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Dominating Blow

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Dominating Blow
Active Skill Gem
  
Attribute(s)Strength, Intelligence
KeywordsAttack, Minion, Duration, Melee
Required Level28
Per 1% Quality+0.5% increased damage
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.
Base Duration is 20 seconds
Minions deal -x% of Base Damage
Screenshot of Dominating Blow
"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]

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 passives will not affect the lifespan of dominated monsters, but skill duration passives and the Increased Duration support gem will.

Gem level progression

Level Lvl. Str. Int. Mana
Cost
less
Damage
Exp. Total Exp.
1 28 42 29 18 20% 0 0
2 31 46 32 18 18% 199,345 199,345
3 34 50 35 18 16% 285,815 485,160
4 37 54 37 18 14% 401,344 886,504
5 40 58 40 18 12% 554,379 1,440,883
6 42 60 42 19 10% 477,437 1,918,320
7 44 63 44 19 8% 583,786 2,502,106
8 46 66 46 19 6% 710,359 3,212,465
9 48 68 48 19 4% 1,355,511 4,567,976
10 50 71 49 19 2% 1,138,877 5,706,853
11 52 74 51 20 0% 1,368,233 7,075,086
12 54 76 53 20 2% 1,638,338 8,713,424
13 56 79 55 20 4% 1,956,648 10,670,072
14 58 82 57 20 6% 3,655,184 14,325,256
15 60 84 59 20 8% 3,017,327 17,342,583
16 62 87 60 21 10% 7,759,995 25,102,578
17 64 90 62 21 12% 15,138,193 40,240,771
18 66 92 64 21 14% 26,083,825 66,324,596
19 68 95 66 21 16% 62,620,247 128,944,843
20 70 98 68 21 18% 211,708,088 340,652,931
21 72 100 70 22 20% N/A N/A
22 74 22 22% N/A N/A
23 76 22 24% N/A N/A
24 78 22 26% N/A N/A
25 80 22 28% N/A N/A
26 82 23 30% N/A N/A
27 84 23 32% N/A N/A
28 86 23 34% N/A N/A
29 88 23 36% N/A N/A
30 90 23 38% N/A N/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
yes
yes
no
no
no
yes
yes

Version history

Version Changes
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. Path of Exile. "Strength skills". Official Path of Exile website.