The War for the Atlas has been live for almost three weeks, an ancient entity known as the elder has challenged the Shaper’s control of the Atlas of Worlds. Explore maps ravaged by their conflict.Some players may don’t know how to keep their shaped vault elder in Path of Exile.
Elder and shaper influence can be found on maps but they are different. Elder will take territory. He can only have 1 territory at a time. Once he has a territory he will continue to spread to nearby maps on the Atlas as long as they are not influenced by Shaper. Shaper doesn’t have a territory. He occupies single maps at random and if there is Elder territory on the Atlas he will prefer maps close to Elder territory.
To help elder spread you need to complete maps that are near his territory and are influenced by Shaper. Once the Elder spreads to enaugh maps he will spawn his guardians in maps (maps will be indicated on the atlas by different color). You can then run those maps and after you defeat the boss a portal will spawn to fight the elder guardian. Once all guardians are defeated you can fight the Elder.
If you complete maps in the elder territory he will lose control of that map and that will shrink the territory. If hes territory is small and you do not clear shaper influenced maps around him he will shrink (read Shaper is kicking his ass). The territory changes every time you complete any map.
In Path of Exile, elder/shaper influence doesn’t necessarily change when you kill the map boss. GGG explicitly told us they will not release the conditions for the change, to avoid direct control of the influences from the player. A trick you can try to use is to spawn the Elder directly on the map you want to farm. As long as you do not kill one of the guardians, the Elder will not spawn and you’ll be able to clear the map completely without removing the Elder influence.
Just get Shaper into an adjacent map and kill the boss (of vault), most of the time it should switch between shaper and elder this way, and in case it gets no influence of either, do other maps until shaper gets it back. If neither of both controls vault you need to do other maps (on the right side of the atlas for example), shaper will always try to surround the elder and thus will get there after some maps.
Sure, just having the elder spawn in it is the best case, but since you need 20 maps to spawn elder afaik, your odds of him choosing this map aren’t that good and it may take a pretty long time.
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