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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 Detonate DeadDetonate DeadSpell, AoE, Fire
Radius: 22
Mana Cost: (5-20)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 160%
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:1230.5% increased Cast Speed3% of Fire Damage Converted to Chaos DamageExplosion deals 4% increased Damage if the Corpse is IgnitedExplosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 6% of the corpse's Maximum Life
Deals (15-798) to (22-1197) 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
can be scaled with modifiers to area 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.

Crusader influence body armor's "Enemies you Kill Explode, dealing 3% of their Life as Physical Damage" is considered to be secondary damage

Skill gems

The following skills have a secondary damage component:

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Bear TrapBear TrapTrap, Spell, Duration, Physical
Mana Cost: (6-23)
Can Store 3 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 260%
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:12341% increased Physical Damage2% increased Skill Effect Duration0.5% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate1% chance to Impale Enemies on HitTrap 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: (11-20)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
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:12341% increased Fire Damage5% increased Burning DamageFires Projectiles 0.25% faster2% chance to Explode a nearby Corpse when Firing ProjectilesDeals (49-434) to (74-651) 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
Fires Projectiles every 1 seconds
+(0-3) to radius
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: (5-20)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 160%
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:1230.5% increased Cast Speed3% of Fire Damage Converted to Chaos DamageExplosion deals 4% increased Damage if the Corpse is IgnitedExplosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 6% of the corpse's Maximum Life
Deals (15-798) to (22-1197) 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
Herald of IceHerald of IceSpell, AoE, Cold, Herald
Mana Reserved: 25%
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 80%
Requires Level 16Grants a buff adding cold damage to spells and attacks. If you shatter an enemy, this skill will cause them to explode and deal AoE cold damage to enemies near them. This damage is not affected by modifiers to spell damage.Per 1% Quality:123Buff grants 0.75% increased Cold Damage0.5% increased Area of EffectBuff grants 0.5% chance to FreezeAdds (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, Physical
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:12342% increased Projectile Speed1% increased Damage0.5% increased Attack Speed+1% to Critical Strike Multiplier per 100 Maximum Energy Shield on Shield(18-182) to (27-272) Base Off Hand Physical Damage
2 to 3 Added Physical Damage per 15 Armour or Evasion Rating on Shield
Fires (8-13) additional Projectiles
Shard Projectiles Deal 25% less Damage
Base Off Hand Attack time is (0.7-0.6) 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)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 200%
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:11% increased Area DamageExplosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 9% of the corpse's Maximum Life
Deals (23-1395) to (33-2092) 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: (9-26)
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 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:1230.5% increased Area of Effect1% increased Fire Damage1% increased Orb Movement SpeedDeals (20-507) to (30-760) Fire Damage
Consumes up to 3 corpses
Explosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 3% of the corpse's Maximum Life
Maximum of 60 Orbs at a time
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, Travel
Mana Cost: (8-23)
Cast Time: 0.70 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 70%
Requires Level 10Violently destroys your body and recreates it at the location of a targeted enemy or corpse, dealing spell damage in an area at both locations. If there is no specific target, it will prioritise corpses over enemies. If targeting a corpse, the corpse will also explode, dealing damage around it that is not affected by modifiers to spell damage, and cannot be reflected. This spell cannot be repeated.Per 1% Quality:12340.5% increased Cast Speed5% increased Burning Damage0.5% increased Area of Effect2% increased Damage if not Consuming a CorpseExplosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 6% of the corpse's Maximum Life
This Spell deals (3-154) to (5-231), plus 3% of your maximum Life, as base Fire Damage
300% more Area of Effect if Consuming a corpse
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
Flame WallFlame WallSpell, AoE, Duration, Fire
Mana Cost: (4-16)
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 4Create a wall of fire for a duration, which deals burning damage to everything in its area. Each enemy that enters the wall also receives a secondary burning debuff which persists for a short duration after leaving the wall. Any projectiles fired through the wall by you and allies deal added fire damage and apply the wall's secondary debuff on hit.Per 1% Quality:12340.5% increased Area of Effect+0.5% to Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
1% reduced Skill Effect Duration
2% increased Cast SpeedInflicts Fire Exposure for 4 seconds when Enemies enter the wall, applying -0.5% to their Fire Resistance
Base duration is (3-4.9) seconds
Deals (2.2-456.3) Base Fire Damage per second
Secondary Debuff Deals (8.7-1825.2) Base Fire Damage per second
Projectiles which pass through the wall deal (3-78) to (5-117) Added Fire Damage
Base secondary duration is (1-2) seconds
Maximum 3 Flame Walls at a time
Wall will be (40-59) units long
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.
Flame Wall skill icon.png
N/AN/Ayes4
Herald of ThunderHerald of ThunderSpell, AoE, Duration, Lightning, Herald
Radius: 32
Mana Reserved: 25%
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 16Grants a buff which adds lightning damage to spells and attacks. If you kill a shocked enemy, this skill will create a storm, causing lightning bolts to strike enemies around you for a duration. The damage inflicted by this skill is not affected by modifiers to spell damage.Per 1% Quality:123Buff grants 0.75% increased Lightning Damage1% increased Skill Effect DurationBuff grants 1.5% increased Damage
Buff grants 0.5% increased Damage taken
Buff grants (2-19) to (7-76) Added Spell Lightning Damage
Buff grants (2-19) to (7-76) Added Attack Lightning Damage
Deals (1-23) to (31-1108) Lightning Damage
Base duration is 6 seconds
Storm Hits an Enemy every 0.25 Seconds
Cannot inflict Shock
Creates a storm when you Kill a Shocked Enemy
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
Infernal BlowInfernal BlowAttack, AoE, Melee, Strike, Fire, Duration
Radius: 15
Mana Cost: 6
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (104%-133%)
Requires Level 12Attacks with your weapon, applying a charged debuff to enemies hit by your strike, 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, Sceptre, Staff or Unarmed.Per 1% Quality:12340.5% increased Area of EffectExplosion has 1% chance to apply Uncharged Debuff on Hit3% increased Burning Damage
1% chance to Ignite enemies
4% increased Skill Effect Duration
Deals (103.9-133)% of Base Attack Damage
60% 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
(5-75) to (8-113) Added Fire Damage
+(0-2) to Melee Strike 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
Infernal CryInfernal CryWarcry, AoE, Duration, Fire, Attack, Melee
Mana Cost: (15-19)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 24Deals attack damage in an area.Per 1% Quality:Base duration is (5-5.9) seconds
Explosion deals Fire Damage equal to 8% of the Monster's maximum Life
Covers Enemies in Ash, causing 3% increased Fire Damage taken per 5 Power, up to 20%
Exerts the next 4 Melee Attacks you perform
Damage cannot be Reflected
Counts total Power of Enemies in Range
Exerted Attacks Trigger Combust the first time they deal a Melee Hit
(0-38)% increased Warcry Speed
Deals (100-157.5)% of Base Attack Damage
60% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
This Skill is Triggered by Attacks Exerted by Infernal Cry
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Combust skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A24
Splitting SteelSplitting SteelAttack, Projectile, AoE, Physical
Mana Cost: (5-8)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Consume a Steel Shard to fire a single projectile that splits on impact or at the targeted location, dealing area damage when it splits and again when the split projectiles explode at the end of their flight. Requires a Sword or Axe. Steel Shards are gained with the Call of Steel Skill.Per 1% Quality:12341% increased Impale Effect0.5% chance to inflict an additional Impale when this Skill inflcits Impale0.5% increased Area of Effect
1% increased Projectile Speed
-2% increased Damage
Deals (100-168.4)% of Base Attack Damage
Projectiles Split towards (2-4) targets
Consumes up to 1 Steel Shard
60% chance to Impale Enemies on Hit
(2-75) to (3-113) Added Attack Physical Damage
Projectiles which have Split deal 35% less Damage
50% less Area of Effect after Splitting
Modifiers to number of Projectiles instead apply to
the number of targets Projectile Splits towards
If you have no Steel Shards, Projectile counts as already having Split
Projectiles can Split without hitting a target
+(0-4) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Splitting Steel skill icon.png
yesyesN/A1

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.