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Atlas of Worlds

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A nearly completed Atlas of Worlds.

The Atlas of Worlds is Path of Exile's end-game map system. The Atlas is a series of linked maps that players can progress through after completing a quest for Zana, Master Cartographer.

Overview

The Atlas of Worlds is a visualisation of the dream worlds that are opened by activating maps, how these worlds are linked and the way they progress towards the centre. The Atlas is separated in four quadrants which can be entered through a tier 1 map, one in each corner of the Atlas. These tier 1 maps start dropping in Act 8. When the player progresses through the maps, their tiers - and difficulty - will increase.

The Atlas also displays areas influenced by the Shaper and the Elder, which have a chance to drop Shaper or Elder items which have their own unique affixes. When the Elder zone grows large enough, 5 maps in the Elder-influenced area will have the Elder and the Elder Guardians replacing the bosses.

Completion

Atlas of Worlds screenshot.jpg

All maps, both base maps and unique maps, are located on the Atlas of Worlds. Map drops are not completely random; instead a specific tier is chosen first and the map type is chosen from pool of maps completed for that tier or connected to the map the player is currently playing. [1]

Each completed map base type also gives a 1% chance to upgrade the tier of a map, with values over 100% giving a chance to increase the tier a second time. The maximum map tier however can not bypass drop restrictions, even if it would have been upgraded[2].

For example, a rare monster in a tier 6 map with 125% completion bonus:

  • a rare monster can drop +1 maps, as such it can drop tier 1 to 7 maps
  • it will only drop maps that are adjacent or already unlocked on the atlas
  • a tier 5 drop would be upgraded to tier 6, with a 25% chance to be upgraded to tier 7
  • a tier 6 drop would be upgraded to tier 7, but can't be upgraded any further
  • a tier 7 is already the highest possible drop, and can't be upgraded any further

Untainted ParadiseUntainted Paradise
Tropical Island Map
Map Level: 75
Map Tier: 8
Area has increased monster variety
Area is inhabited by wild Animals
Monsters drop no items
(300-400)% increased Experience gain
For this beauty,
beauty without strength,
chokes out life.
Travel to this Map by using it in the Templar Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
and The Beachhead do not count towards Atlas completion.

Influenced areas

Shaper-influenced maps have a cosmic background, while Elder-influenced maps have a grey tentacle background.

Initially, Shaper influenced maps will appear on the Atlas, marked with a cosmic background surrounding the map. Shaper influenced areas can contain additional enemies or the boss becomes enhanced by the Shaper, making them more difficult. These areas have a chance to drop a rare Shaper item, which can contain modifiers not found in regular crafted items. Once a Shaper-influenced map is cleared, it will disappear. New influenced areas will appear over time and old areas can disappear.

Elder-influenced areas start appearing as you progress through the Epilogue quests, after clearing 4 Shaper-influenced maps followed by a Tier 6+ Shaper-influenced map. Like Shaper-influenced areas, these areas can drop Elder items with their own unique set of modifiers. The Elder-influenced area will expand as maps are cleared, but will stop growing if a Shaper-influenced area is in the way. Clearing the Shaper-influenced area that's blocking the way will allow the Elder-influenced area to continually grow. Unlike Shaper-influenced areas, Elder-influenced areas must be connected together. Clearing an Elder-influenced area that severs a connection between parts will cause you to lose influence on multiple disconnected areas.

When the area of influence grows large enough which is around 15 maps above, 5 random maps in the area will have the Elder or an Elder Guardian replace the map's boss.[citation needed] You must defeat all four Elder Guardians before you can fight the Elder. These areas will not change until the corresponding map is cleared. After clearing 20 maps while the Elder is residing in the Atlas, there is a chance for the Elder and his guardians to leave the map they are influencing.

Elder-influenced areas can only have 30 on the Atlas at most.[citation needed]

Elder-influenced areas can also contain a Memory Fragment, which can be traded in to Zana for a Shaper's Orb. Memory Fragments I to X can be found in Tier 6 to 15 Elder-influenced maps, and Memory Fragments XI to XV can be obtained by defeating an Elder Guardian or the Elder in a red tier map.

Shaper's Stronghold

After meeting the Shaper for the first time, a Shaper's Stronghold will appear over a map. A map that contains a Shaper's Stronghold will be permanently Shaper-influenced until cleared and blocks off Elder influence. They contain multiple Shaper-influenced zone mods and give additional items when cleared, such as sextants, Cartographer's Chisels, Shaper rares, and unique items, which also can be league-specific.

Four Shaper's Strongholds will initially be spawned on the Atlas on yellow-tier maps. Clearing one of them will relocate it to another red-tier map. After all 8 Strongholds are cleared, they will have a chance to spawn periodically.

Currency

  • Shaper's Orbs are awarded for completing an Elder-influenced map that contains a Memory Fragment. They can be used to upgrade a map into a "Shaped" map to drop which are 5 tiers higher than their regular counterpart[1]
  • Cartographer's Sextants allow applying a special modifier to map, which applies its stats in a radius to other nearby maps. Those stats can be stacked, but a mod is used up after 3 uses [1]
  • Unshaping Orbs can be used to unshape a map.
  • Cartographer's Seals "uncomplete" a map.

Shaping maps

Shaper's Orbs are used to upgrade lower tier maps whose layout or bosses a player may find accessible but whose drops and experience gains wouldn't otherwise be attractive. A Shaper's Orb grants +5 to the tier of those maps, i.e. increases the difficulty. The result is a shaped map.

Players acquire Shaper's Orbs by collecting Memory Fragments and giving them to Zana. Memory Fragments are found by killing the bosses of Elder-influenced maps circled in blue on the Atlas.

One Elder's OrbElder's OrbUpgrades any map on the Atlas to Tier 16Right click this item then left click on a map on the Atlas to upgrade it to tier 16. can be obtained from the Epilogue quest after collecting all 15 Memory Fragments and defeating the Shaper. It upgrades a map of any tier into a tier 16 map.

End of league transfer

When the current league ends the progress on the Atlas of Worlds is transferred to the relevant parent league. The parent league is generally Standard or Hardcore.

The merge has the following rules:[3]

  • Maps or bonus objectives completed transferred to the parent league
  • Cartographer's Sextant mods:
    • They will be moved to the parent league; if the map already has a mod, the parent league mods will be kept
    • Legacy modifiers continue to exist and work as long they have not been overridden
  • Shaped maps will carry over if the equivalent level Shaper's Orb hasn't been used on parent league; if you already shaped a map of the tier the parent league takes preference
  • Shaper's Orbs:
    • If a specific level has already been used in the parent league, it will be removed from the character's inventory
    • If you have the same in both parent league and temporary league, both Shaper's Orbs will be removed when you use either

Atlas exclusive base items

This is a list of base item types that can only drop on particular maps on the Atlas of Worlds.

ItemLvl.StatsDrop Areas
Fingerless Silk Gloves
Fingerless Silk GlovesEnergy Shield: 43Requires Level 70, 95 Int(12-16)% increased Spell Damage
70(12-16)% increased Spell DamageArsenal Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsBoneCryptBurial Chambers Map (War for the Atlas)Cemetery Map (War for the Atlas)Chateau Map (War for the Atlas)Pit of the Chimera Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsColosseumLair of the Hydra Map (War for the Atlas)Lair Map (War for the Atlas)Mud Geyser Map (War for the Atlas)Phantasmagoria Map (War for the Atlas)Racecourse Map (War for the Atlas)Relic Chambers Map (War for the Atlas)The Shaper's Realm (War for the Atlas)Springs Map (War for the Atlas)Toxic Sewer Map (War for the Atlas)
Gripped Gloves
Gripped GlovesEvasion: 220Requires Level 70, 95 Dex(14-18)% increased Projectile Attack Damage
70(14-18)% increased Projectile Attack DamageArea:MapWorldsAshenWoodBarrows Map (War for the Atlas)Bog Map (War for the Atlas)Pit of the Chimera Map (War for the Atlas)Lair of the Hydra Map (War for the Atlas)Lava Chamber Map (War for the Atlas)Lava Lake Map (War for the Atlas)Mausoleum Map (War for the Atlas)Necropolis Map (War for the Atlas)Overgrown Ruin Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsPrimordialPoolThe Shaper's Realm (War for the Atlas)Sulphur Vents Map (War for the Atlas)Summit Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsVolcanoArea:MapWorldsWastePool
Spiked Gloves
Spiked GlovesArmour: 220Requires Level 70, 95 Str(16-20)% increased Melee Damage
70(16-20)% increased Melee DamageArmoury Map (War for the Atlas)Atoll Map (War for the Atlas)Cells Map (War for the Atlas)Channel Map (War for the Atlas)Pit of the Chimera Map (War for the Atlas)Core Map (War for the Atlas)Excavation Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsGeodeArea:MapWorldsGorgeGrotto Map (War for the Atlas)Lair of the Hydra Map (War for the Atlas)Leyline Map (War for the Atlas)Maze Map (War for the Atlas)Orchard Map (War for the Atlas)Ramparts Map (War for the Atlas)Sepulchre Map (War for the Atlas)The Shaper's Realm (War for the Atlas)Sunken City Map (War for the Atlas)Underground Sea Map (War for the Atlas)Vault Map (War for the Atlas)Waterways Map (War for the Atlas)
Two-Toned Boots
Two-Toned BootsEvasion: 126
Energy Shield: 24
Requires Level 70, 62 Dex, 62 Int+(15-20)% to Cold and Lightning Resistances
70+(15-20)% to Cold and Lightning ResistancesArea:MapWorldsAncientCityArena Map (War for the Atlas)Crimson Temple Map (War for the Atlas)Fields Map (War for the Atlas)Maze of the Minotaur Map (War for the Atlas)Park Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsPeninsulaForge of the Phoenix Map (War for the Atlas)Pit Map (War for the Atlas)Plateau Map (War for the Atlas)Residence Map (War for the Atlas)The Shaper's Realm (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsStrandVilla Map (War for the Atlas)Wasteland Map (War for the Atlas)
Two-Toned Boots
Two-Toned BootsArmour: 126
Evasion: 126
Requires Level 70, 62 Str, 62 Dex+(15-20)% to Fire and Cold Resistances
70+(15-20)% to Fire and Cold ResistancesArachnid Nest Map (War for the Atlas)Bazaar Map (War for the Atlas)Caldera Map (War for the Atlas)Canyon Map (War for the Atlas)Coral Ruins Map (War for the Atlas)Crystal Ore Map (War for the Atlas)Factory Map (War for the Atlas)Iceberg Map (War for the Atlas)Infested Valley Map (War for the Atlas)Ivory Temple Map (War for the Atlas)Jungle Valley Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsLighthouseMaze of the Minotaur Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsPalaceForge of the Phoenix Map (War for the Atlas)Port Map (War for the Atlas)Scriptorium Map (War for the Atlas)The Shaper's Realm (War for the Atlas)Spider Lair Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsThicket
Two-Toned Boots
Two-Toned BootsArmour: 126
Energy Shield: 24
Requires Level 70, 62 Str, 62 Int+(15-20)% to Fire and Lightning Resistances
70+(15-20)% to Fire and Lightning ResistancesHaunted CryptArea:MapWorldsAcidLakesArcade Map (War for the Atlas)Cage Map (War for the Atlas)City Square Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsColonnadeConservatory Map (War for the Atlas)Courthouse Map (War for the Atlas)Defiled Cathedral Map (War for the Atlas)Haunted Mansion Map (War for the Atlas)Laboratory Map (War for the Atlas)Maze of the Minotaur Map (War for the Atlas)Museum Map (War for the Atlas)Forge of the Phoenix Map (War for the Atlas)The Shaper's Realm (War for the Atlas)Shrine Map (War for the Atlas)Siege Map (War for the Atlas)Wharf Map (War for the Atlas)
Bone Helmet
Bone HelmetArmour: 197
Energy Shield: 38
Requires Level 73, 76 Str, 76 IntMinions deal (30-40)% increased Damage
73Minions deal (30-40)% increased DamageArea:1~Den8Academy Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsArachnidTombBelfry Map (War for the Atlas)Carcass Map (War for the Atlas)Castle Ruins Map (War for the Atlas)Dark Forest Map (War for the Atlas)Dig Map (War for the Atlas)Estuary Map (War for the Atlas)Gardens Map (War for the Atlas)Ghetto Map (War for the Atlas)Lair of the Hydra Map (War for the Atlas)Malformation Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsMineralPoolsMaze of the Minotaur Map (War for the Atlas)Moon Temple Map (War for the Atlas)Plaza Map (War for the Atlas)Reef Map (War for the Atlas)The Shaper's Realm (War for the Atlas)Spider Forest Map (War for the Atlas)Torture Chamber Map (War for the Atlas)Tribunal Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsTropicalIslandUnderground River Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsVaalPyramid
Marble Amulet
Marble AmuletRequires Level 74(1.2-1.6)% of Life Regenerated per second
74(1.2-1.6)% of Life Regenerated per secondCore Map (War for the Atlas)Lair of the Hydra Map (War for the Atlas)Primordial Pool Map (War for the Atlas)The Shaper's Realm (War for the Atlas)Summit Map (War for the Atlas)Sunken City Map (War for the Atlas)Waterways Map (War for the Atlas)
Blue Pearl Amulet
Blue Pearl AmuletRequires Level 77(48-56)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
77(48-56)% increased Mana Regeneration RateAcid Lakes Map (War for the Atlas)Caldera Map (War for the Atlas)Colonnade Map (War for the Atlas)Crystal Ore Map (War for the Atlas)Defiled Cathedral Map (War for the Atlas)Maze of the Minotaur Map (War for the Atlas)The Shaper's Realm (War for the Atlas)Shrine Map (War for the Atlas)
Vanguard Belt
Vanguard BeltRequires Level 78+(260-320) to Armour and Evasion Rating
78+(260-320) to Armour and Evasion RatingPit of the Chimera Map (War for the Atlas)Coves Map (War for the Atlas)Dunes Map (War for the Atlas)Precinct Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsPromenadeThe Shaper's Realm (War for the Atlas)Shipyard Map (War for the Atlas)Shore Map (War for the Atlas)Terrace Map (War for the Atlas)Tower Map (War for the Atlas)
Crystal Belt
Crystal BeltRequires Level 79+(60-80) to maximum Energy Shield
79+(60-80) to maximum Energy ShieldBasilica Map (War for the Atlas)Courtyard Map (War for the Atlas)Cursed Crypt Map (War for the Atlas)Desert Spring Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsMesaOvergrown Shrine Map (War for the Atlas)Forge of the Phoenix Map (War for the Atlas)Area:MapWorldsPierThe Shaper's Realm (War for the Atlas)Temple Map (War for the Atlas)
Opal Ring
Opal RingRequires Level 80(15-25)% increased Elemental Damage
80(15-25)% increased Elemental DamageArsenal Map (War for the Atlas)Pit of the Chimera Map (War for the Atlas)Colosseum Map (War for the Atlas)Lair Map (War for the Atlas)Lava Lake Map (War for the Atlas)Necropolis Map (War for the Atlas)Racecourse Map (War for the Atlas)The Shaper's Realm (War for the Atlas)
Steel Ring
Steel RingRequires Level 80Adds (3-4) to (10-14) Physical Damage to Attacks
80Adds (3-4) to (10-14) Physical Damage to AttacksCrimson Temple Map (War for the Atlas)Factory Map (War for the Atlas)Palace Map (War for the Atlas)Park Map (War for the Atlas)Forge of the Phoenix Map (War for the Atlas)Pit Map (War for the Atlas)The Shaper's Realm (War for the Atlas)Villa Map (War for the Atlas)

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External links

Version history

Version Changes
3.4.0
  • Added a new Atlas of Worlds feature: Shaper's Strongholds. These will appear once you have met the Shaper. They have multiple Shaper Influence mods active. Bosses of these maps can drop extra sextants, cartographer's chisels, Shaper-influenced items, and unique items.
3.3.0
  • Once you have completed 20 maps while the Elder and its guardians are on your atlas without actually defeating any of them, there is a chance for the Elder and its guardians to disappear and remove the Elder-influence from the maps they were on. This will make it difficult to maintain an "Elder Ring", but will also allow players who weren't capable of defeating the Elder or its guardians to clear them from their atlas.
  • Shaper memory fragments XI through to XV no longer require you to defeat the Elder or its guardians in specific map tiers. Instead, defeating each guardian and the elder within ANY red-tier map will get you one of these fragments.
  • You can no longer get Shaper memory fragments XI through to XV from a map if you are not the map's owner.
3.1.0
  • Introducing the War for the Atlas expansion.
  • If you complete a map that was created before the expansion, it will complete a chain of maps from the start pointing on the Atlas up until the tier of map you completed. Shaped and Elder items do not drop on these maps. Elder Guardians also cannot spawn from them. Shaper and Elder areas will not be influenced on the Atlas.
2.4.0
  • Introduced to the game. Non-unique maps pre-Atlas of Worlds do not count towards Atlas completion, even for maps where the map type and tier are identical to the current version. Older versions of unique maps will count towards Atlas completion, including the bonus objective, but the Shaper's Orb does not drop in old versions (affecting Oba's Cursed TroveOba's Cursed Trove
    Torture Chamber Map
    Map Level: 78
    Map Tier: 11
    Guild Character: #
    Item Quantity: +40%
    Area has patches of desecrated ground
    20 patches with Ground Effect per 100 tiles (Hidden)
    Ground Effect has a radius of 10 (Hidden)
    (40-50)% more Monster Life
    (30-40)% increased Monster Damage
    Area becomes fatal after some time
    "Here the soil is more deadly than any swing of the axe."
    - Oba of the Karui, Conqueror of Corruption.
    Travel to this Map by using it in the Templar Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
    , Poorjoy's AsylumPoorjoy's Asylum
    Temple Map
    Map Level: 76
    Map Tier: 9
    Guild Character: ß
    Item Quantity: +100%
    Item Rarity: +250%
    (140-160)% more Monster Life
    (140-160)% increased Monster Damage
    25% increased Monster Movement Speed
    25% increased Monster Attack Speed
    25% increased Monster Cast Speed
    Area is a large Maze
    150% increased Experience gain
    Unique Boss drops (10-15) additional Rare (Life Flasks-Belts)
    Laughs of all the twisted
    Echo through these halls of gold.
    In this cold forgotten void
    They wander, forever uncontrolled.
    Travel to this Map by using it in the Templar Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
    , Death and TaxesDeath and Taxes
    Necropolis Map
    Map Level: 79
    Map Tier: 12
    Guild Character: ¿
    Item Quantity: +150%
    Unique Boss deals (30-35)% increased Damage
    Unique Boss has (25-30)% increased Attack and Cast Speed
    Unique Boss gives 10000% increased Experience
    So the raiders danced,
    leading their foe ever west,
    towards certain death.
    Travel to this Map by using it in the Templar Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
    and The Vinktar SquareThe Vinktar Square
    Courtyard Map
    Map Level: 77
    Map Tier: 10
    Guild Character: ²
    Item Quantity: (+100%-+150%)
    Item Rarity: (+100%-+150%)
    Monster Pack Size: (+30%-+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 Templar Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
    ).

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Masterseek (August 13, 2016). "Path of Exile: Atlas of Worlds Interview. A Map of Condensed Hype.". 2p.com. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  2. Chris (August 29, 2016). "Forum - Development Manifesto - Cumulative Atlas Completion Bonus - Path of Exile". Grinding Gear Games. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  3. Negitivefrags (November 12, 2016). "[Question]What happens to the atlas and the sextant mods when essence gets transferred to standard?". Reddit. Retrieved January 25, 2017.