The Constrictor

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The Constrictor
The Constrictor
The Constrictor
Level(s) 81+
Location(s) Map with implicit:
Map is occupied by The Constrictor
Area is influenced by The Elder

Boss arena:
Ruins of Despair
Island of Devastation
Sea of Isolation
Modifier(s) Resists elemental resistance
Resists chaos resistance
Skill(s) Snipe
Curve Projectile
Whirling Blades
Summon Clone

The Constrictor is one of the four Elder Guardians, and can be found on any map with the implicit modifier Map is occupied by the Constrictor, where the Constrictor will replace the map boss. The map will have an alternative icon covering the map's symbol. Such maps would also have the implicit modifier Area is influenced by The Elder, which drop enables Elder influenced items.

The Elder will make an appearance in the map boss arena, slay the map boss, and steal its life essence. A portal will then open to the Elder's domain and the players must enter through the portal. The Elder will then empower the Constrictor using the stolen life essence of the map boss, who will hatch from a black egg. Players can then enter combat with the Constrictor.

Defeating the Constrictor will drop the Fragment of ConstrictionFragment of ConstrictionStack Size: 10Webs are torn, not untangled.Can be used in a personal Map Device. which is required to fight The Elder.


Ruins of Despair Garden tileset

  • Stage 1: Pools of Caustic Ground spawn from four infested Ryslatha pods, dealing chaos damage over time.
  • Stage 2: Summons frogs that chase the player and explode dealing cold damage when touched.
  • Stage 3: Summons four Giant Gladiator Statues to the arena. They can be killed and do not respawn but have high damage and health.

Island of Devastation Tropical Island tileset

  • Stage 1: Exploding seed pods spawn throughout the arena, dealing AOE chaos damage.
  • Stage 2: Frostflower Ice TrapIce TrapTrap, Spell, AoE, Cold
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (13-22) Mana
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 290%
    Requires Level 28Throws a trap that creates a series of icy runic explosions when triggered, dealing cold damage to all enemies caught in the blasts.Deals (88-1275) to (132-1912) Cold Damage
    Trap lasts 4 seconds
    Base radius is 1.8 metres
    Base secondary radius is 0.9 metres
    Base tertiary radius is 0.6 metres

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    (0.75-15)% Chance for Trap to Trigger an additional time
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    s explode throughout the arena after a short delay, dealing cold damage.
  • Stage 3: Ryslatha pods launch a mortar of projectiles, dealing chaos damage and creating Caustic Ground.

Sea of Isolation Reef tileset

  • Stage 1: Multiple manifestations of fear slowly chase the player, dealing cold damage over time while touching the player.
  • Stage 2: Pillars of water shoot from the ground, dealing cold damage.
  • Stage 3: Waves of water jump across the stage, dealing cold damage.

Fighting Sequence

Each Elder Guardians is fought in one of three stages, each with different hazards. At higher tiers, the boss will change phases, teleporting you to a new area with different stage hazards at 2/3 and 1/3 health.

The Constrictor uses the following attacks:

  • Melee attack
  • Dash attack: Dashes forward while dealing damage.
  • Strafe shot: Dashes sideways while firing multiple arrows.
  • Charged shot: Charges up an shot from his bow and fires.
  • Arrow volley: Fires multiple arrows several times, firing in varied patterns. This attack covers a large area in front of him.
  • Combo rush: Performs a melee attack twice, then jumps backwards and fires multiple lines of arrows at the ground.
  • Sundering shot: Goes airborne and fires an arrow straight down, which split into eight projectiles that travel across the ground.
  • Mirror Arrow: Disappears and fires multiple mirror arrows. The clones can be killed for flask charges.
  • While not moving, you will receive a stacking Grasping Vines debuff which slows movement speed. Vines are removed gradually while moving.

Items found from this monster

Required level
Fragment of ConstrictionFragment of ConstrictionStack Size: 10Webs are torn, not untangled.Can be used in a personal Map Device.801
The Eldritch DecayThe Eldritch Decay4Uber Elder FragmentTime dismantles all things eventually, but some wish to accelerate the process.811
The Hale HeartThe Hale Heart4Item
Item Level: 100
Elder Item
Though the years weakened his mind, his body remained deadly as ever.

The Constrictor is guaranteed to drop the Fragment of ConstrictionFragment of ConstrictionStack Size: 10Webs are torn, not untangled.Can be used in a personal Map Device., except during Maven's Invitation: The TwistedMaven's Invitation: The TwistedModifiers to Item Quantity will affect the number of encounter rewards dropped
The Maven must Witness:
The Purifier,
The Constrictor,
The Enslaver,
The Eradicator
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.


Version history

Version Changes
  • Shaper Guardian, Elder Guardian and Elderslayer unique items are moved to core loot table.[1]
  • A short grace period has been added between Elder Guardian phases.
  • The Elder story arc has retired. The Elder Guardian encounter now an itemized map encounter.
  • Now shares the loot table with other 3 Elder Guardians[2]. [Undocumented This change was not documented by any official sources. It was discovered through player testing or datamining.]
  • No longer immune to Taunt, though they may not retarget based on being taunted.
  • Introduced to the game.


  1. Tarke Cat (interviewer), Rory Rackham (interviewee) (April 9, 2021). "Baeclast #68 Lead Designer Rory Rackham on PoE2 & Ultimatum League". Youtube. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  2. Jatin_GGG (January 9, 2019). "Re: The Enslaver is able to drop Beltimber Blade (and probably Grelwood Shank too)". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved January 28, 2019.