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Knockback

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Knockback is an on-hit effect that slightly pushed targets away from the attacker. A knockback does not stun or interrupt the target's actions.[1]

Mechanics

Knockback always moves the target away from the attacker, for instance if a projectile chains from a farther-away enemy and hits a closer enemy in the back, the closer enemy will still be pushed away from the caster. Being knocked back counts as moving, and the target will suffer the increased damage over time from bleed.

The default knockback distance is 4 units.[2] Knockback speed is constant, and is 37.5 units/s.[3]

Active skill gems

Related base stats

Active skill gems that have stats related to knockback.

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Heavy StrikeHeavy 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.png
yesN/AN/A1
Leap SlamLeap SlamAttack, AoE, Movement, Melee
Radius: 15
Mana Cost: 15
Cast Time: 1.40 sec
Requires Level 10Jump into the air, damaging enemies (and knocking back some) with your main hand where you land. Enemies you would land on are pushed out of the way. Requires an axe, mace, sword or staff. Cannot be supported by Multistrike.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
Deals (100-122.8)% of Base Damage
20% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Leap Slam skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A10
Projectile WeaknessProjectile WeaknessCurse, Spell, AoE, Duration
Radius: 22
Mana Cost: (24 to 50)
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 24Curses all targets in an area, making them easier to pierce and to knock back, and increasing the damage they take from projectiles.Per 1% Quality:
Cursed enemies take 0.5% increased Damage from Projectiles
Base duration is (9-10.9) seconds
Projectiles Pierce Cursed Enemies
Hits on Cursed Enemies have an additional 25% chance to Knockback
Cursed enemies take (25-44)% increased Damage from Projectiles
+(0-10) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Projectile Weakness skill icon.png
N/AyesN/A24
Shockwave TotemShockwave TotemTotem, Spell, AoE, Duration
Radius: 24
Mana Cost: (24 to 58)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 60%
Requires Level 28Summons a totem that shakes the earth around it, knocking back and damaging nearby enemiesPer 1% Quality:
1% increased totem life
Deals (23-231) to (46-429) Physical Damage
Totem lasts 8 seconds
25% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
Summons a Totem which uses this Skill
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Shockwave Totem skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A28
SweepSweepAttack, AoE, Melee
Radius: 26
Mana Cost: 8
Cast Time: 1.15 sec
Requires Level 12Swings a two handed melee weapon in a circle, knocking back some monsters around the character.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (100-138)% of Base Damage
(30-39)% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
10% less Attack Speed
+(0-4) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Sweep skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A12
Vaal Ground SlamVaal Ground SlamVaal, Attack, AoE, Melee
Souls per use: 24 (N) / 36 (C) / 48 (M)
Can store 3 use(s)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (160% to 198%)
The character slams the ground with their main hand weapon, creating a wave that travels in all directions and damages enemies. Only works with Staves or Maces.Per 1% Quality:
1.5% increased Stun Duration on enemies
Deals (160-198)% of Base Damage
100% increased Knockback Distance
Stuns Enemies
Knocks Enemies Back on Hit
Can't be Evaded
+(0-6) to radius
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Ground Slam skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A1

Related quality stats

Active skill gems that have quality stats related to knockback.

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Leap SlamLeap SlamAttack, AoE, Movement, Melee
Radius: 15
Mana Cost: 15
Cast Time: 1.40 sec
Requires Level 10Jump into the air, damaging enemies (and knocking back some) with your main hand where you land. Enemies you would land on are pushed out of the way. Requires an axe, mace, sword or staff. Cannot be supported by Multistrike.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
Deals (100-122.8)% of Base Damage
20% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Leap Slam skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A10

Support skill gems

Related base stats

Support skill gems that have stats related to knockback.

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Knockback SupportKnockback SupportSupport
Icon: k
Requires Level 8Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.5% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
Supported Skills have (25-44)% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
Supported Skills have 50% increased Knockback Distance
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.
yesN/AN/A8

Related quality stats

Support skill gems that have quality stats related to knockback.

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Knockback SupportKnockback SupportSupport
Icon: k
Requires Level 8Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.5% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
Supported Skills have (25-44)% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
Supported Skills have 50% increased Knockback Distance
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.
yesN/AN/A8

Related items

Item modifiers

Flasks can roll a suffix that grants knockback:

Name Level Modifier
of Fending 9 Adds Knockback to Melee Attacks during Flask effect

Unique items

ItemLvl.Stats
Lion's Roar
Lion's Roar
Granite Flask
Lasts 4.00 Seconds
Consumes 30 of 60 Charges on use
+3000 to Armour
Requires Level 27Adds Knockback during Flask effect
75% chance to cause Enemies to Flee on use
(20-25)% more Melee Physical Damage during effect
Knocks Back Enemies in an Area on Flask use
A sprinkle of hunger, a spoonful of menace
and three generous cups of Might.
Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
27Adds Knockback during Flask effect
75% chance to cause Enemies to Flee on use
(20-25)% more Melee Physical Damage during effect
Knocks Back Enemies in an Area on Flask use
Winds of Change
Winds of Change
Ancient Gauntlets
Quality: +20%
Armour: 184
Requires Level 47, 68 Str+(30-60) to maximum Life
30% increased Projectile Speed
(10-5)% reduced Movement Speed
10% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
(30-50)% increased Projectile Damage
Izaro was slow to see the treachery growing in his own court
and powerless to stop it once he had;
a captain sailing his own ship into rocks.
47+(30-60) to maximum Life
30% increased Projectile Speed
(10-5)% reduced Movement Speed
10% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
(30-50)% increased Projectile Damage
Empire's Grasp
Empire's Grasp
Goliath Gauntlets
Quality: +20%
Armour: (688 to 928)
Requires Level 53, 76 Str+(400-600) to Armour
Knockback direction is reversed
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 10 Knockback
"I like my vassals at sword point,
but my enemies as close as the hilt."
- Emperor Chitus
53+(400-600) to Armour
Knockback direction is reversed
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 10 Knockback
Chin Sol
Chin Sol
Assassin Bow
Bows
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (81 to 90)(240.3 to 267)
Elemental Damage: 25–50
Critical Strike Chance: 6.50%
Attacks per Second: (1.38 to 1.43)
Weapon Range: 120
Requires Level 62, 212 Dex(150-180)% increased Physical Damage
+(10-20) to Dexterity
Adds 25 to 50 Fire Damage
(10-14)% increased Attack Speed
100% More Bow Damage at Close Range
Bow Knockback at Close Range
As a soldier you want to get close to enemy archers.
That is not the case when fighting the Maraketh.
62(150-180)% increased Physical Damage
+(10-20) to Dexterity
Adds 25 to 50 Fire Damage
(10-14)% increased Attack Speed
100% More Bow Damage at Close Range
Bow Knockback at Close Range
Callinellus Malleus
Callinellus Malleus
Auric Mace
One Hand Maces
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (189 to 240)(261.9 to 336)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.20
Weapon Range: 9
Requires Level 66, 212 Str15% reduced Enemy Stun ThresholdAdds (5-10) to (15-23) Physical Damage
(150-200)% increased Physical Damage
(15-25)% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold with this Weapon
Cannot Knock Enemies Back
All Attack Damage Chills when you Stun
To neither ebb nor flow, but weather the rising tide, outlast, unshifting and unshifted, until the waters recede and we stand together.
6615% reduced Enemy Stun ThresholdAdds (5-10) to (15-23) Physical Damage
(150-200)% increased Physical Damage
(15-25)% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold with this Weapon
Cannot Knock Enemies Back
All Attack Damage Chills when you Stun
Hegemony's Era
Hegemony's Era
Judgement Staff
Staves
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (289.2 to 301.2)(363.6 to 399.6)
Critical Strike Chance: (7.32% to 7.93%)
Attacks per Second: (1.40 to 1.45)
Weapon Range: 11
Requires Level 68, 113 Str, 113 Int18% Chance to Block6% Chance to Block
Adds (180-190) to (190-220) Physical Damage
(12-16)% increased Attack Speed
(20-30)% increased Critical Strike Chance
+1 to Maximum Power Charges
10% chance to gain a Power Charge if you Knock an Enemy Back with Melee Damage
The right to rule demands mental acuity,
a strong arm,
And a tenacious sense of justice.
6818% Chance to Block6% Chance to Block
Adds (180-190) to (190-220) Physical Damage
(12-16)% increased Attack Speed
(20-30)% increased Critical Strike Chance
+1 to Maximum Power Charges
10% chance to gain a Power Charge if you Knock an Enemy Back with Melee Damage

Passive skills

The following passive skills are related to knockback:

Name Bonuses
Knockback Chance
  • 6% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
Knockback Distance
  • 25% increased Knockback Distance
Blunt Trauma
  • Knocks Back Enemies if you get a Critical Strike with a Staff
  • 50% increased Critical Strike Chance with Staves
Fending
  • 25% increased Knockback Distance
  • 12% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
King of the Hill
  • Knocks Back Enemies if you get a Critical Strike with a Bow
  • 80% increased Critical Strike Chance with Bows

References

  1. Mark_GGG (January 11, 2013). "Knockback". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  2. Mark_GGG (January 9, 2012). "Sweep". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  3. Mark_GGG (July 19, 2016). "Mechanical Questions Thread". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved July 19, 2016.