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Cruelty status icon.png
Skills supported by Cruelty Support deal more damage over time.
This page is about the buff. For the support gem, see Cruelty Support.

Cruelty is a buff that grants more damage over time to skills supported by Cruelty Support.


Cruelty grants more damage over time with supported skills based on the percent of maximum life removed by a damaging hit.[1] It lasts 4 seconds by default, and has a maximum effect of 50% which is unaffected by modifiers to its effect.[2]

The effect of Cruelty is calculated using the following formula:[citation needed]

where D is the is the amount of damage caused by a hit, L is the enemy's maximum life, and M is the sum of increases to Cruelty effect.


Support skill gems

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Cruelty SupportCruelty SupportSupport, Duration
Icon: Y
Level: (1-20)
Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 150%
Requires Level 18Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent0.25% increased Effect of Cruelty granted by Supported SkillsSupported Skills have 1% increased Critical Strike ChanceCruelty granted by Supported Skills has 1% increased Duration(0-19)% increased Effect of Cruelty granted by Supported Skills
Supported Skills deal (15-24)% more Damage with Hits
Cruelty has a Base Duration of 4 seconds
Hits from Supported Skills grant Cruelty
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.

Version history

Version Changes
  • Introduced to the game as a buff (which not related to the original passive skill)
  • Removed from the game.
  • Introduced to the game as a notable passive skill


  1. Community_Team (April 14, 2021). "GGG, Please explain Cruelty". Official Path of Exile Subreddit. Retrieved June 5, 2021.
  2. Mark_GGG (Jun 3, 2021). "Cruelty buff damage cap". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved Jun 4, 2021.