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Vaal Pact

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Vaal Pact
Keystone Passive Skill
Vaal Pact passive icon.png
  • Gain Life from Leech instantly
  • Life Regeneration has no effect
My ancestral pact was sealed. Forevermore, I would gain sustenance only from the ravaged flesh of my enemies.

Vaal Pact is a keystone passive skill that grants instant life restoration from life leech. It also causes life regeneration to have no effect.


Comparison to standard behavior

With Vaal Pact, life leech instantly restores life relative to the damage dealt to an enemy rather than over time. This also causes maximum life leech rate to become irrelevant. Vaal Pact has no effect on mana leech or energy shield leech. As a result, Ghost Reaver or items such as Soul TetherSoul Tether
Cloth Belt
Requires Level 48(15-25)% increased Stun and Block Recovery+(20-40) to Intelligence
Your Energy Shield starts at zero
You cannot Recharge Energy Shield
You cannot Regenerate Energy Shield
You lose 5% of Energy Shield per second
Life Leech is applied to Energy Shield instead while on Full Life
Gain (4-6)% of Maximum Life as Extra Maximum Energy Shield
Vaal bloodpriests were among the earliest intellectuals on record.
It was they who found that a newly freed soul would
desperately cling to any other source of life.
will not gain instant energy shield leech with Vaal Pact.


Leech is processed before receiving reflected damage.[1] Therefore the order of operations is:

Hit a target -> Leech -> Receive reflected damage

Interaction with Zealot's Oath

The Zealot's Oath keystone causes life regeneration to restore energy shield instead of life. Because Vaal Pact causes life regeneration to have no effect, taking it along with Zealot's Oath will prevent the character from regenerating energy shield. It will not prevent energy shield from recharging as it normally does. Note that energy shield regeneration, from sources such as Shavronne's RevelationShavronne's Revelation
Moonstone Ring
Requires Level 30+(15-25) to maximum Energy Shield+(60-75) to Intelligence
Right ring slot: You cannot Regenerate Mana
Right ring slot: 3% of Energy Shield Regenerated per second
Right ring slot: +100 to maximum Mana
Left ring slot: You cannot Recharge or Regenerate Energy Shield
Left ring slot: 40 Mana Regenerated per Second
Left ring slot: +100 to maximum Energy Shield
"Shavronne held Sanity in her right
hand and Revelation in her left.
Brutus chose the left hand."
- Kadavrus, Surgeon to the Umbra
, will still work, as it is specifically energy shield regeneration and not life regeneration converted by Zealot's Oath.


Vaal Pact is located on the right side of the tree, between Ranger and Shadow.

Class Distance from start
Duelist 17
Ranger 7
Marauder 21
Scion 11
Templar 21
Shadow 7
Witch 17

Version history

Version Changes
  • Now only applies to leeched life.
  • Vaal Pact now no longer reduces the amount of life leeched. It has also been moved to between the Shadow and Ranger on the passive skill tree.
  • Vaal Pact no longer suppresses life recovery from flasks. It still prevents life regeneration and now also reduces your leech by 60%.
  • Introduced to the game.


  1. Mark_GGG (July 15, 2013). "Phys Reflect VS Vaal Pact: who wins?". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved November 17, 2015.