Heart of the Grove – PoE Harvest

The Ritual league introduced a variant of the Harvest mechanic, where instead of players creating their own farm, players are instead presented with pre-created groves (The Sacred Grove) on maps, where they can directly begin Horticrafting. Players can also add a Horticrafting Station to their hideout within which 10 Horticrafting can be stored and used at a player's convenience.

On very rare occasions, you'll be able to harvest the Heart of the Grove and fight the Avatar of the Grove. When the Avatar of the Grove is fightable, there will be an interactable tree in the middle of the garden, and no other Harvest plots available. If you find a Sacred Grove that appears empty, it's most likely that you've spawned the Heart of the Grove fight. Travel to the centre of the grove and interact with the vines to begin the fight.

1. Lex Proxima Atlas Passive Tree Skills: Harvest skilltree

Lex Proxima is a Atlas region located in the inner top right of the Atlas of Worlds. Allocate harvest passive skills to increase the chance of Harvest.

Name Stats
Heart of the Grove
  • The Sacred Grove in Areas has 100% increased chance to contain the Heart of the Grove
  • Harvests in Areas have 10% chance for the unchosen crop to not wilt
Harvest Chance
  • Areas have +2% chance to contain The Sacred Grove
Bountiful Harvest
  • Harvest Monsters in Areas grant 200% increased Experience
  • Harvested Plants in Areas have 50% chance to spawn an additional Monster
Bumper Crop
  • Harvests in Areas have Doubled bonuses to Item Quantity and Rarity
  • The Sacred Grove in Areas contains an additional pair of Harvest Plots

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2. Haewark Hamlet Atlas Passive Tree Skills: Harvest skilltree

Haewark Hamlet is a Atlas region located in the outside top left of the Atlas of Worlds. Allocate harvest passive skills to increase the chance of Harvest.

Name Stats
Wild Fruit
  • Harvest Plots in Areas have 100% increased chance to contain a Tier 4 Plant
The Grove's Call
  • Areas have +5% chance to contain The Sacred Grove
Additional Harvest Crafting Chance
  • Plants Harvested in Areas have 3% chance to give an additional Crafting option
Nature's Favour
  • Plants Harvested in Areas give the rarest of 2 chosen Crafting Options

Once you harvest a Tier 4 seed, the Heart of the Grove will start growing. It requires 100 cycles to grow, and the growth cycle will only advance in zone level 78 or higher. Once it finishes growing, you can fight the Avatar of the Grove.

Tier 4 Seeds

3. Heart of the Grove Master Quest

Heart of the Grove Master Quest

  1. You have found a Tier 4 Seed. Plant it and harvest it in the Sacred Grove.
  2. You have successfully harvested a Tier 4 Seed. Talk to Oshabi about this in the Sacred Grove.
  3. Nurture the Heart of the Grove by continuing to plant and harvest Seeds in the Sacred Grove, and wait for it to complete its growth cycle.
  4. Activate the Heart of the Grove, now that it has completed its growth cycle.
  5. Defeat Oshabi, Avatar of the Grove.
  6. Quest Complete - You have put to rest Oshabi, Avatar of the Grove.

4. Heart of the Grove Growth Cycles

It requires 100 cycles to grow, and must be done in maps of zone level 78 or higher.

Heart of the Grove

5. Avatar of the Grove

Oshabi, Avatar of the Grove is the boss of Heart of the Grove. Once it finishes growing, you can fight her.

The drop table has been changed since its original encounter in Harvest League, now that you can no longer obtain Seed Enhancers.

As of now, the loot table consists of one Harvest-exclusive unique:

  • Witchhunter's Judgment
  • Law of the Wilds
  • Abhorrent Interrogation
  • Forbidden Shako

and a random combination of:

  • Infused Beachheads
  • Lures
  • Dedication to the Goddess
  • Tribute to the Goddess
  • Gift to the Goddess
  • Infused Engineer's Orb
  • Facetor's Lenses
  • Winged Scarabs (unconfirmed)

Avatar of the Grove encounters statistics

encounters started 94,000
encounters completed 84,379

According to the GGG's statistics, fighting Avatar of the Grove is not difficult. As you can see, just shy of 90% of encounters that were started were successfully completed; a fairly high success rate for a new boss. There's no question that this boss was considered to be on the easier side among endgame bosses, and the statistics seem to agree with that sentiment.

6. Heart of the Grove Drops

After PoE version 3.11.1: the Heart of the Grove monsters and bosses now have a chance based on their rarity, with higher-tier seeds having a higher chance, to drop a new plantable "seed". This can be placed in the Sacred Grove and will affect planted seeds around it, granting nearby seeds additional properties on being Harvested.

Seed Enhancer Name Effect
Fortune Bud Fortune Bud Seeds in radius give the rarest of 2 chosen Crafting Options when Harvested
Fortune Flower Fortune Flower Seeds in radius give the rarest of 3 chosen Crafting Options when Harvested
Fortune Blossom Fortune Blossom Seeds in radius give the rarest of 4 chosen Crafting Options when Harvested
Lifeforce Bud Lifeforce Bud Seeds in radius produce 100% more Lifeforce when Harvested
Lifeforce Flower Lifeforce Flower Seeds in radius produce 150% more Lifeforce when Harvested
Lifeforce Blossom Lifeforce Blossom Seeds in radius produce 200% more Lifeforce when Harvested
Horticrafting Bud Horticrafting Bud Seeds in radius have 20% chance to generate additional Crafting Options when Harvested
Horticrafting Flower Horticrafting Flower Seeds in radius have 30% chance to generate additional Crafting Options when Harvested
Horticrafting Blossom Horticrafting Blossom Seeds in radius have 40% chance to generate additional Crafting Options when Harvested

7. Related Challenge

7.1 Harvest the Heart of the Grove

Generally, Oshabi's attacks are slow, so it's easy to avoid. With the exception of her Root-ring skill, which requires you to have a high DPS to break out quickly, otherwise, the arena will be covered with a lot of yellow-patch. If had built a high DPS, you can clear all of these challenges immediately while skipping all skills. Meanwhile, you can invite experienced players to complete these challenges for you as well.

7.2 Harvest the Heart of the Grove Conditionally(4)

Harvest the Heart of the Grove under each of the following conditions.

Heart of the Grove Challenge

7.3 Harvest the Heart of the Grove without being affected by Sacred Suffering

During ORANGE PHASE, Sacred Suffering is the yellow patch created from her circle-root-wall skill. When you're inside the circle, you'll have to break the wall ASAP or else the middle totem in the circle will start create more yellow patch on the ground, that deals phys-degen damage. So the faster you break the wall, the lesser the yellow patch ground she's created. Also this yellow patch seems to be permanent, it won't disappear till the fight end.

7.4 Harvest the Heart of the Grove without being hit by Orb of Thorns

During PURPLE PHASE, she'll have a charge up animation then shoot out a purple-vortex-version that shoot out purple projectiles. Best to hide behind a wall when you saw her her charging up the skill.

7.5 Harvest the Heart of the Grove without being hit by Vine Hammer

During GREEN/YELLOW PHASE, she'll spawn a giant hammer that'll slam the ground and deal splash damage, kinda like earthquake but with short duration and chartreuse color. Run away as far as you could when you saw the yellow hammer appear, the AOE splash is quite huge so advice to run away on sight.

7.6 Harvest the Heart of the Grove without being hit by Volatile Orchard

During BLUE PHASE, she'll have charge up animation then spawn out a row of snakes, then those snakes will turn themselves into blue-balls that'll chase towards you. Try run away from them then they'll disappear after few seconds.

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