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Elemental Equilibrium

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Elemental Equilibrium
Keystone Passive Skill
Elemental Equilibrium passive icon.png
  • Enemies you hit with Elemental Damage temporarily get +25% Resistance to those Elements and -50% Resistance to other Elements
Balance is good in all things, but especially in the realm of magic.

Elemental Equilibrium (often referred to as EE) is a keystone passive skill which changes the resistance of any monster you hit with elemental damage (fire damage, lightning damage and cold damage), increasing resistance to the element you hit with by 25% but reducing other elemental resistances by 50%. Multiple EE strikes will overwrite each other. The effect lasts 5 seconds or until being overwritten.

Mechanics

Only a hit that deals damage is required to apply these resistance modifiers. Blocked hits or hits with no damage (e.g. while having Ancestral Bond) are not capable to trigger Elemental Equilibrium.

If you hit an enemy with two different elements at the same time it will give -50% Resistance to third element and +25% to both elements used. A hit carrying all three elements types will give +25% to all elemental Resistances.[1]

Totem skills trigger EE as they are treated as your hits. Minions' hits do not count as yours so do not trigger EE.[2]

Multiple attacks that hit simultaneously are still processed independently, so the first hit that is processed will trigger EE that affects the other hits. [3]

Damage which does not come from a hit, such as Searing BondSearing BondTotem, Spell, Duration, Fire
Mana Cost: (18 to 51)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 12Summons a totem that casts a beam of fire at you and each other totem you control, dealing burning damage to enemies caught in the beam. Enemies near either end of a beam also suffer burning damage.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased totem life
Totem lasts 8 seconds
Deals (23.6-1755.6) Fire Damage per second
Can have up to 1 additional Totem summoned at a time
Summons a Totem which uses this Skill
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Searing Bond skill icon.png
or the burning ground from Fire TrapFire TrapTrap, Spell, Duration, AoE, Fire
Radius: 15
Mana Cost: (7 to 24)
Can store 3 use(s)
Cooldown Time: 3.00 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Throws a trap that explodes when triggered, dealing fire damage to surrounding enemies and leaving an area of burning ground that damages enemies who walk through it.Per 1% Quality:
1.5% increased Burning Damage
Throws a Trap which uses this Skill when Triggered
Trap lasts 16 seconds
Base duration is 8 seconds
Deals (2-513) to (4-770) Fire Damage
Deals (3.6-518.8) Fire Damage per second
+(0-6) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Fire Trap skill icon.png
, does not trigger Elemental Equilibrium.

Traps and Mines trigger Elemental Equilibrium.

Example Uses

As long as you are careful to not use the same element twice in a row, EE can greatly boost damage. Try to use a combination of skills that alternates between two elements or cycles through all three:

  • FireballFireballProjectile, Spell, AoE, Fire
    Radius: 9
    Mana Cost: (6 to 26)
    Cast Time: 0.85 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Projectile Speed: 1040
    Unleashes a ball of fire towards a target which explodes, damaging nearby foes.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% chance to Ignite enemies
    Deals (7-739) to (10-1109) Fire Damage
    (20-39)% chance to Ignite enemies
    +(0-3) to radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Fireball skill icon.png
    + Freezing PulseFreezing PulseProjectile, Spell, Cold
    Mana Cost: (4 to 18)
    Cast Time: 0.65 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 125%
    Projectile Speed: 1800
    An icy projectile which has a chance to freeze enemies it passes through. The projectile fades quickly, reducing damage and freezing chance until it runs out of time and dissipates completely.Per 1% Quality:
    2% increased Projectile Speed
    Deals (7-689) to (11-1034) Cold Damage
    (0-19)% increased Projectile Speed
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Freezing Pulse skill icon.png
    is a basic example
  • Use an area attack combined with indirect damage sources, such as Searing BondSearing BondTotem, Spell, Duration, Fire
    Mana Cost: (18 to 51)
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Requires Level 12Summons a totem that casts a beam of fire at you and each other totem you control, dealing burning damage to enemies caught in the beam. Enemies near either end of a beam also suffer burning damage.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased totem life
    Totem lasts 8 seconds
    Deals (23.6-1755.6) Fire Damage per second
    Can have up to 1 additional Totem summoned at a time
    Summons a Totem which uses this Skill
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Searing Bond skill icon.png
    or minions with elemental damage.

Location

Elemental Equilibrium is located in the center of the tree, just above the Scion's starting area.

Class Distance from start
Scion 8
Templar 10
Witch 10
Shadow 14
Marauder 14
Duelist 18
Ranger 18

Version history

Version Changes
1.3.1
  • Added a visual effect to players or monsters that are under the effect of Elemental Equilibrium.
1.3.0d
  • An informational icon has been added to indicate whether you are under the effect of Elemental Equilibrium
0.10.0
  • Now grants a flat amount (+25%) of resistance to each element you hit with and a resistance penalty (-50%) to each element not present in the hit.
0.9.9
  • Now provides -25% resistance (was -20%) to the element not used and 25% resistance (was 30%) to the element used.
0.9.6
  • Added new keystone passive - Elemental Equilibrium: When you hit enemies with an element, they get +30% resistance to that element and -20% resistance to other elements.

References

  1. Chris (January 23, 2013 2:31 AM). "0.10.0 Patch Notes". Official Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  2. Mark_GGG (July 16, 2012 3:30 AM). "Elemental Equilibrium". Official Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved April 2, 2013‎.
  3. Mark_GGG (July 10, 2014 5:45 PM). "Mechanics Question: Elemental Equilibrium and Remote Mines". Official Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved August 24, 2014.