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Ethereal Knives

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Ethereal KnivesSpell, Projectile
Mana Cost: (5-23)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Projectile Speed: 1300
Fires an arc of knives in front of the caster which deals physical damage.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Projectile Speed
Deals (6-457) to (9-685) Physical Damage
Fires 9 additional Projectiles
(0-19)% increased Projectile Speed
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Ethereal Knives skill icon.pngEthereal Knives inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 5
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Scroll of Wisdom
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Miscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemEtherealKnives

Ethereal Knives skill screenshot.jpg

Ethereal Knives (often referred to as EK) is a spell that throws ten knives in front of the caster that deal physical damage. Multiple knives cannot hit the same target. The angle of the spell's arc is fixed and does not depend on where the cursor is, unlike other projectile skills.

Despite the fact that it does physical damage, Ethereal Knives is a spell and not an attack. It does not utilize weapon damage in any way.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Physical spell damage: Ethereal Knives is affected by modifiers to Spell Damage, Physical Damage, and Projectile Damage. Its damage can also be improved by Added Fire Damage SupportAdded Fire Damage SupportFire, Support
    Icon: F
    Mana Multiplier: 120%
    Requires Level 8Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Fire Damage
    Supported Skills gain (25-44)% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire DamageThis 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.
    , Brutality SupportBrutality SupportSupport
    Icon: U
    Mana Multiplier: 130%
    Requires Level 38Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Physical Damage
    Supported Skills deal (40-59)% more Physical Damage
    Supported Skills deal no Elemental Damage
    Supported Skills deal no Chaos 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.
    , Physical to Lightning SupportPhysical to Lightning SupportLightning, Support
    Icon: x
    Mana Multiplier: 110%
    Requires Level 18Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Physical Damage
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Lightning Damage
    Supported Skills have 50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
    Supported Skills gain (10-29)% of Physical Damage as Extra Lightning 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.
    , HatredHatredAura, Spell, AoE, Cold
    Radius: 36
    Mana Reserved: 50%
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 1.20 sec
    Requires Level 24Casts an aura that grants extra cold damage based on physical damage to you and your allies.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Area of Effect
    You and nearby allies gain (26-36)% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage
    +(0-19) to radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Hatred skill icon.png
    , and Herald of AshHerald of AshSpell, AoE, Fire, Herald, Duration
    Radius: 10
    Mana Reserved: 25%
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
    Requires Level 16Grants a buff providing fire damage based on your physical damage. While you have this buff, if you kill an enemy, other enemies near them will be burned based on the overkill damage. The burn inflicted by this skill can only be affected by modifiers to damage over time (burning damage is damage over time).Per 1% Quality:
    0.75% increased Fire Damage
    Gain 15% of your Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage
    Base duration is 4 seconds
    Base Burning Damage is 25% of Overkill Damage
    (9-12)% more Spell Fire Damage
    (0-38)% more Burning Damage
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Herald of Ash skill icon.png
    .
  • Projectile speed: The projectiles move at an average speed of close to 120 units/s for roughly 0.25 seconds, putting their effective range at somewhere around 30ish units. Then inherently have a variation of +/−40% base speed, but the average will be around 30.[1] Modifiers to projectile speed will increase the average distance that Ethereal Knives projectiles travel before they fade, effectively increasing the maximum range of the spell.
  • Leech: Since it is a spell, Ethereal Knives is not affected by Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life or Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana. However, unspecified leech such as from Warlord's MarkWarlord's MarkSpell, AoE, Duration, Curse
    Radius: 22
    Mana Cost: (24-50)
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    Requires Level 24Curses all targets in an area, making them more vulnerable to stuns. Hitting the cursed targets will leech life and mana, and killing them will result in a chance to gain an endurance charge.Per 1% Quality:
    Cursed enemies have a 0.5% chance to grant an Endurance Charge when slain
    Base duration is (6-9.8) seconds
    Cursed enemies have (21-30)% reduced Stun and Block Recovery
    Cursed enemies have an additional 10% chance to be Stunned
    Cursed enemies grant 2% Life Leech when Hit
    Cursed enemies grant 2% Mana Leech when Hit
    Cursed enemies have a (21-30)% chance to grant an Endurance Charge when slain
    +(0-10) to radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Warlord's Mark skill icon.png
    , Life Leech SupportLife Leech SupportSupport
    Icon: l
    Mana Multiplier: 130%
    Requires Level 31Supports any skill that hits enemies, causing those hits to leech life based on damage dealt.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Life Leeched per second
    Supported Skills have 2% of Damage Leeched as Life
    Supported Skills have (0-38)% increased Life Leeched per second
    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 Mana Leech SupportMana Leech SupportSupport
    Icon: m
    Requires Level 31Supports any skill that hits enemies, causing those hits to leech mana based on damage dealt.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Mana Leeched per second
    Supported Skills have 2% of Damage Leeched as Mana
    Supported Skills have (0-38)% increased Mana Leeched per second
    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.
    will function with Ethereal Knives.
  • Can be used in left mouse button slot to cast and move.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.dexterityintelligenceMana
Cost
Physical
Damage
increased
Projectile
Speed
Exp.Total Exp.
110056 to 9N/A00
220067 to 101%7070
340078 to 122%308378
47140811 to 173%1,5541,932
511190916 to 234%6,6678,599
61626181023 to 355%26,04734,646
72031221131 to 466%49,72584,371
82437251240 to 607%95,714180,085
92842291351 to 768%169,595349,680
103247331465 to 979%283,759633,439
113652361681 to 12210%453,9961,087,435
1240584017102 to 15211%703,1281,790,563
1344634418126 to 18912%1,061,2232,851,786
1448684818155 to 23313%2,065,8704,917,656
1552745119190 to 28614%2,507,1107,424,766
1656795520233 to 34915%5,798,93613,223,702
1760845921283 to 42516%15,083,91928,307,621
1864906222344 to 51517%27,792,73556,100,356
1967946522396 to 59518%43,869,73999,970,095
2070986823457 to 68519%242,081,556342,051,651
21721007024502 to 75220%N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A24550 to 82621%N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A25604 to 90622%N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A25662 to 99323%N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A26725 to 108824%N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A26794 to 119125%N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A27869 to 130426%N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A27951 to 142627%N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A281040 to 156028%N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A291137 to 170529%N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A291188 to 178229%N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A291242 to 186330%N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A291298 to 194730%N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A291357 to 203531%N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A301418 to 212631%N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A301481 to 222232%N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A301548 to 232132%N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A301617 to 242533%N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A311689 to 253333%N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A311764 to 264634%N/AN/A

Item acquisition
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Quest reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1

Vendor reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
Nessa
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment Ethereal Knives:

ItemRadiusStats
Ring of Blades
Ring of Blades
Viridian Jewel
Limited to: 1
Radius: Medium (1200)
(10-15)% increased Global Physical Damage
With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Ethereal Knives fires Projectiles in a Nova
With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Ethereal Knives fires 5 additional Projectiles
At night, as a young Daresso shared his bed with a woman whose name he could not recall,
his thoughts remained in the one place he called his own: The Grand Arena.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
Medium (1200)(10-15)% increased Global Physical Damage
With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Ethereal Knives fires Projectiles in a Nova
With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Ethereal Knives fires 5 additional Projectiles


Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Ethereal Knives.

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
EnchantmentEtherealKnivesDamage16625% increased Ethereal Knives Damage
EnchantmentEtherealKnivesDamage27540% increased Ethereal Knives Damage
EnchantmentEtherealKnivesNumberOfTargetsToPierce175Ethereal Knives Pierces an additional Target
EnchantmentEtherealKnivesProjectileSpeed16620% increased Ethereal Knives Projectile Speed
EnchantmentEtherealKnivesProjectileSpeed2_7530% increased Ethereal Knives Projectile Speed

Microtransactions

The list below shows microtransactions for Ethereal Knives.

ItemEffect(s)
Ebony Ethereal Knives
Ebony Ethereal KnivesEthereal Knives SkinYour Ethereal Knives becomes a volley of ebony knives.
Your Ethereal Knives becomes a volley of ebony knives.
Ethereal Stars Effect
Ethereal Stars EffectEthereal Knives Skin
Stack Size: 20
Your Ethereal Knives becomes a volley of spinning throwing stars
Your Ethereal Knives becomes a volley of spinning throwing stars

Version history

Version Changes
3.3.0
  • Now deals 6-9 physical damage at gem level 1 (up from 4-6), up to 457-685 physical damage at gem level 20 (down from 459-688).
2.1.0
  • Damage increased by around 20% higher at level 20.
  • Now gains 1% projectile speed per gem level over 1.
2.0.0
  • Now grants 1% Increased projectile speed per 1% quality instead of increased projectile damage. Base Cast Speed has been decreased from a cast time of 800ms to 600ms, the mana costs have been reduced to compensate for the increase in cast speed. Critical Strike Chance has been increased from 5% to 6%.
1.1.5
  • Ethereal Knives casts 25% faster (from 1 to 0.8 seconds), the damage and mana cost have been reduced by 20% to compensate.
1.0.0
  • Ethereal Knives' mana cost is reduced.
0.11.4
  • Fixed a bug with Ethereal Knives that would cause you to walk closer than needed if the range was affected by projectile speed.
0.11.0
  • The damage progression of Ethereal Knives has been reduced.
0.9.12s
  • Damage increased by 10%.
0.9.12qq
  • From 1% projectile damage per quality point to 0.5%.
0.9.11i
  • Fixed the randomness of Ethereal Knives when used with traps.
0.9.9b
  • Fixed a problem where the character would not run into range of an enemy before using the skill.
0.9.9
  • Ethereal Knives has been added to the game.

References

  1. Mark_GGG (July 19, 2016). "Mechanical Questions Thread". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved July 19, 2016.