Path of Exile‘s newest challenge league dares players to collect beasts and fight them to get items. The first part requires a net that can be purchased or dropped. Throwing a net at a catchable creature (marked by an icon on their life bar) will stun it. If the catch is successful, Einhar will transport the beast to the Menagerie where you’ll find all your captured beasts. Upon the opposite happening, the creature will regain some of its lost life and become enraged. You won’t be able to attempt capturing it again until it stops raging.
In the Menagerie, players have the option to fight and defeat up to four of their captured beasts. It awards the player a crafted item with various effects and characteristics, depending on the beasts they fought. The game doesn’t explain much of the mechanics behind this system, especially for those who want to get better equipment for their character. It’s a good thing other players have figured it out.
Here’s how to craft equipment with specific mod types.
Crafting Equipment with a Specific Mod Type
Players need three beasts, one with the needed Bestiary Mod, a rare beast from a variable family, and a rare beast from a variable group. A player listed which Bestiary Mods have which effects, as well as which combination of families and groups result in which items (check it out here). Memorize this, or refer to the chart, so you know which beasts to collect and fight.
As an example, you might want to create a one-hand sword with Increased Physical Damage. A beast with the ‘Infested Earth’ Bestiary Mod, a rare Primate and rare Cavern beasts will be needed. As a warning, Int Shields have a different recipe when adding the Cast Speed and Spell Damage effects; they require a rare from the Ursae group instead of crustaceans, as well as the necessary mods.
Just make sure that your desired item has a recipe for the mod you want to minimize the wasted beasts, as well as the effort to capture them again. You can’t make armor with an increased physical damage characteristic, and neither can you make a weapon with the maximum life, for example. This website lists the possible recipes and the needed ingredients as well.
Other Functions of Beastcrafting
Other than creating items (such as a stack of 10 random
PoE currency items or the equipment above), some beast recipes also modify items. Some recipes can add or remove prefixes or suffixes and reroll characteristics. Other recipes can even open portals or split an item into two, with half the mods on each item. The rest are better off as a pleasant surprise. Try to discover all of them!
Hope this article helps you in completing the Bestiary challenge league. There’s still about three weeks to complete the bestiary, so get going and catch them all. You’ll never get the chance again, after all.
Happy hunting and crafting!