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Viper StrikeAttack, Duration, Melee, Chaos
Mana Cost: 5
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (115% to 142%)
Hits the enemy, adding some of your physical damage as chaos damage and applying poison. Requires a claw, dagger or sword.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Attack Speed
Deals (115-141.6)% of Base Damage
25% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
60% chance to Poison on Hit
Base duration is 4 seconds
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Viper Strike skill icon.pngViper Strike inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 5
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Scroll of Wisdom
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment

Viper Strike skill screenshot.jpg

The thieves guilds of Oriath teach a wicked skill to all initiates - the feared Viper Strike. Employing the skill, a claw, dagger or sword user coats their weapon with deadly venom, a concoction so virulent it permanently marks any weapon it contacts. Once the toxin is applied, the weapon will poison any it strikes, burning deep into their veins, causing wracking, crippling pain. Additional hits will increase the concentration of the toxin, stacking it up to lethal levels quickly. Few have survived an assault of Viper Strike and those who have never forget the agony.

Description on the official Path of Exile website [1]

Viper Strike is an attack that hits the enemy with chaos damage and applies poison.

Skill functions and interactions

Viper Strike applies Poison with an 4-second duration on hit. Viper Strike specifically overrides the base poison duration with its own base skill duration.

Some beneficial curses for Viper Strike include VulnerabilityVulnerabilityCurse, Spell, AoE, Duration
Radius: 22
Mana Cost: (24 to 50)
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 24Curses all targets in an area, increasing the physical damage and damage over time they take.Per 1% Quality:
Cursed enemies take 0.5% increased Physical Damage
Base duration is (9-10.9) seconds
Cursed enemies take (20-29)% increased Physical Damage
Cursed enemies take 33% increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects
+(0-10) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vulnerability skill icon.png
and Temporal ChainsTemporal ChainsCurse, Spell, AoE, Duration
Radius: 22
Mana Cost: (24 to 50)
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 24Curses all targets in an area, Slowing them, and making effects on them expire more slowly.Per 1% Quality:
Cursed enemies are 0.5% slower
Base duration is (5-5.95) seconds
Cursed enemies are (20-29)% slower
Other effects on Cursed enemies expire 40% slower
40% reduced Effect of Curse against Players
+(0-7) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Temporal Chains skill icon.png
.

  • 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.
    allows Viper Strike to automatically target nearby enemies for the two additional strikes and applies poison for each hit.
    • Note that even though each hit's damage is reduced, Poison does not scale on Attack Damage, so each hit's applied poison still has the same damage, but is applied twice as often for an overall doubled DoT dps.
  • 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.
    causes Viper Strike to hit enemies near the target, poisoning each.
  • Increased Duration SupportIncreased Duration SupportSupport, Duration
    Icon: D
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 31Supports any skill with a duration.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Skill Effect Duration
    Supported Skills have (45-64)% increased Skill Effect DurationThis 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.
    , Less Duration SupportLess Duration SupportSupport, Duration
    Icon: d
    Mana Multiplier: 120%
    Requires Level 31Supports any skill that has a duration.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 0.5% reduced Skill Effect Duration
    Supported Skills have (40-49)% less Skill Effect Duration
    Supported Skills deal (10-19)% more 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 Swift Affliction SupportSwift Affliction SupportSupport, Duration
    Icon: r
    Mana Multiplier: 125%
    Requires Level 31Supports any skill that has a duration, or can hit enemies to inflict ailments on them.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Damage over Time
    Supported Skills deal (25-44)% more Damage over Time
    15% reduced Duration of Supported Skills and Damaging Ailments they inflict
    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.
    all affect the duration of the poison.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.dexterityDamage
Effectiveness
Damage
Multiplier
Exp.Total Exp.
110115%115%00
220116%116.4%7070
3416118%117.8%308378
4722119%119.2%1,5541,932
51131121%120.6%6,6678,599
61641122%122%26,04734,646
72050123%123.4%49,72584,371
82458125%124.8%95,714180,085
92867126%126.2%169,595349,680
103275128%127.6%283,759633,439
113683129%129%453,9961,087,435
124092130%130.4%703,1281,790,563
1344100132%131.8%1,061,2232,851,786
1448109133%133.2%2,065,8704,917,656
1552117135%134.6%2,507,1107,424,766
1656125136%136%5,798,93613,223,702
1760134137%137.4%15,083,91928,307,621
1864142139%138.8%27,792,73556,100,356
1967148140%140.2%43,869,73999,970,095
2070155142%141.6%242,081,556342,051,651
2172159143%143%N/AN/A
2274N/A144%144.4%N/AN/A
2376N/A146%145.8%N/AN/A
2478N/A147%147.2%N/AN/A
2580N/A149%148.6%N/AN/A
2682N/A150%150%N/AN/A
2784N/A151%151.4%N/AN/A
2886N/A153%152.8%N/AN/A
2988N/A154%154.2%N/AN/A
3090N/A156%155.6%N/AN/A

Quest reward

This skill is not given as quest reward.

Vendor reward

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

Threshold Jewel

The following threshold jewels augment the skill gem:

ItemRadiusStats
Growing Agony
Growing Agony
Viridian Jewel
Limited to: 1
Radius: Medium (1200)
(8-12)% increased Damage over Time
With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Viper Strike deals 2% increased Damage with Hits and Poison for each Poison on the Enemy
With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Viper Strike has a 10% chance per Poison on Enemy to grant Unholy Might for 4 seconds on Hit
Maligaro understood that devotion to science,
Means devotion to trial and error.
For Maligaro's errors, death was slow,
And very painful.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
Medium (1200)(8-12)% increased Damage over Time
With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Viper Strike deals 2% increased Damage with Hits and Poison for each Poison on the Enemy
With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Viper Strike has a 10% chance per Poison on Enemy to grant Unholy Might for 4 seconds on Hit

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Viper Strike:

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)
EnchantmentViperStrikeCriticalStrikeChance16660% increased Viper Strike Critical Strike Chance
EnchantmentViperStrikeCriticalStrikeChance27590% increased Viper Strike Critical Strike Chance
EnchantmentViperStrikeDamage16625% increased Viper Strike Damage
EnchantmentViperStrikeDamage27540% increased Viper Strike Damage
EnchantmentViperStrikePoisonDuration1_6620% increased Viper Strike Duration
EnchantmentViperStrikePoisonDuration2__7530% increased Viper Strike Duration

Version history

Version Changes
2.4.0
  • 11% more damage at gem level 20.
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.
  • Viper Strike now applies poison on hit and has a 100% chance to do so. Viper Strike now has 25% of its physical damage converted to chaos (instead of 10% physical added as chaos). Poisons applied by Viper Strike have a base duration of 8 seconds (up from 7 seconds). The Base Damage of Viper Strike has been increased from 100% to 130% at level 1, and from 122.8% to 160.4% at level 20.
1.2.0
  • This skill now adds 10% of physical damage as Chaos Damage and has a 50% chance to deal 175% of the attack's damage as chaos damage over seven seconds. The effect duration won't be refreshed by new attacks, but there is no limit to how many Viper Strike debuffs an enemy can have.
1.0.3
  • Damage progression has been increased. It is now around 15% better at level 15 than it was in 1.0.2.
1.0.2b
  • Fixed a bug where area damage bonuses would not benefit Viper StrikeViper StrikeAttack, Duration, Melee, Chaos
    Mana Cost: 5
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Damage Effectiveness: (115% to 142%)
    Hits the enemy, adding some of your physical damage as chaos damage and applying poison. Requires a claw, dagger or sword.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Attack Speed
    Deals (115-141.6)% of Base Damage
    25% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
    60% chance to Poison on Hit
    Base duration is 4 seconds
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Viper Strike skill icon.png
    when supported by 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.
    .
1.0.2
  • Generic modifiers to damage dealt will now apply to damage over time that your character causes. Damage over time is not spell damage, nor attack damage, so modifiers specific to those types will not apply. Non-specific "increased damage" modifiers will apply to damage over time. Type-specific modifiers will apply as well. For example, "increased fire damage" modifiers will apply to fire damage over time.
  • Viper Strike can be supported by 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.
    , now that the damage penalty also applies.
0.9.13
  • Viper Strike is now 38% better at level 1 and 3% better at level 15.
0.9.12qq
  • From 0.35% attack speed per quality point to 0.5%.
0.9.12d
  • Fixed a server crash that could occur with Viper Strike.
0.9.5
  • Fixed Viper Strike so that damage from the degeneration is scaled properly for PvP.
0.9.4
  • Increased the damage.
0.9.2
  • Viper Strike does more damage at higher levels than before.
  • Reduced maximum number of charges to 4.
0.9.1
  • Reduced Viper Strike duration at lower levels.
0.8.7
  • Viper Strike added to the game.

References

  1. "Dexterity skills". Official Path of Exile website.