Path Of Exile Produces Lengthy Manifesto Detailing Balance Changes

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor July 20, 2021
Share:

Grinding Gear Games summarized the significant balance changes that would be coming to Path of Exile in last week's presentation of its upcoming league/expansion, Expedition, which we covered here. This week, a longer -- make that much longer -- explanation was posted on the PoE site, explaining the philosophy behind the changes and what they were meant to accomplish.

Overall, the changes are being enacted due to the persistent power creep that's occurred over the game's life span. That's made many boss fights trivial, sometimes taking just "a fraction of a second, without any interesting interaction." Low-level monster life levels will be increased, and there are changes coming to several key aspects of player builds.

The bulk of the manifesto covers the same subjects that were discussed last week: support gem reduction, the flask system rework, and player ailment mitigation. In general: support gems that simply provide a buff to damage will be reduced, flasks will recharge more slowly, and there are new ways for player to mitigate ailments that don't rely so heavily on flasks. Three movement skills -- Flame Dash, Dash, and Smoke Mine -- are also less effective, requiring greater specialization to utilize to their fullest extent.

There's a lot more in the manifesto -- changes to Arcane Surge, Fortify, damage-over-time multipliers, veiled mods, a few that get just a bullet point's worth of discussion, and even some actual buffs(!) -- so if you're a hardcore PoE player, you'll definitely want to check it out. Expedition launches in three days, so you might even get done reading it by then.

Share:
Got a news tip? Contact us directly here!

About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (0)


You May Enjoy

Red Beard Games Drops Launch Trailer For Smite-Themed Platform Fighter Divine Knockout

Red Beard Games Drops Launch Trailer For Smite-Themed Platform Fighter Divine Knockout

Like Smite, DKO gives a third-person spin to its genre.

By QuintLyn Bowers - 4 days ago
Marvel Snap's Next Season, "The Power Cosmic," Adds Rare Series 4 And 5 Cards And Token Shop In December

Marvel Snap's Next Season, "The Power Cosmic," Adds Rare Series 4 And 5 Cards And Token Shop In December

Some incoming big players in the Marvel universe will likely change up the meta.

By Anthony Jones - 4 days ago
New Extraction Shooter, Hawked, Coming To PS5, Xbox Series, PS4, Xbox One, And PC

New Extraction Shooter, Hawked, Coming To PS5, Xbox Series, PS4, Xbox One, And PC

If Indian Jones was an FPS game, this would be it.

By Aspen Pash - 3 days ago
Epic Alleges Google Paid Activision $360 Million To Not Launch Competitor Mobile App Store, Activision Claims "Nonsense"

Epic Alleges Google Paid Activision $360 Million To Not Launch Competitor Mobile App Store, Activision Claims "Nonsense"

Epic says "Project Hug" is Google's anti-trust project, Google claims it fosters development and competition.

By Michael Byrne - 1 week ago
Fortnite Will Kick Off Chapter 3 Finale "Fracture" Event On December 3, XP Events Planned Before Release

Fortnite Will Kick Off Chapter 3 Finale "Fracture" Event On December 3, XP Events Planned Before Release

An otherworldly event is coming to the Island soon.

By Anthony Jones - 4 days ago
The Viking Open-World Survival Builder, Aska, Launches Its Alpha Today

The Viking Open-World Survival Builder, Aska, Launches Its Alpha Today

If you're not too busy feasting, why not give this game a try?

By Aspen Pash - 2 days ago