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Minion

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Minions are allied monsters summoned by the player. Minions have their own damage and their actions are treated completely separate from the summoner's. Zombies, Animate Guardian, Animate Weapons, Skeletons and Stone Golems deal physical damage, Spectres and Dominated deal whatever damage they did before they died, Raging Spirits deal physical damage of which 50% is converted to fire (much like Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#ask" was not found.), and the four other Golems do damage in accordance with their names (chaos, fire, cold, lightning). Minion damage is affected by Minion Damage passive skills, some unique items, support gems linked to the minion skill gem, auras and Necromantic Aegis. Of particular note, support gems will support the attacks and spells of the minion if the skill is relevant. Minions can critically strike but cannot proc Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#ask" was not found.. Unlike totems, minions can gain charges.

Neither passive skills nor stats from the player's equipment affect minions unless they specifically state "Minions _____".

Life flasks with the "of Animation" suffix will heal minions life by 40-60% of the flasks recovery. This effect works even when the player has full life or Chaos Inoculation. If player have equiped Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#ask" was not found. - flasks effects applies to his spectres and zombies.

When a minion kills an enemy, the player is partially rewarded with the kill. This means:

  • The player gains flask charges
  • The player's IIQ and IIR is added to the minion's support gems values to calculate drops.

Totems, Traps and Remote Mines are not counted as minions, they are remote skills.

Minion Targeting

Although minions can't be commanded directly, they can be directed by user actions to attack targets. Attacking an enemy with a skill will force minions to prioritize that target.

This is useful because minions tend to be passive otherwise and attack targets nearby, or even move with the player.

Minion skill gems

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Attack based

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Spell based

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Offerings and other minion skills

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Support gems

There are a number of support gems related to minions, that increase their damage output, defense or movement speed. Please note that other support gems depending on the skills and type of minion will also work (i.e. Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#ask" was not found. for minions that attack with melee skills) - refer to the minion skill gem pages for more information. But support gems with the "minion" gemtag are the only way to support - for example, the zombies revived by Reanimator (when the player chooses him as a spectre). Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#ask" was not found.

Non-skill gem minions

These minions are summoned from something other than skill gems.

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  • Spectral Spirit (Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#ask" was not found.)
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  • Rampage:
    • Animated Weapon (Tier 3)
    • Animated Bow (Tier 6)
  • Glove enchantments:
  • Harbinger Uniques

Related items

Essences

The essences of Fear give a guaranteed minion related item modifier when used on an item. The type and the strength of the modifiers vary by the slot and the level of the essence used.

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Item modifiers

Required Level Label Effect Imp Pre Suf Bone Circlet inventory icon.png Scholar's Robe inventory icon.png Embroidered Gloves inventory icon.png Lapis Amulet inventory icon.png Cobalt Jewel inventory icon.png Medium Life Flask inventory icon.png Restriction
14 Reanimator's +1 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems
no
yes
no
yes
no
no
no
no
no
N/A
65 Summoner's +2 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems
no
yes
no
yes
no
no
no
no
no
N/A
1 MinionDamageCorrupted Minions deal (15-20)% increased Damage
yes
no
no
yes
no
no
yes
no
no
Corruption
20 Eternal Item drops on Death if equipped by an Animated Guardian
no
yes
no
no
yes
no
no
no
no
Haku
20 Bloodied Minions have (10-15)% increased maximum Life
no
yes
no
no
no
yes
no
no
no
Catarina
35 Savage Minions deal (10-15)% increased Damage
no
yes
no
no
no
yes
no
no
no
Catarina
35 Calcified +1 to maximum number of Skeletons
no
yes
no
no
yes
no
no
no
no
Catarina
35 Rotted +1 to maximum number of Zombies
no
yes
no
no
yes
no
no
no
no
Catarina
1 Leadeship Minions deal (14-16)% increased Damage
no
yes
no
no
no
no
no
yes
no
Cobalt Jewels
1 Master's Minions have (8-12)% increased maximum Life
no
yes
no
no
no
no
no
yes
no
Cobalt Jewels
1 of Resilience Minions have +(6-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
no
no
yes
no
no
no
no
yes
no
Cobalt Jewels
1 of the Wall Minions have (2-4)% Chance to Block
no
no
yes
no
no
no
no
yes
no
Cobalt Jewels
10 of Animation Grants (40-60)% of Life Recovery to Minions
no
no
yes
no
no
no
no
no
yes
Life flasks
Hybrid flasks

Helmet Enchantments

Enchantments you can get for your helmet after completing The Lord's Labyrinth in certain difficulties.

Attack based

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Spell based

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Offerings & other minion skills

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Equipment

Base items

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Amulet Uniques

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Belt Uniques

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Body Armour Uniques

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Boot Uniques

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Glove Uniques

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Helmet Uniques

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Jewel Uniques

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Ring Uniques

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Shield Uniques

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Weapon, One Handed Uniques

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Weapon, Two Handed Uniques

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Divination cards

The following sets of divination card can grant minion-related items when exchanged:

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Passive skills

There are passive skills that grant minion bonuses.

Minion damage

These passive skills grant increased damage for minions.

Name Bonuses
Minion Damage
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
Minion Damage and Life Leech
  • Minions deal 10% increased Damage
  • Minions Leech 0.2% of Damage as Life
Gravepact
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • Minions deal 20% increased Damage
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Lord of the Dead
  • Minions have 10% increased maximum Life
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons

Ascendancy Class Name Bonuses
Necromancer
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Minion Damage, Skill Duration
  • 10% increased Skill Effect Duration
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
Necromancer
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Minion Damage, Cast Speed
  • 4% increased Cast Speed
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
Necromancer
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Minion Damage and Life
  • Minions have 10% increased maximum Life
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
Necromancer
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Minion Damage, Chaos Resistance
  • +6% to Chaos Resistance
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
Necromancer
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Spirit Eater
  • Minions deal 30% increased Damage
  • 40% increased Damage if you have consumed a corpse recently
  • 2% increased Attack and Cast Speed for each corpse consumed recently
  • Desecrate creates 2 additional Corpses
Necromancer
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Soul Weaver
  • Spectres have 100% increased maximum Life
  • Spectres have 100% increased Damage

Minion attack speed

These passive skills grant increased attack speed for minions.

Name Bonuses
Minion Attack and Cast Speed
  • Minions have 6% increased Attack Speed
  • Minions have 6% increased Cast Speed
Death Attunement
  • +1 to Maximum number of Spectres
  • Minions have 8% increased Attack Speed
  • Minions have 8% increased Cast Speed

Minion cast speed

These passive skills grant increased cast speed for minions.

Name Bonuses
Minion Attack and Cast Speed
  • Minions have 6% increased Attack Speed
  • Minions have 6% increased Cast Speed
Death Attunement
  • +1 to Maximum number of Spectres
  • Minions have 8% increased Attack Speed
  • Minions have 8% increased Cast Speed


Minion life

These passive skills grant increased maximum life for minions.

Name Bonuses
Minion Life
  • Minions have 10% increased maximum Life
Minion Life and Chaos Resistance
  • Minions have 7% increased maximum Life
  • Minions have +5% to Chaos Resistance
Minion Life and Life Regeneration
  • Minions have 7% increased maximum Life
  • Minions Regenerate 1% Life per second
Puppet Master
  • Minions have 16% increased maximum Life
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Lord of the Dead
  • Minions have 10% increased maximum Life
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons

Ascendancy Class Name Bonuses
Necromancer
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Minion Damage and Life
  • Minions have 10% increased maximum Life
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
Necromancer
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Soul Weaver
  • Spectres have 100% increased maximum Life
  • Spectres have 100% increased Damage

Minion life regeneration

These passive skills grant additional life regeneration for minions.

Name Bonuses
Minion Life and Life Regeneration
  • Minions have 7% increased maximum Life
  • Minions Regenerate 1% Life per second
Minion Life Regeneration
  • Minions Regenerate 1.5% Life per second

Minion life leech

These passive skills grant additional life leech for minions.

Name Bonuses
Minion Damage and Life Leech
  • Minions deal 10% increased Damage
  • Minions Leech 0.2% of Damage as Life
Minion Life Leech
  • Minions Leech 0.6% of Damage as Life

Minion chance to block

These passive skills grant additional chance to block for minions.

Name Bonuses
Minion Block
  • Minions have 2% Chance to Block
Decay Ward
  • Minions have 4% Chance to Block
  • Minions Recover 1% of their Maximum Life when they Block

Minion elemental resistances

These passive skills grant additional elemental resistances for minions.

Name Bonuses
Herd the Flock
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • Minions have +16% to all Elemental Resistances

Ascendancy Class Name Bonuses
Elementalist
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Liege of the Primordial
  • +1 to Maximum number of Golems
  • 40% increased Damage of each Damage Type for which you have a matching Golem
  • Your Elemental Golems are Immune to Elemental Damage
  • 100% increased Effect of Buffs granted by your Elemental Golems

Minion chaos resistance

These passive skills grant additional chaos resistance for minions.

Name Bonuses
Minion Life and Chaos Resistance
  • Minions have 7% increased maximum Life
  • Minions have +5% to Chaos Resistance
Grave Intentions
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
  • Minions have +15% to Chaos Resistance

Ascendancy Class Name Bonuses
Necromancer
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Beacon of Corruption
  • 20% increased Chaos Damage
  • +15% to Chaos Resistance
  • Minions have +15% to Chaos Resistance
  • Your Minions spread Caustic Cloud on Death, dealing 10% of their maximum Life as Chaos Damage per second

Minion limit

These passive skills raise the limits for active zombies, skeletons, or spectres.

Name Bonuses
Death Attunement
  • +1 to Maximum number of Spectres
  • Minions have 8% increased Attack Speed
  • Minions have 8% increased Cast Speed
Puppet Master
  • Minions have 16% increased maximum Life
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Herd the Flock
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • Minions have +16% to all Elemental Resistances
Grave Intentions
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
  • Minions have +15% to Chaos Resistance
Gravepact
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • Minions deal 20% increased Damage
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Lord of the Dead
  • Minions have 10% increased maximum Life
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons

Ascendancy Class Name Bonuses
Elementalist
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Liege of the Primordial
  • +1 to Maximum number of Golems
  • 40% increased Damage of each Damage Type for which you have a matching Golem
  • Your Elemental Golems are Immune to Elemental Damage
  • 100% increased Effect of Buffs granted by your Elemental Golems

Duration

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Name Bonuses
Skill Duration
  • 10% increased Skill Effect Duration
Skill Duration, and Damage Over Time
  • 10% increased Skill Effect Duration
  • 10% increased Damage over Time
Dirty Techniques
  • 50% increased Damage with Poison
  • 50% increased Damage with Bleeding
  • 20% increased Poison Duration
  • 20% increased Bleed Duration
Entropy
  • 5% increased Skill Effect Duration
  • 27% increased Damage over Time
Exceptional Performance
  • 25% increased Skill Effect Duration
Potency of Will
  • 25% increased Skill Effect Duration

Ascendancy Class Name Bonuses
Necromancer
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Minion Damage, Skill Duration
  • 10% increased Skill Effect Duration
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
Necromancer
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Mistress of Sacrifice
  • 20% increased Skill Effect Duration
  • Your Offering Skills also affect you

Physical Damage Reduction

These passive skills grant additional physical damage reduction for minions.

Ascendancy Class Name Bonuses
Necromancer
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Flesh Binder
  • You and your Minions have 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each Zombie you own
Ascendant
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Necromancer
  • 20% increased Skill Effect Duration
  • You and your Minions have 4% Physical Damage Reduction
  • You and Allies deal 30% increased Damage while affected by Auras you Cast
  • You and Allies affected by your Auras have +20% Chaos Resistance

Miscellany

These passive skills are related to minions, but do not fit into any other category.

Name Bonuses
Minion Instability
  • Minions explode when reduced to low life, dealing 33% of their maximum life as fire damage to surrounding enemies
Necromantic Aegis
  • All bonuses from an equipped Shield apply to your Minions instead of you

Achievements

If players manage appropriate number of minions, they will be rewarded the following achievements:

Name Description
Behold My Army
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Have 60 minions at the same time.
Zombie Horde
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Have 9 Raised Zombies at the same time.