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The Shaper
The Shaper
Level(s) 84
Location(s) The Shaper's Realm
Quest(s) The Shaper (legacy)
Sanity's Requiem (legacy)
The Eldritch Decay (legacy)
Health 74 712 908
Damage 5689
ApS 1.76
Resistance(s) 50% Fire
50% Cold
50% Lightning
30% Chaos
Modifier(s) 66% Less Curse Effectiveness
Cannot Be Fully Slowed
Immune To Knockback
"Shaper" redirects here. For the passive skill, see Shaper (passive skill).

I no longer believe these are realms of chance, rather, they must have been formulated by a sentient mind... a designer or architect. Every shadow in this place creeps about with an unforeseen purpose.

The Shaper's Realm (War for the Atlas) inventory icon.png

The Shaper is the creator of the Atlas of Worlds and was the main antagonist of the Atlas of Worlds expansion. He is a pinnacle boss in the The Shaper's RealmThe Shaper's RealmMap Level: 84
Map Tier: 17
Guild Character: ¥
Travel to this Map by using it in a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
. The Shaper also occasionally appears in Shaper-influenced maps. Players can fight the Shaper using the Key to the CrucibleKey to the CrucibleCan be used in a personal Map Device. map fragments set. These map fragments can be obtained by defeating the Guardians of the Void.

The Shaper's real name is Valdo Caeserius, and is the father of Zana Caeserius. Zana assists the player during the battle with the Shaper and constantly implores him to stop fighting and join her, but he refuses.

Defeating the Shaper is guaranteed to drop a map fragment required for the Uber Elder encounter, either Fragment of ShapeFragment of ShapeItem Quantity: +10%10% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaBeauty is in the eye of the creator.Can be used in a personal Map Device. or Fragment of KnowledgeFragment of KnowledgeItem Quantity: +10%10% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaUnderstanding leads to mastery.Can be used in a personal Map Device.. The other 2 fragments are dropped by The Elder.

Items influenced by the Shaper have a red star icon on its header Shaper-item-symbol.png and have unique Shaper modifiers. Shaper-influenced items can drop from the Shaper boss as well as from monsters killed in maps influenced by the Shaper.

Entry

Players must use the following fragments in their map device to fight The Shaper. They can be collected by fighting various bosses, and can also be traded amongst players.

  • 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.
    - obtained by defeating the 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.
    boss
  • 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.
    - obtained by defeating the 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.
    boss
  • 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.
    - obtained by defeating the 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.
    boss
  • 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.
    - obtained by defeating the 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.
    boss

The arena is called The Shaper's RealmThe Shaper's RealmMap Level: 84
Map Tier: 17
Guild Character: ¥
Travel to this Map by using it in a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
.

Recommendations

The following is recommended:

  • At least 1 million damage per second
  • Capped elemental resistances (fire, cold and lightning resistance at 75%); overcapped cold resistance is also useful
  • At least 5,000 combined Life and Energy Shield and a reliable source of recovery
  • Moderate mitigation or avoidance, including Physical damage reduction
  • Movement skill to avoid Shaper's slams and beams

The fight consists of multiple phases. Before the Shaper encounter begins, the player must defeat four side bosses at the nexus. After that a portal opens to the Shaper's arena. The Shaper himself has three phases. At the end of the first and second phases he banishes Zana and the player to a passage while he heals up. The players must traverse the passage and return to the arena to begin the next phase. The Shaper recovers health slowly between phases.

Skills

Image Skills Details
Shaper Default Attack.png Default Attack
  • The Shaper lashes out at the player, dealing Physical damage
  • He only uses it while in melee range.
  • If the player is hit, it deals:
    • Deals 100% of Damage
    • 33% more Attack Speed
Shaper Beam.png Shaper Beam
(Spell)
  • The Shaper unleashes an extremely powerful beam that deals heavy damage over time if the player is hit by it
    • The Shaper fires the beam aiming at the player, and once fired, the beam does NOT rotate to target the player
    • The player must dash away or run away from the beam area to avoid taking damage
    • The beam can kill most builds in 1-2 seconds if they stand within the beam constantly
    • The beam lasts for 3 seconds
  • If players touch it, the beam does ALL of the following:
    • Deals 5384 Fire Damage per second
    • Deals 4405 Cold Damage per second
    • Deals 6057 Lightning Damage per second
Shaper Projectile.png Projectiles
(Spell)
  • The Shaper fires 3 golden orbs consecutively, dealing massive cold damage if it hits the player.
  • Each ball will deal:
Shaper Slam.png Teleport Slam
(Attack)
  • The Shaper disappears into the void, and teleports to the player and slams the ground, dealing heavy damage that can one-shot most builds.
  • To avoid this attack:
    • Players must notice that the Shaper has disappeared and maintain constant movement
    • When the Shaper reappears at the player's location he will perform the Slam attack
    • If players were moving, they would have moved from their original location and avoided the attack
  • If players are anywhere within the purple circle, they will be dealt heavy damage:
    • Deals 300% of Damage
    • 50% less Attack Speed
Shaper Portal.png Vortex
(Spell)
  • The Shaper fires a slow-moving grey ball that seeks the player
    • Once the ball touches the player, it will create a vortex on the ground, that deals heavy cold damage over time if players stand within it
    • Players must attract the balls to the edges of the arena to prevent the vortex from restricting the player's mobility
    • Each vortex lasts for 25 seconds
    • Each vortex will be removed once the phase ends
  • To escape a vortex:
    • Players must immediately blink or run from it and continue attacking from another direction
    • If the Shaper is surrounded by portals, simply wait till he relocates or till some of the portals disappear
Shaper Spawn.png Monster Portal
  • The Shaper teleports to the side of the arena and opens a monster portal while he becomes immune to damage
  • The monster portal will spawn various kinds of shaped monsters, one at a time
  • The monsters will exit the portal and attack Zana and the player
  • Players must simply kill the monsters to prevent Zana from losing health
  • If she loses all her health, she retreats and slowly recovers health and while recovering she will be unable to create her protective bubble shield (see below)
  • This is the only time in the fight when Zana is vulnerable to damage
  • If Zana is successfully kept alive for several seconds during the portal phase, the portal is closed
Shaper Bullet Hell.png Bullet Hell
(Spell)
  • The Shaper disappears from the arena and becomes invulnerable during this attack
  • The Shaper fills the arena with purple "bullet" projectiles that deal heavy damage
  • The only way to escape it is to stay within Zana's protective red bubble
  • Each bullet will deal:
Shaper Zana Ball.png Zana's Bubble
  • Once per phase Zana will create a protective bubble shield
  • Players must stand in the bubble to avoid the Shaper's attacks (typically the Bullet Hell attack)
  • Staying anywhere in the bubble's hemisphere will protect the player, even if the character is almost at the edge of it

Video guide



Strategy

Promotional image of The Shaper

Summary

The following is a quick summary of the entire fight with The Shaper.

Phase Summary
The Nexus
  1. Navigate to the four corners of the arena and kill the 4 bosses.
  2. Enter the portal to begin the fight with The Shaper.
Phase One
  1. Shaper starts at 100% health, damage the Shaper down to 50% health.
  2. If a portal spawns, kill the monsters appearing from the portal.
  3. Shaper heals to 60% health, damage the Shaper down to 50% health.
  4. Shaper teleports you to a passageway.
  5. Navigate down the passageway, kill The Uncreated and use the portal to return to the arena.
Phase Two
  1. Shaper heals to 60-100% health depending on how long you took to return.
  2. Damage the Shaper down till Zana creates a red bubble and says To me exile, quickly!, then stay in Zana's bubble.
  3. If a portal spawns, kill the monsters appearing from the portal.
  4. Damage the Shaper down to 25% health.
  5. Shaper teleports you to a passageway.
  6. Navigate down the passageway, kill The Unshaped and use the portal to return to the arena.
Phase Three
  1. Shaper heals to 50-100% health depending on how long you took to return.
  2. If a portal spawns, kill the monsters appearing from the portal.
  3. Shaper spawns a clone that will perform his attacks simultanously.
  4. Damage the Shaper down till Zana creates a red bubble and says To me exile, quickly!, then stay in Zana's bubble.
  5. Damage the Shaper down to 0% health, after which he dies.

The Nexus

The map of the Nexus area, with 4 boss portals visible on the corners

The entry area is X shaped and contains four paths, each leading to a boss that must be killed before a portal in the middle opens. The bosses are four randomly-chosen map bosses. After they are killed, the Shaper fight can begin.

The 4 bosses will be a random selection from the following:

Nightmare Manifest (Transformed Piety from Malformation) no longer spawns as a possible boss.

Phase Mechanics

The main Shaper arena with the Shaper and Shaper Beam (top right), Vortex portals on the ground (center), and Zana (bottom center)
An example of the passage way section that players must traverse between phases

You are prevented from opening portals to your hideout while in the Shaper's arena.

Phase Attacks
Phase One
  • Default Attack
  • Shaper Beam
  • Projectiles
  • Teleport Slam
  • Monster Portal
  • Vortex
Phase Two
  • All attacks from previous phases
  • Bullet Hell
  • Vortex
    • Occurs more often than in phase 1.
Phase Three
  • All attacks from previous phases
  • Vortex
    • Occurs significantly more often than in the previous phases.
    • Potentially makes most of the arena unsafe and leaves very little room for maneuvering.
  • Clone
    • An invulnerable, spectral clone that uses one of the Shaper attacks and then disappears.

Between Phases

Between each of the Shaper phases, Zana and the player must traverse an area filled with monsters and kill a boss at its end. Those areas use randomly-chosen tilesets, and appear to be thin, floating islands in a sea of stars. At the end of the area there is a boss that players must defeat, after which a portal opens up that returns players to the main arena.

Each of the bosses at the end are based on Riftwalker from the Laboratory MapLaboratory MapMap Level: 74
Map Tier: 7
Guild Character: Ä
My last waking moments looked very
much like this place... I miss it. I miss her.
Travel to this Map by using it in a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
, but have much higher health.

The Shaper slowly regenerates his health during the between phases, so it's recommended to complete them as quickly as possible. Once The Uncreated/Unshaped is killed, this regeneration stops, and the between phase is complete.

Uber boss variant

With the Cosmic Wounds Atlas keystone passive, the Shaper is fought in Area Level 85 and greatly increases in difficulty. The fight with the Shaper will have the following changes:

  • Area has the mod Monsters take 70% less damage
  • The Shaper will summon two shadow clones at the start of the fight.
  • Volatile Anomalies (and their Vortexes on detonation) are not cleared between phases.
  • The Shaper's ball projectile attack fires two additional projectiles.
  • The Shaper's slam attack is faster.
  • Zana will not shield you against his Bullet Hell attack, but he fires less projectiles.

Uber Shaper also has a 100% increased chance to drop an Orb of DominanceOrb of DominanceStack Size: 10Removes one Influenced Modifier from an item with at least two Influenced Modifiers and upgrades another Influenced Modifier. Upgrading a modifier of the highest tier transforms the modifier into an Elevated Modifier. Attempting to upgrade an Elevated Modifier rerolls its values. Can be used on Body Armours, Boots, Gloves and Helmets.Right click this item then left click an item with at least two Influenced Modifiers to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
, and can also drop Sublime VisionSublime Vision
Prismatic Jewel
Limited to: 1<Aura bonus modifier>This world is not good enough for her,
so I will make a better one. Nothing
matters but the pursuit of perfection.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
.

Drops

This boss drops a guaranteed unique from a pool. The following crowdsourced drop rates were determined during version 3.18:[1]

Always drops one of the two:

  • Fragment of KnowledgeFragment of KnowledgeItem Quantity: +10%10% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaUnderstanding leads to mastery.Can be used in a personal Map Device. (50%)
  • Fragment of ShapeFragment of ShapeItem Quantity: +10%10% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaBeauty is in the eye of the creator.Can be used in a personal Map Device. (50%)

Always drops one of the following:[2]

  • Shaper's TouchShaper's Touch
    Crusader Gloves
    Armour: (217-305)
    Energy Shield: (45-61)
    Requires Level 66, 51 Str, 51 Int(80-120)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
    +4 Accuracy Rating per 2 Intelligence
    +1 Life per 4 Dexterity
    +1 Mana per 4 Strength
    1% increased Energy Shield per 10 Strength
    2% increased Evasion Rating per 10 Intelligence
    2% increased Melee Physical Damage per 10 Dexterity
    By my hand, the inert is given life.
    By my hand, that which rots is reborn.
    There is nothing that cannot be changed.
    Nothing.
    (50%)
  • VoidwalkerVoidwalker
    Murder Boots
    Evasion: (444-596)
    Energy Shield: (43-58)
    Requires Level 69, 82 Dex, 42 Int+(30-50) to Dexterity
    (140-180)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
    30% increased Movement Speed
    20% chance to Avoid Projectiles while Phasing
    You have Phasing if you've Killed Recently
    Projectiles Pierce 5 additional Targets while you have Phasing
    Celestial Footprints
    Step into the void
    and experience true freedom.
    (25%)
  • Dying SunDying Sun
    Ruby Flask
    Lasts (3.20-4.80) Seconds
    Consumes (45-50) of 50 Charges on use
    +50% to Fire Resistance
    20% less Fire Damage taken
    Requires Level 68(125-150)% increased Charges per use
    (60-40)% less Duration
    (10-20)% increased Area of Effect during Flask Effect
    Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles during Flask Effect
    All things must die.
    Whether you burn out or explode is up to you.
    Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
    (13%)
  • StarforgeStarforge
    Infernal Sword
    Two Hand Sword
    Physical Damage: (186-248) to (387-516)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Attacks per Second: (1.42-1.46)
    Weapon Range: 13
    Requires Level 67, 113 Str, 113 Dex30% increased Global Physical Damage(200-300)% increased Physical Damage
    (5-8)% increased Attack Speed
    +(90-100) to maximum Life
    Your Physical Damage can Shock
    20% increased Area of Effect for Attacks
    Deal no Elemental Damage
    The end is written into the beginning.
    (2%)
  • Solstice VigilSolstice Vigil
    Onyx Amulet
    Requires Level 64+(10-16) to all Attributes(30-40)% increased Damage
    +(50-70) to maximum Life
    Regenerate (8-10) Mana per second
    Temporal Chains has no Reservation if Cast as an Aura
    Gain Shaper's Presence for 10 seconds when you kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
    Time, like light, can be refracted into all its myriad colours.
    The first shade is beautiful, but the last will drive the unwary insane.
    (5%)
  • Echoes of CreationEchoes of Creation
    Royal Burgonet
    Armour: (678-954)Requires Level 65, 148 StrSocketed Warcry Skills have +1 Cooldown Use
    (80-120)% increased Armour
    +(50-70) to maximum Life
    When you Attack, take (15–20)% of Life as Physical Damage for each Warcry Exerting the Attack
    Skills deal (10-15)% more Damage for each Warcry Exerting them
    A cacophony of battle cries
    Reverberate through time and space
    Inflicting pain beyond measure
    (5%)

Can drop any of the following:

  • Orb of DominanceOrb of DominanceStack Size: 10Removes one Influenced Modifier from an item with at least two Influenced Modifiers and upgrades another Influenced Modifier. Upgrading a modifier of the highest tier transforms the modifier into an Elevated Modifier. Attempting to upgrade an Elevated Modifier rerolls its values. Can be used on Body Armours, Boots, Gloves and Helmets.Right click this item then left click an item with at least two Influenced Modifiers to apply it.
    Shift click to unstack.
    (2-3% (4-6% on Uber Shaper))
  • Sublime VisionSublime Vision
    Prismatic Jewel
    Limited to: 1<Aura bonus modifier>This world is not good enough for her,
    so I will make a better one. Nothing
    matters but the pursuit of perfection.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
    (Uber Shaper and Uber Uber Elder only, ~6%)
  • Maven's Invitation: The FearedMaven's Invitation: The FearedThe Maven must Witness:
    Cortex,
    Chayula's Domain,
    The Alluring Abyss,
    The Shaper's Realm,
    Absence of Value and Meaning

    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.
  • Dying LightDying Light10Diamond Ring
    Item Level: 100
    Shaper + Elder Item
    Even the brightest eventually fade to darkness.
  • Celestial Hideout

Additionally, The Shaper drops several Shaper-influenced items when slain.

There is a chance to find and unlock the Celestial Hideout upon killing the Shaper. Each player in the area receives the hideout, irrespective of who deal the final blow.

Maven's Invitation: The FearedMaven's Invitation: The FearedThe Maven must Witness:
Cortex,
Chayula's Domain,
The Alluring Abyss,
The Shaper's Realm,
Absence of Value and Meaning

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.
can drop, even if The Maven is not present and observing the fight.

Lore

The Shaper's original name is Valdo Caeserius, and is the father of Zana Caeserius. The Synthesis league also expanded the backstory of the Shaper and his construction of the map device.

Historical

Path of Exile has gone through multiple expansions since the Shaper was introduced, and as such mechanics that used to pertain to him no longer exist, or were modified.

Background information about the Shaper was written in the Book of Memories, which is filled as the exile collects his Memory Fragments from Elder-influenced zones.


Dialogue

The Shaper is voiced by New Zealand actor, Daryl Habraken.[3]

Version history

Version Changes
3.9.0
  • Conquerors of the Atlas: A brand new endgame mapping experience. The Shaper and the Elder have both been defeated! ...Just not by you. Another group of Exiles has saved Wraeclast from these celestial harbingers of doom, but that wasn't enough. They continued to cut paths through the Atlas, leaving carnage in their wake, and forcing Zana to seal them in the Atlas forever. But they are trying to find a way out... Can you stop them before they bring ruin to Oriath? Featuring 5 new endgame boss encounters, powerful rewards (including new currencies), and new ways to modify your Atlas.
  • We've added an Ailment Threshold to monsters. In the great majority of cases, the Ailment Threshold matches the monster's Maximum Life. It primarily differs for especially high-life monsters (such as The Shaper), where the threshold is reduced to allow ailments to be applied with hits that wouldn't ordinarily reach the required Life thresholds.
  • 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!
  • (not in patch notes) The health value of the Shaper has been adjusted.
3.6.0
  • Bosses which previously had 60% or 80% less effect of curses on them now have 33% or 66% less effect of curses on them respectively. This includes map bosses, Incursion architects, Betrayal targets, Breachlords, Shaper, Elder and others.
3.2.0
  • No longer immune to Taunt, though they may not retarget based on being taunted.
3.0.0
  • Many unique monsters which were previously immune to Ailments have had their immunities removed, with the exception of Freeze. Notably, this includes several Beyond Demons, the Atziri Trio, Atziri herself, The Shaper and his Guardians, among others.
  • The Shaper now prevents players from opening portals while fighting him. Zana has 50% more life during the Shaper encounter. The grace period when re-entering the Shaper encounter mid-fight has been reduced to 3 seconds.
2.4.0
  • Introduced to the game.

References

See also

  • Uber Elder - Dual boss fight along with the Elder
  • Book of Memories - Lore that provides the backstory of Valdo Caeserius's quest against the Elder

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