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Vaal FireballVaal, Projectile, Spell, AoE, Fire
Level: (1-20)
Souls Per Use: 30
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cast Time: 0.75 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 240%
Launches a series of fireballs in a spiral around the caster.Per 1% Quality:1Superior1% increased Projectile SpeedDeals (9-1095) to (14-1643) Fire Damage
Fires 32 Projectiles in a spiral
(20-39)% chance to Ignite enemies
(50-88)% more Damage with Ignite
Projectiles gain Radius as they travel farther, up to +(0-9) Radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Fireball skill icon.pngVaal Fireball inventory icon.png
Area level: 1
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemVaalFireball

Vaal Fireball skill screenshot.jpg

For the non-Vaal counterpart, see Fireball.

Vaal Fireball is a Vaal spell that launches fireballs in all directions around the character. The fireballs will launch rapidly one at a time rotating clockwise around the player, continuing until all 32 fireballs have been launched.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Area of Effect: The radius of the explosion caused by collision (with either an enemy or a terrain obstruction) is affected by all AoE increases. Full spell damage is done to any enemy in range of the explosion.
  • Piercing: A fireball that pierces an enemy and hits another enemy will only cause the AoE damage effect on the last enemy struck. Any enemies hit by a projectile which successfully pierces or chains will take full spell damage but the projectile won't explode.
  • Fork: Fork creates new projectiles on impact, and fireball explodes on impact, regardless of whether it is a first-generation projectile or a forked, second-generation projectile. Thus, the initial fireball projectile causes an explosion on impact, this impact spawns forked projectiles; the forked projectiles will also explode when making impact with a valid target.
  • Fury ValveFury Valve
    Turquoise Amulet
    Requires Level 40+(16-24) to Dexterity and Intelligence(15-25)% increased Evasion Rating
    +(15-20)% to all Elemental Resistances
    Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles
    (20-30)% increased Projectile Speed
    Modifiers to number of Projectiles instead apply
    to the number of targets Projectiles Split towards
    A single act of anger travels countless paths of destruction.
    : Changes Vaal Fireball to launch 1 fireball that will split into 32 auto targeting fireballs if you manage to hit the initial target.
  • Positioning: Phasing allows characters to move through monsters. Standing in the exact center of a very large monster while casting vaal fireball will cause most or all fireballs to hit 1 single target. Small rooms will also cause most or all hits against walls to overlap area of effect damage onto 1 target.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired IntelligenceFire
RadiusExp.Total Exp.
1109 to 1420%50%N/A00
22010 to 1621%52%N/A7070
341613 to 2022%54%+1308378
472218 to 2723%56%+115541932
5113126 to 4024%58%+266678599
6164140 to 6025%60%+22604734646
7205054 to 8126%62%+34972584371
8245872 to 10927%64%+395714180085
9286795 to 14328%66%+4169595349680
103275124 to 18629%68%+4283759633439
113683159 to 23930%70%+54539961087435
124092204 to 30531%72%+57031281790563
1344100258 to 38832%74%+610612232851786
1448109326 to 49033%76%+620658704917656
1552117410 to 61534%78%+725071107424766
1656125513 to 77035%80%+7579893613223702
1760134640 to 96036%82%+81508391928307621
1864142795 to 119337%84%+82779273556100356
1967148934 to 140138%86%+94386973999970095
20701551095 to 164339%88%+9242081556342051651
21721591217 to 182640%90%+10N/AN/A
2274N/A1352 to 202841%92%+10N/AN/A
2376N/A1501 to 225142%94%+10N/AN/A
2478N/A1665 to 249743%96%+10N/AN/A
2580N/A1846 to 276944%98%+10N/AN/A
2682N/A2046 to 306945%100%+11N/AN/A
2784N/A2266 to 339946%102%+11N/AN/A
2886N/A2509 to 376347%104%+11N/AN/A
2988N/A2777 to 416548%106%+11N/AN/A
3090N/A3072 to 460849%108%+11N/AN/A
3191N/A3231 to 484649%109%+12N/AN/A
3292N/A3397 to 509550%110%+12N/AN/A
3393N/A3572 to 535850%111%+12N/AN/A
3494N/A3755 to 563351%112%+12N/AN/A
3595N/A3947 to 592151%113%+12N/AN/A
3696N/A4149 to 622452%114%+13N/AN/A
3797N/A4361 to 654252%115%+13N/AN/A
3898N/A4583 to 687553%116%+13N/AN/A
3999N/A4816 to 722453%117%+13N/AN/A
40100N/A5061 to 759154%118%+13N/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

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment Vaal Fireball:

Rolling FlamesRolling Flames
Cobalt Jewel
Limited to: 1
Radius: Medium
(10-15)% increased Fire Damage
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Fireball cannot ignite
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Fireball has +(30-50)% chance to inflict scorch
From north to south the sea of fire swept,
Rolling waves of gorging flame,
Growing taller and hungrier,
With every land they consumed.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
1Medium(10-15)% increased Fire Damage
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Fireball cannot ignite
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Fireball has +(30-50)% chance to inflict scorch

Video demonstration

Alternate skill effects

Vaal Fireball has the following alternate skill effects: Template:Query base items

Version history

Version Changes
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 4 seconds (previously 5).
  • Now has an added Damage effectiveness of 240% (from 180%).
  • No longer gains additional explosion radius as the gem levels up.
  • Now gains additional explosion radius based on the distance the projectile has travelled as the gem levels up, up to +9 at gem level 20.
  • Now gains 1% increased Projectile Speed per 1% gem quality (previously 0.5% chance to ignite per 1% gem quality).
  • Adjusted to match the damage and added damage effectiveness of Fireball.
  • Now deals 7-10 fire damage at gem level 1 (down from 8-11), up to 890-1335 fire damage at gem level 20 (up from 560-841).
  • Now has 20% chance to ignite enemies at gem level 1, up to 39% at gem level 20.
  • Now gains up to +4 to the explosion's radius at gem level 20.
  • Now deals 50% more damage with Ignite at gem level 1, up to 88% more at gem level 20.
  • Now gains 1% chance to ignite enemies per 2% gem quality (down from 2% chance to ignite per 1% gem quality).
  • Now has an added damage effectiveness of 160% (up from 125%).
  • Now requires 30 souls per use (down from 32).
  • Now prevents you from gaining Vaal souls for 5 seconds after use.
  • Now has 50% increased Area of Effect at all Levels. Damage adjusted to compensate for damage adjustements to Fireball.
  • If you use a skill that causes a projectile spiral (like Vaal Fireball) from inside an enemy, then only the first projectile can collide with the enemy now.
  • 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.