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Latest Path of Exile Development Manifesto Announces the Removal of 'Stat Sticks' & More

Suzie Ford Updated: Posted:
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The Path of Exile site has been updated with a new Development Manifesto that lays out a number of changes coming to the game to address balance issues and gameplay limitations. The post provides readers with a broad look at incoming changes in the Betrayal content expansion across a number of features including Stat Sticks, Energy Shield Recharge, Cap on Slowing Effects, Unique Rebalance, and Archetypes.

Stat Sticks are being removed:

  • You will no longer be able to use skills that require a specific weapon equipped if you are dual-wielding and one of your equipped weapons is unsuitable for that skill.
  • Skills that could be used with two weapons, but were main-hand-only when used, now use both weapons when dual wielding.

Energy Shield Recharge will no longer be interrupted "by non-damage changes to your Life or Energy Shield" after extensive testing ton ensure there won't be issues with other builds.

Cap on Slowing Effects is now capped at 75% from all sources.

Unique Rebalance will be an ongoing process over time, though many are being adjusted in time for Betrayal. 

Archetypes from 3.5.0 (cold-based DOT spell caster, Hierophant-based caster and the Champion-based melee character will be seeing additional abilities added and others reworked. 

Read the full post on the Path of Exile site.


Suzie Ford

Suzie is the former Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom