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EarthquakeAttack, AoE, Duration, Slam, Melee
Level: (1-20)
Cost: 10 Mana
Attack Speed: 75% of base
Attack Damage: (85-120)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (85-120)%
Radius: 18 / 28
Requires Level 28Smashes the ground, dealing damage in an area and cracking the earth. The crack will erupt in a powerful aftershock after a short duration. Cracks created before the first one has erupted will not generate their own aftershocks. Requires an Axe, Mace, Sceptre, Staff or Unarmed.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal1% increased Damage3% increased Damage
1% increased Skill Effect Duration
Initial Slam has 2% increased Area of EffectIncreases and Reductions to Spell Damage also apply to Attack Damage from this Skill at 2.5% of their value
Deals (85-150)% of Base Attack Damage
Base duration is 1 seconds
Aftershock deals 150% more Damage with Hits and Ailments
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Earthquake skill icon.pngEarthquake inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Area level: 28
Vendor Prices
Normal1x Orb of Chance
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Metadata
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemEarthquake

Earthquake skill screenshot.jpg


For the Vaal-themed counterpart, see Vaal Earthquake.

Earthquake is a melee attack dealing damage in an area and leaving a crack in the ground. After a duration, the crack releases an aftershock, dealing more damage in a larger area. Requires an axe, mace, staff or unarmed.

Skill Functions and Interactions

  • Duration: increases and reductions to duration increase or reduce time between impact and aftershock respectively. The following gems and items reduce skill's duration: Less Duration SupportLess Duration SupportSupport, Duration
    Icon: d
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 120%
    Requires Level 31Supports any skill that has a duration.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported 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.
    , Swift Affliction SupportSwift Affliction SupportSupport, Duration
    Icon: r
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 125%
    Requires Level 31Supports any skill that has a duration, or can hit enemies to inflict ailments on them.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported 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.
    , and Warped TimepieceWarped Timepiece
    Turquoise Amulet
    Requires Level 50+(16-24) to Dexterity and Intelligence(10-15)% increased Attack Speed
    (10-15)% increased Cast Speed
    (10-15)% increased Movement Speed
    (15-10)% reduced Skill Effect Duration
    30% increased total Recovery per second from Life, Mana, or Energy Shield Leech
    As you have lived, so you shall die
    forever trying to keep up with me.
    Your blood on these hands of mine
    forever makes me the public enemy.
    . Be aware that Warped Timepiece will apply globally and reduce duration to buffs and other effects such as Fortify.
  • Dual Wielding: Using Earthquake while dual wielding will alternate between weapons.
  • Aftershock: The aftershock is a specific part of the skill that hits and has a 150% more multiplier to hits and ailments. Ailments such as poison, bleed, and ignite will have more damage if applied by the shockwave. The shockwave will however not scale other DoTs like Decay SupportDecay SupportChaos, Support
    Icon: D
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 130%
    Requires Level 38Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported Skills deal 0.5% increased Chaos DamageSupported Skills have 0.5% increased Skill Effect DurationSupported Skills have 0.5% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos DamageSupported Skills inflict Decay on Hit, dealing (120-843) Chaos Damage per second for 8 secondsThis 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.
    as it is not a ailment.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired StrengthDamage
Effectiveness
Attack
Damage
Exp.Total Exp.
1286785%85%00
2317387%86.8%199345199345
3347989%88.7%285815485160
4378591%90.5%401344886504
5409292%92.4%5543791440883
6429694%94.2%4774371918320
74410096%96.1%5837862502106
84610498%97.9%7103593212465
948109100%99.7%13555114567976
1050113102%101.6%11388775706853
1152117103%103.4%13682337075086
1254121105%105.3%16383388713424
1356125107%107.1%195664810670072
1458130109%108.9%365518414325256
1560134111%110.8%301732717342583
1662138113%112.6%775999525102578
1764142114%114.5%1513819340240771
1866146116%116.3%2608382566324596
1968151118%118.2%62620247128944843
2070155120%120%211708088340652931
2172159122%121.8%N/AN/A
2274N/A124%123.7%N/AN/A
2376N/A126%125.5%N/AN/A
2478N/A127%127.4%N/AN/A
2580N/A129%129.2%N/AN/A
2682N/A131%131.1%N/AN/A
2784N/A133%132.9%N/AN/A
2886N/A135%134.7%N/AN/A
2988N/A137%136.6%N/AN/A
3090N/A138%138.4%N/AN/A
3191N/A139%139.3%N/AN/A
3292N/A140%140.3%N/AN/A
3393N/A141%141.2%N/AN/A
3494N/A142%142.1%N/AN/A
3595N/A143%143%N/AN/A
3696N/A144%143.9%N/AN/A
3797N/A145%144.9%N/AN/A
3898N/A146%145.8%N/AN/A
3999N/A147%146.7%N/AN/A
40100N/A148%146.8%N/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
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
Siosa
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3
Clarissa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Earthquake.

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 Earthquake Damage 16625% increased Earthquake Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Earthquake Damage 27540% increased Earthquake Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Earthquake Damage per 0.1s Duration 166Earthquake deals 5% increased Damage per 0.1 seconds Durationhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Earthquake Damage per 0.1s Duration 275Earthquake deals 8% increased Damage per 0.1 seconds Durationhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Earthquake Area Of Effect 16616% increased Earthquake Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Earthquake Area Of Effect 27524% increased Earthquake Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0

Alternate skill effects

Earthquake has the following alternate skill effects:

ItemEffect(s)
Crystal Earthquake EffectCrystal Earthquake EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Earthquake becomes a crystal effect.Your Earthquake becomes a crystal effect.
Demonic Earthquake EffectDemonic Earthquake EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Earthquake becomes a Demonic Effect.Your Earthquake becomes a Demonic Effect.
Gore Earthquake EffectGore Earthquake EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Earthquake becomes a gory effect.Your Earthquake becomes a gory effect.

Version history

Version Changes
3.15.0
  • Now deals 150% of Base Damage, and has 150% Effectiveness of Added Damage at gem level 20 (previously 120%).
  • Quality on the Phantasmal Earthquake Skill no longer grants “Increases and Reductions to Spell Damage also apply to Attack Damage from this Skill”. It now grants “Increases and Reductions to Spell Damage also apply to Attack Damage from this Skill at 0-50% of their value”.
3.11.0
  • The visual effects have been improved.
  • Aftershocks no longer have added Attack Physical Damage.
  • Aftershocks now deal 150% more Damage with hits and ailments.
  • Can now be used while unarmed.
  • The base radius of the initial hit is now 14 units (from 18).
  • The Labyrinth helmet enchantments Earthquake duration can no longer be obtained, though existing versions are unaffected.
3.7.0
  • Now deals base damage equal to, and has an added damage effectiveness of, 85% at gem level 1 (from 90%), up to 120% at gem level 20 (from 109%).
  • Aftershock now benefits from 30 to 46 added physical damage at gem level one, up to 169 to 254 at gem level 20.
  • Now has an attack speed multiplier of 75%.
  • Radius of the aftershock is now +2 units larger.
  • Now gains 1% increased damage per 1% gem quality (rather than 1% increased physical damage).
3.5.0
  • Earthquake is no longer main hand only.
3.4.0
  • The aftershock now deals 70% (up from 50%) more damage with hits and ailments (as opposed to every form of damage) at all gem levels.
3.3.0
  • The base delay between the initial attack and the aftershock is now 1 second (down from 1.5 seconds).
  • The aftershock now deals more damage as the gem levels, dealing 69% more damage at gem level 20 (up from 50%).
  • (Undocumented) Only uses main hand when dual-wielding
3.1.0
  • Radius has been increased from 25 to 28 for the second stage.
2.6.0
  • Earthquake's initial hit radius has been reduced from 20 to 18 units.
2.4.0
  • Aftershock damage has been reduced to 50% more at all Levels.
  • Mana cost has been increased from 6 to 10.
  • Aftershock area of effect has been reduced by 12%.
2.3.0
  • The Merciless Labyrinth Helmet enchantment for Earthquake duration is now 20% reduced duration.
2.2.0
  • Added to the game.

References

  1. https://www.reddit.com/r/pathofexile/comments/8pi0ru/psa_in_33_earthquake_does_not_alternate_between/
  2. Mark_GGG (June 22, 2016). "Mechanical Questions Thread". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
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