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Dread BannerAoE, Spell, Duration, Aura
Mana Cost: 10
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 24Casting once reserves mana to carry a banner which makes nearby allies inflict impale with attacks, and lessens the accuracy of nearby enemies. Gain stages by impaling enemies while carrying the banner. Casting the skill again places the banner, ending the mana reservation. Once placed, it becomes more powerful for each stage gained. You cannot have multiple banners at the same time.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased effect of Aura
Nearby Enemies have (15-21)% less Accuracy Rating
You and nearby Allies have 20% chance to Impale Enemies on Hit with Attacks
When placed, 8% increased Area of Effect per Stage
When placed, 1% increased Aura effect per Stage
+1 second to Base Placed Banner Duration per Stage
Gain Fortify for 0.05 seconds per Stage on Placing the Banner
2% increased Fortify effect per Stage
Gain 1 Stage when you Impale an Enemy while carrying the Banner, up to 5 per second
You and nearby Allies have (0-19)% increased Impale Effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Dread Banner skill icon.pngDread Banner inventory icon.png
Level: 24
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Orb of Alteration
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemDreadBanner

Dread Banner is an aura skill and a source of Impale and Fortify, and reduces the accuracy of nearby enemies. The melee tag is notably absent. Dread Banner is a banner aura.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Increased Fortify effect per Stage: The increased Fortify effect only affects the Fortify granted by the banner itself.

Gem level progression

Exp.Total Exp.

Effect of gem level and quality on Impale bonuses

The bonuses to chance and effect of Impale granted by raising the quality of Dread Banner are a little counterintuitive due to the aggressive rounding which isn't immediately obvious from the gem description. The table below is intended to help understanding the value of various combinations of gem level and quality and figuring out what combination to aim for.

Chance to Impale Gem quality breakpoint
20% 0%
21% 10%
22% 20%
23% 30%
24% 40%
25% 50%
26% 60%
27% 70%
Increased Impale Effect Gem quality breakpoint @ level 20 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 21 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 22 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 23 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 24 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 25 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 26 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 27 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 28 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 29
19% 0% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
20% 12% 0% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
21% 22% 10% 0% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
22% 32% 20% 10% 0% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
23% 44% 30% 20% 10% 0% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
24% 54% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% n/a n/a n/a n/a
25% 64% 50% 40% 28% 18% 10% 0% n/a n/a n/a
26% n/a 60% 48% 38% 28% 18% 8% 0% n/a n/a
27% n/a 70% 58% 46% 36% 26% 16% 8% 0% n/a
28% n/a n/a 68% 56% 44% 34% 24% 16% 8% 0%
29% n/a n/a n/a 64% 54% 42% 32% 24% 16% 8%
30% n/a n/a n/a n/a 62% 50% 40% 32% 24% 16%
31% n/a n/a n/a n/a 70% 60% 48% 40% 30% 22%
32% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 68% 56% 48% 38% 30%
33% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 64% 54% 46% 36%
34% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 72% 62% 52% 44%
35% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 60% 50%
36% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 58%

Notes and explanations

  • The values provided for gem level and quality are theoretical, with some only achievable using highly impractical or exquisitely rare gear, and are only there for reference. For most intents and purposes the practical values are limited to gem level 26 and quality 54%. Higher values can still be achieved using corrupted Dialla's MalefactionDialla's Malefaction
    Sage's Robe
    Quality: +20%
    Energy Shield: 88
    Requires Level 373% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)Gems can be Socketed in this Item ignoring Socket Colour
    Gems Socketed in Red Sockets have +1 to Level
    Gems Socketed in Green Sockets have +10% to Quality
    Gems Socketed in Blue Sockets gain 25% increased Experience
    Has no Attribute Requirements
    He took me by my hand, promised me power beyond compare.
    But i did not do it for power.
    I did it for love.
    And I'd do it again in an instant.
    or a specifically crafted and double-corrupted pair of gloves in conjunction with level 4 Empower and Enhance support gems. Bold font indicates that the quality breakpoint can be achieved using only the gem's own quality bonus.
  • Assuming there are no other sources of aura effect on the passive tree and gear, a corrupted Dread Banner at level 20 with 22–23% quality will always outperform the gem at level 21 with sub-20% quality. The reason for this is that both round down to 21% increased Impale effect while 20% quality also provides an extra percent point of chance to Impale. Having a level 21 gem with 20% quality is, of course, superior to both, as it hits the breakpoints for both the chance and effect of Impale.
  • In terms of a DPS increase, hitting the next breakpoint on the chance to Impale is generally more worthwhile than Impale effect. Thus, since the chance is flat at all levels and is only raised by gem quality, it's more practical to support Dread Banner with Enhance rather than with Empower if given an opportunity, unless the latter can serve a double purpose by supporting another DPS-increasing gem. A level 21 Dread Banner with 20% quality supported by a level 4 Enhance will be able to reach a 24% increase on both chance and effect of Impale; whereas if supported by level 4 Empower it would only have 22% increased chance and 25% increased effect, which works out to a significantly lower DPS increase as well as increased mana reservation due to Empower's higher mana multiplier.

Item acquisition

Quest reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Lost in Love
Act 3

Vendor reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Lost in Love
Act 3
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment Dread Banner:


Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Dread Banner.

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 Dread Banner Effect 166Dread Banner has 25% increased Aura Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Dread Banner Effect 275Dread Banner has 40% increased Aura Effecthelmet 100
default 0

Version history

Version Changes
  • Dread Banner has been added to the game.