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A witch surrounded by multiple charges. 5 Power charges (blue orbs) and 1 Endurance charge (orange orb).

Charges are temporary stackable buffs, that are represented as glowing orbs around the creature. Charges can also be identified by having a specific silver border around the icon.[1]

There are three types of charges, each corresponding to a different core attribute:

Each type of charge grants different bonuses. Charge bonuses increase proportional to the number of accumulated charges of that type.


Charges are accumulated by the use of certain skills and equipment, and have a duration of ten seconds by default.[2] This duration can be increased or decreased with specific passive skills and unique items. Gaining a charge resets the duration of all accumulated charges of the same type.

By default, characters can accumulate a maximum of three charges of each type. This limit can be raised or lowered with certain passive skills, equipment, and quest rewards. If the character would gain a charge while already at the limit for that type of charge, no additional charge will be gained; however, the duration of all charges of that type will still be reset.

Maximum number of charges can also be lowered by the following sources:

  • FragilityFragility
    Crimson Jewel
    -1 to Maximum Endurance Charges
    "Your flesh will fail you."Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  • PacifismPacifism
    Viridian Jewel
    -1 to Maximum Frenzy Charges
    "Your fear will overcome you."Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  • PowerlessnessPowerlessness
    Cobalt Jewel
    -1 to Maximum Power Charges
    "Your desires will mislead you."Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  • Ahn's HeritageAhn's Heritage
    Colossal Tower Shield
    Quality: +20%
    Chance to Block: 29%
    Armour: (1074 to 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 Block Chance
    +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
  • Ahn's MightAhn's Might
    Midnight Blade
    One Hand Swords
    Quality: +20%
    Physical Damage: (138 to 180)(298.8 to 364.8)
    Critical Strike Chance: (5.75% to 6.25%)
    Attacks per Second: 1.30
    Weapon Range: 9
    Requires Level 68, 213 Str, 113 Dex40% increased Accuracy RatingAdds (80-115) to (150-205) Physical Damage
    (15-25)% increased Critical Strike Chance
    -1 to Maximum Frenzy Charges
    10% increased Area of Effect
    +100 Strength Requirement
    +50% Global Critical Strike Multiplier while you have no Frenzy Charges
    +(400-500) to Accuracy Rating while at Maximum Frenzy Charges
    "Impossibly heavy, yet the ancient edge is keen as any modern blade.
    A reminder that, in the end, when we lie in the bellies of worms,
    it is what we make that makes us."
    - Icius Perandus, Antiquities Collection, Item 47

With 0 maximum charges, modifiers with "at maximum charge" will be permanently active, since 0/0 charge is technically considered to be at maximum charges.

Totems are able to gain Endurance charges but not Frenzy and Power charges. Since these charges would not have any effect on totems, the maximum Frenzy and Power charges on totems is zero. However, Frenzy and Power charges on the owner of the totems can affect the skills used by totems since their values are based on the user's stats.

Effects on Characters

Endurance charges:

Frenzy charges:

Power charges:

Effects on Monsters and Minions

The effects of charges on monsters and minions differs from effects on players.

Endurance charges:

Frenzy charges:

Power charges:

Version history

Version Changes
  • Power Charges now grant 40% increased Critical Strike Chance per Charge (down from 50%).
  • Frenzy Charges now grant 4% Increased Attack Speed and Cast Speed. They also grant 4% more Damage.
  • New art has been added for Endurance, Power and Frenzy charges.
  • Endurance Charges now only provide 4% elemental and physical damage reduction per charge.
  • Updated and shrunk the visual size of Frenzy, Endurance and Power charges.
  • Monsters now gain 15% physical and elemental resistance per Endurance Charge, rather than 20%.
  • Fixed a bug where an incorrect number of charges could be displayed around a character.
  • Fixed two client crashes related to charges and skill cooldowns.
  • Added two increased duration passives for each Charge type.
  • Base maximum charges for each class are now 3 of each type rather than 2 of each type.
  • The maximum number of additional charges you can get from the passive tree is now +3.
  • All passives that gave bonus effects to charges were removed for now. This allows us to balance the charges to be more useful without making them mandatory.
  • Reduced the bonuses granted by Frenzy and Endurance charges.
  • Increased the physical damage reduction and resistances per Endurance Charge from 6 to 7.
  • Increased the bonus Critical Strike chance per Power Charge to +50%. For example, if your base Critical Strike chance is 7.5% and you have two Power Charges, the modified Critical Strike chance is 15%.
  • Set the maximum number of each type of charge to two for all classes. Additional ones can be picked up in the passive tree.
  • Charges have been rebalanced. They have large effects now because the default limit is two of each type and it takes a substantial investment in the passive tree to get a large maximum.
  • Reduced the amount of Critical Strike Chance per Power Charge from 3% to 2%.
  • Reduced critical strike chance per Power Charge to 3%.


  1. Mark_GGG (October 5, 2015). "Why flasks aren't considered as buffs ?". Path of Exile forums. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  2. Mark_GGG (October 8, 2013). "buff Charge Duration ! 30%". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved October 21, 2013.