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Gratuitous Violence

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Gratuitous Violence
Ascendancy Notable Passive Skill
GLADViolence (Gladiator) passive skill icon.png
Bleeding Enemies you Kill Explode, dealing 10% of
their Maximum Life as Physical Damage
30% increased Damage with Hits and Ailments against Bleeding Enemies
Attacks have 25% chance to cause Bleeding
25% more Damage with Bleeding [1]

Gratuitous Violence is a notable Ascendancy passive skill for the Gladiator that grants a chance to cause bleeding on hit, increases the player's damage with hits and ailments against bleeding enemies, and grants more damage to bleeding. It also makes bleeding enemies killed by the player explode, dealing a percentage of their life as damage.

However, this does not directly work with Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "Ancestral Warchief". or Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "Ancestral Protector".. While these totems can cause bleeding, if they land the killing blow, enemies won't explode. But if the bleeding itself kills the enemies, they will. This is especially relevant if you are using Ancestral Bond and can't deal damage yourself.

Enemies that die from the explosion do not count as they have been killed by an active skill a player used, and therefore modifiers that support that skill do not affect killed enemies; modifiers that affect the character are still applied. This is mostly noticable with mods to item rarity and quantity.[1]

Version history

Version Changes
  • Added 25% more Damage with Bleeding.
  • Bonus damage against bleeding enemies now only applies to hits and ailments.
  • Added to the game.


  1. Mark_GGG (November 1, 2016). "Mechanical Questions Thread". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved November 4, 2016.