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Shield Charge

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Shield ChargeAttack, AoE, Movement, Melee
Mana Cost: 8
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (50% to 61%)
Requires Level 10Charges at a targeted location or enemy, pushing away enemies in your path and repeatedly dealing damage in a small area in front of you. You deal damage in a larger area when you reach the target. The further you travel, the more damage you deal, and the greater your chance of stunning enemies. Cannot be supported by Multistrike.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Damage
Deals (50-61.4)% of Base Damage
50% increased Stun Threshold reduction on enemies at Maximum charge distance
75% increased Movement Speed
200% more Damage with Hits at Maximum Charge Distance
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Shield Charge skill icon.pngShield Charge inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 10
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Orb of Transmutation
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment

Shield Charge skill screenshot.jpg

In the hands of a talented combatant, even a shield becomes a deadly weapon. With Shield Charge, a warrior dashes forward at a single enemy, slamming them senseless. The violence of the charge will push nearby foes out of its path, and inflict great damage on target. An opponent unlucky enough to be struck by the full brunt of a Shield Charge will be knocked back and stunned for a time.

Description on the official Path of Exile website [1]

Shield Charge is an attack skill. The player charges at an enemy and bashes it with his shield. The target is damaged, knocked back, and stunned. Enemies in the way are pushed to the side.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Damage and reduced enemy stun threshold are proportional to the distance charged. The maximum charge distance is 60 units[2] Note that the in-game average damage tooltip for Shield Charge does not factor in the bonus gained from charge distance.
  • The damage dealt on strike is based on the main hand weapon and is not affected by the shield in any way. Shield Charge can also be used unarmed; however, it cannot be used with a wand.
  • Area of Effect: Shield Charge deals AoE damage at the end animation of the charge in a circle in front of the player. Modifiers to area radius and damage affect the skill.
  • Use time: Shield Charge has a special base use time of 1.0 seconds (when charging to the maximum distance) that overrides the base attack time of any weapon equipped. Note that the attack time of the skill displayed in-game is erroneously affected by the base attack time of the weapon. Both local and global attack speed modifiers apply to this use time, increasing the speed at which the skill is performed, including both the charging speed and the recovery animation at the end. Furthermore, modifiers to movement speed affect the charging animation speed.[3]
  • Shield Charge cannot be supported by Multistrike SupportMultistrike SupportAttack, Melee, Support
    Icon: 3
    Mana Multiplier: 180%
    Requires Level 38Supports melee attack skills, making them repeat twice when used, targeting a random enemy each time. Cannot support Vaal skills, totem skills, channelling skills, or triggered skills.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Melee Physical Damage
    Supported Skills Repeat 2 additional times
    Supported Skills have (75-94)% more Melee Attack Speed
    Supported Skills deal 30% less Attack 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.
    .

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.strengthDamage
Effectiveness
Damage
Multiplier
Exp.Total Exp.
1102950%50%00
2133551%50.6%9,5699,569
3174351%51.2%28,18937,758
4215252%51.8%59,14696,904
5256052%52.4%111,192208,096
6296953%53%193,800401,896
7337754%53.6%320,280722,176
8368354%54.2%359,0901,081,266
9399055%54.8%498,5081,579,774
10429655%55.4%682,0572,261,831
114510256%56%921,7773,183,608
124810957%56.6%1,727,8794,911,487
135111557%57.2%1,791,7696,703,256
145412158%57.8%2,353,6799,056,935
155712758%58.4%3,070,91212,127,847
166013459%59%9,095,46621,223,313
176314060%59.6%16,039,89037,263,203
186614660%60.2%29,817,11767,080,320
196815161%60.8%62,895,056129,975,376
207015561%61.4%212,051,599342,026,975
217215962%62%N/AN/A
2274N/A63%62.6%N/AN/A
2376N/A63%63.2%N/AN/A
2478N/A64%63.8%N/AN/A
2580N/A64%64.4%N/AN/A
2682N/A65%65%N/AN/A
2784N/A66%65.6%N/AN/A
2886N/A66%66.2%N/AN/A
2988N/A67%66.8%N/AN/A
3090N/A67%67.4%N/AN/A

Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
The Caged Brute
Act 1
yes
no
no
no
no
no
no

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
The Caged Brute
Act 1
Nessa
yes
yes
no
no
no
yes
no
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
yes
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth
yes

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Shield Charge:

Name For generated item/monster modifiers the minimum item/monster level respectively. Some generation types may not require this condition to be met, however item level restrictions may be raised to 80% of this value. Effect(s)
EnchantmentShieldChargeAttackSpeed16610% increased Shield Charge Attack Speed
EnchantmentShieldChargeAttackSpeed2_7515% increased Shield Charge Attack Speed
EnchantmentShieldChargeDamage16625% increased Shield Charge Damage
EnchantmentShieldChargeDamage27540% increased Shield Charge Damage
EnchantmentShieldChargeDamagePerTargetHit116% increased Shield Charge Damage per Enemy Hit
EnchantmentShieldChargeDamagePerTargetHit219% increased Shield Charge Damage per Enemy Hit

Version history

Version Changes
2.6.0
  • Fixed an issue where Shield ChargeShield ChargeAttack, AoE, Movement, Melee
    Mana Cost: 8
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Damage Effectiveness: (50% to 61%)
    Requires Level 10Charges at a targeted location or enemy, pushing away enemies in your path and repeatedly dealing damage in a small area in front of you. You deal damage in a larger area when you reach the target. The further you travel, the more damage you deal, and the greater your chance of stunning enemies. Cannot be supported by Multistrike.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Damage
    Deals (50-61.4)% of Base Damage
    50% increased Stun Threshold reduction on enemies at Maximum charge distance
    75% increased Movement Speed
    200% more Damage with Hits at Maximum Charge Distance
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Shield Charge skill icon.png
    had two separate damage modifiers at gem level 2 and above, which displayed as "Deals 50% base damage, Deals 101.2% of base damage". These have been combined into one modifier.
2.3.0e
  • Shield Charge now has 20% less area of effect and the maximum distance has been increased from 50 to 60.
2.3.0
  • Shield Charge is now an Area of Effect skill. It deals damage to enemies you collide with as you charge, then deals a larger aoe at the end of the charge. It no longer always stuns. It gains more damage and stun threshold reduction the further you travel, up to a certain distance.
2.1.0
  • Attack skills that have their damage based on the wielded weapon have their mana costs fixed in place from level 1 onwards.
2.0.0
  • The end animation now scales with attack speed.
  • Shield Charge can no longer be supported by Multistrike.
  • Base Damage is now 50%. Damage at maximum range has been increased, and the stun duration has been set to 200% at all levels.
  • Now has 50% increased movement speed increasing to 69% at level 20.
  • Now grants 1% increased damage per 1% quality (was 0.75% per 1% quality).
1.3.1b
  • Fixed a bug with Shield Charge that would cause it to get out of sync.
1.3.0e
  • Fixed a bug with Shield Charge where it could repeat the end animation several times per skill use.
1.3.0
0.11.1c
  • Fixed a bug where Shield Charge Multistrike hits after the first did no damage.
0.11.1b
  • Fixed a crash with Shield ChargeShield ChargeAttack, AoE, Movement, Melee
    Mana Cost: 8
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Damage Effectiveness: (50% to 61%)
    Requires Level 10Charges at a targeted location or enemy, pushing away enemies in your path and repeatedly dealing damage in a small area in front of you. You deal damage in a larger area when you reach the target. The further you travel, the more damage you deal, and the greater your chance of stunning enemies. Cannot be supported by Multistrike.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Damage
    Deals (50-61.4)% of Base Damage
    50% increased Stun Threshold reduction on enemies at Maximum charge distance
    75% increased Movement Speed
    200% more Damage with Hits at Maximum Charge Distance
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Shield Charge skill icon.png
    and Melee Splash SupportMelee Splash SupportSupport, Melee, Attack, AoE
    Icon: S
    Radius: 14
    Mana Multiplier: 160%
    Requires Level 8Supports single-target melee attack skills, causing their melee strike to deal spash damage around the target.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Supported Skills deal (35-26)% less Damage to surrounding targets
    Supported Skills deal Splash Damage to surrounding targets
    Supported Skills have (0-57)% more Melee Splash Area of Effect
    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.
    .
0.11.1
  • The Melee Splash SupportMelee Splash SupportSupport, Melee, Attack, AoE
    Icon: S
    Radius: 14
    Mana Multiplier: 160%
    Requires Level 8Supports single-target melee attack skills, causing their melee strike to deal spash damage around the target.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Supported Skills deal (35-26)% less Damage to surrounding targets
    Supported Skills deal Splash Damage to surrounding targets
    Supported Skills have (0-57)% more Melee Splash Area of Effect
    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.
    support gem now works with Shield ChargeShield ChargeAttack, AoE, Movement, Melee
    Mana Cost: 8
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Damage Effectiveness: (50% to 61%)
    Requires Level 10Charges at a targeted location or enemy, pushing away enemies in your path and repeatedly dealing damage in a small area in front of you. You deal damage in a larger area when you reach the target. The further you travel, the more damage you deal, and the greater your chance of stunning enemies. Cannot be supported by Multistrike.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Damage
    Deals (50-61.4)% of Base Damage
    50% increased Stun Threshold reduction on enemies at Maximum charge distance
    75% increased Movement Speed
    200% more Damage with Hits at Maximum Charge Distance
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Shield Charge skill icon.png
    .
  • Shield charge can now be evaded.
0.11.0
  • Fixed a bug where Shield Charge would deal no damage if used very close to a monster.
0.10.0c
  • Fixed a game server crash that could occur when using Shield Charge.
0.10.0
  • Fixed a bug where your speed would not change when using Shield Charge to travel through ground ice or ground tar.
0.9.12t
  • Fixed a crash that would occur if a player or monster tried to use Shield Charge while caught in a Bear Trap.
0.9.12qq
  • From 1% damage per quality point to 0.35%.
0.9.10
  • Removed increase to knockback distance based on charge distance.
0.9.6b
  • Improved the effects for Shield Charge
0.9.4
  • Shield Charge now provides no damage bonus if used at minimum range, because it's fast and doesn't miss.
    It still provides the same damage bonus at longer ranges.
0.9.1
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Shield Charge to be spammed really fast.
  • Increased stun and knockback
0.8.3
  • Added "Shield Charge" skill

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Path of Exile. "Strength skills". Official Path of Exile website.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mark_GGG (July 11, 2013). "Shield Charge". Official Path of Exile website. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mark_GGG (June 14, 2016). "Mechanical Questions Thread". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved June 14, 2016.