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Explosive Arrow

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Explosive ArrowFire, Attack, AoE, Duration, Bow
Radius: 15
Mana Cost: (18 to 27)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Projectile Speed: 3260
Requires Level 28Fires an arrow which acts as a short duration fuse. Applying additional arrows to an enemy extends the duration. When the target dies or the fuses expire, the arrows explode, dealing fire AoE damage to nearby enemies. The AoE radius is proportional to the number of arrows upon death.Per 1% Quality:
1% chance to Ignite enemies
Base duration is 1 seconds
Explosion deals (44-586) to (66-879) Base Fire damage per Fuse Charge
+2 to Explosion Radius per Fuse Charge
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Explosive Arrow skill icon.pngExplosive Arrow inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 28

Explosive Arrow skill screenshot.jpg

Though the Rangers of Oriath wield mighty long bows, they occasionally meet enemies that are too tough for mere arrows alone. Facing such a threat, trained archers have developed mastery of the dreaded Explosive Arrow. When the missile strikes, it bores deep into its target, releasing a volatile, deadly magical poison.

This poison quickly boils the blood surrounding the embedded arrowhead, and within a few moments, a gout of fire erupts from the wound. This caustic spray will burn and damage any adjacent foes. Some skilled marksmen have even developed the ability to fire multiple Explosive Arrows into the same point on a target's body. Doing this not only extends the time before the blood detonation, but it massively increases the violence of the blast.

Description on the official Path of Exile website [1]

Explosive Arrow is a bow attack skill that fires an arrow which acts as a short duration fuse. Applying additional arrows to an enemy extends the duration. When the target dies or the fuses expire, the arrows explode, dealing fire area of effect damage to nearby enemies. The damage and AoE radius are proportional to the number of arrows fired into the target, up to a maximum of 5.

Skill functions and interactions

Explosive Arrow has two separate damaging effects: an attack and a secondary explosion.

Attack: The Explosive Arrow attack is an arrow which deals weapon damage based on the bow equipped. This component of the skill is affected by any modifiers to bow attacks. At the final destination of the arrow, one of three effects will occur:

  • If the arrow gets stuck on the terrain or on an obstacle, it will leave a single fuse charge that will explode after a duration.
  • If the arrow gets stuck on a target that does not yet have the debuff Hit by Explosive Arrow, it will apply that debuff with a single fuse charge, which expires after a duration.
  • If the arrow gets stuck on a target that already has the debuff Hit by Explosive Arrow, it will refresh the duration of the existing debuff and add one fuse charge.

If the arrow pierces or is evaded by a target, it will not leave a fuse charge on the target, but can still leave a fuse charge on the terrain behind it.

Explosion: When the debuff Hit by Explosive Arrow or a fuse stuck on terrain expires, it causes an explosion based on the number of fuse charges, up to a maximum of 5. This damage is secondary area projectile fire damage, and therefore is not affected by modifiers to spell or weapon damage. This explosion has a base critical strike chance of 6% and a base radius of 15 plus 2 times the number of fuse charges. Modifiers to this explosion, which includes critical strike chance, ignite chance, radius, and damage, are based on the instance of the Explosive Arrow skill that originally applied the debuff. Modifiers to any instances of the Explosive Arrow skill used to refresh the duration of the debuff are ignored.[2]

Duration: Modifiers to duration, such as from Less Duration SupportLess Duration SupportSupport, Duration
Icon: d
Mana Multiplier: 120%
Requires Level 31Per 1% Quality:
0.5% reduced Skill Effect Duration
(40-49)% less Skill Effect Duration
(10-19)% more Damage
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.
, will affect the duration of the debuff when it is applied or refreshed, as well as the duration of the fuse charge if it hits the terrain or an obstacle. As such, this is the only relevant modifier on instances of the Explosive Arrow skill used to refresh a pre-existing debuff.

Radius: The base radius of the explosion is 15, +2 for each fuse charge. Modifiers to Radius of Area Skills or Area of Effect radius will apply on the base radius of the explosion.

Block: Like any attack skill, the Explosive Arrow attack can be blocked. However, the blocked attack still applies the debuff, and the subsequent explosion cannot be blocked since it is neither an attack nor a spell. This can be dangerous for players who rely on high block chance for defense.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.dexterityMana
Cost
Fire
Damage
per Fuse
Exp.Total Exp.
128671844 to 6600
231731954 to 81199,345199,345
334792066 to 99285,815485,160
437852180 to 121401,344886,504
540922198 to 146554,3791,440,883
6429622111 to 166477,4371,918,320
74410022126 to 189583,7862,502,106
84610423142 to 214710,3593,212,465
94810923161 to 2421,355,5114,567,976
105011324182 to 2731,138,8775,706,853
115211724205 to 3081,368,2337,075,086
125412124232 to 3471,638,3388,713,424
135612526261 to 3911,956,64810,670,072
145813026293 to 4403,655,18414,325,256
156013426330 to 4953,017,32717,342,583
166213826371 to 5567,759,99525,102,578
176414226416 to 62415,138,19340,240,771
186614627467 to 70026,083,82566,324,596
196815127523 to 78562,620,247128,944,843
207015527586 to 879211,708,088340,652,931
217215928656 to 984N/AN/A
2274N/A28734 to 1100N/AN/A
2376N/A29820 to 1230N/AN/A
2478N/A29917 to 1375N/AN/A
2580N/A301024 to 1536N/AN/A
2682N/A301143 to 1714N/AN/A
2784N/A301275 to 1913N/AN/A
2886N/A301422 to 2134N/AN/A
2988N/A311586 to 2379N/AN/A
3090N/A311767 to 2651N/AN/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
Siosa
yes

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Explosive Arrow:

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)
EnchantmentExplosiveArrowAttackSpeed16610% increased Explosive Arrow Attack Speed
EnchantmentExplosiveArrowAttackSpeed27515% increased Explosive Arrow Attack Speed
EnchantmentExplosiveArrowDamage16625% increased Explosive Arrow Damage
EnchantmentExplosiveArrowDamage27540% increased Explosive Arrow Damage
EnchantmentExplosiveArrowRadius1668% increased Explosive Arrow Area of Effect
EnchantmentExplosiveArrowRadius27512% increased Explosive Arrow Area of Effect

Version history

Version Changes
1.1.1b
  • Fixed a bug that caused the first level of Explosive Arrow to have a greater mana cost than intended.
0.9.12m
0.9.12f
  • Fixed a client crash with Explosive Arrow.
0.9.12
  • Explosive Arrows now have their own arrow effect. If they miss and stick into terrain,
    they'll explode as normal after a short time.
  • Now does not explode each time it pierces through monsters.
0.9.8
  • Reduced the mana cost.
0.9.5
  • Made Explosive Arrow more powerful. The damage has been increased and the fuse time is now one second.
0.9.4
  • Increased the damage Explosive Arrow.
0.9.3g
  • Changed Explosive Arrow to not have the damage scaled by mods that affect Spell Damage.
0.9.3e
  • Increased damage by 15%.
0.9.2g
  • Fixed a server crash that would occasionally occur when using Explosive Arrow.
0.9.2f
  • Fixed a bug with Explosive Arrow not exploding serverside when the monster is killed by the arrow outright.
  • Fixed a bug with Explosive Arrow interacting badly with other buffs.
  • Fixed two server crashes that occured rarely when using Explosive Arrow.
0.9.2b
  • Updated the description to describe that the Area of effect of the explosion is proportional
    to the number of fuse charges.
0.9.2
  • Explosive Arrow has been added to the game.

References

  1. "Dexterity skills". Official Path of Exile website.
  2. "Explosive Arrow - Skill Gem Feedback". Official Path of Exile website.