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Status ailment

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An elemental status ailment (or simply, status ailment) is a detrimental effect associated with an elemental damage type.

Status ailments are in many ways similar to debuffs, but are categorically different. The most notable mechanic that sets status ailments apart from debuffs is that critical strikes inherently have a 100% chance to inflict status ailments. Another subtle yet important distinction between status ailments and debuffs is that modifiers to skill effect duration do affect the duration of debuffs applied by skills, but not the duration of status ailments.[1]

List of status ailments

Icon Description
Ignite status icon.png Ignite is associated with fire and causes the affected target to burn, taking fire damage over time.
Chill status icon.png Chill is inherent to cold and applies a slow effect to the character, affecting the animation speed at which the character plays.
Freeze status icon.png Freeze is also associated with cold and prevents the affected target from taking actions.
Shock status icon.png Shock is associated with lightning and causes the affected target to take increased damage from all sources.

Mechanics

Any hit of cold damage has the potential to chill the target, as long the chill duration would result in lasting at least 300ms. A freeze will only occur if the chance to freeze was hit, and all conditions were met. This is the same for ignite and shock.

Ignite, freeze, and shock can be inflicted by critical strikes of their corresponding element. Certain effects and passives add a chance to apply a status ailment, which can be applied on non-critical strikes.

Elemental ground effects also apply elemental status ailments on units over them.

There is no inherent limit on the number of different status ailments a target can have at any given time.

Altering the default behaviour

There are few ways to change the default mechanics:

  • The unique changes which element can apply a particular status ailment.
  • Conflux makes all hits apply chill, shock and/or ignite based on damage dealt from all combined damage types.
  • Master Alchemist grants immunity to elemental status ailments during flask effect.
  • Avatar of the Veil grants immunity to elemental status ailments while phasing.

Proliferation

Elemental proliferation is a modifier that makes hits apply status ailment debuffs as auras to targets; these debuff auras have the same effects and durations as the original debuffs. Nearby enemies affected by these auras do not gain the auras, because only a target that has received a status ailment – as a result of being hit – can gain them. These auras are considered as status ailments, which means there can be more than one proliferation effect on the same target at the same time, but only the strongest one will present itself. The exception to this is if status ailments are allowed to stack, as is the case with Emberwake inventory icon.pngEmberwakeEmberwake
Ruby Ring
Requires Level 16+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance(15-25)% increased Fire Damage
(5-10)% increased Cast Speed
5% chance to Ignite
You can inflict up to 300 Ignites on an Enemy
Your Critical Strikes do not deal extra Damage
80% less Burning Damage
Leave the world in flames behind you.
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Modifiers to area of effect radius and damage will apply to status ailment auras. But if a skill cannot be supported by AoE gems (such as Increased Area of Effect Support inventory icon.pngIncreased Area of Effect SupportIncreased Area of Effect SupportSupport, AoE
Icon: E
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 38Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area Damage
Supported Skills have (30-49)% increased Area of EffectThis 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.
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and Concentrated Effect Support inventory icon.pngConcentrated Effect SupportConcentrated Effect SupportSupport, AoE
Icon: o
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 18Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area Damage
Supported Skills have 30% less Area of Effect
Supported Skills deal (35-54)% more Area 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.
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), proliferation effect will not benefit from them either.

Since status ailments (ignite, chill and shock) stay on corpses after death, debuff auras also stay and spread their effects to enemies around these corpses for the ailment's duration, or until the corpses are destroyed (e.g. shattered due to being frozen, detonated or raised).

Ground effects such as burning or chilling ground do not count as status ailments and therefore will not be proliferated.

Sources

Achievements

Name Description
Elemental Trinity
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Slay an enemy that is simultaneously Ignited, Shocked, and Frozen.

References

  1. Bex_GGG (December 21, 2015). "Recent Community Questions Answered!". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved February 27, 2017.