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Preface

First, I’d like to thank EHG for providing the tremendous resource that is the in-game Game Guide. I’ve often wanted to access it outside the game so I’ve recreated it here, with some additional content.

While this Game Guide is nearly identical to its in-game counterpart, I did add the word community to the title because all sections of this guide effectively function as ‘wiki’s’ - that is to say, they can be edited by most members of this forum community.

If you find any errors, or want to add new or expand upon existing content then please feel free to do so. Those that can’t yet submit changes directly, can suggest them in the comments below.

With the assistance of the community it should help to keep this guide both current and helpful for all players of Last Epoch. I look forward to the evolution of this guide!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS


1.0 General Information


2.0 Skills


3.0 Crafting


4.0 Items


5.0 Combat Mechanics


6.0 Ailments


7.0 Enemies


8.0 Dungeons


9.0 Eternity Cache


10.0 Arena


11.0 Monolith of Fate


12.0 Favour System

  • 12.1 Reserved for Future Consideration

13.0 Lost Memories

  • 13.1 Reserved for Future Consideration

Changelog


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GENERAL INFORMATION


1.1 Character Creation

There are several options available to you when creating a character. Selecting only the Standard game mode creates a character whose stash, gold, and crafting materials are shared amongst all similarly created characters. This is known as a Softcore (SC) character, and on the character select screen will have the SC tag.

Selecting only the Hardcore game mode creates a character whose stash, gold, and crafting materials are shared amongst all similarly created characters. On death this character is converted to softcore and loses access to your shared hardcore stash and leaderboards. This is generally referred to as a Hardcore (HC) character. On the character select screen these characters will have the HC tag.

Outside of death, there is no way to abandon this challenge. Though, you can still access and play the character after death. The character is converted to softcore (if solo challenge wasn’t selected) or converted to softcore solo self found (if solo challenge was selected). On the character select screen all dead hardcore characters have the Ghost tag.

Solo Challenge: This creates a character whose stash, gold, and crafting materials are separate from all other characters. This is generally referred to as a Solo Self Found (SSF) character. On the character select screen these characters will have the Solo tag.

Within the game’s Settings under the Challenges tab you can choose to abandon this challenge. If you abandon the solo challenge all items in your stash will be lost, as well as your gold and crafting items. This character will instead be moved to Softcore (by default) or Hardcore (if the HC challenge was also selected) and have access to the shared stash, gold, and crafting materials that reside there.

You can not re-enable this challenge once it has been disabled for that character.

Masochist Challenge: You and your minions take twice as much damage, and deal half as much damage as normal. If neither the Solo or Hardcore challenges are selected then you will have access to your Softcore shared stash, gold, and crafting materials. On the character select screen there is no unique tag given to these characters. This challenge becomes available after completing the story with at least one character.

Within the game’s Settings under the Challenges tab you can choose to abandon this challenge. If you abandon the masochist challenge then you and your minions will deal and take normal amounts of damage.

You can not re-enable this challenge once it has been disabled for that character.

One or more of these challenges can be selected at the same time. For example, you can create a Hardcore Solo Self Found (HC SSF) character.


1.2 Action Bar

( 1 ) Health Globe - displays your current amount of health and receives a blue coloured overlay if you’ve also accumulated any ward. For Lich’s Reaper Form ability this globe will turn a teal colour that displays a secondary amount of health that exists until you’ve been knocked out of Reaper Form. Hovering your cursor over the health globe will bring up a tooltip displaying your current health, maximum health, ward, ward retention, endurance, and endurance threshold.
( 2 ) Ward Gauge - displays your current amount of ward, if any.
( 3 ) Dungeon Ability - only visible in dungeons and the ability differs with the dungeon you’re currently in. This ability is mapped to the [D] key by default.
( 4 ) Potions - displays the current number of potions you’re carrying, if any. The amount of potions you can carry is directly tied to the belt you’re wearing, and potions are mapped to the [1] key by default.
( 5 ) Active Buffs - all buffs that have active indicators are displayed here. Not all active buffs have an indicator icon so you may have more buffs active than those displayed.

  • Buffs have circular icons with a green border that indicates its duration.
  • Effects with multiple stacks will have the number displayed at the bottom right of their icon.
  • Mousing over an icon will display a tooltip with the name and details of the effect.

( 6 ) New Passive Point - a new passive point is available to be applied to any unlocked passive tree.
( 7 ) Skills - all skills you currently have mapped to your action bar. Only 5 skills can be mapped to the action bar at one time and these skills are mapped to the [Q], [W], [E], [R], and RMB keys by default. Hovering your cursor over these skills will bring up their Tooltip DPS and scaling tags.
( 8 ) Experience Bar - a visual indicator of your experience gain and how much is needed before your next level.
( 9 ) New Specialization Slot - a new skill specialization slot has been unlocked. There are a total of 5 skill specialization slots that are unlocked at levels 4, 8, 20, 35, and 50.
( 10 ) LMB Options - change how the LMB functions, from these three options:

  • Move Only - the move button will always result in a move action even if your mouse is over an enemy.
  • Move or Break Destructible - if you press the move button while hovering over a destructible (such as a barrel) you will attack it instead of moving.
  • Move or Attack - if you press the move button while hovering over an enemy you will use an ability instead of moving, as long as the ability is targeted or you are holding Shift. Click to select which ability slot to use.

( 11 ) New Skill Available - a new skill has been unlocked through leveling, applying passive points, or after selecting your Mastery.
( 12 ) Active Debuffs - all debuffs that have active indicators are displayed here.

  • Debuffs have hexagonal icons with a red border that indicates its duration.
  • Effects with multiple stacks will have the number displayed at the bottom right of their icon.
  • Mousing over an icon will display a tooltip with the name and details of the effect.

( 13 ) Panel List - contains a list of shortcuts to all panels/windows that can be opened in-game.
( 14 ) Teleport - opens a portal back to the last major town you visited.
( 15 ) Mana/Rage Globe - displays your current amount of mana. For Druid transformations this globe will turn orange and display your current amount of rage.
( 16 ) New Skill Point - one or more of your specialized skills has leveled up and gained a new skill point for you to apply. Specialized skills can earn a maximum of 20 skill points through leveling.


1.3 Character Sheet

The character sheet, opened using the [C] key by default, shows you key global offensive and defensive stats for your character as well as minion, ailment, and other stats. These stats are updated in real-time based on buffs or debuffs that are currently active. You can use your cursor to hover over each stat to gain further knowledge about what that stat does or how it functions.

A revamped character sheet is currently in development that will offer players even more in-depth stats concerning their character and skills. There is no ETA for its release.


1.4 Inventory & Stash

Your inventory, opened using the [ I ] key by default, shows you all the gear, idols, shards, and other items you’ve picked up off the ground or purchased. You can then store your gear in the stash as well as store your shards, glyphs, and runes into the Forge using the Transfer Crafting Items button located in the inventory window. Crafting materials are not purchasable at merchants, beyond a limited amount of Runes of Shattering.

You can use your cursor to hover over items to see their stats. Doing so brings up further functionality. You can use the [Alt] key to display item modifier explanations, the [Ctrl] key to compare the item with your currently equipped item of that type, and the [Alt] + [Ctrl] keys to display the items crafting & item roll information.


1.5 Attributes

There are 5 key attributes that each class can increase through passives and as affixes on most types of gear. All attributes have secondary effects that benefit some classes more than others and, in particular, the skills that you select for your build.

You can hover over skills that have an attribute in their Scaling Tags and hold the [Alt] key to see the benefit that that attribute provides to the skill.

Strength: Each point of Strength increases armour by 4% and improves skills that rely on the raw strength of you and your companions. The Primalist and Sentinel both have certain skills that benefit from this stat.

Dexterity: Each point of Dexterity adds 4 dodge rating and improves skills that rely on the skillful handling of weapons. The Acolyte, Mage, Primalist, Rogue, and Sentinel all have certain skills that benefit from this stat.

Intelligence: Each point of Intelligence grants 4% ward retention and improves skills that rely on carefully studied magic. The Acolyte and Mage both have certain skills that benefit from this stat.

Attunement: Each point of Attunement grants 2 mana and improves skills that rely on the innate magic inside you and your surroundings. The Primalist and Sentinel both have certain skills that benefit from this stat.

Vitality: Each point of Vitality grants 10 health and 2% increased health regen. The Sentinel has certain skills that benefit from this stat.


1.6 Defenses Overview

These are high level overviews of the defense systems available to you during your playthrough. You’ll find further information on each in the Combat Mechanics section of this Game Guide.

Resistances: Reduce the damage taken from a specific damage type. Each resistance caps at 75% and reduces the damage of both hits and damage over time.

Enemies penetrate 1% resistance per area level, up to 75%. This penetration applies after the resistance cap, so extra resistance above 75% has no effect unless enemies apply Resistance Shred, Shock, Poison, or Mark for Death ailments.

Resistances can be brought below 0% causing you to take more damage.

Armour: Reduces the damage taken from all hits, but is 70% as effective against non-physical damage. Armour only protects you from hits and not from damage over time. Your total damage mitigated from armour is increased by your armour rating, but reduced by the area level. To visually see how this works click here.

Endurance: Reduces all damage dealt to your health below your Endurance Threshold. You start with 20% Endurance and have an Endurance Threshold equal to 20% of your maximum health. Endurance mitigates damage from both hits and damage over time.

Block: First, you have Block Chance which is the chance you’ll block a hit from an attack or spell. Second, you have Block Effectiveness which is the percentage by which damage is reduced when you block a hit. Blocks will only protect you from hits and not from damage over time.

Your total damage mitigated from a block is increased by your Block Effectiveness, but reduced by the area level. To visually see how this works click here.

Dodge: Your chance to dodge a hit from enemies and thus negating all its damage. Dodge chance is increased by dodge rating, but reduced by the area level. To visually see how this works click here.

Critical Strike Avoidance: Gives a chance to downgrade an enemies crit on you to a regular hit. This stat caps at 100% which will provide you with immunity to enemy critical strikes.

Glancing Blow: Reduces damage taken from a hit by 35%. Having a glancing blow chance greater than 100% has no additional effect.

Stun Avoidance: Protects against stuns. Stuns do not allow you to move or use skills for a base duration of 0.4 seconds. When you are stunned, you become immune to stuns for 1 second after the stun ends.

Health & Leech/Regen: A large enough health pool in conjunction with appropriate amounts of health leech and/or regen can provide a significant amount of defense, especially in tandem with other defensive layers.

Ward: Is generally referred to as an energy shield that sits above your health and rapidly decays over time. Its temporary nature can require many sources of ward generation during combat in order to offer a substantial amount of defense (on its own).

Ward Retention: Any ward accumulated decays at a slower rate as this stat is increased.

Movement Speed: While not a defensive mechanic by definition, higher movement speed will allow you to avoid telegraphed enemy attacks far easier than if you had little or no movement speed. It may not be necessary for success, but it will certainly afford every build increased survivability.


1.7 Useful NPCs

Annya the Blacksmith

Annya is Last Epoch’s main merchant that sells on-level items for your character with an inventory that restocks over time. Annya also sells varying amounts (1-4) of the Rune of Shattering, a crafting item, for $2,000 gold each.

The majority of items found during your travels will not sell for much gold. The highest selling items in the game are the Arena Key at $6,500 gold and the Arena Key of Memory at $7,250 gold.

Artem the Gambler

The Gambler allows you to target farm any item of your choice, provided you meet the items’ level requirement. However, the item level of items sold by the gambler stops scaling with character level beyond level 40 and thus only provides a good source of items during the initial leveling of ones character. Item sold by the gambler within this item level range will never exceed the level requirement of your character.

Each item gambled has a chance to roll as a Common, Magic, or Rare item. Exalted, Unique, Set, and Legendary items cannot be gambled for.

Chronomancer Lerinne

The Chronomancer allows you to respec your passive points at the cost of gold. The gold cost is greater for passives higher in the Mastery trees than passives lower in those trees.

Currently, you can only refund one point at a time, having to confirm each change. Passive nodes on the righthand side of Mastery trees are sustained by the passive nodes that come before so you may need to refund higher passive nodes to make changes to lower passive nodes, in some cases.


1.8 Passives

The passive trees for each class offer nodes that increase a characters offensive and defensive traits, add new skills/buffs to proc, and allow for unique functionalities. You gain passive points by leveling up, starting at level 3, and as rewards for completing certain quests. A total of 113 passive points are possible by character level 100, with 98 obtained from leveling (lvls 3-100) and a further 15 from mission rewards.

You begin your journey with access to only the base class passive tree, but once you’ve chosen your Mastery Class you gain access to the left half of each Mastery’s passive tree and the right half of your chosen Mastery’s passive tree.

Passive points are spent from left to right in each of the passive trees. Nodes in these trees are located 5 passive points apart from each other and require passive points to be spent in previous nodes to access nodes located further to the right within the trees. Respec’ing passive points within the trees may require you to reallocate points from the rightmost nodes first if you are trying to remove points from the leftmost nodes, which are the nodes allowing you access to the righthand side of the tree in the first place.

As you earn passive points and increase the allotment of these points within the passive trees you unlock skills that you can then use.

The [Alt] key can be used to display further information for certain Passive and Skill tree nodes. Passives that grant a bonus stat/buff/skill when a certain amount of points have been invested in them are called threshold nodes. These nodes have yet to be implemented for all Mastery passive trees.


1.9 Skills

Each class has skills unique to it and skills that are unique to each Mastery Class. Skills are unlocked through leveling, investing passive points into a class, or after selecting a Mastery class. Unlocking a skill allows you to place it on your action bar, but it will need to be specialized in before you can access and take advantage of its skill tree.

Each character has a total of 5 skill specialization slots that are unlocked at levels 4, 8, 20, 35, and 50. Every skill has a customizable skill tree that is accessible once specialized. There are 20 skill points that can be allocated within each skill tree with these skill points being gained through earning experience by killing enemies or completing missions. All specialized skills gain experience at the same time and, depending on their current level, may also receive accelerated experience gain. ​

As your character level increases so will your Minimum Skill Level. The minimum skill level dictates how many skill points your skills start with when you specialize in them and how many skill points will be retained when de-leveling a skill.

Specialized skills are not permanent and can have their skill trees altered or replaced for a different skill. Removing individual skill points of your choosing will reduce a skill’s level by 1 if above your minimum skill level. You then level up the skill as normal to spend these skill points again. De-specializing a skill will remove all skill points and experience from the skill, and allow you to specialize in another skill to take its place. The new skill will start at your minimum skill level.


1.10 Mastery Choice

When you start your journey in Last Epoch you only have access to the base class passive tree. As you progress through the main story you will eventually reach the End of Time location, which begins the start of Chapter 4. The End of Time is reached after defeating the Emperor’s Remains boss that lies within the Sanctum Bastille, of the Ruined Era. It can also be accessed by completing the Lightless Arbor dungeon, provided you’ve previously acquired a Lightless Arbor Key.

Once you have reached the End of Time you speak to The Forgotten Knight NPC who will open a portal to the Realm of the Forgotten. At the end of a series of walkways and after fending off your other selves you get to a pedestal surrounded by 3 unique versions of yourself. These are the Mastery class options for your character, with but one path to take, and the choice cannot be undone.

Your Mastery choice grants you a unique Mastery Bonus, a skill unique to that Mastery, and access to that Mastery’s full passive tree. Investing enough passive points into your chosen Mastery tree will unlock additional skills unique to it. While your Mastery choice locks you to that Mastery, it does not stop you from putting passive points into the other Mastery trees. However, you can only put enough passive points into the other Mastery trees to unlock half of their tree.

The Falconer, Runemaster, and Warlock are currently unavailable. These remaining masteries are still in development with all three scheduled to arrive in patch 1.0.


1.11 Shrines

Shrines are magical constructs found in the world that can be activated by clicking on them. Shrines can only be activated once and activating a shrine is optional. The shrines from each era have their own unique model and visual appearance that will update when they are activated, and again when their duration expires.

Shrines from each era also have their own pool of effects. These effects can vary from summoning enemies for you to fight, spawning temporary allies to assist you in combat, dropping valuable loot, or granting powerful, time-limited buffs.


1.12 Training Dummy

The training dummy is located in multiple town hubs, allowing the player to test changes to gear in order to optimize damage output. These dummies are effectively level 1 and don’t have any resistances or other damage mitigation stats. Considering enemies have ~87% damage reduction at level 100, the training dummy will receive about 7.7 times as much damage as a level 100 enemy.

The training dummy isn’t an enemy so it won’t count as striking an enemy, nor trigger events or procs that require one. However, the Champions Gate area of the Arena has one such training dummy available that provides this functionality, and even minions (including totems) will automatically attack it without any input necessary from the user.

The ring on the floor surrounding the training dummy in the End of Time has a radius of 5.2m. However, if the character is standing on the circle then that character is about 4m from the dummy when calculated from character radius edge to enemy radius edge. This distance is considered nearby and provides a visual reference for the player. The area outside the circle would be considered distant. This terminology is used frequently throughout the game.


1.13 Terminology

Adaptive Spell Damage: works like any other added spell damage, except that it changes its damage type to match that of the spell being used.

For example, if you have an Oracle Staff with +95 Adaptive Spell Damage and use the Lightning Blast skill, whose base damage type is lightning by default, then +95 flat lightning damage will be multiplied by the skill’s damage effectiveness (100% in this case), and then added to the skill’s base damage before stats like increased damage and more damage are applied.

Deadly: enemies gain 100% more damage.

Direct Cast: a skill directly casted by the player (i.e. the player manually activates the ability on their action bar).

Distant: this distance can generally be defined as greater than 4 meters from the player character radius edge. The circle surrounding the training dummy can be used to show how far away enemies are required to be considered distant.

Elemental Resistance/Damage: impacts Fire, Lightning, and Cold resists/damage elements.

Enrage: enemies gain 60% increased attack & casting speed and 35% increased movement speed.

Fear: causes enemies to flee from you and your allies and lasts for 0.5 to 0.9 seconds. Enemies can only be affected by fear once.

Frenzy: grants the player 20% increased attack and casting speed and does not stack. Enemies with frenzy gain increased attack and casting speed.

Haste: grants the player 30% increased movement speed and does not stack. Enemies with haste gain 40% increased movement speed.

High Health: refers to greater than 65% of maximum health remaining.

Inspiration: grants the player 20% increased cooldown recovery speed for 4 seconds and does not stack.

Kill Threshold: instantly kill enemies below a certain health threshold (a percentage of their maximum health).

Low Health: refers to less than 35% of maximum health remaining.

Nearby: this distance varies among skills, but is generally within 4 meters of the player character radius edge. The circle surrounding the training dummy can be used to show how close enemies are required to be considered nearby.

On Hit: when you, the player, inflict a hit on an enemy.

Rampant: enemies gain increased damage, size, and damage resistance.

Recently: within the last 4 seconds (unless stated otherwise).

Shadows: creates a Shadow of yourself that persists for up to 5 seconds and will imitate your next Shadow Cascade, Shurikens, Umbral Blades, or Acid Flask. Shadows are exclusive to the Rogue class and its Mastery’s, and are not classified as minions. Minions are summoned while shadows are created.

Taunt: taunting vastly reduces your “unimportance modifier” so that you appear as though you are the closest target from the enemy, so the enemy AI then automatically targets you. Please see threat for more info.

Threat: how an enemy determines what to attack next. Essentially, increases to threat will make one appear that much closer to enemies when they are selecting a target. Also, enemies prefer to keep attacking the same target.

Threat is based almost entirely on proximity. Individual actors (players, minions, enemies) have an “unimportance modifier” which causes them to appear as though they are closer to or further away from anything which is doing an automatic targeting calculation.

Twinned: enemies summon a twin at half health.

When Hit: when you, the player, receive a hit from an enemy.


1.14 Helpful Resources

From official resources to community hosted websites, these are some of the most helpful places a new player can visit for further information or community interaction.

Official Resources

Community Websites

  • LastEpochTools - hosted by Dammitt, this community created website offers a fully featured Build Planner, robust Item Database, Build Compendium, Game Guide, and much more.
  • Tunklab - hosted by Tunk, this community created website offers a plethora of features that include; an Item Database, Gear Planner, Defensive Calculators, and much more.
  • Wiki - while several aspects of the wiki are vastly outdated, there’s still some useful information to be found here.

YouTube

  • LE University - a video series of guides, created by McFluffin, focused on helping new players get a better understanding of the game’s core concepts.

  • MoF Overview - a quick guide of the Monolith of Fate endgame system created by Smattymatty.

  • Crafting Guides

  • Boss Guides

    • MoF Boss Guide - this video, created by Heavy, provides a breakdown of boss mechanics for all 10 Timeline bosses in the Monolith of Fate.
    • Shade of Orobyss - this video, created by Heavy, provides a breakdown of boss mechanics for the Shade of Orobyss boss located within each of the MoF Timelines.
    • The Mountain Beneath - this video, created by Heavy & CaiusMartius, provides a breakdown of boss mechanics for the Lightless Arbor’s dungeon boss.
    • Chronomancer Julra (1) - this video, created by Heavy & CaiusMartius, provides a breakdown of boss mechanics for the Temporal Sanctum’s dungeon boss.
    • Chronomancer Julra (2) - this video, created by LizardIRL, provides a breakdown of boss mechanics for the Temporal Sanctum’s dungeon boss.

Forums

  • Loot Filter Guide - created by Heavy, this guide will help you to both understand how the loot filter works and how to create your very own loot filters. Heavy also maintains a repository of loot filters that you can use or build from.

Reddit

Foreign Language Resources

  • German

    • Discord - an unofficial server, started by Heavy, that was created to help build a German speaking community around LE and has over 200 members.
    • Fan Website - hosted by RawSuicide, this website includes guides for beginners and provides translations of the latest news, dev blogs, and patch notes.
    • Game Guide - while some of its content is outdated now, this is a community translation of the game guide created by ZeroSorc.
  • Russian

    • Discord - an unofficial server, created by Quadtrac, is a place to hang out or ask your fellow countrymen questions.
  • Spanish

    • Discord - an unofficial server, created by elgamerviejuno, that brings together all people from Spain and Latin America interested in Last Epoch.

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SKILLS


2.1 Unlocking Skills

Skills can be unlocked upon reaching certain character levels, after investing a certain number of passive points into a class, or after selecting a Mastery Class.

Opening the Skills Window (bound to the [S] key by default) allows you to see which skills your character can unlock, and how to do so. You can also click on any skill to view its Specialization Tree.

Clicking one of the 5 skill slots on your Action Bar at the bottom of the screen allows you to change which skill is equipped there.


2.2 Skill Specialization

Skill Specialization Slots are unlocked as your character levels up, to a maximum of 5 (to match how many skills can be equipped on the Action Bar).

Upon unlocking a Skill Specialization Slot, you can choose to Specialize in a skill that your character currently knows. Doing so allows you to level up that skill and invest points into its Specialization Tree. Skills have a maximum level of 20.

If you would like to specialize in a different skill, you can press the Respec button at the top right of the Skills Window while viewing the tree for a specialized skill.

Newly specialized skills will be automatically set to your Minimum Skill Level, and may receive a bonus to XP so that they can catch up to your other skills.

Under each skill’s name in the top left-hand corner of its skill tree you can view its current Minimum Skill Level as well as if it’s affected by an XP bonus.


2.3 + Skill Level Affixes

Body Armour, Helmets, Relics, Uniques, and Sets can all have affixes which grant additional levels to certain skills. These affixes can exceed the normal 20 level limit of skills.

Any skill levels currently granted by items will be shown in blue above a skill’s XP bar inside its skill tree.

Unequipping an item which grants levels to your skills will remove points from them, unless you have a number of unspent points greater than or equal to the levels lost. Nodes which have lost points in this way will be highlighted in red when you next view that skill’s tree.


2.4 Tooltip DPS

Skills will display their Damage Per Second, or Average Damage if they have a cooldown, when the cursor if hovered over them.

Tooltips for sub-abilities (such as Fury Leap’s Lightning Bolts) are accessed by holding [Alt] while viewing the tooltip for the node which adds it. Tooltips for skills mentioned on Unique items (both normal player skills and skills that are only granted by that item) are also accessed by holding [Alt] while viewing the item’s tooltip.

DPS is very complicated to calculate, so the DPS value of a skill won’t account for absolutely every node or effect in the game. Conditional effects (i.e. “Your next attack deals 30% damage”) will not affect tooltip DPS as they only take effect when the skill is used.

Tooltip DPS is very useful to help evaluate how much a piece of gear or node affects your skill, but the values can’t be directly compared between skills or other players in all situations.

Minion skills, and nodes that exclusively affect sub-abilities (i.e. Increased Fire Aura Damage) are not currently supported, but will be in the future.


2.5 Scaling Tags

Each skill will have one or more scaling tags associated with it. These tags highlight the sources that scale the damage, the damage type(s) of the skill, and other unique properties of the skill.

You can hover over skills to see their scaling tags. Hold the [Alt] key to view further information about the skill, and the benefit any attribute tag(s) may provide.

The scaling tags that can appear on skills are as follows;

Melee: Scales with increases from melee based stats (e.g. “melee physical damage”, “melee fire damage”, “melee cold damage”, etc.).

Spell: Scales with increases from spell based stats (e.g. “increased spell damage”, “spell critical strike chance”, “adaptive spell damage”, etc.).

Throwing Attack: Scales with increases from throwing based stats (e.g. “throwing attack damage”, “throwing attack speed”, “throwing damage and fire vulnerability”, etc.)

Bow Attack: Scales with increases from bow based stats (e.g. “increased bow damage”, “increased bow attack speed”, “bow physical damage”, “bow fire damage”, etc.).

There is also a bow attack minion scaling tag for the Summon Skeleton skill. Skeleton Archers that are summoned use a bow to attack enemies.

Curse: A skill that applies some form of debuff to enemies over a specified period of time.

Channelled: Requires the player to stand in-place while performing the skill (unless it is a skill like Warpath that also has the movement tag, which will allow you to both move and perform the skill at the same time).

Skills with both the spell and channelled tags do not receive bonuses from increased casting speed.

Skills with both the melee and channelled tags do not receive bonuses from increased attack speed, with Flurry and Warpath being the lone exceptions at this time.

Damage over Time: Skills with this tag will not hit, or proc “on hit” effects. However, DoT attacks cannot be dodged, blocked, turned into a glancing blow, and neglect armour.

Buff: A skill that offers a boost to certain offensive and/or defensive stats while it is active.

Instant Cast: The skill is performed without a casting time allowing you to use it during other actions as well as not stopping your movement.

Movement: Provides some form of movement ability (e.g. teleport, dash, etc.).

Transform: Changes the characters appearance and adds new skills and/or functionality that is unique to that transformation.

Minion: Scales with increases from minion based stats (e.g. “minion physical damage”).

Companion: Companions are a type of minion with special mechanics that the Primalist class uses. Skills with this tag will benefit from both increases to minion and companion stats.

Totem: Totems are a type of minion that is used by the Primalist class. Skills with this tag will benefit from both increases to minion and totem stats.

[Damage Type Tag]: For damage type tags (elemental, cold, fire, lightning, necrotic, physical, poison, void) the tag means that it has base [insert damage type], and that makes “increased [insert damage type]” scale that specific damage type.

For example, a skill with the Cold tag means that it has base cold damage, and that makes “increased cold damage” scale that damage.

These damage type tags determine the split of the base damage the skill does. For example, if a skill has 2 damage types (such as both physical & cold) then the damage will be split evenly between the two.

Also, Elemental damage includes Cold, Fire, and Lightning damage types and would provide increases to each.

Attunement: This attribute will boost the skill in some way. Press [Alt] while hovering over the skill to see its influence.

Dexterity: This attribute will boost the skill in some way. Press [Alt] while hovering over the skill to see its influence.

Intelligence: This attribute will boost the skill in some way. Press [Alt] while hovering over the skill to see its influence.

Strength: This attribute will boost the skill in some way. Press [Alt] while hovering over the skill to see its influence.

Vitality: This attribute will boost the skill in some way. Press [Alt] while hovering over the skill to see its influence.


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3.1 Crafting Explanation

All crafting is done in the Crafting Window, which is opened by pressing the [F] key, by default.

After placing an item in the slot at the top of the window, you can either add a Shard to the item by selecting one of the affix slots to fill and choosing an available affix or choose a Rune by clicking on the Rune icon. You can also choose to use a Glyph in the Support Item slot, if applicable.

If an item has any Forging Potential remaining, you can use Shards and Runes on it. When an item runs out of Forging Potential, you can no longer alter it any further in the Forging Panel.


3.2 Affix Shards

Shards can be used to add new affixes to items, or to increase the tier of an existing affix by one. An item can have 2 prefixes and 2 suffixes, and each affix can be crafted up to tier 5.

Tier 5 affixes on items can start dropping in areas of level 32+. Exalted items can only be found from enemy drops and have one or more tier 6 and/or tier 7 affix(es). Tier 6 and 7 affixes cannot be created through crafting. Exalted items with tier 6 affixes start dropping in areas of level 55+, while tier 7 affixes start dropping in areas of level 90+. Aside from having higher tier affixes, crafting on Exalted items behave no different than crafting on Common, Magic, or Rare items.

Shards drop from enemies and chests like other items, but can also be created by using a Rune of Removal or Rune of Shattering on an item. Some shards (and the affixes they represent) only drop in higher level zones, while others are simply less common.

Shards and Runes that drop as items are placed in your inventory when picked up, and can be moved to the Crafting Window by pressing the Transfer Crafting Items button located in the character inventory window. Shards gained from Rune of Removal or Rune of Shattering are automatically stored in the Crafting Window.


3.3 Sealed Affixes

Whenever you use a shard to attempt to upgrade an affix while using a Glyph of Despair there is a chance that the affix will be sealed instead of upgraded.

A sealed affix is moved to its own slot and cannot be modified further. However, this means that the prefix or suffix slot it previously occupied is now open to allow for another affix to be added, allowing you to craft 5 affix items.

The chance to seal is higher when crafting on affixes of lower tiers, and is also higher for Exalted items and items with more affixes.

A tier 4 affix is the highest that can be sealed, and an item can only have one sealed affix. If the affix fails to seal then the affix tier is upgraded as normal.

The sealed affix effectively removes that affix, be it a prefix or suffix, from the pool of affixes that can be added to that item. For example, if you successfully sealed the “+X% Elemental Resistance” suffix than that item’s now open suffix slot cannot have another “+X% Elemental Resistance” suffix added to it.


3.4 Critical Success

When adding a shard to an item you have a chance to achieve a Critical Success. A critical success upgrades the tier of a random affix on the item in addition to the normal upgrade a shard provides. A critical success does not cost any crafting materials or forging potential, and cannot upgrade an affix above tier 5 or make the level requirement of the item greater than your current character level.

In summary, the effects of a critical success are:

  • +1 tier to the affix being upgraded
  • +1 tier to a random affix, which can be the same affix being upgraded
  • costs no forging potential
  • shard and glyph are not consumed

3.5 Runes & Glyphs

Runes are modifier items that can have various effects on the item they are applied to.

Rune of Shattering: Destroys an item, creating shards from its affixes. The number of shards created is random for each affix, equal to the tier of the affix at maximum and 1 at minimum.

Rune of Refinement: Rerolls the values for each affix but does not change their tiers. Each affix is rolled individually, so some may have better values than others.

Rune of Removal: Removes a random affix from an item, returning a number of shards equal to its tier.

Rune of Discovery: Adds random tier 1 affixes to all empty affix slots on an item. Has an increased chance of rolling rarer affixes. Does not cost forging potential, but cannot be applied to items with zero forging potential.

Rune of Shaping: Rerolls all implicits on an item.

Rune of Ascendance: Changes the item into a random drop Unique or Set item of the same item type. The subtype does not matter, just the item type.

For example, using this on a Silver Ring could turn it into any Unique or Set ring, including ones that are not Silver Rings. However, the Silver Ring cannot be turned into a Helmet.

None of the other properties of the base item are retained.

Unique items with Legendary Potential can be created using this rune. The chances for each amount of Legendary Potential are scaled as if the Unique had dropped at level 100, but are then reduced multiplicatively by a fixed value.

Boss specific drops, i.e. those that are not random drops and dropped only from Monolith of Fate bosses, cannot be created using this rune.

Rune of Creation: Duplicates the item, but reduces the forging potential of both the original and the copy to 0.

Glyphs are support items that can be used alongside Runes or Shards to affect the outcome of crafting.

Glyph of Hope: Modifies the outcome of a craft, granting it a 25% chance to have no forging potential cost.

Glyph of Chaos: Modifies the outcome of a craft when upgrading an affix. Randomly changes the upgraded affix to a different one that can spawn on that item type. It cannot change a prefix into a suffix or vice versa.

For example, if you use a fire resistance shard to raise the tier of a fire resistance suffix the tier would increase as normal and then it would change into a different suffix such as cold resistance or increased health.

Glyph of Order: Modifies the outcome of a craft when upgrading an affix. Prevents the roll of an affix within its range changing when in is upgraded.

For example, normally when you upgrade an affix the roll within the tier is randomized. So if you have a helmet with a T3 health it’ll give somewhere between 26 to 40 health, and when you upgrade it to T4 it’ll give somewhere between 41 to 55 health. Normally the value it had within in the range at T3, whether it was at the top, bottom, or middle, has no effect on the value it will have within the range at T4.

The glyph of order changes this so that its position within the range stays the same, i.e. if it gave 40 health at T3 it’ll give 55 health at T4. This can be used to ensure that you get good rolls on your T5 affixes.

Glyph of Despair: Has a chance to seal an affix instead of upgrading it. The sealed affix is moved to its own slot, leaving its old slot open for you to add a new affix. The sealed affix cannot be modified further and an item can only have one sealed affix. The chance to seal is higher when crafting on affixes of lower tiers, and is also higher for Exalted items and items with more affixes.

You can view how many Runes and Glyphs you have in the Crafting Window or within the Crafting section of your Inventory.


3.6 Forging Potential

Forging Potential is a property that all Normal, Magic, Rare and Exalted equipment items have, which is used at the forge to perform crafting actions. Once an item runs out of forging potential, it can no longer be crafted on but is still able to be used. Higher rarity items will generally drop with more forging potential.

Each time you use a shard or rune in the forge, the forging potential of the item affected is reduced by a random amount inside a range. The amount of forging potential used can be modified through the use of Glyphs. As long as you have any amount of forging potential remaining, you are able to craft on the item in the forge.


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4.1 Implicits

All equipment has stats that are inherent to it, which are called Implicits. For example, all Refuge Boots have an armour and increased movement speed implicit.

Each item base type always has the same implicits. The value of each implicit is random, but can be changed through crafting using the Rune of Shaping.

All modifiers from implicits apply globally. For example, the “increased physical damage” from a weapon’s implicit has the same effect as “increased physical damage” from an affix on a ring or from a passive node.


4.2 Affixes

Affixes are the modifiers on equipment that exist in addition to Implicits. They can be present on the item when it is dropped, or they can be added and modified later through Crafting using Shards. The number of affixes on an item often determines its Rarity.

Affixes have 7 tiers, with tier 1 being the lowest and tier 7 being the highest. However, only tiers 1 through 5 can be created through crafting. Tier 6 and 7 affixes must be on the item when it drops. Also, there is a gap between a maximum T5 roll and a minimum T6 roll, so even the lowest rolled T6 affixes are notably stronger than anything that can be crafted.

The values of an affix at each tier fall within a certain range, but the lowest roll of a tier is always higher than the tier below it. The value range of an affix tier depends on the item type. For example, two-handed weapons will have affix tier ranges that are greater than one-handed weapons. Also, the affix tier ranges for body armour and amulet affixes are greater than other equipment pieces using the same affixes.

The value an affix has on an item can be re-rolled within its tier using a Rune of Refinement.

Affixes are broken down into two main categories: prefixes and suffixes. An item can have up to 2 prefixes and 2 suffixes. In general, prefixes offer offensive and utility orientated affixes while suffixes offer defensive orientated affixes.

All stats granted by affixes are global. This means the “increased physical damage” affix on a ring will have the same effect as “increased physical damage” on a weapon’s implicit or from a passive node.


4.3 Rarity

There are 7 different rarities of equipment items in Last Epoch. Rarity is determined by what stats an item has, and some rarities can be changed by crafting.

Common (white): The items does not have any affixes.

Magic (blue): The item has 1 or 2 affixes, which can be prefixes, suffixes, or both.

Rare (yellow): The item has 3 or 4 affixes.

Exalted (purple): The item has one or more tier 6 or 7 affixes. Tier 6 and 7 affixes cannot be created through crafting, but crafting otherwise works the same for Exalted items as it does for Common, Magic, or Rare items.

There is always a gap between a maximum T5 roll and a minimum T6 roll, so even the lowest rolled T6 affixes are notably stronger than anything that can be crafted. Tier 6 affixes start dropping in area levels 55+, while Tier 7 affixes start dropping in area levels 90+.

Exalted items only appear as drops, and cannot be purchased at the merchant or gambled.

Unique (orange): The item has stats and effects that cannot be found on lower rarity items. Unique items cannot be crafted on.

Set (green): Set items are uniques that also grant bonuses for having other parts of the same set equipped. Sets will typically have 2 to 4 pieces, and Set items cannot be crafted on.

Legendary (red): Legendary items are created in the Eternity Cache and are a combination of a Unique item and an Exalted item.


4.4 Increased Item Rarity

Increased Item Rarity is an effect you will build up by going deep into the Monolith of Fate. Both corruption and the number/type of enemy modifiers currently active in a Timeline will boost its increased item rarity. This modifier increases the average number of affixes on items, resulting in more Rare items and more Exalted items. It also increases the chance of finding Unique and Set items.

Similarly, there are effects like “Increased Amulet Drop Rate” which are typically granted by Blessings. This would cause more amulets (including Unique and Set items of that type) to drop for you without affecting how many items of other types drop. However, these Blessings do not affect boss specific drops, only random drops.


4.5 Uniques & Sets

Uniques are a rarity of equipment items in Last Epoch.

Unique items can grant stats and special effects which do not appear as normal affixes on Magic, Rare, or Exalted items. Uniques provide new synergies between existing mechanics, introduce entirely new mechanics, and more.

Uniques cannot be modified through crafting. They can, however, have an extra property called Legendary Potential which can be used in the creation of Legendary Items.

Set items are very similar to Uniques in terms of their design and what effects they offer. However, equipping multiple items from the same set grants additional bonuses, which are shown on their tooltips.

Sets will typically have between 2 and 4 pieces. Set items cannot be modified through crafting.


4.6 Legendary Items

A Legendary item is a composite item made up of a Unique and Exalted item. Unique items must have Legendary Potential, and the Exalted item must have exactly 4 unsealed affixes.

When combined in the Eternity Cache, you are granted a Legendary item. The Eternity Cache is located within the Temporal Sanctum dungeon. Running higher tiers of the dungeon will allow you to create Legendaries out of higher level Uniques.

The Legendary item is the same as the Unique item with affixes added to it from the Exalted item. The number of affixes selected is equal to the legendary potential of the Unique item used. The affixes are selected at random and cannot be influenced.

The quantity of Legendary Potential that a Unique item drops with is only influenced by the level of the zone which it drops in. Corruption, increased item rarity, character level, or any other modifiers have no effect.

The amount of Legendary Potential that a Unique item will generally drop with is relative to the item’s base power. High powered or very well scaling Unique items will on average drop with less Legendary Potential than low power or leveling Uniques. This is done so that most Unique items have more similar overall power potential.

Quest and story Unique items can’t have Legendary Potential. There are 3 of these items in the game; Gambler’s Fallacy, Orchirian’s Petals, and Avarice.


4.7 Idols

Idols are a type of equipment that have many powerful and niche effects.

Idols can be equipped in a special area on the right side of the Inventory. You gain more space for equipping Idols by completing quests, up to 20 slots.

Idols come in sizes ranging from 1 x 1 all the way to 2 x 2, 1 x 4, and 4 x 1. Larger sizes grant more of each stat, and many stats are restricted to specific sizes.

Most Idols can only be equipped by a specific base class, and class specific Idols have their own sets of possible affixes.

Idols always drop with 1 prefix and 1 suffix and cannot be altered through crafting.


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5.1 Hit vs Damage Over Time

Damage in Last Epoch can be dealt in two different ways: as a hit, or as damage over time.

A damage over time effect deals damage to a target or area repeatedly over a duration. The most common sources of damage over time are ailments such as ignite, bleed, and poison, which affect individual targets. There are also damage over time effects that damage all targets within an area, such as Fire Aura, Tornado, Consecrated Ground, and many more.

Any source of damage that is not damage over time is considered a hit. Most damaging skills include a hit, such as Swipe, Rive, Fireball, Elemental Nova, Rip Blood, and many more.

Hits can be dodged, blocked, or turned into a glancing blow, and there are many other effects that trigger either when you hit something or when you are hit by an enemy. All non-DoT damage has a +/- 20% variance applied after it’s been calculated, so a 100 damage hit will do anywhere from 80-120 damage.

Damage over time cannot be mitigated by most defense mechanics, except for resistances, endurance, or any source of global/DoT damage reduction. Damage over time cannot critically strike and does not trigger on hit effects such as “health gained on hit”.


5.2 Base Damage

All skills have a base amount of damage that they would deal without any stats, which is called base damage. Base damage can only be modified by a skill’s tree.

The default base damage for each skill is listed on its tooltip.

Melee skills typically have 2 base damage total because most of their damage comes from weapons. Spells and throwing attacks can have much more base damage, but the exact amount varies a lot between skills.

When calculating damage dealt, stats like “+5 melee fire damage” are multiplied by the skill’s added damage effectiveness, then added to the base damage before stats like “30% increased damage” and “10% more damage” are applied.


5.3 Damage Conversion

The damage type of specific skills can be converted by skill tree nodes or items. There are two types of damage conversion.

Base damage conversion converts a skill’s base damage from one type to another, which does not affect damage from stats such as “+5 melee fire damage”.

Full damage conversion converts all of a skill’s damage to a specific type, including damage from stats such as “+5 melee fire damage”.

Neither type of damage conversion affects ailments such as ignite, nor any other effects applied or triggered by the skill, unless stated otherwise.


5.4 Damage Effectiveness

All skills have an added damage effectiveness, which is a multiplier that is applied to all damage from stats like “+5 melee fire damage”.

Skills with large mana costs or cooldowns typically have greater than 100% damage effectiveness, while some skills that hit rapidly have less than 100%.

For example, Fireball has a damage effectiveness of 125%, while Meteor has a damage effectiveness of 800%. If you had “+10 spell fire damage” from your passives, 12.5 fire damage would be added to Fireball, while 80 fire damage would be added to Meteor.

Damage effectiveness does not affect base damage.


5.5 Resistances

Resistances apply whenever you take damage, reducing how much damage you take. Resistances are one of the few ways to mitigate Damage over Time effects.

For example, if you have 10% physical resistance, you will take 10% less physical damage.

Resistances cap at 75%, so having a resistance value greater than 75% will not directly reduce the damage you take. Resistances can be reduced to negative numbers, with each 1% of negative resistance increasing damage taken of that type by 1%.

Having greater than 75% uncapped resistances protects against Resistance Shred, Shock, Poison, and the Mark for Death ailments.

For example, a stack of Shock reduces your lightning resistance by 2%, so if you had 75% lightning resistance it would be reduced to 73%. If you had 77% lightning resistance, your final lightning resistance would still be 75%.

Enemy Penetration applies after your resistances are capped to 75%.


5.6 Armour

Armour mitigates the damage you take from all hits, but has no effect against damage over time.

The percentage of damage mitigated by armour depends on how much armour you have and the level of the area you are in. The same amount of amour provides less mitigation at higher levels, and the percentage of damage mitigated cannot exceed 85%.

This is according to the following formula, where “x” is the amount of armour you have and “a” is the zone’s area level.

Armour is 70% as effective against non-physical damage.


5.7 Penetration

Penetration subtracts from resistances, causing a source of damage to deal more damage.

Penetration applies after resistances are capped to 75%, and can reduce resistances to negative values.

For example, 30% lightning penetration against 20% lightning resistance will result in -10% lightning resistance.

All enemies gain 1% penetration per area level, up to a maximum of 75%. Players with less than 75% of each resistance at area level 75 and beyond will take increased damage due to having negative resistance values.


5.8 Ward

Ward is a shield above your health that is generated by certain effects and rapidly decays over time. Ward has no maximum value but will always decay to 0 unless you continue to generate more. Damage is dealt to Ward before health.

Ward decays more quickly as you gain more of it, but this decay can be slowed with the Ward Retention stat. Ward Retention can be found on items and the passive tree, and the Intelligence attribute also grants Ward Retention.


5.9 Dodge

Dodge is a defensive mechanic that grants you a chance to completely avoid taking hits.

Your Dodge Chance is calculated from Dodge Rating and is lower in higher level areas. Dodge chance cannot go above 85%.

Where “a” is the zone’s area level and “x” is Dodge Rating.

A zone’s area level can be viewed on the overlay map (Tab button by default).

Dodge cannot protect you from damage over time effects, and dodging does not count as being hit.


5.10 Block

Block is a defensive mechanic that grants a chance to reduce the damage taken from hits.

Whenever you take a hit, your Block Chance is rolled to determine if you block the hit. On a successful block, a percentage of the damage is mitigated.

This percentage depends on how much Block Effectiveness you have, and the level of the area you are in. The percentage cannot exceed 85%.

Where “a” is the zone’s area level and “x” is Block Effectiveness.

You can block all hits (including from spells), but not damage over time effects. Blocking a hit counts as being hit.


5.11 Endurance

Endurance is a defensive mechanic that allows you to take less damage while below a certain health value.

While your health is less than your Endurance Threshold, you will take less damage equal to your Endurance value. This reduction applies to health, but does not apply to ward.

Endurance has a cap of 60% less damage taken (multiplicative with other modifiers), while Endurance Threshold does not have a cap.

Endurance applies to any damage taken below your Endurance Threshold, even if the instance of damage was applied while you were above it.

For example, if you take a hit of 100 damage, but 50 of that damage was below your Endurance Threshold, the last 50 damage will have Endurance applied to it.

All characters start with 20% Endurance and have an Endurance Threshold equal to 20% of their maximum health.

Endurance mitigates both hits and damage over time.


5.12 Glancing Blow

A Glancing Blow reduces the damage you take from a hit by 35%. Having a chance greater than 100% has no additional effect.

Glancing Blow cannot protect you from damage over time effects and taking a Glancing Blow counts as being hit.


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5.13 Critical Strikes

All hits have a chance to critically strike, or “crit”, dealing much more damage than normal. Damage over time effects cannot crit. All hits have a base critical strike chance of 5%. This can be improved by items, passives, and skill tree nodes. Critical strike chance caps at 100% and gains no additional benefit afterwards.

The difference between added critical strike chance and increased critical strike chance is very important. “+1% critical strike chance” will result in a final chance of 6% (assuming no other modifiers), while “1% increased critical strike chance” will result in a final chance of 5.05%. Both stats together will result in a final chance of 6.06%.

When a hit crits, the damage dealt is multiplied by a critical strike multiplier, which is multiplicative with other modifiers. The default critical strike multiplier is 200% (meaning 2x the damage).

The critical strike avoidance stat grants a chance to cause critical strikes to become normal hits instead. This chance is rolled after the attacker’s crit chance. If an enemy has 30% critical strike chance and you have 50% critical strike avoidance, the enemy will effectively have a critical strike chance of 15%. Critical strike avoidance caps at 100% and gains no additional benefit afterwards.

All enemy hits that can critically strike have a critical strike multiplier of 200%, but this can be reduced by less bonus damage taken from critical strikes. You cannot have more than 100% less bonus damage taken from critical strikes, which reduces the damage of a critical strike to that of a regular hit.

Critical Vulnerability is an ailment that lasts 4 seconds and causes enemies to have +5% chance to be critically hit and reduces their critical strike avoidance by 10%. This effect can stack.


5.14 Increased, Added, and More

Stats and modifiers in Last Epoch can exist in 3 main categories: added, increased, and more. The category a modifier belongs to determines which step it will be used at in calculations. Not all stats will have modifiers for each category in practice.

First, all added sources of the stat are totalled together;

(5 + 2 + 3) = 10

Second, all increased sources of the stat are totalled together;

(1 + 0.05 + 0.3 + 0.1) = 1.45

Increased values are percentages, so they are converted to decimal numbers and an additional 1 is added. Reduced sources are subtracted from this same total.

Third, the total of the added sources is multiplied by the total of the increased sources;

(10 x 1.45) = 14.5

Finally, the product of the added and increased sources is multiplied by each more source;

14.5 x (1 + 0.05) x (1 + 0.3) x (1 + 0.1) = 21.77

More values are also percentages, so 1 is added each time. Less sources are also applied here as values subtracted from 1.

Note that the more sources are not added together first, which would result in a different number. If the more values in this example were totalled first, the final result would be 21.03, not 21.77.


5.15 Health Leech

Health Leech is a mechanic that allows you to recover a percentage of the damage you deal as health.

Each time you deal damage (whether from a hit or damage over time), any applicable leech stats are calculated, then the amount of damage is multiplied by this value to get the amount of health you will gain.

For example, if you deal 100 physical damage with a melee attack and you have “5% of melee damage leeched as health" and “3% of physical damage leeched as health”, you will leech 100 x (0.05 + 0.03) = 8 health.

The damage value used to calculate the health returned is the final damage dealt to the target, meaning defensive mechanics like resistances, armour, and block will reduce it.

If a target takes more damage than it has health remaining, the excess will not be used to calculate leech.

For example, if an enemy has 25 health and you deal 100 damage to it, only 25 damage will be used for calculating leech.

Health returned by health leech is granted evenly over 3 seconds. Health from each instance of leech is granted independently, meaning they expire at different times. There is no limit to how much you can leech at once.

Overkill Damage Leeched as Health: When you kill an enemy with a hit a percentage of the excess damage is returned to you as health over 3 seconds.

For example, if you have “4% of overkill damage leeched as health” and you deal 100 damage to an enemy with 25 health, you will leech 75 x 0.04 = 3 health.

Also, you may have invested in various kill threshold stats – that instantly kill enemies below a certain health threshold (a percentage of their maximum health). Kill threshold changes where the “minimum hp” an enemy has before it is considered “dead” and therefore any damage dealt beyond this point is considered overkill damage and will be leached as health.

For example, an enemy has a maximum of 1,000 health and you have a kill threshold of 10% (meaning the enemy will die at 1,000 x 0.1 = 100 health). If the enemy currently has 200 health and you deal 150 damage, than 50 of that damage is overkill damage.

Increased Leech Rate: Increases the speed at which health is gained from health leech, reducing the 3 second time of health leech. This does not change the total amount leeched.

For example, if you deal 100 physical damage with a melee attack and you have “5% of melee damage leeched as health" and “50% increased leech rate”, you will leech 100 x 0.05 = 5 health evenly over 3 / (1 + 0.5) = 2 seconds.

Increased Health Leech: Increases all sources of health leech you have.

For example, if you deal 100 physical damage with a melee attack and you have “5% of melee damage leeched as health" and “20% increased health leech”, you will leech 100 x 0.05 x 1.2 = 6 health.

Increased Damage Leeched as Health: Increases the amount of damage you leech as health. This functions the same as “Increased Health Leech”, just worded differently.


5.16 Healing Effectiveness

Healing Effectiveness increases the amount healed by your healing skills. This does not affect health gained from other sources such as potions, health regen, leech, or health gained on hit/kill/dodge/block/glancing blow.

For example, if you use a skill that heals you for a flat 50 health and have “200% increased healing effectiveness” than you will be healed for 50 + (50 x 2) = 150 health.

The Sentinel class has certain skills that use healing effectiveness to scale their damage. The spell damage scaling of these skills stack additively with their healing effectiveness scaling.


5.17 Stun

Stunned enemies and players cannot move or use skills. Stun has a base duration of 0.4 seconds.

All hits have a chance to stun if they deal enough damage. Hits that deal more damage are more likely to stun, but enemies that have higher maximum health are harder to stun.

The Increased Stun Chance stat also makes hits more likely to stun, while the target’s Stun Avoidance stat makes it harder to stun.

The stun chance of any hit can be calculated starting with this formula:

Player skills are 100% more likely to stun on hit than enemy or minion skills. This bonus is doubled for melee attacks and is applied after the calculation above is completed.

For example, a hit with a 20% chance to stun will instead have a 60% chance to stun if it’s from a player melee attack.

If the target’s Stun Avoidance is reduced below 0 it is easier to stun, and this formula is used:


5.18 Freeze

Enemies and players that are frozen cannot move or use skills. Freeze has a base duration of 1.2 seconds.

To have a chance to freeze, a skill must have a freeze rate. Most Cold skills have a freeze rate, which is listed on their tooltips.

Freeze rate is multiplied by the “freeze rate multiplier” stat (which is 100% by default), and it is more difficult to freeze enemies that have more maximum health.


5.19 Minions

Minions are allies of the player that are summoned by skills, items, passives, or other effects.

Minions automatically attack enemies and will run towards the player if they’ve strayed too far behind. You can also manually tell your minions to target the enemy under your cursor using the [A] key, by default. If there’s no enemy at the location you target, your minions will move there before picking a new target to attack. You can also use this command to have your minions break things like crates.

Minions summoned by a skill will typically be granted additional stats from skill tree nodes. Modifiers your character has (such as from passives and items) will not apply unless minions are specified.

For example, a passive node that grants “increased physical damage” will not apply to your minions, but “”increased minion physical damage” will apply.

A minion will prioritize using a skill that has just come off of cooldown if it has multiple to use, assuming there is a valid target in range.

Companions and Totems are two types of minions that have additional mechanics.


5.20 Companions

Companions are a type of minion with special mechanics that the Primalist class uses. By default, you can have 2 companions active at once. All minion stats and effects apply to companions, but there are effects that only benefit companions.

After using a skill to summon a companion, the summon skill will be replaced by a companion ability, which is specific to the companion summoned. If you can summon multiple of the same companion, you must summon the maximum number or reach your companion limit before the ability will change.

When a companion’s health is reduced to zero, it enters a Downed state rather than dying. Being close to a downed companion will revive it, but if you wait too long the companion will die and must by summoned again.


5.21 Totems

Totems are a type of minion that is used by the Primalist class.

Totems cannot move and have a fixed duration in addition to health. All minion stats and effects apply to totems, but there are effects that only benefit totems.


5.22 Potions

Potions are a special type of item that drops from killing enemies or hitting bosses. Potions can be used on demand for a quick burst of healing. You can pick up a potion by walking near it while you have empty potion slots or you are not at full health. When you pick up a potion while you are at max potions but not full health, the potion will be automatically consumed and you are healed. You can increase your maximum potion carrying capacity by upgrading your belt.

Keep a look out for some special potions.


5.23 Reflect Damage

Reflect damage has many unique traits that set it apart from all other types of damage in Last Epoch. Unlike hit damage or damage over time, reflected damage does neither and instead directly reduces health and/or ward without going through the full damage calculation. As a result of this, reflect damage itself cannot be reflected. Reflect damage will also not apply ailments or leech health. However, it can still proc on-kill effects if it kills the attacker.

Reflect damage doesn’t have a damage type tag, it is just simply ‘damage’. If an enemy deals fire damage and has high fire resistance, the reflected damage won’t be affected by the enemies fire resistance because it no longer has a damage type tag. In fact, reflected damage will ignore all enemy mitigations except for more/less/increased damage taken modifiers (e.g. 30% more damage taken) and adaptive boss mitigation. The list of enemy mitigations that are ignored include; resistances, armour, endurance, block, dodge, glancing blow, as well as the damage reduction enemies gain from area level (which is substantial at later levels).

Reflect damage comes in the form of either flat “X Damage Reflected to Attackers” or “X% Damage Reflected”. These stats operate independent of each other and one does not scale the other. The “X% Damage Reflected” stat is calculated after mitigation, so it only reflects the percentage of damage received after all forms of player damage mitigation have been calculated.

For example, if you have both “20 Damage Reflected to Attackers” and “50% Damage Reflected” and you receive 100 damage (after all your damage mitigation layers have been applied) you would reflect 70 damage (20 + 50) back to your attacker.

Reflect damage cannot be scaled, so it’s unaffected by all modifiers (i.e. increases to global damage, specific damage types, etc). Currently, the only exception to this is the Thornshell shield, which increases flat “X Damage Reflected to Attackers” per Attunement.


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AILMENTS


6.1 Ailment Mechanics

An ailment is an effect on a target that lasts for a duration. Most ailments deal damage, apply stat debuffs, or both, and most can be applied to the same target multiple times (or “stack”).

Ailments can either by applied by a hit, or by area effects that attempt to apply ailments at a fixed interval.

Most ailment applications are chance based. However, having an ailment chance greater than 100% allows you to apply multiple stacks at once.

For example, if I have 235% ignite chance with Fireball, each Fireball hit will apply 2 stacks of ignite, with a 35% chance to apply a 3rd stack of ignite.

Each damaging ailment, such as Bleed or Ignite, has a fixed base damage, but is affected by damage modifiers from the skill tree and attribute scaling of the skill that applies it.

Even when an ailment is applied by a melee skill or a hit, that does not make it count as melee damage or hit damage and does not cause it to be affected by stats like “increased melee damage”.

If a target has the maximum number of stacks for a given ailment, attempting to apply another stack of the ailment will replace the oldest stack.

The most common ailments are described in other pages within this section. If an ailment isn’t described here, the tooltip (or [Alt] tooltip) of the node or item that grants it should explain the ailment’s functionality.


6.2 Ailment Duration and Effectiveness

The duration of an ailment can be lengthened by “increased ailment duration” effects. 100% increased ignite duration will make a stack of ignite last 6 seconds, rather than the default 3 seconds. “Reduced ailment duration” effects are also possible.

Changing the duration of an ailment that deals damage affects the total amount of damage it will deal, but does not affect damage per second (DPS).

“Increased ailment effectiveness” effects apply to any stat modifiers an ailment grants or the damage it deals.

For example, 100% increased frostbite effectiveness would cause frostbite to deal 60 damage and subtract 400 freeze avoidance from the target, instead of the default 30 damage and 200 freeze avoidance.


6.3 Resistance Shred

Each damage type (Fire, Lightning, Cold, Physical, Poison, Necrotic, and Void) has a respective Resistance Shred ailment. Resistance Shred ailments reduce the target’s resistance for that particular damage type. By default they subtract 5% resistance and last 4 seconds. Each Resistance Shred ailment can stack up to 20 times.

Resistance shred applies before the resistance cap.

Resistance Shred ailments have 60% reduced effect against bosses and players (multiplicative with other modifiers).


6.4 Armour Shred

Armour Shred reduces armour on the target, increasing how much damage it takes from hits. By default it subtracts 100 armour and lasts for 4 seconds.

Armour shred shares the same formula and characteristics of armour, though armour shred uses it to increase damage taken rather than reduce it. Armour shred caps at 85% increased physical damage and 59.5% increased non-physical damage (multiplicative with other modifiers). However, to reach these caps it would require a nearly unobtainable amount of armour shred stacks due to the substantial diminishing returns of the armour formula. Armour shred only affects hit damage, so damage over time (DoT) builds will not gain any benefit from this ailment.


6.5 Bleed

Bleed deals physical damage over time. By default it deals 53 physical damage over a 4 second duration. There’s no limit to how many Bleed stacks can be applied within its 4 second duration.


6.6 Blind

Blind reduces critical strike chance and causes ranged attacks to be inaccurate. By default it applies a 50% less critical strike chance modifier and last for 4 seconds. Blind does not stack.

When enemies use an ability they target a specific point (i.e. the location of a player or minion). Blinded enemies instead aim at a random point in an area around the target, so they don’t always hit the spot they intend.


6.7 Chill

Chill reduces cast speed, attack speed, and movement speed. By default it applies a 12% less modifier for each of these stats and lasts for 4 seconds. Chill can stack up to 3 times.

Chill has 50% less effect against players (multiplicative with other modifiers).


6.8 Critical Vulnerability

Critical Vulnerability increases enemies chances of being critically hit. By default it increases enemies chances of receiving a critical strike by +5% and lowers enemy critical strike avoidance by -10% over a 4 second duration. There’s no limit to how many Critical Vulnerability stacks can be applied within its 4 second duration.


6.9 Damned

Damned deals necrotic damage over time and also reduces health regeneration. By default it deals 25 necrotic damage and applies a 20% reduced health regeneration modifier over 3 seconds. There’s no limit to how many Damned stacks can be applied within its 3 second duration.


6.10 Doom

Doom deals void damage over time and increases melee damage taken. By default it deals 400 void damage over a 4 second duration and increases melee damage taken by 4%. Doom can stack up to 4 times.


6.11 Electrify

Electrify deals lightning damage over time. By default it deals 42 lightning damage over a 3 second duration. There’s no limit to how many Electrify stacks can be applied within its 3 second duration.


6.12 Frailty

Frailty reduces damage dealt by 6% (multiplicative with other modifiers), stacks up to 3 times, and lasts 4 seconds.


6.13 Frostbite

Frostbite deals cold damage over time and also reduces freeze avoidance, making targets easier to freeze. By default it deals 35 cold damage and applies a -200 freeze avoidance modifier over 4 seconds. There’s no limit to how many Frostbite stacks can be applied within its 4 second duration.


6.14 Ignite

Ignite deals fire damage over time. By default it deals 39 fire damage over a 3 second duration. There’s no limit to how many Ignite stacks can be applied within its 3 second duration.


6.15 Mark for Death

Mark for Death reduces all resistances by -25% for 8 seconds and does not stack. Mark for Death applies before the resistance cap.


6.16 Plague

Plague deals poison damage over time and spreads between enemies. By default it deals 150 poison damage over 4 seconds. Plague does not stack.

Plague will attempt to spread to a target within 6m every 0.6 seconds. Plague will also attempt to spread if the entity it is on dies before Plague expires.


6.17 Poison

Poison deals poison damage over time and also reduces poison resistance. By default it deals 20 poison damage over 3 seconds and subtracts 5% from the target’s poison resistance for 3 seconds. This inherent poison resistance reduction is separate from poison resistance shred and does not have a stack limit. There’s no limit to how many Poison stacks can be applied within its 3 second duration.

Poison has 60% less effect against bosses and players (multiplicative with other modifiers).


6.18 Shock

Shock reduces lightning resistance and increases the chance that the target will be stunned. By default it subtracts 5% lightning resistance, applies a 10% increased chance to be stunned modifier, and lasts for 4 seconds. This inherent lightning resistance reduction is separate from lightning resistance shred. Shock can stack up to 20 times.

Shock has 60% less effect against bosses and players (multiplicative with other modifiers).


6.19 Slow

Slow reduces movement speed. By default it applies a 20% less movement speed modifier and lasts for 4 seconds. Slow can stack up to 3 times.

Slow has 50% less effect against players (multiplicative with other modifiers).


6.20 Time Rot

Time Rot deals void damage over time, while also making stuns last longer. By default it deals 45 void damage and increases stun duration by 5% over a 3 second duration. Time Rot can stack up to 12 times.


6.21 DoT Scaling Example

When making a Damage over Time (DoT) build it’s important to first understand how to scale its damage. For this example we’ll be using the Ignite ailment, but this scaling information can be applied to all other DoT’s in the game. However, you’ll have to adjust it for the appropriate damage type you’re scaling – Bleed (physical DoT), Frostbite (cold DoT), Electrify (lightning DoT), Poison (poison DoT), etc.

By default ignite deals 39 fire damage over a 3 second duration. DoT’s are displayed on the enemy every 0.5 seconds, thus creating 6 damage ticks on the enemy over the course of a default ignite stack. Each of the other DoT ailments will have a different base damage amount and duration from which they scale.

You can increase the damage of your ignite DoT with any of the following:

  • Increase your ignite chance. Having an ignite chance greater than 100% applies multiple stacks of ignite from a single hit.
    • For example, having an ignite chance of 350% will apply 3 stacks of ignite with a 50% chance to apply a 4th stack for each hit you do.
  • Increasing the number of hits per second you do to the enemy will also increase the number of ignite stacks you apply to the enemy.
    • Generally, the limiting factor of DoT builds is how many stacks you can apply in the short time before the first stack falls off, so high attack speed and high ailment chance are key components for any DoT based build.
  • Increase all percent damage increases that apply to ignite.
    • These include: “X% increased fire damage”, “X% increased elemental damage”, “X% increased/more global damage”, “X% increased damage over time”, “X% increased elemental damage over time”, “X% increased fire damage over time”.
  • Reduce enemy fire resistance with Fire Resistance Shred and/or Fire Penetration.
    • Fire resistance shred reduces the enemies fire resistance by 5% (2% against bosses) for a 4 second duration and can stack up to 20 times for a total of -100% (-40% against bosses) fire resistance shred on the enemy.
    • Fire penetration is additive with fire resistance shred and subtracts fire resistance from the enemy, causing ignites to deal more damage.
  • Increase the ignite duration.
    • For example, “100% increased ignite duration” will make a stack of ignite last 6 seconds, rather than the default 3 seconds. This ignite stack will now do 39 / 3 = 13 damage per second over the 6 second duration for a total of 78 damage. This affects the total amount of damage it deals, but does not affect its damage per second (DPS).
  • Increase the ignite effectiveness.
    • For example, “100% increased ignite effectiveness” would cause each ignite stack to deal 39 x 2 = 78 fire damage over a 3 second duration, instead of the default 39 fire damage over that same 3 second duration.
  • Attribute scaling that applies to the skill also applies to the ailment.
    • For example, the Fireball skill gains “4% increased damage” per 1 point of Intelligence. Ignites applied by Fireball will also receive this increased damage from the skills attribute scaling.
  • Certain skill tree nodes can boost ailment damage.
    • The damage of any ailment isn’t affected by how much damage the hit/ability dealt. However, if there are nodes within a skill tree that don’t specify hit damage specifically, such as the Fireball skill tree with skill nodes that only state “Fireball deals X% more damage”, than ailments applied by Fireball will gain the damage modifiers of this node as well.

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Enemies


7.1 Rarity

Normal Enemy

  • have their names written in white coloured text
  • don’t have modifiers applied to them unless the enemy has a modifier inherent to them
    • for example, the Imperial Guard enemy will always spawn with the “Blocks Hits From Distant Enemies” modifier

Magic Enemy

  • have their names written in blue coloured text
  • have one random modifier applied to them in addition to any inherent modifiers they may already have
  • in comparison to normal enemies
    • are more likely to drop items
    • have more damage and health
    • have increased size

Rare Enemy

  • have their names written in gold coloured text
  • have two random modifiers applied to them in addition to any inherent modifiers they may already have
  • are guaranteed to drop at least one Rare item
  • in comparison to magic enemies
    • are more likely to drop items
    • have more damage and health
    • have increased size
  • can drop Lightless Arbor keys in level 25+ zones, Soulfire Bastion keys in level 47+ zones, and Temporal Sanctum keys in level 54+ zones
  • can drop Arena Key of Memory in level 90+ Timelines if you have conquered at least 15 Echoes in that Timeline

Unique Enemy (i.e. bosses)

  • have their names written in pale gold coloured text
  • in comparison to rare enemies
    • are more likely to drop items
    • have more damage and health
    • have increased size
  • can drop Lightless Arbor, Soulfire Bastion, and Temporal Sanctum keys from Timeline bosses in the Monolith of Fate
  • certain bosses have drops specific to them
    • Monolith of Fate Timeline bosses
    • Dungeon bosses
    • Arena Champion bosses
    • Orchirian The Rampant campaign boss

7.2 Skills & Damage

Most, if not all, enemy skills have some form of telegraph that warns the player of an impending dangerous attack. These telegraphs can be audio, visual, or a combination of both. Players will want to watch out for these telegraphs and avoid standing in them at all costs, especially those of bosses.

The damage type of enemy skills can be distinguished by their colour (i.e. purple is void damage, teal is necrotic damage, etc and these colours are the same as those displayed for resistances on the character sheet). However, physical damage is a bit different in that it will always be attached to some form of physical object striking you, and is generally accompanied with a secondary damage type. For example, the Avalanche attack from Rime Giants has both cold and physical damage. Enemy skills with two damage types will have their damage split evenly between the two.

Most enemy skills comprise of one or two damage types, and each era of the campaign will generally have two or three dominant types of damage that the player should prioritize defending themselves against.

  • Ancient Era - physical, fire, cold, poison
  • Divine Era - physical, elemental, poison
  • Imperial Era - physical, necrotic, poison, elemental
  • Ruined Era - physical, void, elemental

7.3 Offense & Defense

Enemies do not have any additional offensive stats unless acquired through modifiers. By default enemies have 5% critical strike chance.

Enemies can also apply resistance shred ailments, but for most enemies the only way to do this is through specific modifiers that give a chance to shred that resistance type on hit. These modifiers are generally more rare because they only appear on enemies of a corresponding type; for example, a fire enemy can have the fire shred modifier but not the lightning shred modifier.

Most enemies do not have any defensive stats by default, though they can acquire these stats through modifiers.

  • enemies have no resistances unless they have a modifier that explicitly states it, and in that case the resistance amount varies but is usually pretty high
    • only a select few enemies in the game have an inherent resistance modifier, such as the Voidstone Scorpion with its “Resists Physical Damage” modifier
  • enemies do not have armour, endurance, block, dodge, glancing blow, critical strike avoidance, stun avoidance, or health regen by default
    • like resistances, these defensive stats can be applied to enemies through modifiers

7.4 Modifiers

Enemy modifiers can be inherent to the enemy type, added randomly during enemy creation, scaled based on area level, selected by the player in some endgame modes, or scaled increasingly higher by certain endgame systems. Inherent and random modifiers will be visible under the enemies name located at the top of the screen when targeted.

Inherent Modifiers

Some enemies have modifiers inherent to them, such as the Imperial Guard enemy with its “blocks hits from distant enemies” modifier. Enemies with these modifiers will always spawn with them.

There are also certain bosses that receive these types of modifiers, which are not found anywhere else in the game. For example:

  • Abomination boss - invulnerable until soul vessels are destroyed

Random Modifiers

There are many enemy modifiers that can appear on enemies that grant them additional offensive and defensive stats, buffs, summons, and even resurrection. To see the full list click here. These modifiers are applied randomly when the enemy is created, though not all enemies can have just any modifier applied to them. For example, a fire enemy can have the fire shred modifier but not the lightning shred modifier.

The number of random modifiers applied to an enemy will denote its rarity, with one random modifier being a magic enemy and two random modifiers being a rare enemy. Inherent modifiers are not used when identifying an enemies’ rarity.

Level Scaling Modifiers

Enemies gain certain stat modifiers throughout the campaign and endgame based solely on area level.

  1. All enemies gain 1% penetration per area level, up to a maximum of 75%. Enemy penetration is applied after the resistance cap for players, which is 75%. This means that any overcapped resistances on the player will not affect enemy penetration.

    If the player character has 75% resistances or greater in a level 75+ area than their effective resistance is 0% when factoring in enemy penetration. For the player, this means that for every 1% they’re below the resistance cap they take 1% more damage from enemies.

    Only enemies that apply ailments which reduce resistances, such as Resistance Shred, Shock, Poison, or Mark for Death, would benefit the player character having overcapped resistances as these are applied before the resistance cap for players.

    For example, if the player character has 100% lightning resistance in a level 75+ area and enemies have applied 20 stacks of shock (-40% lightning resistance) to the player character than their lightning resistance has now decreased to 60%, but will really be -15% lightning resistance when enemy penetration is factored in. However, if the player character had 75% lightning resistance to start, instead of 100%, than their final lightning resistance would have been -40% in this example.

  2. All enemies gain % damage reduction based on area level which alters their actual health based on the effective health that enemy should have at the corresponding area level. At levels 1-6 there is no damage reduction, at level 7 there is 1.5%, then it gradually scales up to 30% at level 26, 50% at level 46, 60% at level 56, 75% at level 76, 83% at level 90, and finally reaching 87% at level 100.

    Enemy effective health is calculated first, then this level based damage reduction is checked to see how much actual health the enemy has so the system doesn’t actually make enemies tankier. For example, if a level 46 enemy is supposed to have 2000 effective health, it will have 1000 actual health, because it has 50% damage reduction from level. If a level 76 enemy is supposed to have 2000 effective health it will have 500 actual health, because it has a 75% damage reduction from level.

Endgame Modifiers

Each endgame mode applies additional modifiers to enemies in some way to make their content more challenging. Both the Endless Arena and Monolith of Fate have systems that scale specific enemy modifiers infinitely based on player progress.

Dungeons

Selecting higher difficulty tiers and progressing further into a dungeon increases enemy health, damage, and rewards. Each floor of the dungeon provides options for differing increases to these modifiers that will persist for the remainder of the dungeon.

Arena

Similar to dungeons, selecting higher difficulty tiers and progressing further within the Arena of Champions will increase enemy health, damage, and rewards. At each 10th wave interval you are presented with two options of modifiers with you required to select one before moving forward. This happens three times during an Arena of Champions run. These will add modifiers to further arena waves, as well as modify the Arena Champion’s drops.

The Endless Arena will increase enemy damage, health, movement speed, and pack density as the player delves deeper into its infinitely scaling progression system. However, enemy movement speed and pack density do have limits to their scaling. Enemy damage and health also have scaling increases at each 100th wave interval.

Monolith of Fate

  1. Additional modifiers are selected by the player based on the Echo they’ve chosen. These modifiers will affect all enemies or specific enemy types in that Timeline for a predetermined number of Echoes. To see the full list click here and select each of the Timelines to view the full selection of enemy modifiers available to the player in that Timeline.

  2. The Monolith of Fate also incorporates an infinitely scaling system called corruption. Corruption increases enemy health, enemy damage, experience gained, and the increased item rarity modifier.


7.5 Adaptive Boss Mitigation System

Bosses receive a separate damage reduction system. Its implementation causes bosses’ damage reduction to decay over time, but temporarily go up when they lose 1% of their maximum health. The result is that differences in player damage have a smaller impact than they do against most enemies, so high health bosses don’t take forever for low damage builds, and high damage builds don’t kill them before getting to experience their mechanics.

  • Bosses can take up to 170% more damage than most enemies, but start off with a lot of temporary resistance so they initially take about the same amount of damage as most enemies.
  • Once they have dropped to 99% health this initial temporary resistance begins to drop off linearly over time. The exact duration depends on the boss’s health compared to its level, it’s about 150 seconds for the Abomination boss.
  • Whenever the boss loses 1% of its total health it takes 2% less damage for a duration. The exact duration depends on the boss’s health compared to its level, it’s about 30 seconds for the Abomination boss. This 1% does not need to be dealt with a single hit.
  • Whenever a boss takes lots of damage at once the damage is reduced based on how many of these stacks of damage reduction it would have procced. This just means that one big hit deals the same damage as lots of small hits over a short duration (where the later hits would be affected by the temporary damage reduction).
  • With this system unless your build has exceptionally high single target damage you should never deal significantly less damage to a boss than you would to a regular enemy. Meanwhile if you’re struggling to take down the boss in the normal amount of time you will end up dealing more damage to the boss as the fight goes on.

This system applies to all bosses except those found in randomized Monolith zones or the Endless Arena.


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Dungeons


8.1 Description

Each Dungeon provides both a unique challenge and a special reward that can’t be found anywhere else in the game. There are currently 3 dungeons available in the game, with more to come. Dungeons are encountered during the main campaign, and can be used to move to later chapters more quickly. Once several dungeons become available this will represent a significant augment to the overall leveling process.

Dungeons have a total of three floors with the first two floors being randomly generated, offering a different layout to traverse each time while the third floor is where the boss resides. You’ll choose modifiers while exploring the dungeons, increasing the danger and rewards.

Beware, if you die in a dungeon or leave early you will need to use another key to enter.

Lightless Arbor

Deep under the mountains that house the Last Refuge, a massive Titan made of plant and stone has awoken to the encroaching void. Venture into the Lightless Arbor, face The Mountain Beneath, and discover a vault lost to history. The Lightless Arbor can be accessed through the Shrouded Ridge of the Ruined Era, provided you’ve found a Lightless Arbor Key. Conquering Lightless Arbor will grant you access to The Vaults of Uncertain Fate.

Soulfire Bastion

The Soulfire Bastion is an abandoned Osprix battleground turned imperial facility. Within, Fire Lich Cremorus works on his research of the powerful, and highly valued Soul Embers. The Soulfire Bastion can be accessed through the Felled Wood of the Imperial Era, provided you’ve found a Soulfire Bastion Key. Conquering Soulfire Bastion will grant you access to the stores of the Soul Gambler.

Temporal Sanctum

The Temporal Sanctum is a place of study now corrupted by obsession. At its heart lies Chronomancer Julra, a researcher desperate to unlock the power of time and the secrets of the Eternity Cache. The Temporal Sanctum can be accessed from the Ruined Coast of the Ruined Era, provided you’ve found a Temporal Sanctum Key. Conquering the Temporal Sanctum allows you to harness the power of the Eternity Cache, which lets you create a Legendary item.


8.2 Dungeon Ability

Each dungeon has a special ability which allows you to overcome the challenges presented within. These dungeon abilities are specific to their dungeon, and cannot be used outside of it.

Lightless Arbor

Inside The Lightless Arbor you will be granted access to the Pyre Amber. This Amber will follow you around the dungeon providing light and weakening enemies. Taking damage will cause the Pyre Amber to lose light radius. Killing Amber Elemental enemies throughout the dungeon will restore the Pyre Amber’s light radius.

Soulfire Bastion

Inside Soulfire Bastion you will be granted access to the Soulfire Shield ability, which can be alternated between Fire and Necrotic to provide immunity from that damage type. Changing the attunement of the Soulfire Shield costs 1 Soul Ember. Soul Embers are gained by killing enemies.

Temporal Sanctum

Inside the Temporal Sanctum the boundaries of time are weak, allowing you to use the Temporal Shift ability, which shifts you between Eras at will using the Epoch.

The Temporal Shift ability allows you to very quickly switch between the Divine and Ruined eras without moving. Use this ability to reach the deepest depths of the dungeon as well as to overcome challenging enemies.


8.3 Dungeon Keys

Each dungeon requires a specific key to access it. Dungeon keys have a chance to drop from Rare enemies, Timeline bosses in the Monolith of Fate, and Arena Champions in the Arena. Arena Champions can also drop them as a guaranteed reward upon defeat, provided a dungeon key was selected as a modifier reward during the run.

Lightless Arbor

Lightless Arbor Keys begin dropping from Rare enemies in level 25+ zones.

Soulfire Bastion

Soulfire Bastion Keys begin dropping from Rare enemies in level 47+ zones.

Temporal Sanctum

Temporal Sanctum Keys begin dropping from Rare enemies in level 54+ zones.


8.4 Difficulty Tiers

Each dungeon has four difficulty tiers. Higher tiers increase area level, increase the power and number of modifiers, and allow you to unlock more powerful versions of the dungeon’s reward system. The rewards and enemy modifiers presented at the entrance to the dungeon change once per day and are the same for all players during that time period.

Lightless Arbor

Higher difficulty tiers of the Lightless Arbor allow you to unlock more powerful versions of The Vaults of Uncertain Fate. The higher tier you complete, the higher your reward modifier limit will be.

  • At tier 1 you are limited to 8 mods
  • At tier 2 you are limited to 9 mods
  • At tier 3 you are limited to 10 mods
  • At tier 4 you are limited to 11 mods

Soulfire Bastion

Higher difficulty tiers of the Soulfire Bastion allow you to unlock more powerful versions of the Soul Gambler.

Temporal Sanctum

Higher difficulty tiers of the Temporal Sanctum allow you to unlock the full potential of the Eternity Cache.

  • At tier 1 the Eternity Cache accepts Unique items with a level requirement of 50 and below
  • At tier 2 the Eternity Cache accepts Unique items with a level requirement of 65 and below
  • At tier 3 the Eternity Cache accepts Unique items with a level requirement of 75 and below
  • At tier 4 the Eternity Cache accepts all Unique items

The difficulty tiers only restrict the level of the Unique item that can be used within the Eternity Cache. There is no restriction on the Legendary Potential of the Unique item that can be used.


8.5 Modifiers

Each dungeon has three floors to overcome in order to reach their respective reward. The first two floors each have 2 doors hidden within that grant access to the next floor. These doors become visible on the mini-map when either approached or a certain threshold of enemies killed has been reached.

Each door offers its own unique rewards and enemy modifiers that will persist for the entirety of the dungeon run, but only one door can be selected when proceeding to the next floor. The rewards and enemy modifiers of these doors are random for each run of the dungeon.

Modifiers selected while traversing the dungeons will increase both the difficulty and rewards. Additionally, some modifiers offered within the Soulfire Bastion will alter the results of the Soul Gambler’s items.


8.6 Rewards

All dungeons have a special reward system unique to only that dungeon. Also, each floor of a dungeon has increased rewards based on the difficulty tier and doors selected while traversing to the end boss.

The dungeon bosses can drop one of four Unique items specific to them. Each dungeon tier introduces a new Unique to the pool of Unique items that the boss can drop. However, these Unique item drops are not guaranteed, even at the highest difficulty tier.

Lightless Arbor

Interacting with the door to The Vaults of Uncertain Fate will present you with a sequence of options for modifying the vault contents. Each selected option will modify the vault contents in exchange for gold. Each subsequent modifier will be more expensive than the last based on previous options selected. Declining options will increase the cost, but at a much lower rate.

The higher difficulty tier you complete, the higher your reward modifier limit will be.
• At tier 1 you are limited to 8 mods
• At tier 2 you are limited to 9 mods
• At tier 3 you are limited to 10 mods
• At tier 4 you are limited to 11 mods

Upon finalizing your options and choosing to enter the vault, the door will open to reveal a number of chests modified by the selected options which can then be opened for your reward.

The boss, The Mountain Beneath, can drop one of these four items upon defeat, dependent on the difficulty tier selected.

Soulfire Bastion

Conquering Soulfire Bastion will grant you access to the stores of the Soul Gambler. Soul Embers gathered from killing enemies within Soulfire Bastion can be spent at the Soul Gambler in trade for hidden items. Any remaining Soul Embers are lost upon leaving Soulfire Bastion. Modifiers selected while traversing Soulfire Bastion will modify the results of the Soul Gambler’s items.

The Soul Gambler sells specific item types, such as “helmet”, or “shield” with the possibility of it being any global drop which can be rare, exalted, unique, or set items. The soul ember cost of these item types are randomized for each run to encourage the purchase of different item types. The Soul Gambler also sells 3 Unique items that are exclusive to it, as listed here.

The boss, Cremorus, can drop one of these four items upon defeat, dependent on the difficulty tier selected.

Temporal Sanctum

The boss, Chronomancer Julra, can drop one of these four items upon defeat, dependent on the difficulty tier selected. Unlike the other dungeons, this dungeon boss will always drop a Unique item. There are also some additional conditions for the Unique item that drops:

  • The Unique item will always have at least 1 Legendary Potential.
  • The Unique item is always accompanied by an Exalted item with four affixes that matches the base type of the Unique item.
    • For slots with class specific items, the matching Exalted item is always compatible with your class.

Only one Legendary item can be created per successful run of the dungeon using the Eternity Cache that’s accessible after defeating Chronomancer Julra. Please see the Eternity Cache section of this guide for further information on this mechanic.


8.7 Campaign Skips

Dungeons can be used as campaign skips to help modify an alternate characters leveling process so that one doesn’t have to play the campaign the same way each time. These skips do not provide the passive point or idol slot rewards that are available within the areas of the campaign that were skipped. However, there are more passive/idol rewards in the campaign than one can actually obtain, so you’ll be able to pick and choose which quests you do and which dungeons you use to skip campaign sections.

Lightless Arbor

The Lightless Arbor is located off the path from The Surface teleporter, of the Ruined Era. This entrance is found near the beginning of Chapter 3 and exits within The End of Time zone, which is the start of Chapter 4.

Soulfire Bastion

The Soulfire Bastion is located off the path from The Risen Lake and then The Felled Wood teleporters, of the Imperial Era. This entrance is found about half way into Chapter 4 and exits near the Kolheim Pass teleporter, of the Divine Era, which is about half way into Chapter 7.

Temporal Sanctum

The Temporal Sanctum is located off the path from the Ruined Coast teleporter, of the Ruined Era, which is accessed via a rift near The Shining Cove, of the Imperial Era. This rift is only accessible after accepting The Sapphire Tablet side quest found within The Oracle’s Abode zone, of the Imperial Era. This entrance is about half way into Chapter 5 and exits near the Radiant Dunes teleporter, of the Divine Era, which is near the start of Chapter 9.


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9.1 Description

The Eternity Cache is used to forge the most powerful gear in Eterra across all timelines by sealing specific items inside to merge them into something even greater – Legendary items. Centuries of time are needed for creation, and bypassed only by a Traveler using the power of the Epoch.

The Eternity Cache is located within the Temporal Sanctum dungeon and only accessible after defeating Chronomancer Julra. The cache requires a Unique item with Legendary Potential and an Exalted item of the same type with 4 unsealed affixes in order to create a Legendary item.

Both items are placed within the cache and left to merge over centuries of time by using the Temporal Shift dungeon ability to traverse between two eras. This process will transfer a number of random affixes from the Exalted item to the Unique item equal to its Legendary Potential, which will then create a Legendary item.


9.2 Legendary Potential

Unique items have a chance to drop with Legendary Potential. This stat ranges from 0 to 4 and determines the Unique item’s ability to be transformed into a Legendary item within the Eternity Cache.

The quantity of Legendary Potential that a Unique item drops with is only influenced by the level of the zone in which it drops. Corruption, increased item rarity, character level, or any other modifiers have no effect.

The amount of Legendary Potential that a Unique item will generally drop with is relative to the item’s base power. High powered or very well scaling Unique items will on average drop with less Legendary Potential than low power or leveling Uniques. This is done so that most Unique items will have a more similar overall power potential.

Only quest and story Unique items can’t have Legendary Potential. There are 3 of these items currently in the game; Gambler’s Fallacy, Orchirian’s Petals, and Avarice.


9.3 Legendary Item Creation

To create a Legendary item, you need a Unique item with Legendary Potential and an Exalted item of the same type with 4 unsealed affixes. The Eternity Cache will ignore any sealed affix on the Exalted item so it must always have exactly 4 unsealed affixes in order to work.

For example, any Exalted, 4 affix Shield can be used to create a Legendary Bastion of Honour.

Both the Unique and Exalted items are placed into the cache in the past (the Divine Era) and the Temporal Shift dungeon ability is used to traverse into the future (the Ruined Era) where a Legendary item will now take their place. The Legendary item is the same as the Unique item but with affixes added to it from the Exalted item.

Legendary Potential determines how many affixes will be extracted and transferred from the Exalted item into the Unique item to make it a Legendary item. The affixes are selected at random and cannot be influenced in any way.

  • A Unique with 1 Legendary Potential will transfer 1 random unsealed affix from the Exalted item.
  • A Unique with 2 Legendary Potential will transfer 2 random unsealed affixes from the Exalted item.
  • A Unique with 3 Legendary Potential will transfer 3 random unsealed affixes from the Exalted item.
  • A Unique with 4 Legendary Potential will transfer all unsealed affixes from the Exalted item.

Only one Legendary item can be created per successful run of the Temporal Sanctum dungeon. Each difficulty tier of the dungeon allows for higher level Uniques to be used in the creation of Legendary items.

  • Tier 1 allows the Eternity Cache to accept Unique items with a level requirement of 50 and below.
  • Tier 2 allows the Eternity Cache to accept Unique items with a level requirement of 65 and below.
  • Tier 3 allows the Eternity Cache to accept Unique items with a level requirement of 75 and below.
  • Tier 4 allows the Eternity Cache to accept Unique items of any level.

9.4 FAQ


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ARENA


10.1 Overview

The Arena is an endgame system that’s played on a variety of enclosed maps which unleash endless waves of enemies upon you. The arena is only accessible after earning an Arena Key. These keys are awarded to those who venture into the Monolith of Fate.

Once you’ve acquired an arena key the red portal located within Champion’s Gate, of the Divine Era, grants you access to the Arena. Selecting this portal allows you to enter The Endless Arena or face off against one of the Arena Champions. Right-clicking an arena key will open the map at the location of Champion’s Gate for quick traversal.

Champion’s Gate also includes five different training dummy setups. Two of these training dummies are unique; one counts as a boss, and the other is an enemy so all minions (including totems) will automatically attack it without any input from the user.

When first entering the Arena, hordes of enemies will spawn from 4 static locations on the map. After each wave is complete another wave automatically begins until you reach a pause at every 5th wave. During this pause you are presented with several destructible barrels that will drop various amounts of loot when destroyed. You can also access your stash and buy & sell items from the merchant during this time.

Beware, if you die in the arena, or leave early, you will need to use another key and will not gain any rewards. Death in the arena also counts as a death for Hardcore characters.

Certain enemy modifiers are excluded from the Arena, such as the “revives after two seconds” modifier.


10.2 Arena of Champions

The Arena of Champions has 4 difficulty tiers. Higher tiers increase area level, rewards, and the power of enemy modifiers. The rewards and enemy modifiers for Tiers 2 through 4 have a rotating modifier that change once per day and are the same for all players during that time period. Each tier has a fixed amount of waves, 40, culminating in a boss fight against one of the Champions of the Arena, which is randomly selected each run.

You will be presented with two options of modifiers every 10 waves, so three times, during an Arena of Champions run. These will add modifiers to further Arena waves, as well as modify the Arena Champion’s drops. Arena Champions also have a greatly increased chance to drop Dungeon keys.

Each of the three Arena Champions have a chance to drop a Unique item specific to them; Omen of Thunder from Alfrig Wolfmaw, Penumbra from The Crimson Blade, and Vaion’s Chariot from Vaion the Arsenal.


10.3 Endless Arena

Fight through endless waves of increasingly powerful monsters to earn a spot on the leaderboards. Enemy difficulty scales up from your character level to level 100 over the initial 80 waves, and spawns a Champion of the Arena at wave 90.

The Endless Arena will increase enemy damage, health, movement speed, and pack density as the player delves deeper into its infinitely scaling progression system. However, enemy movement speed and pack density do have limits to their scaling. Enemy damage and health also have scaling increases at each 100th wave interval.

While this resource may not be up-ot-date with the latest patch, it still shows how enemy scaling is generally affected as you progress in the Endless Arena.


10.4 Arena Keys

The Arena is accessible via an Arena Key that is awarded from Monolith of Fate Timelines. You earn an arena key after successfully completing Echoes whose reward is an arena key without dying. This arena key is then dropped from breaking the floating octahedron after an echo is completed in the Echo of a World location.

Additionally, arena keys can be selected as a modifier reward during an Arena of Champions run for successfully defeating the Arena Champion.

There is also the Arena Key of Memory, which will start an Endless Arena run with 100 waves already completed, or half the waves you completed in your previous arena run rounded to the nearest 10, whichever is higher.

You can earn an Arena Key of Memory in one of two ways:

  • Successfully completing an Echo that grants it as a reward.
  • Occasionally dropped from Rare enemies in level 90+ Timelines if you have conquered at least 15 Echoes in that Timeline.

10.5 Maps

There are a total of 13 maps within the Arena, as well as 3 boss arena maps that are used when fighting one of the Arena Champions. At every 10th wave interval the next arena map will be randomly selected, with the same map never being selected twice in a row. The maps vary in size, difficulty, and terrain.

Maps have 4 or more enemy spawn locations, but enemies will only ever spawn from 4 of these locations at a time per wave. These spawn locations will be randomly selected per wave for maps with more than 4 enemy spawn locations.

Abandoned Arena
Enemy Spawn Locations: 6

Abyssal Arena
Enemy Spawn Locations: 8

Airborne Arena
Enemy Spawn Locations: 8

Ancient Arena
Enemy Spawn Locations: 6

Docklands Arena
Enemy Spawn Locations: 6

Heorot’s Arena
Enemy Spawn Locations: 4

Lagonian Arena
Enemy Spawn Locations: 4

Lakeside Arena
Enemy Spawn Locations: 4

Magma Arena
Enemy Spawn Locations: 4

Rustlands Arena
Enemy Spawn Locations: 4
Has a Necrotic damage environmental hazard

Sanctuary Arena
Enemy Spawn Locations: 6

Solarum Arena
Enemy Spawn Locations: 6
Has a Fire damage environmental hazard

Woodland Arena
Enemy Spawn Locations: 4

Arsenal Arena
Enemy Spawn Locations: 4
Arena Champion: Vaion the Arsenal based on the Sentinel class

Crimson Arena
Enemy Spawn Locations: 4
Arena Champion: The Crimson Blade based on the Rogue class

Wofjaw Arena
Enemy Spawn Locations: 4
Arena Champion: Alfrig Wolfmaw based on the Primalist class


10.6 General Strategies

The waves in-between every 5th wave will have the next wave automatically begin once at least 1 enemy remains. For example, wave 13 will not start until you have successfully killed all enemies or at least 1 remains in wave 12. So, during harder waves, if you get down to a challenging enemy and an easy enemy you will typically want to defeat the harder enemy first so that it doesn’t continue on into the next wave, making the next wave easier. If you get down to 2 challenging enemies, you typically want to weaken each equally so that they can be killed in quick succession before the next wave begins.

Damage over Time (DoT’s) can be very dangerous, just by its nature of avoiding several of the players’ defense mechanics, so avoiding enemy DoT’s can be vital to success.


10.7 Ladder

For each character you enter the Arena with the highest wave clear is automatically uploaded to EHG’s Arena Ladder. While only the top 100 clears of each game mode (Hardcore, Solftcore, SSF Hardcore, and SSF Softcore) may be displayed in-game, outside the game you can visit the Last Epoch Ladder webpage to break those modes down further by class.

Currently, the ladder is susceptible to cheating as its data comes from the offline save files of players. These files can and have been tampered with so all ladder data should be viewed with a certain level of skepticism. Once server authoritative multiplayer arrives the ladder will become a far better resource of Arena data.

A key note about the skills displayed for each character on the Arena Ladder; they do not necessarily represent the skills that were used to make that run as the skills update, even after the run, if they are changed.


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MONOLITH OF FATE


11.1 Monolith Introduction

The Monolith of Fate is the main endgame system in Last Epoch. Characters can access the Monolith of Fate from the End of Time, though it is designed to be started after the campaign.

The Monolith of Fate consists of multiple Timelines. All Timelines have a fixed area level and their own set of layouts, enemies, and quests to encounter.

When you first start a Timeline there are multiple paths from the center island, with an Echo on each. After you complete an Echo the Echoes behind it are also revealed, and so on. You can do any Echo you’ve unlocked at any time.

Completing Echoes grants Timeline Stability. After you reach a certain threshold, you can begin a Quest Echo by selecting it from the left-hand side of the screen. After completing all Quest Echoes in a Timeline, your run is completed and you can choose a Blessing to power up your character.


11.2 Timelines

A Timeline represents an alternate reality that never was, or never will be. All Echoes you encounter in a Timeline have the same area level, and each Timeline has a unique pool of layouts, enemies, and quests.

Completing all Quest Echoes for a Timeline unlocks the next Timeline and grants you the opportunity to choose a Blessing. Additionally, conquering the most difficult Timelines (all 3 level 90 area Timelines) will unlock the Empowered version of all Timelines.

All Empowered Timelines are level 100 areas and start with 100 Corruption, increasing the difficulty of enemies and the rewards you receive.


11.3 Echoes

Each zone you encounter in a Timeline is called an Echo.

An Echo has a layout based on its name, and a randomly chosen modifier that it will add to enemies. The enemy modifier also affects the rarity of items you will find and how much experience you will earn.

As you conquer more Echoes in a row, the modifiers you select will start to persist for multiple Echoes. This means you will have multiple modifiers active at the same time. Conquering each Echo grants Timeline Stability, which is required for unlocking Quest Echoes. Some Echoes provide more Timeline Stability than others.

Echoes grant bonus Timeline Stability based on the number of enemies you kill within them. The maximum bonus Timeline Stability for an Echo is listed in the rewards section of its tooltip, on the Timeline Stability bar at the top of the panel, and as a bonus stability meter within the Echo that fills up as more enemies are killed.

Echoes have a guaranteed reward for completing them. These rewards vary in rarity, from gold to Timeline exclusive rewards, and this rarity increases with Corruption and the deeper you progress from the center of the Timeline. If you die before completing an Echo its guaranteed rewards, which includes its Timeline Stability, are lost for all further attempts of that Echo.


11.4 Special Echoes

Each of these Echoes allow you to meaningfully interact with your Timeline in different ways. The rarity of these Echoes vary, but venturing further from the center of your Timeline will increase the odds of them appearing.


Beacon Echo: Normally when you complete an Echo, you can see two steps ahead; the Echoes adjacent to the completed one, and the ones directly beyond those. Beacon Echoes allow you to see one Echo further than normal. The objective of this Echo is to stand within the area surrounding the beacon for 60 seconds while enemies continuously spawn until you’ve fully charged it.


Vessel of Memory Echo: Normally when you complete an Echo, you can’t return to it and have to move on to your next choices. Vessel of Memory Echoes restore completed Echoes in your web to their original states, with the exception of other Vessel Echoes, allowing you to complete them again and claim their rewards for a second time. The objective of this Echo is to destroy the Vessel of Memory that lies within.


Vessel of Chaos Echo: If you’ve spent time completing Echoes and claiming rewards in a Timeline, there will inevitably be a large number of Echoes that you have chosen not to complete. You may have done this either because their reward was irrelevant to you, or the reward was not enticing. Vessel of Chaos Echoes reroll the rewards of all uncompleted Echoes in your web, providing a chance for less enticing options to be swapped for more relevant or powerful rewards. The objective of this Echo is to destroy the Vessel of Chaos that lies within.


Shade Echo: Completing this Echo resets the Timeline’s web of Echoes. However, the Timeline Stability, active modifiers, and Quest Echo progress will persist. If you’re currently in an Empowered Timeline and you have another Empowered Timeline whose Corruption value is greater, then completing this Echo will also grant bonus Corruption. Bonus Corruption is higher when there is a greater difference in Timeline Corruption and the Echo is further from the web origin.


11.5 Quest Echoes

After conquering enough Echoes and earning a certain amount of Timeline Stability within a Timeline, you’ll have the chance to encounter a Quest Echo, which represents a pivotal moment in the story of a Timeline.

The minimum amount of Timeline Stability required for the next Quest Echo is shown at the top and top left portions of the screen. Once you reach a certain threshold, you can begin a Quest Echo by selecting it from the top left of the screen.

Choices that you make in a Quest Echo can impact the story of the Timeline, and ultimately change which Timeline is unlocked next.

Quest Echoes appear in the same order each time, and all Quest Echoes for the current Timeline must be completed to unlock the next Timeline. However, the first two Quest Echoes of each Timeline are optional in Empowered Timelines, allowing you to more easily acquire Blessings and Timeline exclusive rewards.

Dying in a Quest Echo will reduce your Timeline Stability, but cannot undo your progression through the Quest Echoes.


11.6 Corruption and the Shade

As you progress further from the center of a Timeline, you will start to find Echoes with the Shade of Orobyss within.

Defeating the Shade adds Corruption to the Timeline, increasing its difficulty and rewards. It also brings the echo web for the Timeline back to a fresh state, allowing you to start again with a higher potential for rewards. Defeating the Shade does not affect your Timeline Stability or the active modifiers you have.

Corruption increases item rarity, experience gained, monster health, monster damage, and how much Timeline Stability each Echo gives. Corruption also increases the area level in standard Timelines (to a maximum of +5 levels for high level Timelines and +10 levels for lower level Timelines when at 50 corruption), and increases the rarity of guaranteed Echo rewards in Empowered Timelines – such as Exalted items or Idols, for example.

Standard Timelines start at 0 corruption and can have a maximum of 50 corruption. Empowered Timelines start at 100 corruption and have no maximum.

You can defeat the Shade of Orobyss multiple times to continue building corruption. However, you will need to venture further and further into the Timeline to find Shades that will increase corruption. Shades furthest from the center of your Timeline will offer the highest amount of corruption gain.

If the challenge becomes too difficult, you can fight a Shade nearer to the center of the Timeline to reduce corruption, provided corruption is above 10 in standard Timelines or 110 in Empowered Timelines.

Completing the third Quest Echo in an Empowered Timeline will grant you 1 Gaze of Orobyss. Defeating the Shade of Orobyss consumes all current Gaze’s of Orobyss within that Timeline to grant bonus corruption, allowing you to build up corruption more quickly. However, if you die while fighting the Shade of Orobyss you’ll lose all accumulated Gaze’s of Orobyss.


11.7 Blessings

Blessings are permanent increases to your character’s stats or chance to find particular types of items. Blessings apply throughout the entire game, not just in the Monolith of Fate.

When you conquer a Timeline you will be presented with 3 Blessings to choose from. However, if you conquer a Timeline with 50+ corruption you will instead be offered 4 blessing choices, or 5 blessing choices at 200+ corruption. If you conquer the same Timeline again, you can choose to either keep your current Blessing, or replace it with a new one.

Each Timeline has its own set of possible Blessings, which you can view here. Some Timelines have Blessings that increase your character’s stats, while others have Blessings that increase your chance to find particular types of items. You can view every Blessing you have discovered and currently have active from the Blessings tab in the Inventory window.

Blessings like “Increased Amulet Drop Rate” would cause more amulets (including Unique and Set items of that type) to drop for you without affecting how many items of other types drop. However, these Blessings do not affect boss specific drops, only random drops.

Blessings granted by Empowered Timelines have higher values than the versions granted by standard Timelines.


11.8 Timeline Exclusive Rewards

Each Timeline has exclusive Echo reward types that grant Unique or Set items of specific types, as detailed below.

  • Fall of the Outcasts can have unique or set Bows or Quivers.
  • The Stolen Lance can have unique or set Caster Weapons (wands, sceptres, staves, or catalysts).
  • The Black Sun can have unique or set Helmets or Shields.
  • Blood, Frost, and Death can have unique or set Body Armour.
  • Ending the Storm can have unique or set Gloves.
  • Fall of the Empire can have unique or set Belts.
  • Reign of Dragons can have unique or set Melee Weapons (swords, axes, maces, daggers, or polearms).
  • The Last Ruin can have unique or set Relics.
  • The Reign of Winter can have unique or set Rings or Amulets.
  • Spirits of Fire can have unique or set Boots.

Also, all Timeline bosses have 4 specific Unique or Set item drops that can be farmed from them.

  • Two of these drops are non-empowered specific, and mutually exclusive but have equal drop rates (meaning they each have a 50% chance to drop, but only one of them will drop).
  • The third drop is empowered specific and scales with the Timeline’s increased item rarity.
  • The fourth is not empowered specific, but has a drop chance that similarly scales with the Timeline’s increased item rarity.

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FAVOUR SYSTEM


12.1 Reserved for Future Consideration


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LOST MEMORIES


13.1 Reserved for Future Consideration


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Changelog


Patch Version Date Change
0.7.10c Nov 2, 2020 Initial Release
0.8 Dec 4, 2020 Updated patch changes
0.8.1c Feb 25, 2021 Updated patch changes
0.8.2i June 9, 2021 Updated patch changes
0.8.3e Sept 17, 2021 Updated patch changes
0.8.4f Dec 29, 2021 Updated patch changes
0.8.5f July 14, 2022 Updated patch changes

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Special Thanks


  • EHG - for the game and the game guide :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:
  • Sarno - for being so accommodating
  • Tunk - as I link to several pages of his website
  • To all those that help improve this resource

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Holy fork-biscuits that’s a lot of work you’ve done there!

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Thanks, and if anything looks incorrect…especially the Ability Tags section because there’s actually little info I could find to properly describe them…please let me know.

Curse is a specific type of skill (currently only Bone Curse & Spirit Plague I believe, but I suspect the Warlock will have several more) rather than a skill that applies some sort of ailment/debuff.

I’d also add that the elemental type tags determin the split of the base damage the skill does, so if it has 2 (like phys & cold) then the damage will be split evenly between those two.

And the links in 1.1 Character Sheet & 1.2 Inventory & Stash don’t work for some reason.

1.8 Ability Tags

This sounds very much like spell’s are the exception, but melee skills also don’t beneift from attack speed(Smelter’s Wrath). Making Warpath as a skill an exception.

Also i think an explanation of “adaptive spell damage” would be fitting for such a ressource since it’s a quiet frequently asked question (not sure how much stuff you already want to implement that is not specifically explained in the game guide)

Great job anyway!

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