In Path of Exile, you could ask for a carry, unless you’re ssf. Or just don’t want to (cuz tbh you shouldn’t have to). Buy enough poe orbs cheap is important.
It’s just silly that Elder and his buddies can block off maps or even your Shaper’s Realm and if you can’t do them you’re kinda screwed outta doing the (easier) content they’re blocking, ever.
This kinda thing doesn’t happen with any other encounter, nor should it, if I can’t do uber atziri it doesn’t stop me from doing regular atziri. If I can’t do the shaper it doesn’t stop me from doing his guardians, or any other maps.
But if I can’t do elder or a guardian on whatever map, it prevents me from running the original version of that map (complete with original boss) again. If I can’t do uber elder, it prevents me from even doing shaper (or regular elder, for that matter) again.
For my personal experience, I ran though all the atlas solo in bestiary, no buying maps or partying or w/e, and got myself through all of zana’s questline and near-full completion with the exception of uber elder (and a couple unique maps). Keeping an eye on poe orbs buy, you will get more gains.
Every other encounter including shaper, uber atziri, red elder, and vaal temple was a relative breeze. And so I went after uber elder, got him to spawn, and found I couldn’t do it even after repeated tries. And so I was stuck, I didn’t wanna ask for a carry cuz I do this kinda stuff solo, but I can’t beat him.
I’m fine with not being able to beat him, I can take that hit to my pride, but him existing there without any other means to remove him is preventing me from accessing lower content (shaper and regular elder spawns). It’s beyond shitty, it’s basically a permanent lockout of that lower content until he’s beat.
Anyway, my suggestion is this: add a new atlas-based item you can get through a recipe that will purge the elder and his guardians from wherever they’re inhabiting in your atlas. Call it a ‘Minor Arcana’ or something, keeping it in line with the lore of the Cosmic Arcana.