The Vaal Ruins
To enter the Vaal Ruins, players must finish the quest The Root of the Problem. This requires the Baleful GemBaleful GemThe withering glare of corruption, made
corporeal and pellucid in crystal. from The Chamber of Sins Level 2 and Maligaro's SpikeMaligaro's SpikeMaligaro loved his tools, and took great
pains to keep them excruciatingly sharp. from The Weaver's Chambers.
The ruins are a large maze with rooms of various sizes. Sarcophagi appear in some rooms and act like normal chests.
Towards the end of the area the path is blocked by the Ancient Seal, which once activated unleashes a strange darkness and initiates the Shadow of the Vaal quest. Stairs leading up to the Northern Forest are on the other side.
Items found in this area
The following drop-restricted items can drop in this area.
No items include this area in their drop restrictions.
"That ancient gateway to the northwest, it's a peculiar thing. Not of the Eternal Empire. It could be Vaal in origin... a culture I've seen mentioned here and there in some of the most antique of texts. It is the Vaal who began the use of Virtue Gems, well before our imperial ancestors. Little else is known about them. If only I had my old museum archives, I could have given you a more tempered theory.
- - Eramir - "Ancient Gateway" dialogue