Overkill damage

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The term overkill damage refers to the difference between damage dealt in one hit and target's life remaining before death.[1] Overkill only occurs if two conditions are met: the hit kills an enemy and dealt more damage than the enemy's remaining life.[2]



Overkill damage is calculated by subtracting the target's remaining health from the amount of damage done. For example, if a target has 20 life and a player deals a hit of 100 damage, the target dies and the overkill damage is 80. If overkill damage is not greater than 0, it is ignored.

The term does not apply to damage over time because a hit is required.

Interactions with culling strike

Overkill and culling can fundamentally never interact.[2] If a hit doesn't kill a target itself but triggers culling strike or Bane of Legends that kills, damage from them doesn't count towards overkill damage and it stay negative, and, accordingly, overkill effects will not trigger.

Related skills

The following skills utilize the overkill mechanic:

  • 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
  • Endless Hunger
  • Slayer (Ascendant passive)


  1. Mark_GGG (August 21, 2014). "Herald of Ash". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mark_GGG (November 1, 2016). "Mechanical Questions Thread". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved November 4, 2016.