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Physical damage is one of the five damage types. It is the most common and the only one reduced by armour, rather than by a resistance. Most physical damage comes from weapon attacks, but some spells deal physical damage aswell.

Every 10 points of strength give a 2% bonus to physical damage from melee attacks. The Iron Grip keystone passive extends this bonus to also apply to physical damage from projectiles. The Iron Grip Support inventory icon.pngIron Grip SupportIron Grip SupportProjectile, Support
Icon: i
Requires Level 18Drop Restrictions
Level: 18
Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Projectile Damage
(0-38)% increased Projectile Damage
Strength's damage bonus applies to Projectile Attacks made with Supported Skills
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.
Iron Grip Support inventory icon.png
gem applies the same effect to a single skill.

Skill gems

Skills with the attack keyword will do any physical damage of the weapon used and apply the appropriate physical damage passive skills. Some spells also deal physical damage.

A list of skill gems with the spell gem tag that deal physical damage:
Skill gemInt.Dex.Str.Lvl.
Animate Weapon inventory icon.pngAnimate WeaponAnimate WeaponDuration, Minion, Spell
Mana Cost: (9 to 36)
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Requires Level 4Drop Restrictions
Level: 4
Animates a melee weapon to fight by your side. There's no limit on the number of weapons you can animate. You cannot animate unidentified weapons.Per 1% Quality:
Minions have 2% increased Movement Speed
Can use Items requiring up to level (9-100)
Deals (100-252)% of Base Damage
Minions have (0-38)% increased Attack Speed
Base duration is 37.5 seconds
Minions' Attacks deal (4-38) to (6-56) additional Physical Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Animate Weapon skill icon.png
Animate Weapon inventory icon.png
yesyesN/A4
Blade Vortex inventory icon.pngBlade VortexBlade VortexSpell, AoE, Duration
Radius: 14
Mana Cost: (6 to 19)
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 30%
Requires Level 12Drop Restrictions
Level: 12
This spell creates ethereal blades which orbit in an area around you, periodically dealing damage to all enemies in their radius. As more blades are added, the damage becomes greater and more frequent.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect radius
Deals (7-123) to (10-185) Physical Damage
Base duration is 5 seconds
Can have up to 20 active spinning blades
Hits Enemies every 0.6 Seconds
10% increased Hit Rate for each blade
30% more Spell Damage for each blade
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Blade Vortex skill icon.png
Blade Vortex inventory icon.png
N/AyesN/A12
Bladefall inventory icon.pngBladefallBladefallSpell, AoE
Radius: 12
Mana Cost: (13 to 26)
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 90%
Requires Level 28Drop Restrictions
Level: 28
Ethereal weapons rain from the sky, dealing damage to enemies in a sequence of five volleys, each wider but less damaging than the last. Enemies can be hit multiple times where these overlap.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect radius
Deals (44-380) to (65-570) Physical Damage
6% less Damage per Volley
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Bladefall skill icon.png
Bladefall inventory icon.png
N/AyesN/A28
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 Restrictions
Level: 1
Fires 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
yesyesN/A1
Glacial Cascade inventory icon.pngGlacial CascadeGlacial CascadeSpell, AoE, Cold
Mana Cost: (13 to 26)
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 60%
Requires Level 28Drop Restrictions
Level: 28
Icicles emerge from the ground in a series of small bursts, each damaging enemies caught in the area.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Damage
Deals (12-110) to (19-169) Physical Damage
Deals (23-203) to (35-307) Cold Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Glacial Cascade skill icon.png
Glacial Cascade inventory icon.png
yesN/AN/A28
Animate Guardian inventory icon.pngAnimate GuardianAnimate GuardianSpell, Minion
Mana Cost: (19 to 36)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Requires Level 28Drop Restrictions
Level: 28
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. You cannot animate unidentified weapons.Per 1% Quality:
Minions have 2% increased Movement Speed
Can use Items requiring up to level (33-100)
(0-76)% increased maximum Life
Minions deal (0-76)% increased Physical Damage with Melee Attacks
Minions' Attacks deal (22-56) to (34-84) additional Physical Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Animate Guardian skill icon.png
Animate Guardian inventory icon.png
yesN/Ayes28
Shockwave Totem inventory icon.pngShockwave TotemShockwave TotemTotem, Spell, AoE, Duration
Radius: 20
Mana Cost: (24 to 58)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 60%
Requires Level 28Drop Restrictions
Level: 28
Summons a totem that shakes the earth around it, knocking back and damaging nearby enemiesPer 1% Quality:
1% increased totem life
Deals (23-231) to (46-429) Physical Damage
Totem lasts 8 seconds
25% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
Summons a Totem which uses this Skill
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Shockwave Totem skill icon.png
Shockwave Totem inventory icon.png
N/AN/Ayes28

Passive skills

Many passive skills throughout the tree increase physical damage, but most are restricted to particular sources. These passives exist to increase physical damage from the following sources:

All of these categories of passive skills will only increase the physical damage of attacks, not spells. However, the bonus from Iron Grip does not share this restriction. Passives which increase projectile damage, and the Iron Will Support inventory icon.pngIron Will SupportIron Will SupportSpell, Support
Icon: w
Requires Level 18Drop Restrictions
Level: 18
Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Spell Damage
(0-38)% increased Spell Damage
Strength's damage bonus applies to Spell Damage as well for Supported Skills
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.
Iron Will Support inventory icon.png
support gem, apply their bonuses to all types of damage, not just physical.

Physical damage

These passive skills grant unrestricted physical damage bonuses. This includes physical damage generated by spells such as 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 Restrictions
Level: 1
Fires 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
and Shockwave Totem inventory icon.pngShockwave TotemShockwave TotemTotem, Spell, AoE, Duration
Radius: 20
Mana Cost: (24 to 58)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 60%
Requires Level 28Drop Restrictions
Level: 28
Summons a totem that shakes the earth around it, knocking back and damaging nearby enemiesPer 1% Quality:
1% increased totem life
Deals (23-231) to (46-429) Physical Damage
Totem lasts 8 seconds
25% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
Summons a Totem which uses this Skill
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Shockwave Totem skill icon.png
Shockwave Totem inventory icon.png
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Name Bonuses
Physical Damage
    • 8% increased Physical Damage
    • 12% increased Physical Damage
Physical and Chaos Damage
    • 10% increased Physical Damage
    • 10% increased Chaos Damage
    • 12% increased Physical Damage
    • 12% increased Chaos Damage
Physical and Chaos Damage and Life
  • 14% increased Physical Damage
  • 14% increased Chaos Damage
  • +12 to maximum Life
Master of Force
  • 16% increased Physical Damage
Fangs of the Viper
  • 20% increased Physical Damage
  • 20% increased Chaos Damage
  • 5% increased Movement Speed
  • +20 to Dexterity
Force Shaper
  • 25% increased Physical Damage
  • Gain 5% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage
Path of the Warrior
  • 12% increased Physical Damage
  • +10 to Armour
  • +20 to Strength
Revenge of the Hunted
  • 12% increased Physical Damage
  • 18% increased Evasion Rating
  • 4% increased maximum Life
Will of Blades
  • 20% increased Physical Damage
  • 20% increased Critical Strike Chance

See also