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DespairSpell, AoE, Duration, Chaos, Curse, Hex
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (16-33) Mana
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
AoE Radius: 22
Requires Level 24Curses all targets in an area, lowering their chaos resistance and increasing damage over time they take. All hits will deal added chaos damage to the cursed enemies.Base duration is (9-10.9) seconds
Curse gains 10 Doom per second if you Cast this Spell yourself
+(0-10) to radius
Cursed enemies have -(20-29)% to Chaos Resistance
Cursed enemies take (15-25)% increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects
Adds (9-46) to (12-57) Chaos Damage to Hits against Cursed Enemies

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
Cursed enemies take 0.5% increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects0.5% increased Effect of CurseSpell Hits have 0.5% chance to Hinder Cursed Enemies
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Despair skill icon.pngDespair inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Drop level: 24
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Metadata
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemVulnerability

Despair skill screenshot.jpg
Despair is a spell that curses all targets in an area, making them take increased chaos damage, damage over time, and chaos damage on hit.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Cursed enemies take increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects: Because these stats are an increase to the target's damage taken, they are multiplicative with attacker's damage dealt and additive with any other effects to damage taken on the defender.[1]
  • Adds Chaos Damage to Hits against Cursed Enemies: Skills, passives, and items that grant Increased effect of your Curses will increase the added chaos damage granted by this curse (Note: These increases are not reflected in the tooltip, they only display base values). This added damage is identical in function to other sources of added damage, such as Added Chaos Damage SupportAdded Chaos Damage SupportChaos, Support
    Icon: H
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 120%
    Requires Level 31Supports any skill that hits enemies.Supported Skills have (18-154) to (26-231) added Chaos Damage

    Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Chaos 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.
    , and thus can be further increased by any of the applicable increases to the attacker's damage.
  • Cursed enemies have -x% to Chaos Resistance: The reduction to Chaos Resistance granted by this curse (after modifiers) stacks additively with the Occultist's Void Beacon Ascendancy passive and other similar effects.
  • Despair can be turned into an aura by linking it with either Blasphemy SupportBlasphemy SupportSupport, Hex, Aura
    Icon: A
    Level: (1-20)
    Reservation: 35% Mana
    Cooldown Time: 1.20 sec
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Requires Level 31Supports hex curse skills, turning them into auras that will apply their effect to all enemies in an area around you.Supported Skills apply their Curse as Auras
    Supported Curse Skills also count as Aura Skills
    Hexes from Supported Skills do not gain Doom over time
    Using Supported Skills is Instant
    (0-76)% increased Area of Effect of Supported Curse Skills

    Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Effect of Supported Curses
    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.
    or Awakened Blasphemy SupportAwakened Blasphemy SupportSupport, Hex, Aura
    Icon: A
    Level: (1-5)
    Reservation: (34-32)% Mana
    Cooldown Time: 1.20 sec
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Requires Level 72Supports hex curse skills, turning them into auras that will apply their effect to all enemies in an area around you.(80-88)% increased Area of Effect of Supported Curse Skills
    Supported Skills apply their Curse as Auras
    Supported Curse Skills also count as Aura Skills
    Hexes from Supported Skills do not gain Doom over time
    Using Supported Skills is Instant
    +(0-1) to Level of Supported Curse Skill Gems

    Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Effect of Supported Curses
    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.
    .
The aura version of Despair

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired DexterityRequired IntelligenceMana
Cost
Base durationDuration-x% Chaos
Resistance
x% inc.
DoT
Chaos
Damage
RadiusExp.Total Exp.
1242537169.00 sec9s-20%15%9 to 12N/A00
2272841179.10 sec9.1s-20%16%11 to 13+1118383118383
3303145189.20 sec9.2s-21%16%12 to 15+1175816294199
4333449199.30 sec9.3s-21%17%14 to 17+2254061548260
5363652219.40 sec9.4s-22%17%15 to 19+2359090907350
6393956229.50 sec9.5s-22%18%17 to 21+34985081405858
7424260239.60 sec9.6s-23%18%19 to 24+36820572087915
8454564249.70 sec9.7s-23%19%21 to 26+49217773009692
9484868259.80 sec9.8s-24%19%23 to 29+417278794737571
10504971269.90 sec9.9s-24%20%25 to 31+511388775876448
115251742610.00 sec10s-25%20%27 to 33+513682337244681
125453762710.10 sec10.1s-25%21%28 to 36+616383388883019
135655792810.20 sec10.2s-26%21%30 to 38+6195664810839667
145857822910.30 sec10.3s-26%22%32 to 40+7365518414494851
156059842910.40 sec10.4s-27%22%34 to 43+7301732717512178
166260873010.50 sec10.5s-27%23%36 to 45+8779391425306092
176462903110.60 sec10.6s-28%23%39 to 48+81520603140512123
186664923110.70 sec10.7s-28%24%41 to 51+92618558266697705
196866953210.80 sec10.8s-29%24%43 to 54+962755923129453628
207068983310.90 sec10.9s-29%25%46 to 57+10211877683341331311
2172701003411.00 sec11s-30%25%49 to 61+10N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A3411.10 sec11.1s-30%26%51 to 64+11N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A3511.20 sec11.2s-31%26%54 to 68+11N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A3611.30 sec11.3s-31%27%57 to 72+12N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A3611.40 sec11.4s-32%27%60 to 76+12N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A3711.50 sec11.5s-32%28%64 to 80+13N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A3811.60 sec11.6s-33%28%67 to 84+13N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A3911.70 sec11.7s-33%29%71 to 89+14N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A3911.80 sec11.8s-34%29%75 to 93+14N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A4011.90 sec11.9s-34%30%79 to 98+15N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A4011.95 sec11.95s-34%30%81 to 101+15N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A4112.00 sec12s-35%30%83 to 104+15N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A4112.05 sec12.05s-35%30%85 to 106+15N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A4212.10 sec12.1s-35%31%87 to 109+16N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A4212.15 sec12.15s-35%31%90 to 112+16N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A4212.20 sec12.2s-36%31%92 to 115+16N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A4312.25 sec12.25s-36%31%94 to 118+16N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A4312.30 sec12.3s-36%32%97 to 121+17N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A4312.35 sec12.35s-36%32%99 to 124+17N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A4412.40 sec12.4s-37%32%102 to 127+17N/AN/A

Gem quality

TypeStats (per 1% quality)Weight
SuperiorCursed enemies take 0.5% increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects50
Anomalous0.5% increased Effect of Curse100
DivergentSpell Hits have 0.5% chance to Hinder Cursed Enemies100

Item acquisition
Questionmark.png

Despair can drop anywhere.

Recipes

Despair can be created from the following recipes:

AmountPartDescriptionMeta
3The Bitter BlossomThe Bitter BlossomThe Bitter Blossom card art.png3Level 21 Chaos Gem
Quality: +23%
Corrupted
The pain you feel is of no consequence, it is evolution, to be made whole within something greater.
Random corrupted level 21 Chaos gem with 23% qualityA
13The CataclysmThe CataclysmThe Cataclysm card art.png13Level 21 Spell Gem
Corrupted
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 gemA
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%
Corrupted
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 ↓
Lost in Love
Act 3

Vendor reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Lost in Love
Act 3
Clarissa
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Despair.

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 Despair Duration 166Merciless Labyrinth30% increased Despair Durationhelmet 100
Enchantment Despair Duration 275Eternal Labyrinth45% increased Despair Durationhelmet 100
Enchantment Despair Effect 166Merciless Labyrinth20% increased Despair Curse Effecthelmet 100
Enchantment Despair Effect 275Eternal Labyrinth30% increased Despair Curse Effecthelmet 100

Related unique items

The following unique items are related to Despair:

ItemBase ItemRequired levelStats
The Putrid CloisterThe Putrid Cloister
Museum Map
Map Level: 69
Map Tier: 2
Guild Character: Õ
Item Quantity: +90%
Item Rarity: +45%
Players are Cursed with Vulnerability
Players are Cursed with Conductivity
Players are Cursed with Flammability
Players are Cursed with Frostbite
Players are Cursed with Despair
Unique Boss drops divination cards
Please take out your blades,
your whips, and your spikes.
Class is now in session.
Travel to this Map by using it in a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
Museum Map1Players are Cursed with Vulnerability
Players are Cursed with Conductivity
Players are Cursed with Flammability
Players are Cursed with Frostbite
Players are Cursed with Despair
Unique Boss drops divination cards
Witchfire BrewWitchfire Brew
Stibnite Flask
Lasts 8.00 Seconds
Consumes 60 of 60 Charges on use
20% more Evasion Rating
Requires Level 48Creates a Smoke Cloud on Use50% increased Charges per use
Grants Level 21 Despair Curse Aura during Flask Effect
"Think of those that cursed us, judged us,
and burned our sisters upon the pyre.
Think of their names as you drink,
and even their children will feel what we do to them today."
-Vadinya, to her coven
Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
Stibnite Flask48Creates a Smoke Cloud on Use50% increased Charges per use
Grants Level 21 Despair Curse Aura during Flask Effect
ImpresenceImpresence
Onyx Amulet
Requires Level 64+(10-16) to all Attributes(30-40)% increased Damage over Time
Adds (17-19) to (23-29) Chaos Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
Despair has no Reservation if Cast as an Aura
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
Though its body was locked in stone,
its essence wandered the infinite,
learning, and preparing.
Onyx Amulet64+(10-16) to all Attributes(30-40)% increased Damage over Time
Adds (17-19) to (23-29) Chaos Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
Despair has no Reservation if Cast as an Aura
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
ImpresenceImpresence
Onyx Amulet
Requires Level 64+(10-16) to all Attributes(30-40)% increased Damage over Time
Adds (17-19) to (23-29) Chaos Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
Despair has no Reservation if Cast as an Aura
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
<Secondary Curse> has no Reservation if Cast as an Aura
Though its body was locked in stone,
its essence wandered the infinite,
learning, and preparing.
Onyx Amulet64+(10-16) to all Attributes(30-40)% increased Damage over Time
Adds (17-19) to (23-29) Chaos Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
Despair has no Reservation if Cast as an Aura
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
<Secondary Curse> has no Reservation if Cast as an Aura
Elemental Weakness has no Reservation if Cast as an Aura
Enfeeble has no Reservation if Cast as an Aura
Punishment has no Reservation if Cast as an Aura
Temporal Chains has no Reservation if Cast as an Aura

Related passive skills

Cluster Jewel passive skills

The following Cluster Jewel passives are related to Despair:

NameStats
Misery Everlasting
CurseEffectNotable passive skill icon.png
40% increased Despair Curse Effect
10% increased Skill Effect Duration [1]

Other sources

Mods

NameGeneration TypeGroupFor 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
of the HuntSuffixCurseOnHitLevel75Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 20% increased Effectring_basilisk 200
of the HuntSuffixCurseOnHitLevel80Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 32% increased Effectring_basilisk 200
of the HuntSuffixCurseOnHitDespair78Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 40% increased Effectwand_basilisk 500
V2CurseOnHitDespairCorruptedCurseOnHitDespair30Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with (40-48)% increased Effectgloves 1000

Delve Fossil Mods

Note that since version 3.10.0, most fossil-only mods are disabled to spawn, including the mods below:

NameDomainGeneration TypeGroupFor 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
of the UndergroundDelveSuffixCurseOnHitDespair1Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 40% increased Effectabyss_jewel 0
jewel 0
one_hand_weapon 2000
of the UndergroundDelveSuffixCurseOnHitDespair1Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 40% increased Effectabyss_jewel 0
jewel 0
two_hand_weapon 2000

Delve Drop-only modifiers

NameGeneration TypeGroupFor 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.Stats
of the UndergroundSuffixCurseOnHitLevel60Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 20% increased Effect

Legacy variants

Despair gems dropped before version 3.1.0 use the gem art of the current VulnerabilityVulnerabilitySpell, AoE, Duration, Curse, Physical, Hex
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (16-33) Mana
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
AoE Radius: 22
Requires Level 24Curse all targets in an area, causing them to take increased physical damage. Attacks against the cursed enemies have a chance to inflict bleeding, and ailments inflicted on them will deal damage faster.Base duration is (9-10.9) seconds
Curse gains 10 Doom per second if you Cast this Spell yourself
+(0-10) to radius
Cursed enemies take (30-39)% increased Physical Damage
Ailments inflicted on Cursed Enemies deal Damage 20% Faster
Attacks Hits against Cursed Enemies have 20% chance to inflict Bleeding

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
Attacks Hits against Cursed Enemies have 0.5% chance to inflict Bleeding
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vulnerability skill icon.png
Vulnerability inventory icon.png gem.

Version history

Version Changes
3.12.0

All curse skills have been reworked and are now divided into two categories: Hexes and Marks.

  • Hexes apply a curse in an area and, when manually cast, apply an amount of Doom per second to cursed enemies up to a maximum. Doom increases the effect of the afflicted curse and stacks additively with modifiers to increased Curse effect.
  • Curses applied by casting this spell now gain 10 Doom per second.
  • Despair is now offered to the Witch, Shadow and Ranger for completing Lost in Love, and can be purchased from Clarissa by the Scion.
3.6.0
  • Mana Cost at gem level 1 is now 16 (was 24).
  • Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 33 (was 50).
  • Cursed enemies now take 35% increased damage from damage over time effects at gem level 20.
3.1.2
  • Added new helmet enchantments for Bodyswap and Despair. These are available from the Divine Font in the Merciless and Eternal Labyrinths.
3.1.0
  • Vulnerability has been split into two skill gems - Vulnerability and Despair. Existing VulnerabilityVulnerabilitySpell, AoE, Duration, Curse, Physical, Hex
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (16-33) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    AoE Radius: 22
    Requires Level 24Curse all targets in an area, causing them to take increased physical damage. Attacks against the cursed enemies have a chance to inflict bleeding, and ailments inflicted on them will deal damage faster.Base duration is (9-10.9) seconds
    Curse gains 10 Doom per second if you Cast this Spell yourself
    +(0-10) to radius
    Cursed enemies take (30-39)% increased Physical Damage
    Ailments inflicted on Cursed Enemies deal Damage 20% Faster
    Attacks Hits against Cursed Enemies have 20% chance to inflict Bleeding

    Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
    Attacks Hits against Cursed Enemies have 0.5% chance to inflict Bleeding
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Vulnerability skill icon.png
    Skill gems are now Despair gems. There is a new red skill gem called VulnerabilityVulnerabilitySpell, AoE, Duration, Curse, Physical, Hex
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (16-33) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    AoE Radius: 22
    Requires Level 24Curse all targets in an area, causing them to take increased physical damage. Attacks against the cursed enemies have a chance to inflict bleeding, and ailments inflicted on them will deal damage faster.Base duration is (9-10.9) seconds
    Curse gains 10 Doom per second if you Cast this Spell yourself
    +(0-10) to radius
    Cursed enemies take (30-39)% increased Physical Damage
    Ailments inflicted on Cursed Enemies deal Damage 20% Faster
    Attacks Hits against Cursed Enemies have 20% chance to inflict Bleeding

    Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
    Attacks Hits against Cursed Enemies have 0.5% chance to inflict Bleeding
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Vulnerability skill icon.png
    .
  • Despair curses all targets in an area, making them less resistant to chaos damage, and causing them to take increased damage over time. Cursed enemies also take additional chaos damage when hit.
  • Despair, an Intelligence Skill Gem, curses all targets in an area, making them less resistant to chaos damage and causing them to take increased damage over time. Cursed enemies also take additional chaos damage when hit.

References

  1. Mark_GGG (April 16, 2014). "Vulnerability Quality". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved April 16, 2014.


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