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Sacrifice of the Vaal

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Sacrifice of the Vaal
Expansion
Release version: 1.1.0
Release date: 5 March 2014

The narcissistic Queen Atziri plunged the Vaal civilisation into a dark age of sacrifice and terror almost two thousand years ago. Millions died due to her obsessive pursuit of eternal youth, a pursuit that brought about a cataclysm that ended the Vaal civilisation overnight. But Atziri herself still lingers in a nightmare realm that is starting to leak back into the land of Wraeclast. Now, as the queen rises again, her corruption spreads throughout Wraeclast. Queen Atziri must be defeated.

Path of Exile: Sacrifice of the Vaal (colloquially known as SotV) is the first mini-expansion for Path of Exile. It was announced on February 14, 2014[1] and released on March 5, 2014[2]. The majority of the new content is based around the return of Atziri, Queen of the Vaal.

Features

Queen Atziri

The final encounter with Queen Atziri and her minions is designed for high-level characters and requires a lot of skill to complete. In order to gain access to Atziri's lair, the player must collect Vaal fragments from Vaal side areas throughout Wraeclast. When combined in the Map Device, six portals to the Apex of Sacrifice (a level 70 area) are created. A harder version of Atziri, called Uber Atziri, was also added to the game and is located in the Alluring Abyss (a level 80 area).

Vaal side areas

A number of optional side-areas, called "Vaal side areas" were added. They have a chance to spawn in any story area of the game and are indicated by a glowing, beating heart and swirling ribbons of blood. The areas have a prefix and a suffix, like maps. At the end of the area is a unique monster guarding a Vaal Vessel which has a chance to drop a Vaal skill gem or a Sacrifice Vaal fragment.

Vaal gems

Vaal Skill Gems are generally more powerful versions of regular skill gems that need to be charged by the souls of slain monsters before they can be used. These gems are corrupted.

Vaal Orb

Vaal Orbs are a new currency item that corrupts another item when used on it. While corrupting an item can yield unpredictable and powerful results, it prevents later modification to the item (corrupted items cannot have further currency applied to them).

For more information, see Corrupted. For a list of possible Vaal Orb outcomes, see Vaal Orb.

Items

Thirteen unique items were added:

  • Atziri's AcuityAtziri's Acuity
    Vaal Gauntlets
    Quality: +20%
    Armour: (742 to 788)
    Requires Level 75, 100 Str+(60-80) to Intelligence
    +(60-75) to maximum Life
    (200-220)% increased Armour
    (25-35)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
    Gain Life and Mana from Leech instantly on Critical Strike
    "The heart is the herald.
    It will tell me when it is best to strike."
    - Atziri, Queen of the Vaal
  • Atziri's DisfavourAtziri's Disfavour
    Vaal Axe
    Two Hand Axes
    Quality: +20%
    Physical Damage: (358.8 to 376.8)(481.2 to 505.2)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Attacks per Second: (1.34 to 1.39)
    Weapon Range: 13
    Requires Level 75, 158 Str, 76 Dex+2 to Level of Socketed Support Gems
    Adds (220-235) to (270-290) Physical Damage
    (12-16)% increased Attack Speed
    +2 to Weapon range
    25% chance to cause Bleeding on Hit
    "I do not believe in disguising my disappointment."
    - Atziri, Queen of the Vaal
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  • Atziri's Splendour
  • Atziri's StepAtziri's Step
    Slink Boots
    Quality: +20%
    Evasion: 738
    Requires Level 69, 120 Dex180% increased Evasion Rating
    +(55-75) to maximum Life
    30% increased Movement Speed
    (14-16)% chance to Dodge Spell Damage
    "Those who dance are considered insane
    by those who cannot hear the music."
    - Atziri, Queen of the Vaal
  • Doryani's CatalystDoryani's Catalyst
    Vaal Sceptre
    Sceptres
    Quality: +20%
    Physical Damage: (122.4 to 146.4)(204 to 276)
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Attacks per Second: (1.55 to 1.61)
    Weapon Range: 9
    Requires Level 75, 113 Str, 113 Int32% increased Elemental DamageSocketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Elemental Proliferation
    Adds (65-85) to (100-160) Physical Damage
    (11-15)% increased Attack Speed
    (6-10)% increased Cast Speed
    (30-40)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
    0.2% of Elemental Damage Leeched as Life
    (80-100)% increased Elemental Damage
    The result of the catalytic reaction would be either immortality for all,
    or death for all. It was a risk Doryani was willing to take.
  • Doryani's Invitation
  • DrillneckDrillneck
    Penetrating Arrow Quiver
    Requires Level 36Arrows Pierce an additional Target(8-12)% increased Attack Speed
    +350 to Evasion Rating
    +(40-50) to maximum Life
    Adds (10-14) to (19-24) Physical Damage to Bow Attacks
    Arrows deal 50% increased Damage with Hits and Ailments to Targets they Pierce
    "Why waste such a fine arrow on just one man?"
    - Kiravi, Vaal Archer
  • RearguardRearguard
    Broadhead Arrow Quiver
    Requires Level 28Adds 6 to 12 Physical Damage to Bow Attacks+(400-450) to Armour
    (20-30)% increased Projectile Speed
    50% increased Stun and Block Recovery
    (15-20)% increased Projectile Damage
    (20-24)% Chance to Block
    (12-15)% Chance to Block Spells
    "It's a rare man that has eyes in the back of his head."
    - Kiravi, Vaal Archer
  • The VertexThe Vertex
    Vaal Mask
    Quality: +20%
    Evasion: (755 to 828)
    Energy Shield: (240 to 304)
    Requires Level 62, 79 Dex, 72 Int+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
    (245-280)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
    +(30-40) to maximum Energy Shield
    +(24-30)% to Chaos Resistance
    Enemies Cannot Leech Mana From You
    Socketed Gems have 50% reduced Mana Cost
    "A queen should be seen, admired, but never touched."
    - Atziri, Queen of the Vaal
  • Vaal CaressVaal Caress
    Bronzescale Gauntlets
    Quality: +20%
    Armour: (120 to 130)
    Evasion: (120 to 130)
    Requires Level 27, 22 Str, 22 Dex+2 to Level of Socketed Vaal Gems
    (120-140)% increased Armour and Evasion
    +(50-70) to maximum Life
    +40% to Cold Resistance
    You gain Onslaught for 5 seconds on using a Vaal Skill
    "The gems are strangely human at times.
    They simply love to be held."
    - Doryani, First Seer to the Queen
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  • VoideyeVoideye
    Unset Ring
    Requires Level 45Has 1 Socket+5 to Level of Socketed GemsThe darker the eye, the more diligent the watched.

New quiver base types and a new ring type were added as well.

PvP

Players can now fight each other in the Sarn Arena, a free-for-all PvP area in act 3.

Challenge leagues

A new pair of challenge leagues was introduced along with the expansion, Ambush and Invasion league. They introduced Strongboxes and Invasion Bosses respectively.

References

  1. Chris (February 14, 2014). "Path of Exile: Sacrifice of the Vaal". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  2. Chris (March 4, 2014). "1.1.0 Patch Notes - Sacrifice of the Vaal". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved August 19, 2015.