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Dual Wielding is intended to be a option halfway between the damage output of two-handed weapons and the defensiveness of a shield and weapon combo.

Mechanics

Dual Wielding automatically grants 10% More Attack Speed, 20% More Attack Physical damage and 15% Block Chance (based on the idea of parrying attacks) whenever you equip two One-Handed weapons of any type. The attack speed bonus is applied multiplicatively with other attack speed modifiers. These two bonuses to Dual Wielding can be increased via passives. Weapons do not have to be of the same type to receive Dual Wielding bonuses.

There are no penalties of any kind to attacks with your off-hand weapon. The large majority of attack skills in Path of Exile will alternate between equipped weapons for attacks,[1] swinging first with the main hand and then with the off-hand weapon. The attack time is the average of the two weapons' attack times, so the total time for a pair of attacks is as if each weapon attacked once.

Single-weapon attacks

The following attacks use only your main hand weapon[1] :

If you have two different weapons and the skill you attempt to use only works with one of them, only the valid weapon will be used for attacks made with that skill. Skills that fall under this category (apart from the above) include:

If only one weapon is used, the dual wielding bonuses will still apply; however, the attack rate will be based only on the weapon that is actually used. The tooltip appears to be wrong.

Simultaneous attacks

Cleave and Dual Strike will attack with both weapons at the same time.[1]

Dual Wielding Passives

Physical Damage while Dual Wielding

These passives increase physical damage rating by a percentage while dual wielding.

Name Bonuses
Ambidexterity
  • 18% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
  • 6% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
  • 4% increased Movement Speed
Bravado
  • 4% additional Chance to Block while Dual Wielding
  • 12% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Dauntless Zeal
  • 18% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
  • +20 to Dexterity
Dervish
  • 6% additional Chance to Block while Dual Wielding
  • 15% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
  • 5% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
Duality
  • 24% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Dual Wield Damage
    • 10% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
    • 12% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Dual Wield Damage and Life
  • 8% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
  • 6% increased maximum Life
Gallantry
  • 24% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Gemini
  • 4% additional Chance to Block while Dual Wielding
  • 16% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
  • 8% increased Accuracy Rating while Dual Wielding
Swagger
  • 24% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding

Chance to Block while Dual Wielding

These passives increase the chance to block by a percentage while dual wielding.

Name Bonuses
Block
  • 2% additional Block Chance while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield
Blade Barrier
  • 5% additional Chance to Block while Dual Wielding
  • 50% increased Block Recovery
  • 12% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Dervish
  • 6% additional Chance to Block while Dual Wielding
  • 15% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
  • 5% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
Dual Wield Block
  • 2% additional Chance to Block while Dual Wielding
Weapon Artistry
  • 4% additional Chance to Block while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield
  • 20% increased Melee Physical Damage
  • +20 to Dexterity

Attack Speed while Dual Wielding

These passives increase attack speed rating by a percentage while dual wielding.

Name Bonuses
Ambidexterity
  • 18% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
  • 6% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
  • 4% increased Movement Speed
Blinding Speed
  • 12% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
Dual Wield Attack Speed
    • 3% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
    • 4% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
    • 6% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding

Accuracy Rating while Dual Wielding

These passives increase accuracy rating by a percentage while dual wielding.

Name Bonuses
Dual Wield Accuracy
  • 16% increased Accuracy Rating while Dual Wielding
Gemini
  • 4% additional Chance to Block while Dual Wielding
  • 16% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
  • 8% increased Accuracy Rating while Dual Wielding

Critical Strike Chance while Dual Wielding

These passives increase critical strike chance by a percentage while dual wielding.

Name Bonuses
Dual Wield Critical Strike Chance
  • 25% increased Weapon Critical Strike Chance while Dual Wielding
Twin Terrors
  • 75% increased Weapon Critical Strike Chance while Dual Wielding

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mark_GGG (November 11, 2013 5:28 AM). "Double Strike + Dualwield = worst combo ever?". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved November 11, 2013.