Protect the Altar

PoE Ultimatum Challenge:

  • Complete all waves of the Protect the Altar types of Ultimatum encounters.
  • Complete Inscribed Ultimatums with each of the Protect the Altar Challenges in areas with an area level of 81 or higher.

Protect the Altar PoE

The Altars life bar is displayed near the bottom, upon reaching 0 the encounter will fail.

This Altar is in the middle here, and you have to protect it as you can. Dodge build is very good to complete this challenge.

Attackers Slain PoE

Protecting the Altar in the middle is honestly one of the easiest ones I think. When you get to protect the Altar in the middle, the enemies seem to just ignore you and attack that Altar. Therefore, you have plenty of time to just kill them.

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Challenge Faild

One of the following situations means Protect the Altar failed:

  • The Altar was destroyed.
  • You die.
  • Stay outside of the circle over 4 seconds
  • Receive 7 stacks of Ruin

The Ultimatum is failed and all rewards will be removed.

Completion rate by encounter type

Let's move on and take a look at completion rate by encounter type.

Encounter Type Completion Rate
(Level 2-72)
Completion Rate
(Level 73-77)
Completion Rate
(Level 78+)
Defeat Monsters 82.68% 82.18% 84.88%
Survive 80.62% 81.05% 82.79%
Stone Circles 76.34% 77.40% 75.86%
Defend the Altar 82.18% 84.19% 86.83%

So, the first thing you'll likely have noticed is the completion rate of Stone Circle encounters. It has the lowest completion rate of any of the encounter types and it's not even close. This encounter type either forces players to stand still for brief periods of time or can last a long time if players are running quick paths through the Stone Circles, giving more time for something to go wrong and lead to an untimely death.

The easiest encounter type is the Defend the Altar encounter. This is fairly expected as not all of the monsters are trying to kill you; they're instead trying to destroy an altar, giving you a bit of extra breathing room during the encounter.

As with wave completion rates, for the most part we see increasing completion rates for each encounter type as the area level gets higher.

Do not choose multiple options

Choosing multiple options is the worst option.

You on average should really be choosing the same option and stacking up the same option over and over again. These stacked-up modifiers are significantly less dangerous than dealing with three separate modifiers at the same time.

As you're getting up towards these like nine or ten waves, you could just have three, and that makes it significantly easier.

How to choose Mods

Ground effects like the Choking Miasma tend to be significantly easier than all of the other ones. This is almost one of the easiest ones in the whole mechanic. See these mods and you should choose every single time.

Movement speed and recovery

Movement speed is very important and recovery is very important as well. In order to Protect the Altar, you must slain attackers as fast as possible.

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