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Minions are allied monsters summoned by the player. Minions have their own damage and their actions are treated completely separate from the summoner's. Zombies, Animate Guardian, Animate Weapons and Skeletons do physical damage, Spectres and Dominated do whatever damage they did before they died, and Raging Spirits do physical damage of which 50% is converted to fire (much like Infernal Blow), Golems do damage in accordance with their names (chaos, fire, cold). Minion damage is affected by Minion Damage passives, support gems linked to the minion skill gem, auras and Necromantic Aegis. Of particular note, support gems will support the attacks and spells of the minion if the skill is relevant. Minions can critically strike but cannot proc Cast on Critical Strike. Unlike totems, minions can gain charges.

Neither passive skills nor stats from your other equipment affect minions unless they specifically say "Minions _____".

Life Flasks with the "of Animation" suffix will heal minions life by 40-60% of the flasks recovery. This effect works even when you have full life or Chaos Inoculation.

When a minion kills an enemy you are partially rewarded with the kill. This means:

  • You gain Flask Charges
  • Your IIQ and IIR is added to the minion's support gems values to calculate drops.

Totems, Traps and Remote Mines are not counted as minions, they are remote skills.

Minion Skills

These skills create minions. Monsters converted using Conversion Trap do not count as minions and are not affected by minion passives.

Skill Icon Description Duration Level Attack Spell
Animate Guardian Animate Guardian skill icon.png Animates a melee weapon or armour, attaching it to an invisible Guardian that fights by your side. Animating multiple items attaches them to the same Guardian. Guardians killed in PvP areas will not lose their items. N/A 28
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Animate Weapon Animate Weapon skill icon.png Animates a melee weapon to fight by your side. There's no limit on the number of weapons you can animate. 37.50 4
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Blink Arrow Blink Arrow skill icon.png Fires an arrow at the target destination. When the arrow lands, you are teleported to it and a clone is summoned at your old location. The clone is a minion that uses your bow and quiver. 3.00 24
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Dominating Blow Dominating Blow skill icon.png Attacks the enemy with a melee strike. If a non-unique enemy is killed shortly after being hit by Dominating Blow, that enemy is revived as a minion until the skill duration ends. 14.00 - 33.00 24
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Mirror Arrow Mirror Arrow skill icon.png Fires an arrow at the target destination. When the arrow lands, a clone is summoned. The clone is a minion that uses your bow and quiver. 3.00 24
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Raise Spectre Raise Spectre skill icon.png Raises a spectral version of a defeated foe as a minion to fight for you in battle. N/A 19
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Raise Zombie Raise Zombie skill icon.png Raises a zombie minion from a corpse, which will follow you and attack enemies. N/A 1
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Summon Chaos Golem Summon Chaos Golem skill icon.png Summons a Chaos Golem that grants you Physical Damage Reduction while active. The Chaos Golem can use a damage over time Chaos aura and a cascade of Chaos spikes in addition to its melee attack. N/A 34
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Summon Flame Golem Summon Flame Golem skill icon.png Summons a Flame Golem that grants you increased Damage while active. The Flame Golem can use a fire spray, a wave of fire damage, and an explosive arcing projective. N/A 34
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Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem skill icon.png Summons an Ice Golem that grants you increased Critical Strike Chance and Accuracy while active. The Ice Golem can use an icy barrage spell and a chilling spinning dash in addition to its melee attack. N/A 34
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Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit skill icon.png Summons a short-lived flaming skull that rushes at nearby enemies and attacks them rapidly. Enemies cannot directly engage these spirits and can pass through them. 5.00 4
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Summon Skeletons Summon Skeletons skill icon.png Summons slow moving skeletal minions that decay over time. Does not require a corpse to be consumed. 20.00 10
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Vaal Summon Skeletons Summon Skeletons skill icon.png Summons an army of Skeletal Warriors, Archers and Mages, led by a powerful General. 20.00 10
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Other Skills

These skills have the minion keyword.

Skill Icon Description Duration Level
Bone Offering Bone Offering skill icon.png Consumes Corpses and grants your Minions the Ability to block both Spells and Attacks. 3 24
Convocation Convocation skill icon.png Recalls all your minions to your location, and grants them a temporary life regeneration effect. Does not work on Skeletons and Raging Spirits. 2 19
Flesh Offering Flesh Offering skill icon.png Consumes Corpses and grants your Minions Swiftness (increased Attack, Cast and Movement Speed). 3 24

Support gems

There are a number of support gems related to minions, that increase their damage output, defense or movement speed.

Passive skills

There are passive skills that grant minion bonuses.

Minion damage

These passive skills grant increased damage for minions.

Name Bonuses
Minion Damage
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
Minion Damage and Life Leech
  • Minions deal 10% increased Damage
  • Minions Leech 0.2% of Damage as Life
Gravepact
  • Minions deal 20% increased Damage
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Lord of the Dead
  • Minions have 10% increased maximum Life
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +2 to Maximum number of Skeletons

Minion attack speed

These passive skills grant increased attack speed for minions.

Name Bonuses
Minion Attack and Cast Speed
  • Minions have 6% increased Attack Speed
  • Minions have 6% increased Cast Speed
Death Attunement
  • Minions have 8% increased Attack Speed
  • Minions have 8% increased Cast Speed
  • +1 to Maximum number of Spectres

Minion cast speed

These passive skills grant increased cast speed for minions.

Name Bonuses
Minion Attack and Cast Speed
  • Minions have 6% increased Attack Speed
  • Minions have 6% increased Cast Speed
Death Attunement
  • Minions have 8% increased Attack Speed
  • Minions have 8% increased Cast Speed
  • +1 to Maximum number of Spectres

Minion life

These passive skills grant increased maximum life for minions.

Name Bonuses
Minion Life
  • Minions have 10% increased maximum Life
Minion Life and Chaos Resistance
  • Minions have 7% increased maximum Life
  • Minions have +5% to Chaos Resistance
Minion Life and Life Regeneration
  • Minions have 7% increased Maximum Life
  • Minions Regenerate 1% Life per Second
Puppet Master
  • Minions have 16% increased maximum Life
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Lord of the Dead
  • Minions have 10% increased maximum Life
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +2 to Maximum number of Skeletons

Minion life regeneration

These passive skills grant additional life regeneration for minions.

Name Bonuses
Minion Life and Life Regeneration
  • Minions have 7% increased Maximum Life
  • Minions Regenerate 1% Life per Second
Minion Life Regeneration
  • Minions Regenerate 1.5% Life per Second

Minion life leech

These passive skills grant additional life leech for minions.

Name Bonuses
Minion Damage and Life Leech
  • Minions deal 10% increased Damage
  • Minions Leech 0.2% of Damage as Life
Minion Life Leech
  • Minions Leech 0.6% of Damage as Life

Minion chance to block

These passive skills grant additional chance to block for minions.

Name Bonuses
Minion Block
  • Minions have 2% Chance to Block
Decay Ward
  • Minions Recover 1% of their Maximum Life when the Block
  • Minions have 4% Chance to Block

Minion elemental resistances

These passive skills grant additional elemental resistances for minions.

Name Bonuses
Herd the Flock
  • Minions have +16% to all Elemental Resistances
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons

Minion chaos resistance

These passive skills grant additional chaos resistance for minions.

Name Bonuses
Minion Life and Chaos Resistance
  • Minions have 7% increased maximum Life
  • Minions have +5% to Chaos Resistance
Grave Intentions
  • Minions have +15% Chaos Resistance
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons

Minion limit

These passive skills raise the limits for active zombies, skeletons, or spectres.

Name Bonuses
Death Attunement
  • Minions have 8% increased Attack Speed
  • Minions have 8% increased Cast Speed
  • +1 to Maximum number of Spectres
Puppet Master
  • Minions have 16% increased maximum Life
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Herd the Flock
  • Minions have +16% to all Elemental Resistances
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Grave Intentions
  • Minions have +15% Chaos Resistance
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Gravepact
  • Minions deal 20% increased Damage
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Lord of the Dead
  • Minions have 10% increased maximum Life
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +2 to Maximum number of Skeletons

Duration

These passive skills extend the Duration of Animate Weapon, Blink Arrow, Dominating Blow, Mirror Arrow, Summon Raging Spirit, Summon Skeletons, Vaal Summon Skeletons.

Name Bonuses
Skill Duration
  • 10% increased Skill Effect Duration
Potency of Will
  • 25% increased Skill Effect Duration
Exceptional Performance
  • 25% increased Skill Effect Duration

Miscellany

These passive skills are related to minions, but do not fit into any other category.

Name Bonuses
Minion Instability
  • Minions explode when reduced to low life, dealing 33% of their maximum life as fire damage to surrounding enemies
Necromantic Aegis
  • All bonuses from an equipped Shield apply to your Minions instead of you

Talisman challenge league equipment

The following items affect minions:

NameModifiers
Undying Flesh Talisman
+1 to maximum number of ZombiesCorrupted

Unique equipment

The following unique items affect minions:

NameModifiers
Alberon's Warpath
Adds 1–80 Chaos Damage to Attacks
+(180 to 220) to Armour
(9 to 12)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
+2 to Maximum number of Skeletons
(15 to 18)% increased Strength
Brinerot Mark
Has 1 Socket+2 to Level of Socketed Golem Gems
Socketed Gems are Supported by level 15 Concentrated Effect
(10 to 25)% increased Spell Damage
+(15 to 25) to maximum Energy Shield
+(20 to 40)% to Lightning Resistance
Socketed Gems are Supported by level 15 Increased Minion Life
Bones of Ullr
+20 to maximum Life
+20 to maximum Mana
(40 to 60)% increased Energy Shield
(5 to 15)% increased Movement Speed
+1 to Maximum number of Zombies
+1 to Maximum number of Spectres
Chober Chaber
20% increased Stun Duration on enemies+1 to Level of Socketed Melee Gems
+1 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems
(100 to 120)% increased Physical Damage
25% increased maximum Mana
Minions have (20 to 40)% increased maximum Life
15% increased Skill Effect Duration
20% reduced Strength Requirement
Femurs of the Saints
12% Chance to Block+2 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems
Minions Regenerate (1.5 to 2.5)% Life per Second
2% increased Minion Attack and Cast Speed per Skeleton you own
2% increased Minion Duration per Zombie you own
(8 to 12)% increased Minion Damage per Spectre you own
Heartbound Loop
+(15 to 25) to maximum Energy Shield(10 to 15) Life Regenerated per second
(20 to 40)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
Minions have 15% increased maximum Life
Minions have 10% increased Radius of Area Skills
350 Physical Damage taken on Minion Death
Jorrhast's Blacksteel
40% increased Stun Duration on enemies(150 to 200)% increased Physical Damage
(8 to 12)% increased Cast Speed
(8 to 12)% increased Attack Speed
30% less Animate Weapon Duration
Weapons you Animate create an additional copy
Matua Tupuna
5% increased Spell Damage+2 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems
+(15 to 25) to maximum Mana
(40 to 80)% increased Energy Shield
10% increased Effect of Auras on You
10% increased Effect of Auras on your Minions
Spreads Tar when you take a Critical Strike
Midnight Bargain
(12 to 16)% increased Spell Damage+(10 to 20) to Intelligence
Minions have (10 to 20)% increased Movement Speed
Minions deal (10 to 30)% increased Damage
+1 to Maximum number of Zombies
+1 to Maximum number of Spectres
+2 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Reserves 30% of Life
Cannot be used with Chaos Inoculation
Mon'tregul's Grasp
15% increased Elemental Damage50% reduced number of Zombies allowed
+2000 to Zombie maximum Life
(25 to 30)% increased Zombie Resistances
25% increased Zombie Size
Zombies deal (80 to 100)% increased Physical Damage
Enemies killed by Zombies explode dealing Fire Damage
Mutewind Seal
Has 1 Socket+2 to Level of Socketed Golem Gems
Socketed Gems are Supported by level 13 Faster Attacks
Adds (5–11 to 10–15) Physical Damage to Attacks
(5 to 10)% increased Attack Speed
(1 to 2)% chance to Dodge Attacks
Socketed Gems are Supported by level 16 Increased Minion Speed
Null's Inclination
Adds (50–130 to 80–180) Chaos Damage
(7 to 12)% Increased Attack Speed
+(7 to 11)% to Chaos Resistance
Minions Deal 1% Increased Damage per 10 Dexterity
+212 Intelligence Requirement
Cast Socketed Minion Spells on Kill with this Weapon
Queen's Decree
18% increased Accuracy RatingMinions have (10 to 15)% increased maximum Life
Minions deal (10 to 15)% increased Damage
+1 to Maximum number of Zombies
+1 to Maximum number of Spectres
+2 to Maximum number of Skeletons
(150 to 200)% increased Skeleton Duration
25% increased Strength Requirement
Redblade Band
Has 1 Socket+2 to Level of Socketed Golem Gems
+(30 to 40) to Strength
Adds (8–20 to 12–30) Fire Damage to Attacks
(20 to 30)% increased Fire Damage
Socketed Gems are Supported by level 12 Lesser Multiple Projectiles
Socketed Gems are Supported by level 17 Increased Minion Damage
Sidhebreath
(20 to 30)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate+25% to Cold Resistance
0.2% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
Minions have (10 to 15)% increased maximum Life
Minions have (10 to 15)% increased Movement Speed
Minions deal (10 to 15)% increased Damage
Skullhead
(60 to 80)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(50 to 70) to maximum Life
+(50 to 70) to maximum Mana
Minions have 10% Chance to Block
Minions have +(300 to 350) to Armour
Minions Regenerate 2% Life per Second
Vis Mortis
+(20 to 30) to maximum Mana
(100 to 120)% increased Energy Shield
Minions have 20% reduced Maximum Life
Minions deal 15% increased Damage
+1 to Maximum number of Spectres
Minions gain Unholy Might for 5 seconds on Kill

Furthermore there exist the mod +(1 to 2) to Level of Minion Gems in this item which can roll on helmets.

Unique jewels

The following jewels affect minions:

NameBase ItemLimitRadiusModifiers
Apparitions
Viridian JewelN/AN/A
Minions have (5 to 10)% increased Movement Speed
Minions have (2 to 5)% additional chance to Dodge Attacks
Army of Bones
Cobalt JewelN/AN/A
Minions deal (8 to 12)% increased Damage
+2 to maximum number of Skeletons
(10 to 20)% reduced Skeleton Duration
Dead Reckoning
Cobalt JewelN/AMedium
Minions have +(7 to 10)% to all Elemental Resistances
With at least 50 Intelligence Allocated in Radius, can summon
up to 3 Skeleton Mages with Summon Skeletons
Fortified Legion
Cobalt Jewel1N/A
Minions have (5 to 15)% increased maximum Life
Minions Recover 2% of their Maximum Life when they Block
Spirit Guards
Viridian JewelN/AMedium
Minions deal (8 to 12)% increased Damage
With 50 Dexterity Allocated in radius,
Animate Weapon can Animate up to 4 Ranged Weapons

Divination cards

The following sets divination card can grant minion-related items when exchanged:

NameSetRewardDrop Restrictions
Death
4The Fetid Pool (Cruel, Merciless)
Bog (map area)
Mud Geyser (map area)
Grave Knowledge
6
Summon Raging Spirit
Quality: +20%
The Crypt Level 1 (Cruel, Merciless)
The Doppelganger
2
Superior Mirror Arrow
Quality: +20%
The Crossroads (Cruel, Merciless)
The Lich
12Sawbones (unique monster) (Merciless)
The Summoner
6
Superior Minion Gem
Quality: +20%
The Catacombs (Merciless)
The Chamber of Sins Level 1 (Cruel, Merciless)
The Chamber of Sins Level 2 (Cruel, Merciless)
The Crypt Level 2 (Cruel, Merciless)
The Fetid Pool (Cruel, Merciless)
The Lower Prison (Cruel, Merciless)
The Upper Prison (Cruel, Merciless)
Acton's Nightmare (map area)
The Coward's Trial (map area)
Dungeon (map area)
Necropolis (map area)

Crafting

Catarina, Master of the Dead provides minion crafting for body armour and gloves. As you level her up, more crafting options will be unlocked. See below for a list.

Effect Prefix Suffix Lvl. Lvl. Cost Vaal Mask.png Infantry Brigandine.png Nubuck Gloves.png Silk Slippers.png Copper Tower Shield.png Quartz Wand.png Quartz Sceptre.png Sharktooth Claw.png Skean.png Primitive Staff.png
Minions have 10-15% increased Damage
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35 4 2x Orb of AlchemyOrb of AlchemyStack Size: 10Upgrades a normal item to rare itemRight click this item then left click a normal item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
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+2 to Maximum number of Skeletons
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35 5 5x Chaos OrbChaos OrbStack Size: 10Reforges a rare item with new random propertiesRight click this item then left click a rare item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
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Minions have 10-15% increased maximum Life
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35 6 2x Chaos OrbChaos OrbStack Size: 10Reforges a rare item with new random propertiesRight click this item then left click a rare item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
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+1 to Maximum number of Zombies
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35 6 10x Chaos OrbChaos OrbStack Size: 10Reforges a rare item with new random propertiesRight click this item then left click a rare item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
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Achievements

If you manage appropriate number of minions, you will be rewarded the following achievements:

Name Description
Behold My Army
Behold My Army achievement icon.jpg
Have 60 minions at the same time.
Zombie Horde
Zombie Horde achievement icon.jpg
Have 9 Raised Zombies at the same time.