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Essence league
Challenge league
Essence league.png
Release version2.4.0
Release date2016-09-02
End date2016-11-28

Encounter groups of monsters trapped by an ancient force, break them out to steal their Essence then use these to craft powerful items.

Description on the official Path of Exile website [1]

The Essence league and Hardcore Essence league were past challenge leagues. The leagues started along with the release of Atlas of Worlds expansion (version 2.4.0). There were 40 optional challenges, and players were rewarded with Essence-themed microtransactions after finishing 12, 24, and 36 challenges.

In this league, zones contained a pack of frozen monsters which held an Essence, where taking it freed the monsters imbued with its power. Essences can be used to modify items with a specified guaranteed affix, some of which are exclusive to Essences. Essences can be traded to vendors for higher tiers and can even be corrupted for a chance to gain an even stronger Essence or destroy it.

At the end of the leagues, all characters and stashes were moved to Standard league and Hardcore league. Characters that died in the Hardcore Essence league were immediately moved to the permanent Standard league.

Challenges and Rewards

Players could earn exclusive microtransactions by completing Essence league challenges:

Challenges Reward
12 Essence Footprints EffectEssence Footprints EffectFootprintsAdds essence footprints to any equipped pair of boots.
24 Essence WingsEssence WingsArmour AttachmentAdds the Essence Wings Back Attachment to any equipped body armour.
36 Essence Portal EffectEssence Portal EffectPortalThis character's portals use the Essence effect.

From the 19th challenge onwards and every third challenge after that, the player received pieces of a Essence Totem Pole decoration to display in the player's hideout. The Totem Pole permanently showcases how many challenges the player completed during this league.


All areas had:

  • Areas can contain Essences


Main page: Essence

Players encounter groups of monsters with a rare one in the middle possessed by one or more essences, each granting him a special ability. These monsters are trapped and don't perform any actions until the player clicks a few times on the possessed rare to release the whole group. When the possesed monster is killed the essences will drop as items.

Essence League Uniques

Essence league had no league-specific uniques.

Version history

Version Changes
  • Introduced to the game.


  1. (August 12, 2016). "Atlas of Worlds promo page". Official Path of Exile Website. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
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