The Upper Prison

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The Upper Prison
No Waypoint
Area level9
BossesBrutus, Lord Incarcerator
Area type tagsprison
Tagsindoors_area, act_boss_area, no_tempests, delve_chest, prison_area, summoner_area, necromancer_area
ConnectionsThe Lower Prison
Prisoner's Gate
Vaal Side AreasForgotten Oubliette
The air is rich with despair and apparition.

The Upper Prison is an area in Act 1. This area has no waypoint and is connected to The Lower Prison and Prisoner's Gate.

The Upper Prison contains two additional sub-areas: The Warden's Quarters and The Warden's Chambers. The door to the Warden's Quarters is randomly located in the Upper Prison and leads to the player's first encounter with Piety of Theopolis, an NPC who speaks and then vanishes. Beyond Piety is a trail of blood leading to the Warden's Chambers and the Brutus, Lord Incarcerator boss fight.

Defeating Brutus will unlock the door to the Prisoner's Gate. The waypoint in that area will also be activated, so you can optionally portal back to town before proceeding. After leaving The Upper Prison for Prisoner's Gate you won't be able to come back that way.

This zone contains multiple Strongboxes. There is also a hidden wall that can be opened using a switch on a nearby pillar. It opens a room containing a rare Chemist's Strongbox, which drops flasks.



Native monsters in this area can resist cold, lightning or elemental damage and deal physical, cold or lightning damage. They can deal physical damage over time and apply the EnfeebleEnfeebleSpell, AoE, Duration, Curse, Hex
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (16-33) Mana
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 24Curses all targets in an area, reducing their accuracy and making them deal less damage.Base duration is (8.00-11.80) seconds
+(0-1) metre to radius
Cursed enemies have (10-19)% reduced Accuracy Rating
Cursed Normal or Magic enemies deal (15-29)% less Damage
Cursed Rare or Unique enemies deal (9-18)% less Damage

Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
(1-20)% increased Curse Duration
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.


Items found in this area

The following drop-restricted items can drop in this area.

No items include this area in their drop restrictions.


Version history

Version Changes
  • Added a myriad of small improvements and surprises to the Campaign.
    • The Upper Prison contains Strongboxes, including a hidden Chemist's Strongbox. [Undocumented This change was not documented by any official sources. It was discovered through player testing or datamining.]
  • A new monster type named "Ghouls" have been added to the Lower and Upper Prison.
  • Zone levels changed from 10/38/54 to 9/43/57 due to 2.0 progression balancing.
  • Added spiders to prison level 2 (The Upper Prison).

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