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
+(0-4) to radius

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Cast Speed3% of Fire Damage Converted to Chaos DamageExplosion deals 4% increased Damage if the Corpse is Ignited
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Detonate Dead skill icon.pngDetonate Dead inventory icon.png
Drop level: 5
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemDetonateDead

Detonate Dead skill screenshot.jpg

For the Vaal-themed counterpart, see Vaal Detonate Dead.

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]

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired DexterityRequired IntelligenceMana
Life %
Exp.Total Exp.
14005160%15 to 22N/A6%00
26006160%21 to 32N/A6.1%841841
391706160%32 to 42N/A6.2%30993940
41221147160%36 to 53N/A6.3%743311373
51626188160%48 to 72+16.4%2289534268
62031229160%63 to 94+16.5%4972583993
724372510160%80 to 121+16.6%95714179707
828422911160%102 to 153+16.7%169595349302
932473311160%128 to 192+16.8%283759633061
1036523612160%159 to 238+26.9%4539961087057
1140584013160%195 to 293+27%7031281790185
1244634414160%239 to 359+27.1%10612232851408
1348684815160%291 to 436+27.2%20658704917278
1452745116160%352 to 529+27.3%25071107424388
1555785416160%406 to 609+37.4%25737319998119
1658825717160%466 to 699+37.5%761135117609470
1761866018160%535 to 802+37.6%1343790831047378
1864906218160%612 to 918+37.7%2505214756099525
1967946519160%700 to 1049+37.8%4386943699968961
2070986820160%798 to 1197+47.9%242081178342050139
21721007020160%871 to 1306+48%N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A21160%950 to 1424+48.1%N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A21160%1035 to 1552+48.2%N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A21160%1127 to 1691+48.3%N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A22160%1227 to 1841+58.4%N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A22160%1335 to 2003+58.5%N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A23160%1452 to 2178+58.6%N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A23160%1579 to 2368+58.7%N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A24160%1716 to 2573+58.8%N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A24160%1863 to 2795+68.9%N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A24160%1942 to 2913+68.9%N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A25160%2023 to 3035+69%N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A25160%2108 to 3162+69%N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A25160%2196 to 3294+69.1%N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A25160%2287 to 3431+79.1%N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A25160%2382 to 3573+79.2%N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A26160%2481 to 3722+79.2%N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A26160%2584 to 3875+79.3%N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A26160%2690 to 4035+79.3%N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A26100%2801 to 4202+89.4%N/AN/A

Gem quality

TypeStats (per 1% quality)Weight
Superior0.5% increased Cast Speed50
Anomalous3% of Fire Damage Converted to Chaos Damage10
DivergentExplosion deals 4% increased Damage if the Corpse is Ignited20

Item acquisition

Detonate Dead can drop anywhere.


Detonate Dead can be created from the following recipes:

13The CataclysmThe CataclysmThe Cataclysm card art.png13Level 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 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 ↓
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.

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
  • 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.
  • Changed Detonate Dead to be 20% monster health in fire damage and then the rest is physical
  • Detonate Dead skill gem should now drop
  • Added skills: Raise Zombie, Detonate Dead, Cold Snap


  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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