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Despair

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DespairCurse, Spell, AoE, Duration, Chaos
Radius: 22
Mana Cost: (24-50)
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 24Curse all targets in an area, making them less resistant to chaos damage and causing them to take increased damage over time. Cursed enemies also take additional chaos damage when hit.Per 1% Quality:
Cursed enemies take 0.5% increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects
Base duration is (9-10.9) seconds
Cursed enemies have -(20-29)% to Chaos Resistance
Cursed enemies take (15-25)% increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects
Adds (9-46) to (12-57) Chaos Damage to Hits against Cursed Enemies
+(0-10) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Despair skill icon.pngDespair inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 24
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Orb of Alteration
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Miscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemVulnerability

Despair skill screenshot.jpg

Despair is a spell that curses all targets in an area, making them take increased chaos damage, damage over time, and chaos damage on hit.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Cursed enemies take increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects: Because these stats are an increase to the target's damage taken, they are multiplicative with attacker's damage dealt and additive with any other effects to damage taken on the defender.[1]
  • Adds Chaos Damage to Hits against Cursed Enemies: Skills, passives, and items that grant Increased effect of your Curses will increase the added chaos damage granted by this curse (Note: These increases are not reflected in the tooltip, they only display base values). This added damage is identical in function to other sources of added damage, such as Added Chaos Damage SupportAdded Chaos Damage SupportChaos, Support
    Icon: H
    Mana Multiplier: 130%
    Requires Level 31Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Chaos Damage
    Supported Skills have (17-170) to (26-255) added Chaos DamageThis 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.
    , and thus can be further increased by any of the applicable increases to the attacker's damage.
  • Cursed enemies have -x% to Chaos Resistance: The reduction to Chaos Resistance granted by this curse (after modifiers) stacks additively with the Occultist's Void Beacon ascendancy passive.
  • Despair can be turned into an aura by linking it with the Blasphemy SupportBlasphemy SupportSupport, Curse, Aura
    Icon: A
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 0.50 sec
    Requires Level 31Supports curse skills, turning them into auras that will apply their effect to all enemies in an area around you.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Effect of Supported Curses
    Supported Curse Spells are Cast as Auras
    (0-76)% increased Area of Effect of Curse 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.
    .

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.intelligenceMana
Cost
Duration-x% Chaos
Resistance
x% inc.
DoT
Chaos
Damage
RadiusExp.Total Exp.
12458249s-20%15%9 to 12N/A00
22764269.1s-20%16%11 to 13+1118,383118,383
33071279.2s-21%16%12 to 15+1175,816294,199
43377299.3s-21%17%14 to 17+2254,061548,260
53683309.4s-22%17%15 to 19+2359,090907,350
63990329.5s-22%18%17 to 21+3498,5081,405,858
74296349.6s-23%18%19 to 24+3682,0572,087,915
845102359.7s-23%19%21 to 26+4921,7773,009,692
948109379.8s-24%19%23 to 29+41,727,8794,737,571
1050113389.9s-24%20%25 to 31+51,138,8775,876,448
11521173910s-25%20%27 to 33+51,368,2337,244,681
12541214010.1s-25%21%28 to 36+61,638,3388,883,019
13561254210.2s-26%21%30 to 38+61,956,64810,839,667
14581304310.3s-26%22%32 to 40+73,655,18414,494,851
15601344410.4s-27%22%34 to 43+73,017,32717,512,178
16621384510.5s-27%23%36 to 45+87,793,91425,306,092
17641424610.6s-28%23%39 to 48+815,206,03140,512,123
18661464710.7s-28%24%41 to 51+926,185,58266,697,705
19681514810.8s-29%24%43 to 54+962,755,923129,453,628
20701555010.9s-29%25%46 to 57+10211,877,683341,331,311
21721595111s-30%25%49 to 61+10N/AN/A
2274N/A5211.1s-30%26%51 to 64+11N/AN/A
2376N/A5311.2s-31%26%54 to 68+11N/AN/A
2478N/A5411.3s-31%27%57 to 72+12N/AN/A
2580N/A5611.4s-32%27%60 to 76+12N/AN/A
2682N/A5711.5s-32%28%64 to 80+13N/AN/A
2784N/A5811.6s-33%28%67 to 84+13N/AN/A
2886N/A5911.7s-33%29%71 to 89+14N/AN/A
2988N/A6011.8s-34%29%75 to 93+14N/AN/A
3090N/A6111.9s-34%30%79 to 98+15N/AN/A
3191N/A6311.95s-34%30%81 to 101+15N/AN/A
3292N/A6512s-35%30%83 to 104+15N/AN/A
3393N/A6612.05s-35%30%85 to 106+15N/AN/A
3494N/A6712.1s-35%31%87 to 109+16N/AN/A
3595N/A6812.15s-35%31%90 to 112+16N/AN/A
3696N/A7012.2s-36%31%92 to 115+16N/AN/A
3797N/A7112.25s-36%31%94 to 118+16N/AN/A
3898N/A7212.3s-36%32%97 to 121+17N/AN/A
3999N/A7312.35s-36%32%99 to 124+17N/AN/A
40100N/A7512.4s-37%32%102 to 127+17N/AN/A

Unique items

ItemLvl.Stats
Witchfire Brew
Witchfire Brew
Stibnite Flask
Lasts 5.00 Seconds
Consumes 15 of 30 Charges on use
100% increased Evasion Rating
Requires Level 48Creates a Smoke Cloud on Use50% increased Charges used
(25-40)% increased Damage Over Time during Flask Effect
Grants Level 21 Despair Curse Aura during Flask Effect
"Think of those that cursed us, judged us,
and burned our sisters upon the pyre.
Think of their names as you drink,
and even their children will feel what we do to them today."
-Vadinya, to her coven
Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
48Creates a Smoke Cloud on Use50% increased Charges used
(25-40)% increased Damage Over Time during Flask Effect
Grants Level 21 Despair Curse Aura during Flask Effect
Impresence
Impresence
Onyx Amulet
Requires Level 64+(10-16) to all Attributes(30-40)% increased Damage over Time
Adds (17-19) to (23-29) Chaos Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
100% reduced Despair Mana Reservation
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
Though its body was locked in stone,
its essence wandered the infinite,
learning, and preparing.
64+(10-16) to all Attributes(30-40)% increased Damage over Time
Adds (17-19) to (23-29) Chaos Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
100% reduced Despair Mana Reservation
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy

Item acquisition
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Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Lost in Love
Act 3

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Lost in Love
Act 3
Clarissa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Despair.

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.Stats
EnchantmentDespairDuration16630% increased Despair Duration
EnchantmentDespairDuration27545% increased Despair Duration
EnchantmentDespairEffect1_6620% increased Despair Curse Effect
EnchantmentDespairEffect27530% increased Despair Curse Effect

Version history

Version Changes
3.1.0
  • Existing Vulnerability Skill gems are now DespairDespairCurse, Spell, AoE, Duration, Chaos
    Radius: 22
    Mana Cost: (24-50)
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    Requires Level 24Curse all targets in an area, making them less resistant to chaos damage and causing them to take increased damage over time. Cursed enemies also take additional chaos damage when hit.Per 1% Quality:
    Cursed enemies take 0.5% increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects
    Base duration is (9-10.9) seconds
    Cursed enemies have -(20-29)% to Chaos Resistance
    Cursed enemies take (15-25)% increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects
    Adds (9-46) to (12-57) Chaos Damage to Hits against Cursed Enemies
    +(0-10) to radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Despair skill icon.png
    gems. Despair curses all targets in an area, making them less resistant to chaos damage, and causing them to take increased damage over time. Cursed enemies also take additional chaos damage when hit. There is a new red skill gem called VulnerabilityVulnerabilityCurse, Spell, AoE, Duration
    Radius: 22
    Mana Cost: (24-50)
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    Requires Level 24Curse all targets in an area, causing them to take increased physical damage and further increased physical damage over time. Attacks against cursed enemies have a chance to inflict bleeding and maim.Per 1% Quality:
    Cursed Enemies have 0.5% chance to Bleed when Hit by Attacks
    Base duration is (9-10.9) seconds
    Cursed enemies take (30-39)% increased Physical Damage
    Cursed Enemies have 20% chance to Bleed when Hit by Attacks
    Cursed Enemies have 20% chance to be Maimed for 4 seconds when Hit by Attacks
    Cursed enemies take 30% increased Physical Damage from Damage over time
    +(0-10) to radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Vulnerability skill icon.png
    .
  • Vulnerability has been split into two skill gems - Vulnerability and Despair.
  • Despair, an Intelligence Skill Gem, curses all targets in an area, making them less resistant to chaos damage and causing them to take increased damage over time. Cursed enemies also take additional chaos damage when hit. Existing Vulnerability skill gems have become Despair.

References

  1. Mark_GGG (April 16, 2014). "Vulnerability Quality". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved April 16, 2014.