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The Forbidden Sanctum: What Can We Expect?

Updated: Mar 5, 2023

To the delight of fans, Grinding Gear Games finally released the Path of Exile 3.20: The Forbidden Sanctum league on December 9th of this year. In addition, the studio has already developed a version for Xbox and Playstation, and a trailer full of details is already running on YouTube.

In Poe 3.20, your resolve will be tested twice as the game promises to be much more thought-provoking and challenging. The title itself provides this spoiler if we stop to analyze it carefully.

And of course, we can't forget about the amazing updates that are included in this new league. We'll talk about them later!

This news will only add to the anxiety of those anxious to check it out. But, before playing the long-awaited game, it's crucial that you are on top of every detail of this new league's news. That way, you will be 100% prepared to face all the challenges that await you.

What is Forbidden Sanctum?

The Forbidden Sanctum

we've already seen that The Forbidden Sanctum is the name of the new Path of Exile league that has new mysteries and challenges. What would the famous Forbidden Sanctum look like? And what does this location represent?

The Forbidden Sanctum is an ancient temple that has been buried beneath the ruins of the Fallen Shrine for a long time. After long years of abandonment, it will finally be found by you.

After discovering the temple, your character will have to explore the place, unravel all the mysteries that surround it, and, most importantly: face the ensuing

What to expect from the banned Sanctum POE 3.20?

As we've seen before, The Forbidden Sanctum will be a league full of news for players. And of course, I bet you're already dying to analyze the innovations that this new league promises.

So let's get straight to the point! Check out some improvements that the new league will present:

Improvements on Endgame

Grinding Gear Games has already reported that improvements to the Endgame system would be their top priority until Path of Exile 2 is released, and indeed they have honored that promise.

The game developers included: the provision of buffs for unique weapons; new spells and new monster mods; jewelry balance changes; new items for crafting; the Ruthless mode; two new Skill Gems; 15 new unique items and two new Vaal Skill Gems.

Balance Manifestos

In Path of Exile 3.20, players will be able to take advantage of the new balance manifest. The league will include several mechanical changes such as:

  • Gem Improvement: The developers have improved Gems, with the aim of turning them into a source of mitigation of ailments.

  • Replacement of Unique Gems: The unique Gems of the old version have been replaced with much more powerful ones.

  • Spell rebalancing: Game developers have rebalanced spells in order to make them even more powerful.

  • Curse mechanics overhaul: Much of the curse mechanism has been overhauled with the aim of improving the player experience.

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Ruthless mode

First of all, it's important that you know a crucial fact: Ruthless mode is not for everyone. This mode is extremely complex and will test your skills much more intensely.

Ruthless mode is characterized by a high scarcity of magic and rare and unique items. In fact, they are virtually extinct during the campaign. Also, there are very few crafting currency items, and you won't be able to buy the active and support gems (and still have a significant XP reduction).

Well, I'm not going to lie to you: yes, this mode is extremely difficult. But, on the other hand, if you manage to face all the hardships that Ruthless has, you're sure to feel a satisfaction you'll never forget.

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After receiving a lot of criticism from players, Grinding Gear Games finally decided not to include the Archnemesis system in the new league.

In Path of Exile 3.17, the Archnemesis challenge system was famous for its degree of difficulty. The system was intended to generate rare, extremely powerful, and almost unbeatable monsters that practically nullified all builds. And of course, this situation generated extreme dissatisfaction among most gamers.

Therefore, the studio saw no other alternative. After much resistance, the developers decided to replace the Archnemesis system with a less complex one. You'll be able to check out this new feature in Path of Exile 3.20.


In The Forbidden Sanctum, your character will have the challenge of exploring all the rooms in the “cursed” temple, and the main objective is to gain access to the final room. And why would that be challenging?

The temple will work as a mini roguelike game, so the objective will certainly not be achieved so easily.

Let's recall the hallmarks of a roguelike game:

  • Permanent death: if you die during the quest, unfortunately, you will have to go back to the beginning of the game (no matter the level of progress).

  • High difficulty level: The difficulty level of a roguelike game is very high. In fact, it's virtually impossible to stay alive for very long.

  • Random Scenarios: Scenarios are randomly generated and are associated with your character's death. Whenever you die, the game will restart in a different scenario.

But rest assured, the "permanent death" feature will be slightly modified in Path of Exile 3.20.

In order to make life easier for players, GGG has developed a feature known as “Resolve”. In this feature, players will have access to a “life bar” to guide them during exploration. Whenever this resource runs out, players will be kicked out of the temple and back to the beginning of the game.

In addition, in the course of exploring the rooms of the temple, players will encounter bonuses or penalties, that is, everything will depend on their “luck”. To be able to take the exploration challenge to the end, you can equip your character with special accessories.

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Forbidden Sanctum on console

Many gamers are asking “When is Poe 3.20 release date?” Will this release take longer than expected?

On December 13th of this year, Grinding Gear Games already stated in a forum that it planned to launch the Xbox and Playstation versions the following day (December 14th).

However, we have not yet had access to updates on this situation. But don't worry, as soon as we confirm the Poe 3.20 console release date, we'll put it on Poe Builds.

Is Forbidden Sanctum really an Expansion with a League or just a League with updates?

This is the doubt of many gamers. Is Forbidden Sanctum just a league with updates or does it promise to be something much bigger?

Unfortunately, we still don't have the definitive answer to this question, but we can analyze two interesting points:

  • In Path of Exile 3.20, the league title is made up of more than one word, and this is unusual. In fact, this is the characteristic of an expansion.

  • Grinding Gear Games has always worked for expansions to overhaul how the final game works, and that's not what happens in Path of Exile 3.20 (at least for now).

Well, if we stop to analyze it carefully, we will see that Path of Exile 3.20 does not fit completely into any of the classifications. So let's call it a league for now, and as soon as we have more information, you'll be the first to know.


As you have read this far, you have noticed that The Forbidden Sanctum delivers a variety of new and challenging features for newcomers. And of course, all warriors who take on the challenge of exploring the famous lost temple will surely come out stronger and more experienced from this journey.

Is that you? Are you up for the challenge of facing the 3.20 Poe? So be sure to follow all our blog. After all, as we all know, the secret of Path of Exile lies in good strategy.

How hard are the Sanctum mechanics for melee builds?

In The Forbidden Sanctum, your character is less affected by closer attacks, so you don't have to worry.

What happens if I crash while in the Forbidden Sanctum?

Whenever you go to the next map, your character can go back to the room he was in before.

Also, we can't forget the most important thing: all Aureus coins and rewards will be locked only when your character successfully completes the quest in the temple rooms.

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