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Elemental Equilibrium
Keystone
KeystoneElementalEquilibrium passive skill icon.png
Enemies you hit with Elemental Damage temporarily get +25% Resistance to those Elements and -50% Resistance to other Elements [1]
Balance is good in all things, but especially in the realm of magic.

Elemental Equilibrium (often referred to as EE) is a keystone passive skill which changes the resistance of any monster you hit with elemental damage (fire damage, lightning damage and cold damage), increasing resistance to the element you hit with by 25% but reducing other elemental resistances by 50%. Multiple EE strikes will overwrite each other. The effect lasts 5 seconds or until being overwritten.

Mechanics

Only a hit that deals damage will apply these resistance modifiers. Blocked hits or hits with no damage (e.g. while having Ancestral Bond) will not trigger Elemental Equilibrium.

If you hit an enemy with two different elements at the same time it will give -50% Resistance to third element and +25% to both elements used. A hit carrying all three elements types will give +25% to all elemental Resistances.[1]

Trap, Mine, and Totem skills trigger EE as they use your skills with your offensive stats, which includes keystones and passives. Minions do not trigger EE as they do not use your skills or stats, and are only affected by keystones and passives that explicitly mention minions.[2]

Multiple attacks that hit simultaneously are still processed independently, so the first hit that is processed will trigger EE that affects the other hits.[3]

Players can temporarily gain elemental equilibrium from map modifiers. See List of map mods for more info.

Example uses

As long as you are careful to not use the same element twice in a row, EE can greatly boost damage. Try to use a combination of skills that alternate between two elements, or cycles through all three:

  • FireballFireballProjectile, Spell, AoE, Fire
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (6-25) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.75 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 240%
    Projectile Speed: 1040
    Radius: 9
    Unleashes a ball of fire towards a target which explodes, damaging nearby foes.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal1% increased Projectile Speed2% reduced Projectile Speed
    3% increased Area of Effect
    3% increased Effect of non-Damaging Ailments on Enemies
    -2% more Damage with Ignite
    0.25% chance to Debilitate Enemies for 1 second on Hit
    Deals (9-1095) to (14-1643) Fire Damage
    (20-39)% chance to Ignite enemies
    Projectiles gain Radius as they travel farther, up to +(0-9) Radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Fireball skill icon.png
    + Freezing PulseFreezing PulseSpell, Projectile, Cold
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (5-21) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.65 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 200%
    Projectile Speed: 1800
    An icy projectile which has a chance to freeze enemies it passes through. The projectile fades quickly, reducing damage and freezing chance until it dissipates.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent2% increased Projectile SpeedProjectiles gain Damage over time, dealing up to 3% more Damage by the time they dissipate
    Deals 99% of Damage
    Cannot Pierce Enemies
    Deals (8-888) to (12-1332) Cold Damage
    Projectiles Pierce all Targets
    Projectiles lose Damage over time, dealing up to 50% less Damage by the time they dissipate
    Projectiles have 25% chance to Freeze, which is lost over the first quarter of their flight
    (0-19)% increased Projectile Speed
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Freezing Pulse skill icon.png
    is a basic example.
  • Use an area attack combined with indirect damage sources, such as Searing BondSearing BondSpell, Totem, Fire
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (18-51) Mana
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Requires Level 12Summons a totem that casts a beam of fire at you and each other totem you control, dealing burning damage to enemies caught in the beam. Enemies near either end of a beam also suffer burning damage.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal1% increased totem life2% increased Totem Duration1% increased Damage+0.1 to maximum number of Summoned TotemsTotem lasts 8 seconds
    Deals (29.4-2459.5) Base Fire Damage per second
    +1 to maximum number of Summoned Totems
    Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Searing Bond skill icon.png
    or minions with elemental damage.
  • Elemental HitElemental HitAttack, Projectile, Melee, Strike, Fire, Cold, Lightning, AoE, Prismatic, Bow
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (7-11) Mana
    Radius: 10
    Requires Level 12Each attack with this skill will choose an element at random, and will only be able to deal damage of that element. If the attack hits an enemy, it will also deal damage in an area around them, with the radius being larger if that enemy is suffering from an ailment of the chosen element. It will avoid choosing the same element twice in a row.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent1% increased Elemental Damage0.5% increased Area of Effect1% increased Effect of non-Damaging Ailments on Enemies(22-480) to (40-891) Added Fire Damage
    (18-392) to (33-729) Added Cold Damage
    (4-77) to (67-1465) Added Lightning Damage
    (30-49)% chance to Freeze, Shock and Ignite
    10% more Damage per Elemental Ailment on the Enemy
    80% more Area Radius against Enemies affected by an Ailment of the chosen Element
    Only Deals Damage of the chosen Element
    Deals no Damage of other Damage Types
    +(0-2) to Melee Strike Range
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Elemental Hit skill icon.png
    and Wild Strike alternate elements with each attack, increasing the overall damage in most cases.

Elemental Equilibrium visual effect on a Siren.

Location

Elemental Equilibrium is located in the centre of the tree, just above the Scion's starting area.

Class Distance from start
Scion 8
Templar 10
Witch 10
Shadow 14
Marauder 14
Duelist 18
Ranger 18

Related items

Base items

The following base items are related to Elemental Equilibrium:

ItemLvl.Stats
Stabilising SceptreStabilising SceptreSceptre
Physical Damage: 35-52
Critical Strike Chance: 6.30%
Attacks per Second: 1.45
Weapon Range: 11
Requires Level 50, 71 Str, 102 IntElemental Equilibrium
50Elemental Equilibrium

Unique items

The following unique items are related to Elemental Equilibrium:

ItemBase ItemLvl.Stats
Skin of the LordsSkin of the Lords
Simple Robe
Quality: +20%
Movement Speed: -3%
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Sockets cannot be modified
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
100% increased Global Defences
You can only Socket Corrupted Gems in this item
Item has 6 Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
<Random Keystone>
Corrupted
The Lords are chosen so carefully.
Only they may grace His flesh.
Simple Robe1Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Sockets cannot be modified
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
100% increased Global Defences
You can only Socket Corrupted Gems in this item
Item has 6 Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
<Random Keystone>
Acrobatics
Ancestral Bond
Arrow Dancing
Avatar of Fire
Blood Magic
Call to Arms
Conduit
Corrupted Soul
Crimson Dance
Doomsday
Eldritch Battery
Elemental Equilibrium
Elemental Equilibrium
Elemental Overload
Elemental Overload
Eternal Youth
Ghost Reaver
Glancing Blows
Hollow Palm Technique
Iron Grip
Iron Reflexes
Mind Over Matter
Minion Instability
Mortal Conviction
Pain Attunement
Perfect Agony
Phase Acrobatics
Point Blank
Resolute Technique
Runebinder
Imbalanced Guard
Supreme Ego
The Agnostic
The Impaler
Unwavering Stance
Vaal Pact
Wicked Ward
Wind Dancer
Zealot's Oath

Corrupted
Malachai's ArtificeMalachai's Artifice
Unset Ring
Requires Level 5Has 1 SocketSocketed Gems have Elemental Equilibrium
-20% to all Elemental Resistances
+(75-100)% to Fire Resistance when Socketed with a Red Gem
+(75-100)% to Cold Resistance when Socketed with a Green Gem
+(75-100)% to Lightning Resistance when Socketed with a Blue Gem
All Sockets are White
When the wind blows,
Know which way to bend
and watch the others break.
Unset Ring5Has 1 SocketSocketed Gems have Elemental Equilibrium
-20% to all Elemental Resistances
+(75-100)% to Fire Resistance when Socketed with a Red Gem
+(75-100)% to Cold Resistance when Socketed with a Green Gem
+(75-100)% to Lightning Resistance when Socketed with a Blue Gem
All Sockets are White

Version history

Version Changes
1.3.1
  • Added a visual effect to players or monsters that are under the effect of Elemental Equilibrium.
1.3.0d
  • An informational icon has been added to indicate whether you are under the effect of Elemental Equilibrium
0.10.0
  • Now grants a flat amount (+25%) of resistance to each element you hit with and a resistance penalty (-50%) to each element not present in the hit.
0.9.9
  • Now provides -25% resistance (was -20%) to the element not used and 25% resistance (was 30%) to the element used.
0.9.6
  • Added new keystone passive - Elemental Equilibrium: When you hit enemies with an element, they get +30% resistance to that element and -20% resistance to other elements.

References

  1. Chris (January 23, 2013 2:31 AM). "0.10.0 Patch Notes". Official Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  2. Mark_GGG (July 16, 2012 3:30 AM). "Elemental Equilibrium". Official Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved April 2, 2013‎.
  3. Mark_GGG (July 10, 2014 5:45 PM). "Mechanics Question: Elemental Equilibrium and Remote Mines". Official Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
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