To start off the new year, we're launching a Talent Competition themed around The Forbidden Sanctum! Your talent could be fan art, videos, cosplay, baking, crafts and anything you excel in! As usual, we have prepared an awesome prize pool that includes Path of Exile merchandise and in-game microtransactions.

For this year's talent competition, we will not be accepting written/text based submissions such as poems or short stories.

UPDATE: We will also not be accepting AI generated art, including fixing up and editing AI generated art.


Top Three Winners
  • Path of Exile Art Book
  • Signed Atlas Passive Tree Art Print
  • Cloth Map of Wraeclast
  • Your choice of two Path of Exile T-shirts - (Kitava, Vaal Orb or Exalted Orb)
  • Foam Exalted Orb
  • Celestial Cat Socks
  • Your choice of an Armour Set (an Armour Set from the list below)
  • Your choice of a Portal Effect (a Portal Effect from the list below)
  • Your choice of Footprints Effect (any Footprints Effect from the store)

4-5th Place
  • Your choice of an Armour Set (an Armour Set from the list below)
  • Your choice of a Portal Effect (a Portal Effect from the list below)
  • Your choice of Footprints Effect (any Footprints Effect from the store)

6-10th Place
  • Your choice of a Portal Effect (a Portal Effect from the list below)
  • Your choice of Footprints Effect (any Footprints Effect from the store)

11-20th Place
  • Your choice of a Portal Effect (a Portal Effect from the list below)

  • Your choice of a Helmet Effect (a Helmet Effect from the list below)

Microtransaction Prize Pool

List of Armour Sets
  • Arcane Armour Set
  • Arctic Armour Set
  • Arctic Crystal Armour Set
  • Automaton Armour Set
  • Balefire Armour Set
  • Blood Guard Armour Set
  • Carnage Armour Set
  • Coliseum Armour Set
  • Darkprism Armour Pack
  • Demon King Armour Set
  • Desert Armour Set
  • Dragon Armour Set
  • Elite Armour Set
  • Extinction Armour Set
  • Executioner Armour Set
  • Fallen Angel Armour Set
  • Faith Guard Armour Set
  • Ghostflame Armour Set
  • Gloom Armour Set
  • Gorgon Armour Set
  • Gore Armour Set
  • Gothic Armour Set
  • Gryffon Armour Set
  • Harlequin Armour Set
  • Harpyon Armour Set
  • Huntsman Armour Set
  • Ice Armour Set
  • Ivory Chaos Armour Set
  • Lightning Armour Set
  • Lunaris Armour Set
  • Mageguard Armour Set
  • Malachai Armour Set
  • Madcap Armour Set
  • Merchant Armour Pack
  • Miracle Armour Set
  • Mystic Armour Set
  • Necrotic Armour Set
  • Pitch Black Armour Set
  • Polar Armour Set
  • Pure Light Armour Set
  • Purple Necrotic Armour Set
  • Purple Crystal Armour Set
  • Radiant Armour Set
  • Raven Armour Set
  • Rapture Armour Set
  • Ringmaster Armour Set
  • Seawitch Armour Set
  • Seraph Armour Set
  • Sphinx Armour Set
  • Steam-Powered Armour Set
  • Stormcaller Armour Set
  • Temple Armour Pack
  • Vampiric Armour Set
  • Verdant Armour Set
  • Warlock Armour Set
  • Wasteland Warrior Armour Set
  • Wild Armour Set
  • Water Elemental Armour Set
  • Wrangler Armour Set
List of Portal Effects
  • Arcane Demon King Portal
  • Arcane Portal
  • Arcane Voidgate Portal Effect
  • Arctic Crystal Portal Effect
  • Arctic Portal Effect
  • Automaton Portal Effect
  • Balefire Portal Effect
  • Daresso Portal
  • Darkprism Portal Effect
  • Demon King Portal
  • Divine Arcane Portal Effect
  • Divine Demon King Portal
  • Divine Stygian Portal Effect
  • Dreadspire Portal Effect
  • Faith Guard Portal Effect
  • Infernal Demon King Portal Effect
  • Golden Angel Portal Effect
  • Gore Portal
  • Gorgon Portal Effect
  • Havenwood Portal Effect
  • Huntsman Portal Effect
  • Kaom Portal
  • Kraken Portal Effect
  • Madcap Portal Effect
  • Malachai Portal
  • Maraketh Portal Effect
  • Miracle Portal Effect
  • Mystic Portal
  • Necrotic Demon King Portal
  • Necrotic Portal Effect
  • Orange Portal Effect
  • Project Portal Effect
  • Pure Light Portal
  • Resonator Portal Effect
  • Ringmaster Portal Effect
  • Scientist Portal Effect
  • Sentinel Portal Effect
  • Seraph Portal Effect
  • Spirit Portal Effect
  • Steam-Powered Portal
  • Stygian Ghostflame Portal Effect
  • Sulphite Portal Effect
  • Temple Portal Effect
  • Ultimate Chaos Portal
  • Vampiric Portal Effect
  • Wasteland Portal Effect
  • Wild Portal Effect
  • Wrangler Portal Effect
List of Helmet Effects
  • Abyss Eyes
  • Antlers
  • Apocalypse Helmet Attachment
  • Aquila Crest Helmet Attachment
  • Arcane Flaming Head Helmet Attachment
  • Arcane Halo
  • Arcane Mark of the Phoenix
  • Arcane Visage
  • Arctic Crown
  • Arctic Skull
  • Assassin Halo Helmet Attachment
  • Assassin Seer Helmet Attachment
  • Aureate Halo
  • Automaton Halo
  • Bent Horns
  • Black Headband
  • Black Pirate Bandana
  • Bleached Skull Helmet
  • Blood Guard Helmet Attachment
  • Brilliant Crown
  • Brilliant Feathers
  • Chaos Orb Helmet
  • Coliseum Helmet Attachment
  • Corrupted Skull
  • Cow Skull
  • Curved Horns
  • Darkprism Helmet Attachment
  • Demon King Horns
  • Despair Helmet Attachment
  • Divine Ice Crown
  • Divine Sign
  • Divine Skull
  • Dragon Mask
  • Eye Patch
  • Faith Guard Helmet Attachment
  • Fiery Eyes
  • Fiery Visage
  • Flaming Head Helmet Attachment
  • Frost Viking Alternate Helmet
  • Frost Viking Helmet Attachment
  • Ghostflame Flaming Head Helmet Attachment
  • Ghostflame Skull
  • Glowing Red Eyes
  • Gore Skull
  • Gorgon Snakes Helmet Attachment
  • Guardian Mask
  • Harmonious Helmet Attachment
  • Harmonious Hood
  • Holy Eyes
  • Ice Crown
  • Ice Horns
  • Incursion Hood
  • Infernal Skull
  • Innocence Laurel Helmet Attachment
  • Iron Brand
  • Iron Maiden
  • Lightning Eyes
  • Lightning Skull
  • Mark of the Phoenix
  • Medusa Snakes
  • Misery Flaming Head Helmet Attachment
  • Misery Helmet Attachment
  • Nightfall Helmet Attachment
  • Oriath Helmet Attachment
  • Plague Doctor Helmet
  • Purple Divine Sign
  • Purple Eyes
  • Purple Flaming Head Helmet Attachment
  • Purple Skull Helmet
  • Purple Smoking Hood
  • Rapture Helmet Attachment
  • Red Headband
  • Red Pirate Bandana
  • Rose Skull
  • Serrated Mohawk
  • Sin and Innocence Helmet Attachment
  • Sin Talon Helmet Attachment
  • Skull Hood
  • Smoking Hood
  • Spirit Charm
  • Steam-powered Skull
  • Suffering Helmet Attachment
  • Sunrise Helmet Attachment
  • Swan Crest Helmet Attachment
  • Thorned Skull
  • Twilight Helmet Attachment
  • Twisted Bone Horns
  • Twisted Horns
  • Undead Outcast Helmet
  • Vaal Orb Helmet
  • Wasteland Horns

How to Enter

Just post your submission to this thread to be entered into the competition. It's ideal if your content is easy to consume. A general guide for this is that your submission should take no longer than three minutes to listen to or view. It's permitted to post content that is longer than three minutes but in some cases it may put your submission at a disadvantage if it's significantly difficult to engage with your content.

As another reminder, we will not be accepting written submissions for this year's competition.

UPDATE: We will also not be accepting AI generated art, including fixing up and editing AI generated art.

The winning submissions will be selected based the following criteria:
  • How skillfully your talent has been executed
  • How true it remains to the Sanctum theme of Path of Exile
  • How compelling or entertaining the submission is


  • The competition will run from the time of this post until Monday the 6th of February at 6pm NZT (5th of February at 9pm PST). Submissions made after this time will not be counted. We'll post the winners sometime in the following days.
  • Any work that is submitted must be your own and must be created after the launch of this competition.
  • AI generated art will not be accepted. We reserve the right to disqualify your entry if we believe that it is AI generated.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome.
  • If you want to create a montage or mash-up of other artists' work or videos, this is permitted as long as it follows all legal guidelines of fair use standards.

Best of luck to everyone who is participating in the competition!
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Kretones wrote:
I have a very quick question, are we allowed to use GGG's content in our work? Something like the sanctum room icons and stuff like that, thanks!

Yes, you're welcome to use any of the game's assets in your work for the competition.
xefillion wrote:
Can we do more than 1 submission?

Yes, multiple submissions are fine.

CovenElf wrote:
Is partial NSFW allowed for this contest?
For example exposed breasts (I would love to draw Lycia in her demon angel form).
Thank you for the opportunity, super excited to join!

Yes, that would be okay.
Trebien75 wrote:
Why poems/short stories aren't allowed anymore?

The processing time for reviewing all the written entries was too high, so we've decided to not accept them for this competition.

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