The Forbidden Sanctum (expansion)

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The Forbidden Sanctum
Expansion
The Forbidden Sanctum logo.png
Release version3.20.0
Release date2022-12-09
LinksOfficial Page

Many have met their fate here, in the shade of Fellshrine. So... step... lightly... but here you are bound by new rules. My rules. Each step with gold to tempt you. A foe to wound you. A curse to spite you. But do not give up. For vast riches await the bold. Pillage this sanctum if you must... And one day you may uncover its secrets.

Path of Exile: The Forbidden Sanctum is the thirteenth expansion of Path of Exile. It was officially announced by Grinding Gear Games on November 17, 2022, and released on December 9th, 2022 alongside the Sanctum league.

This expansion explores the Forbidden Sanctum's dangerous halls and introduces new gems (including 7 new vaal gems), new Unique Items, significant balance changes to jewels, hexes, monster modifiers, and unique weapons. This expansion also marks the release of Ruthless mode.

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.

Features

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New items

Gems

GemStr.Dex.Int.Required level
Vaal Blade FlurryVaal Blade FlurryAttack, AoE, Channelling, Physical, Vaal, Melee
Level: (1-20)
Cooldown Time: 0.50 sec
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Souls Per Use: 30
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 3 sec
Attack Speed: 320% of base
Attack Damage: (224-343)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (224-343)%
Requires Level 28Channel to create an expanding circle area around you that blinds enemies within it. When you stop channelling, deals damage in a smaller area around each enemy in the circle. Requires a Dagger, Claw or One-Handed Sword.(14-75) to (20-113) Added Attack Physical Damage
Blind enemies on hit
Can't be Evaded
(30-68)% increased Blind Effect
50% less Damage Taken while Channelling
Base Circle Radius is 10
+5 to Circle Radius per Stage
Channelling stops when Total Circle Radius reaches 90

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
CorruptedPlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Blade Flurry skill icon.png
N/Ayesyes28
Vaal Caustic ArrowVaal Caustic ArrowAttack, Projectile, AoE, Duration, Chaos, Vaal, Bow
Level: (1-20)
Souls Per Use: 20
Can Store 2 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 8 sec
Attack Speed: 70% of base
Attack Damage: (280-400)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (280-400)%
Fires a slow-moving serpentine arrow which deals chaos damage while piercing enemies, and leaves a trail of caustic ground. Enemies standing on the caustic ground take chaos damage over time.Projectiles Pierce all Targets
Deals (21.1-4622.5) Base Chaos Damage per second
Base duration is 6 seconds
Modifiers to Projectile Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
Modifiers to Skill Effect Duration also apply to this Skill's Soul Gain Prevention
60% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
Can't be Evaded

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
CorruptedPlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Caustic Arrow skill icon.png
N/AyesN/A1
Vaal Flicker StrikeVaal Flicker StrikeAttack, Melee, Strike, Movement, Vaal, Duration
Level: (1-20)
Souls Per Use: 30
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 6 sec
Attack Speed: 300% of base
Attack Damage: (142-210)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (142-210)%
Requires Level 10Repeatedly teleports to enemies and hits them, inflicting a wound but dealing no damage. After the repeating finishes, each enemy is hit by the total damage of their wounds, which are removed.This Attack Repeats 25 additional times
10% increased Attack Speed per Frenzy Charge
70% less Damage with Ailments
30% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge on Hit

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
0.25% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge on Hit
CorruptedPlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Flicker Strike skill icon.png
N/AyesN/A10
Vaal Venom GyreVaal Venom GyreAttack, Projectile, Chaos, Duration, Vaal
Level: (1-20)
Souls Per Use: 30
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 8 sec
Attack Damage: (125-165)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (125-165)%
Requires Level 12Creates already-caught projectiles without firing them first, both immediately and over a secondary duration. Caught projectiles spiral outwards when you use Whirling Blades and do not return. Requires a Dagger or Claw.Base duration is 12 seconds
Base secondary duration is 6 seconds
Modifiers to Skill Effect Duration also apply to this Skill's Soul Gain Prevention
60% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
40% chance to Poison on Hit
Maximum 0 caught Projectiles
Creates up to 0 caught Projectiles immediately
40% chance to keep each caught Projectile fired with Whirling Blades

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
1% increased Poison Duration
CorruptedPlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Venom Gyre skill icon.png
N/Ayesyes12
Cursed Ground SupportCursed Ground SupportAoE, Duration, Support, Hex
Icon: _
Level: (1-20)
Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 31Supports non-aura hex curse skills.Supported Skills create Cursed Ground with a base Duration of (15-34) seconds
Hexes from Supported Skills have no Duration
Enemies on the Cursed Ground from a Supported Skill are Cursed with that Hex
Maximum 1 area of Cursed Ground

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Skill Effect Duration
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
N/AN/Ayes31
Hex Bloom SupportHex Bloom SupportSupport, Hex
Icon: *
Level: (1-20)
Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 38Supports hex curse skills. Hexes from auras or cursed ground cannot transfer.Supported Skills have (0-28)% increased Hex Transfer range
Hexes from Supported Skills Transfer to all Enemies in a range of 30 when Hexed Enemy dies

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Curse Duration
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
N/AN/Ayes38
Frozen LegionFrozen LegionSpell, Cold, Attack, AoE, Melee
Level: (1-20)
Cast Time: 0.70 sec
Attack Damage: (170-281)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (170-281)%
Requires Level 34This spell consumes multiple cooldown uses to summon icy Statues in a ring. Each Statue uses your Frozen Sweep attack once before vanishing. Requires an Axe, Mace, Sceptre, or Staff. This skill cannot be triggered, supported by Spell Echo or Unleash, or used by Totems, Traps, or Mines.Consumes one Cooldown Use per Statue Summoned
You cannot use this Skill yourself, your Statues will use this Skill for you
100% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Frozen Legion skill icon.png
yesN/Ayes34
Vaal CleaveVaal CleaveAttack, AoE, Physical, Vaal, Duration, Melee
Level: (1-20)
Souls Per Use: 25
Can Store 3 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 4 sec
Attack Speed: 80% of base
Attack Damage: (200-400)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (200-400)%
The character swings their weapon (or both weapons if dual wielding) in an arc, damaging monsters in an area in front of them. Killing Blows on Rare or Unique enemies grant a buff that improves Cleave for a duration. Killing Blows on Rare Enemies also steal their modifiers for a secondary duration. Only works with Axes and Swords.When Dual Wielding, Deals 60% Damage from each Weapon combined
Base duration is 20 seconds
Base secondary duration is 20 seconds
+0.8 seconds to Attack Time
(2-75) to (3-113) Added Attack Physical Damage
Modifiers to Skill Effect Duration also apply to this Skill's Soul Gain Prevention
+(15-24) to radius
Culling Strike
Can't be Evaded
Buff grants Culling Strike with Cleave
Buff grants 60% more Cleave Area of Effect
Buff grants 60% more Cleave Damage with Hits and Ailments to Enemies that are on Low Life

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
CorruptedPlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Cleave skill icon.png
yesyesN/A1
Vaal Molten StrikeVaal Molten StrikeAttack, Projectile, AoE, Melee, Strike, Fire, Chaining, Vaal
Level: (1-20)
Souls Per Use: 15
Can Store 3 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 3 sec
Attack Speed: 70% of base
Attack Damage: (70-110)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (70-110)%
Infuses your melee weapon with molten energies to attack with physical and fire damage. This attack causes balls of molten magma to launch forth causing AoE attack damage to enemies where they land.(2-75) to (3-113) Added Fire Damage
+4 to radius
Fires 8 additional Projectiles
Chains +8 Times
60% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
Can't be Evaded
Projectiles can Chain when impacting the ground
Projectiles do not change direction when Chaining

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
1% increased Fire Damage
CorruptedPlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Molten Strike skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A1
Vaal SmiteVaal SmiteLightning, Attack, AoE, Duration, Melee, Strike, Aura, Vaal
Level: (1-20)
Souls Per Use: 20
Can Store 2 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 6 sec
Attack Speed: 50% of base
Attack Damage: (300-430)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (300-430)%
Calls lightning down to infuse your weapon, then performs a melee attack and causes lightning to strike nearby enemies, dealing damage in an area around each. Hitting an enemy grants an aura, giving you and your allies additional lightning damage for a duration, and additional lightning bolts with Smite. Requires a Sword, Axe, Mace, Sceptre, Staff or Unarmed.50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
Base duration is 8 seconds
Modifiers to Skill Effect Duration also apply to this Skill's Soul Gain Prevention
+(0-6) to radius
Can't be Evaded
Lightning strikes 30 targets
Aura makes Smite strike +1 target with lightning
Aura grants (1-17) to (7-330) added Lightning Damage
Aura grants (10-19)% chance to Shock

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
CorruptedPlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Smite skill icon.png
yesN/Ayes1
Vaal Volcanic FissureVaal Volcanic FissureMelee, Attack, Projectile, AoE, Slam, Fire, Vaal
Level: (1-20)
Souls Per Use: 25
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 6 sec
Attack Speed: 80% of base
Attack Damage: (150-220)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (150-220)%
Requires Level 12Slam the ground, creating a winding fissure that deals area damage while travelling outwards. When it reaches the target location it erupts, releasing a burst of molten projectiles. After erupting, the fissure continues moving towards enemies to cause further eruptions. Requires an Axe, Mace, Sceptre, Staff or Unarmed.50% more Area of Effect
Fires 8 additional Projectiles
60% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
Fissure erupts 5 times

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
1% increased Fire Damage
CorruptedPlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Volcanic Fissure skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A12
Volcanic FissureVolcanic FissureMelee, Attack, Projectile, AoE, Slam, Fire
Level: (1-20)
Cost: 8 Mana
Attack Speed: 80% of base
Attack Damage: (130-185)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (130-185)%
Requires Level 12Slam the ground, creating a winding fissure that deals area damage while travelling outwards. When it reaches the target location it erupts, releasing a burst of molten projectiles. Requires an Axe, Mace, Sceptre, Staff or Unarmed.Fires 4 additional Projectiles
60% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
Projectiles deal 50% less Damage with Hits and Ailments

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
1% increased Fire Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Volcanic Fissure skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A12

Base items

ItemStats
Delirium OrbDelirium OrbStack Size: 10Modifies a Map item adding layers of Delirium with the Generic Item reward typeRight click this item then left click a Map item to apply it. Can apply up to 5 to a single Map item.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Fracturing ShardFracturing ShardStack Size: 20A stack of 20 shards becomes a Fracturing Orb.
Shift click to unstack.
N/A
Uncarved GemstoneUncarved GemstoneTrade this in to Siosa inside the Library for a Skill GemN/A

Unique items

ItemStats
Rational DoctrineRational Doctrine
Cobalt Jewel
<Three random synthesis implicit modifiers>You have Consecrated Ground around you while
stationary if Strength is your highest Attribute
25% chance to create Profane Ground on Critical
Strike if Intelligence is your highest Attribute
Effects of Consecrated Ground you create Linger for 4 seconds
Effects of Profane Ground you create Linger for 4 seconds
Logic wanes in shining faith, and in rationalism, ardour dims
Thus, the cynic and the zealot are divided
But can they not be one and the same?
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
<Three random synthesis implicit modifiers>You have Consecrated Ground around you while
stationary if Strength is your highest Attribute
25% chance to create Profane Ground on Critical
Strike if Intelligence is your highest Attribute
Effects of Consecrated Ground you create Linger for 4 seconds
Effects of Profane Ground you create Linger for 4 seconds
NimisNimis
Topaz Ring
Requires Level 48+(20-30)% to Lightning Resistance+(30-50) to Dexterity
(25-35)% increased Projectile Damage
Projectiles Return to you at end of flight
Projectiles are fired in random directions
Too much of something is bad enough;
too much of nothing is just as tough.
+(20-30)% to Lightning Resistance+(30-50) to Dexterity
(25-35)% increased Projectile Damage
Projectiles Return to you at end of flight
Projectiles are fired in random directions
Oriath's EndOriath's End
Bismuth Flask
Lasts 8.50 Seconds
Consumes 15 of 40 Charges on use
+35% to all Elemental Resistances
Requires Level 56(20-40)% increased Charge Recovery
Enemies you Kill during Effect have a (20-30)% chance to Explode, dealing a tenth of their maximum Life as Damage of a Random Element
Ennui prevailed, until inspiration sparked
a mote of flame, kindled by fury
and all in his path were obliterated.
Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
(20-40)% increased Charge Recovery
Enemies you Kill during Effect have a (20-30)% chance to Explode, dealing a tenth of their maximum Life as Damage of a Random Element
Entropic DevastationEntropic Devastation
Assassin's Mitts
Evasion: (208-307)
Energy Shield: (42-62)
Requires Level 58, 45 Dex, 45 IntGrants Call of Steel
(100-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
(30-50)% increased Effect of Impales inflicted with Spells
Critical Strikes with Spells inflict Impale
A legion of lives claimed
by the shards of obliterated worlds.
Grants Call of Steel
(100-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
(30-50)% increased Effect of Impales inflicted with Spells
Critical Strikes with Spells inflict Impale
ProgenesisProgenesis
Amethyst Flask
Lasts (4.23-8.78) Seconds
Consumes (28-31) of 65 Charges on use
+35% to Chaos Resistance
Requires Level 60(20-10)% reduced Charges per use
(-35-35)% increased Duration
When Hit during effect, 25% of Life loss from Damage taken occurs over 4 seconds instead
They were bred in a cosmic ocean of raw creation.
Feasting and drinking of the milk of the mother,
they fought to the death for every last drop.
Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
(20-10)% reduced Charges per use
(-35-35)% increased Duration
When Hit during effect, 25% of Life loss from Damage taken occurs over 4 seconds instead
Annihilation's ApproachAnnihilation's Approach
Dragonscale Boots
Armour: (193-278)
Evasion: (193-278)
Requires Level 65, 62 Str, 62 DexGrants Level 20 Approaching Flames Skill
(60-100)% increased Armour and Evasion
30% increased Movement Speed
Cannot be Chilled
Cannot be Frozen
Take 10000 Fire Damage per Second while Flame-Touched
Gain Adrenaline when you become Flame-Touched
Lose Adrenaline when you cease to be Flame-Touched
Pray that the flames find fascination,
for the true end follows when the great eye closes.
Grants Level 20 Approaching Flames Skill
(60-100)% increased Armour and Evasion
30% increased Movement Speed
Cannot be Chilled
Cannot be Frozen
Take 10000 Fire Damage per Second while Flame-Touched
Gain Adrenaline when you become Flame-Touched
Lose Adrenaline when you cease to be Flame-Touched

Misc items

ItemStats
Voidborn Reliquary KeyVoidborn Reliquary KeyAn heirloom of the champions of Wraeclast
Lies forgotten in an abandoned reliquary
Born of a starry void from which time cannot escape
N/A

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