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Herald of Ash

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Herald 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:123Buff grants 0.75% increased Fire Damage1% reduced Area of Effect
3% increased Burning Damage
1% increased Area of Effect
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.pngHerald of Ash inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 16
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Orb of Alteration
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Miscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemHeraldOfAsh

Herald of Ash skill screenshot.jpg

Herald of Ash is a Herald skill. It reserves mana to grant more fire damage to spells and additional fire damage based on physical damage. Enemies you kill while Herald of Ash is active will explode and burn nearby enemies for overkill damage.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Extra Fire Damage: This modifier adds fire damage to all hits, including those from attacks, spells, and secondary damage sources. The amount added is equal to 15% of the damage source's physical damage.
  • Burn on kill: While Herald of Ash is active, when an enemy is killed, enemies within a radius from the killed enemy receive a burning debuff based on the overkill damage. Overkill damage refers to total excess damage of the killing hit over the monster's remaing Life and Energy shield, including non-fire damage.[1] The burning damage is affected by increased/more Burning Damage and increased/more Damage Over Time, as well as damage over time multipliers that apply to all damage or Fire damage. The debuff is not an Ignite, and is not affected by modifiers to Ignite or Ailments.
  • Increased Fire Damage: The Buff grants 0.75% increased Fire Damage from quality applies globally[citation needed] to all fire damage, including the extra fire damage effect of Herald of Ash.
  • More Spell Fire Damage: The more Spell Fire Damage applies globally to all spells, including spells with Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect. It does not apply to damage over time from spells without this modifier, such as Righteous FireRighteous FireSpell, AoE, Fire
    Radius: 18
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 0.30 sec
    Requires Level 16Engulfs you in magical fire that rapidly burns you and nearby enemies. Your spell damage is substantially increased while under this effect. The effect ends when you have 1 life remaining.Per 1% Quality:1231% increased Burning Damage0.5% increased Area of EffectBuff Grants 1% increased Spell DamageGrants (20-39)% more Spell Damage
    Deals 20% of your Maximum Life as Base Fire Damage per second
    You Burn for 90% of your Maximum Life per second as Fire Damage
    Deals 20% of your Maximum Energy Shield as Base Fire Damage per second
    You Burn for 70% of your Maximum Energy Shield per second as Fire Damage
    Deals (35.8-1541.8) Base Fire Damage per second
    +(0-5) to radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Righteous Fire skill icon.png
    .
  • More Burning Damage: Unlike the more Spell Fire Damage, the more Burning Damage is not global. It only affects the burning debuff created by Herald of Ash itself.
  • Support gems: Any support gems (with the exception of Enhance SupportEnhance SupportSupport
    Icon: +
    Mana Multiplier: 115%
    Supports any skill gem. Once this gem reaches level 2 or above, will raise the quality of supported gems. Cannot support skills that don't come from gems.Per 1% Quality:12This Gem gains 5% increased Experience3% reduced Dexterity Requirement+(0-16)% to Quality of Supported Active Skill GemsThis 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.
    ) linked to the Herald of Ash will only affect the burn damage caused by the debuff, not the global modifiers. For example, linking Item Rarity SupportItem Rarity SupportSupport
    Icon: R
    Requires Level 31Supports any skill that can kill enemies.Per 1% Quality:120.5% increased Rarity of Items Dropped by Enemies Slain from Supported SkillsSupported Skills have 0.1% chance for Coin Shower on Kill(40-59)% increased Rarity of Items Dropped by Enemies Slain from Supported SkillsThis 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.
    to Herald of Ash will only apply rarity bonus to the enemies who die from the burn damage caused by Herald of Ash ignition.
  • Area of Effect: Area of Effect modifiers from passives, items, and gems affect the radius of the on-kill effect.
  • Culling Strike: When using an attack with culling strike, the overkill effect will only apply if the damage from the killing hit would have taken the monster to less than 0 life.
  • Brutality SupportBrutality SupportPhysical, Support
    Icon: U
    Mana Multiplier: 130%
    Requires Level 38Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:123Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Physical DamageSupported Attacks have 0.5% chance to cause BleedingSupported Skills Overwhelm 0.25% Physical Damage ReductionSupported 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.
    : When linked to a skill affected by Herald of Ash, the extra fire damage will not apply, but the secondary overkill effect will.

Strategy

  • In the case where enemy death occurs uniformly at random with respect to damage dealt, the chance of an enemy dying from a particular hit is proportional to the damage the hit deals. The mean overkill damage for that hit is half the damage of the hit. This makes the mean overkill damage overall equal to
 0.5 * (mean damage2) / mean damage

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.strengthintelligenceMore
Spell
Fire
Damage
More
Burning
Damage
Exp.Total Exp.
11626189%N/A00
22031229%2%49,72549,725
32437259%4%95,714145,439
42842299%6%169,595315,034
53146329%8%199,345514,379
634503510%10%285,815800,194
737543710%12%401,3441,201,538
840584010%14%554,3791,755,917
943624310%16%755,0492,510,966
1046664610%18%1,016,5333,527,499
1149704811%20%1,898,6025,426,101
1252745111%22%1,964,0197,390,120
1355785411%24%2,573,7319,963,851
1458825711%26%4,676,43914,640,290
1560845911%28%3,017,32717,657,617
1662876012%30%7,823,00125,480,618
1764906212%32%15,264,20840,744,826
1866926412%34%26,272,84567,017,671
1968956612%36%62,872,274129,889,945
2070986812%38%212,023,122341,913,067
21721007013%40%N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A13%42%N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A13%44%N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A13%46%N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A13%48%N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A14%50%N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A14%52%N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A14%54%N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A14%56%N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A14%58%N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A14%59%N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A15%60%N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A15%61%N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A15%62%N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A15%63%N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A15%64%N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A15%65%N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A15%66%N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A15%67%N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A15%68%N/AN/A

Item acquisition
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Upgrade paths

This item can be acquired through the following upgrade paths or vendor recipes:

AmountIngredientGeneral
Notes
Type
6The 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 gemAutomatic
13The CataclysmThe Cataclysm13Level 21 Spell Gem
Corrupted
The mighty warriors traded in blows, the nimble archers in arrows, yet it was the brazen thaumaturgists who would bring catastrophe to all.
random corrupted level 21 Spell gemAutomatic
3Gemcutter'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

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Herald of Ash.

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.StatsSpawn Weighting
Enchantment Herald Of Ash Damage 16625% increased Herald of Ash Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Herald Of Ash Damage 27540% increased Herald of Ash Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Herald Of Ash Mana Reservation 166Herald of Ash has 20% reduced Mana Reservationhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Herald Of Ash Mana Reservation 275Herald of Ash has 30% reduced Mana Reservationhelmet 100
default 0

Related unique items

The following unique items are related to Herald of Ash:

ItemBase ItemLvl.Stats
Circle of AnguishCircle of Anguish
Ruby Ring
Requires Level 52+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
<One to three random Synthesis implicit modifiers>
+(20-30) to Strength
Adds (20-25) to (26-35) Fire Damage
+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
<Two Random Herald of Ash modifier>
I condemned an innocent man to the pyres, but to admit this mistake is to condemn myself.
My only choice is to strive harder.
Ruby Ring52+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
<One to three random Synthesis implicit modifiers>+(20-30) to Strength
Adds (20-25) to (26-35) Fire Damage
+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
<Two Random Herald of Ash modifier>
Herald of Ash has (40-60)% increased Buff Effect
(40-60)% increased Fire Damage while affected by Herald of Ash
+1% to maximum Fire Resistance while affected by Herald of Ash
Herald of Ash has (20-15)% reduced Mana Reservation
+(50-60)% to Fire Resistance while affected by Herald of Ash

Related passive skills

The following passive skills are related to Herald of Ash:

Ascendancy
Class
NameStats
Elementalist
Elementalist avatar.png
Mastermind of Discord
PrimevalForce (Elementalist) passive skill icon.png
25% reduced Mana Reservation of Herald Skills
25% increased Effect of Herald Buffs 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]

Alternate skill effects

Herald of Ash has the following alternate skill effects:

ItemEffect(s)
Automaton Herald EffectAutomaton Herald EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes an Automaton Effect.Your Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes an Automaton Effect.
Blood Guard Herald EffectBlood Guard Herald EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Herald becomes a Blood Guard Effect.Your Herald becomes a Blood Guard Effect.
Celestial Herald EffectCelestial Herald EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Herald becomes a Celestial Effect.Your Herald becomes a Celestial Effect.
Demonic Herald EffectDemonic Herald EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Herald becomes a Demonic Effect.Your Herald becomes a Demonic Effect.
Divine Herald EffectDivine Herald EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes a divine effect.Your Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes a divine effect.
Dragon Hunter Herald EffectDragon Hunter Herald EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Herald becomes a Dragon Hunter Effect.Your Herald becomes a Dragon Hunter Effect.
Faith Guard Herald EffectFaith Guard Herald EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Herald becomes a Faith Guard Effect.Your Herald becomes a Faith Guard Effect.
Ghostflame Herald of AshGhostflame Herald of AshSkill Gem EffectYour Herald of Ash becomes infused with ghostly fire.Your Herald of Ash becomes infused with ghostly fire.
Gloom Herald EffectGloom Herald EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes a dark effect.Your Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes a dark effect.
Gore Herald EffectGore Herald EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes a gory effect.Your Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes a gory effect.
Innocence Herald EffectInnocence Herald EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes an innocence effect.Your Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes an innocence effect.
Invisible Buff EffectInvisible Buff EffectSkill Gem EffectRemoves the visual effects on the player from arctic armour, tempest shield, blood rage, molten shell, phase run, any aura, any blasphemied curse, or any herald gem.Removes the visual effects on the player from arctic armour, tempest shield, blood rage, molten shell, phase run, any aura, any blasphemied curse, or any herald gem.
Purple Herald EffectPurple Herald EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes a purple effect.Your Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes a purple effect.
Sin Herald EffectSin Herald EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes a sin effect.Your Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes a sin effect.
Sunprism Herald EffectSunprism Herald EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Herald becomes a sun prism effect.Your Herald becomes a sun prism effect.
Wasteland Herald EffectWasteland Herald EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes a Wasteland Effect.Your Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes a Wasteland Effect.
White Herald EffectWhite Herald EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Herald becomes a White Effect.Your Herald becomes a White Effect.

Version history

Version Changes
3.11.1
  • Clarified that the "x% increased Fire Damage" from 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:123Buff grants 0.75% increased Fire Damage1% reduced Area of Effect
    3% increased Burning Damage
    1% increased Area of Effect
    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
    's quality stat is dependent on having the Herald of Ash buff.
3.11.0
  • The visual effects have been improved.
3.4.0
  • Now instant by default and can therefore be used while moving.
  • All instant skills now have cooldown 1 second or less.
  • Instant skills cannot be supported by Spell Echo and will not be cast a second time by similar effects (such as from the Echoing Shrine).
3.2.0
  • Herald of Ash now also provides more Spell Fire Damage, and can trigger the overkill burn from spells.
3.0.0
  • Secondary effect no longer ignites. Instead, enemies near slain enemies are burned based on the overkill damage.
  • Added Herald gem tag.
2.0.0
  • Radius reduced by 16.5% (from 12 to 10) and base overkill damage reduced to 80% (from 100%).
1.2.0
  • Herald of Ash has been added to the game.

References

  1. Mark_GGG (August 21, 2014). "Herald of Ash". Official Path of Exile Forums.