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Essence Drain

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Essence DrainSpell, Projectile, Duration, Chaos
Mana Cost: (9-27)
Cast Time: 0.75 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 60%
Requires Level 12Fires a projectile that applies a damage over time debuff when it hits. You are healed for a portion of the debuff damage. The debuff is spread by Contagion. This skill cannot be used by Traps or Mines.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Chaos Damage
Deals (21.3-1159) Base Chaos Damage per second
Regenerate 0.5% of Debuff Damage as Life
Base duration is 3.8 seconds
Deals (6-334) to (9-501) Chaos Damage
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Essence Drain skill icon.pngEssence Drain inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 12
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Orb of Transmutation
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Miscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemEssenceDrain

Essence Drain skill screenshot.jpg

Essence Drain (often referred to as ED) is a spell that fires a chaos projectile that applies a damage over time debuff when it hits the enemy. The spell also regenerates a portion of the debuff damage as life. If target dies while afflicted with both ContagionContagionSpell, AoE, Duration, Chaos
Radius: 20
Mana Cost: (11-28)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Requires Level 4Unleashes a vile contagion on enemies, dealing chaos damage over time. If an enemy dies while affected by Contagion, it spreads to other enemies.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (3.5-235.9) Base Chaos Damage per second
Base duration is 5 seconds
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
+(0-4) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Contagion skill icon.png
and Essence Drain, the remaining duration of both degeneration effects will be spread to nearby enemies.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Damage over time: Modifiers to spell, chaos damage, and damage over time affect the damage over time component of this spell. Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this skill's Damage Over Time Effect modifier does not affect other damage over time effects created by this skill, such as poison or ignite.
  • Traps and Mines: Essence Drain can not be supported by Trap SupportTrap SupportSupport, Trap
    Icon: T
    Mana Multiplier: 110%
    Requires Level 8Supports spells, or attacks that use bows or wands. Instead of using that skill, you will throw a trap that will use the skill for you when an enemy walks near it.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Trap Throwing Speed
    Trap lasts 4 seconds
    Supported Attack Skills cannot be used with Melee Weapons
    Supported Skills have (0-10)% increased Trap Throwing Speed
    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.
    and Remote Mine SupportRemote Mine SupportSupport, Mine
    Icon: Y
    Mana Multiplier: 150%
    Requires Level 8Supports spells, or attacks that use bows or wands. Instead of using that skill, you will place a mine that will use the skill for you when you detonate it.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Mine Laying Speed
    Places a Remote Mine which uses the Supported Skill when detonated
    Mine lasts 16 seconds
    Supported Skills deal (30-49)% more Mine Damage
    Supported Attack Skills cannot be used with Melee Weapons
    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.
    .
  • Debuff Regeneration: The amount of life regenerated from the debuff damage caused by Essence Drain is calculated solely off the final amount of outbound damage dealt by the skill, not the damage inflicted on an enemy. An easy way to calculate the amount of regen provided is to multiply the tooltip amount of debuff damage by 0.5%. This will give you the amount of regen that Essence Drain will grant you per target effected. This means that using methods to increased the enemies received damage from sources such as DespairDespairSpell, AoE, Duration, Curse, 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
    , WitherWitherSpell, AoE, Duration, Chaos, Channelling
    Mana Cost: (4-10)
    Cast Time: 0.28 sec
    Requires Level 10Casts a debilitating debuff on enemies in an area, hindering their movement and also inflicts the Withered debuff, which increases the Chaos Damage they take and can stack up to 15 times.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Skill Effect Duration
    (30-36)% reduced Movement Speed
    6% increased Chaos Damage taken
    Base duration is 0.5 seconds
    Withered lasts 2 seconds
    (0-19)% increased Area of Effect
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Wither skill icon.png
    , or the Occultist Void Beacon notable does not influence the amount of regen provided by Essence Drain.

Strategy

The damage per cast of this spell is humongous, the damage it does per second is comparable to the damage of most spells and it keeps dealing damage (like with totems). Because this spell normally can hit only one enemy, it's not very useful alone unless the target is a boss or a player. However, it can be supported by Lesser Multiple Projectiles SupportLesser Multiple Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
Icon: l
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 8Supports projectile skills.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Attack Speed
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Cast Speed
Supported Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles
Supported Skills deal (25-16)% less Projectile Damage
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.
or similar projectile support skills to hit more enemies at once and in the case of weaker monsters, ContagionContagionSpell, AoE, Duration, Chaos
Radius: 20
Mana Cost: (11-28)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Requires Level 4Unleashes a vile contagion on enemies, dealing chaos damage over time. If an enemy dies while affected by Contagion, it spreads to other enemies.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (3.5-235.9) Base Chaos Damage per second
Base duration is 5 seconds
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
+(0-4) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Contagion skill icon.png
can be used to spread it to the whole pack and kill a lot of monsters just with two casts.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.dexterityintelligenceMana
Cost
Chaos
Damage
per sec
Chaos
Damage
Exp.Total Exp.
1121421921.36 to 900
21517251027.98 to 1215,24915,249
3192130113911 to 1741,51756,766
42324351253.515 to 2381,983138,749
52728411372.321 to 31147,968286,717
63132461496.628 to 42250,557537,274
735365116127.837 to 55405,086942,360
838385516156.845 to 68447,7181,390,078
941415917191.555 to 83615,3182,005,396
1044446318233.267 to 101834,6392,840,035
1147476719283.182 to 1221,570,7604,410,795
1250497120342.699 to 1481,633,9876,044,782
1353527521413.7119 to 1792,151,0308,195,812
1456557922498.4144 to 2152,812,18911,008,001
1559588323599.1173 to 2595,099,36016,107,361
1662608724718.9207 to 3119,400,73125,508,092
1764629024810.9234 to 35015,273,36640,781,458
1866649225914263 to 39526,286,58267,068,040
19686695261029.6297 to 44562,890,590129,958,630
20706898271159334 to 501212,046,017342,004,647
217270100281303.9376 to 563N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A291466422 to 633N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A291647.2474 to 712N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A301849.9533 to 799N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A302076.5598 to 897N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A312329.6671 to 1006N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A322612.4752 to 1129N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A332928.2843 to 1265N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A333280.7945 to 1417N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A343674.11058 to 1587N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A343887.51120 to 1679N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A3441131185 to 1777N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A344351.11253 to 1880N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A354602.61326 to 1988N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A354868.11402 to 2103N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A355148.51483 to 2224N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A365444.51568 to 2352N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A365757.11658 to 2487N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A366087.11753 to 2630N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A376435.41853 to 2780N/AN/A

Item acquisition
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Quest reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1

Vendor reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1
Nessa
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Essence Drain.

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
EnchantmentEssenceDrainDamage16625% increased Essence Drain Damage
EnchantmentEssenceDrainDamage27540% increased Essence Drain Damage
EnchantmentEssenceDrainDuration16620% increased Essence Drain Duration
EnchantmentEssenceDrainDuration27530% increased Essence Drain Duration

Microtransactions

The list below shows microtransactions for Essence Drain.

ItemEffect(s)
Arcane Essence Drain Effect
Arcane Essence Drain EffectEssence Drain Skin
Stack Size: 20
Your Essence Drain becomes a blue arcane effect.
Your Essence Drain becomes a blue arcane effect.

Version history

Version Changes
3.3.0
  • Now specifies it cannot be used by traps or mines.
2.1.1c
  • Fixed an instance crash with Essence Drain [...].
  • Fixed a bug with Essence Drain spreading between enemies.
2.1.1b
  • Fixed a bug where players could get the Essence Drain life recovery effect stuck on their character until changing instances.
2.1.1
  • Essence Drain can now be supported by "Cast On" trigger support gems.
2.1.0
  • Added to the game.