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Animate Guardian of Smiting and Smite of Divine Judgement Reveal

Last Updated: December 2nd 2023

Affliction 3.23

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We got a sneak peek at the Animate Guardian of Smiting using Smite of Divine Judgment, two new Transfigured Gems.

New Transfigured Gem

The Animate Guardian is more than a collection of your unwanted Armour and Weapons. It's a steady companion which provides buffs, debuffs and even damage.

An Animate Guardian of Smiting looks to be specialized for damage. Smite calls down Lightning from above, dealing damage to enemies caught in the area of effect.

Tenkiei's Thoughts

For an Animate Guardian the clear and coverage on Smite looks pretty good. But knowing some specifics would be great, "of Smiting" refers to the Guardian being able to use Smite. But what's Smite of Divine Judgment?

Normally, Smite does the following;

  • Deals damage based on your Weapon
  • Converts Physical Damage to Lightning.
  • When you use Smite you gain an Aura which adds Lightning Damage.

Divine Judgment could be Lightning and Fire similar to other Holy themed skills like Purifying Flame and Wave of Conviction. Alternatively it could eschew the Aura in exchange for higher direct damage. From what we've seen so far, most of the Transfigured Gems are behavioral changes and in some cases enable entirely new build archetypes!

Affliction Reveal

Grinding Gear Games revealed a ton of information on Affliction League and Path of Exile 2! The new PoE2 Mercenary Class, Crossbows, and Attachments bring shooter flare to the ARPG Genre. The 3.23 League brings the new Affliction mechanic, Wildwood Ascendancies, Ultimatum and the new Transfigured Gems like Animate Guardian of Smiting and Smite of Divine Judgment.

Stay Up to Date

That's everything we know so far about the timeline for Path of Exile's 3.23 Affliction League. The Maxroll Team is hard at work updating our Build Guides, Currency Strategies and Resources for the new League. Are you looking for more news on Path of Exile builds, events, and upcoming patches? Then head over to our Discord and select the Path of Exile role in #roles to stay up to date with our content development. Stay sane, Exile!

Written by: Tenkiei

Reviewed by: Dredscythe

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