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Dark Pact

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Dark 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.pngDark Pact inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 28
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Orb of Chance
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Miscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemDarkPact

Dark Pact skill screenshot.jpg

Dark Pact is a chaos spell that 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.

Skill Functions and Interactions

Life Removed: If self cast, Dark Pact will sacrifice 6% of the player's maximum life in a manner similar to spending life with the Blood Magic SupportBlood Magic SupportSupport
Icon: B
Mana Multiplier: (245%-196%)
Requires Level 31Supports any skill.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.5% reduced Mana Cost
Supported Skills Spend Life instead of ManaThis 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.
or the Blood Magic Keystone. Since this sacrificed life is not considered damage, it cannot be mitigated with chaos resistance and will not trigger Cast when Damage Taken SupportCast when Damage Taken SupportSupport, Spell, Trigger
Icon: !
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 0.25 sec
Requires Level 38Each supported spell skill will track damage you take, and be triggered when the total damage taken reaches a threshold. Cannot support skills used by totems, traps, or mines. Vaal skills, channelling skills, and skills that reserve mana cannot be triggered.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Damage
Trigger Supported Spells when you take a total of (528-3272) Damage
Supported Skills deal (-70-6)% more Damage
This Gem can only Support Skill Gems requiring Level (38-70) or lower
You cannot Cast Supported Triggerable Spells directly
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.
. If 6% of maximum life cannot be removed (for example, maximum 1 life due to Chaos Inoculation) the spell will continue to function but with a smaller damage bonus.[1]

Life Scaling: Dark Pact deals additional damage equal to the amount of life removed from the target of the spell. This means that Minion Life nodes and the Minion Life SupportMinion Life SupportSupport, Minion
Icon: n
Mana Multiplier: 130%
Requires Level 18Supports skills which create Minions.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.75% increased Minion maximum Life
Supported Skills have (30-49)% more Minion maximum LifeThis 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.
will increase the damage dealt when cast on skeletons, while self-casting scales with the player's maximum life. Since the spell does not know whether a skeleton is in range until the moment of cast, the in-game tooltip will only consider the spell's base damage and any external sources of damage.[2]

Spell Totem SupportSpell Totem SupportSupport, Spell, Totem
Icon: T
Mana Multiplier: 200%
Requires Level 8Supports spell skills that are not triggered. Instead of casting that spell, you will summon a totem that casts the spell for you.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Totem Placement speed
Summons a Totem which uses the Supported Skill
Totem lasts 8 seconds
Supported Skills deal (35-26)% less Damage
Spells Cast by Totem have 30% less Cast Speed
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.
: Dark Pact can be supported by spell totem and will cast whenever there is an enemy in close proximity. The totem will first attempt to target any skeleton in range. If none are found, the totem will sacrifice 6% of its own maximum life. This means that in order for a totem to cast on Skeletons effectively, the skeletons, totem, and enemy must all be in close proximity of one another. Totems that self-sacrifice will receive the more damage bonus.[3]

Minion Instability: Dark Pact can be used to forcibly lower the life of your Skeleton minions to low life. Doing so will trigger the effect of the Keystone passive Minion Instability. Using Spell Echo SupportSpell Echo SupportSpell, Support
Icon: k
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 38Supports spell skills, making them repeat when cast. Cannot support Vaal skills, totem skills, channelling skills, triggered skills, instant skills, or skills which reserve mana.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Spell Damage
Supported Skills Repeat an additional time
Supported Skills have (51-70)% more Cast Speed
Supported Skills deal 10% less 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.
can effectively speed up the rate at which skeleton life is removed, in order to trigger this effect faster.

Minion Supports: Despite having the minion tag, there are no minion specific support gems that impact Dark Pact. However, the Reanimator's and Summoner's mod found on helmets, as well as uniques that raise the level of socketed minion gems (The BaronThe Baron
Close Helmet
Quality: +20%
Armour: 156
Requires Level 26, 58 Str+2 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems
+(20-40) to Strength
Minions have 20% increased maximum Life
Half of your Strength is added to your Minions
+1 to maximum number of Raised Zombies per 300 Strength
With at least 1000 Strength, 2% of Damage dealt by your Raised Zombies is Leeched to you as Life
"The Emperor's trusted surgeons are not the only ones who practice the dark arts. Some of us are just more discreet."
, Chober ChaberChober Chaber
Great Mallet
Two Hand Mace
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (118.4-125.8)(243.2-258.4)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.25
Weapon Range: 13
Requires Level 40, 104 Str30% increased Stun Duration on Enemies+1 to Level of Socketed Melee Gems
+1 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems
(200-220)% increased Physical Damage
25% increased maximum Mana
Minions have (20-40)% increased maximum Life
15% increased Skill Effect Duration
20% reduced Strength Requirement
The faithful may continue to serve, even after death.
, Femurs of the SaintsFemurs of the Saints
Primordial Staff
Staff
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: 56.4169.2
Critical Strike Chance: 6.20%
Attacks per Second: 1.15
Weapon Range: 13
Requires Level 58, 99 Str, 99 Int+18% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff+2 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems
Minions deal (60-80)% increased Damage
+1% Chance to Block Attack Damage per Summoned Skeleton
2% increased Attack and Cast Speed per Summoned Raging Spirit
Regenerate 0.6% of Life per second for each Raised Zombie
30% increased Mana Regeneration Rate per Raised Spectre
"They spent a lifetime in the service of God,
only to spend eternity in the service of me."
- Kadavrus, Surgeon to the Umbra
, etc.) will increase the level of Dark Pact.

Chaining: Dark Pact will chain from one skeleton to other nearby skeletons the designated number of chains. Each Skeleton used to chain Dark Pact will suffer the 6% life sacrifice from this skill. Additional chains can be added to help cover a larger area or return a chain to a previously targeted Skeleton using 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.
, Ricochet from the Deadeye Ascendancy, or items such as 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: 11
Requires Level 60, 412 Str, 300 Int15% reduced Enemy Stun ThresholdTrigger a Socketed Lightning Spell on Hit
Socketed Lightning Spells deal 100% increased Spell Damage if Triggered
(80-120)% increased Physical Damage
Skills Chain +1 times
+300 Intelligence Requirement
+200 Strength Requirement
(30-40)% increased Lightning Damage with Attack Skills
Look the storm in the eye and you will have its respect.
. Note that Dark Pact is NOT a projectile and is not affected by projectile speed or other projectile modifiers, including the quality properties of 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.
. Also, note that it is impossible to chain to or from the player in any way using Dark Pact as the chaining property of Dark Pact only triggers with Skeletons.

Divine Shrine: Dark Pact's damage will be applied through the divine buff

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.intelligenceMana
Cost
Chaos
Damage
More Damage
with Hits
and Ailments
Exp.Total Exp.
12867724 to 36N/A00
23173729 to 434%199,345199,345
33479835 to 528%285,815485,160
43785841 to 6212%401,344886,504
54092949 to 7416%554,3791,440,883
64296955 to 8320%477,4371,918,320
744100962 to 9224%583,7862,502,106
8461041069 to 10328%710,3593,212,465
9481091077 to 11532%1,355,5114,567,976
10501131086 to 12936%1,138,8775,706,853
11521171195 to 14340%1,368,2337,075,086
125412111106 to 15944%1,638,3388,713,424
135612511118 to 17748%1,956,64810,670,072
145813011131 to 19652%3,655,18414,325,256
156013412145 to 21856%3,017,32717,342,583
166213812161 to 24260%7,759,99525,102,578
176414212178 to 26764%15,138,19340,240,771
186614613197 to 29668%26,083,82566,324,596
196815113218 to 32772%62,620,247128,944,843
207015513241 to 36276%211,708,088340,652,931
217215913266 to 40080%N/AN/A
2274N/A14294 to 44184%N/AN/A
2376N/A14324 to 48688%N/AN/A
2478N/A14358 to 53692%N/AN/A
2580N/A15394 to 59196%N/AN/A
2682N/A15434 to 651100%N/AN/A
2784N/A15478 to 717104%N/AN/A
2886N/A15526 to 789108%N/AN/A
2988N/A16578 to 868112%N/AN/A
3090N/A16636 to 954116%N/AN/A
3191N/A16667 to 1000118%N/AN/A
3292N/A16699 to 1048120%N/AN/A
3393N/A16733 to 1099122%N/AN/A
3494N/A17768 to 1152124%N/AN/A
3595N/A17805 to 1207126%N/AN/A
3696N/A17843 to 1265128%N/AN/A
3797N/A17884 to 1325130%N/AN/A
3898N/A17926 to 1389132%N/AN/A
3999N/A17970 to 1455134%N/AN/A
40100N/A171016 to 1524136%N/AN/A

Item acquisition
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Upgrade paths

This item can be acquired through the following upgrade paths or vendor recipes:

AmountIngredientGeneral
Notes
Type
13The CataclysmThe Cataclysm13Level 21 Spell Gem
Corrupted
The mighty warriors traded in blows, the nimble archers in arrows, yet it was the brazen thaumaturgists who would bring catastrophe to all.
random corrupted level 21 Spell gemAutomatic
6The SummonerThe Summoner6Superior Minion Gem
Quality: +20%
To own a piece of the Nightmare, you must first belong to the Nightmare.
random superior Minion gem (Q20)Automatic
3Gemcutter's PromiseGemcutter's Promise3Superior Gem
Quality: +20%
"I swore to use my position to help the people. What good is power when it just accumulates on the already-powerful?" - Erasmus, Imperial Gemcutter
random superior gem (Q20)Automatic
6The FoxThe Fox6Level 20 Gem"Masters of wit, strength and cunning. To survive the harsh winters, you must be like the fox."
- Ezomyte Proverb
random level 20 gemAutomatic

Quest reward

This item is given as quest reward for the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3

Vendor reward

This item can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3
Clarissa
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Dark Pact.

NameFor 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
Enchantment Dark Pact Area Of Effect 1668% increased Dark Pact Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Dark Pact Area Of Effect 27512% increased Dark Pact Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Dack Pact Cast Speed 1668% increased Dark Pact Cast Speedhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Dack Pact Cast Speed 27512% increased Dark Pact Cast Speedhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Dark Pact Damage 16625% increased Dark Pact Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Dark Pact Damage 27540% increased Dark Pact Damagehelmet 100
default 0

Version history

Version Changes
3.6.0
  • Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 13 (was 14).
  • Now has a radius of 26 (from 24).
  • Now deals 24 to 36 Chaos damage at gem level 1 (from 20 to 30) and 241 to 362 Chaos damage at gem level 20 (from 201 to 301).
3.1.0
  • Dark Pact cast using your life no longer has bonus radius.
  • The damage bonus has been reduced from 95% more damage with hits and ailments when using your life to 76% more damage.
  • Dark Pact now counts as being a Minion skill gem, and will thus interact with effects such as the one found on Cloak of Tawm'r IsleyCloak of Tawm'r Isley
    Savant's Robe
    Quality: +20%
    Energy Shield: (294-348)
    Movement Speed: -3%
    Requires Level 56, 152 IntSocketed Minion Gems are Supported by Level 16 Life Leech
    (150-200)% increased Energy Shield
    Minions cannot be Blinded
    Minions have 15% chance to Blind Enemies on hit
    Found Magic Items drop Identified
    Renowned by those distinguished,
    Exalted by the few.
    He skulks in darkness,
    and watches from beneath the city.
    .
3.0.0
  • Dark Pact has been added to the game.

References