Necromantic Aegis

Necromantic Aegis
All bonuses from an Equipped Shield apply to your Minions instead of you [1]
I give you everything, my pets. My trust, my strength, my safety. Do not disappoint me.

Necromantic Aegis is a keystone passive skill that removes all bonuses provided by modifiers on equipped shields from the character and imparts those bonuses onto minions instead.


The character will no longer benefit from any modifiers on equipped shields including implicit modifiers such as armour rating and chance to block. However, the player character still affected by the movement speed penalty of the shield.

Passive skills that increase shield stats—for example, Shield Block and Shield Block and Defences (the #% increased Defences from Equipped Shield part) — will have no effect. Passive skills that provide a bonus while holding a shield, such as the elemental resistances granted by Sanctuary, will still benefit the character.[1]

Increased Rarity of Items found and Increased Quantity of Items found modifiers can only benefit the character. These bonuses will be rendered useless when transferred to minions.[2]

Bonuses not from modifiers on the equipped shield are not removed from the character and transferred to minions. Skill gems socketed in equipped shields will still be usable. The buff from Tempest Shield inventory icon.png Tempest ShieldTempest ShieldSpell, Lightning, Chaining, Duration
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (7-16) Mana
Cast Time: 0.25 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 60%
Requires Level 16Enchants your shield with the power of storms, which lashes out to deal arcing lightning damage to attackers when you block them. Blocking refreshes the duration of Tempest Shield.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent1% increased Lightning DamageChains +0.1 Times+0.05% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
+0.05% Chance to Block Spell Damage while holding a Shield
Deals (24-284) to (36-426) Lightning Damage
+3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield
Chains +1 Times
Base duration is 12 seconds
+3% Chance to Block Spell Damage while holding a Shield
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.

Tempest Shield skill icon.png
Tempest Shield inventory icon.png
will still benefit the character.


Necromantic Aegis is located in the centre of the tree, to the right of the Scion's starting area. The keystone shared the same small passive node that connects to Decay Ward cluster.

Class Distance from start
Scion 7
Shadow 11
Witch 11
Ranger 13
Templar 15
Duelist 17
Marauder 19

Version history

Version Changes
  • Fixed a bug where shield modifiers were still applying to you while you had the Necromantic Aegis keystone passive allocated.
  • Decay Ward and the preceeding small passives have been moved from behind Necromantic Aegis to across from it.
  • Fixed a bug where Necromantic Aegis did not correctly give base block chance to minions.
  • Fixed Necromantic Aegis applying to totems.
  • Fixed a server crash that could occur related to minions receiving chance-to-block from the Necromantic Aegis keystone passive skill.
  • Fixed a bug where Necromantic Aegis was not working properly in 0.9.7a.
  • Introduced to the game.


  1. Mark_GGG (January 29, 2013). "Shield Passives and NA interaction". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  2. Mark_GGG (December 29, 2013). "Wheel of the Stormsail + necromantic aegis". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
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