The Lightless

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The Lightless, also known as "the Abyssals", are an ancient race of beings "thought to be long dead"[1], that emerged from a realm underneath the surface of Wraeclast through cracks in the ground known as the Abyss. The Lightless were the main antagonists of the Abyss league and expanded upon in Delve league and other expansions.

Lore

The Lightless are fearful of light and once populated the gloomy wastes of Wraeclast before the presence of Solaris (the sun).[1]

Abyssal Liches

The Lightless are led by several powerful Abyssal Liches that reside deep underground. The known Liches are:

Additionally, Tecrod, the Hated Slave is a named member of the Lightless referenced in the item Tecrod's GazeTecrod's Gaze
Murderous Eye Jewel
AbyssRequires Level 40+(10-20) to Strength
40% increased Main Hand Critical Strike Chance per
Murderous Eye Jewel affecting you, up to a maximum of 200%
+20% to Off Hand Critical Strike Multiplier per
Murderous Eye Jewel affecting you, up to a maximum of +100%
The Hated Slave seeks dominion over his own kind.Place into an Abyssal Socket on an Item or into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
in parallel with the other three liches. It is not known whether Tecrod is a Lich himself.

  • Note for completing league challenges : Only Amanamu and Ulaman are considered as Abyssal Liches for the purpose of league challenges as they are the two bosses released during the Abyss league and directly link to the Abyss mechanic, even though the lore also states that Kurgal is an Abyssal Lich. In addition, Kurgal does not drops Stygian ViseStygian ViseHas 1 Abyssal Socket.

History

The origins of the Lightless are unknown, but predate the Vaal. Their culture is deep-rooted in necromancy and they have been known to create underground cities built with bones.

The Lightless were recorded on the Module Error: No results found for item using search term "item_name = Rusted Abyss Scarab" to have broken through to the surface of Wraeclast through the Vastiri Plains, attacking the Maraketh people. The survivors, along with the Clayshaper Ahkeli, repelled subsequent Lightless invasions and founded the Order of the Djinn. Sometime following the death of the Clayshaper, the Winter of the World was ended by the Three Sisters, marking the end of the initial Abyssal invasion. However, the Abyssals continued to amass underground, and have recently begun to re-emerge in Wraeclast.

Related items

ItemEffect(s)Flavour Text
Abyss ScarabAbyss ScarabStack Size: 20Area contains an additional AbyssThey search forever for more souls to drag to the dark.Can be used in a personal Map Device to add modifiers to a Map.Area contains an additional AbyssThey search forever for more souls to drag to the dark.
Amanamu's GazeAmanamu's Gaze
Ghastly Eye Jewel
AbyssRequires Level 40+(5-10) to all Attributes
Minions have +6% to Damage over Time Multiplier per
Ghastly Eye Jewel affecting you, up to a maximum of +30%
The Liege of the Lightless seeks dominion over the surface dwellers.Place into an Abyssal Socket on an Item or into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
N/AThe Liege of the Lightless seeks dominion over the surface dwellers.
Bubonic TrailBubonic Trail
Murder Boots
Evasion: (185-213)
Energy Shield: (18-21)
Requires Level 69, 82 Dex, 42 IntHas 1 Abyssal Socket
Triggers Level 20 Death Walk when Equipped
(24-32)% increased Movement Speed while affected by a Magic Abyss Jewel
(60-40)% reduced Duration of Elemental Ailments on You while affected by a Rare Abyss Jewel
(16-24)% increased Reservation Efficiency of Skills while affected by a Unique Abyss Jewel
Even the dead serve the Lightless.
N/AEven the dead serve the Lightless.
Bubonic TrailBubonic Trail
Murder Boots
Evasion: (185-213)
Energy Shield: (18-21)
Requires Level 69, 82 Dex, 42 IntHas 2 Abyssal Sockets
Triggers Level 20 Death Walk when Equipped
(24-32)% increased Movement Speed while affected by a Magic Abyss Jewel
(60-40)% reduced Duration of Elemental Ailments on You while affected by a Rare Abyss Jewel
(16-24)% increased Reservation Efficiency of Skills while affected by a Unique Abyss Jewel
Even the dead serve the Lightless.
N/AEven the dead serve the Lightless.
Command of the PitCommand of the Pit
Riveted Gloves
Armour: (67-77)
Energy Shield: (14-16)
Requires Level 37, 29 Str, 29 IntHas 1 Abyssal Socket
(6-10)% increased Cast Speed
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
With a Ghastly Eye Jewel Socketed, Minions have +1000 to Accuracy Rating
With a Hypnotic Eye Jewel Socketed, gain Arcane Surge on Hit with Spells
We serve only the Night.
N/AWe serve only the Night.
Command of the PitCommand of the Pit
Riveted Gloves
Armour: (67-77)
Energy Shield: (14-16)
Requires Level 37, 29 Str, 29 IntHas 2 Abyssal Sockets
(6-10)% increased Cast Speed
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
With a Ghastly Eye Jewel Socketed, Minions have +1000 to Accuracy Rating
With a Hypnotic Eye Jewel Socketed, gain Arcane Surge on Hit with Spells
We serve only the Night.
N/AWe serve only the Night.
Darkness EnthronedDarkness Enthroned
Stygian Vise
Has 1 Abyssal SocketHas 1 Abyssal Socket
(50-100)% increased Effect of Socketed Abyss Jewels
Hold in your hand the darkness
and never will the light blind you.
N/AHold in your hand the darkness
and never will the light blind you.
Hale NegatorHale Negator
Mind Cage
Energy Shield: (73-84)Requires Level 65, 138 IntHas 1 Abyssal Socket
(6-8)% increased maximum Life
+1 to Maximum Spirit Charges per Abyss Jewel affecting you
Gain a Spirit Charge every second
You lose all Spirit Charges when taking a Savage Hit
Recover (2-3)% of Life when you lose a Spirit Charge
Recover (2-3)% of Energy Shield when you lose a Spirit Charge
"Feel the pain of ancient wounds.
Feel the doom of dying souls."
N/A"Feel the pain of ancient wounds.
Feel the doom of dying souls."
Hale NegatorHale Negator
Mind Cage
Energy Shield: (73-84)Requires Level 65, 138 IntHas 2 Abyssal Sockets
(6-8)% increased maximum Life
+1 to Maximum Spirit Charges per Abyss Jewel affecting you
Gain a Spirit Charge every second
You lose all Spirit Charges when taking a Savage Hit
Recover (2-3)% of Life when you lose a Spirit Charge
Recover (2-3)% of Energy Shield when you lose a Spirit Charge
"Feel the pain of ancient wounds.
Feel the doom of dying souls."
N/A"Feel the pain of ancient wounds.
Feel the doom of dying souls."
Kurgal's GazeKurgal's Gaze
Hypnotic Eye Jewel
AbyssRequires Level 40+(10-20) to Intelligence
8% increased Effect of Arcane Surge on you per
Hypnotic Eye Jewel affecting you, up to a maximum of 40%
The Blackblooded seeks dominion over darkness itself.Place into an Abyssal Socket on an Item or into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
N/AThe Blackblooded seeks dominion over darkness itself.
LightpoacherLightpoacher
Great Crown
Armour: (143-161)
Energy Shield: (29-33)
Requires Level 53, 59 Str, 59 IntHas 1 Abyssal Socket
Trigger Level 20 Spirit Burst when you Use a Skill while you have a Spirit Charge
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
+1 to Maximum Spirit Charges per Abyss Jewel affecting you
Gain a Spirit Charge on Kill
Gain 5% of Physical Damage as Extra Damage of each Element per Spirit Charge
The eyes of the living hold a glimmer of hope.
Don't waste it.
N/AThe eyes of the living hold a glimmer of hope.
Don't waste it.
LightpoacherLightpoacher
Great Crown
Armour: (143-161)
Energy Shield: (29-33)
Requires Level 53, 59 Str, 59 IntHas 2 Abyssal Sockets
Trigger Level 20 Spirit Burst when you Use a Skill while you have a Spirit Charge
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
+1 to Maximum Spirit Charges per Abyss Jewel affecting you
Gain a Spirit Charge on Kill
Gain 5% of Physical Damage as Extra Damage of each Element per Spirit Charge
The eyes of the living hold a glimmer of hope.
Don't waste it.
N/AThe eyes of the living hold a glimmer of hope.
Don't waste it.
Replica Shroud of the LightlessReplica Shroud of the Lightless
Carnal Armour
Evasion: (353-388)
Energy Shield: (103-113)
Movement Speed: -3%
Requires Level 71, 88 Dex, 122 Int+(20-25) to maximum ManaHas 6 Abyssal Sockets"Eyes of black, three by three, staring ever darker into me..."
- Researcher Arn
N/A"Eyes of black, three by three, staring ever darker into me..."
- Researcher Arn
Shroud of the LightlessShroud of the Lightless
Carnal Armour
Evasion: (917-1086)
Energy Shield: (267-316)
Movement Speed: -3%
Requires Level 71, 88 Dex, 122 Int+(20-25) to maximum ManaHas 1 Abyssal Socket
Penetrate 4% Elemental Resistances per Abyss Jewel affecting you
20% chance to Trigger Level 20 Shade Form when you Use a Socketed Skill
(160-180)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
3% increased Maximum Life per Abyss Jewel affecting you
3% increased Maximum Mana per Abyss Jewel affecting you
Look to the darkness for nourishment and you will never go hungry.
N/ALook to the darkness for nourishment and you will never go hungry.
Shroud of the LightlessShroud of the Lightless
Carnal Armour
Evasion: (917-1086)
Energy Shield: (267-316)
Movement Speed: -3%
Requires Level 71, 88 Dex, 122 Int+(20-25) to maximum ManaHas 2 Abyssal Sockets
Penetrate 4% Elemental Resistances per Abyss Jewel affecting you
20% chance to Trigger Level 20 Shade Form when you Use a Socketed Skill
(160-180)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
3% increased Maximum Life per Abyss Jewel affecting you
3% increased Maximum Mana per Abyss Jewel affecting you
Look to the darkness for nourishment and you will never go hungry.
N/ALook to the darkness for nourishment and you will never go hungry.
Stygian ViseStygian ViseHas 1 Abyssal SocketN/AN/A
Tecrod's GazeTecrod's Gaze
Murderous Eye Jewel
AbyssRequires Level 40+(10-20) to Strength
40% increased Main Hand Critical Strike Chance per
Murderous Eye Jewel affecting you, up to a maximum of 200%
+20% to Off Hand Critical Strike Multiplier per
Murderous Eye Jewel affecting you, up to a maximum of +100%
The Hated Slave seeks dominion over his own kind.Place into an Abyssal Socket on an Item or into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
N/AThe Hated Slave seeks dominion over his own kind.
TombfistTombfist
Steelscale Gauntlets
Armour: (65-75)
Evasion: (65-75)
Requires Level 36, 29 Str, 29 DexHas 1 Abyssal Socket
(5-10)% increased Attack Speed
<2 random Abyss Jewel-dependent modifiers>
"Ever watched a man crush another man's skull?
Hard to feel hope after that."
N/A"Ever watched a man crush another man's skull?
Hard to feel hope after that."
TombfistTombfist
Steelscale Gauntlets
Armour: (65-75)
Evasion: (65-75)
Requires Level 36, 29 Str, 29 DexHas 2 Abyssal Sockets
(5-10)% increased Attack Speed
<2 random Abyss Jewel-dependent modifiers>
"Ever watched a man crush another man's skull?
Hard to feel hope after that."
N/A"Ever watched a man crush another man's skull?
Hard to feel hope after that."
Ulaman's GazeUlaman's Gaze
Searching Eye Jewel
AbyssRequires Level 40+(10-20) to Dexterity
Projectiles have 4% chance to be able to Chain when colliding with terrain per
Searching Eye Jewel affecting you, up to a maximum of 20%
The Sovereign of the Well seeks dominion over the light.Place into an Abyssal Socket on an Item or into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
N/AThe Sovereign of the Well seeks dominion over the light.
WraithlordWraithlord
Bone Circlet
Energy Shield: (79-100)Requires Level 34, 73 IntHas 4 Abyssal Sockets
(120-150)% increased Energy Shield
+(1-2) to Level of all Minion Skill Gems
+1 to maximum number of Spectres per Socketed Ghastly Eye Jewel
You cannot have Non-Spectre Minions
Countless men proclaimed themselves the masters of death,
and each one succumbed to it.
N/ACountless men proclaimed themselves the masters of death,
and each one succumbed to it.
Shroud of the LightlessShroud of the Lightless
Carnal Armour
Evasion: (917-1086)
Energy Shield: (267-316)
Movement Speed: -3%
Requires Level 71, 88 Dex, 122 Int+(20-25) to maximum ManaHas 3 Abyssal Sockets
Penetrate 4% Elemental Resistances per Abyss Jewel affecting you
20% chance to Trigger Level 20 Shade Form when you Use a Socketed Skill
(160-180)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
3% increased Maximum Life per Abyss Jewel affecting you
3% increased Maximum Mana per Abyss Jewel affecting you
Look to the darkness for nourishment and you will never go hungry.
N/ALook to the darkness for nourishment and you will never go hungry.
Abyss Scarab of MultitudesAbyss Scarab of MultitudesStack Size: 20Abysses in Area spawn 75% increased MonstersThey ceaselessly sprout from the murderous earth.Can be used in a personal Map Device to add modifiers to a Map.Abysses in Area spawn 75% increased MonstersThey ceaselessly sprout from the murderous earth.
Abyss Scarab of EdificeAbyss Scarab of EdificeStack Size: 20Abysses in Area that do not lead to an Abyssal Depths lead to a Stygian Spire
Abysses in Area spawn Hoards as they travel
Their empires ghastly and gaunt glitter with gold.Can be used in a personal Map Device to add modifiers to a Map.
Abysses in Area that do not lead to an Abyssal Depths lead to a Stygian Spire
Abysses in Area spawn Hoards as they travel
Their empires ghastly and gaunt glitter with gold.
Abyss Scarab of EmptinessAbyss Scarab of EmptinessStack Size: 20Rare Abyss Monsters in Area have a 50% chance to drop
an additional Rare item with an Abyssal socket
They stare back, with hollow hypnotising eyes.Can be used in a personal Map Device to add modifiers to a Map.
Rare Abyss Monsters in Area have a 50% chance to drop
an additional Rare item with an Abyssal socket
They stare back, with hollow hypnotising eyes.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bex_GGG (Nov 22, 2017, 3:30:32 PM). "The Abyss Challenge League". Official Path of Exile Website. Retrieved June 30, 2023.

See also