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Herald is a gem tag associated with active gems which grant the user a damage buff and a special effect upon killing an enemy under certain conditions. Each Herald has a mana reservation cost of 25%.

List of herald skills

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Herald of AgonyHerald of AgonySpell, Herald, Minion, Chaos
Mana Reserved: 25%
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 16Grants a buff giving more poison damage and a chance to inflict poison. When you poison an enemy while you have this buff, you gain Virulence, and summon an Agony Crawler minion that uses projectile and area attacks. You will lose Virulence over time, at a rate which increases the more Virulence you have. The minion will die when you have no Virulence.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Minion Movement Speed
Grants 20% chance to Poison on Hit
Grants 10% more Poison Damage
Agony Crawler deals (10-19)% increased Physical Damage per Virulence you have
Agony Crawler has (2-3)% increased Attack Speed per Virulence you have
Agony Crawler has (1-45) to (3-84) Added Physical Damage per Virulence you have
Maximum 1 Summoned Agony Crawler
Grants Virulence when you Poison an Enemy
Minions cannot Taunt Enemies
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Herald of Agony skill icon.png
N/AyesN/A16
Herald of IceHerald of IceSpell, AoE, Cold, Herald
Mana Reserved: 25%
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: 80%
Requires Level 16Channel ice through your hands, adding cold damage to spells and attacks. If you shatter an enemy, they explode and deal AoE cold damage to enemies near them. The AoE cold damage inflicted by this skill is not affected by modifiers to spell damage.Per 1% Quality:
0.75% increased Cold Damage
Adds (4-38) to (5-56) Cold Damage to Spells
Adds (4-38) to (5-56) Cold Damage to Attacks
Deals (18-308) to (26-462) Cold Damage
Damage cannot be Reflected
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Herald of Ice skill icon.png
N/Ayesyes16
Herald of ThunderHerald of ThunderSpell, AoE, Duration, Lightning, Herald
Radius: 32
Mana Reserved: 25%
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: 120%
Requires Level 16Channel lightning through your hands, adding lightning damage to spells and attacks. If you kill a shocked enemy, lightning bolts will strike enemies around you for a short duration. The lightning bolt damage inflicted by this skill is not affected by modifiers to spell damage.Per 1% Quality:
0.75% increased Lightning Damage
Adds (2-19) to (7-76) Lightning Damage to Spells
Adds (2-19) to (7-76) Lightning Damage to Attacks
Deals (1-27) to (34-1303) Lightning Damage
Base duration is 6 seconds
Cannot inflict Shock
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Herald of Thunder skill icon.png
N/AN/Ayes16
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
yesN/Ayes16
Herald of PurityHerald of PuritySpell, Herald, Minion, Duration
Mana Reserved: 25%
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 16Grants a buff which adds physical damage to your spells and attacks. When you kill an enemy while you have this buff, this skill will summon a Sentinel of Purity, or refresh the duration and life of an existing one instead if you have the maximum number of them. The Sentinels of Purity have a single-target melee attack and an area melee attack.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Minion Movement Speed
Maximum 4 Summoned Sentinels of Purity
20% chance to Summon a Sentinel of Purity when you Hit a Rare or Unique Enemy
Adds (3-25) to (5-37) Physical Damage to Spells
Adds (3-25) to (5-37) Physical Damage to Attacks
Summon a Sentinel of Purity when you Kill an Enemy
Minions deal (0-95)% more Physical Damage
Minions have (0-38)% more Life
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Herald of Purity skill icon.png
yesN/Ayes16

Unique Items

This is a list of unique items that are related to Herald skills.

ItemBase ItemStats
Fidelitas' Spike
Fidelitas' Spike
Jagged Foil
One Handed Sword
Quality: +20%
Elemental Damage: 1–(40-50)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.50%
Attacks per Second: (2.00-2.08)
Weapon Range: 12
Requires Level 22, 77 Dex+25% to Global Critical Strike MultiplierNo Physical Damage
Adds 1 to (40-50) Lightning Damage
(25-30)% increased Attack Speed
+2 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
(15-20)% chance to Shock
50% increased Herald of Thunder Buff Effect
Maligaro was transformed by Raulo's love.
Thaumaturgy allowed Maligaro to return the favour.
Jagged Foil+25% to Global Critical Strike MultiplierNo Physical Damage
Adds 1 to (40-50) Lightning Damage
(25-30)% increased Attack Speed
+2 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
(15-20)% chance to Shock
50% increased Herald of Thunder Buff Effect
Southbound
Southbound
Soldier Gloves
Quality: +20%
Armour: 110
Energy Shield: 21
Requires Level 51, 40 Str, 40 IntAdds (30-36) to (44-50) Cold Damage to Attacks
(12-16)% increased maximum Life
+(40-50)% to Cold Resistance
25% increased Freeze Duration on Enemies
Your Hits can only Kill Frozen Enemies
50% increased Herald of Ice Damage
Far south, the winter crawls under the skin.
Below the snow, adrift wanderers sleep.
Soldier GlovesAdds (30-36) to (44-50) Cold Damage to Attacks
(12-16)% increased maximum Life
+(40-50)% to Cold Resistance
25% increased Freeze Duration on Enemies
Your Hits can only Kill Frozen Enemies
50% increased Herald of Ice Damage
The Coming Calamity
The Coming Calamity
Destroyer Regalia
Quality: +20%
Energy Shield: (208-228)
Requires Level 53, 144 Int3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)+2 to Level of Socketed Herald Gems
(80-100)% increased Energy Shield
35% chance to avoid being Stunned for each Herald Skill affecting you
Mana Reservation of Herald Skills is always 45%
Whiff of cold, tiny spark, faintest flicker in the dark.
Embers swirl, ice takes form, sky exposed - Death's perfect storm.
Frost and thunder, flames shine bright, ruin walks the land tonight.
By your hand they dance and bend, wield them and brook no end.
Destroyer Regalia3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)+2 to Level of Socketed Herald Gems
(80-100)% increased Energy Shield
35% chance to avoid being Stunned for each Herald Skill affecting you
Mana Reservation of Herald Skills is always 45%

Ascendancy passive skills

The following Ascendancy passive skills affect Herald skills:

Ascendancy
Class
NameStats
Ascendant
Ascendant avatar.png
Elementalist
Elementalist (Ascendants) passive skill icon.png
40% increased Effect of Heralds on you
Damage Penetrates 10% of Enemy Elemental Resistances
Shocks from your Hits always increase Damage taken by at least 10%
Can Summon up to 1 additional Golem at a time
Cannot take Reflected Elemental Damage [1]
Elementalist
Elementalist avatar.png
Mastermind of Discord
PrimevalForce (Elementalist) passive skill icon.png
25% reduced Mana Reservation of Herald Skills
25% increased Effect of Heralds on you
Damage penetrates 25% Fire Resistance while affected by Herald of Ash
Damage penetrates 25% Cold Resistance while affected by Herald of Ice
Damage penetrates 25% Lightning Resistance while affected by Herald of Thunder [1]
Guardian
Guardian avatar.png
Radiant Crusade
Radient Crusade (Guardian) passive skill icon.png
10% more Damage while you have at least one nearby Ally
You and Allies affected by your Aura Skills deal 20% increased Damage
Herald of Purity has 40% increased Buff Effect
Summoned Sentinels of Purity have 50% increased Area of Effect [1]
Guardian
Guardian avatar.png
Unwavering Crusade
Unwavering Crusade (Guardian) passive skill icon.png
Summoned Sentinels use Crusade Slam
100% increased Minion Accuracy Rating
Minions Intimidate Enemies for 4 seconds on Hit
If you've Hit an Enemy Recently, you and nearby Allies Regenerate 3% of Life per second
10% increased Area of Effect for each Summoned Sentinel of Purity [1]
Pathfinder
Pathfinder avatar.png
Master Toxicist
Master Toxicist (PathFinder) passive skill icon.png
10% more Chaos Damage with Attack Skills
Poisons you inflict during any Flask Effect have 40% chance to deal 100% more Damage
You lose Virulence 50% slower
10% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
Gain 10% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage [1]

History

During an interview in Episode 15 of the State of Exile podcast, GGG-Developers Carl and Rory mentioned that three more Heralds other than the then-released Herald of Ash and Ice were in the works. The names given were Herald of Thunder (Lightning), Herald of Stone (likely Physical) and Herald of Anarchy (likely Chaos).

Upon release of the next major patch after this interview, which introduced the Herald of Thunder as seen above, GGG stated that the other two Heralds were not ready and were put on an indefinite hold, as they were either not interesting enough or did not fit into the game for another reason.

In Version 3.4.0, more than three years later, two new physical and chaos-themed Herald skills added: Herald of Purity and Herald of Agony.

Version history

Version Changes
3.0.0
  • 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
    , Herald of IceHerald of IceSpell, AoE, Cold, Herald
    Mana Reserved: 25%
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
    Damage Effectiveness: 80%
    Requires Level 16Channel ice through your hands, adding cold damage to spells and attacks. If you shatter an enemy, they explode and deal AoE cold damage to enemies near them. The AoE cold damage inflicted by this skill is not affected by modifiers to spell damage.Per 1% Quality:
    0.75% increased Cold Damage
    Adds (4-38) to (5-56) Cold Damage to Spells
    Adds (4-38) to (5-56) Cold Damage to Attacks
    Deals (18-308) to (26-462) Cold Damage
    Damage cannot be Reflected
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Herald of Ice skill icon.png
    and Herald of ThunderHerald of ThunderSpell, AoE, Duration, Lightning, Herald
    Radius: 32
    Mana Reserved: 25%
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
    Damage Effectiveness: 120%
    Requires Level 16Channel lightning through your hands, adding lightning damage to spells and attacks. If you kill a shocked enemy, lightning bolts will strike enemies around you for a short duration. The lightning bolt damage inflicted by this skill is not affected by modifiers to spell damage.Per 1% Quality:
    0.75% increased Lightning Damage
    Adds (2-19) to (7-76) Lightning Damage to Spells
    Adds (2-19) to (7-76) Lightning Damage to Attacks
    Deals (1-27) to (34-1303) Lightning Damage
    Base duration is 6 seconds
    Cannot inflict Shock
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Herald of Thunder skill icon.png
    now each have the Herald gem tag.