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Rain of Arrows

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Rain of ArrowsAttack, AoE, Bow
Radius: 24
Mana Cost: (7 to 11)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 12Fires a large number of arrows into the air, to land at the target after a short delay.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (110-129)% of Base Attack Damage
+(0-4) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Rain of Arrows skill icon.pngRain of Arrows inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 12

Rain of Arrows skill screenshot.jpg

Before they're given their first Long Bow, aspiring archers on Oriath are taught the art of the Arrow Rain. When the student is ready to be tested, he is taken out to the marshes, and commanded to fire a salvo at a flock of geese. The aspirant must bring down at least a dozen birds with one barrage, or it's back for another year of training and discipline.

Naturally, the Rain of Arrows technique is often used to devastating effect on the field of battle. A skilled archer fires a single enchanted missile aloft, and when it descends, it multiplies to carpet an entire area in a lethal shower. Be wary if you ever behold an enemy archer pointing their bow skyward.

Description on the official Path of Exile website[1]

Rain of Arrows is a ranged attack skill that fires a number of arrows in the air, dealing area of effect damage after a short delay.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Delay: Rain of Arrows will impact after a delay equal to the attack time, so the first attack will land as the second is being launched. Projectile Speed modifiers affect the delay.
  • Projectile damage: Although Rain of Arrows does not fire projectiles (and therefore cannot by modified by supports such as Chain SupportChain SupportSupport, Chaining, Projectile
    Icon: c
    Mana Multiplier: 150%
    Requires Level 38Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Projectile Speed
    Supported Projectile Skills Chain +2 times
    Supported Projectile Skills deal (50-31)% less 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.
    and Lesser Multiple Projectiles SupportLesser Multiple Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: l
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 8Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Attack Speed
    0.5% increased Cast Speed
    2 additional Projectiles
    Supported Projectile Skills deal (25-16)% less Projectile 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.
    ), like any Bow skill it does deal projectile damage and will be affected by any appropriate damage modifiers such as Physical Projectile Attack Damage SupportPhysical Projectile Attack Damage SupportProjectile, Support
    Icon: d
    Mana Multiplier: 120%
    Requires Level 18Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Physical Damage
    (30-49)% more Physical Projectile Attack Damage
    10% less Projectile Attack Speed
    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.
    and the Point Blank SupportPoint Blank SupportProjectile, Attack, Support
    Icon: b
    Mana Multiplier: 120%
    Requires Level 18Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Projectile Skills deal 0.5% increased Projectile Damage
    Supported Projectile Attacks deal up to 50% more Damage to targets at the start of their movement, dealing less Damage to targets as the projectile travels farther
    Supported Projectile Skills deal (0-38)% increased Projectile 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.
    support gem/keystone passive. In the case of the latter, target location is irrelevant to damage scaling by distance; distant enemies hit by the same area of effect will take less damage than enemies near the location of the attacker.
  • DrillneckDrillneck
    Penetrating Arrow Quiver
    Requires Level 3610% chance of Arrows Piercing(8-12)% increased Attack Speed
    +350 to Evasion Rating
    +(40-50) to maximum Life
    Adds (10-14) to (19-24) Physical Damage to Attacks with Bows
    Projectile Damage increased by 50% of Arrow Pierce Chance
    "Why waste such a fine arrow on just one man?"
    - Kiravi, Vaal Archer
    :
    Rain of Arrows cannot be supported by Pierce SupportPierce SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: p
    Mana Multiplier: 130%
    Requires Level 31Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Projectile Skills deal 0.5% increased Projectile Damage
    50% chance of Projectiles Piercing
    (10-19)% more Projectile 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.
    , as it does not have the projectile tag. It can however recieve the benefit of the 50% increased projectile damage from drillneck, as it has the "Bow" tag, which implies projectile. The pierce to activate the Drillneck must be acquired from sources other than the support gem, such as the passive tree, or items such as VoidwalkerVoidwalker
    Murder Boots
    Quality: +20%
    Evasion: (418 to 483)
    Energy Shield: (57 to 66)
    Requires Level 69, 82 Dex, 42 Int+(30-50) to Dexterity
    (140-180)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
    30% increased Movement Speed
    20% chance to Avoid Projectiles while Phasing
    You have Phasing if you've Killed Recently
    Projectiles Pierce while Phasing
    Celestial Footprints
    Step into the void
    and experience true freedom.
    .

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.dexterityMana
Cost
Damage
Multiplier
RadiusExp.Total Exp.
112337110%N/A00
215397111%N/A15,24915,249
319487112%N/A41,51756,766
423568113%N/A81,983138,749
527648114%1147,968286,717
631738115%1250,557537,274
735818116%1405,086942,360
838888117%1447,7181,390,078
941949118%1615,3182,005,396
10441009119%2834,6392,840,035
11471069120%21,570,7604,410,795
12501139121%21,633,9876,044,782
13531199122%22,151,0308,195,812
145612510123%22,812,18911,008,001
155913210124%35,099,36016,107,361
166213810125%39,400,73125,508,092
176414210126%315,273,36640,781,458
186614610127%326,286,58267,068,040
196815111128%362,890,590129,958,630
207015511129%4212,046,017342,004,647
217215911130%4N/AN/A
2274N/A11131%4N/AN/A
2376N/A11132%4N/AN/A
2478N/A11133%4N/AN/A
2580N/A11134%5N/AN/A
2682N/A12135%5N/AN/A
2784N/A12136%5N/AN/A
2886N/A12137%5N/AN/A
2988N/A12138%5N/AN/A
3090N/A12139%6N/AN/A

Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1
Normal
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1
Nessa
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
yes

Alternate skill effects

Name Cost Description
Emerald Rain of Arrows Effect
Emerald Rain of Arrows EffectRain of Arrows Skin
Stack Size: 20
Your Rain of Arrows glow a ghostly greenRight click this item then left click a Rain of Arrows Skill Gem to apply it.
Shop Item Coin.png15 Replaces the standard effect on a Rain of ArrowsRain of ArrowsAttack, AoE, Bow
Radius: 24
Mana Cost: (7 to 11)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 12Fires a large number of arrows into the air, to land at the target after a short delay.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (110-129)% of Base Attack Damage
+(0-4) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Rain of Arrows skill icon.png
gem with an emerald green version.

Shop Item Video Icon.png Preview

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Rain of Arrows:

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)
EnchantmentRainOfArrowsAttackSpeed16610% increased Rain of Arrows Attack Speed
EnchantmentRainOfArrowsAttackSpeed27515% increased Rain of Arrows Attack Speed
EnchantmentRainOfArrowsDamage16625% increased Rain of Arrows Damage
EnchantmentRainOfArrowsDamage27540% increased Rain of Arrows Damage
EnchantmentRainOfArrowsRadius1668% increased Rain of Arrows Area of Effect
EnchantmentRainOfArrowsRadius27512% increased Rain of Arrows Area of Effect

Version history

Version Changes
2.6.0
  • Rain of Arrows gains 1 additional unit of radius every 5 levels.
  • No longer gain increased area of effect radius.
2.3.0
  • If you use Rain of Arrows, Blast RainBlast RainFire, Attack, AoE, Bow
    Radius: 24
    Mana Cost: (8 to 10)
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Requires Level 28Fires an arrow up in the air, which splits and rains down in a series of explosions over an area. The explosions will always overlap on the targeted area.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Deals (40-47.6)% of Base Attack Damage
    50% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
    Causes 4 Explosions
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Blast Rain skill icon.png
    and BladefallBladefallSpell, AoE
    Radius: 12
    Mana Cost: (13 to 26)
    Cast Time: 0.80 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 90%
    Requires Level 28Ethereal 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
    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
    to target a blocked location then they will be now used on the nearest valid location.
2.1.0
  • Rain of Arrows has had its base damage increased by a flat 10% at every level. Its quality bonus has been changed back to Area of Effect radius, after being damage throughout 2.0.0. The mana cost has been reduced, from 9 to 7 at level one and from 12 to 11 at level 20.
2.0.0
  • Base damage increased from 75% to 100%.
  • Area of effect increased by 33% (from 18 to 24) across all levels, but no longer grants increased area of effect per gem level.
  • Now grants 1% increased damage per 1% quality instead of increased attack speed.
  • Rain of Arrows mana costs have been reduced.
0.11.1b
  • Fixed Rain of Arrows not getting projectile damage bonuses.
0.11.0
  • Fixed a bug where Rain of Arrows would treat missed targets as though they had
    entered the area during the delay and hit them anyway.
0.10.0
  • Is now a level 4 Skill (from 10).
  • Its area of effect has been increased by 20%.
  • The delay between firing and arrows hitting the ground has been reduced by 20%.
  • Its Area of Effect gain per level has been reduced.
  • Quality bonus has been changed from Area of Effect to Attack Speed.
  • Its damage effectiveness has been reduced slightly.
0.9.13e
0.9.12f
  • Fixed a newly introduced bug where Rain of Arrows would always get Critical Strikes.
0.9.7
  • Rain of Arrows is now affected by the Point Blank keystone passive.
0.9.5h
  • Fixed a bug where Rain of Arrows would deal damage twice when used by a Templar.
  • Fixed the damage prediction that Rain of Arrows uses.
0.9.5g
  • Rain of Arrows is now affected by increased Projectile speed.
    This reduces the delay before the arrows land.
  • Made the Faster Projectiles support gem work with Rain of Arrows.
0.9.4
  • Fixed rain of Arrows being incorrectly treated as a Projectile skill.
0.9.3b
  • Increased the rate that Rain of Arrows gains damage per level,
    but gave it a -20% damage penalty for being AoE.
0.9.3
  • Rain of Arrows has been added to the game.

References

  1. "Dexterity skills". Official Path of Exile website.