Path of Exile makes rare beasts easier to get in the Bestiary League

Is it absolutely imperative in Path of Exile’s Bestiary League that you catch them all? The most recent patch to the game makes it easier to catch the rarer beasts of the game by making them, well, show up more frequently. They should also provide more of a challenge and offer better rewards, both of which should be welcome for players who can’t get enough of this particular league. The rarity of Legendary beasts will remain where it presently is.

So, is that all? A small team is still making adjustments to the current league, but according to the development overview, most of the team is now over to working on the next major patch for the game. That will apparently take the lessons from Bestiary League and apply them in a new direction, so players who like capturing beasts should keep their eyes open. (We’re told that these beast antics are quite popular, after all.)

Source: Patch notes, Development overview; thanks to Veldan for the tip!
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Caelium

I’ve been running into the same problem I run into with most leagues, that being that I can never seem to stick with a character/build. I’ve tried about 5 up to Act 6 or so (roughly level 45) and I just seem to bounce off them after a while. I also have always played SSF (Solo Self-Found, or no trading with other players) but I think starting next league I will just play normal league but only trade/party if I really, really need to.

I do enjoy the actual league for the most part, though like 95% of the items you find most of the beasts you capture feel useless too. But I have crafted a few items/uniques that have eased my leveling curve that I had never found in any league prior, so that was appreciated.

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Veldan

SSF is tough. Then again, it should be, because it’s pretty much a self-imposed handicap. I prefer trade, for a large part because it allows me to leave 99% of rare items on the ground so I don’t have to spend over half my time portalling, identifying and sorting loot.

The beast craft I’ve used most times is the “gain up to 5 prophecies” one. That really boosted my prophecy chains, I got the full Pale Council set for the challenge myself.

I feel like the rare item crafts could be very valuable to a SSF player though. To a trade league player they’re useless, because the chance to get something better than what’s available on the market is like one in a million, but if you have to get gear yourself you could actually craft upgrades.

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Bryan Correll

The beast craft I’ve used most times is the “gain up to 5 prophecies” one.

You and me both.

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Veldan

I kinda nolifed it for a few weeks, but wow, it was so good to immerse myself in a game for a while. It had been ages since a game sucked me in like this. I’m not bestiary’s biggest fan, nor the biggest fan of the “clearspeed meta” and the direction that has taken the game, but still, overall PoE is amazing. A rare example of a quality game.

And you gotta give it to GGG, even if Bestiary was pretty much their worst league at release, they’ve been deploying patches at light speed. We’re barely 3 weeks in, and its current state is already so much better.

Here’s a picture of my proud witch that just finished her last (doable) challenge for this league:

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Pepperzine

Having so much fun in this league. I currently have two characters who are pretty much opposite sides of one coin. I have a character built around the Death’s Oath chest (which gives Death’s Aura). This makes it so any enemy who gets close enough begins to die just from being near him. The other side of the coin is my aura bot, who boosts the stats of the other players who are near him. I’m further along with the Death’s Oath build, but it’s nice to be able to switch it up with a support character from time to time.

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Veldan

Deaths Oath is interesting. I saw a guy with it while doing Elreon dailies, and was wondering about how a build with it would work.

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Pepperzine

It is interesting! You also take chaos damage per kill, so you really need to cap your chaos resistance otherwise things can get messy real quick. Besides that, you spend a lot of passives on increasing the effect of non-curse auras, chaos damage, and damage over time. Abberath’s Hooves help a lot too as you get another damage aura. It’s a lot of fun clearing maps by just shield charging around and everything dying as you pass by. I highly recommend giving it a go, plus you don’t need a 6-link on the death’s oath chest because the support gems affect the aura modifier rather than needing to link them to a skill gem.

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Is it like Whispering Ice then? Any support gem in the item buffs the skill?

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Pepperzine

Possibly, I’ve never used whispering ice before. Only very specific support gems work with the death aura though. Gems like added fire damage or leech life do nothing. You can directly use concentrated effect, efficacy, increased area of effect, and void manipulation. You can indirectly use swift affliction and less duration if you socket arcane surge, even though arcane surge won’t actually trigger.

When you chrome Death’s Oath it normally goes all red sockets or 1-2 green/blue sockets and the rest red sockets. To have the perfect set up you need 3 blue, 2 green, and 1 red, and thus you either need to get extremely lucky with chromes or use a decent level vorici crafting recipe. I currently have 3 blue, 1 green, and 2 red. I want to get it to that perfect set up but at the same time I don’t want to risk losing my 5 sockets.