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Mind Over Matter

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Mind Over Matter
Keystone Passive Skill
Mind Over Matter passive icon.png
  • When Hit, 30% of Damage is taken from Mana before Life
While the mind endures, so too will the body.

Mind Over Matter (often referred to as MoM) is a keystone passive skill that allows the character's mana to absorb a portion of the damage dealt to life.


When hit, 30% of the damage that would be inflicted on the character's life is deducted from mana instead. If the character has insufficient mana, then the remainder of the damage will be taken from life.

In order to take effect, Mind Over Matter requires the character to be hit. For this reason, it will not allow mana to absorb damage over time.

Mana/Life ratio

For mana to not run out before life the unreserved mana should be at least 43% of unreserved life, granted that 30% of damage is taken from mana before life.

Derivation of the mana/life ratio

When Hit, X% of Damage is taken from Mana before Life

Let {\textstyle  \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} k = {X \over 100}
    }, to completely remove all mana the damage,  \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} dmg
    , has to be:

 \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} mana - k \times dmg = 0






The life removed can then be written as:

 \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} life - (1-k) \times dmg = 0






Solving equation (1) for  \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} dmg

 \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} dmg = {mana \over k}






(3) in (2) gives:

 \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} life - (1-k) \times {mana \over k} = 0






Solving (4) for  \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} mana

 \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} mana = {k \over 1-k} \times life






The ratio {\textstyle  \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} {mana \over life} = {k \over 1-k}
    } leads to exactly all life and mana being removed from a one-shot. If the ratio is less, i.e. {\textstyle  \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} {mana \over life} < {k \over 1-k}
    }, then mana will have run out before all life is removed.

The table below show the necessary mana/life ratio required for varying amounts of Mind over Matter.

X mana/life ratio
0 0
10% 11%
20% 25%
30% 43%
40% 67%
50% 100%
60% 150%
70% 233%
80% 400%
90% 900%


Eldritch Battery and Chaos damage

If the node Eldritch Battery is chosen energy shield protects mana instead of life. This energy shield will absorb the converted damage before it is applied on mana. Since chaos damage bypasses energy shield the chaos damage will then be applied directly on mana.

Chaos Inoculation

Mind Over Matter is rendered useless in conjunction with the Chaos Inoculation keystone. Damage is applied to energy shield before life, and as a result there is no opportunity for any damage to be absorbed by mana.[1]

Damage taken gained as mana when hit

If the character gains mana when hit with the x% of Damage taken Gained as Mana when Hit modifier, that mana is gained before any damage is absorbed by mana.[2] This modifier can help with maintaining mana and can be found on certain unique items and passive skills:

  • MindspiralMindspiral
    Aventail Helmet
    Quality: +20%
    Armour: 105
    Energy Shield: 31
    Requires Level 37, 42 Str, 42 Int(10-15)% increased Cold Damage
    (10-15)% increased Lightning Damage
    +(100-150) to maximum Mana
    Enemies Cannot Leech Mana From You
    (5-10)% of Damage taken gained as Mana when Hit
    Cannot Leech Mana
    Where top is bottom and weak is strong.
  • PraxisPraxis
    Paua Ring
    Requires Level 22+(20-25) to maximum Mana+(30-60) to maximum Mana
    (3-6) Mana Regenerated per second
    -(8-4) to Mana Cost of Skills
    8% of Damage taken gained as Mana when Hit
    The Thaumaturgical masters of the Eternal Empire,
    as unpredictable and varied as they were,
    all understood one thing:
    Free thinking leads to free action.
  • Victario's FlightVictario's Flight
    Goathide Boots
    Quality: +20%
    Evasion: (79 to 97)
    Requires Level 12, 26 Dex+15 to Dexterity
    +15 to Intelligence
    (100-150)% increased Evasion Rating
    15% increased Movement Speed
    10% increased Movement Speed for you and nearby Allies
    (5-10)% of Damage taken gained as Mana when Hit
    Alive but not unscathed, Victario fled
    as slaughter blossomed at the gates.
  • Rallying CryRallying CryWarcry, AoE, Duration
    Mana Cost: (8 to 27)
    Can store 1 use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
    Cast Time: 0.25 sec
    Requires Level 10Performs a warcry, granting increased damage and mana regeneration to you and your allies if there are nearby enemies. The damage increase is scaled by surrounding enemies. Taunts all nearby enemies to attack the user. Shares a cooldown with other Warcry skills.Per 1% Quality:
    1.5% increased Duration
    (140-178)% increased Damage per one hundred nearby Enemies
    (10-16)% increased Damage
    (1.8-14.8) Mana Regenerated per second
    Base duration is 8 seconds
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Rallying Cry skill icon.png
    w/ Spirited ResponseSpirited Response
    Cobalt Jewel
    Limited to: 2
    Radius: Medium (1200)
    (7-10)% increased maximum Mana
    With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, 10% of Damage taken gained as Mana when Hit during Rallying Cry for you and Allies
    The Purity Rebels fought with heart and soul,
    To free their empire from corruption.
    And the fires of war did merely serve,
    To temper the steel of their spirits.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  • Battle Rouse

as well as corrupted implicit mods created through Vaal Orbs on the following Base Item types:

Item modifier

These unique items have the Mind Over Matter modifier, which provides the same effect as this keystone. Taking the keystone in addition to equipping one of these items will impart no additional benefit.

  • Cloak of DefianceCloak of Defiance
    Lacquered Garb
    Quality: +20%
    Evasion: (469 to 550)
    Energy Shield: (138 to 162)
    Requires Level 52, 76 Dex, 76 Int3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)(110-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
    +(90-110) to maximum Mana
    (40-50)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
    Mind Over Matter
    When the throat roars,
    As eyes weep,
    When the hand grips hard
    With trembling fingers,
    When belly twists
    Yet legs stand strong,
    That is the work
    Of the Defiant Heart.

Similar effects

These items and passives have a "Damage is Taken from Mana before Life" modifier:

Version history

Version Changes
  • Introduced to the game.


  1. Mark_GGG (October 23, 2013). "Please explain "Mind over matter" mechanics...". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  2. Mark_GGG (March 13, 2014). "Damage taken gained as mana, works like reflect/leech?". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved September 9, 2014.