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In response to patch v1. to Pillars of Eternity (June 6, 2024), the random loot tables shown on the wiki have been updated. These changes may take time to propegate.

As a result, random loot data is no longer accurate to old versions of the game, including all console ports. We'll be working to provide a mechanism to switch between pre-patch and post-patch loot for console players.


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Essence is a soul-based resource used to cast abilities in Avowed. It is the counterpart to Stamina — which governs your physical endurance, while Essence applies to your magical abilities. Most active abilities require and consume an amount of Essence, relative to the strength of the ability. Some abilities consume essence over time, requiring a higher maximum Essence to sustain the ability for longer periods of time.

Essence is recovered gradually over time, and can be quickly restored using Essence Potions.

Your maximum Essence pool is primarily determined by your Intellect, with each point in Intellect granting +5 maximum Essence. Additionally, the class of armor you currently have equipped restricts your maximum Essence, with heavier armors restricting it even more. Heavier armor provides greater protection and damage reduction, but comes at the cost of reduced magical capacity and utility.

Buffs[ | ]

Recovery[ | ]

Sources of instant and over-time Essence recovery.

Maximum[ | ]

Sources that increase the maximum available Essence.

Abilities[ | ]

Type Source Modifier Notes
Level 15 Wizard Passive Armored Essence +15/+25/+30 While wearing light or medium armor

Debuffs[ | ]

Loss[ | ]

Sources of instant and over-time Essence loss.

Maximum[ | ]

Sources that decrease the maximum available Essence.

Armor[ | ]

Armor type Modifier
All light armor
All medium armor -35
All heavy armor

See also[ | ]