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2D art rendition of a Monkey Paw Talisman

A talisman is a type of amulet. Talismans have their own implicit modifiers that are typically more powerful than those of ordinary amulets. Talismans are inherently corrupted, and therefore cannot be modified with crafting orbs.

Talismans were a prominent part of the league mechanics in Talisman league. After the league ended, talismans were not added to the core game. As a result, talismans can only be obtained in the permanent leagues by trading with other players. Talismans are scheduled to make a return in Legacy league.[1]

Obtaining a talisman

A Bone Rhoa possessed by a Talisman

Talismans were encountered in the wild as a monster 'possessed' by a talisman, visually similar to possession by a Tormented Spirit. Talismans can possess any rarity of enemy and will always spawn possessing one. When the monster is killed, the talisman drops as an item – but if it is not picked up quickly by the player, it will attract another enemy and possess that enemy instead. Each type of talisman grants the monster it possesses extra combat abilities related to its implicit modifier.

There are four tiers of talismans. A talisman's tier level can be determined by the colour of the string in the item graphic: tier 1 talismans have a white string, tier 2 talismans have a black string, tier 3 talismans have a red string and tier 4 talismans have a blue string. Only tier 1 talismans are found in the wild; upgrading to a next tier can be done with placing five of them them into a Stone Altar. Tier 2 talismans are obtained by sacrificing tier 1 talismans, tier 3 talismans are obtained by sacrificing tier 2 talismans, and tier 4 talismans are obtained by sacrificing tier 3 talismans and then fighting the boss, Rigwald, the Wolven King.

The WereclawWereclaw TalismanTalisman Tier: 2+(24-36)% to Global Critical Strike MultiplierCorruptedIt's said to be noble to stand one's ground.
To soak the earth in stalwart blood.
While the First Ones chose to laugh and run
and caper with untamed glee.
- The Wolven King
and Monkey TwinsMonkey Twins TalismanTalisman Tier: 3(5-8)% increased Area of Effect of Area SkillsCorruptedThe first ones marked their hunting grounds
with blood and piss.
We have tried to paint our future in words.
Now we shall paint with inks of savagery.
- The Wolven King
talismans can only spawn in the standard version of Talisman League. The ClutchingClutching TalismanTalisman Tier: 2(15-25)% increased Global DefencesCorruptedFear the children of the First Ones.
Let fear shield your back.
And let the dullard speak of bravery
when the First Ones come for him.
- The Wolven King
and LongtoothLongtooth TalismanTalisman Tier: 3(4-6)% additional Physical Damage ReductionCorruptedWe grew contemptuous of our past.
Dismissed the first ones as ignorant and wild.
We were fools and naive children
to turn our backs on our inheritance.
- The Wolven King
talismans can only spawn in the hardcore version of Talisman League.

Talismans obtained in the world follow the normal item drop rules. From normal monsters they are the same item level as the area, +1 level from magic monsters, and +2 from rares and uniques.

When sacrificing 5 talismans, each talisman adds a 20% chance of a Talisman of its rarity being the resultant one. So if you sacrifice one white, one magic, two rare and one unique, your odds are a 20% chance of a white talisman, 20% chance of a magic, 40% chance of a rare, and 20% chance of a unique.[2]

Talismans obtained from stone altars are an average of the talismans used,[3] where

  • The highest-level talisman is counted three times,  \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} H
    .
  • The middle three talismans are counted twice,  \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} [M_1, M_2, M_3]
    .
  • The lowest-level talisman is counted once,  \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} L
    .

The obtained item level can be expressed as:

 \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} R = {3H + 2(M_1 + M_2 + M_3) + L \over 10}

 

 

 

 

(1)


Example: Talismans with multiple highest/lowest item levels

The talismans has the following item levels:

 \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} ilvl = [78, 78, 45, 31, 31]


Find the highest-level talisman:

 \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} H = 78


Find the lowest-level talisman:

 \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} L = 31

The talismans in the middle of these extremes are:

 \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} \begin{align}
M_1 = 78 \\
M_2 = 45 \\
M_3 = 31 \\
\end{align}


The resulting ilvl from the possessed monster using equation (1) becomes:

 \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} \begin{align}
R & = {3 \times 78 + 2 \times (78 + 45 + 31) + 31 \over 10} \\
  & = 57.3 \\
\end{align}


The value will be rounded up or down to nearest integer. In this case it is rounded down to 57.

Talisman base types

Tier 1

Talisman Possession Effect
Ashscale Talisman
Ashscale TalismanTalisman Tier: 1(20-30)% increased Fire DamageCorruptedThe fire of the hearth is a docile dog,
leashed and tamed.
The fire of the First Ones is a ravening wolf,
wild and free.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster summons raging spirits
Black Maw Talisman
Black Maw TalismanTalisman Tier: 1Has 1 SocketCorruptedThe First Ones stalk with us
upon this lifelong hunt,
and cast their contempt
upon those that would make us their prey.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster consumes corpses and summons skeletons when a corpse is consumed.
Bonespire Talisman
Bonespire TalismanTalisman Tier: 1(20-30)% increased maximum ManaCorruptedThe civilised man must wrestle
with the demands of heart and mind.
The First Ones share no such struggle.
For their Spirit is swift and deadly certain.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster spawns patches of spiking ground that deals damage over time. It also inflicts Bone Roil: a stacking damage over time effect (similar to bleeding, but cant be removed by flasks)
Breakrib Talisman
Breakrib TalismanTalisman Tier: 1(20-30)% increased Physical DamageCorruptedI stood among the stones
And called out to the First Ones;
That with tooth and mighty claw,
They should tear our enemies asunder.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster emits shockwaves (similar to a shockwave totem) which cause knockback and deals physical damage(?)
Chrysalis Talisman
Chrysalis TalismanTalisman Tier: 1(20-30)% increased Spell DamageCorruptedThe world of the First Ones is harsh;
We struggle on our bellies to survive.
But that which imprisons us also changes us
And soon we will emerge anew.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster casts either Icestorm, Firestorm or Storm Call.
Deadhand Talisman
Deadhand TalismanTalisman Tier: 1(19-31)% increased Chaos DamageCorruptedThe Empire poisons our blood with sweet wine.
Poisons our flesh with silk.
Poisons our minds with civil lies.
Poisons our children with servitude.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster spawns leeches when being damaged, which explode after a short delay on death, dealing chaos damage. Monster itself also explodes on death, dealing chaos damage.
Deep One Talisman
Deep One TalismanTalisman Tier: 1(20-30)% increased Cold DamageCorruptedWe have basked in the cloying warmth of servitude.
Now the First Ones harden us
against the numbing chill of despair
so that freedom will not slip through our trembling fingers.
- The Wolven King
Ice storm calls randomly strike around the possessed monster.
Lone Antler Talisman
Lone Antler TalismanTalisman Tier: 1(20-30)% increased Lightning DamageCorruptedThe First Ones thundered over Ezomyr
upon hooves of grey and black.
The people felt their stamping rage
and cowered as the fury rained down.
- The Wolven King
Lightning strikes randomly around the possessed monster (similar to storm call)
Mandible Talisman
Mandible TalismanTalisman Tier: 1(6-10)% increased Attack and Cast SpeedCorruptedThe First Ones hold us
between two sharpened blades.
That should we stray too far from the path,
we find ourselves severed.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster spawns moving curse zones that inflict temporal chains to players and moving zones that apply speed aura to monsters.
Rot Head Talisman
Rot Head TalismanTalisman Tier: 1(30-40)% increased Fish Bite SensitivityCorruptedTo catch a big fish you need tempting bait.
And there is no fish bigger than the Empire,
and no bait as tempting as Ezomyr.
- The Wolven King
Doesn't do anything special to possessed monsters.
Undying Flesh Talisman
Undying Flesh TalismanTalisman Tier: 1+1 to maximum number of ZombiesCorrupted'Sleep when you are weary,' our mothers told us.
'Sleep when you are dead,' our fathers told us.
To the First Ones, the slumbering and the corpse
are one and the same.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster spawns desecrated ground and summons zombies
Writhing Talisman
Writhing TalismanTalisman Tier: 1(20-30)% increased Attack DamageCorruptedFor too long we have crawled in darkness,
scavenging through rotten scraps.
The First Ones teach us to scavenge until we can hunt,
and then never crawl again.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster spawns moving curse zones that inflict Vulnerability, and curse zones that has Added Fire, Cold, and Lightning damage for enemies

Tier 2

Talisman Possession Effect
Avian Twins Talisman
Avian Twins TalismanTalisman Tier: 250% of Fire Damage taken as Cold DamageCorruptedThe first ones live where they can, where they must.
They embrace the frost, the storm, the drought.
Waxing and waning, breaking and mending,
living with time and happenstance, as must we.
- The Wolven King
6 Variants
Possession effect differs depending on a variant of a talisman. Possessed monster summons two Fiery/Frozen/Thundering Locustcallers that cast small and slowly moving in random directions Fire/Cold/Lightning Swarms that deal stackable (from different swarms) damage corresponding to their element.
Clutching Talisman
Clutching TalismanTalisman Tier: 2(15-25)% increased Global DefencesCorruptedFear the children of the First Ones.
Let fear shield your back.
And let the dullard speak of bravery
when the First Ones come for him.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster summons Totems that cast Essence Drain in a nova, alike Sire of Shards
Fangjaw Talisman
Fangjaw TalismanTalisman Tier: 2(8-12)% increased maximum LifeCorruptedThe First Ones are the forever ones.
There is no dust of the hourglass in their blood.
No fissures of weariness in their faces.
To drink of their blood is to drink of time itself.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster summons Regenerative Golem and Protective Golem
Hexclaw Talisman
Hexclaw TalismanTalisman Tier: 2(40-50)% increased Global Critical Strike ChanceCorruptedThe Hunter faced the First One
and notched his final arrow.
The First One bared its fangs
and savoured its final breath.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster spawns areas of Blade Vortexes and Ethereal Knives nova traps
Horned Talisman
Horned TalismanTalisman Tier: 2Projectiles Pierce (2-3) additional TargetsCorruptedThe Empire hides lies and falsehoods
Behind a mask of politeness and civility.
The First Ones teach us to look through the lies,
And that no beast can truly cover their tracks.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster spawn multiple Siege Ballistas
Primal Skull Talisman
Primal Skull TalismanTalisman Tier: 22% of Life Regenerated per secondCorruptedWith the will of the first ones in our sinews
we shall tear down the walls of Sarn.
Yet as is the way of the wildlands,
Only the strong may grow stronger.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster summons multiple Meteor Golems that use a magma orb like skill and die after 5 seconds
Splitnewt Talisman
Splitnewt TalismanTalisman Tier: 2(4-6)% chance to Freeze, Shock and IgniteCorruptedFrom flesh and ferocity,
the First Ones roamed
through the realm of Spirit,
and into the darkness beyond.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster casts Storm Calls and summons Static Eyes that use lightning tendrils
Wereclaw Talisman
Wereclaw TalismanTalisman Tier: 2+(24-36)% to Global Critical Strike MultiplierCorruptedIt's said to be noble to stand one's ground.
To soak the earth in stalwart blood.
While the First Ones chose to laugh and run
and caper with untamed glee.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster spawns moving curse zones that inflict enfeeble, chilled, and galvanic frost which deals cold damage over time

Tier 3

Talisman Possession Effect
Longtooth Talisman
Longtooth TalismanTalisman Tier: 3(4-6)% additional Physical Damage ReductionCorruptedWe grew contemptuous of our past.
Dismissed the first ones as ignorant and wild.
We were fools and naive children
to turn our backs on our inheritance.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster cast Proximity Shield and shoot physical projectiles at random direction.
Monkey Paw Talisman
Monkey Paw TalismanTalisman Tier: 310% chance to gain a Power Charge on KillCorruptedLook not upon me with fear, my men.
Though I seem strange, even monstrous,
were you to see with the eyes of your forebears,
your hearts would be filled with wonder.
- The Wolven King
3 Variants
Possessed monster raises Relentless Rhoas that explodes on death
Monkey Twins Talisman
Monkey Twins TalismanTalisman Tier: 3(5-8)% increased Area of Effect of Area SkillsCorruptedThe first ones marked their hunting grounds
with blood and piss.
We have tried to paint our future in words.
Now we shall paint with inks of savagery.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster spawn two unique version of Apes, that's Soul of Summer and Soul of Winter
Rotfeather Talisman
Rotfeather TalismanTalisman Tier: 3(25-35)% increased DamageCorruptedDeath met with the First Ones
and demanded they hunt with mercy.
For while pain might delight the mind,
it does not fill the belly.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster creates a green cloud that continually shrinks player characters, resulting in less damage dealt (and increased taken?)
Spinefuse Talisman
Spinefuse TalismanTalisman Tier: 3(6-10)% increased Quantity of Items foundCorruptedWe Ezomytes are beasts of burden
bearing wealth of an empire on our backs,
growing lean and strong
while our masters grow fat and weak.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster spawns small invincible Voidbearers that don't move or rotate and constantly use Incinerate for 20 seconds. Also spawns for 2 seconds raging-spirit-like heads that don't move but attack in close range
Three Hands Talisman
Three Hands TalismanTalisman Tier: 3Gain (6-12)% of Physical Damage as Extra Damage of a random ElementCorruptedWe breed thoughts of single mind,
fashion tools of single purpose.
While the First Ones bring to bear
anything that the wildlands provide.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster creates exploding orbs which is similar to the Flame/Frost/Stormbearer Bloodline mod
Three Rat Talisman
Three Rat TalismanTalisman Tier: 3(12-16)% increased AttributesCorruptedWhen we free ourselves from the shackles
of civilised existence
we learn to feed and run and breathe
as the First Ones have always done.
- The Wolven King
Possessed monster summons Plague Totem that create Poisonous Rat. Those rat does poison on hit

Tier 4

Talisman Possession Effect
Greatwolf Talisman
Greatwolf TalismanTalisman Tier: 4<Two random talisman implicit modifiers>CorruptedThe wolf greeted the king,
In the light of the harvest moon.
The wolf offered the strength of the wild,
And the king paid for it in blood.
None. (Monster doesn't pick it up/possess)

Unique talismans

ItemLvl.Stats
Blightwell
Blightwell
Clutching Talisman
Talisman Tier: 2Requires Level 28(15-25)% increased Global Defences+(20-30) to maximum Energy Shield
+(15-30)% to Fire Resistance
+(15-30)% to Lightning Resistance
30% slower start of Energy Shield Recharge while using a Flask
400% increased Energy Shield Recharge Rate while using a Flask
Corrupted
Long ago, the ocean was a puddle where a golden fish dwelt,
who lit the ocean from within and kept the water fresh.
When the sky burned, the fish dived deep,
never to return, and the waters turned sour.
28(15-25)% increased Global Defences+(20-30) to maximum Energy Shield
+(15-30)% to Fire Resistance
+(15-30)% to Lightning Resistance
30% slower start of Energy Shield Recharge while using a Flask
400% increased Energy Shield Recharge Rate while using a Flask
Corrupted
Eyes of the Greatwolf
Eyes of the Greatwolf
Greatwolf Talisman
Talisman Tier: 4Requires Level 52<Two random talisman implicit modifiers>Implicit Modifier magnitudes are doubled
Corrupted
I am but a vessel for a greater force.
It acts through me. Speaks through me.
Decides what lives and dies through me.
And will change the world through me.
52<Two random talisman implicit modifiers>Implicit Modifier magnitudes are doubled
Corrupted
Natural Hierarchy
Natural Hierarchy
Rotfeather Talisman
Talisman Tier: 3Requires Level 44(25-35)% increased Damage(10-15)% increased Physical Damage
(25-30)% increased Fire Damage
(20-25)% increased Cold Damage
(15-20)% increased Lightning Damage
(30-35)% increased Chaos Damage
Corrupted
Just as the rat cowers before the dog
and the dog cowers before Man,
so too should we cower before the First Ones
and pray we never learn of what comes next.
44(25-35)% increased Damage(10-15)% increased Physical Damage
(25-30)% increased Fire Damage
(20-25)% increased Cold Damage
(15-20)% increased Lightning Damage
(30-35)% increased Chaos Damage
Corrupted
Night's Hold
Night's Hold
Black Maw Talisman
Talisman Tier: 1Requires Level 25Has 1 Socket+2 to Level of Socketed Gems
Socketed Gems are Supported by level 10 Added Chaos Damage
Socketed Gems are supported by level 10 Blind
Socketed Gems are supported by level 10 Cast when Stunned
Corrupted
In the light of Solaris, the shadows cower and hide.
But every night they gather and grow,
and all but the strong and the stupid
seek shelter from their grasp until daybreak.
25Has 1 Socket+2 to Level of Socketed Gems
Socketed Gems are Supported by level 10 Added Chaos Damage
Socketed Gems are supported by level 10 Blind
Socketed Gems are supported by level 10 Cast when Stunned
Corrupted
Rigwald's Curse
Rigwald's Curse
Wereclaw Talisman
Talisman Tier: 2Requires Level 28+(24-36)% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier+7% Unarmed Critical Strike Chance
Modifiers to Claw Damage also apply to Unarmed
Modifiers to Claw Attack Speed also apply to Unarmed
Modifiers to Claw Critical Strike Chance also apply to Unarmed
Corrupted
I once thought the First Ones were just
stories made to scare children.
But I've seen what they can do. I've felt it.
And now I must live with that terrible knowledge.
28+(24-36)% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier+7% Unarmed Critical Strike Chance
Modifiers to Claw Damage also apply to Unarmed
Modifiers to Claw Attack Speed also apply to Unarmed
Modifiers to Claw Critical Strike Chance also apply to Unarmed
Corrupted

References

  1. Chris (February 16, 2017). "The Legacy Challenge League". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  2. Bex_GGG (December 22, 2015). "Recent Community Questions Answered!". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  3. Bex_GGG (December 15, 2015). "Talisman and Poison Questions and Answers". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved December 15, 2015.

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