Herald of Thunder

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Herald of ThunderCast, AoE, Duration, Lightning
Radius: 32
Mana Reserved: 25%
Can store 1 use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: 120%
Drop Level: 16
Requires Level 16
Channel lightning through your hands, adding lightning damage to spells and attacks. If you kill a shocked enemy, lightning bolts will strike enemies around you for a short duration.Per 1% Quality:
0.75% increased Lightning Damage
Adds (2-19) to (7-76) Lightning Damage to Spells
Adds (2-19) to (7-76) Lightning Damage to Attacks
Deals (1-27) to (34-1303) Lightning Damage
Base duration is 6 seconds
Cannot apply Shock
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Herald of Thunder skill icon.pngHerald of Thunder inventory icon.png

Herald of Thunder skill screenshot.jpg

Herald of Thunder is a self-cast buff that reserves mana to increase damage output. See also 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
and Herald of Ice inventory icon.pngHerald of IceHerald of IceCast, AoE, Cold
Mana Reserved: 25%
Can store 1 use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: 80%
Drop Level: 16
Requires Level 16
Channel ice through your hands, adding cold damage to spells and attacks. If you shatter an enemy, they explode and deal AoE cold damage to enemies near them.Per 1% Quality:
0.75% increased Cold Damage
Adds (4-38) to (5-56) Cold Damage to Spells
Adds (4-38) to (5-56) Cold Damage to Attacks
Deals (18-308) to (26-462) Cold Damage
Damage cannot be Reflected
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Herald of Ice skill icon.png
Herald of Ice inventory icon.png
.

Mechanics

Similar to the Herald of Ash and Herald of Ice skill gems, Herald of Thunder has two separate effects.

The first effect adds x-y lightning damage to both spells and attacks. Damage dealt by this effect can shock.

The second effect is triggered when a shocked enemy is killed. Lightning bolts strike enemies and destructable objects within Herald of Thunder's radius for its duration. This AoE remains centered on the character's location if the character moves. Damage dealt by this effect cannot inflict shock, and is not an area of effect.

The on-kill effect will strike an enemy or destructible object every 250ms, but will not strike the same enemy again within 400ms.[1]

Unlike Herald of Ash, the on-kill effect from Herald of Thunder applies to enemies killed by attacks as well as spells.

Interactions

  • Elemental Damage: Elemental and lightning damage modifiers affect both the on-hit and on-kill effects of Herald of Thunder. Added damage from support gems such as Added Cold Damage Support inventory icon.pngAdded Cold Damage SupportAdded Cold Damage SupportCold, Support
    Icon: C
    Mana Multiplier: 130%
    Drop Level: 8
    Requires Level 8
    Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Cold Damage
    Adds (4-125) to (6-188) Cold 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 Cold Damage Support inventory icon.png
    and Added Chaos Damage Support inventory icon.pngAdded Chaos Damage SupportAdded Chaos Damage SupportChaos, Support
    Icon: H
    Mana Multiplier: 130%
    Drop Level: 31
    Requires Level 31
    Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Chaos Damage
    Adds (18-170) to (26-256) Chaos 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 Chaos Damage Support inventory icon.png
    only applies to Herald of Thunder's on-kill effect.
  • Casting and Spell Interactions: Because Herald of Thunder is a cast and not a spell it is not directly affected by items, support gems or passive skills which specifically modify spells. However, such spell modifiers will affect Herald of Thunder's added on-hit damage if the skill that damage is added to is a spell. Being a cast, Herald of Thunder benefits from items, support gems and passive skills which modify cast (e.g. faster casting). Faster casting increases the cast speed of the Herald of Thunder buff itself, but does not affect any other aspect of the skill.[2]
  • Area of Effect: AoE modifiers like Increased Area of Effect Support inventory icon.pngIncreased Area of Effect SupportIncreased Area of Effect SupportSupport, AoE
    Icon: E
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Drop Level: 38
    Requires Level 38
    Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area Damage
    (20-39)% increased Area of Effect radiusThis 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.
    Increased Area of Effect Support inventory icon.png
    and Concentrated Effect Support inventory icon.pngConcentrated Effect SupportConcentrated Effect SupportSupport, AoE
    Icon: o
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Drop Level: 18
    Requires Level 18
    Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area Damage
    25% less Area of Effect radius
    (40-59)% more Area 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.
    Concentrated Effect Support inventory icon.png
    affect the radius in which which Herald of Thunder's on-kill effect can strike targets. Concentrated Effect Support inventory icon.pngConcentrated Effect SupportConcentrated Effect SupportSupport, AoE
    Icon: o
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Drop Level: 18
    Requires Level 18
    Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area Damage
    25% less Area of Effect radius
    (40-59)% more Area 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.
    Concentrated Effect Support inventory icon.png
    does not appear to increase the tooltip damage of Herald of Thunder's on-kill effect.
  • Duration: Duration modifiers like Increased Duration Support inventory icon.pngIncreased Duration SupportIncreased Duration SupportSupport, Duration
    Icon: D
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Drop Level: 31
    Requires Level 31
    Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Skill Effect Duration
    (45-64)% increased Skill Effect DurationThis 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.
    Increased Duration Support inventory icon.png
    and Less Duration Support inventory icon.pngLess Duration SupportLess Duration SupportSupport, Duration
    Icon: d
    Mana Multiplier: 120%
    Drop Level: 31
    Requires Level 31
    Per 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.
    Less Duration Support inventory icon.png
    affect the duration of the on-kill effect.
  • Auras, Buffs and Mana Reservation: Like 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
    and Herald of Ice inventory icon.pngHerald of IceHerald of IceCast, AoE, Cold
    Mana Reserved: 25%
    Can store 1 use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Damage Effectiveness: 80%
    Drop Level: 16
    Requires Level 16
    Channel ice through your hands, adding cold damage to spells and attacks. If you shatter an enemy, they explode and deal AoE cold damage to enemies near them.Per 1% Quality:
    0.75% increased Cold Damage
    Adds (4-38) to (5-56) Cold Damage to Spells
    Adds (4-38) to (5-56) Cold Damage to Attacks
    Deals (18-308) to (26-462) Cold Damage
    Damage cannot be Reflected
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Herald of Ice skill icon.png
    Herald of Ice inventory icon.png
    , Herald of Thunder is not an aura and does not receive bonuses from aura nodes, items or support gems. It does reserve mana however, and it therefore benefits from reduced Mana Reserved modifiers.
  • Quality: Herald of Thunder's increased lightning damage quality bonus is global, meaning that it affects the character's lightning damage from all sources, not only Herald of Thunder.
  • Cannot Apply Shock: Herald of Thunder's on-kill effect cannot apply Shock. However, if The Three Dragons inventory icon.pngThe Three DragonsThe Three Dragons
    Golden Mask
    Evasion: 83
    Energy Shield: 25
    Requires Level 35, 40 Dex, 40 Int+(26-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
    Your Fire Damage can Shock but not Ignite
    Your Cold Damage can Ignite but not Freeze or Chill
    Your Lightning Damage can Freeze but not Shock
    "The ice seared his naked feet
    As the lightning stilled his heart,
    But it was the flames upon his lover's face
    That roused him to vengeance."
    - From 'The Three Dragons' by Victario of Sarn
    The Three Dragons inventory icon.png
    is equipped, the on-kill effect can apply Freeze.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.intelligenceSpell
Lightning
Damage
Attack
Lightning
Damage
Lightning
Damage
Exp.Total Exp.
116412 to 72 to 71 to 3400
220502 to 92 to 91 to 4749,72549,725
324583 to 113 to 111 to 6595,714145,439
428673 to 143 to 142 to 87169,595315,034
531734 to 164 to 162 to 108199,345514,379
634795 to 185 to 183 to 135285,815800,194
737855 to 215 to 213 to 166401,3441,201,538
840926 to 246 to 244 to 203554,3791,755,917
943987 to 277 to 275 to 248755,0492,510,966
10461048 to 318 to 316 to 3011,016,5333,527,499
11491119 to 359 to 358 to 3631,898,6025,426,101
125211710 to 3910 to 399 to 4361,964,0197,390,120
135512311 to 4411 to 4411 to 5222,573,7319,963,851
145813012 to 4912 to 4913 to 6234,676,43914,640,290
156013413 to 5313 to 5315 to 7083,017,32717,657,617
166213814 to 5714 to 5717 to 8037,823,00125,480,618
176414215 to 6115 to 6119 to 90815,264,20840,744,826
186614616 to 6616 to 6621 to 102626,272,84567,017,671
196815118 to 7118 to 7124 to 115762,872,274129,889,945
207015519 to 7619 to 7627 to 1303212,023,122341,913,067
217215920 to 8120 to 8131 to 1451N/AN/A
2274N/A22 to 8722 to 8734 to 1615N/AN/A
2376N/A23 to 9423 to 9438 to 1796N/AN/A
2478N/A25 to 10025 to 10043 to 1995N/AN/A
2580N/A27 to 10727 to 10748 to 2215N/AN/A
2682N/A29 to 11529 to 11554 to 2457N/AN/A
2784N/A31 to 12331 to 12360 to 2723N/AN/A
2886N/A33 to 13133 to 13167 to 3016N/AN/A
2988N/A35 to 14035 to 14075 to 3338N/AN/A
3090N/A37 to 15037 to 15083 to 3692N/AN/A

Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
Intruders in Black
Act 2
Normal
yes
yes
yes
yes
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Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
The Root of the Problem
Act 2
Yeena

Cost:
Orb of Alteration inventory icon.pngOrb of AlterationOrb of AlterationStack Size: 20Drop Level: 2Reforges a magic item with new random propertiesRight click this item then left click a magic item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
Orb of Alteration inventory icon.png
yes
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yes
yes
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Alternate skill effect

Name Cost Description
Gloom Herald EffectGloom Herald EffectHerald Skin
Stack Size: 20
Your Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes a dark effect.Right click this item then left click a Herald of Ash, Herald of Thunder or Herald of Ice Gem to apply it.
Gloom Herald Effect inventory icon.png
Gloom Herald Effect inventory icon.png
Shop Item Coin.png125 Replaces the standard effect on a Herald skill gem with a dark effect.

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Related helmet enchantments

There are helmet enchantments that affect Herald of Thunder:

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)
EnchantmentHeraldOfThunderDamage16625% increased Herald of Thunder Damage
EnchantmentHeraldOfThunderDamage2_7540% increased Herald of Thunder Damage
EnchantmentHeraldOfThunderManaReservation16620% reduced Herald of Thunder Mana Reservation
EnchantmentHeraldOfThunderManaReservation27530% reduced Herald of Thunder Mana Reservation

Version history

Version Changes
1.3.0
  • Herald of Ice inventory icon.pngHerald of IceHerald of IceCast, AoE, Cold
    Mana Reserved: 25%
    Can store 1 use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Damage Effectiveness: 80%
    Drop Level: 16
    Requires Level 16
    Channel ice through your hands, adding cold damage to spells and attacks. If you shatter an enemy, they explode and deal AoE cold damage to enemies near them.Per 1% Quality:
    0.75% increased Cold Damage
    Adds (4-38) to (5-56) Cold Damage to Spells
    Adds (4-38) to (5-56) Cold Damage to Attacks
    Deals (18-308) to (26-462) Cold Damage
    Damage cannot be Reflected
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Herald of Ice skill icon.png
    Herald of Ice inventory icon.png
    and Herald of Thunder inventory icon.pngHerald of ThunderHerald of ThunderCast, AoE, Duration, Lightning
    Radius: 32
    Mana Reserved: 25%
    Can store 1 use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Damage Effectiveness: 120%
    Drop Level: 16
    Requires Level 16
    Channel lightning through your hands, adding lightning damage to spells and attacks. If you kill a shocked enemy, lightning bolts will strike enemies around you for a short duration.Per 1% Quality:
    0.75% increased Lightning Damage
    Adds (2-19) to (7-76) Lightning Damage to Spells
    Adds (2-19) to (7-76) Lightning Damage to Attacks
    Deals (1-27) to (34-1303) Lightning Damage
    Base duration is 6 seconds
    Cannot apply Shock
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Herald of Thunder skill icon.png
    Herald of Thunder inventory icon.png
    have been changed from Spell to Cast active skill types to indicate that they deal secondary damage and not spell damage.
1.2.4
  • Herald of Thunder has been added to the game.

References

  1. Jibblies (October 27, 2014). "Herald of Thunder". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  2. Daniel_GGG (January 19, 2015). "Herald of Thunder and Faster Casting". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved January 19, 2015.