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Heavy Strike

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Heavy StrikeAttack, Melee
Mana Cost: 5
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (150% to 194%)
Attacks the enemy with a forceful blow, knocking them back. Requires a Mace, Axe, Sword or Two-Handed Weapon.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Stun Duration on enemies
Deals (150-193.7)% of Base Damage
Knocks Enemies Back on Hit
25% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Heavy Strike skill icon.pngHeavy Strike inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 5
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Scroll of Wisdom
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment

Heavy Strike skill screenshot.jpg

When facing the hungry throngs on Wraeclast, offense truly is the best form of defense. Skilled melee combatants have mastered the technique of the Heavy Strike, a devastating blow they unleash with an Axe, Mace or any two-handed weapon. Heavy Strike lands with terrifying force, knocking foes back and often stunning them, if not killing them outright.

Description on the official Path of Exile website [1]

Heavy Strike is an melee attack that hits and knocks back an enemy, using a mace, axe, sword or any two-handed weapon.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Dual Wielding: Dual wielders can use Heavy Strike as long as one of their weapons is an axe, sword or mace. If only one weapon is an axe, sword or mace, only that weapon will be used to attack. If both weapons are axes and/or swords and/or maces, the attack will alternate between weapons.
  • Reduced Enemy Stun Threshold: This modifier increases the chance that enemies struck by Heavy Strike are stunned. This is additive with other reduced Enemy Stun Threshold modifiers, such as from Stun SupportStun SupportSupport
    Icon: t
    Requires Level 8Supports any skill that hits enemies, making it easier to stun enemies with those skills.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 1.5% increased Stun Duration on Enemies
    Supported Skills have (30-49)% reduced Enemy Stun ThresholdThis 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.
    .

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.strengthDamage
Effectiveness
Damage
Multiplier
Exp.Total Exp.
110150%150%00
220152%152.3%7070
3416155%154.6%308378
4722157%156.9%1,5541,932
51131159%159.2%6,6678,599
61641162%161.5%26,04734,646
72050164%163.8%49,72584,371
82458166%166.1%95,714180,085
92867168%168.4%169,595349,680
103275171%170.7%283,759633,439
113683173%173%453,9961,087,435
124092175%175.3%703,1281,790,563
1344100178%177.6%1,061,2232,851,786
1448109180%179.9%2,065,8704,917,656
1552117182%182.2%2,507,1107,424,766
1656125185%184.5%5,798,93613,223,702
1760134187%186.8%15,083,91928,307,621
1864142189%189.1%27,792,73556,100,356
1967148191%191.4%43,869,73999,970,095
2070155194%193.7%242,081,556342,051,651
2172159196%196%N/AN/A
2274N/A198%198.3%N/AN/A
2376N/A201%200.6%N/AN/A
2478N/A203%202.9%N/AN/A
2580N/A205%205.2%N/AN/A
2682N/A208%207.5%N/AN/A
2784N/A210%209.8%N/AN/A
2886N/A212%212.1%N/AN/A
2988N/A214%214.4%N/AN/A
3090N/A217%216.7%N/AN/A

Quest reward

This skill is not given as quest reward.

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
Nessa
yes
yes
no
no
no
yes
yes
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
yes
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth
yes

Threshold jewel

The following threshold jewels augment the skill gem:

ItemRadiusStats
Weight of the Empire
Weight of the Empire
Crimson Jewel
Limited to: 2
Radius: Medium (1200)
(8-12)% increased Physical Damage
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Heavy Strike has a
20% chance to deal Double Damage
Ondar not only betrayed his emperor,
He betrayed his friend.
And in his dying moments, Chitus ensured,
That Ondar felt the full weight of his guilt.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
Medium (1200)(8-12)% increased Physical Damage
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Heavy Strike has a
20% chance to deal Double Damage

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Heavy Strike:

Name For 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. Effect(s)
EnchantmentHeavyStrikeAttackSpeed16610% increased Heavy Strike Attack Speed
EnchantmentHeavyStrikeAttackSpeed27515% increased Heavy Strike Attack Speed
EnchantmentHeavyStrikeDamage16625% increased Heavy Strike Damage
EnchantmentHeavyStrikeDamage27540% increased Heavy Strike Damage
EnchantmentHeavyStrikeDoubleDamage166Heavy Strike has a 8% chance to deal Double Damage
EnchantmentHeavyStrikeDoubleDamage275Heavy Strike has a 12% chance to deal Double Damage

Version history

Version Changes
2.4.0
  • 5% more damage at gem level 20.
2.1.0
  • Attack skills that have their damage based on the wielded weapon have their mana costs fixed in place from level 1 onwards.
2.0.0
  • Now grants 1% increased stun duration per 1% quality (quality no longer affects attack speed).
1.2.0
  • The mana cost of all skills has been revised.
0.11.6
  • Heavy Strike: reduced stun threshold reduction from 30% to 25%.
0.10.2
  • Heavy Strike's physical damage now increases by 5% per level rather than 4%.
0.9.12qq
  • Heavy Strike's 50% damage bonus now affects support gems and elemental damage.
    It is now represented as Damage Effectiveness.
0.9.12e
  • Fixed a client crash that could occur when using a Duelist and Heavy Strike with certain weapon combinations.
0.9.3
  • Heavy Strike has been added to the game.

References

  1. "Strength skills". Official Path of Exile website.