Detonate Dead

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Detonate DeadSpell, AoE, Fire
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (5-20) Mana
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 160%
AoE Radius: 22
Requires Level 4Targets 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.Deals (15-798) to (22-1197) Fire Damage
Explosion deals base Fire Damage equal to (6-7.9)% of the corpse's Maximum Life
Base radius is (2.2-2.6) metres

Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
(0.75-15)% chance to detonate an additional corpse
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Drop level: 5
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemDetonateDead

Detonate Dead is a spell that explodes a corpse, dealing secondary damage as fire in an area around it.

Skill functions and interactions

Detonate Dead deals damage in two hits that get calculated separately, the fixed fire damage component and the corpse maximum life % component.[1]

  • Secondary damage: Detonate Dead's explosion deals secondary damage, hence it cannot be affected by stats affecting spell damage, including ones such as x% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells. However the corpse explosion component of the spell will receive bonuses from elemental, area, and fire related stats.
  • Partying: While in a party, the explosion ignores the increased life added for each player beyond the first and treats the monster's life as if the player was solo.[2]
  • Reflect: The damage from the corpse explosion cannot be reflected. The spell damage portion of the spell can be reflected, however.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired DexterityRequired IntelligenceMana
Life %
Exp.Total Exp.
1400515 to 222.2m6%00
2600621 to 322.2m6.1%841841
39170632 to 422.2m6.2%30993940
4122114736 to 532.2m6.3%743311373
5162618848 to 722.3m6.4%2289534268
6203122963 to 942.3m6.5%4972583993
72437251080 to 1212.3m6.6%95714179707
828422911102 to 1532.3m6.7%169595349302
932473311128 to 1922.3m6.8%283759633061
1036523612159 to 2382.4m6.9%4539961087057
1140584013195 to 2932.4m7%7031281790185
1244634414239 to 3592.4m7.1%10612232851408
1348684815291 to 4362.4m7.2%20658704917278
1452745116352 to 5292.4m7.3%25071107424388
1555785416406 to 6092.5m7.4%25737319998119
1658825717466 to 6992.5m7.5%761135117609470
1761866018535 to 8022.5m7.6%1343790831047378
1864906218612 to 9182.5m7.7%2505214756099525
1967946519700 to 10492.5m7.8%4386943699968961
2070986820798 to 11972.6m7.9%242081178342050139
21721007020871 to 13062.6m8%N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A21950 to 14242.6m8.1%N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A211035 to 15522.6m8.2%N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A211127 to 16912.6m8.3%N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A221227 to 18412.7m8.4%N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A221335 to 20032.7m8.5%N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A231452 to 21782.7m8.6%N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A231579 to 23682.7m8.7%N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A241716 to 25732.7m8.8%N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A241863 to 27952.8m8.9%N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A241942 to 29132.8m8.9%N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A252023 to 30352.8m9%N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A252108 to 31622.8m9%N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A252196 to 32942.8m9.1%N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A252287 to 34312.9m9.1%N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A252382 to 35732.9m9.2%N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A262481 to 37222.9m9.2%N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A262584 to 38752.9m9.3%N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A262690 to 40352.9m9.3%N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A262801 to 42023m9.4%N/AN/A

Gem quality

TypeAdditional Effects per 1-20% QualityWeight
Superior(0.75-15)% chance to detonate an additional corpse1

Item acquisition

Detonate Dead can drop anywhere.


Detonate Dead can be created from the following recipes:

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 gemA
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 gemA
3Gemcutter's PromiseGemcutter's Promise3Gem
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.
Random gem with 1–20% qualityA
1The VoidThe Void1Reach 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 ↓
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

Alternate skill effects

Detonate Dead has the following alternate skill effects:

Void Detonate Dead EffectVoid Detonate Dead EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Detonate Dead becomes a Void Effect.Your Detonate Dead becomes a Void Effect.

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Detonate Dead.

Note that helmet enchantments are no longer obtainable since version 3.23.0 and can only be obtained in permanent leagues as already enchanted items from before this patch.

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 Detonate Dead Damage 166Merciless Labyrinth25% increased Detonate Dead Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Detonate Dead Damage 275Eternal Labyrinth40% increased Detonate Dead Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Detonate Dead Percent Chance To Detonate Additional Corpse 166Merciless LabyrinthDetonate Dead has a 30% chance to detonate an additional corpsehelmet 100
Enchantment Detonate Dead Percent Chance To Detonate Additional Corpse 275Eternal LabyrinthDetonate Dead has a 45% chance to detonate an additional corpsehelmet 100
Enchantment Detonate Dead Area Of Effect 166Merciless Labyrinth16% increased Detonate Dead Area of Effecthelmet 100
Enchantment Detonate Dead Area Of Effect 275Eternal Labyrinth24% increased Detonate Dead Area of Effecthelmet 100

Version history

Version Changes
  • Quality now causes the skill to have a 0-15% chance to detonate an additional corpse, instead of providing 0-10% increased Cast Speed.
  • Now has "Explosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 6% of the corpse's maximum Life" at gem level 1, up to 7.9% at gem level 20 (previously 6% at all gem levels).
  • Mana Cost at gem level 1 is now 5 (was 7).
  • Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 20 (was 30).
  • Now deals 15 to 22 Fire damage at gem level 1 (from 10 to 14) and 798 to 1197 Fire damage at gem level 20 (from 823 to 1235).
  • Now has an added damage effectiveness of 160% (from 100%).
  • Detonate Dead now deals spell damage based on the level of the skill gem, in addition to damage based on the corpse's maximum life. The base fire damage dealt by the spell part of the explosion has been significantly increased. The skill now gains additional area of effect radius as it levels, and its base critical chance has been increased from 5% to 6%. The cast time has been lowered to 0.6 seconds (from 0.8).
  • Radius increased by 22%.
  • Increased Detonate Dead damage by 10% at all levels.
  • Radius of the explosion increased by 12.5% (from 16 to 18).
  • Damage caused by the detonation of corpses can no longer be reflected.
  • We have corrected the cast time to 800ms, as originally stated in the 1.2.0 patch notes.
  • This now deals entirely fire damage. It deals 8% of corpse life as well as flat damage. The damage increase per level has been significantly increased. The base cast time has been decreased from 850ms to 800ms. Quality on this skill now offers substantially less cast speed, from 60% cast speed at 20 quality to 20% cast speed at 20 quality.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the damage dealt by Detonate Dead to be delayed.
  • Mana cost reduced.
  • The mana cost of Detonate Dead has been reduced at early levels so that it's around 40% cheaper.
    It ramps up to the same mana cost as before for high levels.
  • Slightly increased the radius of Detonate Dead's explosion.
  • Improved the effects for Detonate Dead.
  • Reduced the critical strike chance on Detonate Dead.
  • Changed Detonate Dead to not have the damage scaled by mods that affect Spell Damage.
  • Fixed a crash involving Detonate Dead.
  • The player now faces their target when casting Detonate Dead.
  • Increased Detonate Dead damage.
  • Detonate Dead is now unaffected by increase in monster life due to additional players in the area.
  • Added the Detonate Dead skill.


  1. Mark_GGG (January 22, 2018). "(Question) Damage calculation on Detonate Dead". Reddit. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  2. Mark_GGG (February 3, 2013). "Devs and other GD people - Kripps Death a good thing". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved August 2, 2013.

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