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The Elder
The Elder
Level(s) 68-82, 84
Location(s) Absence of Value and Meaning
Quest(s) The Memory Eater
The Eldritch Decay
Health 2-18 million (dependent on level)
Damage 2537 to 6078 (dependent on level)
ApS 1.85
Resistance(s) 40% Fire
40% Cold
40% Lightning
25% Chaos
Modifier(s) 80% Less Curse Effectiveness
Cannot Be Fully Slowed
Immune To Knockback

The Elder is a boss that is invading the Atlas of Worlds. He is the main antagonist of the War for the Atlas expansion. The Elder randomly spawns and fights the Shaper via influencing. The Elder will spawn on the player's Atlas once at least 20 maps are influenced.

Note: Completing 20 maps while the Elder and its guardians are on the player's Atlas without actually defeating any of them gives them a chance to disappear and remove the Elder-influence from the maps they were on.

Abilities

Default Attack

Siphon

  • Deals 1433 Physical Damage per second
  • Players have 60% less Action speed while inside

Tentacle Slam

  • Deals 130% of Damage

Expanding Nova

  • Deals 5420 to 6625 Physical Damage

Projectile Spell 1

  • Deals 6554 to 9832 Cold Damage
  • Fires additional Projectiles

Projectile Spell 2

  • Deals 5006 to 7509 Cold Damage
  • Fires additional Projectiles

Arena

The arena is called Absence of Value and Meaning.

Strategy

Normal Phase

The Elder uses the following moves from the start:

  • Default attack
  • Ice Spears: Launches ice spears in various ways, dealing cold damage. He can fire multiple icicles in a large arc or several in a smaller arc.
  • Ring of Death: Casts a ring around him, creating a field that gradually grows larger over time. After several seconds, it explodes for massive physical damage, enough to kill most builds. You must stay inside the ring to avoid taking damage.
  • Siphon - Dives into the ground and reappears, channeling an arc that deals physical damage over time and greatly slows the character down in front of him. Any damage he deals with this attack is given to him as energy shield.

During the fight, Madness Propagators will spawn, which fires slow projectile shots and leaves a patch of eldritch decay permanently if it is left alive long enough, which deals physical damage over time while standing over them. Killing them quickly is important so that the arena does not become overwhelmed by them.

As the Elder's life gets lower, he will start using more attacks:

  • Tentacle Whip: Spawns several tentacles that slam the ground to deal area of effect physical damage. This attack also leaves eldritch decay for a short time.
  • Rising Slam: The Elder spins around, launching multiple cold damage projectiles that impact in a ring around him, then teleports away. He will then teleport to your location and do a slam that deals heavy physical damage.
  • Petrifying Arc: Identical to his Siphon attack, but he will freeze you in place instead. It guarantees him a second's worth of damage before the Shaper slams the Elder while freeing you.

Captured Phase

When the Elder is brought down to 25% life, the Shaper will capture him and leave him at the center of the arena. He will be invulnerable and the Shaper must channel to fully form all four restraints. You must protect him while the Elder spawns Null Portals that spawn multiple Madness Propagators that can attack the Shaper. Each restraint takes 35 seconds to finish. The Elder will also attack with Tentacle Whip later in the phase. The Shaper performs his restraints in the following order: left side, right side, bottom, top so keep that in mind when the Shaper finishes his current restraint.

If the Shaper's life is brought down to 0, he will retreat and the Elder will be freed, and you must finish the rest of the fight in his first phase.

One recommendation for protecting the Shaper is to use frost wall in front of him to prevent attacks from reaching him. Another one is to not focus on the null portals because they simply spawn back so it is advisable to simply focus on the monsters conjured by the null portals instead. Sulphur flasks can also heal the Shaper. Make sure you have enough clear speed or it will be very hard to successfully do this phase of the fight.

Unstable Phase

Once all four restraints have formed, the Shaper will leave and the Elder is vulnerable once again. He will continue to spawn Null Portals and attack with Tentacle Whip, Ice Spear novas, and Ring of Death, but will also periodically release a large dark pulse that deals physical damage and covers the entire arena.

When the Elder is killed in this phase, he will charge up a final lethal blast. Zana will appear at the bottom right side of the arena with a protective bubble. Retreat to Zana before he uses his last attack.

The Elder must be killed in this phase in order for Watcher's EyeWatcher's Eye
Prismatic Jewel
Limited to: 1(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
One by one, they stood their ground against a creature
they had no hope of understanding, let alone defeating,
and one by one, they became a part of it.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
and Memory Fragment XV (if applicable) to drop.

Uber Elder

Tier 17 Elder (also known as Uber Elder) can be fought by progressing through the Epilogue quests by collecting all 15 Memory Fragments and defeating the Shaper at least once. Afterwards, when a Tier 15 map is Elder-influenced, it will cause all Tier 16 maps to become Shaper-influenced. Clear all four maps and the Elder will occupy The Shaper's Realm. Then as usual, you need to take out all 4 of the Elder's Guardians to summon Uber Elder.

The Elder is assisted by the Shaper in this battle. The battle essentially pits the player against both bosses, with some divergences:

  • One of the bosses will be invulnerable, alternating between the two for every 25% health lost. The invulnerable boss will use less attacks than normal. When both bosses are at 25% health, both bosses will be vulnerable.
  • Volatile Anomalies and Madness Propagators will continuously spawn during the fight, alternating every 20 seconds.
  • There are no special phases from either boss.
  • At each 1/4 health lost, the Elder or Shaper will spawn adds. The Elder will summon multiple Null Portals and the Shaper channels a portal like in his regular fight. Both are invulnerable during this phase.
  • The Elder will not use his Petrifying Arc attack and the Shaper will not use his Shadow Clone or Bullet Hell attack.

Exclusive drops

The Elder can drop Elder items. He can also drop these exclusive unique items:

Tier 1 and up:

  • Blasphemer's GraspBlasphemer's Grasp
    Assassin's Mitts
    Quality: +20%
    Evasion: (280-332)
    Energy Shield: (54-64)
    Requires Level 58, 45 Dex, 45 Int+(40-50) to Dexterity
    (150-200)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
    +(50-60) to maximum Life
    15% increased Damage with Ailments per Elder Item Equipped
    +6 to Maximum Life per Elder Item Equipped
    8% increased Effect of non-Damaging Ailments per Elder Item Equipped
    Remove an Ailment when you use a Flask if all Equipped Items are Elder Items
    Reaching nature's limits,
    many sought power in the unnatural.
  • Cyclopean CoilCyclopean Coil
    Leather Belt
    Requires Level 68+(25-40) to maximum Life+(60-80) to maximum Life
    (5-15)% increased Attributes
    Cannot be Frozen if Dexterity is higher than Intelligence
    Cannot be Ignited if Strength is higher than Dexterity
    Cannot be Shocked if Intelligence is higher than Strength
    1% increased Damage per 5 of your lowest Attribute
    With the patience of a prowling lion,
    the Shade watched the Scholar.

Tier 6 and up:

Tier 11 and up:

Tier 17 (Uber Elder encounter):

  • DisintegratorDisintegrator
    Maelström Staff
    Staff
    Quality: +20%
    Physical Damage: (392.4-428.4)(550.8-598.8)
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Attacks per Second: 1.20
    Weapon Range: 11
    Requires Level 64, 113 Str, 113 Int+20% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a StaffAdds (270-300) to (340-380) Physical Damage
    Adds (376-400) to (568-600) Physical Damage to Spells
    +1 to Maximum Siphoning Charges per Elder or Shaper Item Equipped
    25% chance to gain a Siphoning Charge when you use a Skill
    Adds (12-14) to (15-16) Physical Damage to Attacks and Spells per Siphoning Charge
    Gain 4% of Non-Chaos Damage as extra Chaos Damage per Siphoning Charge
    1% additional Physical Damage Reduction from Hits per Siphoning Charge
    0.2% of Damage Leeched as Life per Siphoning Charge
    Take 150 Physical Damage per Second per Siphoning Charge if you've used a Skill Recently
    Blurred is the boundary
    between creator and destroyer.
  • IndigonIndigon
    Hubris Circlet
    Quality: +20%
    Energy Shield: (205-228)
    Requires Level 69, 154 Int(150-180)% increased Energy Shield
    (6-10)% increased maximum Mana
    Recover (8-10)% of maximum Life when you use a Mana Flask
    Non-instant Mana recovery from Flasks is also recovered as Life
    (50-60)% increased Mana Cost of Skills for each 200 total Mana you have Spent Recently
    (50-60)% increased Spell Damage for each 200 total Mana you have Spent Recently
    Where the body's limits begin,
    the mind's limits end.
  • VoidfletcherVoidfletcher
    Penetrating Arrow Quiver
    Requires Level 64Arrows Pierce an additional TargetConsumes a Void Charge to Trigger Level 20 Void Shot when you fire Arrows
    Adds (30-40) to (80-100) Cold Damage to Attacks
    +(80-120) to maximum Energy Shield
    +(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
    +(20-40) Mana gained on Kill
    30% increased Projectile Speed
    5 Maximum Void Charges
    Gain a Void Charge every second
    Even emptiness may be harnessed.
  • Mark of the ElderMark of the Elder
    Steel Ring
    Requires Level 80Adds (3-4) to (10-14) Physical Damage to AttacksAdds (26-32) to (42-48) Cold Damage to Attacks
    (6-10)% increased maximum Energy Shield
    (6-10)% increased maximum Life
    (60-80)% increased Attack Damage if your other Ring is a Shaper Item
    Cannot be Stunned by Attacks if your other Ring is an Elder Item
    20% chance to Trigger Level 20 Tentacle Whip on Kill
    Be not stirred by the Void.
  • Mark of the ShaperMark of the Shaper
    Opal Ring
    Requires Level 80(15-25)% increased Elemental DamageAdds (13-18) to (50-56) Lightning Damage to Spells
    (6-10)% increased maximum Energy Shield
    (6-10)% increased maximum Life
    (60-80)% increased Spell Damage if your other Ring is an Elder Item
    Cannot be Stunned by Spells if your other Ring is a Shaper Item
    20% chance to Trigger Level 20 Summon Volatile Anomaly on Kill
    Let madness take control.
  • VoidforgeVoidforge
    Infernal Sword
    Two Hand Sword
    Quality: +20%
    Physical Damage: (88.4-114.4)(183.6-237.6)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Attacks per Second: (1.42-1.46)
    Weapon Range: 11
    Requires Level 67, 113 Str, 113 Dex30% increased Global Accuracy Rating(50-100)% increased Physical Damage
    (5-8)% increased Attack Speed
    +(90-100) to maximum Life
    Your Elemental Damage can Shock
    Gain 300% of Weapon Physical Damage as Extra Damage of an Element
    20% increased Area of Effect for Attacks
    Deal no Non-Elemental Damage
    A weapon born of nothingness,
    can only create more nothingness.
  • Watcher's EyeWatcher's Eye
    Prismatic Jewel
    Limited to: 1(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
    (4-6)% increased maximum Life
    (4-6)% increased maximum Mana
    <Two or Three random aura modifiers>
    One by one, they stood their ground against a creature
    they had no hope of understanding, let alone defeating,
    and one by one, they became a part of it.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
    (3 aura mods)

Notes

  • Since you need 20 maps to be influenced before the Elder will spawn, you can't guarantee a spawn in red tier maps only. However red tier maps in the Hydra and Chimera sections are connected with only one yellow tier map, Bog, which makes these sections a popular choice for spreading elder influence.

Version History

Version Changes
3.2.0
  • Introduced the final Elder encounter. This endgame encounter is the single most difficult challenge Path of Exile currently has to offer. Good luck!
  • No longer immune to Taunt, though they may not retarget based on being taunted. The Elder in his Unstable phase can no longer be slowed below their base speed.
  • The Elder's Unstable phase is now more difficult, and can drop more Elder items if successfully completed. This is now the only way to obtain the Watcher's Eye unique jewel.
3.1.0
  • Introduced to the game.

References