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Cleave

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CleaveAttack, AoE, Melee
Radius: 20
Mana Cost: 6
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
The character swings their weapon (or both weapons if dual wielding) in an arc towards the target. Also does damage to other nearby monsters. Only works with Axes and Swords.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
Deals (110-163.2)% of Base Attack Damage
When Dual Wielding, Deals 60% Damage from each Weapon combined
+(0-6) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Cleave skill icon.pngCleave inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 1

Cleave skill screenshot.jpg

Wielders of the axe and sword often find themselves beset by multiple foes. Expecting this, a trained armsman will employ the deadly Cleave. With a single practiced stroke, a Cleave sweeps sideways to inflict grievous harm to anyone standing nearby, lopping off heads and limbs with ease. As a player gains skill with Cleave, they strike harder, and hit more enemies with each swing of their blade.

Description on the official Path of Exile website [1]

Cleave is a melee attack that deals damage with all equipped weapons to enemies in a 180 degree arc in front of the player. When dual wielding, equipment requirement applies to both weapons, and each weapon does reduced damage. Requires an axe, sword, two-handed axe, or two-handed sword.

Skill Functions and Interactions

  • Accuracy: This skill is affected by accuracy, and therefore can miss.
  • Attack Speed: When Dual Wielding attack speed is averaged between the two weapons.
  • Area of Effect: Increases to AoE will increase the radius of the affected area, but the current animation for Cleave doesn't accurately reflect this increase.
  • Dual Wielding: If the player's weapons have different critical strike chance values, it is possible to critical with one weapon, but not the other. It is also possible to miss with only one of the weapons swung. The decrease to dual wielding damage is additive (not multiplicative) at 60% for each weapon[2]. The character tab DPS display is inaccurate for this skill because it doesn't currently account properly for dual wielding attacks.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.dexteritystrengthDamage
Multiplier
RadiusExp.Total Exp.
1100110%N/A00
2200112.8%N/A7070
3400115.6%1308378
47014118.4%11,5541,932
511019121.2%16,6678,599
6161826124%226,04734,646
7202231126.8%249,72584,371
8242537129.6%295,714180,085
9282942132.4%3169,595349,680
10323347135.2%3283,759633,439
11363652138%3453,9961,087,435
12404058140.8%4703,1281,790,563
13444463143.6%41,061,2232,851,786
14484868146.4%42,065,8704,917,656
15525174149.2%52,507,1107,424,766
16565579152%55,798,93613,223,702
17605984154.8%515,083,91928,307,621
18646290157.6%627,792,73556,100,356
19676594160.4%643,869,73999,970,095
20706898163.2%6242,081,556342,051,651
217270100166%7N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A168.8%7N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A171.6%7N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A174.4%8N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A177.2%8N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A180%8N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A182.8%9N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A185.6%9N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A188.4%9N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A191.2%10N/AN/A

Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
Normal
no
no
no
no
no
yes
no

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
Nessa
yes
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
yes

Threshold Jewel

The following threshold jewels augment the skill gem:

ItemRadiusStats
Overwhelming OddsOverwhelming Odds
Crimson Jewel
Limited to: 2
Radius: Medium (1200)
(10-15)% increased Physical Damage
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Cleave grants Fortify on Hit
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Cleave has 3% increased Area of
Effect per Nearby Enemy
Even as the tide turned, and victory swiftly became impossible,
The legionnaires of Lioneye's Watch stood their ground and fought on,
Every last man dying a brutal but honourable death.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
Overwhelming Odds inventory icon.png
Overwhelming Odds inventory icon.png
Medium (1200)(10-15)% increased Physical Damage
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Cleave grants Fortify on Hit
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Cleave has 3% increased Area of
Effect per Nearby Enemy

Alternate skill effects

Name Cost Description
Demon Hand Cleave EffectDemon Hand Cleave EffectCleave Skin
Stack Size: 20
Your Cleave becomes a swiping, demonic claw.Right click this item then left click a Cleave Skill Gem to apply it.
Demon Hand Cleave Effect inventory icon.png
Demon Hand Cleave Effect inventory icon.png
Shop Item Coin.png95 Replaces the standard effect on a Cleave inventory icon.pngCleaveCleaveAttack, AoE, Melee
Radius: 20
Mana Cost: 6
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
The character swings their weapon (or both weapons if dual wielding) in an arc towards the target. Also does damage to other nearby monsters. Only works with Axes and Swords.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
Deals (110-163.2)% of Base Attack Damage
When Dual Wielding, Deals 60% Damage from each Weapon combined
+(0-6) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Cleave skill icon.png
Cleave inventory icon.png
gem with a swiping, demonic claw.

Shop Item Video Icon.png Preview

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Cleave:

Name For generated item/monster modifiers the minimum item/monster level respectively. Some generation types may not require this condition to be met, however item level restrictions may be raised to 80% of this value. Effect(s)
EnchantmentCleaveAttackSpeed16610% increased Cleave Attack Speed
EnchantmentCleaveAttackSpeed27515% increased Cleave Attack Speed
EnchantmentCleaveDamage16625% increased Cleave Damage
EnchantmentCleaveDamage27540% increased Cleave Damage
EnchantmentCleaveRadius1668% increased Cleave Area of Effect
EnchantmentCleaveRadius27512% increased Cleave Area of Effect

Version history

Version Changes
2.6.0
  • Cleave gains 1 additional unit of radius every 3 levels.
2.4.0
  • 19% more damage at gem level 20.
2.1.0
  • Attack skills that have their damage based on the wielded weapon have their mana costs fixed in place from level 1 onwards.
  • Cleave now gains increased area of effect radius of 1% for each level after the first.
2.0.0
  • Damage dealt while dual wielding reduced to 60% for each weapon (from 65%). Base damage increased by 10%.
1.2.0
  • The mana cost of all skills has been revised.
  • Removed damage effectiveness penalty and reduced dual wield penalty from 40% to 35%.
1.1.2
  • Reduced Cleave penalty from -30% to -20%.
1.0.2b
  • Fixed a bug introduced in 1.0.2 where the skill tooltip damage per second stats displayed incorrect values for Dual Strike, Double Strike and Cleave.
1.0.0
  • The dual wielding penalty for Cleave is now multiplicative and includes elemental damage.
0.10.2
  • Cleave's physical damage now increases by 4% per level rather than 3%.
0.9.12qq
  • Damage modifiers are now factored into Damage Effectiveness rather than being listed as separate stats.
  • From 1% attack speed per quality point to 0.35%
0.9.12f
  • Fixed a newly introduced bug where Cleave would always get critical strikes.
0.9.7b
  • Cleave now averages the attack speed of your two weapons if you are dual wielding.
  • Reduced the mana cost of level 1 Cleave.
0.9.7
  • Normalised the balance of Cleave slightly so that there isn't such a large disparity.
  • Removed Cleave's bonus against the selected target. The damage against non-targeted enemies is now higher.
0.9.3
  • Cleave now does its augmented damage to one target and half of that damage to other enemies caught within its swing.
  • The penalty for hitting with two weapons in a Cleave is now -40% total damage.
  • Fixed a bug where Cleave dealt damage with the wrong timing.
0.9.2
  • Cleave now has less of a penalty when dual wielding.
0.9.1
  • Increased damage and attack range of Cleave.
0.7.2
  • Increased damage of Cleave skill
0.6.0
  • Added new skills: Ground Slam, Elemental Hit and Cleave

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Strength Skills". Official Path of Exile Website.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chris (April 10, 2015). "Path of Exile: The Awakening (News Coverage)". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved July 10, 2015.