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Strongboxes: Everything you need to know
A strongbox containing armour guarded by a rogue exile

Strongboxes are a special type of loot container found throughout Wraeclast. When opened, a strongbox will release groups of monsters to surround and attack the character. Only once all of the ambushing monsters are slain will a strongbox relinquish its loot. The monsters released by a strongbox also drop loot and grant experience when killed.[1] Monsters not directly summoned by the strongbox, such as Spitters emerging from Shield Crabs, or raised undead, do not need to be killed to unlock the strongbox.

Variations

Strongboxes come in different base types which determine the kinds of items that can normally be obtained from them.[2] Modifiers can further alter the loot contents, such as granting additional rare items or gems.

With 2218 strongboxes pool[3], done via Monstrous Treasure prophecy, users expect the following kind of distribution. Note that test was made in Tier-13 and higher maps, where Cartographer's strongboxes cannot spawn.

Base Type Contents Count Spawn rate
Arcanist's Strongbox Currency that do not affect quality 96 4.3%
Armourer's Strongbox Armour, The BodyThe Body4Body ArmourThey say it is the head that leads, but all must flow through the body at some point. 132 6%
Artisan's Strongbox Currency that affect quality 155 6.9%
Blacksmith's Strongbox Weapons 125 5.7%
Cartographer's Strongbox Maps, The CartographerThe Cartographer110x Cartographer's ChiselIt's always easier to find your way if you draw a map of the progress you've made. - -
Diviner's Strongbox Divination cards 42 1.9%
Gemcutter's Strongbox Gems, The GemcutterThe Gemcutter3Gemcutter's PrismIn the hands of a master craftsman, a worthless pebble can adorn the crown of a king. 74 3.3%
Jeweller's Strongbox Amulets, rings, belts, jewels, HubrisHubris5Ring"This one? It is NOT for sale. You would sooner pry it from my lifeless hand."
- Jonfé Darontos, Ringmaker
167 7.5%
Large Strongbox Assorted items (increased quantity) 104 4.7%
Ornate Strongbox Assorted items (increased rarity) 62 2.8%
Strongbox Assorted items 1247 56.3%
Unique Special 14 0.6%

Like chests, increased Item Quantity from gear does not increase the number of items dropped from a strongbox. However, map quantity and the number of players do increase the number of items dropped from most strongboxes.[4] The only exception is the Cartographer's Strongbox, where the number of players does not increase the amount of map drops.

Modifiers

Like items and monsters, strongboxes come in different rarities with various modifiers. A non-normal strongbox inherently has increased item quantity and rarity regardless of other modifiers.[5] It must be identified with a Scroll of WisdomScroll of WisdomStack Size: 40Identifies an itemRight click this item then left click an unidentified item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
to reveal its modifiers. It is also possible to craft strongboxes using currency items. Corrupting a strongbox with a Vaal OrbVaal OrbStack Size: 10Corrupts an item, modifying it unpredictablyRight click this item then left click an item to corrupt it. Corrupted items cannot be modified again.
Shift click to unstack.
may corrupt some of the loot contents.[6]

Prefixes

Prefixes can make the ambush encounter more dangerous by releasing additional monsters or springing traps. Certain prefixes can benefit from area modifiers (e.g. of Giants [?]).[7] It is worth noting that some prefixes add a warning sound to a strongbox as well (see List of strongbox prefix mods for more info).

Prefix Lvl. Effect
Arctic 8 Freezes you when activated
Contaminated 8 Releases Caustic Clouds
Contested 12 Guarded by a Rogue Exile
Frigid 1 Casts Ice Nova
Incandescent 1 Ignites you when activated
Intimidating 10 Guarded by a pack of Magic Monsters
Menacing 35 Guarded by 3 Rare Monsters
Ossified 2 Summons Skeletons
Putrifying 4 Detonates nearby Corpses
Rallying 4 Guarded by a stream of Monsters
Reaper's 1 Revives nearby dead Monsters with Onslaught
Scorched 10 Casts Firestorm
Unstable 1 Explodes
Vibrating 25 Casts Lightning Storm
Whispering 15 Casts a random Curse when activated

Suffixes

Suffixes can alter the loot contents in distinct ways, such as granting additional items or increasing the number of sockets on equipment.

Suffix Lvl. Effect Strongbox, Large Strongbox, Ornate Strongbox, Armourer's Strongbox, Blacksmith's Strongbox Jeweller's Strongbox Arcanist's Strongbox, Artisan's Strongbox Gemcutter's Strongbox Cartographer's Strongbox Diviner's Strongbox
of Abundance 1 Contains (3 to 8) additional Items (1)
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
of Affluence 8 Contains (1 to 3) additional Rare Items (2)
yes
yes
no
no
yes
no
of Ascendance 1 +(1 to 5) Chest level (3)
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
of Augmentation 12 Only contains Support Gems
no
no
no
yes
no
no
of Bounty 1 (30 to 60)% increased Quantity of Contained Items (4)
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
of Complexity 20 Contained Items have (1 to 2) additional Sockets
yes
no
no
no
no
no
of Corruption 1 Contains an extra Vaal Gem
no
no
no
yes
no
no
of Curiosities 4 Contains (1 to 5) additional Magic Items (5)
yes
yes
no
no
yes
no
of Facets 40 Contained Gems have Experience
no
no
no
yes
no
no
of Kalandra 40 Contains Mirrored Items
yes
yes
no
no
no
no
of Quality 1 Contained Items have (1 to 20)% Quality
yes
no
no
yes
yes
no
of Singularity 45 Contains an additional Unique Item
yes
yes
no
no
yes
no
of Treasures 4 (1000 to 2000)% increased Rarity of Contained Items
yes
yes
no
no
yes
no
of Unity 40 Contained Items are fully Linked
yes
no
no
no
no
no
of Wisdom 1 Contains Identified Items
yes
yes
no
no
yes
no
of Prophecy 1 Contains (2 to 4) additional Silver Coins
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
of the Vaal 1 Contains additional Divination Cards that give Corrupted Items
no
no
no
no
no
yes
of Reward 1 Contains additional Divination Cards that give Currency
no
no
no
no
no
yes
of Renown 1 Contains additional Divination Cards that give Unique Items
no
no
no
no
no
yes

(1) Contains (1 to 2) additional Items on Cartographer's Strongboxes
(2) Contains 1 additional Rare Item on Cartographer's Strongboxes
(3) +(1 to 3) Chest level on Cartographer's Strongboxes
(4) (30 to 40)% increased Quantity of Contained Items on Cartographer's Strongboxes
(5) Contains 1 additional Magic Item on Cartographer's Strongboxes

Contained Items are fully Linked and Contained Items have (1 to 2) additional Sockets cannot roll together on the same strongbox.[8]

Unique strongboxes

Like most other unique items, it is possible to craft a unique strongbox using an Orb of ChanceOrb of ChanceStack Size: 20Upgrades a normal item to a random rarityRight click this item then left click a normal item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
on a normal strongbox with the corresponding base type.

NameBase ItemModifiers
Strange Barrel
StrongboxN/A
Ashes of the Condemned
Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of Monsters(40 to 80)% increased Quantity of Contained Items
(1800 to 2400)% increased Rarity of Contained Items
Guarded by 3 Rare Monsters
Guarded by a stream of Tormented Spirits
Redblade Cache
Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of Monsters(80 to 100)% increased Quantity of Contained Items
+(3 to 5) Chest level
Guarded by a Redblade Warband
Contains an additional Redblade Unique Item
Brinerot Cache
Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of Monsters(80 to 100)% increased Quantity of Contained Items
+(3 to 5) Chest level
Guarded by a Brinerot Warband
Contains an additional Brinerot Unique Item
Mutewind Cache
Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of Monsters(80 to 100)% increased Quantity of Contained Items
+(3 to 5) Chest level
Guarded by a Mutewind Warband
Contains an additional Mutewind Unique Item
Renegades Cache
Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of Monsters(80 to 100)% increased Quantity of Contained Items
+(3 to 5) Chest level
Guarded by a Renegade Warband
Contains an additional Renegade Unique Item
Deshret's Storm
Blacksmith's Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of MonstersContains (6 to 10) additional Rare Maraketh Weapons
Contained Items have an additional Socket
Contained Items are fully linked
Contained Weapons are Animated
Empyrean Apparatus
Cartographer's Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of MonstersGuarded by 5 Rare Monsters
Contained Items have (1 to 20)% Quality
Contains 3 additional Unique Maps
Contains no other Items
Kaom's Cache
Armourer's Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of MonstersGuarded by 3 Rare Monsters
Contains (6 to 10) additional Rare Items
Contains an additional Kaom Item
Guarded by the Ancestors' Power
Contains no other items
Perandus Bank
Jeweller's Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of MonstersContains (3 to 5) additional Magic Items
Contains (4 to 7) additional Rare Items
Guarded by 3 Rogue Exiles
Contains 3 additional Unique Items
Contains no other Items
The Plaguemaw's Offering
Arcanist's Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of MonstersContains 5 additional Items
Weylam's War Chest
Arcanist's Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of MonstersContains an additional Pirate Unique item
Contains (20-30) additional Items
Guarded by a stream of Ghost Pirates
Guarded by the Maiden of the Black Crest

Map-only strongboxes

There are also unique strongboxes that can only be found at the end of certain unique maps.

  • Vaults of AtziriVaults of Atziri
    Vaal Pyramid Map
    Map Level: 70
    Map Tier: 3
    Chests have (1800-2000)% increased Item Rarity
    Area contains no monsters
    "Should I depart this mortal coil,
    so shall all of my treasures."
    - Atziri, Queen of the Vaal
    Travel to this Map by using it in the Eternal Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
    :
    • Atziri's Vessel: Contains 8 Sacrifice Map Fragments and/or Vaal Skill Gems.
  • Oba's Cursed TroveOba's Cursed Trove
    Torture Chamber Map
    Map Level: 78
    Map Tier: 11
    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 Eternal Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
    :
NameBase ItemModifiers
Oba's Glittering Stash
Gemcutter's Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of MonstersContains (6 to 7) additional Items
Contained Items have (4 to 6)% Quality
Oba's Prized Cache
Jeweller's Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of MonstersContains (3 to 4) additional Rare Item
Contains (3 to 4) additional Magic Item
Oba's Riches
Arcanist's Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of MonstersContains (4 to 5) additional Items
  • Hall 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.
    :
NameBase ItemModifiers
Grandmaster's Arcanist Cache
Arcanist's Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of MonstersContains (6 to 10) additional Items
Grandmaster's Cartography Cache
Cartographer's Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of MonstersContains (1 to 3) additional Magic Item
Contains (1 to 3) additional Rare Item
Contained Items have (1 to 20)% Quality
Grandmaster's Corrupted Cache
Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of Monsters(30 to 40)% increased Quantity of Contained Items
(800 to 1200)% increased Rarity of Contained Items
Contains 3 extra Vaal Gems
Contains 3 extra Vaal Fragments
Grandmaster's Gemcutting Cache
Gemcutter's Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of MonstersContained Gems have Experience
Contains (4 to 5) additional Items
Contained Items have (1 to 15)% Quality
Grandmaster's Large Cache
Large Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of Monsters(100 to 150)% increased Quantity of Contained Items
(800 to 1200)% Increased Rarity of Contained Items
Contains an additional Unique Item
Grandmaster's Ornate Cache
Ornate Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of Monsters(50 to 80)% increased Quantity of Contained Items
(2500 to 3500)% increased Rarity of Contained Items
Contains (4 to 6) additional Rare Items
Grandmaster's Treasury
Ornate Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of Monsters(30 to 40)% increased Quantity of Contained Items
(2000 to 2500)% increased Rarity of Contained Items
Contains an additional Unique Item
Grandmaster's Trove
Ornate Strongbox
Guarded by 3 packs of Monsters(30 to 40)% increased Quantity of Contained Items
(800 to 1200)% increased Rarity of Contained Items
Contains 9 additional Rare Items of the same type

Version history

Version Changes
2.4.0g
  • Removed the mod "Contains additional Divination Cards from the current Area" from the Diviner's Strongbox.
2.4.0
  • Added a new type of Strongbox: Diviner's Strongbox.
2.0.2
  • Jeweller's Strongboxes can now drop Jewels.
  • Fixed a bug where chests and strongboxes were not spawning in The Apex of Sacrifice and The Alluring Abyss.
2.0.0
  • Strange Barrel has been added.
  • The chance of finding a strongbox has been decreased.
  • The chance of a finding a unique strongbox has been greatly increased.
  • Chemist's Strongboxes can no longer spawn.
  • Quantity Mod Bonuses on Strongboxes are now 30-40% (down from 50-60%)
  • The Additional Magic Items mod on Cartographer's Strongboxes is now always 1 (instead of 1-2).
  • The Additional Normal Items mod on Cartographer's Strongboxes is now 1-2 (instead of 2-3).
  • Cartographer's Strongboxes can no longer mirror items.
  • Cartographer's Strongboxes have become less frequent as you progress up the map tiers. They have not been added to the new level 80+ maps.
1.3.1
  • Strongboxes now spawn packs of monsters in quick succession, instead of all at once.
1.3.0i
  • Fixed a bug where exploding Strongboxes would not explode correctly.
1.2.3
  • We have rebalanced Cartographer's Strongboxes. These chests were incorrectly double-dipping on map bonuses and party bonuses. The number of people in your party no longer increases map drops from these chests. We have also reduced how often they appear, but have significantly boosted their drops. Solo players will notice a substantial boost to drops from these Strongboxes, while parties will no longer receive too many maps.
1.2.0
  • Strongboxes can now spawn in all leagues, starting from the Submerged Passage in Normal difficulty. The weightings of each Strongbox type has been adjusted with ordinary Strongboxes being much more common than other variants. Mods for these Strongboxes have been adjusted. Cartographer's Boxes now have lower values of some Strongbox mods.
1.1.5
  • We have increased the spawn speed of the Stream of Monsters mod on ambush chests.
1.1.3
  • Added three new unique chests that can appear in the Ambush league.
1.1.1
  • Fixed a bug where the Strongbox mod that drops additional magic or rare items would have no effect on Maps.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause monsters spawned by the Strongbox stream-of-monsters mod to behave strangely.
  • Fixed a bug where Jeweller's Orb would not prevent you rerolling an item that had more sockets than it naturally could have at that itemlevel, due to dropping from a Strongbox with the increased sockets mod.
1.1.0f
  • Fixed a bug where the Strongbox mod that dropped additional magic or rare items would not always drop the correct number.
  • Fixed a bug where some mod restrictions on Strongboxes would not work (for example, quality mods could erroneously spawn on Jeweler's Strongboxes).
  • Fixed some cases where atypically few or many Strongboxes could spawn in some areas.
1.1.0e
  • Reduced the number of Maps dropped from Cartographer's Strongboxes.
1.1.0d
  • Made further improvements to the spawning of Strongboxes in narrow areas like caves.
  • Halved the spawn rate of Gemcutter's Strongboxes in the Ambush league.
1.1.0c
  • Monsters and Rogue Exiles spawned by Strongboxes in the Ambush league now drop items and grant experience when killed.
  • Fixed several of the cases where Strongboxes could block physical passage through a level.
1.1.0
  • Strongboxes have been introduced along with the Ambush League.

References

  1. Chris (March 6, 2014). "1.1.0c Patch Notes (hotfix)". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  2. harrytrumanprimate (March 9, 2014). "Strategies for Strongboxes [Discussion][Ambush]". Path of Exile Subreddit. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  3. Isarill (November 17, 2016). "Strongbox Data from 60 Monstrous Treasure runs". Path of Exile Subreddit. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
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  5. Mark (June 9, 2016). "Mechanical Question Thread". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  6. Seerix (March 6, 2014). "[Ambush] Vaal Orb on strongboxes will corrupt all items inside". Path of Exile Subreddit. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  7. Mark_GGG (May 18, 2017). "Mechanical Questions Thread". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
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