Headhunter

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Headhunter
Leather Belt
Requires Level 40+(25-40) to maximum Life+(40-55) to Strength
+(40-55) to Dexterity
+(50-60) to maximum Life
(20-30)% increased Damage with Hits against Rare monsters
When you Kill a Rare monster, you gain its Modifiers for 20 seconds
"A man's soul rules from a cavern of bone, learns and
judges through flesh-born windows. The heart is meat.
The head is where the Man is."
- Lavianga, Advisor to Kaom
Headhunter inventory icon.png
Purchase Costs
Unique8x Chaos Orb
Sell Price
10x Alchemy Shard
9x Alteration Shard
Miscellaneous
Item class: Belts

Headhunter is a unique Leather BeltLeather BeltRequires Level 8+(25-40) to maximum Life, released in the Nemesis league. If players can consistently kill rare enemies, the Headhunter is the best-in-slot belt for clearing Maps, Heists, Grand Heists, Blighted maps, Harbinger encounters and Delirium encounters. Other belts might be more suitable for bossing. Due to its powerful effects and low drop rate[1][2], the Headhunter is usually one of the most expensive items in each league, traded amongst players for many dozens of Exalted OrbsExalted OrbStack Size: 10Augments a rare item with a new random modifierRight click this item then left click a rare item to apply it. Rare items can have up to six random modifiers. The item's Catalyst quality increases the chance of applying a modifier which matches the quality type. Removes 20% Quality applied by Catalysts on use.
Shift click to unstack.
. It is also commonly used as a status symbol.

There is no item in the game that provides the same effects, however the Inspired LearningInspired Learning
Crimson Jewel
Radius: Small (800)With 4 Notables Allocated in Radius, When you Kill a Rare monster, you gain 1 of its Modifiers for 20 secondsIf you do not learn from a won battle
then you have already lost the war.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
jewel provides a less powerful version of the Headhunter effect, with its ability to steal one mod from slain enemies as opposed to stealing all mods.

Item acquisition
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Upgrade paths

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

AmountIngredientGeneral
Notes
Type
8The DoctorThe Doctor8Headhunter"They said I needed my head examined,
but I'd rather just take yours."
- Klopek the Cannibal
HeadhunterManual
11The FiendThe Fiend11Headhunter
Corrupted
Your era is now,
your power unwavered,
soon we will see
who the gods truly favoured.
corrupted HeadhunterManual
10The DemonThe Demon10Headhunter
Two-Implicit
Corrupted
A man who hears voices may not necessarily be crazy.
two-implicit corrupted HeadhunterManual
8The ValkyrieThe Valkyrie8Nemesis ItemThe villain strikes,
the world is torn.
A war begins, a hero is born,
The nemesis sets the sky alight.
A hero's sacrifice
sets everything right.
- Drake's Epitaph
random Nemesis Item[confirmation needed because of 3.14 change]Manual
5The UndauntedThe Undaunted5Nemesis Item
Corrupted
"Fate was always my nemesis...
But it didn't stop me then, and it won't stop me now."
- Kjetilbrann, The Undaunted
random corrupted Nemesis Item[confirmation needed because of 3.14 change]Manual
6The WretchedThe Wretched6BeltNecromancers, believe me, are more terrifying than their thralls.random BeltAutomatic
8Arrogance of the VaalArrogance of the Vaal8Item
Two-Implicit
Corrupted
Discovery can lead to beauty, or it can lead to ruin.
random two-implicit corrupted itemAutomatic
4Jack in the BoxJack in the Box4ItemTurn the crank,
close your eyes,
and pray to the gods
for a pleasant surprise.
random itemAutomatic

Sources

The most common methods to farm the Headhunter or Headhunter-related divination cards are:

No. Method To Obtain Tips
1 Running certain maps which have a chance to drop Headhunter-related cards Headhunter-related cards Divination Scarabs improve the drop rate
2 Opening Stacked DecksStacked DeckStack Size: 10A stack of unknown divination cardsRight click to take a divination card out of the deck.
Shift click to unstack.
in any map or area
Headhunter-related cards
3 Running any map with the Nemesis league Zana mod active
(Nemesis may not be required in 3.14)
Headhunter Reliquary Scarabs improve the drop rate
4 Using on average 13,000[3][confirmation needed because of 3.14 change] Orb of ChanceOrb of ChanceStack Size: 20Upgrades a normal item to a random rarityRight click this item then left click a normal item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
and Orb of ScouringOrb of ScouringStack Size: 30Removes all modifiers from an itemRight click this item then left click on a magic or rare item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
on a Leather Belt within a map with the Nemesis league Zana mod active
(Nemesis may not be required in 3.14)
Headhunter
5 Using on average 430[4][confirmation needed because of 3.14 change] Ancient OrbAncient OrbStack Size: 20Reforges a unique item as another of the same item classRight click this item then left click a unique item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
on a Unique Leather Belt within a map with the Nemesis league Zana mod active
(Nemesis may not be required in 3.14)
Headhunter Item level 40 is best

Mechanics

Upon killing a rare monster, the player gains all of its mods for the next 20 seconds. You also gain the mods if a Minion, Trap, Mine or Totem kills a rare monster; this is an exception to the usual definition of "you".

The following mods can not be gained by the player:

  • FracturedFractured
    Nemesis
  • Inner TreasureInner Treasure
    Nemesis
    Monster drops 1 additional Unique Item (Hidden)
  • Soul ConduitSoul Conduit
    Nemesis
    Corpse can not be destroyed (Hidden)
    Can not be dominated (Hidden)

Effects

An example showing the active mods stolen from slain enemies. Displayed mods: Frenzy Charges, Power Charges, Headhunter Buff, "Accuracy and Crits" Aura, Endurance Charges, "Energy Shield" Aura, "Medium Physical Damage" Aura, Tailwind, Inspiration Charges

Common mods that players can gain from killing rare enemies are listed in the table below. It is possible to gain all of these mods at once, if players can consistently kill rare enemies, therefore, it is possible to activate extreme defensiveness and huge damage boosts. Players will commonly gain mods that grant them a proximity shield, mods that multiply player's energy shield upto 10 times, and mods that grant improve damage and critical strike chance.

While the Headhunter has stolen mods from a slain enemy, it will display the activated mods next to the player's auras. The monster modifiers that Headhunter has stolen sometimes use alternate names, eg "Life Regen Aura" for the VitalityVitalityAura, Spell, AoE
Radius: 36
Mana Reserved: (28-233)
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.20 sec
Requires Level 10Casts an aura that grants life regeneration to you and your allies.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent2% increased Area of EffectYou and nearby Allies Leech 0.02% of Physical Attack Damage as LifeYou and nearby Allies deal 0.2% increased Damage while on Full LifeYou and nearby Allies Regenerate (15-247) Life per second
+(0-19) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vitality skill icon.png
aura, and so on. The table below uses the name displayed on the buff bar.

Note: It is not possible to gain any "negative" mods from enemies such as curses or hexes. Mods gained will always have a positive effect either to improve the player's defense or offensive capability.

Icon Mod Name Effects
Headhunter buff active icon.png Headhunter Buff Active
  • Always displays while the Headhunter is granting the player extra mods.
  • A countdown timer indicates the duration remaining for the extra mods.
Icon Mod Name Effects Image
Inspiration Charges status icon.png Max Inspiration Charges
  • Skills deal (5-7)% more Elemental Damage per Inspiration Charge
  • Skills have (6-8)% increased Critical Strike Chance per Inspiration Charge
  • Players can only stack upto a maximum of 5 Inspiration Charges, there is no known way to increase this limit
Headhunter inspiration charges.png
Power Charge status icon.png Max Power Charges
  • By default players can stack upto 3 Power Charges, skill tree passive nodes need to be activated to unlock more
Endurance Charge status icon.png Max Endurance Charges
  • By default players can stack upto 3 Endurance Charges, skill tree passive nodes need to be activated to unlock more
Frenzy Charge status icon.png Max Frenzy Charges
  • By default players can stack upto 3 Frenzy Charges, skill tree passive nodes need to be activated to unlock more
Tailwind status icon.png Tailwind
  • Grants 10% increased movement and action speed.
Soul Eater status icon.png Soul Eater
  • 5% increased attack speed per Soul Eater stack
  • 5% increased cast speed per Soul Eater stack
  • 1% increased character size per Soul Eater stack
  • Players gain 1 Soul Eater stack per slain enemy while the buff is active
  • Players can gain upto a maximum of 50 Soul Eater stacks, increasing the player size substantially
Headhunter soul eater.png
Proximity Shield status icon.png Proximity Shield
  • Players cannot be hit by direct damage from enemies outside the shield.
Headhunter proximity shield.png
Discipline skill icon.png Energy Shield Aura
  • Grants additional energy shield and increased energy shield recharge.
Headhunter energy shield.png
Purity of Elements skill icon.png Resists Aura
  • Grants additional elemental resistances.
Haste skill icon.png Speed Aura
  • Increases movement speed, attack speed and cast speed.
Vitality skill icon.png Life Regen Aura
  • Causes nearby enemies to take more physical damage.
Pride skill icon.png Medium Physical Damage Aura
  • Causes nearby enemies to take more physical damage.
  • Increases the character size
Pride skill icon.png Large Physical Damage Aura
  • Causes nearby enemies to take substantially more physical damage.
  • Substantially increases the character size
Precision skill icon.png Accuracy and Crits Aura
  • Grants accuracy and critical strike chance.
Headhunter faster run icon.png Faster Run
  • Grants faster run speed and action speed.
Headhunter status icon.png Grasping Vines
  • Grasping Vines slow your enemies when you take a hit.
Headhunter grasping vines.png
Headhunter status icon.png Lightning Retaliation
  • Lightning bolts strike at nearby enemies when you take damage.
Headhunter lightning retaliation.png
Headhunter status icon.png Physical Projectile Retaliation
  • Physical projectiles strike at nearby enemies when you take damage.
Headhunter physical projectile retaliation.png
Headhunter status icon.png Lightning Clone Retaliation
  • A lightning clone of the player detonates itself into enemies when you take damage.
Headhunter lightning clone retaliation.png
Headhunter elemental thorns icon.png Elemental Thorns
  • Fires a projectile which deals damage of each element when you take elemental damage.
Headhunter elemental thorns.png
Headhunter physical thorns icon.png Physical Thorns
  • Fires a projectile which deals Physical Damage when you take elemental damage.
Headhunter physical thorns.png
Headhunter status icon.png Fire Projectile
  • Fires a projectile which deals Fire Damage when you take elemental damage.
Headhunter fire projectile.png
Headhunter status icon.png Fire Totem
  • Fire totems automatically appear around the player which deal Fire Damage to enemies that hit the barriers.
Headhunter fire totem.png
Headhunter status icon.png Summon Skeletons
  • Skeletons automatically appear around the player which attack nearby enemies.
Headhunter summon skeletons.png

Corrupting

Warning: Before corrupting your Headhunter, remember to add Fertile CatalystFertile CatalystStack Size: 10Adds quality that enhances Life and Mana modifiers on a ring, amulet or belt
Replaces other quality types
Right click this item then left click a ring, amulet or belt to apply it. Has greater effect on lower-rarity jewellery. The maximum quality is 20%.
Shift click to unstack.
s or Intrinsic CatalystIntrinsic CatalystStack Size: 10Adds quality that enhances Attribute modifiers on a ring, amulet or belt
Replaces other quality types
Right click this item then left click a ring, amulet or belt to apply it. Has greater effect on lower-rarity jewellery. The maximum quality is 20%.
Shift click to unstack.
s on it first, and to reroll its stats using Divine OrbDivine OrbStack Size: 10Randomises the numeric values of the random modifiers on an itemRight click this item then left click a magic, rare or unique item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
and Blessed OrbBlessed OrbStack Size: 20Randomises the numeric values of the implicit modifiers of an itemRight click this item then left click another item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
, as its stats cannot be modified after it is corrupted.

Extremely wealthy players may risk their Headhunter and corrupt it using Vaal OrbsVaal OrbStack Size: 10Corrupts an item, modifying it unpredictablyRight click this item then left click an item to corrupt it. Corrupted items cannot be modified again.
Shift click to unstack.
. It is possible to:

  • Brick it by turning it into a Rare Belt
  • Add an implicit
  • No effect other than adding the corrupted property
  • Other effects like transforming into another item

Implicits

The purpose of corrupting a Headhunter is to obtain rare Vaal Implicits. The full list of obtainable implicits for Headhunter are:

  • (8–10)% increased Area of Effect
  • +(20–25)% to Critical Strike Multiplier during any Flask Effect
  • (8–12)% increased Attack Speed during any Flask Effect
  • (8–12)% increased Cast Speed during any Flask Effect
  • (35–40)% increased Critical Strike Chance during any Flask Effect
  • (12–15)% increased Skill Effect Duration
  • (8–10)% increased maximum Energy Shield
  • (6–8)% increased maximum Life
  • (8–12)% increased Movement Speed during any Flask Effect
  • (20–30)% increased Rarity of Items found
  • (3–5)% increased Quantity of Items found
  • Wrath has (15–20)% increased Aura Effect
  • Anger has (15–20)% increased Aura Effect
  • Hatred has (15–20)% increased Aura Effect
  • Determination has (15–20)% increased Aura Effect
  • Discipline has (15–20)% increased Aura Effect
  • Grace has (15–20)% increased Aura Effect
  • (4–6)% increased Intelligence
  • (4–6)% increased Dexterity
  • (4–6)% increased Strength
  • +(14–16)% to all Elemental Resistances

Alternate artwork

Headhunter race season 7 inventory icon.png Race season 7 prize for reaching 1000 RP.
Headhunter Relic inventory icon.png Relic version from the Timeworn Reliquary

Version history

Version Changes
3.14.0
  • Many unique items that were league-specific have now also been added to the core drop pool.
  • (In content reveal video) No longer a Nemesis league-specific item. Now added to the core loot drop table.[5]
3.7.0
  • Decreased the droprate of Headhunter
2.3.1
  • Fixed a bug where Inspired LearningInspired Learning
    Crimson Jewel
    Radius: Small (800)With 4 Notables Allocated in Radius, When you Kill a Rare monster, you gain 1 of its Modifiers for 20 secondsIf you do not learn from a won battle
    then you have already lost the war.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
    and HeadhunterHeadhunter
    Leather Belt
    Requires Level 40+(25-40) to maximum Life+(40-55) to Strength
    +(40-55) to Dexterity
    +(50-60) to maximum Life
    (20-30)% increased Damage with Hits against Rare monsters
    When you Kill a Rare monster, you gain its Modifiers for 20 seconds
    "A man's soul rules from a cavern of bone, learns and
    judges through flesh-born windows. The heart is meat.
    The head is where the Man is."
    - Lavianga, Advisor to Kaom
    did not correctly steal mods from Volatile Blood monsters.
1.1.5
  • Fixed a rare crash with the Headhunter unique.
1.0.4
  • Fixed an interaction between the Headhunter unique item and the Proximity Shield Nemesis mod, where the Proximity Shield did not expire.
1.0.2b
  • Fixed an instance crash related to Headhunter interacting with some Nemesis mods.
1.0.0
  • Introduced to the game.

See also

  • Replica HeadhunterReplica Headhunter
    Leather Belt
    Requires Level 40+(25-40) to maximum Life+(40-55) to Strength
    +(40-55) to Dexterity
    +(50-60) to maximum Life
    (20-30)% increased Damage with Hits against Magic monsters
    20% chance when you Kill a Magic Monster to gain
    its Non-Bloodline Modifiers for 20 seconds
    "A type Delta test subject escaped with Prototype #18. He was last seen
    ten times the height of a man and crashing straight through walls."

References

  1. Ordicomputers (18 Jan 2017). "1000+ headhunter tries". Path of Exile Subreddit. Retrieved 30 Jan 2021.
  2. Exiled_Angel (13 Sep 2017). "Loot from 6553 Ancient Orbs on Unique Belts". Path of Exile Subreddit. Retrieved 30 Jan 2021.
  3. 1000+ headhunter tries, Reddit, "It was a reported sample size of 5 [Headhunters] and 11-14.5k [Orb of Chance] per belt."
  4. Loot from 6553 Ancient Orbs on Unique Belts, Reddit, "6553 Ancient Orbs = 15 Headhunters. So it averages out to one in 437 Ancients over 15 headhunters."
  5. Path of Exile on Youtube (April 9, 2021). "Path of Exile: Ultimatum Content Reveal". YouTube. Retrieved April 9, 2021.