The War for the Atlas has ended. The Exiles who defeated The Elder have become a danger to Wraeclast. Zana has trapped them in the Atlas but their power is growing and will soon find a way back.
Path of Exile's December 3.9.0 expansion contains new Atlas mechanics, five new endgame bosses, a new powerful class of support gem, a rework of bows, new items, the Metamorph challenge league and more!
Driven insane by their constant exposure to the void, the Conquerors of the Atlas didn't notice that as they were changing the reality of the Atlas around them, they were also changing themselves.
The rules of the Atlas have changed. You now start in the centre and only fifty maps are available. To unlock the rest, defeat the Conquerors and earn Watchstones that socket into the Atlas. Socket one of these Watchstones into a region of the Atlas to both level up the tier of maps in that region and reveal new maps. Eventually raise the level of the entire Atlas so that every map is between tiers 14 and 16. Customise your strategy by socketing and unsocketing these Watchstones on the fly.
If you're lucky, a Conqueror might drop a new type of Support Gem called a Support Gem Plus. These new gems are better versions of existing support gems which at level one are more powerful than the level 20 versions of the ones they replace. There are around 35 of these to earn in Conquerors of the Atlas.
While hunting the Conquerors, you will find rare items with one of four new influence types, granting mods from special pools. Using the power of Sirus, Awakener of Worlds, you can fuse together any two influenced items to create a hybrid with mods from both of the items. Use new types of specialised Exalted Orbs to add mods from the new pools directly to your existing rare items.
In Conquerors of the Atlas, we're improving Bows throughout Path of Exile. In addition to adding five new bow-related gems, we have rebalanced all bow skills, improved some bow base types and have increased bow damage while levelling. Ensnaring Arrow is a newly introduced bow utility skill, and the Barrage and Arrow Nova support gems let you modify your existing bow skills in new ways.
Ranged Attack Totems have been renamed to Ballistas, given new art and dedicated passive skills that improve their power and the number you can have active at once. We have also introduced two new Ballista gems, Artillery Ballista and Shrapnel Ballista, which help provide more options for both dedicated Ballista characters and regular bow users who want to augment their arsenal.
Alongside the new Skill, Support and Support Plus gems, Conquerors of the Atlas contains 16 new Unique items (12 of which come from the Conquerors and 4 of which are league-specific) and 14 new Divination cards.
Like any other Path of Exile expansion, Conquerors of the Atlas includes a new challenge league! In the Metamorph League, you'll meet Tane Octavius, a master alchemist who will help you combine monsters together to build your own boss fights and customise the level of risk you face and rewards you earn.
In addition to the Sanctum and Damnation sets of Supporter Packs we'll launch alongside Conquerors of the Atlas, we'll follow up later in December with a new annual set of Core Supporter Packs. All these packs feature masses of points alongside new Armour Sets and other exclusive cosmetic microtransactions!
Path of Exile: Conquerors of the Atlas and the Metamorph League will launch on December 13th (PST) on PC and the following week on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.