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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
Cast 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 with an attack, 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
(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

Herald of Ash skill screenshot.jpg

Herald of Ash is a self-cast buff that reserves mana to increase damage output. See also Herald of IceHerald of IceCast, AoE, Cold, Herald
Mana Reserved: 25%
Can store 1 use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Cast 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.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 ThunderCast, AoE, Duration, Lightning, Herald
Radius: 32
Mana Reserved: 25%
Can store 1 use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Cast 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.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 apply 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
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Skill functions and interactions

  • Extra Fire Damage: This modifier adds fire damage to all non-damage-over-time sources, including those from spells, attacks, and traps. 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 by an attack (but not a spell), enemies within a radius from the killed enemy are burned based on the overkill damage. Overkill damage refers to total excess damage of the killing hit, including non-fire damage.[1] The burning damage is affected by increased Burning Damage and increased Damage Over Time. This damage cannot be reflected.
  • Fire Damage: The increased Fire Damage from quality applies globally to all fire damage, including the extra fire damage effect of Herald of Ash.
  • 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:
    This Gem gains 5% increased Experience
    +(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 overkill damage, not the extra fire damage from physical. For example, linking Item Rarity SupportItem Rarity SupportSupport
    Icon: R
    Requires Level 31Supports any skill that can kill enemies.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Rarity of Items Dropped by Enemies Slain from Supported Skills
    (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 SupportSupport
    Icon: U
    Mana Multiplier: 130%
    Requires Level 38Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Physical Damage
    Supported 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.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.strengthintelligencemore
Burn Damage
Exp.Total Exp.
1162618N/A00
22031222%49,72549,725
32437254%95,714145,439
42842296%169,595315,034
53146328%199,345514,379
634503510%285,815800,194
737543712%401,3441,201,538
840584014%554,3791,755,917
943624316%755,0492,510,966
1046664618%1,016,5333,527,499
1149704820%1,898,6025,426,101
1252745122%1,964,0197,390,120
1355785424%2,573,7319,963,851
1458825726%4,676,43914,640,290
1560845928%3,017,32717,657,617
1662876030%7,823,00125,480,618
1764906232%15,264,20840,744,826
1866926434%26,272,84567,017,671
1968956636%62,872,274129,889,945
2070986838%212,023,122341,913,067
21721007040%N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A42%N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A44%N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A46%N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A48%N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A50%N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A52%N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A54%N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A56%N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A58%N/AN/A

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

Video

The video is outdated. Please note that Reduced Mana SupportReduced Mana SupportSupport
Icon: r
Requires Level 31Supports any skill with a mana cost. Does not support skills that reserve mana.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.25% reduced Mana Cost
Supported Skills have (25-34)% reduced Mana CostThis 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.
no longer affect Mana Reservation as it used to. Herald of Ash applies Burning Damage instead of Ignite (an elemental ailment), consequently Elemental Proliferation SupportElemental Proliferation SupportCold, Fire, Lightning, Support, AoE
Icon: S
Mana Multiplier: 110%
Supports any skill that hits enemies, or could otherwise apply elemental ailments.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Duration of Elemental Ailments on Enemies
Elemental Ailments caused by Supported Skills spread to other enemies in a Radius of 10
20% chance to Freeze, Shock and Ignite
(0-19)% increased Duration of Elemental Ailments on Enemies
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.
no longer affects it.

Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
Intruders in Black
Act 2
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
The Root of the Problem
Act 2
Yeena
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
yes
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth
yes

Alternate skill effects

Name Cost Description
Ghostflame Herald of Ash
Ghostflame Herald of AshHerald of Ash Skin
Stack Size: 20
Your Herald of Ash becomes infused with ghostly fire.Right click this item then left click a Herald of Ash Gem to apply it.
Shop Item Coin.png80 Replaces the standard effect on a Herald of AshHerald of AshSpell, AoE, Fire, Herald, Duration
Radius: 10
Mana Reserved: 25%
Can store 1 use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Cast 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 with an attack, 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
(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
skill gem with ghostly green flames.

Shop Item Video Icon.png Preview
Gloom Herald Effect
Gloom Herald EffectHerald Skin
Stack Size: 20
Your Herald of Ash, Thunder or Ice becomes a dark effect.Right click this item then left click a Herald of Ash, Herald of Thunder or Herald of Ice Gem to apply it.
Shop Item Coin.png125 Replaces the standard effect on a Herald skill gem with a dark effect.

Shop Item Video Icon.png Preview

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Herald of Ash:

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)
EnchantmentHeraldOfAshDamage16625% increased Herald of Ash Damage
EnchantmentHeraldOfAshDamage27540% increased Herald of Ash Damage
EnchantmentHeraldOfAshManaReservation16620% reduced Herald of Ash Mana Reservation
EnchantmentHeraldOfAshManaReservation27530% reduced Herald of Ash Mana Reservation

Version history

Version Changes
3.0.0
  • Secondary effect no longer ignites. Instead, enemies near slain enemies are burned based on the overkill damage.
  • Herald tag added.
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.