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Penance BrandSpell, AoE, Physical, Lightning, Duration, Brand
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (15-27) Mana
Cast Time: 0.75 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 40%
Requires Level 28Creates a magical brand which can attach to a nearby enemy. It periodically activates while attached, adding energy to the branded enemy. Each activation, energy spreads from each energised enemy to an enemy in range which is not energised by the brand. If the branded enemy has 20 energy, each activation will instead deal a pulse of area damage. Energy explodes when the energised enemy dies or the brand is removed, dealing damage in an area.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent0.5% increased Area of Effect1% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage1% chance to Shock enemiesCan be Attached for a total Duration of 2.5 seconds
Activates every 0.5 seconds while Attached
Can be Detached for a total Duration of 6 seconds
Deals (18-170) to (27-254) Physical Damage
Explosions deal 100% more Damage with Ailments per Energy after the first
Explosions deal 150% more Damage with Hits per Energy after the first
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
Increases and Reductions to Cast Speed also apply to this Skill's Activation frequency
+1 to Explosion Radius per Energy
Pulse deals 50% more Damage with Hits and Ailments
Up to +(0-9) to Energy spread radius, scaled by distance from Brand
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Penance Brand skill icon.pngPenance Brand 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/SkillGemPenanceBrand


Penance Brand is a spell that creates a brand at the target location. While attached to an enemy, the brand adds "energy" stacks onto the target, which can also spread to a nearby enemy that hasn't been yet energized. When released, the stored energy detonates and deals area of effect damage. When energy stacks reach their cap on the primary target, the brand releases damaging pulses around it instead.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Damage conversion: Penance Brand's base damage type is physical, but it also has innate 50% conversion to lightning, thus by default it deals half of its damage in physical, and half in lightning.
  • Energy: Energy stacks have a cap of 20, and for each stack past the first one, the brand will deal significantly more damage in an increasingly larger area upon release. If an enemy has been energized to the maximum amount of stacks, the brand will instead release damaging pulses in an area around it (at the same frequency). Energy stacks are released in three circumstances:
    • An enemy with any Penance Brand attached to it dies.
    • Any Penance Brand gets removed from an enemy via the usage of Brand RecallBrand RecallBrand, Spell
      Level: (1-6)
      Cost: (7-16) Mana
      Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
      Can Store 1 Use(s)
      Cast Time: Instant
      Requires Level 16Recall your brands to you, detaching them from enemies and increasing attachment range until they next attach to an enemy. Spends a portion of each recalled brand's mana cost to cause it to activate.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2AnomalousBrands gain 1% increased Attachment Range1% increased Cooldown Recovery RateBrands gain (25-45)% increased Attachment Range
      Spends 20% of Brand's Mana Cost
      (0-40)% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate
      Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
      Brand Recall skill icon.png
      , or utilizing a cluster jewel notable "Holy Conquest".
    • The duration of any attached Penance Brand ends.
  • Multiple brands: If multiple Penance Brands are attached to an enemy simultaneously, they will all add energy stacks at a rate equal to their individual activation frequency. Energy stacks are accumulated per enemy and not per brand. In other words; if only one Penance Brand gets removed from an enemy, it will release all the currently stored energy, and the second brand will continue to generate energy stacks back from zero, if it still remains attached to that enemy.
  • Limited duration and damage scaling: Penance Brand has a very low base duration of 2.5 seconds, and by default activates every half a second.
    • Swiftbrand SupportSwiftbrand SupportBrand, Support
      Icon: t
      Level: (1-20)
      Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 110%
      Requires Level 31Supports skills which create brands.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported Skills have 0.25% increased Activation frequencySupported Skills have -1% less Attached Duration
      Supported Skills have 1% less Detached Duration
      Supported Skills have 1% more Activation Frequency if 75% of Attached Duration expired
      Supported Skills have (30-44)% more Activation frequency
      Supported Skills have 65% less Attached Duration
      Supported Skills have 65% less Detached Duration
      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.
      is a good support gem choice for general mapping, where the long delay between casting a skill and actually killing enemies may lead into dangerous situations. However, depending on the build setup, it might not be the optimal choice when fighting tough bosses, for which stacking high amount of energy often outweighs more frequent but smaller explosions. This matters even more when elemental ailments are taken into account.
    • Casting speed of the brand itself, as well as its activation frequency, can be increased by cast speed modifiers. Getting a hefty amount of cast speed is recommended in order to maximize the amount of energy stacks generation before the brand expires. This improves its overall "damage per cast" efficacy.
    • Due to relatively low effectiveness of flat added damage at 40%, Penance Brand's damage is best scaled via modifiers that add damage based on another damage type (non-chaos added as extra chaos, physical added as extra lightning, etc.) and modifiers to skill levels (like Empower SupportEmpower SupportSupport
      Icon: +
      Level: (1-3)
      Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 140%
      Supports any skill gem. Once this gem reaches level 2 or above, will raise the level of supported gems. Cannot support skills that don't come from gems.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2AnomalousThis Gem gains 5% increased Experience3% reduced Strength Requirement+(0-2) to Level of Supported Active Skill GemsThis 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.
      , various weapon prefixes, or corrupted body armour implicits).
    • Physical to Lightning SupportPhysical to Lightning SupportLightning, Physical, Support
      Icon: x
      Level: (1-20)
      Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 130%
      Requires Level 18Supports any skill that hits enemies.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported Skills deal 0.5% increased Physical Damage
      Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Lightning Damage
      Supported Skills have 0.5% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning DamageEnemies Shocked by Supported Skills take 0.5% increased Physical Damage
      Supported Skills have 50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
      Supported Skills gain (10-29)% of Physical Damage as Extra Lightning 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.
      allows easy conversion of the damage type entirely into lightning. Penance Brand is a popular skill choice in multi-conversion builds, utilizing two Call of the BrotherhoodCall of the Brotherhood
      Two-Stone Ring
      Requires Level 20+(12-16)% to Cold and Lightning Resistances+(15-25) to Intelligence
      (15-25)% increased Lightning Damage
      (30-40)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
      40% of Lightning Damage Converted to Cold Damage
      Your spells have 100% chance to Shock against Frozen Enemies
      Forged by three brothers
      so that they may recognize each other
      across any distance of time or travel.
      and either The Eternity ShroudThe Eternity Shroud
      Blood Raiment
      Quality: +20%
      Evasion: (959-1177)
      Energy Shield: (154-189)
      Movement Speed: -3%
      Requires Level 65, 107 Dex, 90 IntTrigger Level 20 Glimpse of Eternity when Hit
      (100-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
      +(70-100) to maximum Life
      +(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
      Gain (3-5)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage per Shaper Item Equipped
      Hits ignore Enemy Monster Chaos Resistance if all Equipped Items are Shaper Items
      There can be no defence against the celestial siblings entropy and time.
      or Incandescent HeartIncandescent Heart
      Saintly Chainmail
      Quality: +20%
      Armour: (1363-1443)
      Energy Shield: (309-327)
      Movement Speed: -5%
      Requires Level 70, 99 Str, 115 Int(220-240)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
      +(80-90) to maximum Life
      (0.8-1)% of Attack Damage Leeched as Life
      Gain (10-20)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage
      25% of Elemental Damage from Hits taken as Chaos Damage
      (20-30)% increased Light Radius
      Light Radius is based on Energy Shield instead of Life
      Only light may banish the shadows from this land
      And the black lies wrapped around your heart
      .

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired StrengthRequired IntelligenceMana
Cost
Physical
Damage
Spread
Radius
Exp.Total Exp.
12829421518 to 27N/A00
23132461522 to 33N/A199345199345
33435501626 to 391285815485160
43737541731 to 461401344886504
54040581837 to 5525543791440883
64242601941 to 6124774371918320
74444631945 to 6835837862502106
84646662051 to 7637103593212465
94848682156 to 84413555114567976
105049712163 to 94411388775706853
115251742269 to 104513682337075086
125453762277 to 115516383388713424
135655792385 to 1286195664810670072
145857822494 to 1416365518414325256
1560598424104 to 1567301732717342583
1662608725115 to 1727775999525102578
1764629025127 to 19081513819340240771
1866649226140 to 21082608382566324596
1968669527154 to 231962620247128944843
2070689827170 to 2549211708088340652931
21727010028187 to 28010N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A28205 to 30810N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A29226 to 33811N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A30248 to 37211N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A30272 to 40812N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A31299 to 44812N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A31327 to 49113N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A32359 to 53913N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A32393 to 59014N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A33431 to 64714N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A33451 to 67715N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A34472 to 70815N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A34494 to 74115N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A34517 to 77515N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A35540 to 81116N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A35565 to 84816N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A35591 to 88716N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A35618 to 92816N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A36647 to 97017N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A36676 to 101417N/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
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 ↓
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

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment Penance Brand:

ItemLimitRadiusStats

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Penance Brand.

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 Penance Brand Cast Speed 166Penance Brand has 8% increased Cast Speedhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Penance Brand Cast Speed 275Penance Brand has 12% increased Cast Speedhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Penance Brand Damage 166Penance Brand deals 25% increased Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Penance Brand Damage 275Penance Brand deals 40% increased Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Penance Brand Radius 166Penance Brand has 16% increased Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Penance Brand Radius 275Penance Brand has 24% increased Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0

Version history

Version Changes
3.11.0
  • Penance Brand has been added to the game.

References

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