In Path of Exile: Echoes of the Atlas, you’ll gain even more control over your end-game Path of Exile experience by specialising each region of your Atlas with its own passive tree, crafting Watchstones to refine your rewards, selecting up to ten map bosses to face simultaneously and challenging the Atlas’ new pinnacle boss: The Maven.
You’ll first encounter the Maven in the boss arena of a map, where she will make the boss encounter more difficult and watch as you do your best to defeat it. If you’re successful, she’ll give you her beacon, which lets you call her to any map in that region, so she can watch more fights.
After showing her your boss-killing prowess, she will give you an Invitation to her own realm, where she has prepared a special challenge.
The Maven really wants to push you to your limits, and has fabricated copies of the bosses she watched you defeat. This time, however, you’ll have to defeat them… simultaneously.
If you manage to best her challenge, she’ll, politely ask you to do the whole cycle again. Except this time she wants to watch more, and tougher, fights, and her next challenge will contain four bosses. Then five, then six, and finally, ten.
If you’re persistent and talented, you may even get to fight the Maven herself, in a very difficult boss encounter designed to challenge the strongest and best Path of Exile players.
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Completing the Maven’s challenges offers the opportunity to acquire some very powerful new rewards, including Atlas Passive Skill Points, craftable Watchstones and even The Maven’s Orb.
The Maven’s progression is not tied to Sirus/Watchstone progression. After your first encounter with the Maven, you can call her to witness map boss kills using her beacon on the map device. Her presence makes the boss more difficult.
From time to time, you will be invited to the Maven’s arena to fight an escalating number of bosses in the arena (3, 4, 5, 6 and 10). The 10 boss fight is repeatable and can be farmed. After the 10 boss fight, you may have the opportunity to fight the Maven herself.
The progression is on a per region basis with each successful fight in the Maven’s arena awarding two passive points which can be allocated to the Atlas Tree for that region.
If you invite the Maven to witness a boss fight and complete that fight with other members of your party, they’ll also be counted as having completed that fight. You can also take on the bosses simultaneously with a party, but the success of that fight is awarded to the instance owner.
When you enter a map, you can click the Maven’s Beacon on the map device to summon her to witness your fight. If you’re successful, this boss will automatically be counted as witnessed. Once The Maven has witnessed enough boss fights in that region, an item will drop that allows you to travel to her arena to fight those bosses again.
The Maven’s storyline exists in parallel with the Conqueror’s storyline. Lorewise, the Maven is an Eldritch entity and more of a continuation of the Elder storyline, which is separate from Sirus and the Elderslayers.
The first invitations are quest items to progress through the increasing number of bosses you are fighting in her arena. After you have first completed the 10 boss fight, you have the chance to receive invitation items which can have mods and are craftable, allowing you to scale the difficulty of that fight. You cannot have duplicates of the same boss in the Maven arena, and the bosses are scaled to a fixed monster level based on the number you’re fighting at once.