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DespairSpell, AoE, Duration, Chaos, Curse, Hex
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (16-33) Mana
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Radius: 22
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:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentCursed 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.pngDespair inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Area level: 24
Vendor Prices
Normal1x Orb of Alteration
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Metadata
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemVulnerability

Despair skill screenshot.jpg

Despair is a spell that curses all targets in an area, making them take increased chaos damage, damage over time, and chaos damage on hit.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Cursed enemies take increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects: Because these stats are an increase to the target's damage taken, they are multiplicative with attacker's damage dealt and additive with any other effects to damage taken on the defender.[1]
  • Adds Chaos Damage to Hits against Cursed Enemies: Skills, passives, and items that grant Increased effect of your Curses will increase the added chaos damage granted by this curse (Note: These increases are not reflected in the tooltip, they only display base values). This added damage is identical in function to other sources of added damage, such as Added Chaos Damage SupportAdded Chaos Damage SupportChaos, Support
    Icon: H
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 130%
    Requires Level 31Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported Skills deal 0.5% increased Chaos DamageSupported Skills Penetrate 0.25% Chaos ResistanceSupported Skills have 1% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos DamageSupported Skills have (17-170) to (26-255) added Chaos DamageThis 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 thus can be further increased by any of the applicable increases to the attacker's damage.
  • Cursed enemies have -x% to Chaos Resistance: The reduction to Chaos Resistance granted by this curse (after modifiers) stacks additively with the Occultist's Void Beacon Ascendancy passive and other similar effects.
  • Despair can be turned into an aura by linking it with either Blasphemy SupportBlasphemy SupportSupport, Hex, Aura
    Icon: A
    Level: (1-20)
    Cooldown Time: 1.20 sec
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Requires Level 31Supports hex curse skills, turning them into auras that will apply their effect to all enemies in an area around you.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent0.5% increased Effect of Supported Curses0.5% reduced Effect of Supported Curses
    Supported Skills have 2% increased Area of Effect
    Supported Skills have 0.1% reduced Mana Reserved
    Supported Skills apply their Curse as an Auras
    Supported Curse Skills also count as Aura Skills
    Using Supported Skills is Instant
    (0-76)% increased Area of Effect of Supported Curse Skills
    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.
    or Awakened Blasphemy SupportAwakened Blasphemy SupportSupport, Hex, Aura
    Icon: A
    Level: (1-5)
    Cooldown Time: 1.20 sec
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Requires Level 72Supports hex curse skills, turning them into auras that will apply their effect to all enemies in an area around you.Per 1% Quality:1Superior0.5% increased Effect of Supported Curses
    +0.05 to Level of Supported Curse Skill Gems
    (80-88)% increased Area of Effect of Supported Curse Skills
    Supported Skills apply their Curse as an Auras
    Supported Curse Skills also count as Aura Skills
    Using Supported Skills is Instant
    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.
    .

The aura version of Despair

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired DexterityRequired IntelligenceMana
Cost
Duration-x% Chaos
Resistance
x% inc.
DoT
Chaos
Damage
RadiusExp.Total Exp.
1242537169s-20%15%9 to 12N/A00
2272841179.1s-20%16%11 to 13+1118383118383
3303145189.2s-21%16%12 to 15+1175816294199
4333449199.3s-21%17%14 to 17+2254061548260
5363652219.4s-22%17%15 to 19+2359090907350
6393956229.5s-22%18%17 to 21+34985081405858
7424260239.6s-23%18%19 to 24+36820572087915
8454564249.7s-23%19%21 to 26+49217773009692
9484868259.8s-24%19%23 to 29+417278794737571
10504971269.9s-24%20%25 to 31+511388775876448
115251742610s-25%20%27 to 33+513682337244681
125453762710.1s-25%21%28 to 36+616383388883019
135655792810.2s-26%21%30 to 38+6195664810839667
145857822910.3s-26%22%32 to 40+7365518414494851
156059842910.4s-27%22%34 to 43+7301732717512178
166260873010.5s-27%23%36 to 45+8779391425306092
176462903110.6s-28%23%39 to 48+81520603140512123
186664923110.7s-28%24%41 to 51+92618558266697705
196866953210.8s-29%24%43 to 54+962755923129453628
207068983310.9s-29%25%46 to 57+10211877683341331311
2172701003411s-30%25%49 to 61+10N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A3411.1s-30%26%51 to 64+11N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A3511.2s-31%26%54 to 68+11N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A3611.3s-31%27%57 to 72+12N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A3611.4s-32%27%60 to 76+12N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A3711.5s-32%28%64 to 80+13N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A3811.6s-33%28%67 to 84+13N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A3911.7s-33%29%71 to 89+14N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A3911.8s-34%29%75 to 93+14N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A4011.9s-34%30%79 to 98+15N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A4011.95s-34%30%81 to 101+15N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A4112s-35%30%83 to 104+15N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A4112.05s-35%30%85 to 106+15N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A4212.1s-35%31%87 to 109+16N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A4212.15s-35%31%90 to 112+16N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A4212.2s-36%31%92 to 115+16N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A4312.25s-36%31%94 to 118+16N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A4312.3s-36%32%97 to 121+17N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A4312.35s-36%32%99 to 124+17N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A4412.4s-37%32%102 to 127+17N/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
3The Bitter BlossomThe Bitter Blossom3Level 21 Chaos Gem
Quality: +23%
Corrupted
The pain you feel is of no consequence, it is evolution, to be made whole within something greater.
random corrupted superior level 21 Chaos gem with 23% qualityAutomatic
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
13The CataclysmThe Cataclysm13Level 21 Spell Gem
Corrupted
The mighty warriors traded in blows, the nimble archers in arrows, yet it was the brazen thaumaturgists who would bring catastrophe to all.
random corrupted level 21 Spell 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 ↓
Lost in Love
Act 3

Vendor reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Lost in Love
Act 3
Clarissa
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Despair.

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 Despair Duration 16630% increased Despair Durationhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Despair Duration 27545% increased Despair Durationhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Despair Effect 16620% increased Despair Curse Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Despair Effect 27530% increased Despair Curse Effecthelmet 100
default 0

Related unique items

The following unique items are related to Despair:

ItemBase ItemLvl.Stats
The Putrid CloisterThe Putrid Cloister
Museum Map
Map Level: 78
Map Tier: 11
Guild Character: Õ
Item Quantity: +90%
Item Rarity: +45%
Players are Cursed with Vulnerability, with 60% increased Effect
Players are Cursed with Conductivity, with 60% increased Effect
Players are Cursed with Flammability, with 60% increased Effect
Players are Cursed with Frostbite, with 60% increased Effect
Players are Cursed with Despair, with 60% increased Effect
Unique Boss drops divination cards
Please take out your blades,
your whips, and your spikes.
Class is now in session.
Travel to this Map by using it in the Templar Laboratory or a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
Museum Map1Players are Cursed with Vulnerability, with 60% increased Effect
Players are Cursed with Conductivity, with 60% increased Effect
Players are Cursed with Flammability, with 60% increased Effect
Players are Cursed with Frostbite, with 60% increased Effect
Players are Cursed with Despair, with 60% increased Effect
Unique Boss drops divination cards
Witchfire BrewWitchfire Brew
Stibnite Flask
Lasts 5.00 Seconds
Consumes 60 of 60 Charges on use
20% More Evasion Rating
Requires Level 48Creates a Smoke Cloud on Use50% increased Charges used
Grants Level 21 Despair Curse Aura during Flask Effect
"Think of those that cursed us, judged us,
and burned our sisters upon the pyre.
Think of their names as you drink,
and even their children will feel what we do to them today."
-Vadinya, to her coven
Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
Stibnite Flask48Creates a Smoke Cloud on Use50% increased Charges used
Grants Level 21 Despair Curse Aura during Flask Effect
ImpresenceImpresence
Onyx Amulet
Requires Level 64+(10-16) to all Attributes(30-40)% increased Damage over Time
Adds (17-19) to (23-29) Chaos Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
Despair has 100% reduced Mana Reservation if Cast as an Aura
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
Though its body was locked in stone,
its essence wandered the infinite,
learning, and preparing.
Onyx Amulet64+(10-16) to all Attributes(30-40)% increased Damage over Time
Adds (17-19) to (23-29) Chaos Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
Despair has 100% reduced Mana Reservation if Cast as an Aura
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy

Related passive skills

Cluster Jewel passive skills

The following Cluster Jewel passives are related to Despair:

NameStats
Misery Everlasting
CurseEffectNotable passive skill icon.png
25% increased Despair Curse Effect
10% increased Skill Effect Duration [1]

Other sources

Mods

NameGeneration TypeGroupFor 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
V2CurseOnHitDespairCorruptedCurseOnHitDespair30Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with (40-48)% increased Effectgloves 1000
default 0
of the HuntSuffixCurseOnHitLevel75Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 20% increased Effectring_basilisk 200
default 0
of the HuntSuffixCurseOnHitLevel80Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 32% increased Effectring_basilisk 200
default 0
of the HuntSuffixCurseOnHitDespair78Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 40% increased Effectwand_basilisk 500
default 0

Delve Fossil Mods

Note that since version 3.10.0, most fossil-only mods are disabled to spawn, including the mods below:

NameDomainGeneration TypeGroupFor 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
of the UndergroundDelveSuffixCurseOnHitDespair1Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 40% increased Effectabyss_jewel 0
jewel 0
one_hand_weapon 2000
default 0
of the UndergroundDelveSuffixCurseOnHitDespair1Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 40% increased Effectabyss_jewel 0
jewel 0
two_hand_weapon 2000
default 0

Delve Drop-only modifiers

NameGeneration TypeGroupFor 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.Stats
of the UndergroundSuffixCurseOnHitLevel60Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 20% increased Effect

Legacy variants

Despair gem dropped before version 3.1, use the inv art of Vulnerability Vulnerability inventory icon.png. That patch Vulnerability was split into Vulnerability and Despair , while the existing item became Despair gem , but retaining the old art.

Version history

Version Changes
3.6.0
  • Mana Cost at gem level 1 is now 16 (was 24).
  • Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 33 (was 50).
  • Cursed enemies now take 35% increased damage from damage over time effects at gem level 20.
3.1.2
  • Added new helmet enchantments for Bodyswap and Despair. These are available from the Divine Font in the Merciless and Eternal Labyrinths.
3.1.0
  • Existing VulnerabilityVulnerabilitySpell, AoE, Duration, Curse, Physical, Hex
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (16-33) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    Radius: 22
    Requires Level 24Curse all targets in an area, causing them to take increased physical damage. Attacks against the cursed enemies have a chance to inflict bleeding, and ailments inflicted on them will deal damage faster.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentAttacks Hits against Cursed Enemies have 0.5% chance to inflict Bleeding0.5% increased Effect of CurseAttack Hits have 0.5% chance to Maim Cursed Enemies for 4 secondsBase duration is (9-10.9) seconds
    Cursed enemies take (30-39)% increased Physical Damage
    Attacks Hits against Cursed Enemies have 20% chance to inflict Bleeding
    Ailments inflicted on Cursed Enemies deal Damage 20% Faster
    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.
    Vulnerability skill icon.png
    Skill gems are now Despair gems. Despair curses all targets in an area, making them less resistant to chaos damage, and causing them to take increased damage over time. Cursed enemies also take additional chaos damage when hit. There is a new red skill gem called VulnerabilityVulnerabilitySpell, AoE, Duration, Curse, Physical, Hex
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (16-33) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    Radius: 22
    Requires Level 24Curse all targets in an area, causing them to take increased physical damage. Attacks against the cursed enemies have a chance to inflict bleeding, and ailments inflicted on them will deal damage faster.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentAttacks Hits against Cursed Enemies have 0.5% chance to inflict Bleeding0.5% increased Effect of CurseAttack Hits have 0.5% chance to Maim Cursed Enemies for 4 secondsBase duration is (9-10.9) seconds
    Cursed enemies take (30-39)% increased Physical Damage
    Attacks Hits against Cursed Enemies have 20% chance to inflict Bleeding
    Ailments inflicted on Cursed Enemies deal Damage 20% Faster
    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.
    Vulnerability skill icon.png
    .
  • Vulnerability has been split into two skill gems - Vulnerability and Despair.
  • Despair, an Intelligence Skill Gem, curses all targets in an area, making them less resistant to chaos damage and causing them to take increased damage over time. Cursed enemies also take additional chaos damage when hit. Existing Vulnerability skill gems have become Despair.

References

  1. Mark_GGG (April 16, 2014). "Vulnerability Quality". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
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