Mana Reserved: 10%
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.00 secRequires 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 AuraBase Duration of 10 seconds after being Placed
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 EffectPlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.Acquisition
Level: 24Purchase Costs
|Normal||1x Orb of Alteration|
1x Scroll FragmentMiscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemDreadBanner
Dread Banner is a banner aura skill. While the banner is active, it grants the user and nearby allies a chance to impale on attack and causes nearby enemies to have decreased accuracy. When placed, the Banner provides a Fortify effect to nearby allies.
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
This item can be acquired through the following upgrade paths or vendor recipes:
|6||The 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 gem||Automatic|
|13||The CataclysmThe Cataclysm13Level 21 Spell Gem|
CorruptedThe 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 gem||Automatic|
|3||Gemcutter'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|
This item is given as quest reward for the following quests:
|Lost in Love|
This item can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
|A Fixture of Fate|
|Lost in Love|
|Fallen from Grace|
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|
|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|
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 RobeQuality: +20%
Energy Shield: 88
Movement Speed: -3%Requires Level 37Gems 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 RequirementsHe 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.
The following threshold jewels augment Dread Banner:
Related helmet enchantments
The following helmet enchantments affect Dread Banner.
|Enchantment Dread Banner Effect 1||66||Dread Banner has 25% increased Aura Effect||helmet 100|
|Enchantment Dread Banner Effect 2||75||Dread Banner has 40% increased Aura Effect||helmet 100|