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Mana Cost: (18-27)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Projectile Speed: 3260Requires Level 28Fires an arrow which acts as a short duration fuse. Applying additional arrows to an enemy extends the duration. When the target dies or the fuses expire, the arrows explode, dealing fire AoE damage to nearby enemies. The AoE radius is proportional to the number of arrows upon death.Per 1% Quality:
1% chance to Ignite enemiesBase duration is 1 seconds
Explosion deals (44-586) to (66-879) Base Fire Damage per Fuse Charge
+2 to Explosion Radius per Fuse ChargePlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.Acquisition
Level: 28Purchase Costs
|Normal||1x Orb of Chance|
1x Scroll FragmentMiscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemExplosiveArrow
Explosive Arrow is a bow attack skill that fires an arrow which acts as a short duration fuse. Applying additional arrows to an enemy extends the duration. When the target dies or the fuses expire, the arrows explode, dealing fire area of effect damage to nearby enemies. The damage and AoE radius are proportional to the number of arrows fired into the target, up to a maximum of 5.
Skill functions and interactions
Attack: The Explosive Arrow attack is an arrow which deals weapon damage based on the bow equipped. This component of the skill is affected by any modifiers to bow attacks. At the final destination of the arrow, one of three effects will occur:
- If the arrow gets stuck on the terrain or on an obstacle, it will leave a single fuse charge that will explode after a duration.
- If the arrow gets stuck on a target that does not yet have the debuff Hit by Explosive Arrow, it will apply that debuff with a single fuse charge, which expires after a duration.
- If the arrow gets stuck on a target that already has the debuff Hit by Explosive Arrow, it will refresh the duration of the existing debuff and add one fuse charge.
If the arrow pierces or is evaded by a target, it will not leave a fuse charge on the target, but can still leave a fuse charge on the terrain behind it.
Chaining this projectile will only leave a Fuse Charge on the last target struck, and due to the speed of the initial projectile, can sometimes miss the intended target and collide with an object or terrain, placing a Fuse Charge on the location it hit.
Explosion: When the debuff Hit by Explosive Arrow, or a fuse stuck on terrain expires, it causes an explosion based on the number of fuse charges, up to a maximum of 5. This damage is secondary area projectile fire damage, and therefore is not affected by modifiers to spell or weapon damage. This explosion has a base critical strike chance of 6% and a base radius of 15 plus 2 times the number of fuse charges. Modifiers to this explosion, which includes critical strike chance, ignite chance, radius, and damage, are based on the instance of the Explosive Arrow skill that originally applied the debuff. Modifiers to any instances of the Explosive Arrow skill used to refresh the duration of the debuff are ignored. Though the explosion can scale from projectile damage, bonuses that increase projectile damage during movement such as Point Blank, or bonuses such as Ricochet where projectile damage is increased by remaining (x), are completely ineffective to the explosion's damage and will only increase the projectiles initial hit(s).
Duration: Modifiers to duration, such as from Less Duration SupportLess Duration SupportSupport, Duration
Mana Multiplier: 120%Requires Level 31Supports any skill that has a duration.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.5% reduced Skill Effect DurationSupported Skills have (40-49)% less Skill Effect Duration
Supported Skills deal (10-19)% more 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., will affect the duration of the debuff when it is applied or refreshed, as well as the duration of the fuse charge if it hits the terrain or an obstacle. As such, this is the only relevant modifier on instances of the Explosive Arrow skill used to refresh a pre-existing debuff.
Area of Effect: The base radius of the explosion depends on the number of fuse charges, and is given by 15 plus an additional 2 for each fuse charge. Modifiers to Area of Effect apply to this explosion.
Block: Like any attack skill, the Explosive Arrow attack can be blocked. However, the blocked attack still applies the debuff. The subsequent explosion can also be blocked as it is part of an attack skill.
Totem: Ranged Attack Totem will execute this attack until the targeted enemy dies, instantly triggering the secondary explosion, or until the totem is destroyed, causing the applied Fuse Charges to last their remaining duration before exploding.
Gem level progression
|1||28||67||18||44 to 66||0||0|
|2||31||73||19||54 to 81||199,345||199,345|
|3||34||79||20||66 to 99||285,815||485,160|
|4||37||85||21||80 to 121||401,344||886,504|
|5||40||92||21||98 to 146||554,379||1,440,883|
|6||42||96||22||111 to 166||477,437||1,918,320|
|7||44||100||22||126 to 189||583,786||2,502,106|
|8||46||104||23||142 to 214||710,359||3,212,465|
|9||48||109||23||161 to 242||1,355,511||4,567,976|
|10||50||113||24||182 to 273||1,138,877||5,706,853|
|11||52||117||24||205 to 308||1,368,233||7,075,086|
|12||54||121||24||232 to 347||1,638,338||8,713,424|
|13||56||125||26||261 to 391||1,956,648||10,670,072|
|14||58||130||26||293 to 440||3,655,184||14,325,256|
|15||60||134||26||330 to 495||3,017,327||17,342,583|
|16||62||138||26||371 to 556||7,759,995||25,102,578|
|17||64||142||26||416 to 624||15,138,193||40,240,771|
|18||66||146||27||467 to 700||26,083,825||66,324,596|
|19||68||151||27||523 to 785||62,620,247||128,944,843|
|20||70||155||27||586 to 879||211,708,088||340,652,931|
|21||72||159||28||656 to 984||N/A||N/A|
|22||74||N/A||28||734 to 1100||N/A||N/A|
|23||76||N/A||29||820 to 1230||N/A||N/A|
|24||78||N/A||29||917 to 1375||N/A||N/A|
|25||80||N/A||30||1024 to 1536||N/A||N/A|
|26||82||N/A||30||1143 to 1714||N/A||N/A|
|27||84||N/A||30||1275 to 1913||N/A||N/A|
|28||86||N/A||30||1422 to 2134||N/A||N/A|
|29||88||N/A||31||1586 to 2379||N/A||N/A|
|30||90||N/A||31||1767 to 2651||N/A||N/A|
|31||91||N/A||31||1865 to 2798||N/A||N/A|
|32||92||N/A||32||1968 to 2952||N/A||N/A|
|33||93||N/A||32||2077 to 3116||N/A||N/A|
|34||94||N/A||33||2192 to 3288||N/A||N/A|
|35||95||N/A||33||2312 to 3469||N/A||N/A|
|36||96||N/A||34||2440 to 3659||N/A||N/A|
|37||97||N/A||34||2573 to 3860||N/A||N/A|
|38||98||N/A||34||2714 to 4072||N/A||N/A|
|39||99||N/A||35||2863 to 4294||N/A||N/A|
|40||100||N/A||35||3019 to 4529||N/A||N/A|
This item can be acquired through the following upgrade paths or vendor recipes:
|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|
|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|
This item can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
|Sever the Right Hand|
|A Fixture of Fate|
|Fallen from Grace|
Related helmet enchantments
The following helmet enchantments affect Explosive Arrow.
|Enchantment Explosive Arrow Attack Speed 1||66||10% increased Explosive Arrow Attack Speed||helmet 100|
|Enchantment Explosive Arrow Attack Speed 2||75||15% increased Explosive Arrow Attack Speed||helmet 100|
|Enchantment Explosive Arrow Damage 1||66||25% increased Explosive Arrow Damage||helmet 100|
|Enchantment Explosive Arrow Damage 2||75||40% increased Explosive Arrow Damage||helmet 100|
|Enchantment Explosive Arrow Area Of Effect 1||66||8% increased Explosive Arrow Area of Effect||helmet 100|
|Enchantment Explosive Arrow Area Of Effect 2||75||12% increased Explosive Arrow Area of Effect||helmet 100|
- "Explosive Arrow - Skill Gem Feedback". Official Path of Exile website.