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Charged DashMovement, AoE, Channelling, Attack, Lightning, Melee
Level: (1-20)
Cost: 4 Mana
Attack Speed: 160% of base
Attack Damage: (95-110)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (95-110)%
Requires Level 28Channel to project an illusion which you steer. You gain stages while it moves, until it stops at a maximum total distance. Waves of area damage frequently pulse along its path, based on your attack speed. Stop channelling to teleport to the illusion, dealing a final wave of damage.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent0.5% increased Attack Speed0.5% more Movement Speed1% increased travel distanceDeals (95-110)% of Base Attack Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
Final wave deals 75% of Damage per stage
Deals 150% more Damage while Channelling if Illusion has finished moving
Illusion moves at 130% of your Movement Speed
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Charged Dash skill icon.pngCharged Dash inventory icon.png
Area level: 28
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Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemChargedDash

Charged Dash is a channeled lightning melee skill. When channeling, it releases an image that moves to your cursor, which can be moved while channeling. When it reaches its maximum distance, it releases shockwaves that deal damage in a path the image has traveled. Releasing the channel will create shockwaves in that path and teleport you to where the image was.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Unarmed: Charged Dash cannot be used while unarmed.
  • Projection: The projection's movement can be steered as you are channeling.
  • Steering: For PC the projection moves based on where your mouse is relative to your avatar. To do a 180 for example you will need to move the mouse behind your avatar. Trying to steer the projection while following it with your mouse will only lead to failure. In some cases the projection will have to be steered in order for the stages to not reach their maximum prematurely. Steering for console users should be easier. As the center point on the joy pad is always calculated from the center of your avatar.
  • Stages: Stages are incremented while the projection is moving and are capped at a maximum based off of Movement speed and Attack speed. A faster attack speed will increase the maximum amount of stages while a faster movement speed will lower the maximum. If the projection stops due to hitting impassable terrain or reaching the maximum possible distance away from the user it will not increment any more stages. For example, if you have 8 attacks a second and 120% movement speed your maximum amount of stages will be 4.56 but could reach up to 5 with proper steering. To get 5 with steering aim for a corner of the screen. The initial box around your avatar is a square not a circle. Meaning if you start off at an angle you will get more distance and possible more stages. All calculations seem to be made off the first box your projection leaves. So starting off at an angle with some steering to get more DMG. However the math to calculate the max amount of stages is Attack speed*Time to reach max Travel Distance. So for 120% movement speed it would take the projection 0.57 seconds to reach the end as shown below. With 8 attacks that is 8*0.57 = 4.56 stages. However; As explained above you can get this to 5 stages using the square hit box of your character to your advantage. Alternatively if you had 20% movement speed instead the maximum would be 9 stages. It was stated that it might be possible to reach 15 separate stages per charge by GGG.
  • Area of Effect: The skill's area of effect does not benefit from weapon range bonuses and only benefits from Area of Effect bonuses. Despite its animation, damage from the pulses will not overlap.
  • Attack speed: While channeling you will release a pulse for half of your stages. If you reach a maximum at 4 stages it will pulse 2 times in the amount of time it takes you to reach max distance. If you reach your maximum at 8 stages it will pulse 4 times in the amount of time it takes you to reach max distance. The timing of pulses is based off the combination of your movement speed and attack speed. Movement speed determines the time it takes to reach max distance while Attack speed determines maximum amount of stages. Damage from releasing a fully charged channel will usually be higher. The damage per second is only slightly lower over all while channeling, but when your max stages are less than or equal to 2 this will change.
  • Travel Distance: This is roughly 62 units in game. The base character movement speed is 38 units a second. To calculate how long the projection will take to get to the end point. Use this formula 62/(38*(1 + movement speed)*1.3). So 120% increased movement speed would take the projection 62/((38*(1+1.2))*1.3) = 0.57 seconds to reach the end point. The Alternate Divergent Gem quality will alter the number of unites the projection travels. To something like 62*1.2 = 74.4 units at Quality 20. Making the math on this gem quite complicated.
  • Movement speed: Doesn't directly effect damage but rather indirectly allows for a faster cast time. This means you will be able to get more casts the faster you are; however this lowers the maximum amount of stages you can reach while channeling. This means it lowers the damage each cast can perform when maximum stages are reached. However; this should even out. As you will get more cast in. It is important to note based off max stages you can reach, which is based off movement speed and attack speed, will determine if pulses or a fully released charge will be more damage over all. It is generally better to have higher movement speed. Higher movement speeds when using this as a main skill also provides more safety. Despite being a movement skill, you don't count as moving. Meaning Arctic Armour will count as stationary during any part of the skill. Including the end when it teleports you. The Divergent Quality will increase the max distance this skill can move. Which in turn increases the amount of stages it can have. But also reduces the number of cast you can get in. It might be worth it if you're really close to getting that extra stage. But most builds are probable better off just getting increased attack speed from the base gem type.
  • Mana cost: The mana cost is based off of your attack speed, and movement speed. Faster attack speeds, and slower movement speeds increase the mana cost of Charged Dash. The math is "Mana Cost"*"Attack speed"*"Time to reach max Distance". So for example if the cost is 17 mana, you have 8 attacks a second, and your movement speed when you start the channel is 120%. It will take you 0.55 seconds to reach max distance and it will cost 77.52 mana (17*8*0.57=77.52) for a perfectly executed cast. If you run out of mana mid cast, you teleport to however far your projection got, and you do damaged just like when you release the skill early.
  • Dual wielding: Dual Wielding while using Charged Dash will cause the player to alternate weapons each attack/pulse.
  • Pulse Damage: In prior patches this damage could overlap. Where each point on the path you gained a pulse was a separate pulse hit. So if you had 5 stages you could potently get 5 hits per pulse. However; the pulse damage can no longer overlap. Meaning you now only get one hit per pulse.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired DexterityDamage
Exp.Total Exp.

Item acquisition

Upgrade paths

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

8Dying AnguishDying Anguish8Level 19 Gem
Alternative Quality: +19%
Moribund, he gazed upon the journey taken as blood trickled down his chin. His eye closed on the city ahead that he would never call home.
random level 19 gem with 19% alternative qualityAutomatic
1Gemcutter's IncubatorGemcutter's IncubatorAdds an incubated Quality Gem item to an equippable item
Item drops after killing # monsters
Quality GemRight click this item then left click an item to apply it. The Incubated item drops after killing a specific number of monsters.
random superior gemAutomatic
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 with 20% qualityAutomatic
1The VoidThe Void1Reach into the Void and claim your prize.random divination card set exchangeAutomatic

Quest reward

This item is given as a quest reward for the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3

Vendor reward

This item can be bought at the listed NPC vendors, after completing the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Charged Dash.

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 Charged Dash Damage 16625% increased Charged Dash Damagehelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Charged Dash Damage 27540% increased Charged Dash Damagehelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Charged Dash Dodge When Finished Channelling 1664% chance to Dodge Attack Hits if you have finished Channelling Charged Dash Recentlyhelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Charged Dash Dodge When Finished Channelling 2756% chance to Dodge Attack Hits if you have finished Channelling Charged Dash Recentlyhelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Charged Dash Movement Speed 166Charged Dash has 10% more Movement Speedhelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Charged Dash Movement Speed 275Charged Dash has 15% more Movement Speedhelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Charged Dash Radius Final Explosion 166Charged Dash has +4 to Radius of each Wave's last damage Areahelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Charged Dash Radius Final Explosion 275Charged Dash has +6 to Radius of each Wave's last damage Areahelmet 75
default 0

Version history

Version Changes
  • Now has a minimum radius of 14 at gem level 1 (from 12), up to 26 at gem level 20 (from 22).
  • Now has alternative quality.
  • Now deals base damage equal to, and has an added damage effectiveness of, 95% at gem level 1 (from 75%), up to 110% at gem level 20 (from 92%).
  • Now has an attack speed multiplier of 160% (rather than 60% more attack speed).
  • Skill was reworked. Now has stages like other channel skills. Hits no longer overlap. Pulse damage added while channeling at 150% more damage. Skill can now change direction while channeling. Released channel damage is 75% of skill damage per stage.
  • Now limited to a maximum of 15 strikes per skill use, as well as limited by distance travelled.
  • Charged Dash has been added to the game.