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Blocking is a means of preventing damage from enemy attacks by fending with a shield, staff or dual wielded weapons after Evasion and Dodge has failed. The base chance to block when using a shield (22 to 33%) or a staff (12 to 18%) is determined by the base item type. When dual wielding, the base chance to block is 15% no matter which weapons are used. Usually only attacks can be blocked, but there are passives and unique items that apply a percentage of block chance to spells. The chance to block attacks and spells are both capped at 75%.

Mechanics

Blocking an attack prevents all damage and harmful effects including status ailments. Reflected damage can be blocked[1]; however, blocking reflected damage will not trigger on-block effects.

Block has the following stats:

The maximum block chance cap applies to both attacks and spells. However, certain unique items and Ascendancy class skills can raise or lower the maximum block chance.

Additional block chance can be gained from passive skills, items, and the Tempest ShieldTempest ShieldSpell, Lightning, Chaining, Duration
Mana Cost: (17-21)
Cast Time: 0.25 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 60%
Requires Level 16Enchants your shield with the power of storms, which lashes out to deal arcing lightning damage to attackers when you block them. Blocking refreshes the duration of Tempest Shield.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Lightning Damage
Deals (24-284) to (36-426) Lightning Damage
Additional 3% Shield Block Chance
Chains +1 Times
Base duration is 12 seconds
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Tempest Shield skill icon.png
skill. Attack block and spell block chance are often granted separately, with attack block being more common.

The Gladiator Ascendancy skill Versatile Combatant changes your spell block to be equal to your attack block chance instead.

The attack must be a hit in order to be blocked. Therefore, block does not work against damage over time.

Block duration

When an attack is blocked, the game also calculates if the attack would have caused a stun were it not blocked. If it would have caused a stun, the blocking animation is played, stunning you briefly. If it would not have caused a stun, then you get a "free" block with no animation. Faster Block and Stun Recovery and Increased Block Recovery modifiers reduce the length of the blocking animation.

The following formula is the complete calculation for the duration of the blocking animation (in milliseconds). If you cannot be stunned, the block animation will never play.


 \pagecolor[RGB]{15,15,15} \color[RGB]{163,141,109} \begin{align}
\text{Block Duration} & = { {350}\over{1 + \text{Block and Stun Recovery} + \text{Block Recovery} } }
\end{align}

Status ailments have no affect on your block chance, but being frozen will prevent the block animation from playing if it otherwise would, and chilled will make it take longer to play (since those two work by decreasing the speed at which your character plays animations).

On hit effects from skills like Glacial HammerGlacial HammerAttack, Melee, Cold
Mana Cost: 5
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (140%-182%)
Hits the enemy, converting some of your physical damage to cold damage. If the enemy is frozen and is on less than one third life, they will shatter when hit by Glacial Hammer. Requires a Mace or Staff.Per 1% Quality:
2% increased Chill Duration on enemies
1% increased Freeze Duration on enemies
Deals (140-181.8)% of Base Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
25% chance to Freeze enemies
35% increased Chill Duration on enemies
(10-29)% increased Effect of Chill
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Glacial Hammer skill icon.png
and Viper StrikeViper StrikeAttack, Duration, Melee, Chaos
Mana Cost: 5
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (115%-142%)
Hits the enemy, adding some of your physical damage as chaos damage and applying poison. Requires a claw, dagger or sword.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
Deals (115-141.6)% of Base Damage
25% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
60% chance to Poison on Hit
Base duration is 4 seconds
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Viper Strike skill icon.png
will still apply because block doesn't prevent a successful hit. However, skill effects based on damage like PuncturePunctureAttack, Duration, Melee, Bow
Mana Cost: 6
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 4Punctures the target, causing a bleeding debuff, which will be affected by modifiers to skill duration. Puncture works with bows, daggers, claws or swords.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Skill Effect Duration
Deals (100-122.8)% of Base Damage
Base duration is 8 seconds
Causes Bleeding
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Puncture skill icon.png
are essentially blocked.[2]

Block Chance against Projectiles

Any modifier that has X% additional Block Chance against Projectiles will apply to projectile attacks and can be made to also apply to projectile spells with the appropriate X% of Block Chance applied to Spells statistics.

Reducing Block chance

Block chance can be reduced with modifiers such as #% reduced Enemy Block Chance and the gem Block Chance Reduction SupportBlock Chance Reduction SupportSupport
Icon: B
Requires Level 18Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.25% reduced Enemy Block Chance
Supported Skills have (20-30)% reduced Enemy Block Chance
Enemies have (20-29)% reduced chance to Dodge Hits from 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.
.

Miscellaneous

The Brine King Major Pantheon power provides the unique modifier You cannot be Stunned if you've been Stunned or Blocked a Stunning Hit in the past 2 seconds. The Soul of the Brine King can be upgraded with the soul of The Eroding One in Cavern Map to grant an additional 30% increased Stun and Block Recovery.

Modifiers on Items

All shields

Modifier Name Modifier Effect Item Level Affix Type
of Intercepting +1% to +3% Chance to Block 10 Suffix
of Intercepting (Haku's) +2% to +3% Chance to Block 30 Suffix
of Walling +4% to +6% Chance to Block 58 Suffix
Wailing Essence of Loathing +1% to +2% Chance to Block Suffix
Screaming Essence of Loathing +3% to +4% Chance to Block Suffix
Shrieking Essence of Loathing +5% to +6% Chance to Block Suffix
Deafening Essence of Loathing +7% to +8% Chance to Block Suffix

Pure Armour Shields Only

Modifier Name Modifier Effect Item Level Affix Type
Reliable 25% to 30% increased Armour and +2% Chance to Block 45 Prefix
Unfailing 31% to 36% increased Armour and +3% Chance to Block 78 Prefix

Intelligence Shields

Modifier Name Modifier Effect Item Level Affix Type
of Redirection 4 to 12 Mana gained when you Block 15 Suffix
of Transformation 13 to 21 Mana gained when you Block 32 Suffix
of Conservation 22 to 30 Mana gained when you Block 58 Suffix
of Utilisation 31 to 39 Mana gained when you Block 75 Suffix
of the Barrier +1% to 3% Chance to Block Spells 30 Suffix
of the Bulwark +4% to 6% Chance to Block Spells 60 Suffix

Strength Shields

Modifier Name Modifier Effect Item Level Affix Type
of Deflection 1% to 2% additional Block Chance against Projectiles 8 Suffix
of Protection 3% to 4% additional Block Chance against Projectiles 19 Suffix
of Cover 5% to 6% additional Block Chance against Projectiles 30 Suffix
of Asylum 7% to 8% additional Block Chance against Projectiles 55 Suffix
of Refuge 9% to 10% additional Block Chance against Projectiles 70 Suffix
of Sanctuary 11% to 12% additional Block Chance against Projectiles 81 Suffix
of Repairing 5 to 15 Life gained when you Block 11 Suffix
of Resurgence 16 to 25 Life gained when you Block 22 Suffix
of Renewal 26 to 40 Life gained when you Block 36 Suffix
of Revival 41 to 60 Life gained when you Block 48 Suffix
of Rebounding 61 to 85 Life gained when you Block 60 Suffix
of Revitalization 86 to 100 Life gained when you Block 75 Suffix

Stun and Block Recovery

Essence-exclusive mods

Essence Name Modifier Effect Affix Type
Essence of Delirium Shield: Recover 2% of your maximum Mana when you Block Suffix
Essence of Horror Shield: Chill nearby Enemies for 1 second on Block Suffix
Essence of Hysteria Shield: Adds 40 to 80 Fire Damage if you've Blocked Recently Suffix
Essence of Insanity Shield: 10% chance to gain a Power Charge on Block Suffix

Active skill gems

Related base stats

The following active skill gems have stats related to block:

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
RiposteRiposteTrigger, Attack, Melee
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 0.80 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 4Perform a deadly counter-attack when you block. Uses both weapons while you're dual wielding.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Damage
Deals (100-138)% of Base Damage
Trigger this Skill when you Block
You cannot use this Attack directly
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Riposte skill icon.png
N/AyesN/A4
Bone OfferingBone OfferingMinion, Spell, Duration
Mana Cost: (16-33)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 12Consumes a corpse, granting all of your minions the power to block both attacks and spells. The skill consumes other nearby corpses, increasing the duration for each corpse consumed.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Skill Effect Duration
Base duration is 3 seconds
Grants Minions +(25-35)% Chance to Block Attacks
Grants Minions +(25-34)% Chance to Block Spells
Additional 0.5 seconds Base Duration per extra Corpse consumed
Minions recover (11-594) Life when they Block
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Bone Offering skill icon.png
N/AN/Ayes12
Tempest ShieldTempest ShieldSpell, Lightning, Chaining, Duration
Mana Cost: (17-21)
Cast Time: 0.25 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 60%
Requires Level 16Enchants your shield with the power of storms, which lashes out to deal arcing lightning damage to attackers when you block them. Blocking refreshes the duration of Tempest Shield.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Lightning Damage
Deals (24-284) to (36-426) Lightning Damage
Additional 3% Shield Block Chance
Chains +1 Times
Base duration is 12 seconds
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Tempest Shield skill icon.png
yesN/Ayes16
ReckoningReckoningTrigger, Attack, AoE, Melee
Can store 1 use(s)
Cooldown Time: 0.40 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (70%-108%)
Requires Level 4Perform a swift counter-attack against enemies in a cone shape when you block with your shield.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (70-108)% of Base Damage
Trigger this Skill when you Block
You cannot use this Attack directly
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Reckoning skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A4

Related quality stats

The following active skill gems have quality stats related to block:

Currently, there are no active skill gems that have quality stats related to block.

Support skill gems

Related base stats

The following support skill gems have stats related to block:

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Block Chance Reduction SupportBlock Chance Reduction SupportSupport
Icon: B
Requires Level 18Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.25% reduced Enemy Block Chance
Supported Skills have (20-30)% reduced Enemy Block Chance
Enemies have (20-29)% reduced chance to Dodge Hits from 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.
N/Ayesyes18

Related quality stats

The following active skill gems have quality stats related to block:

Currently, there are no active skill gems that have quality stats related to block.

Related Unique Items

A number of unique items give bonuses to block, either by directly granting additional block chance, or indirectly by enhancing it in various ways. Note: Only unique items with explicit block-related mods are listed here. Of course, all shields and staffs have implicit chance to block and they also apply on uniques, but they are not shown here.

Additional Block Chance

ItemLvl.Stats
Reckless Defence
Reckless Defence
Cobalt Jewel
(2-4)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
+(2-4)% Chance to Block Attack Damage
(7-10)% additional Chance to receive a Critical Strike
There's no motivation for genius
quite like desperation.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
1(2-4)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
+(2-4)% Chance to Block Attack Damage
(7-10)% additional Chance to receive a Critical Strike
Gifts from Above
Gifts from Above
Diamond Ring
Requires Level 28(20-30)% increased Global Critical Strike ChanceTrigger Level 10 Consecrate when you deal a Critical Strike
(30-35)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
(10-15)% increased Light Radius
(40-50)% increased Rarity of Items Dropped by Enemies killed with a Critical Strike
50% increased Damage while on Consecrated Ground
5% additional Block Chance while on Consecrated Ground
God blesses those who bless themselves.
28(20-30)% increased Global Critical Strike ChanceTrigger Level 10 Consecrate when you deal a Critical Strike
(30-35)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
(10-15)% increased Light Radius
(40-50)% increased Rarity of Items Dropped by Enemies killed with a Critical Strike
50% increased Damage while on Consecrated Ground
5% additional Block Chance while on Consecrated Ground
Atziri's Mirror
Atziri's Mirror
Golden Buckler
Quality: +20%
Chance to Block: 25%
Evasion: (930-992)
Requires Level 54, 130 Dex3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
6% increased Movement Speed
+(40-60) to Intelligence
(180-200)% increased Evasion Rating
+(20-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
50% reduced Duration of Curses on you
Curse Reflection
+10% Chance to Block Attack Damage while not Cursed
+20% Chance to Block Spell Damage while Cursed
"As long as I see death in my mirror, so will Wraeclast."
- Atziri, Queen of the Vaal
543% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
6% increased Movement Speed+(40-60) to Intelligence
(180-200)% increased Evasion Rating
+(20-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
50% reduced Duration of Curses on you
Curse Reflection
+10% Chance to Block Attack Damage while not Cursed
+20% Chance to Block Spell Damage while Cursed
Craiceann's Chitin
Craiceann's Chitin
Magistrate Crown
Quality: +20%
Armour: (416-480)
Energy Shield: (80-93)
Requires Level 58, 64 Str, 64 Int(4-6)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
(140-180)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
(4-7)% increased maximum Life
Cannot lose Crab Barriers if you have lost Crab Barriers Recently
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while you have at least 5 Crab Barriers
+5% Chance to Block Attack Damage while you have at least 10 Crab Barriers
When the rains come, we cower beneath shelter.
The First of the Deep teaches us
that we should seek no shelter but ourselves.
58(4-6)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
(140-180)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
(4-7)% increased maximum Life
Cannot lose Crab Barriers if you have lost Crab Barriers Recently
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while you have at least 5 Crab Barriers
+5% Chance to Block Attack Damage while you have at least 10 Crab Barriers

Additional Block Chance while Dual Wielding

ItemLvl.Stats
Ungil's Gauche
Ungil's Gauche
Boot Knife
Dagger
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (18-19.8)(70-77)
Elemental Damage: 3–30
Critical Strike Chance: 6.30%
Attacks per Second: 1.54
Weapon Range: 8
Requires Level 20, 31 Dex, 45 Int30% increased Global Critical Strike Chance+12% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
(80-100)% increased Physical Damage
+(10-20) to Dexterity
Adds 3 to 30 Lightning Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
50% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Unwieldy and garish became graceful
and deadly in Ungil's nimble hands.
2030% increased Global Critical Strike Chance+12% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
(80-100)% increased Physical Damage
+(10-20) to Dexterity
Adds 3 to 30 Lightning Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
50% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Prismatic Eclipse
Prismatic Eclipse
Twilight Blade
One Handed Sword
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (60-72)(140.4-151.2)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.30
Weapon Range: 9
Requires Level 53, 91 Str, 91 Dex40% increased Global Accuracy Rating+8% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Adds (20-30) to (31-40) Physical Damage
25% increased Global Physical Damage with Weapons per Red Socket
12% increased Global Attack Speed per Green Socket
0.4% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana per Blue Socket
+2 to Melee Weapon Range per White Socket
"A raging Solaris seared and contorted the orb's surface.
A despairing Lunaris filled the scars with her tears.
Yet Viridi remained, trapped within, forever more."
- Azmerian Creation Myth
5340% increased Global Accuracy Rating+8% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Adds (20-30) to (31-40) Physical Damage
25% increased Global Physical Damage with Weapons per Red Socket
12% increased Global Attack Speed per Green Socket
0.4% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana per Blue Socket
+2 to Melee Weapon Range per White Socket
Wings of Entropy
Wings of Entropy
Sundering Axe
Two Handed Axe
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (136.4-148.8)(281.6-307.2)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.25
Weapon Range: 11
Requires Level 60, 149 Str, 76 Dex7.5% Chance to Block Spell Damage
+8% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
(100-120)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (55-65) to (100-120) Fire Damage in Main Hand
Adds (55-65) to (100-120) Chaos Damage in Off Hand
Counts as Dual Wielding
Fire and Anarchy are the most reliable agents of change.
607.5% Chance to Block Spell Damage
+8% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
(100-120)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (55-65) to (100-120) Fire Damage in Main Hand
Adds (55-65) to (100-120) Chaos Damage in Off Hand
Counts as Dual Wielding
Mark of the Doubting Knight
Mark of the Doubting Knight
Platinum Kris
Dagger
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (88.8-93.6)(351.5-370.5)
Critical Strike Chance: 6.50%
Attacks per Second: 1.08
Weapon Range: 8
Requires Level 64, 76 Dex, 149 Int50% increased Global Critical Strike Chance+5% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
(250-270)% increased Physical Damage
10% reduced Attack Speed
+(6-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
50% chance to Cause Bleeding on Critical Strike
50% chance to Cause Poison on Critical Strike
Nothing is pure.
Slice open the Innocent
And spill a thousand Sins.
6450% increased Global Critical Strike Chance+5% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
(250-270)% increased Physical Damage
10% reduced Attack Speed
+(6-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
50% chance to Cause Bleeding on Critical Strike
50% chance to Cause Poison on Critical Strike
Essentia Sanguis
Essentia Sanguis
Vaal Claw
Claw
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (75.4-87)(197.6-228)
Elemental Damage: 1–200
Critical Strike Chance: 6.50%
Attacks per Second: (1.56-1.69)
Weapon Range: 9
Requires Level 66, 95 Dex, 131 Int2% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life+8% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding Claws
(140-180)% increased Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 200 Lightning Damage
(20-30)% increased Attack Speed
+(30-40) to maximum Energy Shield
Life Leech is applied to Energy Shield instead
The darkest clouds clashed and coupled,
giving birth to four lightning children of hate.
662% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life+8% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding Claws
(140-180)% increased Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 200 Lightning Damage
(20-30)% increased Attack Speed
+(30-40) to maximum Energy Shield
Life Leech is applied to Energy Shield instead
Rigwald's Command
Rigwald's Command
Midnight Blade
One Handed Sword
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (114-138)(298.8-334.8)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.30
Weapon Range: 9
Requires Level 68, 113 Str, 113 Dex40% increased Global Accuracy Rating+10% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Adds (60-80) to (150-180) Physical Damage
80% increased Physical Damage with Axes
+(350-400) to Accuracy Rating
15% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge on Kill
Fear not death. Turn to him, face him.
And smile as he sinks his teeth
into the throats of our oppressors.
6840% increased Global Accuracy Rating+10% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Adds (60-80) to (150-180) Physical Damage
80% increased Physical Damage with Axes
+(350-400) to Accuracy Rating
15% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge on Kill

Additional Spell Block Chance

ItemLvl.Stats
Reckless Defence
Reckless Defence
Cobalt Jewel
(2-4)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
+(2-4)% Chance to Block Attack Damage
(7-10)% additional Chance to receive a Critical Strike
There's no motivation for genius
quite like desperation.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
1(2-4)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
+(2-4)% Chance to Block Attack Damage
(7-10)% additional Chance to receive a Critical Strike
Stone of Lazhwar
Stone of Lazhwar
Lapis Amulet
Requires Level 5+(20-30) to Intelligence(12-15)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
(10-15)% increased Cast Speed
+(30-50) to maximum Mana
You are slow, foolish and ignorant.
I am not.
5+(20-30) to Intelligence(12-15)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
(10-15)% increased Cast Speed
+(30-50) to maximum Mana
Rearguard
Rearguard
Broadhead Arrow Quiver
Requires Level 28Adds 6 to 12 Physical Damage to Bow Attacks+(400-450) to Armour
(20-30)% increased Projectile Speed
50% increased Stun and Block Recovery
(15-20)% increased Projectile Damage
(20-24)% Chance to Block Attack Damage
(12-15)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
"It's a rare man that has eyes in the back of his head."
- Kiravi, Vaal Archer
28Adds 6 to 12 Physical Damage to Bow Attacks+(400-450) to Armour
(20-30)% increased Projectile Speed
50% increased Stun and Block Recovery
(15-20)% increased Projectile Damage
(20-24)% Chance to Block Attack Damage
(12-15)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
Sentari's Answer
Sentari's Answer
Brass Spirit Shield
Quality: +20%
Chance to Block: 30%
Energy Shield: 39
Requires Level 33, 82 Int3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)10% Chance to Block Spell Damage
+(20-30) to Intelligence
(4-8)% increased Quantity of Items found
+5% Chance to Block
Applies Level 15 Punishment on Blocking a Melee Attack, ignoring Curse Limit
Applies Level 15 Temporal Chains on Blocking a Projectile Attack, ignoring Curse Limit
Applies Level 15 Elemental Weakness on Blocking a Spell, ignoring Curse Limit
Open your eyes and you will see the cracks in your enemy's walls.
Open your mind and you will see the cracks in your enemy's plans.
333% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)10% Chance to Block Spell Damage
+(20-30) to Intelligence
(4-8)% increased Quantity of Items found
+5% Chance to Block
Applies Level 15 Punishment on Blocking a Melee Attack, ignoring Curse Limit
Applies Level 15 Temporal Chains on Blocking a Projectile Attack, ignoring Curse Limit
Applies Level 15 Elemental Weakness on Blocking a Spell, ignoring Curse Limit
Great Old One's Ward
Great Old One's Ward
Corrugated Buckler
Quality: +20%
Chance to Block: 27%
Evasion: 226
Requires Level 46, 112 Dex3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
3% increased Movement Speed
Adds (8-12) to (15-20) Physical Damage to Attacks
(6-10)% increased Attack Speed
+(50-70) to maximum Life
(8-12)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
The horrors we've encountered are nothing
compared to the horrors we haven't.
463% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
3% increased Movement SpeedAdds (8-12) to (15-20) Physical Damage to Attacks
(6-10)% increased Attack Speed
+(50-70) to maximum Life
(8-12)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
Rainbowstride
Rainbowstride
Conjurer Boots
Quality: +20%
Energy Shield: (88-102)
Requires Level 53, 94 Int(4-6)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
+(40-60) to maximum Mana
(140-180)% increased Energy Shield
+20% to all Elemental Resistances
25% increased Movement Speed
"They say that you should take life's troubles in your stride.
Some men have a longer stride than others."
- Gaius Sentari
53(4-6)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
+(40-60) to maximum Mana
(140-180)% increased Energy Shield
+20% to all Elemental Resistances
25% increased Movement Speed
Craiceann's Chitin
Craiceann's Chitin
Magistrate Crown
Quality: +20%
Armour: (416-480)
Energy Shield: (80-93)
Requires Level 58, 64 Str, 64 Int(4-6)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
(140-180)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
(4-7)% increased maximum Life
Cannot lose Crab Barriers if you have lost Crab Barriers Recently
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while you have at least 5 Crab Barriers
+5% Chance to Block Attack Damage while you have at least 10 Crab Barriers
When the rains come, we cower beneath shelter.
The First of the Deep teaches us
that we should seek no shelter but ourselves.
58(4-6)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
(140-180)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
(4-7)% increased maximum Life
Cannot lose Crab Barriers if you have lost Crab Barriers Recently
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while you have at least 5 Crab Barriers
+5% Chance to Block Attack Damage while you have at least 10 Crab Barriers
Saffell's Frame
Saffell's Frame
Branded Kite Shield
Quality: +20%
Chance to Block: 24%
Armour: 223
Energy Shield: 43
Requires Level 59, 76 Str, 76 Int3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+4% to all Elemental Resistances
(15-20)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
(20-30)% increased Spell Damage
+10% to all Elemental Resistances
+4% to all maximum Resistances
Cannot Block Attacks
A swift mind solves problems before they occur.
593% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+4% to all Elemental Resistances(15-20)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
(20-30)% increased Spell Damage
+10% to all Elemental Resistances
+4% to all maximum Resistances
Cannot Block Attacks
Rathpith Globe
Rathpith Globe
Titanium Spirit Shield
Quality: +20%
Chance to Block: 25%
Energy Shield: (153-179)
Requires Level 68, 159 Int3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)(10-15)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
(40-60)% increased Spell Damage
10% increased maximum Life
(120-160)% increased Energy Shield
+25% to Lightning Resistance
The Vaal emptied their slaves of beating hearts,
and left a mountain of twitching dead.
683% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)(10-15)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
(40-60)% increased Spell Damage
10% increased maximum Life
(120-160)% increased Energy Shield
+25% to Lightning Resistance

% of Block Chance applied to Spells

ItemLvl.Stats

Maximum Block Chance

ItemLvl.Stats
The Anvil
The Anvil
Amber Amulet
Requires Level 45+(20-30) to Strength10% reduced Attack Speed
10% reduced Cast Speed
+(400-500) to Armour
+(34-48) Life gained when you Block
+(18-24) Mana gained when you Block
+3% to maximum Chance to Block Attack Damage
8% Chance to Block Attack Damage
Reflects 240 to 300 Physical Damage to Attackers on Block
Forge your Perseverance on the Anvil of Faith.
45+(20-30) to Strength10% reduced Attack Speed
10% reduced Cast Speed
+(400-500) to Armour
+(34-48) Life gained when you Block
+(18-24) Mana gained when you Block
+3% to maximum Chance to Block Attack Damage
8% Chance to Block Attack Damage
Reflects 240 to 300 Physical Damage to Attackers on Block
Ahn's Heritage
Ahn's Heritage
Colossal Tower Shield
Quality: +20%
Chance to Block: 29%
Armour: (1074-1390)
Requires Level 67, 159 Str3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+(10-20) to maximum Life
(50-100)% increased Armour
+(60-80) to maximum Life
-1 to Maximum Endurance Charges
-10% to maximum Chance to Block Attack Damage
+6% Chance to Block
+3% to all maximum Resistances while you have no Endurance Charges
You have Onslaught while at maximum Endurance Charges
"It's not Karui, Azmeri or even Vaal in origin,
but one thing is certain. It is very, very old."
- Icius Perandus, Antiquities Collection, Item 46
673% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+(10-20) to maximum Life(50-100)% increased Armour
+(60-80) to maximum Life
-1 to Maximum Endurance Charges
-10% to maximum Chance to Block Attack Damage
+6% Chance to Block
+3% to all maximum Resistances while you have no Endurance Charges
You have Onslaught while at maximum Endurance Charges

ES/Life/Mana gained on Block

ItemLvl.Stats
The Anvil
The Anvil
Amber Amulet
Requires Level 45+(20-30) to Strength10% reduced Attack Speed
10% reduced Cast Speed
+(400-500) to Armour
+(34-48) Life gained when you Block
+(18-24) Mana gained when you Block
+3% to maximum Chance to Block Attack Damage
8% Chance to Block Attack Damage
Reflects 240 to 300 Physical Damage to Attackers on Block
Forge your Perseverance on the Anvil of Faith.
45+(20-30) to Strength10% reduced Attack Speed
10% reduced Cast Speed
+(400-500) to Armour
+(34-48) Life gained when you Block
+(18-24) Mana gained when you Block
+3% to maximum Chance to Block Attack Damage
8% Chance to Block Attack Damage
Reflects 240 to 300 Physical Damage to Attackers on Block
Aegis Aurora
Aegis Aurora
Champion Kite Shield
Quality: +20%
Chance to Block: 32%
Armour: (430-473)
Energy Shield: (84-92)
Requires Level 62, 85 Str, 85 Int3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)(10-20)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
(80-100)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+10% to all Elemental Resistances
+5% to maximum Cold Resistance
+6% Chance to Block
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.
623% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)(10-20)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
(80-100)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+10% to all Elemental Resistances
+5% to maximum Cold Resistance
+6% Chance to Block
Replenishes Energy Shield by 2% of Armour when you Block
The Unshattered Will
The Unshattered Will
Archon Kite Shield
Quality: +20%
Chance to Block: 27%
Armour: 187
Energy Shield: 36
Requires Level 68, 85 Str, 85 Int3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+12% to all Elemental Resistances
Grants Summon Harbinger of Focus Skill
+(60-80) to maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
+(30-50) Mana gained when you Block
+5% Chance to Block
(50-70)% increased Damage with Channelling Skills
683% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+12% to all Elemental ResistancesGrants Summon Harbinger of Focus Skill
+(60-80) to maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
+(30-50) Mana gained when you Block
+5% Chance to Block
(50-70)% increased Damage with Channelling Skills

ES/Life/Mana recovered on Block

ItemLvl.Stats
The Surrender
The Surrender
Ezomyte Tower Shield
Quality: +20%
Chance to Block: 30%
Armour: (1305-1513)
Requires Level 64, 159 Str3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+(30-40) to maximum Life
Grants Level 30 Reckoning Skill
(130-170)% increased Armour
+(65-80) to maximum Life
Recover 250 Life when you Block
+6% Chance to Block
+1500 Armour if you've Blocked Recently
Our hearts cry out
but are silenced by our flesh
and so we give up our flesh.
643% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+(30-40) to maximum LifeGrants Level 30 Reckoning Skill
(130-170)% increased Armour
+(65-80) to maximum Life
Recover 250 Life when you Block
+6% Chance to Block
+1500 Armour if you've Blocked Recently

Block during flask effect

ItemLvl.Stats
Rumi's Concoction
Rumi's Concoction
Granite Flask
Lasts 4.00 Seconds
Consumes 30 of 60 Charges on use
+3000 to Armour
Requires Level 68+(14-20)% Chance to Block Attack Damage during Flask effect
+(6-10)% Chance to Block Spell Damage during Flask effect
"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself."
-Rumi of the Vaal
Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
68+(14-20)% Chance to Block Attack Damage during Flask effect
+(6-10)% Chance to Block Spell Damage during Flask effect

Minion Block

ItemLvl.Stats
Fortified Legion
Fortified Legion
Cobalt Jewel
Limited to: 1Minions have (5-15)% increased maximum Life
Minions Recover 2% of their Maximum Life when they Block
When you throw iron weapons against an iron wall
you only make the wall grow thicker.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
1Minions have (5-15)% increased maximum Life
Minions Recover 2% of their Maximum Life when they Block
Skullhead
Skullhead
Secutor Helm
Quality: +20%
Armour: (176-196)
Evasion: (176-196)
Requires Level 36, 42 Str, 42 Dex(60-80)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(50-70) to maximum Mana
+(10-20)% to all Elemental Resistances
Minions have 10% Chance to Block
Minions have +(300-350) to Armour
Minions Regenerate 2% Life per second
All that was left of the Iron King was his bleached skull.
Yet it was all the Iron King needed.
36(60-80)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(50-70) to maximum Mana
+(10-20)% to all Elemental Resistances
Minions have 10% Chance to Block
Minions have +(300-350) to Armour
Minions Regenerate 2% Life per second

Miscellaneous

Passive skills

There are passive skills that grant blocking bonuses.

Chance to block with shields

These passive skills grant additional chance to block with a shield equipped.

NameStats
Block Chance and Physical Attack Damage with Shield
ShieldAttackDamage passive skill icon.png
8% increased Physical Attack Damage while holding a Shield
+1% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
Attack Skills deal 8% increased Damage with Ailments while holding a Shield [1]
Shield Block
Blockstr passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield [1] [2]
Shield Block and Block Recovery
Blockstr passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
30% increased Block Recovery [1] [2]
Shield Block and Physical Attack Damage with Shield
ShieldAttackDamage passive skill icon.png
+1% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
15% increased Physical Attack Damage while holding a Shield
Attack Skills deal 15% increased Damage with Ailments while holding a Shield [1] [2]
Shield Block and Shield Defences
Blockstr passive skill icon.png
+1% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
25% increased Defences from Equipped Shield [1]

+1% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
40% increased Defences from Equipped Shield [1]
Command of Steel
CommandofSteel passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
40% increased Defences from Equipped Shield
20% increased Physical Attack Damage while holding a Shield
Attack Skills deal 20% increased Damage with Ailments while holding a Shield [1]
Defiance
Shieldwall passive skill icon.png
20% increased Physical Attack Damage while holding a Shield
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
25% increased Defences from Equipped Shield
Attack Skills deal 20% increased Damage with Ailments while holding a Shield [1]
Deflection
Barricade passive skill icon.png
+4% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
+4% Chance to Block Spell Damage while holding a Shield
40% increased Defences from Equipped Shield [1]
Precise Interception
Preciseinterception passive skill icon.png
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
60% increased Defences from Equipped Shield
15% increased Physical Attack Damage while holding a Shield
Attack Skills deal 15% increased Damage with Ailments while holding a Shield [1]
Sanctuary
Barricade passive skill icon.png
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
+3% Chance to Block Spell Damage while holding a Shield
+12% Elemental Resistances while holding a Shield [1]
Solidity
ShieldAttackDamage passive skill icon.png
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
25% increased Defences from Equipped Shield
10% increased Physical Attack Damage while holding a Shield
Attack Skills deal 10% increased Damage with Ailments while holding a Shield [1]
Testudo
Barricade passive skill icon.png
+4% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
60% increased Block Recovery
+8 Mana gained when you Block [1]

Chance to block with shields or while dual wielding

These passive skills grant additional chance to block with a shield equipped or while dual wielding.

NameStats
Block
Shieldblock passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield [1]
Block and Block Recovery
Shieldblock passive skill icon.png
+1% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield
30% increased Block Recovery [1] [2]
Brutal Blade
Cruelblade passive skill icon.png
20% increased Physical Damage with Swords
8% increased Attack Speed with Swords
+20 to Strength
+4% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield
30% increased Damage with Ailments from Attack Skills while wielding a Sword [1]
Weapon Artistry
Blademistress passive skill icon.png
16% increased Attack Physical Damage
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield
+10 to Strength and Dexterity
4% increased Attack Speed [1]

Chance to block while dual wielding

These passive skills grant additional chance to block while dual wielding.

NameStats
Dual Wield Block
Dualwieldblock passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding [1] [2] [3]
Dual Wield Damage and Block
Dualwieldblock passive skill icon.png
6% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 6% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1] [2]
Aspect of the Panther
Heartofthepanther passive skill icon.png
16% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
6% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
+10 to maximum Life
Attack Skills deal 16% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Blade Barrier
Dualwieldblock passive skill icon.png
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
18% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
50% increased Block Recovery
Attack Skills deal 18% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Dervish
Bladebarrier passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
24% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
6% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 24% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Gemini
Gemini passive skill icon.png
15% increased Accuracy Rating while Dual Wielding
20% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 20% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Swagger
Swagger passive skill icon.png
24% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 24% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]

Chance to block with staves

These passive skills grant additional chance to block with a staff equipped.

NameStats
Staff Block
Blockstaff passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff
+2% Chance to Block Spell Damage while wielding a Staff [1] [2] [3]
Whirling Barrier
Whirlingstaff passive skill icon.png
+6% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff
+6% Chance to Block Spell Damage while wielding a Staff
10% chance to gain a Power Charge when you Block [1]

Chance to block spells with shields

These passive skills grant additional chance to block spells with a shield equipped.

NameStats
Shield Spell Block and Block Recovery
Shieldrecovery passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Spell Damage while holding a Shield
40% increased Block Recovery [1] [2]
Shield Spell Block and Elemental Resistance with Shields
ElementalResistance2 passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Spell Damage while holding a Shield
+6% Elemental Resistances while holding a Shield [1] [2]
Shield Spell Block and Energy Shield on Shield
Shieldenergyshield passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Spell Damage while holding a Shield
30% increased Energy Shield from Equipped Shield [1]
Deflection
Barricade passive skill icon.png
+4% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
+4% Chance to Block Spell Damage while holding a Shield
40% increased Defences from Equipped Shield [1]
Mind Barrier
Shieldenergyshield passive skill icon.png
+6% Chance to Block Spell Damage while holding a Shield
30% increased Energy Shield from Equipped Shield [1]
Sanctuary
Barricade passive skill icon.png
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
+3% Chance to Block Spell Damage while holding a Shield
+12% Elemental Resistances while holding a Shield [1]

Chance to block for minions

These passive skills grant additional chance to block for minions.

NameStats
Minion Block
Minionblockchance passive skill icon.png
Minions have +2% Chance to Block Attack Damage [1] [2]
Decay Ward
Minionblockchance passive skill icon.png
Minions have +4% Chance to Block Attack Damage
Minions Recover 1% of their Maximum Life when they Block [1]

Block recovery

These passive skills grant increased block recovery.

NameStats
Block and Block Recovery
Shieldblock passive skill icon.png
+1% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield
30% increased Block Recovery [1] [2]
Shield Block and Block Recovery
Blockstr passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
30% increased Block Recovery [1] [2]
Shield Spell Block and Block Recovery
Shieldrecovery passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Spell Damage while holding a Shield
40% increased Block Recovery [1] [2]
Blade Barrier
Dualwieldblock passive skill icon.png
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
18% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
50% increased Block Recovery
Attack Skills deal 18% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Testudo
Barricade passive skill icon.png
+4% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
60% increased Block Recovery
+8 Mana gained when you Block [1]

Miscellaneous

NameStats
Staff Block
Blockstaff passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff
+2% Chance to Block Spell Damage while wielding a Staff [1] [2] [3]
Decay Ward
Minionblockchance passive skill icon.png
Minions have +4% Chance to Block Attack Damage
Minions Recover 1% of their Maximum Life when they Block [1]
Testudo
Barricade passive skill icon.png
+4% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
60% increased Block Recovery
+8 Mana gained when you Block [1]
Whirling Barrier
Whirlingstaff passive skill icon.png
+6% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff
+6% Chance to Block Spell Damage while wielding a Staff
10% chance to gain a Power Charge when you Block [1]

Ascendancy skills

The following Ascendancy class skills are related to blocking:

Ascendancy
Class
NameStats
Ascendant
Ascendant avatar.png
Gladiator
Gladiator (Ascendants) passive skill icon.png
15% Chance to Block Spell Damage
Attacks have 25% chance to cause Bleeding
10% chance to Blind with Hits against Bleeding Enemies
+3% to maximum Chance to Block Attack Damage
15% more Damage with Bleeding [1]
Gladiator
Gladiator avatar.png
One Handed Speed, Block Chance
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield
5% increased Attack Speed with One Handed Weapons [1] [2] [3]
Gladiator
Gladiator avatar.png
Painforged
+8% Chance to Block Attack Damage if you were Damaged by a Hit Recently
40% increased Damage if you've taken no Damage from Hits Recently
Your Counterattacks deal Double Damage
Cannot be Stunned by Hits you Block [1]
Gladiator
Gladiator avatar.png
Versatile Combatant
Chance to Block Spell Damage is equal to Chance to Block Attack Damage
Maximum Chance to Block Spell Damage is equal to Maximum Chance to Block Attack Damage [1]
Gladiator
Gladiator avatar.png
Violent Retaliation
8% increased Physical Damage for each time you've Blocked in the past 10 seconds
+1% Chance to Block Attack Damage for each time you've Blocked in the past 10 seconds
80% increased Physical Damage if you've Blocked Damage from a Unique Enemy in the past 10 seconds
+4% to maximum Chance to Block Attack Damage [1]
Guardian
Guardian avatar.png
Armour and Energy Shield, Block Chance
ArmourEnergyShieldStaves (Guardian) passive skill icon.png
14% increased Armour
6% increased maximum Energy Shield
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage [1]
Guardian
Guardian avatar.png
Bastion of Hope
ShieldMastery (Guardian) passive skill icon.png
If you've Blocked in the past 10 seconds, you
and nearby Allies cannot be Stunned
+50% Chance to Block Attack Damage for 2 seconds every 5 seconds
If you've Attacked Recently, you
and nearby Allies have +10% Chance to Block Attack Damage
If you've Cast a Spell Recently, you
and nearby Allies have +10% Chance to Block Spell Damage [1]

Version history

Version Changes
3.4.0
  • Chance to Block and Chance to Block Spells have been reworked. Now, there is simply Chance to Block Attack Damage and Chance to Block Spell Damage. Sources that previously caused some portion of your block chance to apply to spells now grant Chance to Block Spell Damage at a specific value and do not require other sources of block.
  • Secondary damage can now be blocked, dodged, evaded, and spellblocked depending on its source.
1.3.0
  • Block chance has been reduced, replaced, or removed throughout the tree. Spell block in the Witch area has also been reduced slightly.

References

  1. Mark_GGG (December 3, 2012). "Mechanics Thread". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  2. Mark_GGG (November 5, 2012). "Viper Strike overriding block chance/dodge/evasion". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved October 21, 2013.