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The Constrictor
The Constrictor
Level(s) 81+
Location(s) Ruins of Despair
Island of Devastation
Sea of Isolation
Modifier(s) Resists elemental resistance
Resists chaos resistance
Skill(s) Snipe
Curve Projectile
Whirling Blades
Summon Clone

The Constrictor is one of the four Elder Guardians, and can be found on any map with the implicit modifier Map is occupied by The Constrictor replacing the map boss. The map also has alternative icon: The Constrictor inventory icon.png. The Elder will make an appearance in the map boss arena, slay the map boss, and steal its life essence. A portal will then open to the elder's domain and the players must enter through the portal. The Elder will then empower The Constrictor using the stolen life essence of the map boss, who will hatch from a black egg. Players can then enter combat with The Constrictor.

Defeating The Constrictor has a high chance of dropping the 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. which is required to fight The Elder.

Such maps would also have the implicit modifier Area is influenced by The Elder, which drop enables Elder influenced items.


Ruins of Despair

  • Stage 1: Pools of poison spawn on the ground at one corner, dealing poison damage.
  • Stage 2: Summons frogs that chase the player and detonate for cold damage when touched.
  • Stage 3: Summons Giant Gladiator Statues to the arena. They can be killed and do not respawn but have high damage and health.

Island of Devastation

  • Stage 1:

Sea of Isolation

  • Stage 1: Multiple frostbolts slowly chase the player, dealing cold damage over time while touching the player.
  • Stage 2: Pillars of water shoot from the ground, dealing cold damage.
  • Stage 3: Waves of water jump across the stage.

Fighting Sequence

Each Elder Guardians is fought in one of three stages, each with different hazards. At higher tiers, the boss will change phases, teleporting you to a new area with different stage hazards. On yellow maps, this occurs at 1/2 health, and in red maps, this occurs at 2/3 and 1/3 health.

The Constrictor uses the following attacks:

  • Melee attack
  • Dash attack: Dashes forward while dealing damage.
  • Strafe shot: Dashes sideways while firing multiple arrows.
  • Charged shot: Charges up an shot from his bow and fires.
  • Arrow volley: Fires multiple arrows several times, firing in varied patterns. This attack covers a large area in front of him.
  • Combo rush: Performs a melee attack twice, then jumps backwards and fires multiple lines of arrows at the ground.
  • Sundering shot: Goes airborne and fires an arrow straight down, which split into eight projectiles that travel across the ground.
  • Mirror arrow: Disappears and fires multiple mirror arrows. The clones can be killed for flask charges.
  • While not moving, you will receive a stacking Crippling Vines debuff which slows movement speed. Vines are removed gradually while moving.

Items found from this monster

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.1

Monster stats

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The attack value is for the default attack only. Area level of the infobox can be changed to match in-game. The metadata id with "Standalone" suffix is for The Maven's Crucible.


Version history

Version Changes
  • (Not stated in patch note) Shaper Guardian, Elder Guardian and Elderslayer unique items are moved to core loot table.[1]
  • The Elder story arc has retired. The Elder Guardian encounter now an itemized map encounter.
  • (Not stated in patch note) Now shared the loot table with other 3 Elder Guardians[2]
  • No longer immune to Taunt, though they may not retarget based on being taunted.
  • Introduced to the game.


  1. Tarke Cat (interviewer), Rory Rackham (interviewee) (April 9, 2021). "Baeclast #68 Lead Designer Rory Rackham on PoE2 & Ultimatum League". Youtube. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  2. 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.