Path of Exile launches new temporary challenge leagues several times a year. These temporary leagues always have some twist or new gameplay mechanic that changes how you play, and a fresh economy. Everyone starts with nothing in their stash or on their character, other than a few flasks and scrolls. These leagues usually last about three months.
Challenge leagues also come with a set of special challenges (hence the name!). If you complete enough, you can earn exclusive microtransactions and Hideout decorations that are only available from that league. When a challenge league ends, all of the items, characters, Atlas progress, Master levels, and virtually anything else you can think of, transfer to their parent leagues, the permanent Standard and Hardcore leagues. Once everything has transferred across to Standard or Hardcore, you can continue playing those characters where you left off. The start date of a new challenge league is usually announced several weeks in advance, and the first day of a new league is always very exciting, and bustling with players. The great majority of Path of Exile players play in these temporary challenge leagues. If you've never had a chance to experience it, we recommend joining us for the next one!