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Several different Vaal skill gems

The Vaal civilization may have existed thousands of years ago, but it had its own form of skill gems. Brutally powerful and fueled by the sacrifice of foes...

Description on the official Path of Exile website[1]

Vaal skills are granted by Vaal skill gems, a special type of corrupt skill gem that grants an alternative version of the skill with powerful added effects fueled by the souls of slain enemies, as well as the regular version of the skill.

Vaal skill gems can be looted from corrupted areas, certain strongboxes, and bosses of corrupted maps. It is also possible to create a Vaal skill gem by using a Vaal OrbVaal OrbStack Size: 10Corrupts an item, modifying it unpredictablyRight click this item then left click an item to corrupt it. Corrupted items cannot be modified again.
Shift click to unstack.
on a corresponding normal skill gem (e.g. using a Vaal Orb on Spectral ThrowSpectral ThrowProjectile, Attack
Mana Cost: (7-9)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (54%-90%)
Projectile Speed: 1000
Throws a spectral copy of your melee weapon. It flies out and then returns to you, in a spinning attack that strikes enemies in its path.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
Deals (54-90.5)% of Base DamagePlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Spectral Throw skill icon.png
has a chance of turning it into Vaal Spectral ThrowVaal Spectral ThrowProjectile, Vaal, Attack
Souls Per Use: 10 (N) /
Can Store 3 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 6.000 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (91%-135%)
Throws a spectral copy of your melee weapon. It spirals out in a spinning attack that strikes enemies in its path.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
Deals (91-135.46)% of Base Damage
Fires 4 additional Projectiles
Can't be Evaded
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Spectral Throw skill icon.png
).

Mechanics

Vaal skill gems grant both the base version of the skill and the Vaal version of the skill. Anything supported to the Vaal skill gem will apply to both skills, as long as they're applicable.

To use a Vaal skill, its gem must first be charged by collecting souls. Souls can be obtained by killing enemies, granting 1 souls per kill. Souls can also be obtained souls when damaging Rare or Unique enemies (1 or 3 souls, respectively, per 2% life lost with a 1 second cooldown). Each soul gained will charge a random Vaal skill equipped on the character. Souls will never charge a Vaal skill in the character's secondary weapon set. Souls are also tracked per skill, not per gem. In other words, you cannot store multiple charges of the same skill by equipping multiple copies of the Vaal skill gem.

Collected souls cannot be transferred between zone instances; instead, each instance maintains its own soul counter for each gem. Therefore, entering a new instance will start a new counter for each gem but returning to a previously visited instance will restore each counter to its previous value.

Once a Vaal skill collects a sufficient number of souls, it is charged with one use. The number of souls per use depends on the skill. Some Vaal skill gems can store enough souls for more than one use. Once a gem's maximum soul capacity is reached, it can collect no additional souls until they are spent by using the skill. Once used, the Vaal skill will be unable to gain souls for a few seconds. The length of soul gain prevention time varies between skills.

Vaal skills cannot be supported with 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.
, Ancestral Call SupportAncestral Call SupportSupport, Melee, Attack
Icon: A
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 4Supports single-target melee attack skills, causing them to attack multiple targets simultaneously. If supporting a minion attack skill, the minion's skills will not also attack multiple targets. Cannot support triggered skills.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Attack Speed
Supported Attack Skills also target 2 nearby Enemies
Supported Skills deal (25-16)% less 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.
, and Spell Echo SupportSpell Echo SupportSpell, Support
Icon: k
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 38Supports spell skills, making them repeat when cast. Cannot support Vaal skills, totem skills, channelling skills, triggered skills, or skills which reserve mana.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Spell Damage
Supported Skills Repeat an additional time
Supported Skills have (51-70)% more Cast Speed
Supported Skills deal 10% less 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.
.

Vaal skills themselves can not be activated by trigger effects, but they can be used as a trigger.

Any effects that modify the original skill, such as Helmet Enchantments and Threshold jewels, will also affect the Vaal version of the skill as well.

Even if a Vaal skill has a gem tag that doesn't apply it to the base version, both versions will have that gem tag. For example, a Vaal Impurity of FireVaal Impurity of FireAura, Vaal, Spell, AoE, Duration, Fire
Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 8.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 24Casts an aura that reduces fire damage taken and provides ignite immunity to you and nearby allies, and makes hits against nearby enemies ignore their fire resistance.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Area of Effect
25% reduced Fire Damage taken
+(14-20) to radius
Base duration is 3 seconds
You and nearby allies are Immune to Ignite
Nearby Enemies' Fire Resistance is Ignored by Hits
(0-95)% increased effect of Aura
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Impurity of Fire skill icon.png
skill gem will have the Duration tag on both Purity of Fire and Vaal Impurity of Fire and are affected by modifiers such as +X to Level of Socketed Duration Gems, while a normal Purity of FirePurity of FireAura, Spell, AoE, Fire
Radius: 36
Mana Reserved: 35%
Can store 1 use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.20 sec
Cast Time: 1.20 sec
Requires Level 24Casts an aura that grants fire resistance to you and your allies.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Area of Effect
You and nearby allies gain (22-41)% additional Fire Resistance
+(0-19) to radius
You and nearby allies gain (0-4)% additional maximum Fire Resistance
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Purity of Fire skill icon.png
skill gem won't be.

Because a Gemcutter's PrismGemcutter's PrismStack Size: 20Improves the quality of a gemRight click this item then left click a gem to apply it. The maximum quality is 20%.
Shift click to unstack.
can't be used on corrupted gems, getting quality on vaal gems is substantially harder than it is on a regular gem. Vaal gems must either drop with quality or a normal gem already with quality must have a Vaal OrbVaal OrbStack Size: 10Corrupts an item, modifying it unpredictablyRight click this item then left click an item to corrupt it. Corrupted items cannot be modified again.
Shift click to unstack.
used on it and be turned into a corrupted Vaal gem.

List of Vaal skill gems

Sorted By Attribute

Vaal Skills have requirements based on each of the three main attributes, and can be easily identified by the attribute colour.

Skill gemStr.Int.Lvl.
Vaal Blade VortexVaal Blade VortexVaal, Spell, AoE, Duration
Souls Per Use: 30 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 5.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 80%
Requires Level 12Creates an independently-moving vortex of ethereal blades which lasts for a duration. The vortex moves toward nearby enemies, repeatedly damaging enemies that it passes through.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (20-369) to (30-554) Physical Damage
Base duration is 3 seconds
+(8-12) to radius
Hits Enemies every 0.13 Seconds
100% increased Critical Strike Chance
Has 10 blades
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Blade Vortex skill icon.png
N/AN/A12
Vaal Burning ArrowVaal Burning ArrowVaal, Attack, AoE, Fire, Bow
Souls Per Use: 20 (N) /
Can Store 3 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 2.000 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (160%-198%)
Projectile Speed: 3260
Fires an arrow that explodes, dealing fire damage to its target and other nearby enemies, with an increased chance of igniting them.Per 1% Quality:
3% increased Ignite Duration on enemies
Deals (160-198)% of Base Damage
(30-49)% chance to Ignite enemies
(30-68)% more Damage with Ignite
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
Projectiles Pierce 3 additional Targets
Can't be Evaded
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Burning Arrow skill icon.png
N/AN/A1
Vaal CycloneVaal CycloneVaal, Attack, AoE, Duration, Melee, Movement
Souls Per Use: 35 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 5.000 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
+(0-3) 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
yesN/A28
Vaal Detonate DeadVaal Detonate DeadVaal, AoE, Spell, 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%
Damage Effectiveness: 150%
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 (15-1235) to (21-1852) 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/Ayes4
Vaal Double StrikeVaal Double StrikeVaal, Attack, Melee, Duration
Souls Per Use: 30 (N) /
Can Store 2 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 6.000 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (33%-40%)
Performs two fast attacks on target enemy with your main hand melee weapon, each of which summons a double of you for a duration to continuously attack monsters in this fashion.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
Deals (33-40.5)% of Base Damage
Base duration is 6 seconds
Adds (3-113) to (5-169) Physical Damage against Bleeding Enemies
Can't be Evaded
Doubles have (0-57)% increased Movement Speed
+(0-3) 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 Double Strike skill icon.png
N/AN/A1
Vaal GraceVaal GraceAura, Vaal, Spell, AoE, Duration
Radius: 36
Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 9.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Requires Level 24Casts a temporary aura that grants you and your allies the ability to dodge attacks and spells.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Area of Effect
(24-34)% Chance to Dodge Attack Hits
(24-34)% Chance to Dodge Spell Hits
Base duration is 6 seconds
+(0-19) to radius
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Grace skill icon.png
N/AN/A24
Vaal HasteVaal HasteAura, Vaal, Spell, AoE, Duration
Radius: 36
Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 6.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Requires Level 24Casts a temporary aura that increases the movement speed, attack speed and cast speed of you and your allies.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Area of Effect
You and nearby allies gain (25-31)% increased Attack Speed
You and nearby allies gain (24-31)% increased Cast Speed
You and nearby allies gain (10-13)% increased Movement Speed
Base duration is 4 seconds
+(0-19) to radius
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Haste skill icon.png
N/AN/A24
Vaal Impurity of IceVaal Impurity of IceAura, Vaal, Spell, AoE, Duration, Cold
Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 8.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 24Casts an aura that reduces cold damage taken and provides freeze and chill immunity to you and nearby allies, and makes hits against nearby enemies ignore their cold resistance.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Area of Effect
25% reduced Cold Damage taken
+(14-20) to radius
Base duration is 3 seconds
You and nearby allies are Immune to Freeze
Nearby Enemies' Cold Resistance is Ignored by Hits
You and nearby allies are Immune to Chill
(0-95)% increased effect of Aura
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Impurity of Ice skill icon.png
N/Ayes24
Vaal Lightning StrikeVaal Lightning StrikeProjectile, Vaal, Attack, Melee, Duration, Lightning
Souls Per Use: 20 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 8.000 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (80%-98%)
Requires Level 12Infuses your melee weapon with electrical energies as you swing. In addition to converting some of your physical damage to lightning damage, the stored energy becomes an orb attached to the enemy you hit, or the ground if you don't hit an enemy. The orb will periodically fire projectiles at other nearby enemies for a duration, which will also damage the enemy the orb is attached to.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Lightning Damage
Deals (80-98.2)% of Base Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
Base duration is 8 seconds
Fires (4-8) additional Projectiles
Can't be Evaded
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Lightning Strike skill icon.png
N/Ayes12
Vaal Rain of ArrowsVaal Rain of ArrowsVaal, Attack, AoE, Bow
Souls Per Use: 20 (N) /
Can Store 2 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 5.000 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 12Fires multiple arrows into the air, to land in mutliple sequences after a delay, each starting at the targeted location and spreading outwards in all directions. Each arrow deals damage in an area around it. Half of the arrows will land directly on targets if there are targets in their range.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (80-100.1)% of Base Damage
Fires (17-21) additional Arrows
Fires 3 additional sequences of arrows
150% increased Effect of Maim
Maim on Hit
Can't be Evaded
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Rain of Arrows skill icon.png
N/AN/A12
Vaal ReaveVaal ReaveVaal, Attack, AoE, Melee
Radius: 12
Souls Per Use: 35 (N) /
Can Store 2 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 4.000 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 12Repeatedly attacks a large area in different directions. Each Vaal Reave that hits an enemy increases the area of effect. The area is reset after a short period without hitting anything. Only works with Daggers, Claws, and One-Handed Swords.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
Deals (100-122.8)% of Base Damage
50% more Area of Effect for each stage
150% more Attack Speed
Can't be Evaded
+(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 Reave skill icon.png
N/Ayes12
Vaal Spectral ThrowVaal Spectral ThrowProjectile, Vaal, Attack
Souls Per Use: 10 (N) /
Can Store 3 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 6.000 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (91%-135%)
Throws a spectral copy of your melee weapon. It spirals out in a spinning attack that strikes enemies in its path.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
Deals (91-135.46)% of Base Damage
Fires 4 additional Projectiles
Can't be Evaded
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Spectral Throw skill icon.png
yesN/A1
Skill gemDex.Int.Lvl.
Vaal EarthquakeVaal EarthquakeVaal, Attack, AoE, Duration, Melee
Souls Per Use: 30 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 12.000 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (50%-61%)
Requires Level 28Smashes the ground with an Axe, Mace or Staff, dealing damage in an area and cracking the earth. The crack will erupt in a powerful aftershock after a short duration. After using this skill, your steps will deal damage around you, cracking the earth if the previous cracks have erupted. This effect ends after a secondary duration, or after a maximum number of aftershocks.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Physical Damage
Deals (50-61.4)% of Base Damage
Base duration is 1 seconds
Aftershock deals (350-407)% more Damage
Base secondary duration is 12 seconds
Ongoing effect ends after 7 Aftershocks
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Earthquake skill icon.png
N/AN/A28
Vaal Glacial HammerVaal Glacial HammerVaal, Attack, Melee, Duration, AoE, Cold
Souls Per Use: 15 (N) /
Can Store 3 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 4.000 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (150%-184%)
Hits the enemy, converting some of your physical damage to cold damage. It traps the enemy with you in a circle of ice so that it can't escape. Requires a Mace or Staff.Per 1% Quality:
2% increased Chill Duration on enemies
1% increased Freeze Duration on enemies
Deals (150-184.2)% of Base Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
25% chance to Freeze enemies
35% increased Chill Duration on enemies
Base duration is (3.4-4.35) seconds
Can't be Evaded
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Glacial Hammer skill icon.png
N/AN/A1
Vaal Ground SlamVaal Ground SlamVaal, Attack, AoE, Melee
Souls Per Use: 15 (N) /
Can Store 3 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 2.000 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (185%-227%)
The character slams the ground in front of them with their main hand weapon, creating a wave that travels in all directions that damages and stuns enemies. The wave deals more damage to closer enemies. Only works with Staves, Axes or Maces.Per 1% Quality:
1.5% increased Stun Duration on enemies
Deals (185-226.8)% of Base Damage
200% increased Stun Duration on enemies
Deals up to (40-49)% more Damage to closer targets
Stuns Enemies
Can't be Evaded
+(0-9) to radius
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Ground Slam skill icon.png
N/AN/A1
Vaal Impurity of FireVaal Impurity of FireAura, Vaal, Spell, AoE, Duration, Fire
Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 8.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 24Casts an aura that reduces fire damage taken and provides ignite immunity to you and nearby allies, and makes hits against nearby enemies ignore their fire resistance.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Area of Effect
25% reduced Fire Damage taken
+(14-20) to radius
Base duration is 3 seconds
You and nearby allies are Immune to Ignite
Nearby Enemies' Fire Resistance is Ignored by Hits
(0-95)% increased effect of Aura
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Impurity of Fire skill icon.png
N/Ayes24
Vaal Molten ShellVaal Molten ShellVaal, Spell, AoE, Duration, Fire
Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 5.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 200%
Requires Level 4Summons fiery elemental shields providing additional armour for a short duration. Whenever you prevent any amount of physical damage from a hit, the shields cause a burst of flame, dealing fire damage to surrounding enemies.Per 1% Quality:
1% chance to Ignite enemies
Deals (9-696) to (14-1043) Fire Damage
(17-943) additional Armour
Base duration is 5 seconds
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Molten Shell skill icon.png
N/AN/A4
Skill gemStr.Dex.Lvl.
Vaal ArcVaal ArcVaal, Spell, Chaining, Lightning, Duration
Souls Per Use: 25 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 4.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 180%
Requires Level 12A shocking arc of lightning stretches from the caster to a targeted enemy and chains to other nearby enemies. Each time the beam chains it will also chain simultaneously to a second enemy, but no enemy can be hit twice by the beams. Also grants a buff making you lucky when damaging enemies with Arc for a short duration.Per 1% Quality:
1.5% increased Shock Duration on enemies
Deals (38-924) to (64-1539) Lightning Damage
100% chance to Shock enemies
Chains +(5-9) Times
100% increased Effect of Shock
100% increased Shock Duration on enemies
15% more Damage for each remaining Chain
Base duration is 4 seconds
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Arc skill icon.png
N/AN/A12
Vaal BlightVaal BlightVaal, Spell, Chaos, AoE, Duration, Channelling
Souls Per Use: 30 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 8.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Apply a powerful debuff to enemies around you which deals chaos damage over time. Then applies two additional layers in a larger area, growing greatly in size each time. Enemies are also substantially hindered for a shorter secondary duration, slowing their movement.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (4.3-524.7) Base Chaos Damage per second
Base duration is 6 seconds
Base secondary duration is 3 seconds
80% reduced Movement Speed
Debuff can have up to 20 layers of Damage
Hindered Enemies take 20% increased Chaos Damage
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
+(0-9) to radius
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Blight skill icon.png
N/AN/A1
Vaal ClarityVaal ClarityAura, Vaal, Spell, AoE, Duration
Radius: 36
Souls Per Use: 30 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 12.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Requires Level 10Casts a temporary aura that lets you and your allies cast skills without paying their mana costs.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Area of Effect
Base duration is (8-9.9) seconds
Your and nearby allies' Skills Cost no Mana
+(0-19) to radius
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Clarity skill icon.png
N/AN/A10
Vaal Cold SnapVaal Cold SnapVaal, Spell, AoE, Duration, Cold
Souls Per Use: 35 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 14.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.85 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 180%
Requires Level 16Creates a sudden burst of cold around you, damaging enemies. This also creates an expanding area around you which chills surrounding enemies and deals cold damage over time to them. Enemies that die while in the area grant Frenzy Charges, and you will passively gain Frenzy Charges while there are enemies in the area.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (35-800) to (53-1201) Cold Damage
Base duration is 4 seconds
Always Freezes enemies
Gain a Frenzy Charge when an Enemy Dies while in this Skill's Area
Every second, gain a Frenzy Charge if an Enemy is in this Skill's Area
Deals (29.5-1195.1) Base Cold Damage per second
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
(0-19)% increased Effect of Chill
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Cold Snap skill icon.png
N/Ayes16
Vaal DisciplineVaal DisciplineAura, Vaal, Spell, AoE, Duration
Radius: 36
Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 5.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Requires Level 24Casts a temporary aura that prevents energy shield recharge being delayed by damage taken for you and your allies.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Area of Effect
Base duration is 3 seconds
Your and nearby allies' Energy Shield Recharges are not delayed by Damage
+(0-19) to radius
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Discipline skill icon.png
N/AN/A24
Vaal FireballVaal FireballProjectile, Vaal, Spell, AoE, Fire
Souls Per Use: 30 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 5.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.75 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 160%
Launches a series of fireballs in all directions around the caster.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% chance to Ignite enemies
Deals (7-890) to (10-1335) Fire Damage
Fires Projectiles at all nearby Enemies
(20-39)% chance to Ignite enemies
(50-88)% more Damage with Ignite
+(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 Fireball skill icon.png
N/AN/A1
Vaal FlameblastVaal FlameblastVaal, Spell, AoE, Fire, Channelling
Souls Per Use: 30 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 6.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 50%
Requires Level 28Targets an area and builds up stages in that area based on cast speed. It explodes every 5 stages, until it reaches a maximum of 15. As it gains more stages, the area gets smaller but the damage gets higher.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Damage
Deals (32-241) to (48-362) Fire Damage
110% more Spell Damage for each stage
90% more Damage with Ailments for each stage
+5% chance to Ignite for each Stage
-1 to Radius for each Stage
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Flameblast skill icon.png
N/AN/A28
Vaal Ice NovaVaal Ice NovaVaal, Spell, AoE, Cold
Souls Per Use: 25 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 4.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 70%
Requires Level 12A chilling circle of ice expands from the caster, repeating from every enemy it hits. If the caster targets near one of their Frostbolt projectiles, it will expand from the projectile instead.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (11-274) to (17-428) Cold Damage
Causes smaller novas up to 5 times on enemies hit
20% reduced Area of Effect each repeat
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Ice Nova skill icon.png
N/AN/A12
Vaal Impurity of LightningVaal Impurity of LightningAura, Vaal, Spell, AoE, Duration, Lightning
Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 8.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 24Casts an aura that reduces lightning damage taken and provides shock immunity to you and nearby allies, and makes hits against nearby enemies ignore their lightning resistance.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Area of Effect
25% reduced Lightning Damage taken
+(14-20) to radius
Base duration is 3 seconds
You and nearby allies are Immune to Shock
Nearby Enemies' Lightning Resistance is Ignored by Hits
(0-95)% increased effect of Aura
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Impurity of Lightning skill icon.png
N/AN/A24
Vaal Lightning TrapVaal Lightning TrapProjectile, Trap, Vaal, Spell, Duration, Lightning
Souls Per Use: 20 (N) /
Can Store 3 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 5.000 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Requires Level 12Throws a trap that launches a ring of projectiles through the enemy that set it off, dealing lightning damage to them and subsequent targets and leaving a trail of shocking ground.Per 1% Quality:
Shocked Ground causes 0.25% increased Damage taken
Deals (14-279) to (41-838) Lightning Damage
Trap lasts 4 seconds
Fires 8 additional Projectiles
Base duration is 4 seconds
Shocked Ground causes 15% increased Damage taken
Throws a Trap which uses this Skill when Triggered
Projectiles leave Shocking Ground
Projectiles Pierce all Targets
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Lightning Trap skill icon.png
N/Ayes12
Vaal Power SiphonVaal Power SiphonVaal, Attack, Projectile
Souls Per Use: 15 (N) /
Can Store 2 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 4.000 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (150%-184%)
Requires Level 12Fires your wand simultaneously at all nearby enemies, culling those close to death and granting you a power charge for each. Cannot be supported by Volley.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Damage
Deals (150-184.2)% of Base Damage
Gain a Power Charge when Projectile Hits a Rare or Unique Enemy
+10% to Critical Strike Multiplier per Power Charge
20% increased Critical Strike Chance per Power Charge
Fires Projectiles at all nearby Enemies
Can't be Evaded
Culling Strike
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Power Siphon skill icon.png
N/AN/A12
Vaal Righteous FireVaal Righteous FireVaal, Spell, AoE, Fire, Duration
Souls Per Use: 40 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 12.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.75 sec
Requires Level 16Sacrifices a portion of your Life and Energy Shield to engulf you in magical fire that rapidly burns nearby enemies for a duration. Your spell damage is substantially increased while under this effect.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Burning Damage
Sacrifices 30% of your Life and Energy Shield
Deals (161-180)% of Sacrificed Life and Energy Shield as Fire Damage per second
Base duration is 4 seconds
Grants (20-39)% more Spell Damage
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Righteous Fire skill icon.png
yesN/A16
Vaal SparkVaal SparkProjectile, Vaal, Spell, Duration, Lightning
Souls Per Use: 30 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 6.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.65 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 40%
Continuously launches unpredictable sparks in all directions that move randomly until they hit an enemy or expire.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Projectile Speed
Deals (1-24) to (11-454) Lightning Damage
Base duration is 2 seconds
Fires Projectiles at all nearby Enemies
(0-19)% increased Projectile Speed
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Spark skill icon.png
N/AN/A1
Vaal Storm CallVaal Storm CallVaal, Spell, AoE, Duration, Lightning
Souls Per Use: 30 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 6.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Requires Level 12Sets a marker at a location. Lightning strikes random enemies around the marker repeatedly over the skill's duration, dealing damage in an area around the strike. Modifiers to the skill's duration will also affect the delay between these strikes. When the duration ends, a large bolt of lightning strikes the marker, dealing damage around it.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (14-370) to (26-687) Lightning Damage
Base duration is 6 seconds
(10-29)% increased Effect of Shock
Strikes an Enemy every 0.25 seconds
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Storm Call skill icon.png
N/AN/A12
Vaal Summon SkeletonsVaal Summon SkeletonsVaal, Spell, Minion, Duration
Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 10.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Requires Level 10Summons an army of skeletal warriors, archers and mages, led by a powerful general.Per 1% Quality:
Minions deal 1% increased Damage
Summons (14-21) Skeleton Warriors
Summons (2-9) Skeleton Archers
Summons 1 Skeleton General
Can summon up to (17-36) Skeletons at a time
Base duration is 20 seconds
Summons (0-5) Skeleton Mages
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Summon Skeletons skill icon.png
N/AN/A10
Skill gemLvl.
Vaal BreachVaal BreachVaal, Spell
Souls Per Use: 100 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 40.000 sec
Cast Time: 2.50 sec
Requires Level 10Creates a breach, making you vulnerable to its powerful inhabitants.Per 1% Quality:
3% increased Cast Speed
Monsters from the Breach do not grant Experience or drop Items
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Breach skill icon.png
10

The skill Gluttony of Elements, which is obtained by equipping Blood of CorruptionBlood of Corruption
Amber Amulet
Requires Level 20+(20-30) to StrengthGrants Level 10 Gluttony of Elements Skill
Adds 19 to 43 Chaos Damage to Attacks
-(10-5)% to all Elemental Resistances
+(17-29)% to Chaos Resistance
Corrupted
In my dream, a voice spoke to me. It said:
'My reach knows no bounds.
All that is pure is destined to rot.
All that lives is destined to serve.'
- Doryani, Queen's Thaumaturgist
, also counts as a Vaal skill.

Unique items

The following unique items affect the player's Vaal skills:

ItemBase ItemStats
Atziri's Reign
Atziri's Reign
Crimson Jewel
Limited to: 2(15-20)% increased Vaal Skill Effect Duration
Corrupted
Atziri went to great lengths to ensure her immortality,
but nothing is eternal.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
Crimson Jewel(15-20)% increased Vaal Skill Effect Duration
Corrupted
Chill of Corruption
Chill of Corruption
Viridian Jewel
Limited to: 150% chance to gain an additional Vaal Soul per Enemy Shattered
Corrupted
Even a millennium later, Atziri's presence
casts a shroud over Wraeclast.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
Viridian Jewel50% chance to gain an additional Vaal Soul per Enemy Shattered
Corrupted
Sacrificial Harvest
Sacrificial Harvest
Viridian Jewel
Limited to: 1(20-30)% chance to gain an additional Vaal Soul on Kill
Corrupted
The Vaal used human sacrifice to power their empire.
They, too, eventually sought means to
make their machines run more efficiently.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
Viridian Jewel(20-30)% chance to gain an additional Vaal Soul on Kill
Corrupted
Vaal Sentencing
Vaal Sentencing
Cobalt Jewel
(80-120)% increased Vaal Skill Critical Strike Chance
Corrupted
In their final days, every crime was punishable by death.
Atziri's empire ran on blood, but the blood was running dry.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
Cobalt Jewel(80-120)% increased Vaal Skill Critical Strike Chance
Corrupted
Flesh and Spirit
Flesh and Spirit
Ironscale Gauntlets
Quality: +20%
Armour: (56-67)
Evasion: (56-67)
Requires Level 15, 14 Str, 14 Dex(6-9)% increased Attack Speed
(80-120)% increased Armour and Evasion
(3-4) Life Regenerated per second
Recover 20% of your Maximum Life on Rampage
Gain 5 Souls for Vaal Skills on Rampage
Rampage
What is greed but trading a mountain of death for a sliver of life?
Ironscale Gauntlets(6-9)% increased Attack Speed
(80-120)% increased Armour and Evasion
(3-4) Life Regenerated per second
Recover 20% of your Maximum Life on Rampage
Gain 5 Souls for Vaal Skills on Rampage
Rampage
Soul Catcher
Soul Catcher
Quartz Flask
Lasts 4.00 Seconds
Consumes 30 of 60 Charges on use
10% chance to Dodge Attack Hits
10% chance to Dodge Spell Hits
Phasing
Requires Level 27Cannot gain Mana during effect
Vaal Skills deal (60-100)% increased Damage during effect
Vaal Skills have 25% reduced Soul Cost during effect
Vaal Skills used during effect have (40-20)% reduced Soul Gain Prevention Duration
Freedom is for the privileged, even in death.

This item can be transformed on the Altar of Sacrifice along with Vial of the Ghost
Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
Quartz FlaskCannot gain Mana during effect
Vaal Skills deal (60-100)% increased Damage during effect
Vaal Skills have 25% reduced Soul Cost during effect
Vaal Skills used during effect have (40-20)% reduced Soul Gain Prevention Duration
Soul Ripper
Soul Ripper
Quartz Flask
Lasts 4.00 Seconds
Consumes 60 of 60 Charges on use
10% chance to Dodge Attack Hits
10% chance to Dodge Spell Hits
Phasing
Requires Level 27100% increased Charges used
Vaal Skills deal (30-40)% more Damage during Effect
Vaal Skills used during effect do not apply Soul Gain Prevention
Gains no Charges during effect of any Soul Ripper Flask
"What care have I for their pain? They're already dead."
- Atalui, Vaal Priestess
Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
Quartz Flask100% increased Charges used
Vaal Skills deal (30-40)% more Damage during Effect
Vaal Skills used during effect do not apply Soul Gain Prevention
Gains no Charges during effect of any Soul Ripper Flask
Vaal Caress
Vaal Caress
Bronzescale Gauntlets
Quality: +20%
Armour: (120-130)
Evasion: (120-130)
Requires Level 27, 22 Str, 22 Dex+2 to Level of Socketed Vaal Gems
(120-140)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+40% to Cold Resistance
You gain Onslaught for 5 seconds on using a Vaal Skill
"The gems are strangely human at times.
They simply love to be held."
- Doryani, First Seer to the Queen
Bronzescale Gauntlets+2 to Level of Socketed Vaal Gems
(120-140)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+40% to Cold Resistance
You gain Onslaught for 5 seconds on using a Vaal Skill
Sacrificial Heart
Sacrificial Heart
Paua Amulet
Requires Level 32(20-30)% increased Mana Regeneration RateAdds (22-27) to (34-38) Fire Damage
Adds (20-23) to (31-35) Cold Damage
Adds (1-3) to (47-52) Lightning Damage
Gain a Power Charge when you use a Vaal Skill
10 Life gained for each Enemy Hit if you have used a Vaal Skill Recently
10% increased Movement Speed if you have used a Vaal Skill Recently
The seed of life, saved and savoured.

This item can be transformed on the Altar of Sacrifice along with Vial of Sacrifice
Paua Amulet(20-30)% increased Mana Regeneration RateAdds (22-27) to (34-38) Fire Damage
Adds (20-23) to (31-35) Cold Damage
Adds (1-3) to (47-52) Lightning Damage
Gain a Power Charge when you use a Vaal Skill
10 Life gained for each Enemy Hit if you have used a Vaal Skill Recently
10% increased Movement Speed if you have used a Vaal Skill Recently
Allure
Allure
Vaal Claw
Claw
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: (101.2-122.5)(243.8-290)
Critical Strike Chance: 6.50%
Attacks per Second: (1.40-1.46)
Weapon Range: 9
Requires Level 66, 95 Dex, 131 Int2% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life(110-130)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (15-20) to (30-40) Physical Damage
(8-12)% increased Attack Speed
15% increased Movement Speed while Phasing
You gain Phasing for 10 seconds on using a Vaal Skill
What drives us to kill, to carve and to shred?
What drives us to drink the seething souls of the dead?
What drives us to love and to hold, but still go amiss?
What drives us to leave this world for the Abyss?
Vaal Claw2% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life(110-130)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (15-20) to (30-40) Physical Damage
(8-12)% increased Attack Speed
15% increased Movement Speed while Phasing
You gain Phasing for 10 seconds on using a Vaal Skill
Zerphi's Heart
Zerphi's Heart
Paua Amulet
Requires Level 70(20-30)% increased Mana Regeneration RateAdds (48-53) to (58-60) Chaos Damage
Items and Gems have 50% increased Attribute Requirements
Chaos Damage can Ignite, Chill and Shock
Gain Soul Eater for 10 seconds when you use a Vaal Skill
Even after death, it beats in the presence of power.
Paua Amulet(20-30)% increased Mana Regeneration RateAdds (48-53) to (58-60) Chaos Damage
Items and Gems have 50% increased Attribute Requirements
Chaos Damage can Ignite, Chill and Shock
Gain Soul Eater for 10 seconds when you use a Vaal Skill

Achievements

The following achievements are related to Vaal skill gems:

Name Description
Virtue Corruption
Virtue Corruption achievement icon.jpg
Corrupt a skill gem into a Vaal skill gem.
Vaal Gemling
Vaal Gemling achievement icon.jpg
Have a Vaal Skill Gem reach level 20.

Version history

Version Changes
3.3.0
  • Vaal skill gems now also grant the base version of the skill at the same level and quality as the Vaal gem. For example, a Vaal Burning Arrow skill gem now grants both the Vaal Burning Arrow and the Burning Arrow skills.
  • Using a Vaal skill now prevents you from gaining souls for all Vaal skills for a short period of time after the skill is used. The duration of this effect varies from skill to skill.
  • Whereas previously the cost of Vaal skills would increase in areas after Act 5, and again after Act 10, the cost of all Vaal skills is now consistent throughout the game. This is worth keeping in mind when looking at the following changes, as although many Vaal skill costs have been raised when compared to their base cost previously, they are typically now lower than the cost you would have paid in higher-level areas.
  • Damaging rare enemies now generates 1 Vaal soul per 2% life it loses, with a 1 second cooldown.
  • Damaging unique enemies now generates 3 Vaal souls per 2% life it loses, with a 1 second cooldown.
3.0.0
  • Vaal skill soul costs are increased by 50% of their base soul cost upon completion of Act 5, and increased by a total of 100% of their base soul cost upon completion of Act 10. Like the resistance penalties, these costs affect your character in all game areas.
1.2.1
  • Vaal skills can now trigger other skills. Like before, they can not be triggered themselves.
1.1.0
  • Introduced to the game.

References

  1. Chris (Mar 1, 2014 2:02:03). "Sacrifice of the Vaal". Official Path of Exile Website. Retrieved April 03, 2018.