to Die will appear. Speak to her to receive the Blood Crucible and place it into you.

Once the Blood Crucible is installed into your character, the Blood gauge will appear on the top right. Killing monsters fills the Blood gauge. Once the gauge is at least halfway filled, you can activate the Blood Crucible to shift into the Nightmare realm, an parallel version of the zone containing Scourge monsters. While in the Nightmare realm, the Blood gauge drains over time, shifting you back to the original realm at the place where you activated it.

Killing monsters in the Nightmare realm gathers up Corruption. As you gather Corruption, you receive stacks of the "Exposed to Corruption" status effect that persists for the zone instance, and has the following effect for each stack:

Scourge Monsters deal 1% more Damage to you with Hits and Ailments
2% more Quantity of Items found from Scourge Monsters
2% more Rarity of Items found from Scourge Monsters
0.5% more Corruption absorbed by items in your Blood Crucible

Equipment you placed in the Blood Crucible will also gather up Corruption (if the monster level was high enough). Once an item has gathered a sufficient amount of Corruption, you can transform the item and Scourge it, giving it two Scourge modifiers, one positive and one negative. Items can be Scourged multiple times if its item level is high enough, up to three times for equipment. Any Corruption you gather will also go into experience points for the Blood Crucible, allowing you to level it up and allocate passive skills for the Crucible to improve it.

Monsters in maps will drop a Dream Furnace. Take it to The Last to Die to add a slot for maps to your Blood Crucible. Maps can be Scourged up to 10 times.

Unique boss enemies can spawn in the Nightmare realm. While encountering it, the Blood gauge pauses for 5 seconds when first found and every time you take 5% of its life away (timer does not stack). Defeating a Scourge boss for the first time will have it drop a Viscera Cauldron, which grants a third equipment slot for the Crucible.

Additional notes

  • The Blood Crucible does not gather Blood in Vaal side areas, the Temple of Atzoatl, and the Azurite Mine.
  • The Blood Crucible does gather Blood in Incursion rooms, but you cannot shift into Nightmare from an Incursion room.
  • Nearby enemies are stunned when you shift between realms.
  • Enemies spawned into the zone (ex. Influenced enemies, Abyss monsters, etc.) will be present in both the normal and Nightmare realms.
  • Item level must be at least 45 for Tier 2 Scourge, and 68 for Tier 3 Scourge.
  • Normal equipment will become Rare when Scourged. Maps do not change rarity when Scourged.


Challenges and rewards

The Scourge leagues include 40 optional challenges. Completing them awards the following microtransactions:

Challenges Reward
12 Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "Scourge Weapon Skin".
19 Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "Scourge Challenger Trophy".
22 Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "Scourge Challenger Trophy".
24 Scourge WingsScourge WingsArmour AttachmentAdds the Scourge Wings back attachment to any equipped body armour.
25 Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "Scourge Challenger Trophy".
28 Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "Scourge Challenger Trophy".
31 Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "Scourge Challenger Trophy".
34 Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "Scourge Challenger Trophy".
36 16x16pxScourge PetScourge PetPetSummons your petFile:Scourge Pet inventory icon.png
37 Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "Scourge Challenger Trophy".
40 Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "Scourge Challenger Trophy".


When you complete 12 challenges, you will receive the Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "Scourge Weapon Skin".. When you reach 24 challenges, you will receive the Scourge WingsScourge WingsArmour AttachmentAdds the Scourge Wings back attachment to any equipped body armour.. At 36 challenge completed you'll receive the 16x16pxScourge PetScourge PetPetSummons your petFile:Scourge Pet inventory icon.png. These microtransactions are only obtainable in this league.

From the 19th challenge onwards and for every third challenge after that, you will receive pieces of the Scourge Totem Pole decoration to display in your hideout. The Totem Pole permanently showcases how many of the Scourge challenges you completed during the league.

Version history

Version Changes
3.16.0b
  • Upon encountering a Boss in Nightmare, the drain of blood from the Crucible is now paused for 5 seconds.
  • The damage of Ravenous Bloodshaper's Blood Orb and Spike Barrage skills has been decreased.
  • The damage of Demon Herder's Vomit and Beam skill has been decreased.
  • Reduced the number of Monsters with Proximity Shield status icon.pngProximity Shield that can spawn in some Scourge encounters.
  • The Corruption Absorbed progress bar now displays underneath items stored in the Blood Crucible, without you having to hover over them.
3.16.0
  • Introduced to the game.
  • Fixed a bug in Scourge League where the Blood Crucible could mistakenly upgrade an explicit mod on unique items. We also plan to fix existing items that were affected by this.

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