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Path Of Exile Leagues - do I keep character progress and item stash?

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With the upcoming Heist League in Path Of Exile, you may be curious what happens to the character you’ve worked hard on throughout the last few months.

Here’s what happens to your character once the Path Of Exile Heist League comes out.

Do I lose character progress and items when the new Path Of Exile expansion League comes out?

A ‘League’ in Path Of Exile refers to the world and server a character plays on. New Leagues are created with every new expansion, usually named after the corresponding expansion.

On the 18th September 2020, the Heist League will open, putting an end to the Harvest League. This switch leads some players to worry about the character they spent ages building and grinding – will you be able to keep them?

The short answer is yes, sort of. When a ‘challenge League’ (like Harvest or Heist – the current expansion’s main League) ends, the character will be transferred to the parent League, usually ‘standard’ (unless you’re playing hardcore and haven’t died, in which case you’ll be sent to ‘hardcore’).

So basically, you won’t lose your character, but to start the new league, you’ll need to create a new character. Your map progress, stash items, and all the rest of your gear will carry over to the standard League, and you need to start from scratch (although you do keep microtransaction cosmetics and purchases across your whole account).

Typically, Leagues run on a 13 week cycle, so the best time to start a new character on a challenge League is right at the beginning to get the most out of the expansion.

If you’re not sure, check out our write up of Path Of Exile: Heist to see if it’s for you, and have a look at our other Path Of Exile guide pages including ones on Path Of Exile crossplay and how Path Of Exile’s microtransactions work.

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