Buff

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Buffs are a type of effect that can modify a creature's statistics and can be identified by having a specific green border around the icon.[1] Those with primarily detrimental effects are typically referred to as debuffs and have a red border.[2]

Identifying a buff

Onslaught Buff icon with green border

Each buff affecting the player will display an icon with green border in the top-left of the screen.[1][2] This is one way to determine whether or not an effect is a buff - if it does not show an icon, it is not a buff that is attached to the player. For other icons shown there see active and temporary effects.

The functioning of buffs

A buff simply adds statistics and modifiers to the creature it is attached to. Although a buff may increase the damage of the that the affected creature deals with hits, a buff itself cannot deliver hits or take any action. A buff may include degeneration or damage-over-time effects. For example, if a monster is attacked by a player using the Wrath aura, the monster is not "hit" by the aura, or the buff, it is the player that hits the monster:

  1. Wrath is a spell that is cast by the player.
  2. The spell creates an aura that applies a buff to any allies within range.
  3. The buff contains a modifier that adds lightning damage to the player's attacks
  4. The player hits the monster, dealing the added lightning damage

Buff duration

All buffs have a duration, which can be infinite (as in the case of auras). This duration is affected by Buff Duration modifiers, and can also be affected by Skill Effect Duration modifiers if the buff was applied by a skill.

The passive skills which increase buff and debuff duration apply not to buffs on you but to buffs (including debuffs) you create, either on yourself or other entities. This includes all the above as well as such things as the debuffs placed on cursed monsters.

Buff effect

The effect of a buff can also be increased or reduced. Modifiers that increases Buff Effect increase the bonuses from buffs that affect yourself, that includes both positive and negative bonuses. Therefore one has to be careful when amplifying two-sided buffs.

Currently, the ony source of #% increased Effect of Buffs on you comes from IchimonjiIchimonji
Corsair Sword
One Handed Sword
Physical Damage: (34–117 to 52–149)
Critical Strike Chance: 5%
Attacks per Second: (1.71 to 1.79)
Requires Level 58, 81 Str, 117 Dex
18% increased Accuracy RatingAdds (5–13 to 10–20) Physical Damage
(60% to 80)% increased Physical Damage
(10 to 15)% increased Attack Speed
5% reduced Mana Reserved
Allies' Aura Buffs do not affect you
Your Aura Buffs do not affect allies
10% increased Effect of Buffs on you
Master yourself before you seek to master others.
. This will for example increase:

  • The amount of mana regeneration granted by the Clarity aura.
  • The amount of Fire Damage per second taken by the player using Righteous Fire. It does not increase the amount of Fire Damage per second dealt to enemies since the mod specifies "on you".
  • The spell damage bonus provided by a player using Righteous Fire.
  • Blood Rage increases the life leech amount as well as the attack speed on you, but also increases the total amount of Life and Energy Shields lost.

Debuffs

Bleed Debuff icon with red border

A debuff is a type of effect that only provides a detrimental effect to the debuffed creature and can be identified by having a specific red border around the icon. For instance the damage over time from Bleed or Poison are considered debuffs.[3]

List of buffs & debuffs

Buffs

Skills:

Others:

  • The effects granted by some items, like Onslaught, Phasing and Unholy Might, as well as the auras from KingmakerKingmaker
    Despot Axe
    Two Handed Axe
    Physical Damage: (228–309 to 266–361)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5%
    Attacks per Second: (1.3 to 1.46)
    Requires Level 66, 140 Str, 86 Dex
    (200 to 250)% increased Physical Damage
    (7 to 12)% increased Attack Speed
    +(100 to 150) to maximum Mana
    Nearby Allies have 30% increased Item Rarity
    Nearby Allies' spells have Culling Strike
    A King and his people are linked together
    like a soul and a beating heart.
    Both can be severed by a same edge,
    Then forged anew.
    , Dying BreathDying Breath
    Coiled Staff
    Staff
    Physical Damage: 23–48
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.40%
    Attacks per Second: 1.20
    Requires Level 23, 43 Str, 43 Int
    18% Chance to Block18% increased Cast Speed
    18% increased maximum Mana
    18% increased Radius of Auras
    18% increased Radius of Curses
    Nearby enemies have 18% increased Effect of Curses on them
    18% increased effect of Auras you Cast
    Nearby allies gain 18% increased Damage
    The whispers of the dead
    Carry wisdom for the living,
    If you are willing to give your life
    To listen.
    , Leer CastLeer Cast
    Festival Mask
    Evasion: 67
    Energy Shield: 20
    Requires Level 28, 33 Dex, 33 Int
    30% reduced Damage
    +(20 to 30) to Dexterity
    +(20 to 30) to maximum Life
    +(20 to 30) to maximum Mana
    You and nearby allies gain 15% increased Damage
    For none of us are as cruel as all of us.
    and Shaper's SeedShaper's Seed
    Agate Amulet
    Requires Level 16
    +(16 to 24) to Strength and Intelligence(30 to 50)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
    2% of Life Regenerated per Second
    Nearby Allies gain 1% of Life Regenerated per Second
    Nearby Allies gain 40% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
    The first light to grow in the primordial darkness.
    .

Debuffs

Passive skills

There are no passive skills that grant #% increased Effect of Buffs on you. The only way to get this modifier is by wielding IchimonjiIchimonji
Corsair Sword
One Handed Sword
Physical Damage: (34–117 to 52–149)
Critical Strike Chance: 5%
Attacks per Second: (1.71 to 1.79)
Requires Level 58, 81 Str, 117 Dex
18% increased Accuracy RatingAdds (5–13 to 10–20) Physical Damage
(60% to 80)% increased Physical Damage
(10 to 15)% increased Attack Speed
5% reduced Mana Reserved
Allies' Aura Buffs do not affect you
Your Aura Buffs do not affect allies
10% increased Effect of Buffs on you
Master yourself before you seek to master others.
.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mark_GGG (October 21, 2015). "Does Mantra of Flames only work with Buffs or anything?". Path of Exile subreddit. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mark_GGG (October 5, 2015). "Why flasks aren't considered as buffs ?". Path of Exile forums. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  3. Mark_GGG (October 17, 2012). "Is Puncture affected by buff/debuff duration passives?". Path of Exile forums. Retrieved October 23, 2015.