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Vaal Detonate DeadVaal, Spell, AoE, Fire
Level: (1-20)
Souls Per Use: 30
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 200%
Targets a corpse, and deals spell damage to enemies around the corpse, as well as causing the corpse to explode, dealing fire damage. The explosion is not affected by modifiers to spell damage and cannot be reflected. This will continue to target other corpses in the area, with an increasing delay between each one, until it runs out of corpses or has destroyed 22 corpses.Per 1% Quality:1Superior1% increased Area DamageExplosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 9% of the corpse's Maximum Life
Deals (23-1395) to (33-2092) Fire Damage
+(0-4) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Detonate Dead skill icon.pngVaal Detonate Dead inventory icon.png
Area level: 4
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemVaalDetonateDead

Vaal Detonate Dead skill screenshot.jpg

For the non-Vaal counterpart, see Detonate Dead.

Vaal Detonate Dead is a Vaal spell that explodes a corpse and all other nearby corpses in a chain reaction, dealing fire secondary damage.

Skill functions and interactions

Ascendancy interaction: This skill counts as consuming a corpse for the purpose of the Necromancer's Corpse Pact, Essence Glutton, and Plaguebringer ascendancy skills.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired DexterityRequired IntelligenceFire
RadiusExp.Total Exp.
140023 to 33N/A00
260032 to 49N/A841841
3917048 to 64N/A30993940
412211455 to 82N/A743311373
516261874 to 111+12289534268
620312298 to 147+14972583993
7243725127 to 190+195714179707
8284229162 to 243+1169595349302
9324733205 to 308+1283759633061
10365236257 to 385+24539961087057
11405840319 to 479+27031281790185
12446344394 to 591+210612232851408
13486848484 to 726+220658704917278
14527451592 to 888+225071107424388
15557854686 to 1029+325737319998119
16588257793 to 1190+3761135117609470
17618660916 to 1374+31343790831047378
186490621056 to 1583+32505214756099525
196794651214 to 1822+34386943699968961
207098681395 to 2092+4242081178342050139
2172100701529 to 2293+4N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A1675 to 2512+4N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A1833 to 2750+4N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A2006 to 3008+4N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A2193 to 3290+5N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A2397 to 3595+5N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A2619 to 3928+5N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A2859 to 4289+5N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A3121 to 4681+5N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A3405 to 5108+6N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A3556 to 5334+6N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A3713 to 5570+6N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A3877 to 5816+6N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A4048 to 6072+6N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A4226 to 6339+6N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A4412 to 6617+6N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A4605 to 6907+6N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A4806 to 7209+6N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A5015 to 7523+6N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A5234 to 7850+7N/AN/A

Item acquisition

Upgrade paths

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

9Volatile PowerVolatile Power9Superior Vaal Gem
Quality: +20%
Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.
random corrupted superior Vaal gem with 20% 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
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

Video demonstration

Version history

Version Changes
  • Now deals 23 to 33 Fire damage at gem level 1 (from 15 to 21), up to 1395 to 2092 fire damage at gem level 20 (from 1235 to 1852).
  • Now has an added damage effectiveness of 200% (from 150%).
  • Vaal Detonate Dead can now be used by Totems, Traps and Mines.
  • Would previously chain to other nearby corpses until there were no other nearby corpses left.
  • Now places a marker then detonates the nearest corpse, then after a short delay finds and detonates the next closest corpse in a large radius. It repeats this until there are no corpses in the large radius of the marker, or until it has detonated 22 corpses, with the delay growing slightly every time it repeats.
  • Now deals 15 to 21 fire damage at gem level 1 (up from 3-5), up to 1235-1852 at gem level 20 (up from 251-376), in addition to fire damage equal to 9% of the detonated corpse's maximum life (up from 8%).
  • Now gains 1% increased area damage per 1% gem quality (previously gained 1% increased cast speed per 1% gem quality).
  • Now prevents you from gaining Vaal souls for 8 seconds after use.
  • Now has an added damage effectiveness of 150% (up from 100%).
  • Vaal Skill soul counts were initially balanced for Merciless difficulty, where there are more monsters. We want them to be easier to use in Normal and Cruel difficulty. We have halved the number of souls required for each skill. In Cruel difficulty, skills require 50% more souls to uses. In Merciless difficulty, they require 100% more (which is the same as before the patch).
  • Introduced to the game.