News Archive

Content Update 1.3.0: Torment, Bloodlines and PvP!

Thursday, November 27, 2014
In December we'll be releasing Path of Exile's 1.3.0 Content Update. It includes the Torment and Bloodlines Challenge Leagues and a large overhaul of our PvP systems. You'll be able to compete in PvP Tournament Seasons for prestige and prizes. As an addition to August's Forsaken Masters expansion, 1.3.0 also introduces Leo Redmane, Master of the Arena. Read More.

Preview Video for New 1.3.0 Wand Skill

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Here's a short preview video of a new area-of-effect Wand Skill that we're introducing in Content Update 1.3.0. The skill causes physical damage explosions around the target that don't overlap it. As you can see in the video, it's pretty powerful when supported by Chain or Multiple Projectiles. On a related note, if you guys have any awesome name suggestions for this skill, we're keen to hear! Read More.

Two One-week Rampage/Beyond Leagues Start this Weekend!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
We're running two one-week league events (one standard and one hardcore) that start this weekend. They'll have the properties of both of the recently completed Rampage and Beyond challenge leagues. Today's news post covers the details and prizes. There's a video version (created by community member HCMonstrLP) here. Read More.

Wild Turkey Pet and Race Season Nine Prizes

Monday, November 24, 2014
From today until the end of Thanksgiving (November 27 PST), we're selling a Wild Turkey Pet to help you celebrate Thanksgiving! This is a limited-time microtransaction only available this week that won't be repeated in the future. In other news, Race Season Nine came to an end on Friday. We've awarded the alternate art Demigod's Eye prizes for the players who placed in the top 20 by points or as one of the first three of each class in Signature events. Click through for a full list of winners. Read More.

How to Recover Lost Crafting Benches (and Other News)

Friday, November 21, 2014
If the league migration caused you to lose some crafting benches and you're unable to talk to the masters to get the benches back (because your existing masters have experience you don't want to lose), then we've added a command that should help you. Just enter your hideout and type "/claim_crafting_benches". Any benches you're entitled to will be sent to your hideout stash. Read More.

Rampage and Beyond have ended - prizes have been awarded!

Friday, November 21, 2014
The Rampage and Beyond challenge leagues have come to an end. Characters in these leagues have been migrated to the Standard and Hardcore leagues. New challenge leagues will start when 1.3.0 launches on December 12th (PST). 1350 players completed 5/8 challenges or more and have been awarded an exclusive Challenger's Silver Halo microtransaction. 113 players completed all 8 and have been awarded an exclusive Challenger's Golden Halo microtransaction. Read More.

Recap of BotW/HotW Episodes and 1.3.0 Skill Tree Teaser

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Now that the current seasons of Build of the Week and Hideout of the Week have ended, we've prepared a recap of all the episodes made since Forsaken Masters launched. If you haven't had a chance to check them out, then please do. In other news, Rory has prepared a couple of teaser images (here and here) of some of the Passive Skill Tree changes in the upcoming 1.3.0 update. Read More.

What happens when the Rampage and Beyond Challenge Leagues end this week?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Two days from now, the three-month Rampage and Beyond challenge leagues we introduced with Forsaken Masters will come to a close. At 1pm Thursday November 20 (PST), characters will be migrated to the Standard and Hardcore leagues. This news post describes how the process works and what properties of those leagues will make their way into the core game afterwards. Read More.

Build of the Week Season 3 Episode 12: The Elemental Animator

Monday, November 17, 2014
Gamespot have posted our final episode of this season of Build of the Week which animates an army of fallen weapons to fight alongside its raised zombies and raging spirits. Elemental damage auras augment the minions with fire and lightning damage that is amplified by its Freezing Pulse/Elemental Proliferation combination. Check out his build guide here. Read More.

Timeline for New Challenge Leagues, 1.3.0 PvP Update and PvP/Race Seasons

Monday, November 17, 2014
Today's news post covers a preliminary timeline for when we're planning the release of the 1.3.0 update, new challenge leagues and upcoming race/PvP seasons. Read More.

Weekend Stash Tab Bundle Sales!

Saturday, November 15, 2014
We are running two sales on Stash Tab Bundles this weekend! For the first 24 hours (Saturday, PST), we've discounted Premium Stash Tab Bundles by 17.5%. On Sunday, Regular Stash Tab Bundles are discounted by 26.6%. Thanks again for the generous support! Read More.

Hideout of the Week Episode 8: Mausoleum of Bones

Friday, November 14, 2014
Hideout of the Week is a video series that showcases awesome Hideouts created by Path of Exile community members. This week's hideout is called the Mausoleum of Bones and is an Enlightened Hideout that has been completely reskinned into a dark crypt. You can find out more information from the author's thread here. This is the last episode of this season of Hideout of the Week. It will be returning in December after the deployment of the large 1.3.0 PvP Update and new challenge leagues. In the meantime, keep making awesome hideouts - your creativity exceeded our expectations! Read More.

1.2.4d Deployment and Imprint Restoration (Updated)

Thursday, November 13, 2014
We've deployed patch 1.2.4d today. It added two new microtransactions - the Swordfish Ice Spear and Chicken Pet. It's pretty crazy how popular that Chicken is. Today's patch had a bug that destroyed imprints of items. Update: We have restored these imprints in their original locations. If there was something in the way, then they were restored to a remove-only tab called "Restored Item". Read More.

Free Portal Effect when you use Karma Koin before November 16th!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
As we mentioned back in October, we're running a promotion where you receive a free Voidgate Portal Effect if you redeem a Karma Koin card to purchase any Path of Exile pack before November 16. This offer ends in a few days, so get your free portal now! Read on for more information about Karma Koin cards and where you can buy them. Read More.

Videos of new Microtransactions in 1.2.4d

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
In addition to the Vaal Fragments change discussed on Monday, the small 1.2.4d update contains two new microtransactions. The first is a reskin for the popular Ice Spear skill: Swordfish Ice Spear. The second new microtransaction needs no introduction. Ever since players first saw chickens in the Forest Encampment, we've received a constant barrage of requests for them to be purchasable as pets and for hideouts. Read More.

Build of the Week Season 3 Episode 11: Lightning Tendrils Crit Scion

Monday, November 10, 2014
Gamespot have posted our eleventh episode of this season of Build of the Week which uses a high crit-rate Ice Spear to generate Power Charges that are used for a devastating Lightning Tendrils attack. Herald of Thunder is used to cull and blind nearby enemies. Check out his build guide here. Read More.

Vaal Fragment Changes in 1.2.4d

Monday, November 10, 2014
We'll be releasing 1.2.4d later this week, which is a small update containing a change to how Vaal Fragments are obtained. Today's news post explains the reasoning behind the change. Read More.

Hideout of the Week Episode 7: Sinking Out Loud

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Hideout of the Week is a video series that showcases awesome Hideouts created by Path of Exile community members. This week's hideout is called Sinking Out Loud and tells a story with about a ship and its eventual destiny. You can find out more information from the author's thread here. Read More.

Grinding Gear Games is Hiring!

Thursday, November 6, 2014
To assist our plans for world conquest, we've put together four new job ads. If you'd like to apply for any of them, please email us at with as much relevant information as possible. Ideally include the job title as the subject of the email. We're open to receiving international applications for the three development jobs, but we'll only accept people with New Zealand Work Visas for the Customer Support role. We'll be posting more job ads in the future, but these four are the most urgent. Read More.

Path of Exile Digital Comic Issue #2 Now for Sale!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
We're proud to announce that Issue #2 of the Path of Exile comic has been released in digital form! It's available as a standalone purchase or in a bundle with an exclusive cosmetic pet - the Baby Black Death Spider from the Chamber of Sins. Read More.