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Chain is a behavior of projectiles and chaining skills that causes them to bounce off targets they hit seeking out other nearby targets.

Mechanics

Only one projectile behavior can be applied each time a projectile hits a target. Chain has third priority for projectile behaviors, preceded by pierce and fork, and followed by return. This means that if a skill is affected by pierce, chain, and fork, it would first pierce x number of times, then fork only once, then chain x number of times.

When a projectile chains, it bounces off the target it hits and continues in the direction of another nearby target. A non-projectile chaining skill like ArcArcSpell, Chaining, Lightning
Mana Cost: (8-23)
Cast Time: 0.70 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 80%
Requires Level 12An arc of lightning stretches from the caster to a targeted enemy and chains on to other nearby enemies. Each time the main beam chains it will also chain to a second enemy, but that secondary arc cannot chain further.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% chance to Shock enemies
Deals (6-133) to (33-754) Lightning Damage
10% chance to Shock enemies
Chains +(4-7) Times
(10-29)% increased Effect of Shock
15% more Damage for each remaining Chain
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Arc skill icon.png
functions similarly. A projectile or chaining skill can chain between multiple targets repeatedly, but it can never hit the same target twice in a row. A projectile or chaining skill will not chain if there is no other target close enough to the one hit.

Each projectile or chaining skill can chain a certain number of times. The number of times a projectile or chaining skill can chain is equal to the sum of all Skills Chain +x times modifiers and other similarly-worded modifiers.

Projectiles apply their on-hit effects to each target they chain on or otherwise hit. For example, Essence DrainEssence DrainSpell, Projectile, Duration, Chaos, AoE
Mana Cost: (8-23)
Cast Time: 0.70 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 60%
Requires Level 12Fires a projectile that applies a damage over time debuff when it hits. You are healed for a portion of the debuff damage. The debuff is spread by Contagion.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Chaos Damage
Deals (31.2-1503.2) Base Chaos Damage per second
Regenerate 0.5% of Debuff Damage as Life
Base duration is 3.8 seconds
Deals (9-433) to (14-649) Chaos Damage
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Essence Drain skill icon.png
will apply its debuff to each target a projectile hits. Skills such as Ice ShotIce ShotAttack, Projectile, AoE, Duration, Cold, Bow
Radius: 23 / 10
Mana Cost: (6-10)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (120%-147%)
Projectile Speed: 3260
Fires an arrow that converts some physical damage to cold on its target and converts all physical damage to cold in a cone behind that target. Creates a patch of ground ice under the target.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Cold Damage
Deals (120-146.6)% of Base Damage
60% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
Base duration is 1.5 seconds
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Ice Shot skill icon.png
and Kinetic BlastKinetic BlastAttack, Projectile, AoE
Radius: 14
Mana Cost: (15-16)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (120%-147%)
Requires Level 28Fires a projectile from a Wand that causes a series of small explosions surrounding its point of impact, each damaging enemies caught in the area.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (120-146.6)% of Base Damage
Creates 4 explosions
35% less Area Damage
(0-19)% increased Area of Effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Kinetic Blast skill icon.png
apply their on-hit area damage effects each time a projectile hits a target. The explosion behavior of some projectiles, such as FireballFireballProjectile, Spell, AoE, Fire
Radius: 9
Mana Cost: (6-25)
Cast Time: 0.75 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 180%
Projectile Speed: 1040
Unleashes a ball of fire towards a target which explodes, damaging nearby foes.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% chance to Ignite enemies
Deals (9-1095) to (14-1643) Fire Damage
(20-39)% chance to Ignite enemies
(50-88)% more Damage with Ignite
+(0-4) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Fireball skill icon.png
and Arctic BreathArctic BreathSpell, Projectile, Duration, AoE, Cold
Radius: 12
Mana Cost: (8-23)
Cast Time: 0.70 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 80%
Projectile Speed: 844
Requires Level 12Fire an icy projectile that bursts on impact or when reaching the targeted area, dealing area damage and creating a chilling area that deals cold damage over time. This area will creep across the ground towards nearby enemies until its duration expires.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (13-350) to (19-524) Cold Damage
Base duration is 5 seconds
Can have up to 10 Chilling Areas
Deals (16.7-1383.5) Base Cold Damage per second
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Arctic Breath skill icon.png
, is not an on-hit effect and occurs only when a projectile ceases to exist.

Related items

Active skill gems

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Wild StrikeWild StrikeAttack, Melee, Strike, Lightning, Cold, Fire, Projectile, AoE, Chaining
Mana Cost: 6
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (160%-185%)
Projectile Speed: 1800
Requires Level 28Your melee weapon strikes enemies, converting physical damage to a random element. Then, depending on the element chosen, it releases a fiery explosion, an arcing bolt of lightning, or an icy wave.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Elemental Damage
Deals (160-185)% of Base Damage
100% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire, Cold or Lightning Damage
Chains +(4-7) Times
Fires 2 additional Projectiles
Projectiles Pierce all Targets
(0-19)% increased Area of Effect
+(0-2) to Melee range
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Wild Strike skill icon.png
yesyesN/A28
ArcArcSpell, Chaining, Lightning
Mana Cost: (8-23)
Cast Time: 0.70 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 80%
Requires Level 12An arc of lightning stretches from the caster to a targeted enemy and chains on to other nearby enemies. Each time the main beam chains it will also chain to a second enemy, but that secondary arc cannot chain further.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% chance to Shock enemies
Deals (6-133) to (33-754) Lightning Damage
10% chance to Shock enemies
Chains +(4-7) Times
(10-29)% increased Effect of Shock
15% more Damage for each remaining Chain
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Arc skill icon.png
N/AN/Ayes12
Dark PactDark PactMinion, Spell, AoE, Chaining, Chaos
Mana Cost: (7-13)
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Requires Level 28This spell removes some life from one of your Skeleton minions near you or the targeted location to deal chaos damage in an area around it. This effect will chain to your other nearby skeletons. If you have no skeletons near you or the targeted location, it will sacrifice your own life to deal damage instead.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Sacrifices 6% of Skeleton's Life to deal that much Chaos Damage
Deals (24-241) to (36-362) Chaos Damage
Chains +2 Times
Uses your Life if no Skeletons in range
(0-76)% more Damage with Hits and Ailments if using your Life
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Dark Pact skill icon.png
N/AN/Ayes28
Magma OrbMagma OrbSpell, AoE, Fire, Projectile, Chaining
Mana Cost: (6-23)
Cast Time: 0.70 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 140%
Lob a fiery orb that explodes as it hits the ground. The skill chains, releasing another fiery orb that repeats this effect.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Damage
Deals (9-716) to (12-1073) Fire Damage
Chains +(1-2) Times
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Magma Orb skill icon.png
N/AN/Ayes1
Orb of StormsOrb of StormsLightning, Spell, Duration, AoE, Chaining
Mana Cost: (4-16)
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 0.50 sec
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 70%
Requires Level 4Creates a stationary electrical orb that frequently unleashes a splitting bolt of lightning at a nearby enemy. Modifiers to cast speed will increase how frequently it does this. Using a lightning skill while inside the orb's cloud unleashes additional bolts. Casting this skill again will replace the previous orb.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Lightning Damage
Deals (3-195) to (9-584) Lightning Damage
Base duration is 6 seconds
Beams Split to hit (2-4) extra targets
Strikes every 1 second
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Orb of Storms skill icon.png
N/AN/Ayes4
Storm BrandStorm BrandLightning, Spell, AoE, Chaining, Duration, Brand
Mana Cost: (8-21)
Cast Time: 0.75 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.50%
Damage Effectiveness: 40%
Requires Level 12Creates a magical brand which can attach to a nearby enemy. It periodically activates while attached, firing beams which deal damage to nearby enemies and those around them. The brand will detach if the enemy dies.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Cast Speed
You can have an additional Brand Attached to an Enemy
Activates every 0.6 seconds while Attached
Can be Detached for a total Duration of 10 seconds
Deals (3-92) to (8-277) Lightning Damage
Sends beams to 3 Enemies, including the Branded Enemy
Deals (80-130)% more Damage to Branded Enemy
Increases and Reductions to Cast Speed also apply to this Skill's Activation frequency
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Storm Brand skill icon.png
N/AN/Ayes12
Tempest ShieldTempest ShieldSpell, Lightning, Chaining, Duration
Mana Cost: (7-16)
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
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
Chains +1 Times
Base duration is 12 seconds
+3% Chance to Block Spell Damage while holding a Shield
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
Vaal ArcVaal ArcVaal, Spell, Chaining, Lightning, Duration
Souls Per Use: 25 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 6.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 180%
Requires Level 12A shocking arc of lightning stretches from the caster to a targeted enemy and chains to other nearby enemies. Each time the beam chains it will also chain simultaneously to a second enemy, but no enemy can be hit twice by the beams. Also grants a buff making you lucky when damaging enemies with Arc for a short duration.Per 1% Quality:
1.5% increased Shock Duration on enemies
Deals (38-924) to (64-1539) Lightning Damage
100% chance to Shock enemies
Chains +(5-9) Times
100% increased Effect of Shock
100% increased Shock Duration on enemies
15% more Damage for each remaining Chain
Modifiers to Buff Duration also apply to this Skill's Soul Gain Prevention
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Arc skill icon.png
N/AN/Ayes12
Static StrikeStatic StrikeAttack, Melee, Strike, AoE, Duration, Lightning, Chaining
Radius: 19
Mana Cost: 6
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (107%-160%)
Requires Level 12Attack with a melee weapon, gaining a buff if you hit an enemy. While you have this buff, you'll frequently hit a number of nearby enemies with beams, dealing attack damage, which will be higher if the beams strike while you're moving. You can stack the buff up to three times, each increasing the frequency with which the beams strike.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Skill Effect Duration
Deals (106.8-160)% of Base Damage
Base duration is 4 seconds
Chains +1 Times
60% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
Beams Hit Enemies every 0.4 seconds
10% increased Beam frequency per Buff stack
(4-6) maximum Beam Targets
Beams deal (60-54)% less Damage while Stationary
Beams deal (40-31)% less Damage while Moving
+(0-2) to Melee range
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Static Strike skill icon.png
yesN/Ayes12

Support skill gems

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Chain SupportChain SupportSupport, Chaining, Projectile
Icon: c
Mana Multiplier: 150%
Requires Level 38Supports projectile skills, and any other skills that chain.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 1% increased Projectile Speed
Supported Skills Chain +2 times
Supported Skills deal (30-11)% less Damage with Hits
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/AyesN/A38

Unique items

ItemLvl.Stats
Divide and ConquerDivide and Conquer
Viridian Jewel
Limited to: 1
Radius: Medium (1200)
(10-15)% increased Attack Damage while holding a Shield
With 40 total Dexterity and Strength in Radius, Spectral Shield Throw Chains +4 times
With 40 total Dexterity and Strength in Radius, Spectral Shield Throw fires Shard Projectiles when Chaining
With 40 total Dexterity and Strength in Radius, Spectral Shield Throw fires 75% less Shard Projectiles
It took the Bloody Flowers Rebellion to show the clans of Ezomyr the truth;
What kept them apart was just a fabrication.
Conjured rivalries from men who grew fat from the discord they sowed.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
1(10-15)% increased Attack Damage while holding a Shield
With 40 total Dexterity and Strength in Radius, Spectral Shield Throw Chains +4 times
With 40 total Dexterity and Strength in Radius, Spectral Shield Throw fires Shard Projectiles when Chaining
With 40 total Dexterity and Strength in Radius, Spectral Shield Throw fires 75% less Shard Projectiles
Roth's ReachRoth's Reach
Recurve Bow
Bow
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (19.8-22)(61.2-68)
Critical Strike Chance: 6.50%
Attacks per Second: (1.30-1.35)
Weapon Range: 120
Requires Level 18, 65 Dex(60-80)% increased Physical Damage
(20-40)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
(4-8)% increased Attack Speed
Skills Chain +1 times
30% increased Projectile Speed
"Exiled to the sea; what a joke.
I'm more free than I've ever been."
- Captain Weylam "Rot-tooth" Roth of the Black Crest
18(60-80)% increased Physical Damage
(20-40)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
(4-8)% increased Attack Speed
Skills Chain +1 times
30% increased Projectile Speed
Ewar's MirageEwar's Mirage
Antique Rapier
One Handed Sword
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: 14.455.2
Elemental Damage: 1–(45-55)
Critical Strike Chance: 6.50%
Attacks per Second: (1.51-1.59)
Weapon Range: 12
Requires Level 26, 89 Dex+25% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier(40-55)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Adds 1 to (45-55) Lightning Damage
(16-22)% increased Attack Speed
Attacks Chain an additional time when in Main Hand
Attacks fire an additional Projectile when in Off Hand
A single breeze blows
A hundred blades dance
26+25% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier(40-55)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Adds 1 to (45-55) Lightning Damage
(16-22)% increased Attack Speed
Attacks Chain an additional time when in Main Hand
Attacks fire an additional Projectile when in Off Hand
MjölnerMjölner
Gavel
One Handed Mace
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (108-129.6)(202-242.4)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.15
Weapon Range: 9
Requires Level 60, 412 Str, 300 Int15% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold(80-120)% increased Physical Damage
Skills Chain +1 times
(30-40)% increased Lightning Damage with Attack Skills
+200 Strength Requirement
+300 Intelligence Requirement
Trigger a Socketed Lightning Spell on Hit
Socketed Lightning Spells deal 100% increased Spell Damage if Triggered
Look the storm in the eye and you will have its respect.
6015% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold(80-120)% increased Physical Damage
Skills Chain +1 times
(30-40)% increased Lightning Damage with Attack Skills
+200 Strength Requirement
+300 Intelligence Requirement
Trigger a Socketed Lightning Spell on Hit
Socketed Lightning Spells deal 100% increased Spell Damage if Triggered
SnakepitSnakepit
Sapphire Ring
Requires Level 68+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance(20-40)% increased Spell Damage
(5-10)% increased Cast Speed
Left ring slot: Projectiles from Spells cannot Chain
Left ring slot: Projectiles from Spells Fork
Right ring slot: Projectiles from Spells Chain +1 times
Right ring slot: Projectiles from Spells cannot Fork
Projectiles from Spells cannot Pierce
They wrap around you until your blood turns as cold as theirs.
68+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance(20-40)% increased Spell Damage
(5-10)% increased Cast Speed
Left ring slot: Projectiles from Spells cannot Chain
Left ring slot: Projectiles from Spells Fork
Right ring slot: Projectiles from Spells Chain +1 times
Right ring slot: Projectiles from Spells cannot Fork
Projectiles from Spells cannot Pierce
Touch of AnguishTouch of Anguish
Imperial Claw
Claw
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (78-90)(234-258)
Critical Strike Chance: (7.80%-8.40%)
Attacks per Second: 1.60
Weapon Range: 9
Requires Level 68, 131 Dex, 95 Int+46 Life gained for each Enemy hit by AttacksAdds (40-50) to (130-150) Physical Damage
30% increased Cold Damage
(30-40)% increased Critical Strike Chance
20% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge on Killing a Frozen Enemy
Skills Chain an additional time while at maximum Frenzy Charges
10% chance to Freeze
Critical Strikes do not always Freeze
Grip the frozen steel, feel it numb you.
Wield the cold touch of death like
a splinter of your own shattered heart.
68+46 Life gained for each Enemy hit by AttacksAdds (40-50) to (130-150) Physical Damage
30% increased Cold Damage
(30-40)% increased Critical Strike Chance
20% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge on Killing a Frozen Enemy
Skills Chain an additional time while at maximum Frenzy Charges
10% chance to Freeze
Critical Strikes do not always Freeze
GloomfangGloomfang
Blue Pearl Amulet
Requires Level 77(48-56)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate0.5% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life
Lose (15-10) Life for each Enemy hit by your Spells
Lose (25-20) Life for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
Skills Chain +1 times
Projectiles gain (15-20)% of Non-Chaos Damage as extra Chaos Damage per Chain
Darkness never stops feeding.
77(48-56)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate0.5% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life
Lose (15-10) Life for each Enemy hit by your Spells
Lose (25-20) Life for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
Skills Chain +1 times
Projectiles gain (15-20)% of Non-Chaos Damage as extra Chaos Damage per Chain

Mods

NameGeneration TypeFor 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.StatsSpawn Weighting
of ShapingSuffix85Socketed Gems Chain 1 additional timesbow_shaper 200
default 0
V2AdditionalChainCorruptedCorrupted80Skills Chain +1 timesquiver 200
default 0
V2IncreasedProjectileDamageForEachChainCorruptedCorrupted40Projectiles deal (20-25)% increased Damage for each time they have Chainedquiver 1000
default 0

Passive skills

Ascendancy
Class
NameStats
Deadeye
Deadeye avatar.png
Ricochet
Ricochet (DeadEye) passive skill icon.png
Skills Chain +1 times
Projectiles deal 10% more Damage for each remaining Chain [1]