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Unarmed

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Unarmed damage is a form of melee attack damage dealt by a character that does not have a weapon equipped. While it is unusual for most characters to ever use an unarmed attack, character builds based on unarmed damage can be made viable by using FacebreakerFacebreaker
Strapped Mitts
Quality: +20%
Evasion: 36
Energy Shield: 7
Requires Level 16, 14 Dex, 14 Int+30% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
10% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold
(600-800)% more Physical Damage with Unarmed Attacks
Extra gore
Fly like a Storm Crow, crush like a Rhoa
or Doryani's FistDoryani's Fist
Vaal Gauntlets
Quality: +20%
Armour: 278
Energy Shield: 36
Requires Level 63, 100 StrGrants Level 20 Doryani's Touch Skill
+30 to maximum Energy Shield
10% chance to Shock
Adds (225-335) to (785-900) Lightning Damage to Unarmed Attacks
Adds (60-90) to (210-240) Lightning Damage to Spells while Unarmed
+30 Energy Shield gained on Killing a Shocked Enemy
Doryani's ingenuity raised the Vaal Empire to unprecedented heights. His curiosity reduced it to ruins and bones.
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Mechanics

Every character's unarmed attack has a base attack speed of about 1.2 attacks per second (0.83 second attack time) and a base critical strike chance of 0%. The range of unarmed attacks is 4 units, shorter than the range of any melee weapon. The base physical damage of an unarmed attack varies by class:

Class Base unarmed
physical damage
Witch 2–5
Shadow 2–5
Scion 2–6
Templar 2–6
Ranger 2–5
Marauder 2–8
Duelist 2–6

Unarmed damage is counted under the melee and attack keywords, but not the weapon keyword.

A character with a shield or quiver equipped can still used an unarmed attack.

Skill gems

Active Skill Gems that are usable with Unarmed

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
CycloneCycloneAttack, AoE, Movement, Melee
Mana Cost: 12
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (45%-56%)
Requires Level 28Damage enemies around you, then perform a spinning series of attacks as you travel to a target location. Cannot be supported by Ruthless or Multistrike.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (45-56.4)% of Base Damage
50% more Attack Speed
30% less Movement Speed
First Hit deals 50% less Damage
+(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.
Cyclone skill icon.png
yesyesN/A28
Elemental HitElemental HitAttack, Projectile, Melee, Fire, Cold, Lightning, AoE, Bow
Mana Cost: (7-11)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 12Each attack with this skill will choose an element at random, and will only be able to deal damage of that element. If the attack hits an enemy, it will also deal damage in an area around them, with the radius being larger if that enemy is suffering from an ailment of the chosen element. It will avoid choosing the same element twice in a row.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Elemental Damage
Adds (23-590) to (43-1096) Fire Damage to Attacks
Adds (19-483) to (35-896) Cold Damage to Attacks
Adds (4-95) to (70-1802) Lightning Damage to Attacks
(30-49)% chance to Freeze, Shock and Ignite
10% more Damage per Elemental Ailment on the Enemy
80% more Area Radius against Enemies affected by an Ailment of the chosen Element
Only Deals Damage of the chosen Element
Deals no Damage of other Damage Types
+(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.
Elemental Hit skill icon.png
N/AyesN/A12
FrenzyFrenzyAttack, Projectile, Melee, Bow
Mana Cost: 10
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (110%-137%)
Requires Level 16Performs an attack that gives the character a frenzy charge if it hits. Frenzy charges increase your attack speed.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
Deals (110-136.6)% of Base Damage
5% increased Physical Damage per Frenzy Charge
5% increased Attack Speed per Frenzy 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.
Frenzy skill icon.png
N/AyesN/A16
RiposteRiposteTrigger, Attack, Melee
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 0.80 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 4Perform a deadly counter-attack when you block. Uses both weapons while you're dual wielding.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Damage
Deals (100-138)% of Base Damage
Trigger this Skill when you Block
You cannot use this Attack directly
+(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.
Riposte skill icon.png
N/AyesN/A4
Vaal CycloneVaal CycloneVaal, Attack, AoE, Duration, Melee, Movement
Souls Per Use: 35 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 7.000 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (50%-61%)
Requires Level 28Spin and attack in place, damaging nearby enemies and pulling others towards you. Cannot be supported by Ruthless.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (50-61.4)% of Base Damage
100% more Attack Speed
Base duration is 5 seconds
50% increased Area of Effect
Can't be Evaded
Modifiers to Skill Effect Duration also apply to this Skill's Soul Gain Prevention
+(0-2) to Melee range
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Cyclone skill icon.png
yesyesN/A28
Ancestral ProtectorAncestral ProtectorTotem, Attack, Melee
Mana Cost: 8
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (80%-133%)
Requires Level 4Summons an Ancestor Totem which will attack enemies with melee strikes while you stand close to it. Being near it grants you more attack speed.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Totem Damage
Deals (80-133.2)% of Base Damage
Totem lasts 12 seconds
+(16-18) to Melee range
50% increased Totem Placement speed
(10-20)% more Attack Speed while Totem is Active
Summons a Totem which uses this Skill
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Ancestral Protector skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A4
Ancestral WarchiefAncestral WarchiefTotem, Attack, AoE, Melee
Mana Cost: 10
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 28Summons an Ancestor Totem that will attack enemies with a powerful main hand slam while you stand close to it. Being near it grants you more melee damage.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Totem Damage
Deals (100-122.8)% of Base Damage
Totem lasts 12 seconds
50% increased Totem Placement speed
(8-18)% more Melee Damage while Totem is Active
10% less Attack Speed
+10 to Melee range
Summons a Totem which uses this Skill
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Ancestral Warchief skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A28
Consecrated PathConsecrated PathFire, Attack, AoE, Movement, Duration, Melee
Mana Cost: 8
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (120%-147%)
Requires Level 28Attacks with your main hand, slamming the ground at a targeted location. If there is an enemy close to the targeted location, you'll teleport to it from a short distance away before performing the slam, and additionally create consecrated ground. Cannot be supported by Multistrike. Requires a Sword, Axe, Mace, Staff or Unarmed.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (120-147.4)% of Base Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
Base duration is 4 seconds
Deals up to 20% more Damage to closer targets
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Consecrated Path skill icon.png
yesN/Ayes28
Dominating BlowDominating BlowAttack, Minion, Duration, Melee
Mana Cost: 8
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (140%-172%)
Requires Level 28Attacks the enemy with a melee strike, applying a debuff for a short duration. If a non-unique enemy dies while affected by the debuff, the enemy's corpse will be consumed and a Sentinel of Dominance with the same rarity, prefix and suffix modifiers will be summoned for a longer secondary duration.Per 1% Quality:
Minions deal 0.5% increased Damage
Deals (140-171.9)% of Base Damage
Base duration is 1 seconds
Maximum 9 Summoned Normal Sentinels of Dominance
Maximum 3 Summoned Magic Sentinels of Dominance
Maximum 1 Summoned Rare Sentinel of Dominance
Base secondary duration is 20 seconds
10% Chance to Summon a Normal Sentinel of Dominance when you Hit a Unique Monster
+(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.
Dominating Blow skill icon.png
yesN/Ayes28
Ice CrashIce CrashAttack, AoE, Cold, Melee
Radius: 24
Mana Cost: 8
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (170%-208%)
Requires Level 28Slam the ground with your main hand weapon, damaging enemies in an area around the impact in three stages. Enemies take slightly less damage on the second and third stage. Works with Swords, Maces, Axes, Staves and Unarmed.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Cold Damage
Deals (170-208)% of Base Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
20% less Attack Speed
Second Stage deals 10% less Damage
Third Stage deals 20% less Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Ice Crash skill icon.png
yesN/Ayes28
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
ReckoningReckoningTrigger, Attack, AoE, Melee
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 0.40 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (70%-108%)
Requires Level 4Perform a swift counter-attack against enemies in a cone shape when you block with your shield.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (70-108)% of Base Damage
Trigger this Skill when you Block
You cannot use this Attack directly
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Reckoning skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A4
Shield ChargeShield ChargeAttack, AoE, Movement, Melee
Radius: 8 / 16
Mana Cost: 8
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (50%-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
(75-94)% 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
yesN/AN/A10
SmiteSmiteLightning, Attack, AoE, Duration, Melee, Aura
Mana Cost: 6
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (135%-166%)
Performs a main-hand melee attack, and causes lightning to strike a targeted location or nearby enemy, dealing damage in an area. If the melee attack hits its target, that enemy cannot also be hit by the area damage. If this skill hits an enemy, you gain an aura buff, granting you and your allies additional lightning damage for a duration. Requires a Sword, Axe, Mace, Staff or Unarmed.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (135-165.8)% of Base Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
Base duration is 4 seconds
Aura grants (1-12) to (4-220) added Lightning Damage
(30-20)% less Area Damage
Aura grants (0-19)% chance to Shock
+(0-6) to radius
+(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.
Smite skill icon.png
yesN/Ayes1
Tectonic SlamTectonic SlamFire, Attack, AoE, Melee
Mana Cost: 10
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (130%-160%)
Requires Level 28Slam the ground with your main hand weapon, unleashing a fiery fissure in front of you, dealing area damage and releasing a random number of smaller fissures branching off from it. If you have Endurance Charges, the number of fissures will be maximised, and one Endurance Charge will be consumed. Requires a Mace, Sword, Axe, Staff, or Unarmed.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (130-160.4)% of Base Damage
Deals 18% more Damage if you have an Endurance Charge
60% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Tectonic Slam skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A28
Vaal Ancestral WarchiefVaal Ancestral WarchiefTotem, Vaal, Attack, AoE, Melee
Souls Per Use: 20 (N) /
Can Store 2 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 9.000 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 28Summons an Ancestor Totem that will attack enemies with a powerful cascading slam while you're near it. If the enemies are far away, this slam will also include a leap to bring it closer. Being near it grants you more melee damage.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Totem Damage
Deals (100-122.8)% of Base Damage
Totem lasts 6 seconds
50% increased Totem Placement speed
32% more Melee Damage while Totem is Active
Can have up to 1 additional Totem summoned at a time
20% less Attack Speed
Summons a Totem which uses this Skill
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Ancestral Warchief skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A28

Items

The following items specifically mention the Unarmed keyword:

Equipment

Jewels

  • Martial ArtistryMartial Artistry
    Crimson Jewel
    Limited to: 1(10-15)% increased Area of Effect while UnarmedA gentle hand rarely leaves a mark on the world.Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  • PugilistPugilist
    Viridian Jewel
    Radius: Large (1500)1% increased Evasion Rating per 3 Dexterity Allocated in Radius
    1% increased Claw Physical Damage per 3 Dexterity Allocated in Radius
    1% increased Melee Physical Damage with Unarmed Attacks per 3 Dexterity Allocated in Radius
    The best dancers often make the best fighters.Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  • Warlord's ReachWarlord's Reach
    Crimson Jewel
    Limited to: 18% increased Attack Damage
    +1 to Melee Weapon and Unarmed Attack range
    A steady hand can hold back an army.Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.

Passives

There are passive skill nodes that provide bonuses to Unarmed.

NameStats
Master of the Arena
Meleerange passive skill icon.png
+20 to Strength
+2 to Melee Weapon and Unarmed Attack range
8% increased Melee Physical Damage
1% of Life Regenerated per second [1]
Razor's Edge
Razorsedge passive skill icon.png
30% increased Physical Damage with Swords
Attacks have 15% chance to cause Bleeding
+1 to Melee Weapon and Unarmed Attack range
30% increased Damage with Ailments from Attack Skills while wielding a Sword [1]