Version 2.4.2

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12 November 2016
Version 2.4.2
18 November 2016
19 November 2016

Patch notes

These are the official patch notes for version 2.4.2 released by Grinding Gear Games.[1]

Within the next two days we're deploying Content Update 2.4.2 which contains new skills, improvements to master missions and much more. In the meantime, the full patch notes are now ready to view.

Important Note

  • In order to provide a smoother experience at the launch of December's 2.5.0 update, this 2.4.2 update contains many of the improvements intended for 2.5.0. Enjoy!

New Path of Exile Client

  • There are now two Path of Exile game clients. The original DirectX 9 version has been substantially improved. We have also introduced an experimental 64-bit DirectX 11 version which you can now use. This version will become the default for systems that support it at 2.5.0's release.
  • To use the 64-bit DirectX 11 client: If you're using the Standalone game client, then run PathofExile_x64.exe. If you're using Steam, right click on Path of Exile in your library and click "Play 64-bit DX11 Version".
  • Both the DirectX 9 and 11 clients are substantially faster than the previous version of Path of Exile in high-load situations when CPU-bound. In addition, the new DirectX 11 client has more scope for future improvement as we continue to optimise it over time.
  • These improvements are CPU optimisations and thus don't improve performance if your graphics card is the bottleneck.
  • We now use D3D9 Ex mode on Windows Vista and above which substantially improves memory usage and game window resize speed under DirectX 9. You can disable this with --nodx9ex if you encounter problems.


  • Added new Dexterity/Intelligence skill - Blade Flurry: Repeatedly strike at enemies in a circle in front of you while channelling, dealing damage to and around the struck enemy. The damage is continually boosted while channelling. You unleash an additional strike for each stage reached once the channelling ends. Requires a Dagger, Claw or One-Handed Sword.
  • Added new Intelligence skill - Scorching Ray: Unleash a beam of fire that burns enemies it touches, and decreases their fire resistance. Remaining in the beam intensifies the burning, adding a portion of the beam's damage in stages. Enemies who leave the beam continue to burn for a duration. Increasing cast speed also increases the rate at which the beam can turn.
  • Added new Intelligence skill - Blight: Apply a debuff to enemies in front of you which deals chaos damage over time. Enemies who aren't already debuffed by Blight are also hindered for a shorter secondary duration, slowing their movement. Continued channelling adds layers of damage to the debuff, each with their own duration.
  • We've revamped the fog system in Path of Exile and changed the environments of many areas to use this new fog.
  • Some cloth objects in Path of Exile now have a physics simulation. Over time, we'll be adding more things to interact with this system. Some banners in the Solaris and Lunaris temples can be experimented with for now.
  • The chat user interface has been improved. You can now toggle the display of all types of messages and can see how many of each type have arrived while that mode was disabled. By default, users are now subscribed to chats that they cannot see, so toggling it on will show prior messages.
  • Server announcements are now shown in a separate part of the chat UI.
  • There's now an item filter bundled with Path of Exile that you can select in the User Interface options.
  • The sender of a whisper message is now notified if the recipient doesn't receive it because they are changing areas.
  • Added explanation text to some advanced terms on item hovers. You can press Alt to see them.
  • Removed the Kaom's Path area and modified Kaom's Stronghold and Kaom's Dream to compensate for its removal.
  • Navali now has a "Sell Items" option.
  • You can now talk to Navali in other people's hideouts to Seek/Seal Prophecies and sell items to her.
  • When you are about to apply a Sextant to a map it now previews the radius.
  • When hovering over maps on the Atlas, the Sextant mod on that selected map will be displayed in a lighter shade of blue.
  • When binding a skill to a button on the skill bar, the auras that are currently active are indicated.
  • The Sextant Mod which added Creeping Agony to your maps can no longer be generated.
  • The map bosses for the and maps now have a version of Blade Flurry which matches the player skill more closely.
  • Necromancers now have new visual effects for their curses
  • Amarissa and Ambrosia in the Caverns of Wrath and Anger now have new visual effects.
  • Monsters that start inactive can't spawn certain Nemesis mods any more.
  • The damage dealt by the Herald of the Obelisk variation which creates areas of Lightning Clouds can no longer stun.
  • Improvements have been made to how Life, Mana and Energy Shield numbers are displayed above the life and mana orbs.
  • Caustic Clouds created by monsters now more clearly indicates what area they affect.
  • The pirate ghosts summoned during the boss fight are now magic monsters.
  • Reduced the size of the Chateau Map inventory icon.pngChateau MapChateau MapMap Level: 78
    Map Tier: 11
    Guild Character: Û
    Drop Restrictions
    Level: 78
    Beauty and brutality in such close proximity.Travel to this Map by using it in the Eternal Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
    Chateau Map inventory icon.png
    and increased its monster density to bring it in line with other maps.
  • The Orchard Map inventory icon.pngOrchard MapOrchard MapMap Level: 76
    Map Tier: 9
    Guild Character: 9
    Drop Restrictions
    Level: 76
    The fruit that grows from bloody ground tastes sweetest.Travel to this Map by using it in the Eternal Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
    Orchard Map inventory icon.png
    's signature monster packs are now larger.
  • You can now rename your guild in-game.
  • Some quests that previously awarded a rare item or a fully-linked item now award a fully-linked rare item.
  • Warbands members now drop their signature items already identified.
  • Continued to improve and fix issues with the Hall of Grandmasters inventory icon.pngHall of GrandmastersHall of Grandmasters
    Promenade Map
    Map Level: 76
    Map Tier: 9
    Contains the Immortalised Grandmasters
    PvP damage scaling in effect
    The grandest and greatest ever to fight,
    Divine the champions stand tall.
    But match their power, best their might,
    And even the immortal may fall.
    Travel to this Map by using it in the Eternal Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
    Hall of Grandmasters inventory icon.png
  • Added 3D art for the Cybil's Paw inventory icon.pngCybil's PawCybil's Paw
    Thresher Claw
    Physical Damage: 1848
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.50%
    Attacks per Second: 1.30
    Weapon Range: 9
    Requires Level 37, 53 Dex, 77 Int+21 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks(8-12)% increased Cast Speed
    +(30-40) to maximum Mana
    +(5-8) Life gained for each Enemy hit by your Spells
    8% increased Spell Damage per 5% Block Chance
    Tread lightly, lest their vigil find you.
    Speak softly, lest their reason fend you.
    Cut gently, lest their spirit haunt you.
    Cybil's Paw inventory icon.png
    and Cloak of Flame inventory icon.pngCloak of FlameCloak of Flame
    Scholar's Robe
    Energy Shield: 41Requires Level 18, 55 Int3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)+(30-50)% to Fire Resistance
    (30-50)% increased Ignite Duration on Enemies
    10% chance to Ignite
    Reflects 15 Fire Damage to Melee Attackers
    20% of Physical Damage taken as Fire Damage
    He who sows an ember shall reap an inferno.
    Cloak of Flame inventory icon.png
    unique items.
  • The Voidwalker inventory icon.pngVoidwalkerVoidwalker
    Murder Boots
    Evasion: (386 to 450)
    Energy Shield: (52 to 61)
    Requires Level 69, 82 Dex, 42 Int+(30-50) to Dexterity
    (140-180)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
    30% increased Movement Speed
    20% chance to Avoid Projectiles while Phasing
    You have Phasing if you've Killed Recently
    Projectiles Pierce while Phasing
    Celestial Footprints
    Step into the void
    and experience true freedom.
    Voidwalker inventory icon.png
    unique item now has the Celestial Footprints effect.
  • Item hovers can now scale in width a small amount to dynamically adjust for long stat descriptions that would otherwise spill a few words onto a second line.
  • Made improvements to the layout of the Armoury Map inventory icon.pngArmoury MapArmoury MapMap Level: 74
    Map Tier: 7
    Guild Character: o
    Drop Restrictions
    Level: 74
    There is no war. There is no army. Only fear lingers.Travel to this Map by using it in the Eternal Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
    Armoury Map inventory icon.png
  • Various improvements to preloading have been made.
  • Continued to incrementally improve the sound, art, effects and environments.

Forsaken Master Improvements

  • The longest of the Elreon missions is now shorter, with fewer waves of enemies.
  • Vorici will now Smoke Mine to teleport to his target when his mission is complete.
  • Vorici no longer gives you a mission to kill the target without killing any of the guards.
  • On missions from Vorici where you have to avoid killing some enemies, the enemies will have significantly more life, have life regeneration, and are less likely to be attacked by minions.
  • On missions from Vorici where you must keep the target on low life, the target will have more life. The length of the timer was reduced to 8 seconds from 10.
  • Removed the automatic Ethereal Knives variation of Vorici guards.
  • If there is a Den of monsters, Tora will Blink Arrow to the Den when anyone approaches the entrance, even if the mission has not been started.
  • In Tora missions where there is no den of monsters, Tora will Blink Arrow to the last target monster killed when the mission has been completed.
  • For missions variations that do not complete at Catarina's location, she will teleport via Convocation to the location of the last monster killed or consumed when the mission is completed.
  • All of Catarina's monsters that are killed or consumed as part of the mission objective now grant experience and drop items.
  • Undead on Catarina missions now move faster. Some Catarina missions with exploding minions no longer require as many exploding undead to be slain.
  • For Vorici, Catarina, and Tora, if you complete a daily mission where they teleport, the return portal to your hideout will move to them after any player has received their reward.
  • When you die in a Zana mission, you respawn at her map device.
  • Removed the timer on Haku Missions where you spawn at the Spirit that required you to click the Spirit before 30 seconds. These instead now have a barrier that you cannot pass until you have picked up the spirit.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug where The Broken Prince, The Fallen Queen and The Hollow Lady in the Vaal Pyramid Map would still block collidability when dead.
  • Fixed a bug where Raised Spectres could get stuck with an infinite duration Shield Charge effect if movement was interrupted via Convocation mid-charge.
  • Fixed the "Elemental Hit has +x% chance to Freeze, Shock and Ignite" enchantment that claimed it was for Burning Arrow.
  • Fixed a bug with the Avatar of Thunder where he could remain invisible if you travel far away and come back while he is disappearing.
  • Fixed various problems with PvP preconstructed characters, such as their passive trees and items.
  • Fixed a bug where The Vinktar Square inventory icon.pngThe Vinktar SquareThe Vinktar Square
    Courtyard Map
    Map Level: 77
    Map Tier: 10
    Item Quantity: (+100% to +150%)
    Item Rarity: (+100% to +150%)
    Monster Pack Size: (+30% to +50%)
    20% more Monster Life
    Monsters cannot be Shocked
    30% increased Monster Damage
    +35% Monster Lightning Resistance
    Monsters deal 35% extra Damage as Lightning
    To the east,
    it cannot be seen.
    To the west,
    it cannot be touched.
    To the south,
    it cannot be remembered.
    And to the north,
    it cannot be contained.
    Travel to this Map by using it in the Eternal Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
    The Vinktar Square inventory icon.png
    map item had no sell value.
  • Fixed a bug where Weapon and Armour Racks would still be collidable after they are opened.
  • Fixed a bug where Summon Lightning Golem inventory icon.pngSummon Lightning GolemSummon Lightning GolemGolem, Lightning, Minion, Spell
    Mana Cost: (30 to 54)
    Can store 1 use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 6.00 sec
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Requires Level 34Drop Restrictions
    Level: 34
    Summons a Lightning Golem that grants you increased Attack and Cast speed. The Lightning Golem fires a projectile spell, creates orbs of Lightning that zap nearby enemies, and casts a temporary aura that grants added Lightning Damage to the Golem and its nearby allies.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Minion Maximum Life
    1% increased Minion Damage
    Can Summon up to 1 Golem at a time
    Golems grant (6-9)% increased Attack and Cast Speed
    (30-68)% increased Minion Maximum Life
    (0-19)% increased Character Size
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Summon Lightning Golem skill icon.png
    Summon Lightning Golem inventory icon.png
    was not triggerable with Mjölner.
  • Fixed a bug where the Stag, Boar and Bear heads clipped with the body armour when worn by a Scion.
  • Fixed a bug where the Shaped Canyon Map was using the mod pool of mid-tier maps rather than high-tier maps.
  • Fixed a bug where Tormented Spirits could possess a monster that was already possessed by a spirit of the same type.
  • Fixed various terrain blocking issues with the Death and Taxes unique map.
  • Fixed various unique maps that didn't have corresponding guild tag letters.
  • Fixed issues that could allow daily mission portals in hideouts to spawn inside walls.
  • Fixed a bug where items in the vendor window have an extraneous divider in their description.
  • Fixed a bug where Raging Spirits could sometimes be targeted by monster melee attacks.
  • Fixed a bug where the Essence Panicked Rubble monster could be targeted.
  • Fixed a bug where the default close key would still close the Atlas even if you've mapped this function to another key.
  • Fixed an issue where some Prophecies would give out old versions of maps.
  • Fixed a bug where Daresso's voice acting didn't play when you defeated Barkhul.
  • When you close a Prophecy dialogue window, it now fades out the audio correctly.
  • Fixed a bug where The Scourge inventory icon.pngThe ScourgeThe Scourge
    Terror Claw
    Physical Damage: (50 to 65)(160 to 185)
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.30%
    Attacks per Second: (1.65 to 1.72)
    Weapon Range: 9
    Requires Level 70, 113 Dex, 113 Int2% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as LifeAdds (35-50) to (100-125) Physical Damage
    (10-15)% increased Attack Speed
    Minions have (10-15)% increased Attack Speed
    10% Chance to Cast level 18 Summon Spectral Wolf on Kill
    Increases and reductions to Minion Damage also affects you
    70% increased Minion Damage if you have Hit Recently
    With increasing mastery over death
    comes an increasing desire for it.
    The Scourge inventory icon.png
    would look strange on certain characters.
  • Null's Inclination inventory icon.pngNull's InclinationNull's Inclination
    Ranger Bow
    Physical Damage: 3776
    Chaos Damage: (50 to 80)–(130 to 180)
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Attacks per Second: (1.39 to 1.46)
    Weapon Range: 120
    Requires Level 60, 212 Dex, 212 IntAdds (50-80) to (130-180) Chaos Damage
    (7-12)% increased Attack Speed
    +(7-11)% to Chaos Resistance
    Minions deal 1% increased Damage per 10 Dexterity
    +212 Intelligence Requirement
    Cast Socketed Minion Spells on Kill with this Weapon
    The hunt continues when the prey falls.
    Null's Inclination inventory icon.png
    now correctly indicates that it casts all socketed minion skills on kill, instead of just one.
  • Fixed various cases of Master mission entrances spawning in inaccessible locations or blocking players.
  • Fixed a bug where you could use an Orb of Chance inventory icon.pngOrb of ChanceOrb of ChanceStack Size: 20Drop Restrictions
    Level: 2
    Upgrades a normal item to a random rarityRight click this item then left click a normal item to apply it.
    Shift click to unstack.
    Orb of Chance inventory icon.png
    on the Offering to the Goddess inventory icon.pngOffering to the GoddessOffering to the GoddessIt is time for the Goddess to give her final verdict.
    Your fate rests in her even hands.
    Travel to the Aspirant's Plaza by using this item in the Eternal Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Can only be used once. You must have completed the six different Trials of Ascendancy found in Maps in order to access this area.
    Offering to the Goddess inventory icon.png
  • Fixed several armour modifiers not affecting armour against projectile hits, or affecting it incorrectly. This included all armour granted by body armours.
  • Fixed a bug where players and minions would block Masters from being able to open portals to their daily missions.
  • Fixed a bug where Spectral Throw inventory icon.pngSpectral ThrowSpectral ThrowProjectile, Attack
    Mana Cost: (7 to 9)
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Projectile Speed: 1000
    Drop Restrictions
    Level: 1
    Throws a spectral copy of your melee weapon. It flies out and then returns to you, in a spinning attack that strikes enemies in its path.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Attack Speed
    Deals (54-90.5)% of Base Attack DamagePlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Spectral Throw skill icon.png
    Spectral Throw inventory icon.png
    could travel further than intended if used when standing very close to a wall.
  • Fixed a bug where you could not take quest rewards if you had any Panel open on the left side of your screen
  • Fixed a bug where you could add Oba to your friends list in the Oba's Cursed Trove map.
  • Fixed a bug where the Mutated Maw encounted during Tora missions was dealing far too little damage with its Caustic Ground Leap Slam skill in later difficulties.
  • Fixed a bug where the damage dealt by the Herald of the Obelisk variation which created areas of Lightning Clouds had too much variance in how fast it could apply.
  • Fixed a bug where Strongboxes that detonated nearby corpses would not deal any damage.
  • "Prophecy inventory icon.pngThe Dream TrialThe Dream TrialThe depths of a dream hide a gauntlet that sharpens the body and mind.You will discover a Trial of Ascendancy in a map.Right-click to add this prophecy to your character.Seal cost:
    4x/6xSilver Coin inventory icon.pngSilver CoinSilver CoinStack Size: 30Drop Restrictions
    Level: 1
    Cross Navali's palm with silver to receive a prophecy.
    Shift click to unstack.
    Silver Coin inventory icon.png
    Prophecy inventory icon.png
    " Prophecy can no longer trigger on maps that have the Sextant mod that forces Zana to be present.
  • Fixed a bug where the enchantment for "Increased Critical Strike Chance if you haven't Crit Recently" wasn't working.
  • Fixed a bug where killing a monster with Soul Conduit via a skill that would trigger a corpse-consuming skill would result in no item drops.
  • Zana Atlas quests now work correctly on the Jungle Valley and Arachnid Nest maps.
  • Zana quests in maps that relate to inactive monsters no longer grant them effects until they're active.
  • Fixed a bug where the boss of the Vault Map inventory icon.pngVault MapVault MapMap Level: 79
    Map Tier: 12
    Guild Character: u
    Drop Restrictions
    Level: 79
    Wealth beyond imagining, locked beyond reach.Travel to this Map by using it in the Eternal Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
    Vault Map inventory icon.png
    could get stuck on ledges. He now more effectively slams to get down.
  • Fixed a bug where players could get stuck in the Plateau boss room.
  • Fixed a bug where Spectral Summoned Skulls from the Essence Mod were unaffected by player auras.
  • Fixed a bug where Flame Dash inventory icon.pngFlame DashFlame DashSpell, Movement, Duration, Fire
    Mana Cost: (10 to 30)
    Can store 3 use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 3.00 sec
    Cast Time: 0.75 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Requires Level 10Drop Restrictions
    Level: 10
    Teleport to a location, damaging enemies and leaving a trail of burning ground in your wake.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Cast Speed
    Deals (6-319) to (9-479) Fire Damage
    Deals (10.9-599) Fire Damage per second
    Base duration is 4 seconds
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Flame Dash skill icon.png
    Flame Dash inventory icon.png
    could take you to the other side of locked doors and walls.
  • Fixed a bug where players were sometimes unable to move if they had no skills on their skill bar.

The following hotfixes were deployed after the 2.4.2 patch:[2][3]

  • Fixed a client crash when inserting an Offering to the Goddess inventory icon.pngOffering to the GoddessOffering to the GoddessIt is time for the Goddess to give her final verdict.
    Your fate rests in her even hands.
    Travel to the Aspirant's Plaza by using this item in the Eternal Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Can only be used once. You must have completed the six different Trials of Ascendancy found in Maps in order to access this area.
    Offering to the Goddess inventory icon.png
    into your personal map device.
  • Fixed a bug where Doon Cuebiyari inventory icon.pngDoon CuebiyariDoon Cuebiyari
    Vaal Sceptre
    Physical Damage: 3158
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Attacks per Second: 1.40
    Weapon Range: 9
    Requires Level 64, 113 Str, 113 Int32% increased Elemental Damage+(50-70) to Strength
    (15-18)% increased Cast Speed
    +(20-30) to maximum Mana
    Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 30 Iron Will
    1% increased Damage per 8 Strength when in Main Hand
    1% increased Armour per 16 Strength when in Off Hand
    My Iron heart will beat when yours is rust.
    I take your Strength, your power, your lust.
    By Iron Will alone I set my mind in motion.
    Through endless storms of fervent devotion.
    Doon Cuebiyari inventory icon.png
    was providing an abnormally high amount of increased armour.


  1. Chris (November 16, 2016). "Patch 2.4.2". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  2. GGG_Neon (November 18, 2016). "2.4.2 Hotfix (Friday 18th November, 4PM NZT)". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  3. GGG_Neon (November 18, 2016). "2.4.2 Hotfix (Friday 18th November, 6:45PM NZT)". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved November 18, 2016.