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Detonate Dead

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Detonate DeadCast, AoE, Fire
Radius: 22
Mana Cost: (7 to 30)
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Requires Level 4Explodes an unused corpse, dealing fire damage to nearby enemies.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Cast Speed
Explosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 6% of the corpse's maximum Life
Deals (4-276) to (5-414) Fire Damage
Damage cannot be Reflected
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Detonate Dead skill icon.pngDetonate Dead inventory icon.png
Level: 5
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Scroll of Wisdom
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment

Detonate Dead skill screenshot.jpg

To a skilled practitioner of the occult, the corpses of slain foes are a tool to bend to their dark purpose. While most seek to animate the very souls of fallen enemies, a crafty handful have discovered an even more potent use. Infusing the enzymes and acids of the target's body with magical energy, the caster creates a volatile mixture that detonates violently when a final word is spoken. The explosion blasts outwards in every direction, showering nearby enemies with flame and toxic liquid. At higher levels of skill, the detonation will damage and stun foes in a wide area.

Description on the official Path of Exile website [1]

Detonate Dead is a cast that explodes a corpse, dealing fire secondary damage in an area around it.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Secondary damage: Detonate Dead's explosion deals secondary damage, hence it cannot be affected by stats affecting spell damage, including ones such as x% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells. However the corpse explosion component of the spell will receive bonuses from elemental, area, and fire related stats.
  • Partying: While in a party, the explosion ignores the increased life added for each player beyond the first and treats the monster's life as if the player was solo.[2]
  • Blocking: The damage from the Detonate Dead explosion cannot be blocked

Gem level progression

Exp.Total Exp.
140074 to 500
260085 to 8841841
3917098 to 113,0993,940
4122114109 to 147,43311,373
51626181113 to 1922,89534,268
62031221217 to 2549,72583,993
72437251422 to 3395,714179,707
82842291528 to 43169,595349,302
93247331736 to 54283,759633,061
103652361946 to 69453,9961,087,057
114058402158 to 87703,1281,790,185
124463442272 to 1081,061,2232,851,408
134868482390 to 1352,065,8704,917,278
1452745124111 to 1672,507,1107,424,388
1555785425130 to 1952,573,7319,998,119
1658825726152 to 2277,611,35117,609,470
1761866027176 to 26513,437,90831,047,378
1864906228205 to 30825,052,14756,099,525
1967946529238 to 35743,869,43699,968,961
2070986830276 to 414242,081,178342,050,139
21721007031304 to 456N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A32335 to 502N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A33369 to 553N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A34406 to 609N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A34446 to 669N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A35491 to 736N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A36539 to 809N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A37592 to 888N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A38650 to 975N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A38713 to 1070N/AN/A

Quest reward

This skill is not given as quest reward.

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
Breaking Some Eggs
Act 1
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Detonate Dead:

Name For 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. Effect(s)
EnchantmentDetonateDeadDamage16625% increased Detonate Dead Damage
EnchantmentDetonateDeadDamage27540% increased Detonate Dead Damage
EnchantmentDetonateDeadPercentChanceToDetonateAdditionalCorpse166Detonate Dead has a 30% chance to detonate an additional Corpse
EnchantmentDetonateDeadPercentChanceToDetonateAdditionalCorpse275Detonate Dead has a 45% chance to detonate an additional Corpse
EnchantmentDetonateDeadRadius1668% increased Detonate Dead Area of Effect
EnchantmentDetonateDeadRadius27512% increased Detonate Dead Area of Effect

Version history

Version Changes
  • Radius increased by 22%.
  • Radius of the explosion increased by 12.5% (from 16 to 18).
  • Damage caused by the detonation of corpses can no longer be reflected.
  • We have corrected the cast time to 800ms, as originally stated in the 1.2.0 patch notes.
  • This now deals entirely fire damage. It deals 8% of corpse life as well as flat damage. The damage increase per level has been significantly increased. The base cast time has been decreased from 850ms to 800ms. Quality on this skill now offers substantially less cast speed, from 60% cast speed at 20 quality to 20% cast speed at 20 quality.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the damage dealt by Detonate Dead to be delayed.
  • Mana cost reduced.
  • The mana cost of Detonate Dead has been reduced at early levels so that it's around 40% cheaper.
    It ramps up to the same mana cost as before for high levels.
  • Slightly increased the radius of Detonate Dead's explosion.
  • Improved the effects for Detonate Dead.
  • Reduced the critical strike chance on Detonate Dead.
  • Changed Detonate Dead to not have the damage scaled by mods that affect Spell Damage.
  • Fixed a crash involving Detonate Dead.
  • Changed Detonate Dead to be 20% monster health in fire damage and then the rest is physical
  • Detonate Dead skill gem should now drop
  • Added skills: Raise Zombie, Detonate Dead, Cold Snap


  1. Path of Exile. "Dexterity skills". Official Path of Exile website.
  2. Mark_GGG (February 3, 2013). "Devs and other GD people - Kripps Death a good thing". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved August 2, 2013.