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Resistances reduce the damage you take from their associated damage type. Enemies can also have resistances, which are indicated beneath their life bar.

Each elemental damage type and chaos have their own resistance value (e.g. "fire resistance") which is viewable in the character sheet by pressing C and clicking on the Defense tab. Physical damage is reduced by damage reduction from armour.

There are various ways your resistances can be increased or decreased:

The "+% to All Elemental Resistances" stat grants resistance to the three elemental resistances and excludes Chaos; however, the "+% to all maximum Resistances" stat grants resistance to the three elemental Resistances and includes Chaos. Chaos resistance is a separate stat, found only on items and the passive skill tree. Complete chaos immunity is granted by the Chaos Inoculation.

Resistance penalties

There is a penalty to all resistances (including chaos) applied to your character in each successive difficulty you reach.

  • Normal: No penalty
  • Cruel: -20% to all resistances
  • Merciless: -60% to all resistances

Resistance caps

Resistances are initially capped at a maximum of 75%, however there are various ways to change this:

  • Uniques: Aegis AuroraAegis Aurora
    Champion Kite Shield
    Chance to Block: 32%
    Armour: (337 to 374)
    Energy Shield: (99 to 110)
    Requires Level 62, 85 Str, 85 Int(10 to 20)% increased Elemental Damage with Weapons
    (80 to 100)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
    +10% to all Elemental Resistances
    +5% to maximum Cold Resistance
    6% additional Block Chance
    Replenishes Energy Shield by 2% of Armour when you Block
    Born from the marriage of ice and sky, the aurora evokes both awe and power.
    , Agnerod SouthAgnerod South
    Imperial Staff
    Staff
    Physical Damage: 58–175
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.68%
    Attacks per Second: 1.00
    Requires Level 66, 158 Str, 113 Int12% Chance to Block+1 to Level of Socketed Lightning Gems
    +(80 to 120) to Intelligence
    (30 to 50)% increased Lightning Damage
    +5% to Maximum Lightning Resistance
    40% increased Strength Requirement
    Damage Penetrates 20% Lightning Resistance
    One for each corner of the great Vinktar Square.
    , Divination DistillateDivination Distillate
    Large Hybrid Flask
    Recovers 300 Life over 5 Seconds
    Recovers 140 Mana over 5 Seconds
    Consumes 20 of 40 Charges on use
    Requires Level 30(40 to 60)% increased Rarity of Items found during flask effect
    (12 to 18)% increased Quantity of Items found during flask effect
    25% increased Light Radius during flask effect
    +6% to all maximum Elemental Resistances during flask effect
    Knowledge is fermented in pain and loss
    Distilled with reflection
    To quench the thirst of those
    who dream of enlightenment
    Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
    , Immortal FleshImmortal Flesh
    Leather Belt
    Requires Level 50+(25 to 40) to Maximum Life+(75 to 100) to maximum Life
    (66.6 to 75.0) Life Regenerated per second
    (8.0 to 10.0) Mana Regenerated per second
    −5% to all maximum Resistances
    −(50 to 40) Physical Damage taken from Attacks
    40% increased Armour while not Ignited, Frozen or Shocked
    "She begged the Earth to spare her Son.
    Out of love the Earth agreed
    To the other Elements she did not speak
    And out of spite They plotted."
    - Berek and the Untamed
    , KaltenhaltKaltenhalt
    Painted Buckler
    Chance to Block: 29%
    Evasion: (152 to 190)
    Requires Level 16, 44 Dex(60 to 100)% increased Evasion Rating
    +5% to maximum Cold Resistance
    +50% to Cold Resistance
    Reflects (25 to 50) Cold Damage to Melee Attackers
    5% additional Block Chance
    Cold, miserable and alone... but alive.
    , The Rat CageThe Rat Cage
    Sharkskin Tunic
    Evasion: (798 to 877)
    Requires Level 56, 152 Dex(100 to 120)% increased Evasion Rating
    +(160 to 200) to maximum Life
    −5% to maximum Fire Resistance
    15% increased Movement Speed
    20% increased Fire Damage taken
    10% of Fire Damage taken as Physical Damage
    The truth lies inside every man, if you dig around.
    Many a confession was found in the bowels of Axiom.
    , Rise of the PhoenixRise of the Phoenix
    Mosaic Kite Shield
    Chance to Block: 24%
    Armour: (229 to 254)
    Energy Shield: (67 to 74)
    Requires Level 65, 85 Str, 85 Int+8% to all Elemental Resistances(80 to 100)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
    6.0 Life Regenerated per second
    +8% to maximum Fire Resistance
    +(20 to 25)% to Fire Resistance
    25% increased Fire Resistance while on Low Life
    10% increased Movement Speed when on Low Life
    Cannot be Ignited while on Low Life
    My bearer shall be guarded by flame, for I am the phoenix, forever radiant in glory.
    , Saffell's FrameSaffell's Frame
    Branded Kite Shield
    Chance to Block: 24%
    Armour: 194
    Energy Shield: 57
    Requires Level 59, 76 Str, 76 Int+4% to all Elemental Resistances(70 to 80)% of Block Chance applied to Spells
    (20 to 30)% increased Spell Damage
    +10% to all Elemental Resistances
    +4% to all maximum Resistances
    Cannot Block Attacks
    A swift mind solves problems before they occur
  • Auras: Purity of Fire, Purity of Ice, Purity of Lightning
  • Flasks: Ruby FlaskRuby FlaskLasts 3.5 Seconds
    Consumes 30 of 60 Charges on use
    +10% to maximum Fire Resistance
    +50% to Fire Resistance
    Requires Level 18Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
    , Sapphire FlaskSapphire FlaskLasts 3.5 Seconds
    Consumes 30 of 60 Charges on use
    +10% to maximum Cold Resistance
    +50% to Cold Resistance
    Requires Level 18Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
    , Topaz FlaskTopaz FlaskLasts 3.5 Seconds
    Consumes 30 of 60 Charges on use
    +10% to maximum Lightning Resistance
    +50% to Lightning Resistance
    Requires Level 18Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
  • Certain passive skills
  • The "of Exposure" affix on maps

Resistance penetration

Main article: Penetration

Penetration effectively lowers enemy resistance caps.[1]

Both curses and penetration gems can reduce the resistance of a target below 0%.

Theoretical maximum

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Fire Cold Lightning Chaos
Default 75% 75% 75% 75%
Fire/Lightning/Cold Resistance 1% 1% 1%
Chaos Inoculation 7 100%
Corrupted Armor 1% 1% 1%
Corrupted Amulet 1% 1% 1%
Purity of Fire 9 (5 to 8)%
Purity of Ice 9 (5 to 8)%
Purity of Lightning 9 (5 to 8)%
Ruby/Topaz/Sapphire Flask1 10% 10% 10%
Rise of the PhoenixRise of the Phoenix
Mosaic Kite Shield
Chance to Block: 24%
Armour: (229 to 254)
Energy Shield: (67 to 74)
Requires Level 65, 85 Str, 85 Int+8% to all Elemental Resistances(80 to 100)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
6.0 Life Regenerated per second
+8% to maximum Fire Resistance
+(20 to 25)% to Fire Resistance
25% increased Fire Resistance while on Low Life
10% increased Movement Speed when on Low Life
Cannot be Ignited while on Low Life
My bearer shall be guarded by flame, for I am the phoenix, forever radiant in glory.
2
8%
Aegis AuroraAegis Aurora
Champion Kite Shield
Chance to Block: 32%
Armour: (337 to 374)
Energy Shield: (99 to 110)
Requires Level 62, 85 Str, 85 Int(10 to 20)% increased Elemental Damage with Weapons
(80 to 100)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+10% to all Elemental Resistances
+5% to maximum Cold Resistance
6% additional Block Chance
Replenishes Energy Shield by 2% of Armour when you Block
Born from the marriage of ice and sky, the aurora evokes both awe and power.
2
5%
KaltenhaltKaltenhalt
Painted Buckler
Chance to Block: 29%
Evasion: (152 to 190)
Requires Level 16, 44 Dex(60 to 100)% increased Evasion Rating
+5% to maximum Cold Resistance
+50% to Cold Resistance
Reflects (25 to 50) Cold Damage to Melee Attackers
5% additional Block Chance
Cold, miserable and alone... but alive.
2
5%
Saffell's FrameSaffell's Frame
Branded Kite Shield
Chance to Block: 24%
Armour: 194
Energy Shield: 57
Requires Level 59, 76 Str, 76 Int+4% to all Elemental Resistances(70 to 80)% of Block Chance applied to Spells
(20 to 30)% increased Spell Damage
+10% to all Elemental Resistances
+4% to all maximum Resistances
Cannot Block Attacks
A swift mind solves problems before they occur
2,6
4% 4% 4% 4%
Divination DistillateDivination Distillate
Large Hybrid Flask
Recovers 300 Life over 5 Seconds
Recovers 140 Mana over 5 Seconds
Consumes 20 of 40 Charges on use
Requires Level 30(40 to 60)% increased Rarity of Items found during flask effect
(12 to 18)% increased Quantity of Items found during flask effect
25% increased Light Radius during flask effect
+6% to all maximum Elemental Resistances during flask effect
Knowledge is fermented in pain and loss
Distilled with reflection
To quench the thirst of those
who dream of enlightenment
Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
3
6% 6% 6%
Flask Effect applied to resistance flasks4 +3% +3% +3%
Flask Effect applied to Divination Distillate4 +1.8% +1.8% +1.8%
Aura Effect applied to aura 5 3.3% 3.3% 3.3%
Buff Effect applied to aura 5 1.3% 1.3% 1.3%
Total 8 (116.4 to 119.4)% (113.4 to 116.4)% (112.4 to 115.4)% 79% (or 100%)

1 Flasks last between 3.5 and 4.2 seconds.

2 Only one shield can be equipped.

3 Lasts 5 seconds.

4 Inner Force does not apply to flask effects while Flask Effect does.[2] Inner Force (increased buff effect) and increased Aura Effect stack together additively.

5 All passives added up including notables with the same effect.

6 Current Drops have +4% to all maximum Resistance. Legacy items have +5% to all maximum Resistance.

7 With this Keystone Passive total chaos resistance is 100%.

8 Can't be higher than 100%.

9 From any passives to all passives 'increased effects of Auras you cast'.

Passive skills

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All Elemental

Basic Passives for all Elemental Resistance include:

Notable Passives for all Elemental Resistance include:

Name Bonuses
Diamond Skin
  • +15% to all Elemental Resistances
Faith and Steel
  • 20% increased Armour
  • 10% increased maximum Energy Shield
  • +8% to all Elemental Resistances
Nullification
  • 10% increased Evasion Rating
  • 10% increased maximum Energy Shield
  • 10% faster start of Energy Shield Recharge
  • +8% to all Elemental Resistances
Void Barrier
  • 10% increased Evasion Rating
  • 10% increased maximum Energy Shield
  • 10% faster start of Energy Shield Recharge
  • +8% to all Elemental Resistances
Sentinel
  • 24% increased Evasion Rating and Armour
  • +10% to all Elemental Resistances
Elementalist
  • 12% increased Elemental Resistances.
  • 10% increased Elemental Damage.
  • 5% chance to Freeze, Shock, and Ignite
Cloth and Chain
  • 24% increased Evasion Rating and Armour
  • +12% to all Elemental Resistances
Cruel Preparation
  • 10% increased maximum Life
  • +5% to all Elemental Resistances
Sanctuary
  • 3% additional Chance to Block with Shields
  • +12% Elemental Resistances while holding a Shield
Survivalist
  • +24% increased Evasion Rating
  • +8% to all Elemental Resistances
  • +1% to maximum Cold Resistance
Weathered Hunter
  • 20% increased Accuracy Rating
  • +8% to all Elemental Resistances
  • +20 to Dexterity

Additionally, choosing to help Kraityn during the Act 2 quest Deal with the Bandits in Normal difficulty grants a permanent +10% to all elemental resistances.

Fire, Cold, Lightning

Each of the three elements has the same set of passives:

Name Bonuses
Fire Walker
  • 18% increased Fire Damage
  • +15% to Fire Resistance
Frost Walker
  • 18% increased Cold Damage
  • +15% to Cold Resistance
Lightning Walker
  • 18% increased Lightning Damage
  • +15% to Lightning Resistance

This gives a total of +123% to each elemental resistance.

Chaos

Name Bonuses
Life and Chaos Resistance
  • 4% increased maximum Life
  • +4% to Chaos Resistance
Purity of Flesh
  • 8% increased maximum Life
  • +8% to Chaos Resistance
  • +10 to Strength
Chaos Resistance and Chaos Damage
  • 5% increased Chaos Damage
  • +3% to Chaos Resistance
Chaos Resistance
  • +7% to Chaos Resistance

This gives a total of +33% to chaos resistance.

Name Bonuses
Chaos Inoculation
  • Maximum Life becomes 1
  • Immune to Chaos Damage

Gives you 100% chaos resistance, does not stack with the above.

Maximum resistance

Name Bonuses
Barbarism
  • 6% increased maximum Life
  • +1% to maximum Fire Resistance
  • +8% to Fire Resistance
Survivalist
  • +24% increased Evasion Rating
  • +8% to all Elemental Resistances
  • +1% to maximum Cold Resistance
Unnatural Calm
  • 18% increased maximum Energy Shield
  • 15% increased Energy Shield Recharge Rate
  • +1% to maximum Lightning Resistance

Achievements

Name Description
Elemental Aegis
Elemental Aegis achievement icon.jpg
Have at least 75% resistances to Fire, Cold and Lightning.
Raise the Bar
Raise the Bar achievement icon.jpg
Have at least 90% resistance to any Element.

References

  1. Mark_GGG (December 11, 2012). "Penetration gems mess up balance between ele/physical". Path of Exile Forum.
  2. Mark_GGG (November 6, 2013). "Flask Effect, Inner Force, and Buff Effect passive nodes questions.". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved November 28, 2013.