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Viper StrikeAttack, Duration, Melee, Strike, Chaos
Mana Cost: 5
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (90%-135%)
Hits enemies, adding some of your physical damage as chaos damage and inflicting poison which will be affected by modifiers to skill duration. If dual wielding, will strike with both weapons. Requires a claw, dagger or sword.Per 1% Quality:12340.5% increased Attack Speed
0.5% increased Poison Duration
1% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage1% increased Chaos Damage0.5% chance to also Poison a nearby Enemy when you inflict Poison
Deals (90-135)% of Base Attack Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
60% chance to Poison on Hit
Base duration is 4 seconds
(5-169) to (7-254) Added Chaos Damage
Each Weapon Hits separately if Dual Wielding, dealing 20% less Damage
30% Less Attack Speed if Dual Wielding
+(0-2) to Melee Strike Range
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
Miscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemViperStrike

Viper Strike skill screenshot.jpg

Viper Strike is a melee attack that hits the enemy, converting physical damage to chaos damage, and applies poison, dealing chaos damage over time based on the combined physical and chaos damage dealt. It uses both weapons to deal damage if you are dual wielding.

Skill functions and interactions

Viper Strike applies poison with a 4-second duration on hit. Viper Strike specifically overrides the base poison duration with its own base skill duration. Increased Duration SupportIncreased Duration SupportSupport, Duration
Icon: D
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 31Supports any skill with a duration.Per 1% Quality:123Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Skill Effect DurationSupported Skills have 1% reduced Mana Cost
Supported Skills have 0.5% reduced Skill Effect Duration
Supported Skills have 1% increased Duration of Ailments on Enemies
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:123Supported Skills have 0.5% less Skill Effect DurationSupported Skills have 0.5% increased Attack and Cast SpeedBleeding inflicted by Supported Skills deals Damage 0.5% fasterSupported 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.
, Unbound Ailments SupportUnbound Ailments SupportSupport
Icon: U
Mana Multiplier: 110%
Requires Level 8Supports any skill that hits enemies or inflicts ailmentsPer 1% Quality:123Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Duration of Ailments on EnemiesSupported Skills deal 1% increased Damage with AilmentsSupported Skills deal 1.5% increased Damage while you are affected by an AilmentSupported Skills have (35-54)% increased Duration of Ailments on Enemies
Supported Skills deal (25-34)% more Damage with Ailments
Supported Skills have (25-34)% increased Effect of non-Damaging Ailments on Enemies
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:123Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Damage over TimeSupported Skills have 0.25% increased Attack and Cast Speed
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Projectile Speed
You and Enemies have 1% increased Movement Speed while inflicted with an Ailment from Supported Skills
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 that poison.

Some beneficial curses and auras for Viper Strike include DespairDespairSpell, AoE, Duration, Chaos, Curse, Hex
Radius: 22
Mana Cost: (16-33)
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 24Curses all targets in an area, lowering their chaos resistance and increasing damage over time they take. All hits will deal added chaos damage to the cursed enemies.Per 1% Quality:123Cursed enemies take 0.5% increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects0.5% increased Effect of CurseSpell Hits have 0.5% chance to Hinder Cursed Enemies with 30% reduced Movement Speed for 4 secondsBase duration is (9-10.9) seconds
Cursed enemies have -(20-29)% to Chaos Resistance
Cursed enemies take (15-25)% increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects
Adds (9-46) to (12-57) Chaos Damage to Hits against Cursed Enemies
Curse gains 10 Doom per second if you Cast this Spell yourself
+(0-10) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Despair skill icon.png
, Temporal ChainsTemporal ChainsSpell, AoE, Duration, Curse, Hex
Radius: 22
Mana Cost: (16-33)
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 24Curses all enemies in an area, lowering their action speed and making other effects on them expire more slowly.Per 1% Quality:1230.5% increased Effect of CurseCurse has 2% increased Doom gain rate1% increased Curse DurationBase duration is (5-5.95) seconds
Cursed Normal and Magic Enemies have (20-29)% less Action Speed
Other effects on Cursed enemies expire 40% slower
50% less Effect of Curse against Players
Cursed Rare and Unique Enemies have (10-14)% less Action Speed
Curse gains 10 Doom per second if you Cast this Spell yourself
+(0-10) 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
and MalevolenceMalevolenceAura, Spell, AoE
Mana Reserved: 50%
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.20 sec
Requires Level 24Casts an aura that multiplies damage over time and increases skill effect duration of you and your allies.Per 1% Quality:1232% increased Area of EffectYou and nearby allies have 0.5% increased Skill Effect DurationYou and nearby Allies deal 0.5% increased Damage with AilmentsYou and nearby allies deal (14-20)% more Damage over Time
You and nearby allies have (10-19)% increased Skill Effect Duration
+(0-19) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Malevolence skill icon.png
.

Viper Strike is a Strike attack, thus:

  • Multistrike SupportMultistrike SupportAttack, Melee, Support
    Icon: 3
    Mana Multiplier: 160%
    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:123Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Melee Physical DamageSupported Skills have 1% reduced Attack Speed
    Supported Skills have 1% increased Area of Effect per Repeat
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Attack Speed
    Supported Skills Repeat 2 additional times
    Supported Skills have (35-44)% more Melee Attack Speed
    First Repeat of Supported Skills deals 22% more Damage
    Second Repeat of Supported Skills deals 44% more Damage
    Supported Skills deal (20-10)% 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 to automatically target nearby enemies for two additional strikes. Note that even though this support gem lessens attack damage, poison does not scale from attack damage modifiers.
  • Melee Splash SupportMelee Splash SupportSupport, Melee, Attack, Strike, AoE
    Icon: S
    Radius: 14
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 8Supports melee strike skills, causing their melee strike to deal splash damage around each target hit.Per 1% Quality:123Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Area of EffectSupported Skills deal 1% increased Melee DamageSupported Skills deal -2% less Damage to surrounding targetsSupported Skills deal (50-41)% 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 around the initial target, poisoning each.
  • Ancestral Call SupportAncestral Call SupportSupport, Melee, Attack, Strike
    Icon: A
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 4Supports melee strike skills, causing them to also strike at extra targets simultaneously. The extra targets must be a minimum distance from the user. If supporting a minion attack skill, the minion's skills will not also strike extra targets. Cannot support triggered skills.Per 1% Quality:123Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Attack SpeedSupported Skills have 0.5% increased Area of EffectSupported Skills have +0.2 to Melee Strike RangeSupported Strike Skills target 2 additional nearby Enemies
    Supported Skills deal (19-0)% 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.
    , Strike Skills target an additional nearby Enemy prefix modifier on hunter-influenced gloves, and annointable passive Tribal Fury all work with Viper Strike.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.dexterityDamage
Effectiveness
Damage
Multiplier
Melee rangeAdded Chaos DamageExp.Total Exp.
11090%90%N/A5 to 700
22092%92.4%N/A5 to 87070
341695%94.7%N/A6 to 10308378
472297%97.1%N/A8 to 121,5541,932
5113199%99.5%N/A11 to 176,6678,599
61641102%101.9%N/A16 to 2426,04734,646
72050104%104.2%120 to 3049,72584,371
82458107%106.6%125 to 3795,714180,085
92867109%109%130 to 46169,595349,680
103275111%111.3%137 to 55283,759633,439
113683114%113.7%144 to 66453,9961,087,435
124092116%116.1%153 to 79703,1281,790,563
1344100118%118.4%163 to 941,061,2232,851,786
1448109121%120.8%274 to 1112,065,8704,917,656
1552117123%123.2%286 to 1302,507,1107,424,766
1656125126%125.6%2101 to 1515,798,93613,223,702
1760134128%127.9%2117 to 17615,083,91928,307,621
1864142130%130.3%2136 to 20427,792,73556,100,356
1967148133%132.7%2152 to 22843,869,73999,970,095
2070155135%135%2169 to 254242,081,556342,051,651
2172159137%137.4%3181 to 272N/AN/A
2274N/A140%139.8%3195 to 292N/AN/A
2376N/A142%142.2%3209 to 313N/AN/A
2478N/A145%144.5%3224 to 335N/AN/A
2580N/A147%146.9%3239 to 359N/AN/A
2682N/A149%149.3%3256 to 384N/AN/A
2784N/A152%151.6%3274 to 411N/AN/A
2886N/A154%154%4293 to 440N/AN/A
2988N/A156%156.4%4314 to 470N/AN/A
3090N/A159%158.7%4335 to 503N/AN/A
3191N/A159%158.7%4346 to 519N/AN/A
3292N/A161%161.1%4358 to 537N/AN/A
3393N/A164%163.5%4370 to 555N/AN/A
3494N/A166%165.9%4382 to 573N/AN/A
3595N/A168%168.2%5395 to 592N/AN/A
3696N/A171%170.6%5408 to 612N/AN/A
3797N/A173%173%5421 to 632N/AN/A
3898N/A175%175.3%5435 to 653N/AN/A
3999N/A178%177.7%5449 to 674N/AN/A
40100N/A180%180.1%5464 to 696N/AN/A

Item acquisition
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Upgrade paths

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

AmountIngredientGeneral
Notes
Type
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
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

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment Viper Strike:

ItemLimitRadiusStats
Growing AgonyGrowing 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.
1Medium (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.

NameFor 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.StatsSpawn Weighting
Enchantment Viper Strike Critical Strike Chance 16660% increased Viper Strike Critical Strike Chancehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Viper Strike Critical Strike Chance 27590% increased Viper Strike Critical Strike Chancehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Viper Strike Damage 16625% increased Viper Strike Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Viper Strike Damage 27540% increased Viper Strike Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Viper Strike Poison Duration 16620% increased Viper Strike Durationhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Viper Strike Poison Duration 27530% increased Viper Strike Durationhelmet 100
default 0

Version history

Version Changes
3.8.0
  • Now deals 90% of base damage at gem level 1 (from 80%), up to 135% at gem level 20 (from 130%).
  • Now uses both weapons if you attack while Dual Wielding, but has 30% less Attack Speed if Dual Wielding.
  • Each weapon now hits separately if Dual Wielding, dealing 20% less Damage.
3.7.0
  • Now deals base damage equal to, and has an added damage effectiveness of, 80% at gem level 1 (from 115%), up to 130% at gem level 20 (from 142%).
  • Now converts 50% of physical damage to chaos (from 25%).
  • Now adds 5 to 7 chaos damage to attacks at gem level 1, up to 169 to 254 at gem level 20.
  • Now gains 0.5% increased attack speed and 0.5% increased poison duration per 1% gem quality (previously just 0.5% increased attack speed per 1% gem quality).
3.4.0
  • Now gain additional melee weapon range every 7 levels, up to +2 at level 20 (and +3 at level 21)
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, Strike, Chaos
    Mana Cost: 5
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: (90%-135%)
    Hits enemies, adding some of your physical damage as chaos damage and inflicting poison which will be affected by modifiers to skill duration. If dual wielding, will strike with both weapons. Requires a claw, dagger or sword.Per 1% Quality:12340.5% increased Attack Speed
    0.5% increased Poison Duration
    1% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage1% increased Chaos Damage0.5% chance to also Poison a nearby Enemy when you inflict Poison
    Deals (90-135)% of Base Attack Damage
    50% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
    60% chance to Poison on Hit
    Base duration is 4 seconds
    (5-169) to (7-254) Added Chaos Damage
    Each Weapon Hits separately if Dual Wielding, dealing 20% less Damage
    30% Less Attack Speed if Dual Wielding
    +(0-2) to Melee Strike Range
    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, Strike, AoE
    Icon: S
    Radius: 14
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 8Supports melee strike skills, causing their melee strike to deal splash damage around each target hit.Per 1% Quality:123Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Area of EffectSupported Skills deal 1% increased Melee DamageSupported Skills deal -2% less Damage to surrounding targetsSupported Skills deal (50-41)% 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, Strike, AoE
    Icon: S
    Radius: 14
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 8Supports melee strike skills, causing their melee strike to deal splash damage around each target hit.Per 1% Quality:123Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Area of EffectSupported Skills deal 1% increased Melee DamageSupported Skills deal -2% less Damage to surrounding targetsSupported Skills deal (50-41)% 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.