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Dominating Blow

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Dominating Blow
Active Skill Gem
  
Attribute(s)Strength, Intelligence
KeywordsAttack, Minion, Duration, Melee
Required Level24
Mana Cost20
Per 1% Quality+0.3 seconds increased Duration
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 x seconds
Minions deal x% increased Physical Damage
Minions deal 15% more Physical 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.

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.

Increased Minion Physical Damage: Despite the misleading skill description, the bonus minion damage granted by the skill also applies to the skill itself. Thus, higher levels of Dominating Blow yield higher player melee damage. However, Minion Damage supports do not.

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
Duration Minion
Damage
Exp.
1 24 37 25 20 14s N/A 118,383
2 27 41 28 21 15s 3% 175,816
3 30 45 31 22 16s 6% 254,061
4 33 49 34 23 17s 9% 225,766
5 35 51 36 24 18s 12% 447,718
6 38 55 38 26 19s 15% 388,734
7 40 58 40 27 20s 18% 755,049
8 43 62 43 29 21s 21% 1,016,533
9 46 66 46 30 22s 24% 860,401
10 48 69 48 30 23s 27% 1,038,201
11 50 71 49 31 24s 30% 1,248,678
12 52 74 51 33 25s 33% 1,498,138
13 54 76 53 34 26s 36% 1,790,934
14 56 79 55 34 27s 39% 3,351,223
15 58 82 57 34 28s 42% 9,900,250
16 60 84 59 35 29s 45% 21,274,363
17 62 87 60 35 30s 48% 50,550,118
18 64 90 62 36 31s 51% 89,834,713
19 66 92 64 37 32s 54% 146,782,704
20 68 95 66 37 33s 57% N/A

Version history

Version Changes
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.