Blighted map

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Quick Guide: This article has a quick guide that shows you how to use the Scout Tower strategy to complete a Blighted Map encounter.

An example of a Tier-16 blighted map with 20% quality

Blighted maps are alternate versions of existing maps that contain a more challenging Blight encounter than is normally found on maps. These maps have all the native monsters removed and are dedicated to the Blight encounter.

The map will always have an alternative map icon, as well as these implicit modifiers:

  • Area is infested with Fungal Growths
  • Natural inhabitants of this area have been removed

Regular Blight encounters in maps have a chance to drop a Blighted version of a map.

Mechanics

A player defends the Purification Pump from Blighted monsters that are trying to destroy it

Blighted maps only contain a small area with no enemies and a single Fungal Growth that spawns dozens of roots. Multiple waves of monsters will spawn from monster portals all across the map. Monsters move along a fixed route towards the Purification Pump. The player must defend the Purification Pump for 5 minutes, and then defeat all remaining monsters in order to complete the map and grant the rewards. Compared to regular Blight encounters in maps, in Blighted maps players get extended preparation time and Pump durability (health) is increased to 20 (up from 10).

Similar to regular maps:

  1. Blighted maps are available in different tiers, with the highest being Tier 16.
  2. Higher tier maps have tougher monsters and can drop rarer, more valuable rewards
  3. The Atlas Awakening Level affects the difficulty of the monsters and bosses, with Awakening 8+ being the hardest.[1]
  4. Blighted maps can be increased in quality using Cartographer's ChiselCartographer's ChiselStack Size: 20Improves the quality of a mapRight click this item then left click a map to apply it. Has greater effect on lower-rarity maps. The maximum quality is 20%.
    Shift click to unstack.
    s
  5. Players can craft the map into Magic or Rare rarities, but it greatly increases the difficulty of combat.
  6. Running a Blighted map in Normal rarity provides for the easiest combat.
  7. Blighted map rarity affects the reward chests and the central drops.

Unlike regular maps:

  1. Blighted maps can also be annointed, adding a variety of unique modifiers, including extra experience and significant boosts to rewards.
  2. Players can annoint Blighted maps with Teal OilTeal OilStack Size: 10
    Oil Tier: 5
    Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
    Shift click to unstack.
    or Crimson OilCrimson OilStack Size: 10
    Oil Tier: 9
    Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
    Shift click to unstack.
    which provides a "Lucky" modifier to a fixed number of Blight reward chests
  3. Blighted maps cannot be used with map fragments such as scarabs. The map fragments will not be consumed even if players place them into the Map Device.
  4. Watchstone modifiers and sextants have no effect on Blighted maps

If you fail the blight encounter, it will not count as a map completion.

Strategy

Blighted maps have a large amount of enemies and a large amount of resources for tower building. The same strategies that work on smaller Blights in maps will be useful, but more tower building and killing will be involved.

Recommendations

The following is recommended:

  • A ranger or spellcaster build or any build that can do high amounts of area damage (melee builds using CycloneCycloneAttack, AoE, Movement, Channelling, Physical, Melee
    Cost: 2 Mana
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Attack Speed: 300% of Base
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: (44%-54%)
    Requires Level 28Channel this skill to move towards a targeted location while spinning, building up stages while constantly attacking enemies in an area around you. While channelling this skill, you cannot be knocked back.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal0.5% increased Area of Effect1% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit0.25% more Movement Speed1% Chance to Avoid Interruption from Stuns While Using this SkillDeals (44-54)% of Base Attack Damage
    30% less Movement Speed
    First Hit deals 50% less Damage
    Gains 1 Stage every (0.33-0.17) seconds while Channelling
    +1 to radius per Stage
    Lose 1 Stage every 0.33 seconds while not Channelling
    (5-28) to (8-42) Added Attack Physical Damage
    Maximum (3-6) Stages
    8% increased Area of Effect per 1 additional Melee Strike Range
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Cyclone skill icon.png
    without cast-on-crit will find it hard, because monsters attack the center from every direction)
  • To run Normal blighted maps: At least 2 million damage per second (calculated in Path of Building)
  • To run Magic blighted maps: At least 10 million damage per second
  • To run Rare blighted maps: At least 20 million damage per second
  • A method to increase damage against Rare and Unique mini bosses (such as Assassin's Mark for crit-builds, or Sigil of Power for lightning-builds)
  • Capped elemental resistances (fire, cold and lightning resistance at 75%)
  • At least 5,000 Effective hit points (Life pool)
  • At least 20% block or evade chance, or Mana before Life defenses
  • A strict loot filter that filters out most of the inexpensive loot

Annointments

Annointing a blighted map with 3 Amber OilAmber OilStack Size: 10
Oil Tier: 3
Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
Shift click to unstack.
s at Sister Cassia

Sister Cassia can annoint your blighted map to increase the ease of combat, and/or to increase rewards. It is easy to self-sustain oils for these annointments because blighted maps provide a large number of oils upon successful completion.

Annointing tips are as follows:

  • For T14 and lower maps:
    • 3 Amber OilAmber OilStack Size: 10
      Oil Tier: 3
      Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
      Shift click to unstack.
      is the easiest because it allows construction of the maximum possible towers (but no reward enhancement)
    • 1 Teal OilTeal OilStack Size: 10
      Oil Tier: 5
      Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
      Shift click to unstack.
      and 2 Amber OilAmber OilStack Size: 10
      Oil Tier: 3
      Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
      Shift click to unstack.
      is harder with better rewards
    • 2 Teal OilTeal OilStack Size: 10
      Oil Tier: 5
      Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
      Shift click to unstack.
      and 1 Amber OilAmber OilStack Size: 10
      Oil Tier: 3
      Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
      Shift click to unstack.
      is much harder with much better rewards
    • 3 Teal OilTeal OilStack Size: 10
      Oil Tier: 5
      Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
      Shift click to unstack.
      s is the hardest with the best rewards
  • For T15 or T16 maps:
    • 3 Amber OilAmber OilStack Size: 10
      Oil Tier: 3
      Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
      Shift click to unstack.
      is the easiest because it allows construction of the maximum possible towers (but no reward enhancement)
    • 1 Crimson OilCrimson OilStack Size: 10
      Oil Tier: 9
      Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
      Shift click to unstack.
      and 2 Amber OilAmber OilStack Size: 10
      Oil Tier: 3
      Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
      Shift click to unstack.
      is harder with better rewards
    • 2 Crimson OilCrimson OilStack Size: 10
      Oil Tier: 9
      Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
      Shift click to unstack.
      and 1 Amber OilAmber OilStack Size: 10
      Oil Tier: 3
      Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
      Shift click to unstack.
      is much harder with much better rewards
    • 3 Crimson OilCrimson OilStack Size: 10
      Oil Tier: 9
      Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
      Shift click to unstack.
      s is the hardest with the best rewards

Rewards

Completing a blighted map will grant 10+ of a random selection of these chest types:

Image Type Typical drops
Blight Cyst treasure.png Random Random assortment of items including armour, weapons and common currency
Blight Cyst oils.png Blight Oils, small chance for rare oils like Silver OilSilver OilStack Size: 10
Oil Tier: 12
Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
Shift click to unstack.
, Golden OilGolden OilStack Size: 10
Oil Tier: 13
Can be combined with other Oils at Cassia to Enchant Rings or Amulets, or to modify Blighted Maps.
Shift click to unstack.
and Blighted Maps
Blight Cyst currency.png Currency Common currency, can contain Chaos OrbChaos OrbStack Size: 10Reforges a rare item with new random modifiersRight click this item then left click a rare item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
s
Small chance for Exalted OrbExalted OrbStack Size: 10Augments a rare item with a new random modifierRight click this item then left click a rare item to apply it. Rare items can have up to six random modifiers. The item's Catalyst quality increases the chance of applying a modifier which matches the quality type. Removes 20% Quality applied by Catalysts on use.
Shift click to unstack.
s, Exalted ShardExalted ShardStack Size: 20A stack of 20 shards becomes an Exalted Orb.
Shift click to unstack.
s, Ancient ShardAncient ShardStack Size: 20A stack of 20 shards becomes an Ancient Orb.
Shift click to unstack.
s, Divine OrbDivine OrbStack Size: 10Randomises the numeric values of the random modifiers on an itemRight click this item then left click a magic, rare or unique item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
s
Blight Sack harbinger.png Harbinger Harbinger's OrbHarbinger's OrbStack Size: 20Reforges a map item as another of a higher tierRight click this item then left click a map to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
s, Beachhead map, Small chance for Ancient OrbAncient OrbStack Size: 20Reforges a unique item as another of the same item classRight click this item then left click a unique item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
s & Exalted ShardExalted ShardStack Size: 20A stack of 20 shards becomes an Exalted Orb.
Shift click to unstack.
s
Blight Cyst jewelry.png Jewelry Rings, Amulets, Jewels, Abyss Jewels and Belts, which may be veiled, fractured, or influenced
Blight Sack divination cards.png Divination Cards 0-4 Stacked DeckStacked DeckStack Size: 10A stack of unknown divination cardsRight click to take a divination card out of the deck.
Shift click to unstack.
s, Random cards
Blight Sack fossils.png Fossils Fossils, Resonators
Blight Sack map fragments.png Map Fragments Scarabs, Sacrifice at DuskSacrifice at DuskItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaThe Vaal shall never fear the setting of our sun.Can be used in a personal Map Device./Dawn/Noon/Midnight,
Offering to the GoddessOffering to the GoddessIt is time for the Goddess to give her final verdict.
Your fate rests in her even hands.
Travel to the Aspirants' Plaza and spend this item to open the Eternal Labyrinth. You must have completed the six different Trials of Ascendancy found in Maps in order to access this area.
, Small chance for valuable map fragments
Blight Sack maps.png Maps Valuable white and yellow maps (T1 to T10). Small chance for red maps (T11+).
Blight Pustle uniques.png Uniques Low level unique items, small chance for unique maps and valuable uniques like Inspired LearningInspired Learning
Crimson Jewel
Radius: Small (800)With 4 Notables Allocated in Radius, When you Kill a Rare monster, you gain 1 of its Modifiers for 20 secondsIf you do not learn from a won battle
then you have already lost the war.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
.
Blight Cyst armour.png Armour Armour, some of which may be veiled, fractured, 30 quality, or influenced
Blight Cyst weapons.png Weapons Weapons, some of which may be veiled, fractured, 30 quality, or influenced
Blight Sack abyssal.png Abyss Abyss Jewels, Stygian Vise belts
Blight Pustle essences.png Essences All tiers of Essences, small chance for Deafening Essences or Essence of HorrorEssence of HorrorStack Size: 9
Essence Level: 8
Upgrades a normal item to rare or reforges a rare item, guaranteeing one property



Weapon: 16% chance to gain a Power, Frenzy or Endurance Charge on Kill
Gloves: Socketed Gems have +3.5% Critical Strike Chance
Boots: 5% reduced Elemental Damage Taken while stationary
Body Armour: 15% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Cold Damage
Helmet: Socketed Gems deal 30% more Elemental Damage
Shield: Chill Nearby Enemies when you Block
Quiver: 4 to 7 Cold Damage per Frenzy Charge
Amulet: 15% increased Effect of Fortify on you
Ring: 4 to 7 Cold Damage per Frenzy Charge
Belt: 5% additional Physical Damage Reduction during any Flask EffectRight click this item then left click a normal or rare item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.

Blight Pustle gems.png Gems Skill gems, which may have levels and quality.
Does not contain Anomalous/Divergent/Awakened/Phantasmal gems
Blight Sack prophecy.png Prophecy Random prophecies
Blight Sack talisman.png Talismans Corrupted Talismans
Blight Sack enchanted.png Labyrinth Offering to the GoddessOffering to the GoddessIt is time for the Goddess to give her final verdict.
Your fate rests in her even hands.
Travel to the Aspirants' Plaza and spend this item to open the Eternal Labyrinth. You must have completed the six different Trials of Ascendancy found in Maps in order to access this area.
, Rare armour that has a Labyrinth Enchantment applied
Metamorph Catalysts for rings & amulets, small chance for valuable Fertile CatalystFertile CatalystStack Size: 10Adds quality that enhances Life and Mana modifiers on a ring, amulet or belt
Replaces other quality types
Right click this item then left click a ring, amulet or belt to apply it. Has greater effect on lower-rarity jewellery. The maximum quality is 20%.
Shift click to unstack.
s and Prismatic CatalystPrismatic CatalystStack Size: 10Adds quality that enhances Resistance modifiers on a ring, amulet or belt
Replaces other quality types
Right click this item then left click a ring, amulet or belt to apply it. Has greater effect on lower-rarity jewellery. The maximum quality is 20%.
Shift click to unstack.
s
Delirium Simulacrum SplinterSimulacrum SplinterStack Size: 300Combine 300 Splinters to create a Simulacrum.
Shift click to unstack.
s, Cluster Jewels, Delirium orbs
Breach Blight Sack.png Breach Breach Splinters, and rarely Breachstones or Empowered Breachstones
Perandus Blight Sack.png Perandus Perandus CoinPerandus CoinStack Size: 5000Trade coins to Cadiro Perandus.
Shift click to unstack.
s, can also contain Perandus Scarab
Legion Legion Splinters, Incubators
Scarabs Blight Sack.png Scarab Scarabs

References

See Also

Version history

Version Changes
3.9.0
  • Each Blight encounter will award at least one Oil or Blighted Map.
3.8.0
  • Introduced to the game.