Path of Exile's latest expansion The Forbidden Sanctum will challenge your tenacity as you make your way through its dark halls.
Alongside a new challenge league, the expansion introduces many more updates and improvements to the game including new Skill Gems, seven new Vaal Skill Gems, over 15 new Unique Items, significant balance changes to jewels, hexes, monster modifiers, unique weapons and more. In this article, we will cover the most notable changes the expansion brings to the table.
The Sanctum itself will provide players with an experience similar to action rogue-like games. When you head deep underground to the Sanctum you will see a map providing brief information about the rooms ahead of you. You must plan your advances carefully to conserve as much resolve as you can. If your resolve drains out, your run will end. The goal is to push further and further into the halls of the Sanctum each try, so if you are fond of and familiar with games like the Binding of Isaac or Risk of Rain you will easily get the hang of this. You will also be faced with many difficult choices as the powers residing within this place might offer you pacts, which can make or break your run. These provide both a beneficial and a negative effect on your character so you must be careful when you are presented with them.
The rooms hold many secrets, some may have fountains in them that restore your resolve, while others may give you an effect hindering your progress. Managing these opportunities will be the key to success in the Sanctum. Inside the Sanctum, you will find gold coins called Aureus, a currency that the Templars used for commerce. It's stored in treasure chests and falls from slain monsters. Although these coins belong to the Sanctum and will not leave with you, they can be traded with a merchant who you may encounter from time to time. Spend your Aureus wisely as it can be used to purchase a crucial boon when the time is right.
You can choose from a variety of currency items in several of the Sanctum's rooms. With a promise of a bigger reward down the road, or you can choose to accept an immediate usually smaller reward now. Your prize will be escalated at significant risk if you wait till the end of the current floor or possibly the entire Sanctum. You forfeit all of your investments if you lose all of your resolve before completing this task. Do you have enough confidence in yourself to take the chance and possibly get a significant reward? Do you take what you have and leave safely, or not?
There is a unique altar in the Sanctum that you can lay Templar Relics on as you explore it. These artifacts last from run to run and increase your power in the Sanctum. Each time you visit the Sanctum, you must use more and more of their strength to get further into the vaults. As you gather more relics, you'll have to decide which ones will be most useful to you and set up the Altar accordingly. Sanctified Relics, an extremely rare type of relic that directly influences your character's build, may also be found. You may only utilize one of them, but its advantages follow you outside the Sanctum's boundaries and give you the Templars' strength as you travel through Wraeclast.
And of course inside the Sanctum, many boss encounters await you with plentiful rewards in form of piles of Arceus coins unique and many other things. And finally, an ultimate showdown against the entity that took control of the Sanctum.
We hope this guide helped to grasp the new expansion's content. Stay tuned for more articles on Path of Exile and more.
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