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For Twilight Strand boss, see Hillock.
For the map boss, see The Blacksmith.
Hillock, the Blacksmith
Hillock, the Blacksmith
Level(s) 1 - 82
Resistance(s) 30% Fire
30% Cold
30% Lightning
15% Chaos
Modifier(s) 60% Less Curse Effectiveness
Cannot Be Fully Slowed
Immune To Knockback
Unwavering

Hillock, the Blacksmith is one of the 18 Immortal Syndicate members.

Lore

Hillock is the name of the first boss of the entire game, located in The Twilight Strand (Act 1). It is suggested by the in-game dialogues that the Mastermind resurrected the corpse.

Before Hillock was killed by the player character in Act 1, he was a "mindless" zombie already, so apparently after the Mastermind resurrected Hillock, still affects his ability to think.

Before the open beta, the game developer released a lore in their website regarding Hillock, which mentioned he was a blacksmith.[1] Despite the lore is not certain to be still canon and the webpage is not accessible anymore, a map boss that is based on Hillock, The Blacksmith, is named after the occupation. Not all the names of the map boss have a logical explanation.

This resurrected boss, now known as "Hillock, the Blacksmith", now has safehouse rewards that matching the nickname. As a member of Immortal Syndicate, he rewards the player in the Syndicate Safehouse by adding quality to items (weapon, body armour and flask; map until 3.14). Note that Abyss Scarab is added in version 3.14.0 and apparently arbitrarily linked to Hillock.

Dialogues

"

Want a friend, I do. Sit in my room, bashing my hammer, talking to myself... gettin' ANGRY... with a friend maybe I wouldn't hurt people no more. Will you help me find a friend?

"

- Hillock

"

My head still hurts!

"

- Hillock

"

Maybe this will make the bad thoughts go...

"

- Hillock (after the player let Hillock escape)

Safehouse Rewards

Tier Transportation Fortification Research Intervention
in-game text Escorting Personal Weaponsmithing Equipment Collecting 'Shiny Things' (Abyss Scarabs?)
Sergeant Improve the quality of a weapon to 24% Improve the quality of an armour to 24% Improve the quality of a flask to 22% Rusted Abyss ScarabRusted Abyss ScarabArea contains an additional AbyssAs the hordes of bone and blood and foul magic surge across the Vastiri Plains, the scant survivors of our akhara agree to your alliance, ash-scarred Ahkeli. Disorder means death. Order may mean life.Can be used in a personal Map Device to add modifiers to a Map.
Lieutenant Improve the quality of a weapon to 26% Improve the quality of an armour to 26% Improve the quality of a flask to 24% Polished Abyss ScarabPolished Abyss ScarabArea contains an additional Abyss
Abysses in Areas spawn 50% increased Monsters
Your golems and your leadership have slowed the tide of death, Clayshaper. The relics of power you bid us find have kept the Vastiri Plains from the brink of oblivion. The defences of the Maraketh will hold.Can be used in a personal Map Device to add modifiers to a Map.
Captain Improve the quality of a weapon to 28% Improve the quality of an armour to 28% Improve the quality of a flask to 26% Gilded Abyss ScarabGilded Abyss ScarabArea contains 2 additional Abysses
Abysses in Areas spawn 50% increased Monsters
The Winter of the World has ended at the hands of the Three Sisters. We lay this scarab upon your ancient grave in thanks for your efforts, Honoured Founder. As you hoped, the fate of your people will never befall another.Can be used in a personal Map Device to add modifiers to a Map.
Tier 4 (Mastermind's Lair) Improve the quality of a weapon to 30% Improve the quality of an armour to 30% Improve the quality of a flask to 28% Winged Abyss ScarabWinged Abyss ScarabArea contains 3 additional Abysses
Abysses in Areas spawn 100% increased Monsters
The Abyssals creep forth by night and by storm. Their eons underground were not a respite, but an amassing, and now they number beyond comprehension.Can be used in a personal Map Device to add modifiers to a Map.

Items found from this monster

ItemLvl.
The Crimson StormThe Crimson Storm
Steelwood Bow
Bow
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (104-116) to (156-174)
Critical Strike Chance: (6.88%-7.43%)
Attacks per Second: 1.40
Weapon Range: 120
Requires Level 57, 190 Dex6% increased Movement Speed(140-170)% increased Physical Damage
(25-35)% increased Critical Strike Chance
50% chance to inflict Bleeding on Critical Strike with Attacks
Enemies you inflict Bleeding on grant (60-100)% increased Flask Charges
Adds (100-120) to (150-165) Physical Damage against Bleeding Enemies
50% chance to Maim Enemies on Critical Strike with Attacks
Veiled Suffix
"There were no survivors. It had only been fired twice."
- Order of the Djinn inscription
Take this item to Jun Ortoi to have her Unveil it.
57
VivinsectVivinsect
Unset Ring
Requires Level 45Has 1 Socket+5 to Level of Socketed Aura Gems
Socketed Gems have 10% increased Mana Reservation
+(15-25) to all Attributes
Regenerate 15 Life per second for each Uncorrupted Item Equipped
-2 to Total Mana Cost of Skills for each Corrupted Item Equipped
Veiled Suffix
"Fusing the parasite with another ring has manifested unpredictable effects.
I theorise the sacrificial vessel's level of anguish is a key variable.
- Arzaak, Syndicate Researcher
Take this item to Jun Ortoi to have her Unveil it.
45
ParadoxicaParadoxica
Vaal Rapier
One Handed Sword
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: 26.4-104.4
Critical Strike Chance: 6.50%
Attacks per Second: 1.30
Weapon Range: 14
Requires Level 66, 212 Dex+25% to Global Critical Strike MultiplierAttacks with this Weapon deal Double Damage
Veiled Prefix
Veiled Suffix
What has no siblings but is always a twin?Take this item to Jun Ortoi to have her Unveil it.
66
HyperboreusHyperboreus
Leather Belt
Requires Level 53+(25-40) to maximum Life+(30-40)% to Cold Resistance
Chill nearby Enemies when you Focus, causing 30% reduced Action Speed
Focus has (30-50)% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate
(50-70)% increased Damage with Hits and Ailments against Chilled Enemies
Veiled Suffix
Cold winds whirl at the crown of the world.Take this item to Jun Ortoi to have her Unveil it.
53

Signature mod

Items with Hillock's signature veiled modifiers are dropped from Hillock himself. Unveiling the modifiers would also unlock the modifiers as a craftable modifiers by using the Crafting Bench.

unveil only

  • (7-8)% increased Attributes (body armour only)

Craftable version

Cost Affix type Stats Item Classes Categories Unveils
2x Orb of Alchemy Suffix 5% increased Attributes Body Armour 1
4x Chaos Orb Suffix 6% increased Attributes Body Armour 4

Legacy mods

Since version 3.6.0, Hillock's signature mods have been re-tiered, from 4 tiers to 3. These first generation crafted mods can only be found in items in permanent leagues as legacy crafted mods:

NameGeneration TypeFor generated item/monster modifiers the minimum item/monster level respectively. Some generation types may not require this condition to be met, however item level restrictions may be raised to 80% of this value.StatsSpawn Weighting
of HillockSuffix13% increased Attributesbody_armour 0
default 0
of HillockSuffix254% increased Attributesbody_armour 0
default 0
of HillockSuffix505% increased Attributesbody_armour 0
default 0
of HillockSuffix756% increased Attributesbody_armour 0
default 0

The lowest tier of the second generation Hillock craftable mod, introduced in 3.6.0, is retired since version 3.14.0

NameGeneration TypeFor generated item/monster modifiers the minimum item/monster level respectively. Some generation types may not require this condition to be met, however item level restrictions may be raised to 80% of this value.StatsSpawn Weighting
of HillockSuffix604% increased Attributesbody_armour 2000
default 0

Gallery

Version history

Version Changes
3.14.0
  • Modifiers that are unveiled through Jun are now more powerful than before. Previously, when an item was unveiled, the veiled modifier added to the item would be equal to the highest tier modifier available on the Crafting Bench. Now, the modifier being unveiled no longer counts as a crafted modifier and will be stronger than any craftable veiled modifier.
3.9.0
  • Monster resistances throughout the game have been reviewed and made more consistent. In many cases this has resulted in more resistances on monsters.
3.6.0
  • Bosses which previously had 60% or 80% less effect of curses on them now have 33% or 66% less effect of curses on them respectively. This includes map bosses, Incursion architects, Betrayal targets, Breachlords, Shaper, Elder and others.
  • In 3.6.0, Jun is introduced in Highgate in Act 9.[2] Thus, Tora now can be encountered from Act 9 onwards only.
  • Several veiled modifiers now have fewer tiers. Low tiers contribute more towards unlocking higher tiers, however it will, on average, take more unveils to unlock the highest tier.
3.5.0
  • Introduced to the game.

References

  1. Grinding Gear Games (circa 2011). "Hillock". Official Path of Exile website (via Internet Archive). Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  2. Qarl (February 22, 2019). "Betrayal as a Core Game Mechanic". Official Path of Exiles Forums. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
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