Path of Exile Prepares For A Monster Hunt
In this new area, you'll be able to invite friends to see the many beasts you've captured and also interact with new NPC characters to learn more about the league and what's expected of you. The monsters you find aren't just for show, as capturing the rare beasts often yields access to higher-end weapons and armor. Known as Beastcrafting, you can sacrifice beasts and key monster parts at the Managerie's blood alter to power up some of your more valuable weapons. But in doing so, you'll summon powerful boss monsters that have to be defeated.
Along with new areas and monsters to battle, the Bestiary update will also feature a number of quality of life updates and balance, including new gems, skills, and revamps to the Ascendancy classes. Here's quick rundown of the core features as written by the developers coming for this update:
The Bestiary Challenge League: With a fresh economy and brand new mechanics, the Bestiary Challenge League is ideal for existing, returning, and brand new players to experience the award-winning gameplay Path of Exile has to offer.
Capture Dangerous Beasts: Track Wraeclast's most dangerous animals, weaken them, and capture them to make them your own. There are around 250 regular beasts and 40 legendary beasts to capture.
Complete your Bestiary: As you capture beasts from across Wraeclast, they are marked in your Bestiary, a permanent record of your progress through this league.
Populate your Menagerie: Visit and observe the beasts you've captured whenever you want, then use them to fuel your Beastcrafting.
Beastcrafting: Perform the ritual of Sacrifice by Combat at the Blood Altar to create and augment potent items. There are dozens of powerful recipes that require the sacrifice of different combinations of beasts that you have collected.
New End-Game Foes: Capturing and crafting with the right set of beasts may grant you entrance to difficult spirit boss encounters with powerful Unique item rewards.
Bestiary Sets: The Bestiary League contains four new sets of poe items based on the powerful spirit beasts. Mix and match them with other poe items and discover potent new builds.
The Story Continues: High-level players will be able to challenge The Elder and The Shaper simultaneously, deep in the centre of the Atlas of Worlds--the toughest boss encounter in Path of Exile yet!
With Path of Exile still going strong, the lead designer stated that they're still committed to the game for many years to come. And with a rather inventive take on monster hunting on the way, which still focuses on the loot in the run, the developers have some strange, but innovative plans in store for the game.