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Secondary damage

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Secondary damage is a component of certain attack and spell skills. It is a damage source that is not itself a spell, an attack or damage over time.

Modifiers to attacks, spells and damage over time do not apply to secondary damage, although it can be scaled by other kinds of damage modifiers where applicable. For example, the secondary damage component of Explosive ArrowExplosive ArrowFire, Attack, Projectile, AoE, Duration, Bow
Radius: 15
Mana Cost: (18-27)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Projectile Speed: 3260
Requires Level 28Fires an arrow which acts as a short duration fuse. Applying additional arrows to an enemy extends the duration. When the target dies or the fuses expire, the arrows explode, dealing fire AoE damage to nearby enemies. The AoE radius is proportional to the number of arrows upon death.Per 1% Quality:
1% chance to Ignite enemies
Base duration is 1 seconds
Explosion deals (44-586) to (66-879) Base Fire Damage per Fuse Charge
+2 to Explosion Radius per Fuse Charge
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Explosive Arrow skill icon.png
can be scaled with modifiers to area damage, projectile damage, fire damage, and generic damage.

The secondary damage component of skills can be blocked, dodged or evaded according to whether the skill is an attack or a spell.

Skill gems

The following skills have a secondary damage component:

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Bear TrapBear TrapTrap, Spell, Duration
Mana Cost: (6-23)
Can Store 3 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 200%
Requires Level 4Throws a trap that damages and immobilises a single enemy for a duration based on how much damage was dealt. After the immobilise expires, a debuff remains on the enemy for a duration, lowering their movement speed by an amount which lessens over time. The affected enemy will take increased damage from traps and mines until the debuff expires. Modifiers to spell damage do not affect this skill's damage.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Physical Damage
Throws a Trap which uses this Skill when Triggered
Trap lasts 4 seconds
Deals (16-1447) to (22-2026) Physical Damage
Enemies take 15% increased Damage from Trap or Mine Hits
Enemies have 80% less Movement Speed when the Debuff starts
Base duration is 3 seconds
Locks enemy in place
Traps do not Trigger at the end of their Duration
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Bear Trap skill icon.png
N/AyesN/A4
CremationCremationSpell, AoE, Fire, Duration, Projectile
Mana Cost: (14-27)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 80%
Requires Level 28A targeted corpse explodes, dealing area damage and turning into a volcanic geyser, which will repeatedly unleash projectiles sequentially over the surrounding area for a duration. The explosion of the corpse is not affected by modifiers to spell damage, and cannot be reflected.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Fire Damage
Deals (40-357) to (60-535) Fire Damage
Base duration is 8 seconds
Maximum of 3 Geysers at a time
Explosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 4% of the corpse's maximum Life
Fires 3 additional Projectiles
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Cremation skill icon.png
N/Ayesyes28
Detonate DeadDetonate DeadSpell, AoE, Fire
Radius: 22
Mana Cost: (7-30)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Requires Level 4Targets a corpse, and deals spell damage to enemies around the corpse, as well as causing the corpse to explode, dealing fire damage. The explosion is not affected by modifiers to spell damage and cannot be reflected.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Cast Speed
Explosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 6% of the corpse's maximum Life
Deals (10-823) to (14-1235) Fire Damage
+(0-4) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Detonate Dead skill icon.png
N/Ayesyes4
Explosive ArrowExplosive ArrowFire, Attack, Projectile, AoE, Duration, Bow
Radius: 15
Mana Cost: (18-27)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Projectile Speed: 3260
Requires Level 28Fires an arrow which acts as a short duration fuse. Applying additional arrows to an enemy extends the duration. When the target dies or the fuses expire, the arrows explode, dealing fire AoE damage to nearby enemies. The AoE radius is proportional to the number of arrows upon death.Per 1% Quality:
1% chance to Ignite enemies
Base duration is 1 seconds
Explosion deals (44-586) to (66-879) Base Fire Damage per Fuse Charge
+2 to Explosion Radius per Fuse Charge
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Explosive Arrow skill icon.png
N/AyesN/A28
Herald of IceHerald of IceSpell, AoE, Cold, Herald
Mana Reserved: 25%
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: 80%
Requires Level 16Channel ice through your hands, adding cold damage to spells and attacks. If you shatter an enemy, they explode and deal AoE cold damage to enemies near them. The AoE cold damage inflicted by this skill is not affected by modifiers to spell damage.Per 1% Quality:
0.75% increased Cold Damage
Adds (4-38) to (5-56) Cold Damage to Spells
Adds (4-38) to (5-56) Cold Damage to Attacks
Deals (18-308) to (26-462) Cold Damage
Damage cannot be Reflected
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Herald of Ice skill icon.png
N/Ayesyes16
Spectral Shield ThrowSpectral Shield ThrowAttack, Projectile
Mana Cost: (7-10)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 12Throws a spectral copy of your shield as a projectile which cannot pierce, and deals off-hand damage augmented by the defences of the shield. When it collides with something it will shatter, launching a number of smaller shards as projectiles in all directions. Modifiers that cause additional projectiles to be fired will add more shards, not more copies of the shield.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Projectile Damage
(13-132) to (19-198) Base Off Hand Physical Damage
2 to 3 Added Physical Damage per 15 Armour or Evasion Rating on Shield
Fires 8 additional Projectiles
Shard Projectiles Deal 25% less Damage
Base Off Hand Attack time is (0.7-0.61) seconds
+0.1% to Critical Strike Chance per 10 Maximum Energy Shield on Shield
Base Off Hand Critical Strike Chance is 5%
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Spectral Shield Throw skill icon.png
yesyesN/A12
Vaal Detonate DeadVaal Detonate DeadVaal, Spell, AoE, Fire
Souls Per Use: 30 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 8.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 150%
Requires Level 4Targets a corpse, and deals spell damage to enemies around the corpse, as well as causing the corpse to explode, dealing fire damage. The explosion is not affected by modifiers to spell damage and cannot be reflected. This will continue to target other corpses in the area, with an increasing delay between each one, until it runs out of corpses or has destroyed 22 corpses.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Area Damage
Explosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 9% of the corpse's maximum Life
Deals (15-1235) to (21-1852) Fire Damage
+(0-4) to radius
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Detonate Dead skill icon.png
N/Ayesyes4
Volatile DeadVolatile DeadSpell, AoE, Fire
Mana Cost: (10-31)
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 120%
Requires Level 12Corpses near the targeted location explode, dealing damage in a small area and creating an orb which moves towards nearby enemies before dealing spell damage in a larger area. The explosion of the corpse is not affected by modifiers to spell damage, and cannot be reflected.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (20-535) to (30-802) Fire Damage
Destroys up to 3 Corpses
Explosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 3% of the corpse's maximum Life
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Volatile Dead skill icon.png
N/Ayesyes12
BodyswapBodyswapMovement, Spell, AoE, Fire
Mana Cost: (10-30)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Requires Level 10Your body explodes, dealing spell damage in an area around you, and a targeted corpse also explodes, dealing damage around it. Your body is recreated at the location of the corpse. The explosion of the corpse is not affected by modifiers to spell damage, and cannot be reflected. This spell cannot be repeated.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Cast Speed
Explosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 4% of the corpse's maximum Life
This Spell deals (13-501) to (19-752), plus 3% of your maximum Life, as base Fire Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Bodyswap skill icon.png
N/Ayesyes10
Herald of ThunderHerald of ThunderSpell, AoE, Duration, Lightning, Herald
Radius: 32
Mana Reserved: 25%
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: 120%
Requires Level 16Channel lightning through your hands, adding lightning damage to spells and attacks. If you kill a shocked enemy, lightning bolts will strike enemies around you for a short duration. The lightning bolt damage inflicted by this skill is not affected by modifiers to spell damage.Per 1% Quality:
0.75% increased Lightning Damage
Adds (2-19) to (7-76) Lightning Damage to Spells
Adds (2-19) to (7-76) Lightning Damage to Attacks
Deals (1-27) to (34-1303) Lightning Damage
Base duration is 6 seconds
Cannot apply Shock
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Herald of Thunder skill icon.png
N/AN/Ayes16
Abyssal CryAbyssal CryWarcry, AoE, Duration, Chaos
Mana Cost: (26-56)
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
Cast Time: 0.25 sec
Requires Level 34Performs a warcry, Hindering nearby enemies and causing them to explode when killed. The Hinder effect is proportional to the number of surrounding enemies. Taunts all nearby enemies to attack the user. Shares a cooldown with other Warcry skills.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Skill Effect Duration
(0.6-0.86)% reduced Movement Speed per Nearby Enemy
(20-26)% reduced Movement Speed
Explosion deals Chaos Damage equal to 8% of the Monster's maximum Life
Base duration is 6 seconds
Damage cannot be Reflected
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Abyssal Cry skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A34
Infernal BlowInfernal BlowAttack, AoE, Melee, Fire, Duration
Radius: 15
Mana Cost: 6
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 12Hit the target enemy, applying a charged debuff to it, and an uncharged debuff to any other enemies hit. Upon reaching 6 charges, expiring, or the enemy's death, the charged debuff is removed, and it deals damage to that and other nearby enemies. Enemies with either debuff explode when they die, damaging other nearby enemies. Damage from this explosion cannot be reflected. Requires a Sword, Axe, Mace, Staff or Unarmed.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (100-122.8)% of Base Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
Base duration is 0.8 seconds
Explosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 6% of the corpse's maximum Life
Debuff deals 66% of Damage per Charge
+(0-2) to Melee range
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Infernal Blow skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A12

Version history

Version Changes
3.4.0
  • Secondary damage (such as the explosive part of Explosive Arrow) can now be blocked, dodged, evaded, and spell blocked depending on its source.