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Vaal Detonate Dead

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Vaal 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%
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:
1% increased Area Damage
Explosion 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
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.pngVaal Detonate Dead inventory icon.png
Level: 4
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemVaalDetonateDead

Vaal Detonate Dead skill screenshot.jpg

Vaal Detonate Dead is a vaal cast that explodes a corpse and all other nearby corpses in a chain reaction, dealing fire secondary damage.

Skill functions and interactions

Ascendancy interaction: This skill counts as consuming a corpse for the purpose of the Necromancer's Mistress of Sacrifice ascendancy skill.

Gem level progression

Exp.Total Exp.
140023 to 3300
260032 to 49841841
3917048 to 643,0993,940
412211455 to 827,43311,373
516261874 to 11122,89534,268
620312298 to 14749,72583,993
7243725127 to 19095,714179,707
8284229162 to 243169,595349,302
9324733205 to 308283,759633,061
10365236257 to 385453,9961,087,057
11405840319 to 479703,1281,790,185
12446344394 to 5911,061,2232,851,408
13486848484 to 7262,065,8704,917,278
14527451592 to 8882,507,1107,424,388
15557854686 to 10292,573,7319,998,119
16588257793 to 11907,611,35117,609,470
17618660916 to 137413,437,90831,047,378
186490621056 to 158325,052,14756,099,525
196794651214 to 182243,869,43699,968,961
207098681395 to 2092242,081,178342,050,139
2172100701529 to 2293N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A1675 to 2512N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A1833 to 2750N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A2006 to 3008N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A2193 to 3290N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A2397 to 3595N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A2619 to 3928N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A2859 to 4289N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A3121 to 4681N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A3405 to 5108N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A3556 to 5334N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A3713 to 5570N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A3877 to 5816N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A4048 to 6072N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A4226 to 6339N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A4412 to 6617N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A4605 to 6907N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A4806 to 7209N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A5015 to 7523N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A5234 to 7850N/AN/A

Item acquisition

Upgrade paths

This item can be acquired through the following upgrade paths or vendor recipes:

9Volatile PowerVolatile Power9Superior Vaal Gem
Quality: +20%
Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.
random corrupted superior Vaal gem (Q20)Automatic
6The FoxThe Fox6Level 20 Gem"Masters of wit, strength and cunning. To survive the harsh winters, you must be like the fox."
- Ezomyte Proverb
random level 20 gemAutomatic
13The CataclysmThe Cataclysm13Level 21 Spell Gem
The mighty warriors traded in blows, the nimble archers in arrows, yet it was the brazen thaumaturgists who would bring catastrophe to all.
random corrupted level 21 Spell gemAutomatic
3Gemcutter's PromiseGemcutter's Promise3Superior Gem
Quality: +20%
"I swore to use my position to help the people. What good is power when it just accumulates on the already-powerful?" - Erasmus, Imperial Gemcutter
random superior gem (Q20)Automatic

Video Demonstration

Version History

Version Changes
  • Vaal Skill soul counts were initially balanced for Merciless difficulty, where there are more monsters. We want them to be easier to use in Normal and Cruel difficulty. We have halved the number of souls required for each skill. In Cruel difficulty, skills require 50% more souls to uses. In Merciless difficulty, they require 100% more (which is the same as before the patch).
  • Introduced to the game.