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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.

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 28 42 29 18 14s -20% 199,345
2 31 46 32 18 15s -18% 285,815
3 34 50 35 18 16s -16% 401,344
4 37 44 37 18 17s -14% 477,437
5 40 58 40 18 18s -12% 554,379
6 42 61 42 19 19s -10% 583,786
7 44 63 44 19 20s -8% 710,359
8 46 66 46 19 21s -6% 1,138,877
9 48 69 48 19 22s -4% 1,368,233
10 50 71 49 19 23s -2% 1,638,338
11 52 74 51 20 24s 0% 1,956,648
12 54 76 53 20 25s 2% 3,017,327
13 56 79 55 20 26s 4% 3,655,184
14 58 82 57 20 27s 6% 7,759,995
15 60 84 59 20 28s 8% 15,138,1930
16 62 87 60 21 29s 10% 26,083,825
17 64 90 62 21 30s 12% 62,620,247
18 66 92 64 21 31s 14% 211,708,088
19 68 95 66 21 32s 16% 146,782,704
20 70 98 68 21 33s 18% N/A
21 72 98 68 22 34s 20% N/A
22 74 98 68 22 35s 22% N/A
23 76 98 68 22 36s 24% N/A
24 78 98 68 22 37s 26% N/A
25 80 98 68 22 36s 28% N/A
26 82 98 68 23 36s 30% N/A
27 84 98 68 23 36s 32% N/A
28 86 98 68 23 36s 34% N/A
29 88 98 68 23 36s 36% N/A
30 90 98 68 23 36s 6638% 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.