Pestilent Strike

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Pestilent StrikeAttack, Melee, Strike, AoE, Duration, Chaos
Mana Cost: 6
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (125%-160%)
Requires Level 28Attacks with your weapon, inflicting a debuff on enemies hit by the strike. If a debuffed enemy dies while poisoned, Pestilent Strike inflicts a secondary chaos damage over time debuff on enemies around them, based on the poisons on the slain enemy. This damage is not affected by your damage modifiers. Requires a Claw or Dagger.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal+0.5% to Damage over Time Multiplier for Poison1% increased Area of Effect1% increased Skill Effect Duration1% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos DamageDeals (125-160)% of Base Attack Damage
Base duration is 1 seconds
Secondary Debuff deals 50% of the total remaining Expected Poison Damage of all Poisons on the dying Enemy per second as Chaos Damage
Base secondary duration is 1 seconds
60% chance to Poison on Hit
60% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
30% more Poison Duration
(20-113) to (30-169) Added Chaos Damage
+(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.
Pestilent Strike skill icon.pngPestilent Strike inventory icon.png
Level: 28
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Orb of Chance
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemPestilentStrike

Pestilent Strike is a melee strike skill that deals chaos damage and applies poison. If the poisoned enemy dies while poisoned it will inflict other nearby enemies with another chaos damage over time debuff.

Skill functions and interactions

The base debuff radius is 27.[1]

Enemies killed while under the effect of Pestilent Strike’s signature debuff will leave no corpse. This can be useful for bypassing some monsters’ on-death effects.

Multiple debuffs can be on the same monster, but only the highest damage debuff will cause damage at any given time.

The debuff requires an enemy to die with poison on it near the enemy you want the debuff on. For solo enemy fights, Vaal BreachVaal BreachVaal, Spell
Souls Per Use: 100 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cast Time: 2.50 sec
Requires Level 10Creates a breach, making you vulnerable to its powerful inhabitants.Per 1% Quality:1Superior3% increased Cast SpeedMonsters from the Breach do not grant Experience or drop Items
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Breach skill icon.png
can spawn enemies to spread the debuff.

The debuff takes half of the poison damage left on the monster when it died and deals it incrementally over 1 second.

  • Example - A 6 second poison does 3 seconds worth of debuff damage in 1 second. In this example the debuff does 3 times the damage (200% more damage) per second than the poison damage.

Damage Calculations


Pestilent Strikes debuff can scale poison damage in unique ways that would not be beneficial to most other poison attacks. Some examples:

  • Because all sources of poisons transfer on the debuff, spells, minions and even other players with poison, can help scale the damage.
  • Poison duration will increase the damage per second of the debuff. The assassin ascendancy passive Noxious Strike with many poisons landed per second is the largest source of poison duration.

Gem level progression

Exp.Total Exp.
1284229125%125%20 to 30N/A00
2314632127%126.8%23 to 35N/A199,345199,345
3345035129%128.7%27 to 40N/A285,815485,160
4375437131%130.5%31 to 46N/A401,344886,504
5405840132%132.4%35 to 53N/A554,3791,440,883
6426042134%134.2%38 to 58N/A477,4371,918,320
7446344136%136%42 to 63+1583,7862,502,106
8466646138%137.9%45 to 68+1710,3593,212,465
9486848140%139.7%49 to 74+11,355,5114,567,976
10507149142%141.6%53 to 80+11,138,8775,706,853
11527451143%143.4%58 to 86+11,368,2337,075,086
12547653145%145.2%62 to 93+11,638,3388,713,424
13567955147%147.1%67 to 101+11,956,64810,670,072
14588257149%148.9%73 to 109+23,655,18414,325,256
15608459151%150.8%78 to 117+23,017,32717,342,583
16628760153%152.6%84 to 126+27,759,99525,102,578
17649062154%154.4%91 to 136+215,138,19340,240,771
18669264156%156.3%98 to 146+226,083,82566,324,596
19689566158%158.1%105 to 157+262,620,247128,944,843
20709868160%160%113 to 169+2211,708,088340,652,931
217210070162%161.8%121 to 181+3N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A164%163.7%130 to 195+3N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A166%165.5%139 to 209+3N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A167%167.3%149 to 224+3N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A169%169.2%160 to 239+3N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A171%171%171 to 256+3N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A173%172.9%183 to 274+3N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A175%174.7%196 to 293+4N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A177%176.5%209 to 314+4N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A178%178.4%223 to 335+4N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A178%178.4%231 to 346+4N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A180%180.2%239 to 358+4N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A182%182.1%247 to 370+4N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A184%183.9%255 to 382+4N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A186%185.7%263 to 395+5N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A188%187.6%272 to 408+5N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A189%189.4%281 to 421+5N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A191%191.3%290 to 435+5N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A193%193.1%300 to 449+5N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A195%194.9%309 to 464+5N/AN/A

Item acquisition

Upgrade paths

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

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 (Q20)Automatic

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
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment Pestilent Strike:


Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Pestilent Strike.

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 Pestilent Strike Area Of Effect 166Pestilent Strike has 16% increased Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Pestilent Strike Area Of Effect 275Pestilent Strike has 24% increased Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Pestilent Strike Damage 166Pestilent Strike deals 25% increased Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Pestilent Strike Damage 275Pestilent Strike deals 40% increased Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Pestilent Strike Duration 166Pestilent Strike has 25% increased Durationhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Pestilent Strike Duration 275Pestilent Strike has 40% increased Durationhelmet 100
default 0

Version history

Version Changes
  • Now converts 60% of physical damage to chaos damage (from 50%).
  • Now gains additional Melee range as the gem levels, up to +2 at gem level 20.
  • Pestilent Strike has been added to the game.