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Poison
Debuff
Poison status icon.png
A poisoned cannibal

Poison is an ailment that deals chaos damage over time to the affected target.[1]

Mechanics

A hit of damage that has a chance to poison is capable of inflicting poison. Only physical and chaos damage are able to inflict poison.[2]

Poison is a cumulatively stacking debuff. Each application—or 'stack'—of poison remains present on the target dealing chaos damage over time until it runs its course.[2] There is no limit to the number of poison stacks a target can have.[1] A single "hit" can apply a maximum of one poison stack, therefore having more than 100% chance to poison is redundant.[3]

Damage

The base damage per second dealt by a given application of poison equals 20% of the combined physical and chaos damage of the base damage dealt which applied that particular instance of poison.[4]

As an ailment modifier, stats modifying spell damage and attack damage do not apply to poison, nor damage modifers that are only affected by the skill.

The following modifiers will directly affect the damage of poison:

  • Damage
  • Damage over Time
  • Chaos Damage
  • Poison Damage

Duration

The default base duration of poison is 2 seconds. Viper StrikeViper StrikeAttack, Duration, Melee, Chaos
Mana Cost: 5
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (115% to 142%)
Hits the enemy, adding some of your physical damage as chaos damage and applying poison. Requires a claw, dagger or sword.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
Deals (115-141.6)% of Base Damage
25% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
60% chance to Poison on Hit
Base duration is 4 seconds
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Viper Strike skill icon.png
inflicts poison with a base duration of 4 seconds.

Increasing poison duration with the Temporal ChainsTemporal ChainsCurse, Spell, AoE, Duration
Radius: 22
Mana Cost: (24 to 50)
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 24Curses all targets in an area, Slowing them, and making effects on them expire more slowly.Per 1% Quality:
Cursed enemies are 0.5% slower
Base duration is (5-5.95) seconds
Cursed enemies are (20-29)% slower
Other effects on Cursed enemies expire 40% slower
40% reduced Effect of Curse against Players
+(0-7) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Temporal Chains skill icon.png
curse results in a longer-lasting poison that deals damage at the same rate.

Removal and immunity

  • A flask with the of Curing [?] suffix removes poison on sip and grants immunity to it while active
  • Viper's ScalesViper's Scales
    Full Scale Armour
    Quality: +20%
    Armour: (312 to 343)
    Evasion: (312 to 343)
    Requires Level 28, 43 Str, 43 Dex3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)(80-100)% increased Armour and Evasion
    +(30-40) to maximum Life
    +(15-25)% to Cold Resistance
    5% increased Movement Speed
    20% chance to Poison on Hit with Attacks
    Cannot be Poisoned
    Swift and silent.
    One strike, one corpse.
    grants immunity to poison
  • Boots crafted with Essence of DeliriumEssence of DeliriumStack Size: 9
    Essence Tier: 8
    Upgrades a normal item to rare or reforges a rare item, guaranteeing one property

    Weapon: Your Hits inflict Decay, dealing 500 Chaos Damage per second for 8 seconds
    Gloves: Socketed Gems deal 30% more Damage over Time
    Boots: Cannot be Poisoned
    Body Armour: 25% reduced Chaos Damage taken over time
    Helmet: +2 to Level of Socketed Aura Gems
    Shield: Recover 2% of your maximum Mana when you Block
    Quiver: 40% increased Damage with Poison
    Amulet: 0.5% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life
    Ring: 40% increased Damage with Poison
    Belt: +50% to Chaos Resistance while using a Flask
    Right click this item then left click a normal or rare item to apply it.
    Shift click to unstack.

Active skill gems

Related base stats

Active skill gems that have stats related to poison.

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Viper StrikeViper StrikeAttack, Duration, Melee, Chaos
Mana Cost: 5
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (115% to 142%)
Hits the enemy, adding some of your physical damage as chaos damage and applying poison. Requires a claw, dagger or sword.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
Deals (115-141.6)% of Base Damage
25% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
60% chance to Poison on Hit
Base duration is 4 seconds
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Viper Strike skill icon.png
N/AyesN/A1

Related quality stats

Active skill gems that have quality stats related to poison.

Currently, there are no active skill gems that have quality stats related to poison.

Support skill gems

Related base stats

Support skill gems that have stats related to poison.

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Lesser Poison SupportLesser Poison SupportChaos, Support
Icon: O
Mana Multiplier: 110%
Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Damage with Poison
Supported Skills have (1-44) to (2-66) added Chaos Damage
Supported Skills have 40% chance to Poison on Hit
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.
N/AyesN/A1
Melee Physical Damage SupportMelee Physical Damage SupportMelee, Support, Attack
Icon: M
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 18Supports melee attack skills.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Melee Physical Damage
Supported Skills deal (30-49)% more Melee Physical Damage
Supported Skills deal (30-49)% more Damage with Bleeding and Poison caused by Melee Hits
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/A18
Poison SupportPoison SupportChaos, Support
Icon: o
Mana Multiplier: 135%
Requires Level 31Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Damage with Poison
Supported Skills have 60% chance to Poison on Hit
Supported Skills deal (0-19)% more Damage with Poison
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.
N/AyesN/A31
Vile Toxins SupportVile Toxins SupportSupport
Icon: e
Mana Multiplier: 120%
Requires Level 38Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 1% increased Damage with Poison
Supported Skills deal (30-49)% more Damage with Poison
Supported Skills deal 5% more Damage with Hits for each Poison on the Enemy, up to (6-9)
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.
N/AyesN/A38

Related quality stats

Support skill gems that have quality stats related to poison.

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Lesser Poison SupportLesser Poison SupportChaos, Support
Icon: O
Mana Multiplier: 110%
Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Damage with Poison
Supported Skills have (1-44) to (2-66) added Chaos Damage
Supported Skills have 40% chance to Poison on Hit
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.
N/AyesN/A1
Poison SupportPoison SupportChaos, Support
Icon: o
Mana Multiplier: 135%
Requires Level 31Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Damage with Poison
Supported Skills have 60% chance to Poison on Hit
Supported Skills deal (0-19)% more Damage with Poison
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.
N/AyesN/A31
Vile Toxins SupportVile Toxins SupportSupport
Icon: e
Mana Multiplier: 120%
Requires Level 38Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 1% increased Damage with Poison
Supported Skills deal (30-49)% more Damage with Poison
Supported Skills deal 5% more Damage with Hits for each Poison on the Enemy, up to (6-9)
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.
N/AyesN/A38

Other sources

The following can apply poison:

Related passive skills

These passive skills are related to Poison.

Name Bonuses
Poison Damage
  • 20% increased Damage with Poison
Chance to Poison
  • 10% chance to Poison on Hit
Fatal Toxins
  • 70% increased Damage with Poison
  • 10% increased Poison Duration
Adder's Touch
  • +60% to Critical Strike Multiplier with Daggers
  • Critical Strikes with Daggers have a 30% chance to Poison the Enemy
Dirty Techniques
  • 50% increased Damage with Poison
  • 50% increased Damage with Bleeding
  • 20% increased Poison Duration
  • 20% increased Bleed Duration

Ascendancy Class Name Bonuses
Pathfinder
Pathfinder avatar.png
Master Herbalist
  • +30% to Chaos Resistance while using a Flask
  • 20% increased Damage with Poison
  • 20% increased Poison Duration
  • 60% chance to Poison on Hit while using a Flask
Assassin
Assassin avatar.png
Noxious Strike
  • 40% chance to Poison on Hit against Bleeding Enemies
  • 50% chance for Attacks to Maim on Hit against Poisoned Enemies
  • Attacks have 30% chance to cause Bleeding
  • 30% increased Skill Effect Duration if you've Killed a Maimed Enemy Recently
Assassin
Assassin avatar.png
Toxic Delivery
  • 10% reduced Damage taken from Damage Over Time
  • 20% of Physical Damage gained as Extra Chaos Damage against Bleeding Enemies
  • Poison you inflict with Critical Strikes deals 30% more Damage
  • Bleeding you inflict on Maimed Enemies deals 30% more Damage

Version history

Version Changes
3.0.0
  • Skills calculate their Ignite, Poison or Bleed values as a separate damage value, taken straight from the base and added damage of the skill. This gives skills that deal fire damage a minimum and maximum Ignite Damage per Second value that is rolled on Ignites that the skill causes. Poison, Bleed and Ignite damage values are based on the base damage of the skill, and then affected by appropriate damage modifiers. Some damage modifiers affect both the hit and the Ignite, Poison or Bleed, while some only affect one.
  • Bleeding and Poison are now both considered 'Ailments'. This means their durations are only affected by increased bleeding/poison duration modifiers, and the new ailment duration modifier (they are not elemental ailments, so are not affected by the existing modifier to elemental ailments).
2.4.0
  • Poison damage reduce to 8% of Physical and Chaos damage as Chaos Damage for 2 seconds (down from 10%).
2.1.0
  • Rather than dealing the damage of the highest hit (as Ignite does), poison can now have multiple stacks. This means that every hit counts, rather than just the occasional big hit. This also lets it scale much better towards end-game, and differentiates it from other damage-over-time effects.
  • Poison can now only be applied by Chaos and Physical damage. This is for both thematic reasons, and to have it act as a reward for builds that have less of a focus on auras and elemental supports for damage boosts.
  • These poison changes are also reflected in monsters.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bex_GGG (December 15, 2015). "Talisman and Poison Questions and Answers". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rory (October 18, 2015). "Enhancing Poison". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  3. Bex_GGG (December 22, 2015). "Recent Community Questions Answered!". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  4. Mark_GGG (August 4, 2017). "the damage of player Ignites, Poisons, and Bleeding has been greatly increased". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  5. Mark_GGG (November 1, 2012). "Unique Items List - 163 of 163". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved July 7, 2013.

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