Metamorph League Guide


Introduction

Tane Octavius, a NPC that was introduced in Metamorph league (Patch 3.9, December 2019), wants you to collect Samples from Monsters to construct a creature for valuable rewards. Finish your first Metamorph encounter by killing specific monsters to complete the Pound of Flesh quest. After this Quest, Tane shows up in the Epilogue town and you can invite him to your hideout. You can also access Tane's Laboratory by talking to Tane or clicking on the mini icon at the Waypoint.

Tane's Laboratory

How to spawn a Metamorph

Collect one of each of the five different sample types from Metamorph monsters. Check the mini-map for their special icon to easily locate them. Once you have a full set of samples, you can summon Tane by clicking on the Metamorph Icon at the bottom of the screen and build your own monster.

This is the access to Tane's Laboratory on the mini icon at your Waypoint.

Waypoint to Tane's Laboratory

You can easily locate these monsters because they have a special icon on the mini-map and all you have to do is kill them.

Two monsters carrying Organs

To spawn/create the Metamorph, simply control-click on each type of sample or drag & drop them over to their corresponding slot. Samples can't be carried into other zones, so a Metamorph has to be constructed with what you have available in each map.

Scarabs

There are several ways to get a Metamorph on your maps. The most common method is using a Scarab in your Map Device. Metamorph Scarabs also increase the drop rate from Organs.

  • Rusted Metamorph Scarab - Area contains Metamorph Monsters Metamorph.
  • Polished Metamorph Scarab - Area contains Metamorph Monsters Metamorph. Bosses which drop an Itemised Sample drop an additional Itemised Sample
  • Gilded Metamorph Scarab - Area contains Metamorph Monsters. All Metamorph Monsters have Rewards. Metamorph Bosses which drop an Itemised Sample drop 2 additional Itemised Sample
  • Winged Metamorph Scarab - Area contains Metamorph Monsters. All Metamorph Monsters have Rewards. Metamorph Bosses which drop an Itemised Sample drop 2 additional Itemised Sample

Body Part Value

Each body part type has a value, which matches the rarity of the monster it dropped from. Samples are sorted in decreasing rarity from left to right. Higher rarity parts fill up the vial more, granting the monster more life and damage while increasing item quantity and rarity for rewards. If you build a metamorph that fills the entire meter, it also drops a permanent Organ used to construct an even bigger Metamorph in Tane's Laboratory.

Each specific metamorphic normally only drops a single type of organ. More than one type can drop if you use passives from the atlas area (which are mentioned below) or Scarabs regardless of how many unique samples are in its build.

Multipliers from Organs

It's vital that you don't simply look at the reward types of each sample but also its abilities and the total multipliers for damage and life. It can be tempting to bite more than you can chew and construct a Metamorph that absolutely destroys you. Once you hit the 75%,50%, and 25% mark on the life bar, it will spawn several monster waves to help you sustain life/flasks. Remember to carefully consider the map mods that will apply to the Metamorph and its monster waves.

Each Organ grants bonuses to the Metamorph:
  • % more Damage
  • % more maximum Life
  • % more Item Quantity
  • % more Item Rarity
  • % chance for extra Reward (+1 drop from the chosen type)

Notable Monster Abilities

  • Volatile mods are very strong, for example, crawlers
  • Most samples with soul in the name you want to avoid
  • Barrage especially soul barrage can be very dangerous
  • If you put an organ from a boss in the Metamorph it will gain its abilities
  • Adding up speed can end up also very dangerous (overlapping skill effects)
  • Life regen/leech making some of these invincible for shitty builds

Organ Vendor Recipe

Any three unique dropped organs or samples (even of differing types) can be sold to an NPC to receive a random organ different from those offered, with random rewards. For example, if you are lacking Hearts or Brains, vendor only one Liver, one Eye, and one Lung in the recipe to maximize the chances of receiving an Organ you need.

Sample Monster Modifiers

  • Unique bosses fill-up easy the bar on the right side, so choose maps with multiple bosses
  • Adding multiple unique Organs will still only drop one (at random)
  • The meter fills up more easily in higher-tier maps while it's almost impossible to do so in low maps 
  • In combat, you can open the minimap and track the Metamorph icon to have a better vision of the target

Catalysts

  • Catalysts are exclusively obtained from Metamorph samples
  • Similar to other quality currencies, Catalysts add 5% on normal, 2% on magic, and 1% on rare/unique rarity items
  • Catalysts increase the named modifiers by up to 20% (implicit, affix, and suffix)

Catalysts also increase Conversion and Reflect modifiers on influenced/unique items. As you can see the Lightning Damage Converted to Cold Damage gains 8% Conversion with 20% Elemental Damage Modifiers (40% base -> 48%)

Catalyst Types

  • Abrasive Catalyst (Common Drop) - Adds quality that enhances Attack modifiers on a ring, amulet or belt Replaces other quality types
  • Fertile Catalyst (Rare Drop) - Adds quality that enhances Life and Mana modifiers on a ring, amulet or belt Replaces other quality types
  • Imbued Catalyst (Common Drop) - Adds quality that enhances Caster modifiers on a ring, amulet or belt Replaces other quality types
  • Intrinsic Catalyst (Uncommon Drop) - Adds quality that enhances Attribute modifiers on a ring, amulet or belt Replaces other quality types
  • Prismatic Catalyst (Rare Drop) - Adds quality that enhances Resistance modifiers on a ring, amulet or belt Replaces other quality types
  • Tempering Catalyst (Common Drop) Adds quality that enhances Defence modifiers on a ring, amulet or belt Replaces other quality types
  • Turbulent Catalyst (Common Drop) Adds quality that enhances Elemental Damage modifiers on a ring, amulet or belt Replaces other quality types
  • Accelerating Catalyst (Uncommon Drop) Adds quality that enhances Speed modifiers on a ring, amulet or belt Replaces other quality types
  • Noxious Catalyst (Common Drop) Adds quality that enhances Physical and Chaos modifiers on a ring, amulet or belt Replaces other quality types

Atlas Passive Tree

You can find quite a few passives and notables related to Metamorph spread in 3 Atlas Passive Tree wheels:

Small Passives

  • Metamorph Chance
    • Areas have +1% chance to contain a Metamorph Encounter
  • Additional Metamorph Sample Reward
    • +1 Metamorph Monster Samples in Areas have Rewards
  • Rogue Metamorph Chance
    • Your Maps have a 4% chance to contain a rogue Metamorph
  • Metamorph Double Reward Chance
    • 3% chance for Rewards from Metamorphs in your Maps to be Doubled

Notables

  • Escaped Experiment
    • Areas have 20% chance to contain a rogue Metamorph
  • Fine Specimens
    • Metamorphs in Areas deal 15% more Damage
    • Metamorphs in Areas have 150% more Life
    • 30% chance for Rewards from Metamorphs in Areas to be Doubled
  • Replicated Results
    • You can assemble an additional Metamorph in Areas after the first is Dead
  • Organ Donor
    • Metamorph Bosses which drop an Itemised Sample drop an additional Itemised Sample
    • Metamorph Vat Metters in Areas require 25% less Power to fill
  • Intrinsic Darkness
    • Areas have +4% chance to contain a Metamorph Encounter

Drops and Rewards

You won't get any specific drop from a Metamorph if there is an image of an organ. Otherwise, a sample with an image of armour, chest, etc. can drop specific valuable items (which are mentioned below). A Unique monster drops unique samples. If only one unique sample is used to build a Metamorph, it will always drop that body part type as an organ. Using more than one unique sample will split the chances of those body part types evenly. Each sample with an image can drop one item in the list below. For example, if you use a sample with an Abyss image, you can get one out of four random outcomes mentioned in the list below:

Abyss

  • Drops an Ghastly Eye Jewel, Hypnotic Eye Jewel, Murderous Eye Jewel or Searching Eye Jewel
  • Drops additional Ghastly Eye Jewel, Hypnotic Eye Jewel, Murderous Eye Jewel or Searching Eye Jewel
  • Drops a Stygian Vise
  • Drops an Abyss Unique Item

Armour

  • Drops additional Rare Armour
  • Drops additional Unique Armour
  • Drops additional Shaper Armour
  • Drops additional Elder Armour
  • Drops additional Veiled Armour
  • Drops additional Incursion Armour
  • Rarely drops a 6-linked Unique Body Armour

Blight

  • Drops additional Blight Oils
  • Drops a Blighted Map

Breach

  • Drops additional Splinter of Chayula, Splinter of Uul-Netol, Splinter of Esh, Splinter of Tul or Splinter of Xoph
  • Drops a Blessing of Chayula, Blessing of Uul-Netol, Blessing of Esh, Blessing of Tul or Blessing of Xoph
  • Drops a Chayula's Breachstone, Uul-Netol's Breachstone, Esh's Breachstone, Tul's Breachstone or Xoph's Breachstone

Currency

  • Drops additional Currency Items

Delve

  • Drops additional Fossils
  • Drops a Resonator

Essence

  • Drops additional Essences

Gems

  • Drops additional quality Gems
  • Drops a valuable Gem (level: 21, 20/20, 21/20, 21/23 and the same as Vaal version)

Harbinger

  • Drops additional Currency Shards
  • Drops additional valuable Currency Shards
  • Drops additional Harbinger Currency
  • Drops a Harbinger Map, Harbinger Map or Harbinger Map (depends on your map tier: 5,10,15)

Jewellery

  • Drops additional Rare Jewellery
  • Drops additional Atlas Jewellery
  • Drops additional Incursion Jewellery
  • Drops additional Shaper or Elder Jewellery
  • Drops additional Veiled Jewellery
  • Drops additional Unique Jewellery
  • Drops additional Jewels

Maps

  • Drops additional Maps

Metamorph

  • Drops additional Catalysts f.e. Abrasive Catalyst (can drop all of them)

Unique

  • Drops Unique Item
  • Drops additional Unique Items
  • Drops a league-specific Unique Item

Weapon

Drops a Rare Weapon
Drops additional Rare Weapons
Drops a Unique Weapon
Drops a Shaper Weapon
Drops an Elder Weapon
Drops a Veiled Weapon
Drops a 6-linked Weapon
Drops a 30% quality Weapon

Map Fragments

  • Drops additional Map fragments (can also be Scarabs and Atziri/Shaper/Elder/Conqueror fragments f.e. Fragment of the Chimera)

Scarabs

  • Drops additional Rusted Scarabs
  • Drops additional Polished Scarabs
  • Drops additional Gilded Scarabs

Divination Card

  • Drops additional Divination cards

Enchanted Items

  • Drops Gloves, Boots, or Helmets with Lab Enchantments on them
  • Drops Offering to the Goddess

Legion

  • Drops additional Legion Incubators f.e. Abyssal Incubator (can drop all of them)

Summary

  • Choose maps with multiple Unique bosses if you use Scarabs.
  • Keep an eye on the green icons on the minimap and collect all the samples from monsters.
  • Construct a Metamorph that is both rewarding and doesn't annihilate you.
  • Use samples with special icons to get specific drops.
  • Try to completely fill the meter to gain an additional Organ drop.

Credits

Written by terence_.
Reviewed by wudijo & Lexyu.


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Jul 30th 2022
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