Ancestral Warchief

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Ancestral WarchiefAttack, Totem, AoE, Slam, Melee
Level: (1-20)
Cost: 10 Mana
Attack Speed: 90% of base
Attack Damage: (110-166)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (110-166)%
Requires Level 28Summons an Ancestor Totem which attacks enemies with a powerful slam while you're near it. Being near it grants you more melee damage. Requires a Melee Weapon or Unarmed.Totem lasts 12 seconds
Summons a Totem which uses this Skill
(8-18)% more Melee Damage while Totem is Active
50% increased Totem Placement speed
+10 to Melee Strike Range

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
1% increased Totem Damage2% increased Totem Placement speed2% increased Activation range2% increased Damage with Ailments
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Ancestral Warchief skill icon.pngAncestral Warchief inventory icon.png
Drop level: 28
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemAncestralWarchief

Ancestral Warchief skill screenshot.jpg

For the Vaal-themed counterpart, see Vaal Ancestral Warchief.

Ancestral Warchief is a skill that creates a totem which will attack enemies with melee AoE slams while the character stands close to it. Being near it also increases the character's damage. Ancestral Warchief has an attack speed multiplier of 90%.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Fortify: Linking Fortify SupportFortify SupportAttack, Support, Melee
    Icon: O
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 130%
    Requires Level 31Supports melee attack skills that are not triggered.Melee Hits from Supported Skills Fortify
    Supported Skills deal (10-19)% more Damage with Ailments caused by Melee Hits
    Supported Skills deal (10-19)% more Melee Damage

    Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Attack 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.
    to Ancestral Warchief will cause the totem, and not the player, to gain Fortify on melee hit. This appears to be the way for a totem to have Fortify and with the Ascendant Champion Node. Totem can gain Fortify with a 14-20% chance when it stuns an enemy while wearing PerseverancePerseverance
    Vanguard Belt
    Requires Level 78+(260-320) to Armour and Evasion Rating(4-8)% increased maximum Life
    +(20-40)% to Cold Resistance
    1% increased Attack Damage per 200 of the lowest of Armour and Evasion Rating
    Melee Hits which Stun Fortify
    You have Onslaught while Fortified
    "Some blows must be evaded. Some blows must be endured.
    The trick is to tell them apart."
    - Daresso, the Sword King
  • Multiple Totems: Melee damage buff does not stack when multiple totems are summoned.
  • Totem Attack Range: The range at which the totem strikes is affected by the weapon range of the equipped weapon and modifiers to weapon range.[1]
  • Area of Effect: Modifiers to area radius affect both the range at which the totem strikes, as well as the radius of the attack.
  • Activation: The totem is active as long as the player remains within a 80 unit radius of it. Initial activation also requires line of sight with the player, but this can be broken once the totem has become active.[2]

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired StrengthDamage
Exp.Total Exp.

Gem quality

TypeStats (per 1% quality)Weight
Superior1% increased Totem Damage50
Anomalous2% increased Totem Placement speed100
Divergent2% increased Activation range20
Phantasmal2% increased Damage with Ailments100

Item acquisition

Ancestral Warchief can drop anywhere.


Ancestral Warchief can be created from the following recipes:

6The FoxThe FoxThe Fox card art.png6Level 20 Gem"Masters of wit, strength and cunning. To survive the harsh winters, you must be like the fox."
- Ezomyte Proverb
Random level 20 gemA
8Dying AnguishDying AnguishDying Anguish card art.png8Level 19 Gem
Alternate 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 qualityA
8The HookThe HookThe Hook card art.png8Level 21 Gem
Alternate Quality: +23%
Every obsession began with a single, innocent taste.
Random corrupted level 21 gem with 23% alternative qualityA
3Gemcutter's PromiseGemcutter's PromiseGemcutter's Promise card art.png3Gem
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 gem with 20% qualityA
1Gemcutter's IncubatorGemcutter's IncubatorStack Size: 10Adds an incubated Quality Gem item to an equippable item
Item drops after killing {0} monsters
Right click this item then left click an item to apply it. The Incubated item drops after killing a specific number of monsters.
Shift click to unstack.
Random gem with 1–20% qualityA
1The VoidThe VoidThe Void card art.png1Reach into the Void and claim your prize.Random divination card set exchangeA

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

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Ancestral Warchief.

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.LabyrinthStatsSpawn Weighting
Enchantment Ancestral Warchief Damage 166Merciless Labyrinth25% increased Ancestral Warchief Totem Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Ancestral Warchief Damage 275Eternal Labyrinth40% increased Ancestral Warchief Totem Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Ancestor Warchief Melee Damage 166Merciless LabyrinthAncestral Warchief Totem grants 20% increased Melee Damage while Activehelmet 100
Enchantment Ancestor Warchief Melee Damage 275Eternal LabyrinthAncestral Warchief Totem grants 30% increased Melee Damage while Activehelmet 100
Enchantment Ancestor Warchief Area Of Effect 166Merciless Labyrinth16% increased Ancestral Warchief Totem Area of Effecthelmet 100
Enchantment Ancestor Warchief Area Of Effect 275Eternal Labyrinth24% increased Ancestral Warchief Totem Area of Effecthelmet 100

Alternate skill effects

Ancestral Warchief has the following alternate skill effects:

Iron Maiden Ancestral WarchiefIron Maiden Ancestral WarchiefSkill Gem EffectReplaces the default skin on your Ancestral Warchief and Earthbreaker Totems with an Iron Maiden version.Replaces the default skin on your Ancestral Warchief and Earthbreaker Totems with an Iron Maiden version.
Void Ancestral WarchiefVoid Ancestral WarchiefSkill Gem EffectReplaces the default skin on your Ancestral Warchief and Earthbreaker Totems with a Void version.Replaces the default skin on your Ancestral Warchief and Earthbreaker Totems with a Void version.

Monster stats

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Version history

Version Changes
  • Now deals 166% of Base Damage, and has 166% Effectiveness of Added Damage at gem level 20 (previously 133%).
  • Now deals base damage equal to, and has an added damage effectiveness of, 110% at gem level 1 (from 100%), up to 133% at gem level 20 (from 123%).
  • Now has an attack speed multiplier of 90% (rather than 10% less attack speed).
  • Ancestral Warchief now does 10% less damage at all levels.
  • Fixed behaviour with the center of the slam being significantly further away than the totem's melee range.
  • The skill now has +10 melee range at all levels, and the slam will always be centered at melee range away from the totem.
  • Introduced to the game

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