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The Elder Guardians are four map bosses from the War for the Atlas storyline, who each drop a different map fragment that is required to fight the Elder. They are the guardians of the The Elder.[1]

Guardians

Name The Eradicator The Constrictor The Purifier The Enslaver
Image The Eradicator.png The Constrictor.png The Purifier.png The Enslaver.png
Map Icon The Eradicator inventory icon.png The Constrictor inventory icon.png The Purifier inventory icon.png The Enslaver inventory icon.png
Map Mod Map is occupied by The Eradicator
Area is influenced by The Elder
Map is occupied by The Constrictor
Area is influenced by The Elder
Map is occupied by The Purifier
Area is influenced by The Elder
Map is occupied by The Enslaver
Area is influenced by The Elder
Main Drop Fragment of EradicationFragment of EradicationItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaPlagues are exhausted, not cured.Can be used in a personal Map Device. Fragment of ConstrictionFragment of ConstrictionItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaWebs are torn, not untangled.Can be used in a personal Map Device. Fragment of PurificationFragment of PurificationItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaCorruption is purged, not cleansed.Can be used in a personal Map Device. Fragment of EnslavementFragment of EnslavementItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaFreedom is won, not given.Can be used in a personal Map Device.

Mechanics

A Elder-influenced map of Tier 14 or higher can be occupied by one of the Guardians. The map boss is replaced with the Guardian. Approaching the map boss will spawn a portal leading to the Guardian's arena, chosen at random out of three possible arenas for each Guardian. They will be affected by the map's modifiers.

The boss fight is split into three phases. At 2/3 and 1/3 health remaining, the arena switches locations. Each arena contains different stage hazards.

Upon slaying the boss, they will drop a Map fragment. Open a complete set of fragments in the map device can open portals to fight the Elder.

  • Fragment of PurificationFragment of PurificationItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaCorruption is purged, not cleansed.Can be used in a personal Map Device.
  • Fragment of ConstrictionFragment of ConstrictionItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaWebs are torn, not untangled.Can be used in a personal Map Device.
  • Fragment of EradicationFragment of EradicationItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaPlagues are exhausted, not cured.Can be used in a personal Map Device.
  • Fragment of EnslavementFragment of EnslavementItem Quantity: +5%5% increased Quantity of Items found in this AreaFreedom is won, not given.Can be used in a personal Map Device.

Notes

  • Defeating an Elder Guardian does not count towards map completion.[confirmation needed]

Drops

The Uncharted Realms Atlas passive skill tree that enhances drops from The Shaper, The Elder and from their respective guardians.

All 4 Elder Guardians share the same pool of the exclusive drops.[2] [confirmation needed because of 3.14 change]

  • Yoke of SufferingYoke of Suffering
    Onyx Amulet
    Requires Level 70+(10-16) to all Attributes+(10-20)% to Fire Resistance
    +(10-20)% to Cold Resistance
    +(20-40)% to Lightning Resistance
    30% reduced Duration of Ailments on Enemies
    (5-10)% chance to Shock
    Enemies take 5% increased Damage for each type of Ailment you have inflicted on them
    Your Elemental Damage can Shock
    Let the unrepentant be dragged ever downwards by the weight of their sins.
  • Grelwood ShankGrelwood Shank
    Eternal Sword
    One Handed Sword
    Quality: +20%
    Physical Damage: (125.05-137.35) to (207.4-227.8)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Attacks per Second: (1.72-1.80)
    Weapon Range: 11
    Requires Level 66, 104 Str, 122 Dex+475 to Accuracy Rating(185-215)% increased Physical Damage
    (15-20)% increased Attack Speed
    80% increased Armour while stationary
    Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles if you've been Hit Recently
    Point Blank
    Iron Reflexes while stationary
    Through countless seasons they stand, stoic,
    Each season leaving its mark;
    a memory written in fibrous flesh.
  • Memory VaultMemory Vault
    Praetor Crown
    Quality: +20%
    Armour: 193
    Energy Shield: (213-249)
    Requires Level 68, 62 Str, 91 Int+(130-160) to maximum Energy Shield
    +(150-200) to maximum Mana
    (30-40)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
    +(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
    10% increased Mana Reserved
    Gain Armour equal to your Reserved Mana
    Your memories are a bridge to the past. Let no one cross.
  • GloomfangGloomfang
    Blue Pearl Amulet
    Requires Level 77(48-56)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate0.5% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life
    Lose (15-10) Life for each Enemy hit by your Spells
    Lose (25-20) Life for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
    Skills Chain +1 times
    (30-40)% increased Projectile Speed
    Projectiles that have Chained gain (20-35)% of Non-Chaos Damage as extra Chaos Damage
    Darkness never stops feeding.

In addition, ArborixArborix
Assassin Bow
Bow
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (150-174) to (394.8-424.8)
Critical Strike Chance: 6.70%
Attacks per Second: 1.25
Weapon Range: 120
Requires Level 62, 212 Dex+(15-25)% to Global Critical Strike MultiplierGrants Level 30 Dash Skill
Adds (95-115) to (240-265) Physical Damage
Bow Attacks fire 2 additional Arrows if you haven't Cast Dash recently
(20-30)% increased Attack Speed if you haven't Cast Dash recently
(100-160)% increased Evasion Rating if you've Cast Dash recently
(20-30)% increased Movement Speed if you've Cast Dash recently
Travel Skills other than Dash are Disabled
Iron Reflexes
Through droughts, fires, floods and frost,
the ancient giants stand resolute,
while deep in the rich, dark earth,
their grasp stretches ever farther.
is obtained from fusingOrb of FusingStack Size: 20Reforges the links between sockets on an itemRight click this item then left click a socketed item to apply it. The item's quality increases the chances of obtaining more links.
Shift click to unstack.
Grelwood ShankGrelwood Shank
Eternal Sword
One Handed Sword
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (125.05-137.35) to (207.4-227.8)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: (1.72-1.80)
Weapon Range: 11
Requires Level 66, 104 Str, 122 Dex+475 to Accuracy Rating(185-215)% increased Physical Damage
(15-20)% increased Attack Speed
80% increased Armour while stationary
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles if you've been Hit Recently
Point Blank
Iron Reflexes while stationary
Through countless seasons they stand, stoic,
Each season leaving its mark;
a memory written in fibrous flesh.
and Beltimber BladeBeltimber Blade
Eternal Sword
One Handed Sword
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (125.05-137.35) to (207.4-227.8)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: (1.72-1.80)
Weapon Range: 11
Requires Level 66, 104 Str, 122 Dex+475 to Accuracy Rating(185-215)% increased Physical Damage
(15-20)% increased Attack Speed
80% increased Evasion Rating while moving
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles if you've used a Movement Skill Recently
Far Shot
By wind and wing they are carried,
Their fates not theirs to control,
Yet the fates of others dragged in their wake.
, thus it is an indirect Elder Guardians exclusive item. A similar bow is used by the Elder Guardian in the fight.

These item were exclusive to Elder Guardians, but moved to core drop table in version 3.14.0:

  • AugyreAugyre
    Void Sceptre
    Sceptre
    Quality: +20%
    Physical Damage: (150-170) to (228-258.4)
    Critical Strike Chance: (11.16%-12.40%)
    Attacks per Second: (1.38-1.44)
    Weapon Range: 11
    Requires Level 68, 104 Str, 122 Int40% increased Elemental Damage(180-220)% increased Physical Damage
    (10-15)% increased Attack Speed
    (80-100)% increased Critical Strike Chance
    50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
    Every 16 seconds you gain Elemental Overload for 8 seconds
    You have Resolute Technique while you do not have Elemental Overload
    100% increased Physical Damage while you have Resolute Technique
    When the world spins out of control,
    the safest place to be is in the centre.
  • Beltimber BladeBeltimber Blade
    Eternal Sword
    One Handed Sword
    Quality: +20%
    Physical Damage: (125.05-137.35) to (207.4-227.8)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Attacks per Second: (1.72-1.80)
    Weapon Range: 11
    Requires Level 66, 104 Str, 122 Dex+475 to Accuracy Rating(185-215)% increased Physical Damage
    (15-20)% increased Attack Speed
    80% increased Evasion Rating while moving
    Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles if you've used a Movement Skill Recently
    Far Shot
    By wind and wing they are carried,
    Their fates not theirs to control,
    Yet the fates of others dragged in their wake.
  • Leper's AlmsLeper's Alms
    Mirrored Spiked Shield
    Quality: +20%
    Chance to Block: (29%-30%)
    Evasion: (936-1087)
    Energy Shield: (179-208)
    Movement Speed: -3%
    Requires Level 66, 85 Dex, 85 Int4% chance to Dodge Attack Hits(500-600)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
    +(60-80) to maximum Life
    40% increased Duration of Ailments on Enemies
    +(3-4)% Chance to Block
    Shared Suffering
    One's burden is another's gift.
  • VulconusVulconus
    Demon Dagger
    Rune Dagger
    Quality: +20%
    Physical Damage: (130.8-160.8) to (278.4-296.4)
    Elemental Damage: (130-160) to (220-240)
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.50%
    Attacks per Second: 1.20
    Weapon Range: 10
    Requires Level 68, 76 Dex, 149 Int40% increased Global Critical Strike ChanceAdds (85-110) to (135-150) Physical Damage
    Adds (130-160) to (220-240) Fire Damage
    50% chance to cause Bleeding on Hit
    (70-100)% increased Fire Damage with Hits and Ailments against Bleeding Enemies
    (70-100)% increased Physical Damage with Hits and Ailments against Ignited Enemies
    Every 8 seconds, gain Avatar of Fire for 4 seconds
    (160-200)% increased Critical Strike Chance while you have Avatar of Fire
    50% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire while you have Avatar of Fire
    +2000 Armour while you do not have Avatar of Fire
    Lava bled from the earth and,
    after a time, cooled and hardened.
    The world protecting its beating heart
    with a thick, black scab.

Lore

Elder Guardians are the side-bosses that aid The Elder, akin to Shaper Guardian. During War for the Atlas and Betrayal expansions, in order to beat Uber Elder, the player need to spread Elder influence to Shaper Guardian Maps (which at that time on the Atlas at the centre) first to convert them to Elder Guardian Maps (the base map is still the Shaper Guardian Map) and beat all 4 of them to convert The Shaper's Realm into Uber Elder variant of the area.

However, due to the introduction of Conquerors of the Atlas expansion, such end-game lore is rewritten by the game developer. Instead of the player as the protagonist to beat the Elder, Shaper and their guardians , another group of NPC / exiles, known as Elderslayers / Conquerors beat the Elder instead. Elderslayers themselves also turn into new villain in the expansion. To fill the plot hole that how the player can still enter and play the Elder Guardian Map (Shaper Guardian Map as well), new Zana voiceline was added:

"

You must think me a fool for taking so long to understand just how mad the Elderslayers have become, but... you don't know what we were up against. Look, I'm going to show you a memory of a battle against one of the Elder's guardians. Perhaps then you'll see why it wasn't so clear.

"

- Zana

The next annual expansion, Echoes of the Atlas, add the Maven as new end-game boss, which she has the ability to clone bosses to her crucible. A new atlas region, The Uncharted Realms, was added to the game as well. Elder Guardians is the objective of Maven's Invitation: The TwistedMaven's Invitation: The TwistedThe Maven must Witness:
The Purifier,
The Constrictor,
The Enslaver,
The Eradicator
For those who must not endure it,
there may be found a perverse joy
in watching the struggle for survival.
Can be used in a personal Map Device. Modifiers to Item Quantity will affect the number of encounter rewards dropped.
.

These new lore explain the in-game reappearance of Elder Guardian as map boss, which the atlas and the Maven has ability to clone it.

See also

Version history

Version Changes
3.9.0e
  • Fixed a bug where Zana missions could offer Elder Guardian Maps earlier than intended. The minimum tier before these maps are offered by Zana missions is now 14.
3.9.0
  • The Atlas of Worlds has been reworked. You now start at the centre and will work your way outwards as you explore a new storyline.
  • The Shaper and Elder storyline is gone and has been replaced by a story that takes place in the aftermath of the old story.
  • Zana can now sell Shaper- and Elder-influenced maps once you have progressed your Atlas enough. These act like the old Atlas influence, creating new monsters, threats, and rewards.
  • The Elder, Shaper, and combined Elder and Shaper encounters can still be accessed. If you're lucky, Zana may offer a Shaper or Elder guardian's map!
  • Elder Guardians are no longer in a separate instance to that of their map.
3.5.0
  • Items exclusive to the Shaper's guardians and the Elder's guardians now drop less frequently. Uniques exclusive to the Elder's guardians now also drop based on map tier, with some items unable to drop until higher map tiers.
  • (not in patch notes) Elder guardians now have a shared pool of exclusive drop, rather than tied to individual guardians.[2]
3.1.0
  • Introduced to the game.

References

  1. https://www.pathofexile.com/war
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jatin_GGG (January 9, 2019). "Re: The Enslaver is able to drop Beltimber Blade (and probably Grelwood Shank too)". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
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