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Dominating Blow

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Dominating BlowAttack, Minion, Duration, Melee
Mana Cost: (12 to 16)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Drop Level: 28
Requires Level 28
Attacks the enemy with a melee strike. If a non-unique enemy is killed shortly after being hit by Dominating Blow, that enemy is revived as a minion until the skill duration ends.Per 1% Quality:
Minions deal 0.5% increased Damage
Deals (125-164.9)% of Base Attack Damage
Base duration is 20 seconds
Minions deal 35% less Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Dominating Blow skill icon.pngDominating Blow inventory icon.png

Dominating Blow skill screenshot.jpg

In their campaign to become the dominant order on Oriath, the Templars often faced impossible odds. This led them to master the technique known as the Dominating Blow.

Dominating Blow does nothing exceptional when it strikes, little more than some damage. However, it also binds the soul of the victim to the will of the caster for a short duration. If the target dies with its soul bound, it will immediate reanimate, ready to fight alongside its new master for a time. With Dominating Blow on their side, warriors of The Order were able to overcome incredibly lopsided numbers in battle, often turning half of an army against itself.

Description on the official Path of Exile website [1]

Dominating Blow is a melee attack that temporarily revives the enemy as a minion when it is killed.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Dominated monster types: Magic (blue named) and rare (yellow named) monsters can be made into minions using this skill, but unique monsters cannot. Rare and magical monsters that are dominated will keep all special attributes, including auras which will be applied to the player and all allies.
  • Support gems: Any support gem that can apply to both an attack as well as a minion skill will function on both the attack made by Dominating Blow as well as any minions who are dominated as a result of the attack. For example, supporting Dominating Blow with an Added Lightning Damage support will add the stated amount of lightning damage to both attacks made by the player using the Dominating Blow skill as well as attacks made and spells cast by minions that have been dominated by the skill.
  • Dual wielding: Dual wielding attacks with Dominating Blow will alternate the weapon being swung.
  • Duration: buff/debuff duration modifiers will not affect the lifespan of dominated monsters, but skill duration mods will (e.g. from Increased Duration Support inventory icon.pngIncreased Duration SupportIncreased Duration SupportSupport, Duration
    Icon: D
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Drop Level: 31
    Requires Level 31
    Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Skill Effect Duration
    (45-64)% increased Skill Effect DurationThis is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Increased Duration Support inventory icon.png
    ).

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.strengthintelligenceMana
Cost
Damage
Multiplier
Exp.Total Exp.
128422912125%00
231463212127.1%199,345199,345
334503512129.2%285,815485,160
437543713131.3%401,344886,504
540584013133.4%554,3791,440,883
642604213135.5%477,4371,918,320
744634414137.6%583,7862,502,106
846664614139.7%710,3593,212,465
948684814141.8%1,355,5114,567,976
1050714914143.9%1,138,8775,706,853
1152745114146%1,368,2337,075,086
1254765315148.1%1,638,3388,713,424
1356795515150.2%1,956,64810,670,072
1458825715152.3%3,655,18414,325,256
1560845915154.4%3,017,32717,342,583
1662876015156.5%7,759,99525,102,578
1764906215158.6%15,138,19340,240,771
1866926415160.7%26,083,82566,324,596
1968956615162.8%62,620,247128,944,843
2070986816164.9%211,708,088340,652,931
21721007016167%N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A16169.1%N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A16171.2%N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A16173.3%N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A16175.4%N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A17177.5%N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A17179.6%N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A17181.7%N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A17183.8%N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A17185.9%N/AN/A

Quest reward

This skill is not given as quest reward.

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3
Clarissa

Cost:
Orb of Chance inventory icon.pngOrb of ChanceOrb of ChanceStack Size: 20Drop Level: 2Upgrades a normal item to a random rarityRight click this item then left click a normal item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
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Version history

Version Changes
2.4.0
  • 6% more attack damage at gem level 20 (not minion damage).
2.1.0
  • Dominating Blow's mana cost has been reduced substantially. The attack now deals 125% of base damage at level 1, increasing to 155.4% at level 20. Minions created by it now deal 35% less damage at all levels.
2.0.0
  • Dominating Blow: Minions deal 20% less damage at level 1, with the penalty reduced at each gem level. Base duration set to 20 seconds at all levels. Mana cost reduced at all levels. It now grants 0.5% increased damage per 1% quality instead of affecting duration.
1.3.0b
  • Fixed a bug introduced in 1.3.0 where Dominating Blow wasn't classed as a melee skill.
0.11.4
  • Fixed a bug where Dominating Blow could still apply to targets if the attack missed.
0.9.12
  • Now works with unarmed attacks and has no limit to the number of minions it can create.
0.9.5
  • Fixed a bug where multiple conversions of one monster would not be applied correctly.
0.9.3
  • Dominating Blow has been added to the game.

References

  1. "Strength skills". Official Path of Exile website.