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Dual wielding refers to using a one-handed weapon in both hands. It is intended to be an option halfway between the damage output of two-handed weapons and the defensiveness of a shield and weapon combo.

Whenever the player equips two one-handed weapons of any type, dual wielding grants the following stats:

The attack speed bonus is applied multiplicatively with other attack speed modifiers. These bonuses to dual wielding can be increased via passive skills. Weapons do not have to be of the same type to receive dual wielding bonuses.

There are no penalties of any kind to attacks with the player's off-hand weapon. The majority of attack skills in Path of Exile will alternate between equipped weapons for attacks,[1] swinging first with the main hand and then with the off-hand weapon. The resulting attack speed is the average of the two weapons' attack speed, so the total time for a pair of attacks is as if each weapon attacked once.

It is possible to dual-wield wands. However, players cannot wield a wand in one hand and a melee weapon in the other.

Interaction with skills

While dual wielding, when you use an attack skill you will use the skill with your main hand then use it on the off hand, alternating with each use. Whirling BladesWhirling BladesAttack, Movement, Melee
Mana Cost: 15
Cast Time: 2.60 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (80%-99%)
Requires Level 10Dive through enemies, dealing weapon damage. Only works with daggers, claws and one handed swords. Cannot be supported by Multistrike.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
Deals (80-99)% of Base Damage
+0.6 seconds to Attack Time
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Whirling Blades skill icon.png
is a special exception, which deals damage with a random weapon on hit.

When using a weapon-specific skill while dual wielding, both weapons must be compatible with the skill in order for the skill to be usable. For example, you cannot use ReaveReaveAttack, AoE, Melee
Radius: 20
Mana Cost: 6
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 12Attacks a small area in front of you. Each Reave that hits an enemy increases the area of effect. The area is reset after a short period without hitting anything. Only works with Daggers, Claws, and One-Handed Swords.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
Deals (100-138)% of Base Damage
50% more Area of Effect for each stage
+(0-4) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Reave skill icon.png
while you have both a dagger and a sceptre equipped.

Simultaneous attacks

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
CleaveCleaveAttack, AoE, Melee
Radius: 20
Mana Cost: 6
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (110%-163%)
The character swings their weapon (or both weapons if dual wielding) in an arc towards the target. Also does damage to other nearby monsters. Only works with Axes and Swords.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
Deals (110-163.2)% of Base Damage
When Dual Wielding, Deals 60% Damage from each Weapon combined
+(0-6) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Cleave skill icon.png
yesyesN/A1
Dual StrikeDual StrikeAttack, Melee
Mana Cost: 5
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (85%-104%)
Attacks with both weapons, dealing the damage of both in one strike. Dual wield only. Does not work with wands.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
Deals (85-104)% of Base Damage
+(0-2) to Melee range
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Dual Strike skill icon.png
yesyesN/A1
RiposteRiposteTrigger, Attack, Melee
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 0.80 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 4Perform a deadly counter-attack when you block. Uses both weapons while you're dual wielding.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Damage
Deals (100-138)% of Base Damage
Trigger this Skill when you Block
You cannot use this Attack directly
+(0-2) to Melee range
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Riposte skill icon.png
N/AyesN/A4

Unique items

These items contain bonuses which can only be obtained through dual wielding:

ItemLvl.Stats
Ungil's Gauche
Ungil's Gauche
Boot Knife
Dagger
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (18-19.8)(70-77)
Elemental Damage: 3–30
Critical Strike Chance: 6.30%
Attacks per Second: 1.54
Weapon Range: 8
Requires Level 20, 31 Dex, 45 Int30% increased Global Critical Strike Chance+12% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
(80-100)% increased Physical Damage
+(10-20) to Dexterity
Adds 3 to 30 Lightning Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
50% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Unwieldy and garish became graceful
and deadly in Ungil's nimble hands.
2030% increased Global Critical Strike Chance+12% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
(80-100)% increased Physical Damage
+(10-20) to Dexterity
Adds 3 to 30 Lightning Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
50% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Prismatic Eclipse
Prismatic Eclipse
Twilight Blade
One Handed Sword
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (60-72)(140.4-151.2)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.30
Weapon Range: 9
Requires Level 53, 91 Str, 91 Dex40% increased Global Accuracy Rating+8% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Adds (20-30) to (31-40) Physical Damage
25% increased Global Physical Damage with Weapons per Red Socket
12% increased Global Attack Speed per Green Socket
0.4% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana per Blue Socket
+2 to Melee Weapon Range per White Socket
"A raging Solaris seared and contorted the orb's surface.
A despairing Lunaris filled the scars with her tears.
Yet Viridi remained, trapped within, forever more."
- Azmerian Creation Myth
5340% increased Global Accuracy Rating+8% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Adds (20-30) to (31-40) Physical Damage
25% increased Global Physical Damage with Weapons per Red Socket
12% increased Global Attack Speed per Green Socket
0.4% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana per Blue Socket
+2 to Melee Weapon Range per White Socket
Wings of Entropy
Wings of Entropy
Sundering Axe
Two Handed Axe
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (136.4-148.8)(281.6-307.2)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.25
Weapon Range: 11
Requires Level 60, 149 Str, 76 Dex7.5% Chance to Block Spell Damage
+8% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
(100-120)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (55-65) to (100-120) Fire Damage in Main Hand
Adds (55-65) to (100-120) Chaos Damage in Off Hand
Counts as Dual Wielding
Fire and Anarchy are the most reliable agents of change.
607.5% Chance to Block Spell Damage
+8% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
(100-120)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (55-65) to (100-120) Fire Damage in Main Hand
Adds (55-65) to (100-120) Chaos Damage in Off Hand
Counts as Dual Wielding
Mark of the Doubting Knight
Mark of the Doubting Knight
Platinum Kris
Dagger
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (88.8-93.6)(351.5-370.5)
Critical Strike Chance: 6.50%
Attacks per Second: 1.08
Weapon Range: 8
Requires Level 64, 76 Dex, 149 Int50% increased Global Critical Strike Chance+5% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
(250-270)% increased Physical Damage
10% reduced Attack Speed
+(6-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
50% chance to Cause Bleeding on Critical Strike
50% chance to Cause Poison on Critical Strike
Nothing is pure.
Slice open the Innocent
And spill a thousand Sins.
6450% increased Global Critical Strike Chance+5% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
(250-270)% increased Physical Damage
10% reduced Attack Speed
+(6-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
50% chance to Cause Bleeding on Critical Strike
50% chance to Cause Poison on Critical Strike
Essentia Sanguis
Essentia Sanguis
Vaal Claw
Claw
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (75.4-87)(197.6-228)
Elemental Damage: 1–200
Critical Strike Chance: 6.50%
Attacks per Second: (1.56-1.69)
Weapon Range: 9
Requires Level 66, 95 Dex, 131 Int2% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life+8% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding Claws
(140-180)% increased Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 200 Lightning Damage
(20-30)% increased Attack Speed
+(30-40) to maximum Energy Shield
Life Leech is applied to Energy Shield instead
The darkest clouds clashed and coupled,
giving birth to four lightning children of hate.
662% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life+8% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding Claws
(140-180)% increased Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 200 Lightning Damage
(20-30)% increased Attack Speed
+(30-40) to maximum Energy Shield
Life Leech is applied to Energy Shield instead
Rigwald's Savagery
Rigwald's Savagery
Royal Axe
One Handed Axe
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (124.8-148.8)(282-318)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: (1.32-1.38)
Weapon Range: 9
Requires Level 67, 167 Str, 57 DexAdds (50-70) to (135-165) Physical Damage
40% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
(10-15)% increased Attack Speed
35% increased Attack Speed with Swords
25% chance to cause Bleeding on Hit
Tear the flesh from the bone.
Turn the bone to dust.
Scatter the dust to the wind.
67Adds (50-70) to (135-165) Physical Damage
40% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
(10-15)% increased Attack Speed
35% increased Attack Speed with Swords
25% chance to cause Bleeding on Hit
Rigwald's Command
Rigwald's Command
Midnight Blade
One Handed Sword
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (114-138)(298.8-334.8)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.30
Weapon Range: 9
Requires Level 68, 113 Str, 113 Dex40% increased Global Accuracy Rating+10% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Adds (60-80) to (150-180) Physical Damage
80% increased Physical Damage with Axes
+(350-400) to Accuracy Rating
15% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge on Kill
Fear not death. Turn to him, face him.
And smile as he sinks his teeth
into the throats of our oppressors.
6840% increased Global Accuracy Rating+10% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Adds (60-80) to (150-180) Physical Damage
80% increased Physical Damage with Axes
+(350-400) to Accuracy Rating
15% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge on Kill

Passive skills

There are passive skills that grant dual wielding bonuses.

Physical damage while dual wielding

These passive skills grant increased physical damage with weapons while dual wielding.

NameStats
Dual Wield Damage
Damagedualwieldgreen passive skill icon.png
12% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 12% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1] [2] [3] [4]

10% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 10% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1] [2] [3] [4]
Dual Wield Damage and Attack Speed
Damagedualwieldgreen passive skill icon.png
3% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
8% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 8% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1] [2]

3% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
10% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 10% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1] [2]
Dual Wield Damage and Block
Dualwieldblock passive skill icon.png
6% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 6% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1] [2]
Aspect of the Panther
Heartofthepanther passive skill icon.png
16% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
6% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
+10 to maximum Life
Attack Skills deal 16% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Blade Barrier
Dualwieldblock passive skill icon.png
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
18% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
50% increased Block Recovery
Attack Skills deal 18% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Dervish
Bladebarrier passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
24% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
6% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 24% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Duality
Twinslice passive skill icon.png
24% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 24% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Gemini
Gemini passive skill icon.png
15% increased Accuracy Rating while Dual Wielding
20% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 20% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Swagger
Swagger passive skill icon.png
24% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 24% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]

Damage with aliments while dual wielding

These passive skills grant increased aliment damage while dual wielding.

NameStats
Dual Wield Damage
Damagedualwieldgreen passive skill icon.png
12% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 12% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1] [2] [3] [4]

10% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 10% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1] [2] [3] [4]
Dual Wield Damage and Attack Speed
Damagedualwieldgreen passive skill icon.png
3% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
8% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 8% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1] [2]

3% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
10% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 10% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1] [2]
Dual Wield Damage and Block
Dualwieldblock passive skill icon.png
6% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 6% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1] [2]
Ambidexterity
Ambidexterity passive skill icon.png
26% increased Attack Damage with Main Hand
20% increased Attack Speed with Off Hand
Attack Skills deal 26% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Aspect of the Panther
Heartofthepanther passive skill icon.png
16% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
6% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
+10 to maximum Life
Attack Skills deal 16% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Blade Barrier
Dualwieldblock passive skill icon.png
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
18% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
50% increased Block Recovery
Attack Skills deal 18% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Dervish
Bladebarrier passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
24% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
6% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 24% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Duality
Twinslice passive skill icon.png
24% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 24% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Gemini
Gemini passive skill icon.png
15% increased Accuracy Rating while Dual Wielding
20% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 20% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Swagger
Swagger passive skill icon.png
24% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 24% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]

Accuracy while dual wielding

These passive skills grant increased accuracy rating while dual wielding.

NameStats
Dual Wield Accuracy
Dualwieldaccuracy passive skill icon.png
18% increased Accuracy Rating while Dual Wielding [1]
16% increased Accuracy Rating while Dual Wielding [1]
Gemini
Gemini passive skill icon.png
15% increased Accuracy Rating while Dual Wielding
20% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 20% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]

Attack speed while dual wielding

These passive skills grant increased attack speed while dual wielding.

NameStats
Dual Wield Attack and Cast Speed
Dualwieldspeedint passive skill icon.png
4% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
4% increased Cast Speed while Dual Wielding [1] [2] [3]
Dual Wield Attack Speed
Attackspeeddual passive skill icon.png
4% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding [1] [2] [3]
Dual Wield Damage and Attack Speed
Damagedualwieldgreen passive skill icon.png
3% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
8% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 8% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1] [2]

3% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
10% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 10% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1] [2]
Aspect of the Panther
Heartofthepanther passive skill icon.png
16% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
6% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
+10 to maximum Life
Attack Skills deal 16% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Dark Arts
Arenalord passive skill icon.png
+20 to Dexterity
12% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
8% increased Cast Speed while Dual Wielding [1]
Dervish
Bladebarrier passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
24% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
6% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 24% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]

Cast speed while dual wielding

These passive skills grant increased cast speed while dual wielding.

NameStats
Dual Wield Attack and Cast Speed
Dualwieldspeedint passive skill icon.png
4% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
4% increased Cast Speed while Dual Wielding [1] [2] [3]
Dark Arts
Arenalord passive skill icon.png
+20 to Dexterity
12% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
8% increased Cast Speed while Dual Wielding [1]

Critical strike chance while dual wielding

These passive skills grant increased critical strike chance with weapons while dual wielding.

NameStats
Dual Wield Critical Strike Chance
Attackspeeddual passive skill icon.png
25% increased Weapon Critical Strike Chance while Dual Wielding [1] [2]
Twin Terrors
Scissorblades passive skill icon.png
75% increased Weapon Critical Strike Chance while Dual Wielding [1]

Chance to block while dual wielding

These passive skills grant additional chance to block while dual wielding.

NameStats
Block
Shieldblock passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield [1]
Block and Block Recovery
Shieldblock passive skill icon.png
+1% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield
30% increased Block Recovery [1] [2]
Dual Wield Block
Dualwieldblock passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding [1] [2] [3]
Dual Wield Damage and Block
Dualwieldblock passive skill icon.png
6% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 6% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1] [2]
Aspect of the Panther
Heartofthepanther passive skill icon.png
16% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
6% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
+10 to maximum Life
Attack Skills deal 16% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Blade Barrier
Dualwieldblock passive skill icon.png
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
18% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
50% increased Block Recovery
Attack Skills deal 18% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Brutal Blade
Cruelblade passive skill icon.png
20% increased Physical Damage with Swords
8% increased Attack Speed with Swords
+20 to Strength
+4% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield
30% increased Damage with Ailments from Attack Skills while wielding a Sword [1]
Dervish
Bladebarrier passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
24% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
6% increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 24% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Gemini
Gemini passive skill icon.png
15% increased Accuracy Rating while Dual Wielding
20% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 20% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Swagger
Swagger passive skill icon.png
24% increased Physical Weapon Damage while Dual Wielding
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Attack Skills deal 24% increased Damage with Ailments while Dual Wielding [1]
Weapon Artistry
Blademistress passive skill icon.png
16% increased Attack Physical Damage
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield
+10 to Strength and Dexterity
4% increased Attack Speed [1]

Miscellaneous

Those passive skills do not fit into the categories above:

NameStats

Ascendancy passive skills

Ascendancy
Class
NameStats
Gladiator
Gladiator avatar.png
One Handed Speed, Block Chance
GLADBlockChance (Gladiator) passive skill icon.png
+2% Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding or holding a Shield
5% increased Attack Speed with One Handed Weapons [1] [2] [3]
Gladiator
Gladiator avatar.png
Outmatch and Outlast
GLADOutmatchOutlast (Gladiator) passive skill icon.png
25% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge on Kill with Main Hand
25% chance to gain an Endurance Charge on Kill with Off Hand
10% more Physical Damage while at maximum Frenzy Charges
10% reduced Physical Damage taken while at maximum Endurance Charges [1]

Version history

Version Changes
3.5.0
  • You can no longer use skills that require a specific weapon if you are dual-wielding and one of your equipped weapons is unsuitable for that skill. For example, you will no longer be able to use Reave with a dagger and sceptre equipped.
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