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War BannerAoE, Spell, Duration, Aura, Physical
Level: (1-20)
Reservation: 10% Mana
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cast Time: Instant
Casting once reserves mana to carry a banner which increases the accuracy of nearby allies, and physical damage taken by nearby enemies. Gain stages by killing enemies while carrying the banner. Casting the skill again places the banner, ending the mana reservation. Once placed, it becomes more powerful for each stage gained. You cannot have multiple banners at the same time.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent0.5% increased effect of AuraYou and nearby allies gain 0.5% increased Accuracy Rating
3% less Skill Effect Duration
1% increased Skill Effect Duration
Base Duration of 10 seconds after being Placed
You and nearby allies gain (15-21)% increased Accuracy Rating
Nearby Enemies take (8-11)% increased Physical Damage
When placed, 8% increased Area of Effect per Stage
When placed, 1% increased Aura effect per Stage
+1 second to Base Placed Banner Duration per Stage
Gain Adrenaline for 0.05 seconds per Stage on Placing the Banner
Gain 1 Stage when you Kill an Enemy while carrying the Banner
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
War Banner skill iconWar Banner inventory icon
Area level: 5
Vendor Prices
Normal1x Scroll of Wisdom
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemWarBanner

War Banner is a banner aura skill. While the banner is active, it grants the user and nearby allies increased accuracy and causes nearby enemies to take increased physical damage. When placed, the Banner provides Adrenaline to nearby allies.

War Banner skill screenshot

A Marauder with a War Banner attached on his back

War Banner skill screenshot 2

A War Banner placed on the ground (Gem level 1, quality 20, initial stage)

Skill functions and interactions[ | ]

Aura Effects[ | ]

  • increased Accuracy Rating and Nearby Enemies take % increased Physical Damage are both aura effects that can be modified by Increased Effect of Auras.
  • Aura effects are always active whether the banner is placed or not.
  • Players and monsters must be inside the banners radius to receive the aura effects when the banner is placed on the ground.
  • Because war banner has an aura that affects you and allies, it can be supported by generosity support. Generosity Support inventory iconGenerosity SupportGenerosity SupportSupport, Aura
    Icon: G
    Level: (1-20)
    Requires Level 31Supports aura skills that affect you and allies, increasing the aura's effect on allies, but preventing it from affecting you at all. Cannot support curse auras, or other auras that only affect enemies. Cannot support skills used by totems.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported Skills have 2% increased Aura Area of EffectNon-Curse Auras from Supported Skills have 0.25% increased EffectSupported Skills have 5% increased Aura Area of Effect
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Mana Reserved
    Non-Curse Auras from Supported Skills have (20-39)% increased Effect
    Supported Auras do not affect you
    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.
    Generosity Support inventory icon
    will increase all aura effects, including those that affect enemies like Nearby Enemies take % increased Physical Damage.

Buff effects[ | ]

  • Adrenaline is a buff that can be modified by Increased effect of buffs on you.
  • Buffs are temporary effects that only occur after placing the banner with stages.
  • Destroying the placed banner by creating a new carried banner will also end the granted buff if it still has duration remaining.

Gem level progression[ | ]

LevelRequired LevelRequired StrengthAccuracyinc. Phys
Damage taken
Exp.Total Exp.

Item acquisition

Upgrade paths

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

8Divination card inventory iconDying AnguishDying Anguish card artDivination card frameDying 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.
Divination card inventory icon
random level 19 gem with 19% alternative qualityAutomatic
1Gemcutter's Incubator inventory iconGemcutter'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.
Gemcutter's Incubator inventory icon
random superior gemAutomatic
7Divination card inventory iconThe Wilted RoseThe Wilted Rose card artDivination card frameThe Wilted Rose7Level 21 Aura Gem
Though the path to divinity is fraught with peril, hope may bloom from within.
Divination card inventory icon
random corrupted level 21 Aura gemAutomatic
6Divination card inventory iconThe FoxThe Fox card artDivination card frameThe Fox6Level 20 Gem"Masters of wit, strength and cunning. To survive the harsh winters, you must be like the fox."
- Ezomyte Proverb
Divination card inventory icon
random level 20 gemAutomatic
13Divination card inventory iconThe CataclysmThe Cataclysm card artDivination card frameThe 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.
Divination card inventory icon
random corrupted level 21 Spell gemAutomatic
3Divination card inventory iconGemcutter's PromiseGemcutter's Promise card artDivination card frameGemcutter'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
Divination card inventory icon
random superior gem with 20% qualityAutomatic
1Divination card inventory iconThe VoidThe Void card artDivination card frameThe Void1Reach into the Void and claim your prize.Divination card inventory iconrandom divination card set exchangeAutomatic

Quest reward

This item is given as a quest reward for the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Breaking Some Eggs
Act 1

Vendor reward

This item can be bought at the listed NPC vendors, after completing the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Breaking Some Eggs
Act 1
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment War Banner:


Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect War Banner.

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 War Banner Effect 166War Banner has 25% increased Aura Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment War Banner Effect 275War Banner has 40% increased Aura Effecthelmet 100
default 0

Related unique items[ | ]

The following unique items are related to War Banner:

ItemBase ItemLvl.Stats
PerfidyPerfidy inventory iconPerfidy
Glorious Plate
Quality: +20%
Armour: 931
Requires Level 68, 191 Str(25-40)% increased Melee Damage
+(60-90) to maximum Life
You can have two different Banners at the same time
Banners you are carrying gain 1 Stage on Melee Hit, up to 5 per second
War Banner has (100-200)% increased Adrenaline duration
Dread Banner has (100-200)% increased Fortify duration
The Trickster God turned the very Day and Night against each other.
What hope have you?
Perfidy inventory icon
Glorious Plate68(25-40)% increased Melee Damage
+(60-90) to maximum Life
You can have two different Banners at the same time
Banners you are carrying gain 1 Stage on Melee Hit, up to 5 per second
War Banner has (100-200)% increased Adrenaline duration
Dread Banner has (100-200)% increased Fortify duration

Alternate skill effects

War Banner has the following alternate skill effects:


Version history[ | ]

Version Changes
  • Now grants you and nearby allies 15% increased accuracy rating at gem level 1 (from 40%), up to 21% at gem level 20 (from 59%).
  • War Banner has been added to the game.

References[ | ]