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Return is a behavior of projectiles that causes them to attempt to return to the entity that fired them after they hit a target.

Mechanics

Only one projectile behavior can be applied each time a projectile hits a target. Return has fourth priority for projectile behaviors, preceded by pierce, fork and chain.

When a projectile returns, it bounces off the target it hits and continues in the direction of the entity that fired it. If the entity that fired the projectile no longer exists—as is the case if it was fired by a trap or mine—the projectile will attempt to return to the last known location of the firing entity. A projectile can only return once.

Projectiles apply their on-hit effects to each target they return from or otherwise hit. For example, Essence DrainEssence DrainSpell, Projectile, Duration, Chaos, AoE
Mana Cost: (8-23)
Cast Time: 0.70 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 60%
Requires Level 12Fires a projectile that applies a damage over time debuff when it hits. You are healed for a portion of the debuff damage. The debuff is spread by Contagion.Per 1% Quality:1231% increased Chaos DamageRegenerate 0.01% of Debuff Damage as Life5% increased Damage with HitsDeals (31.2-1503.2) Base Chaos Damage per second
Regenerate 0.5% of Debuff Damage as Life
Base duration is 3.8 seconds
Deals (9-433) to (14-649) Chaos Damage
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Essence Drain skill icon.png
will apply its debuff to each target a projectile hits. Skills such as Ice ShotIce ShotAttack, Projectile, AoE, Cold, Bow
Radius: 23 / 10
Mana Cost: (6-10)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (130%-174%)
Projectile Speed: 3260
Fires an arrow that converts some physical damage to cold on its target and converts all physical damage to cold in a cone behind that target.Per 1% Quality:1231% increased Cold Damage0.5% increased Area of Effect1% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold DamageDeals (130-174)% of Base Attack Damage
60% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
(2-75) to (3-113) Added Cold Damage
Chills Enemies as though dealing (100-195)% more Damage
(0-19)% increased Effect of Cold Ailments
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Ice Shot skill icon.png
and Kinetic BlastKinetic BlastAttack, Projectile, AoE
Radius: 14
Mana Cost: (15-16)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (140%-155%)
Requires Level 28Fires a projectile from a Wand that causes a series of small explosions surrounding its point of impact, each damaging enemies caught in the area.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent0.5% increased Area of EffectProjectiles Pierce 0.1 additional TargetsProjectiles gain 1.5% increased Area of Effect after ForkingDeals (140-155)% of Base Attack Damage
Creates 4 explosions
35% less Area Damage
(0-19)% increased Area of Effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Kinetic Blast skill icon.png
apply their on-hit area damage effects each time a projectile hits a target. The explosion behavior of some projectiles, such as FireballFireballProjectile, Spell, AoE, Fire
Radius: 9
Mana Cost: (6-25)
Cast Time: 0.75 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 240%
Projectile Speed: 1040
Unleashes a ball of fire towards a target which explodes, damaging nearby foes.Per 1% Quality:12341% increased Projectile Speed2% reduced Projectile Speed
3% increased Area of Effect
3% increased Effect of non-Damaging Ailments on Enemies
-2% more Damage with Ignite
0.25% chance to Debilitate Enemies for 1 second on Hit
Deals (9-1095) to (14-1643) Fire Damage
(20-39)% chance to Ignite enemies
(50-88)% more Damage with Ignite
Projectiles gain Radius as they travel farther, up to +(0-9) Radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
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and Creeping FrostCreeping FrostSpell, Projectile, Duration, AoE, Cold
Radius: 12
Mana Cost: (7-20)
Soul Gain Prevention: 0.001 sec
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 80%
Projectile Speed: 844
Requires Level 12Fire an icy projectile that bursts on impact or when reaching the targeted area, dealing area damage and creating a chilling area that deals cold damage over time. This area will creep across the ground towards nearby enemies until its duration expires.Per 1% Quality:12340.5% increased Area of Effect1% increased Skill Effect DurationFires an additional ProjectileChilling Area has 2% increased Movement SpeedBase duration is 5 seconds
Deals (11-383) to (16-572) Cold Damage
Can have up to 10 Chilling Areas
Deals (16.7-1391.2) Base Cold Damage per second
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Creeping Frost skill icon.png
, is not an on-hit effect and occurs only when a projectile ceases to exist.

Related items

Active skill gems

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Venom GyreVenom GyreAttack, Projectile, Chaos
Mana Cost: (5-7)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Attack Speed: 120% of Base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (90%-115%)
Requires Level 12Fires a returning projectile that can be caught. Caught projectiles spiral outwards when you use Whirling Blades and do not return. Requires a Dagger or Claw.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent1% increased Poison DurationReturning Projectiles deal -1% less DamageChains +0.05 TimesDeals (90-115)% of Base Attack Damage
Base duration is 12 seconds
Can catch up to 30 Returning Projectiles
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
40% chance to Poison on Hit
(10-141) to (15-211) Added Chaos Damage
Returning Projectiles deal 75% less Damage
Returning Projectiles Pierce all Targets
Projectiles Return to you
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Venom Gyre skill icon.png
N/Ayesyes12
FrostboltFrostboltSpell, Projectile, Cold
Mana Cost: (6-25)
Cast Time: 0.75 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 220%
Projectile Speed: 375
Fires a slow-moving projectile that pierces through enemies, dealing cold damage.Per 1% Quality:12341% increased Cold Damage5% reduced Damage
1% chance to inflict Cold Exposure on Hit
1% less Projectile Speed1% chance for Projectiles to Return
Deals (9-972) to (13-1458) Cold Damage
Projectiles Pierce all Targets
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Frostbolt skill icon.png
N/AN/Ayes1
Lightning TrapLightning TrapTrap, Spell, Projectile, Lightning
Mana Cost: (8-20)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 170%
Projectile Speed: 960
Requires Level 12Throws a trap that launches a ring of projectiles through the enemy that set it off, dealing lightning damage to them and subsequent targets.Per 1% Quality:1231% increased Lightning Damage
0.5% increased Effect of Lightning Ailments
1% increased Projectile Speed1% chance for Projectiles to Return
Deals (18-466) to (54-1399) Lightning Damage
Trap lasts 4 seconds
Fires 8 additional Projectiles
20% chance to Shock enemies
(80-118)% increased Critical Strike Chance against Shocked Enemies
Fires Projectiles in a circle
(0-19)% increased Effect of Shock
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Lightning Trap skill icon.png
N/Ayesyes12

Support skill gems

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Faster Projectiles SupportFaster Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
Icon: j
Mana Multiplier: 110%
Requires Level 31Supports projectile skills.Per 1% Quality:123Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Attack Speed
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Cast Speed
Projectiles have 3% chance to Return to you from final TargetSupported Skills have 0.5% increased Projectile Speed
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Projectile Damage
Supported Skills have (50-69)% increased Projectile Speed
Supported Skills deal (20-29)% increased Projectile 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.
N/AyesN/A31
Ballista Totem SupportBallista Totem SupportBow, Projectile, Support, Totem
Icon: R
Mana Multiplier: 120%
Requires Level 8Supports any bow or wand attack skill, causing it to summon a ballista totem that uses the skill for you.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal1% increased Totem Placement speed1% increased Totem Duration1% increased Totem Range0.5% chance for Projectiles Fired by Supported Skills to ReturnSupported Skills will summon a Ballista Totem which uses that Skill
Totem lasts 8 seconds
Supported Skills deal (42-33)% less Damage
Attacks used by Totem have 50% less Attack Speed
Supported Skills have +2 to maximum number of Summoned Ballista Totems
Supported Attack Skills cannot be used with Melee Weapons
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.
yesyesN/A8

Unique items

ItemLvl.Stats
Reach of the CouncilReach of the Council
Spine Bow
Bow
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (69.7-109.2)(251.6-337.35)
Critical Strike Chance: 6.50%
Attacks per Second: (1.51-1.57)
Weapon Range: 120
Requires Level 64, 212 DexSocketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Greater Volley
(50-75)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (15-30) to (70-95) Physical Damage
(8-12)% increased Attack Speed
20% reduced Projectile Speed
Arrows fired from the first firing points always Pierce
Arrows fired from the second firing points Fork
Arrows fired from the third firing points Return to you
Arrows fired from the fourth firing points Chain +2 times
We stand together. We strike together.
64Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Greater Volley
(50-75)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (15-30) to (70-95) Physical Damage
(8-12)% increased Attack Speed
20% reduced Projectile Speed
Arrows fired from the first firing points always Pierce
Arrows fired from the second firing points Fork
Arrows fired from the third firing points Return to you
Arrows fired from the fourth firing points Chain +2 times