Ethereal Knives

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Ethereal KnivesProjectile, Spell
Mana Cost: (5 to 23)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Projectile Speed: 1300
Drop Level: 1Fires an arc of knives in front of the caster which deals physical damage.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Projectile Speed
Deals (4-459) to (6-688) Physical Damage
9 additional Projectiles
(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.
Ethereal Knives skill icon.pngEthereal Knives inventory icon.png

Ethereal Knives skill screenshot.jpg

Ethereal Knives (often referred to as EK) is a spell that throws ten knives in front of the caster that deal physical damage. Multiple knives cannot hit the same target. The angle of the spell's arc is fixed and does not depend on where the cursor is, unlike other projectile skills.

Despite the fact that it does physical damage, Ethereal Knives is a spell and not an attack. It does not utilize weapon damage in any way.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Physical spell damage: Ethereal Knives is affected by modifiers to Spell Damage, Physical Damage, and Projectile Damage, but not Physical Attack Damage. Its damage can also be improved by Added Fire Damage Support inventory icon.pngAdded Fire Damage SupportAdded Fire Damage SupportFire, Support
    Icon: F
    Mana Multiplier: 120%
    Drop Level: 8
    Requires Level 8
    Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Fire Damage
    Gain (25-44)% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire DamageThis is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Added Fire Damage Support inventory icon.png
    , Hatred inventory icon.pngHatredHatredAura, Spell, AoE, Cold
    Radius: 36
    Mana Reserved: 50%
    Can store 1 use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 1.20 sec
    Cast Time: 1.20 sec
    Drop Level: 24
    Requires Level 24
    Casts an aura that increases the cold damage of you and your allies.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Area of Effect radius
    You and nearby allies gain (26-36)% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage
    (0-40)% increased Area of Effect radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Hatred skill icon.png
    Hatred inventory icon.png
    , and Herald of Ash inventory icon.pngHerald of AshHerald of AshSpell, AoE, Fire
    Radius: 10
    Mana Reserved: 25%
    Can store 1 use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Drop Level: 16
    Requires Level 16
    Channel fire through your hands, adding fire to your physical damage. If you kill an enemy with an attack, other enemies near them will be ignited for the overkill damage.Per 1% Quality:
    0.75% increased Fire Damage
    Gain 15% of your Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage
    Ignites for (80-137)% of Overkill Damage
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Herald of Ash skill icon.png
    Herald of Ash inventory icon.png
    .
  • Projectile speed: The projectiles move at an average speed of close to 120 units/s for roughly 0.25 seconds, putting their effective range at somewhere around 30ish units. Then inherently have a variation of +/−40% base speed, but the average will be around 30.[1] Modifiers to projectile speed will increase the average distance that Ethereal Knives projectiles travel before they fade, effectively increasing the maximum range of the spell.
  • Leech: Since it is a spell, Ethereal Knives is not affected by Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life or Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana. However, unspecified leech such as from Warlord's Mark inventory icon.pngWarlord's MarkWarlord's MarkCurse, Spell, AoE, Duration
    Radius: 22
    Mana Cost: (24 to 50)
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    Drop Level: 24
    Requires Level 24
    Curses all targets in an area, making them more vulnerable to stuns. Hitting the cursed targets will leech life and mana, and killing them will result in a chance to gain an endurance charge.Per 1% Quality:
    Cursed enemies have a 0.5% chance to grant an Endurance Charge when slain
    Base duration is (6-9.8) seconds
    (0-38)% increased Area of Effect radius
    Cursed enemies have (21-30)% reduced Stun and Block Recovery
    Cursed enemies have an additional 10% chance to be Stunned
    Cursed enemies grant 2% Life Leech when Hit
    Cursed enemies grant 2% Mana Leech when Hit
    Cursed enemies have a (21-30)% chance to grant an Endurance Charge when slain
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Warlord's Mark skill icon.png
    Warlord's Mark inventory icon.png
    , Life Leech Support inventory icon.pngLife Leech SupportLife Leech SupportSupport
    Icon: l
    Mana Multiplier: 130%
    Drop Level: 31
    Requires Level 31
    Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Life Leeched per second
    2% of Damage Leeched as Life
    (0-38)% increased Life Leeched per second
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Life Leech Support inventory icon.png
    and Mana Leech Support inventory icon.pngMana Leech SupportMana Leech SupportSupport
    Icon: m
    Drop Level: 31
    Requires Level 31
    Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Mana Leeched per second
    2% of Damage Leeched as Mana
    (0-38)% increased Mana Leeched per second
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Mana Leech Support inventory icon.png
    will function with Ethereal Knives.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.dexterityintelligenceMana
Cost
Physical
Damage
increased
Projectile
Speed
Exp.Total Exp.
110054 to 6N/A00
220065 to 71%7070
340076 to 92%308378
4714088 to 123%1,5541,932
511190912 to 184%6,6678,599
61626181018 to 275%26,04734,646
72031221124 to 376%49,72584,371
82437251232 to 497%95,714180,085
92842291342 to 648%169,595349,680
103247331455 to 829%283,759633,439
113652361670 to 10510%453,9961,087,435
124058401789 to 13411%703,1281,790,563
1344634418112 to 16912%1,061,2232,851,786
1448684818141 to 21213%2,065,8704,917,656
1552745119176 to 26514%2,507,1107,424,766
1656795520219 to 32915%5,798,93613,223,702
1760845921272 to 40816%15,083,91928,307,621
1864906222336 to 50417%27,792,73556,100,356
1967946522393 to 59018%43,869,73999,970,095
2070986823459 to 68819%242,081,556342,051,651
21721007024509 to 76320%N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A24563 to 84521%N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A25623 to 93522%N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A25690 to 103423%N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A26762 to 114424%N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A26842 to 126425%N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A27931 to 139626%N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A271027 to 154127%N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A281134 to 170128%N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A291251 to 187629%N/AN/A

Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
Normal
no
no
no
yes
no
no
no

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
Nessa

Cost:
Scroll of Wisdom inventory icon.pngScroll of WisdomScroll of WisdomStack Size: 40Drop Level: 1Identifies an itemRight click this item then left click an unidentified item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
Scroll of Wisdom inventory icon.png
yes
no
yes
yes
no
no
no

Alternate skill effects

Name Cost Description
Ethereal Stars EffectEthereal Stars EffectEthereal Knives Skin
Stack Size: 20
Your Ethereal Knives becomes a volley of spinning throwing starsRight click this item then left click an Ethereal Knives Skill Gem to apply it.
Ethereal Stars Effect inventory icon.png
Ethereal Stars Effect inventory icon.png
Shop Item Coin.png35 Replaces the standard knife effects on an Ethereal Knives inventory icon.pngEthereal KnivesEthereal KnivesProjectile, Spell
Mana Cost: (5 to 23)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Projectile Speed: 1300
Drop Level: 1Fires an arc of knives in front of the caster which deals physical damage.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Projectile Speed
Deals (4-459) to (6-688) Physical Damage
9 additional Projectiles
(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.
Ethereal Knives skill icon.png
Ethereal Knives inventory icon.png
gem with spinning, black throwing stars.

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Related helmet enchantments

There are helmet enchantments that affect Ethereal Knives:

Name For generated item/monster modifiers the minimum item/monster level respectively. Some generation types may not require this condition to be met, however item level restrictions may be raised to 80% of this value. Effect(s)
EnchantmentEtherealKnivesDamage16625% increased Ethereal Knives Damage
EnchantmentEtherealKnivesDamage27540% increased Ethereal Knives Damage
EnchantmentEtherealKnivesProjectileSpeed16620% increased Ethereal Knives Projectile Speed
EnchantmentEtherealKnivesProjectileSpeed2_7530% increased Ethereal Knives Projectile Speed

Version history

Version Changes
2.1.0
  • Damage increased by around 20% higher at level 20.
  • Now gains 1% projectile speed per gem level over 1.
2.0.0
  • Now grants 1% Increased projectile speed per 1% quality instead of increased projectile damage. Base Cast Speed has been decreased from a cast time of 800ms to 600ms, the mana costs have been reduced to compensate for the increase in cast speed. Critical Strike Chance has been increased from 5% to 6%.
1.1.5
  • Ethereal Knives casts 25% faster (from 1 to 0.8 seconds), the damage and mana cost have been reduced by 20% to compensate.
1.0.0
  • Ethereal Knives' mana cost is reduced.
0.11.4
  • Fixed a bug with Ethereal Knives that would cause you to walk closer than needed if the range was affected by projectile speed.
0.11.0
  • The damage progression of Ethereal Knives has been reduced.
0.9.12s
  • Damage increased by 10%.
0.9.12qq
  • From 1% projectile damage per quality point to 0.5%.
0.9.11i
  • Fixed the randomness of Ethereal Knives when used with traps.
0.9.9b
  • Fixed a problem where the character would not run into range of an enemy before using the skill.
0.9.9
  • Ethereal Knives has been added to the game.

References

  1. Mark_GGG (July 19, 2016). "Mechanical Questions Thread". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved July 19, 2016.