Vaal Pact

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Vaal Pact
Keystone Passive Skill
Vaal Pact passive icon.png
  • Life Leech applies instantly
  • Life Regeneration has no effect
My ancestral pact was sealed. Forevermore, I would gain sustenance only from the ravaged flesh of my enemies.

Vaal Pact is a keystone passive skill that grants instant life restoration from life leech. It also causes life regeneration to have no effect.

Comparison to standard behavior

Without Vaal Pact, life leech restores over time an amount of life, Mana or Energy Shield relative to the damage inflicted on an enemy. Vaal Pact has no effect on mana leech.


Leech is processed before reflect damage.[1] Therefore the order of operations is:

 Hit enemy -> Leech (Instantly) -> Reflect damage

Interaction with Zealot's Oath

The Zealot's Oath keystone causes life regeneration to restore energy shield instead of life. Because Vaal Pact causes life regeneration to have no effect, taking it along with Zealot's Oath will prevent the character from regenerating energy shield. It will not prevent energy shield from recharging as it normally does.


Vaal Pact is located on the right side of the tree, between Ranger and Shadow.

Class Distance from start
Duelist 17
Ranger 7
Marauder 21
Scion 11
Templar 21
Shadow 7
Witch 17

Version history

Version Changes
  • Vaal Pact no longer suppresses life recovery from flasks. It still prevents life regeneration and now also reduces your leech by 60%.
  • Vaal Pact now applies leech at full value.


  1. Mark_GGG (July 15, 2013). "Phys Reflect VS Vaal Pact: who wins?". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved November 17, 2015.