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Chains of Command
Saintly Chainmail
Quality: +20%
Armour: (1082-1243)
Energy Shield: (245-282)
Movement Speed: -5%
Requires Level 70, 99 Str, 115 IntTrigger Level 20 Animate Guardian's Weapon when Animated Guardian Kills an Enemy
10% chance to Trigger Level 18 Animate Guardian's Weapon when Animated Weapon Kills an Enemy
(150-190)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+(60-90) to maximum Life
Animated Guardian deals 5% increased Damage per Animated Weapon
Animated Minions' Melee Attacks deal Splash Damage to surrounding targets
Animated Minions' Melee Attacks deal 50% less Damage to surrounding targets
You cannot have non-Animated Minions
A general may carry his men to greatness, or be dragged beneath the mire by their burden.
Chains of Command inventory icon.png
Vendor Prices
Unique8x Chaos Orb
Vendor Offer
14x Alchemy Shard
6x Alteration Shard
Item class: Body Armours

Chains of Command is a unique Saintly ChainmailSaintly ChainmailArmour: 401
Energy Shield: 91
Movement Speed: -5%
Requires Level 70, 99 Str, 115 Int


Unlike Animate WeaponAnimate WeaponDuration, Minion, Spell, Physical
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (4-12) Mana
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Animates a Melee Weapon Item or Lingering Blade to fight by your side. You cannot animate unidentified Weapons. Will not animate weapons with 6 sockets unless specifically targeted. Cannot be used by Traps or Mines.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4PhantasmalMinions have 1% increased Movement SpeedMinions have 0.5% chance to Intimidate Enemies for 4 seconds on Hit1% chance to create an additional Animate Weapon copyMinions deal 0 to 5 Added Lightning DamageBase duration is 40 seconds
Can use Items requiring up to Level (9-100)
Minions deal (10-48)% more Damage
Minions have (10-48)% more Attack Speed
Minions' Attacks deal (5-126) to (8-184) additional Physical Damage
Maximum (5-14) Animated Weapons
Animated Lingering Blades deal (1-17) to (2-80) Added Attack Physical Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Animate Weapon skill icon.png
, Animate Guardian's Weapon skill icon.pngAnimate Guardian's Weapon lasts a base duration of 20 seconds. It has 0.05 second cooldown, therefore if your Guardian kills multiple enemies at once, only one Guardian's Weapon spawns.

Item acquisition

Upgrade paths

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

4The BodyThe Body4Body ArmourThey say it is the head that leads, but all must flow through the body at some point.random body armourAutomatic
Influenced Item
One who is blinded by their past may
only see a sliver of the present.
random influenced itemAutomatic
8Arrogance of the VaalArrogance of the Vaal8Item
Discovery can lead to beauty, or it can lead to ruin.
random two-implicit corrupted itemAutomatic
4Jack in the BoxJack in the Box4ItemTurn the crank,
close your eyes,
and pray to the gods
for a pleasant surprise.
random itemAutomatic
1Singular IncubatorSingular IncubatorAdds an incubated Unique item to an equippable item
Item drops after killing # monsters
Unique ItemRight click this item then left click an item to apply it. The Incubated item drops after killing a specific number of monsters.
random itemAutomatic
1The VoidThe Void1Reach into the Void and claim your prize.random divination card set exchangeAutomatic


Version history

Version Changes
  • The Skills granted by this item have been updated in line with Animate Weapon. The level 18 version of the skill adds 108 to 159 physical damage to the attacks of minions animated by it. This level of the skill can animate up to 13 minions. The level 20 version of the skill adds 126 to 184 physical damage to the attacks of minions animated by it. This level of the skill can animate up to 14 minions. Both have a base duration of 20 seconds. These changes affect all versions of the item.
  • Updated the 2D Art of Chains of Command.
  • Added 3D art.
  • Introduced to the game.