Essence Drain

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Essence DrainSpell, Projectile, Duration, Chaos, AoE
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (8-23) Mana
Cast Time: 0.70 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 90%
Requires Level 12Fires a projectile that applies a damage over time debuff when it hits. You are healed for a portion of the debuff damage. The debuff is spread by Contagion.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent1% increased Chaos DamageRegenerate 0.01% of Debuff Damage as Life5% increased Damage with HitsDeals (31.2-1509.4) Base Chaos Damage per second
Regenerate 0.5% of Debuff Damage as Life
Base duration is 3.8 seconds
Deals (9-644) to (13-966) Chaos Damage
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Essence Drain skill icon.pngEssence Drain inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Drop level: 12
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Metadata
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemEssenceDrain

Essence Drain skill screenshot.jpg


Essence Drain is a chaos spell that fires a projectile that hits for a small amount of chaos damage and applies a heavy chaos damage over time effect. The spell also causes the player to regenerate a portion of the damage over time as life. Essence Drain interacts favourably with ContagionContagionSpell, AoE, Duration, Chaos
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (5-20) Mana
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Radius: 20
Unleashes a vile contagion on enemies, dealing chaos damage over time. If an enemy dies while affected by Contagion, it spreads to other enemies.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent0.5% increased Area of Effect3% increased Chaos Damage3% chance to Spread when affected Enemy is HitDeals (3.5-235.9) Base Chaos Damage per second
Base duration is 5 seconds
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Contagion skill icon.png
, a skill that can spread the damage over time component of Essence Drain to nearby enemies.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this skill's Damage Over Time Effect: Modifiers to spell damage only affect the damage over time effect of Essence Drain granted by the gem and do not affect other sources of damage over time which may be applied by the skill, such as poison or Decay Support.
  • ContagionContagionSpell, AoE, Duration, Chaos
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (5-20) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.60 sec
    Radius: 20
    Unleashes a vile contagion on enemies, dealing chaos damage over time. If an enemy dies while affected by Contagion, it spreads to other enemies.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent0.5% increased Area of Effect3% increased Chaos Damage3% chance to Spread when affected Enemy is HitDeals (3.5-235.9) Base Chaos Damage per second
    Base duration is 5 seconds
    Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Contagion skill icon.png
    : When an enemy affected by both Contagion and Essence Drain dies, Contagion will proc and spread the remaining duration of both effects to nearby enemies.
  • Regeneration: The amount of life regenerated from the damage over time caused by Essence Drain is dependent solely on the tooltip damage over time, and not on the actual damage dealt to the enemy. Essence drain will increase the players life regeneration by 0.005 * tooltip DoT per enemy affected. This means that increasing the damage an enemy receives through effects such as DespairDespairSpell, AoE, Duration, Chaos, Curse, Hex
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (16-33) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    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.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentCursed enemies take 0.5% increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects0.5% increased Effect of CurseSpell Hits have 0.5% chance to Hinder Cursed EnemiesBase duration is (9-10.9) seconds
    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
    Curse gains 10 Doom per second if you Cast this Spell yourself
    +(0-10) to radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Despair skill icon.png
    , WitherWitherSpell, AoE, Duration, Chaos, Channelling
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (3-9) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.28 sec
    Requires Level 10Casts a debilitating debuff on enemies in an area, hindering their movement and also inflicts the Withered debuff, which increases the Chaos Damage they take and can stack up to 15 times.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent1% increased Skill Effect DurationHindered Enemies deal 0.2% reduced Chaos Damage5% chance to apply an additional Withered Debuff if you Cast this Spell yourself(30-36)% reduced Movement Speed
    6% increased Chaos Damage taken
    Base duration is 0.5 seconds
    Withered lasts 2 seconds
    (0-19)% increased Area of Effect
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Wither skill icon.png
    , or the Occultist Void Beacon notable will not change the amount of regeneration provided by Essence Drain.
  • Traps and Mines: Essence Drain can not be supported by Trap SupportTrap SupportSupport, Trap
    Icon: T
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 120%
    Requires Level 8Supports spells, or attacks that use bows or wands. Instead of using that skill, you will throw a trap that will use the skill for you when an enemy walks near it. Traps cannot use channelling skills.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported Skills have 0.5% increased Trap Throwing SpeedSupported Skills deal 0.5% increased DamageSupported Skills have 1% increased Trap Trigger Area of EffectTrap lasts 4 seconds
    Supported Skills deal (20-6)% less Trap Damage
    Supported Attack Skills cannot be used with Melee Weapons
    Supported Skills have (0-19)% increased Trap Throwing Speed
    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 Blastchain Mine SupportBlastchain Mine SupportSupport, Mine
    Icon: Y
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 50%
    Requires Level 8Supports spells, or attacks that use bows or wands. Instead of using that skill, you will throw a mine that will use the skill for you when you detonate it. Mines cannot use channelling skills.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported Skills have 0.5% increased Mine Throwing SpeedSupported Skills have 2% increased Reservation EfficiencyMines from Supported Skills have 1% increased Detonation SpeedMine lasts 5 seconds
    Supported Skills deal (59-53)% less Damage
    Supported Skills deal 5% more Damage for each prior Mine in Detonation Sequence
    Supported Skills have a Base Mine Detonation Time of 0.25 seconds
    Supported Attack Skills cannot be used with Melee Weapons
    Supported Skills gain a Base Reservation equal to Base Mana and Life Cost
    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.
    .
  • Explosion: The explosion added to Essence Drain in 3.6 only occurs on projectile destruction, similar to FireballFireballProjectile, Spell, AoE, Fire
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (6-25) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.75 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 370%
    Projectile Speed: 1040
    Radius: 9
    Unleashes a ball of fire towards a target which explodes, damaging nearby foes.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal1% increased Projectile Speed2% reduced Projectile Speed
    3% increased Area of Effect
    3% increased Effect of non-Damaging Ailments on Enemies
    -2% more Damage with Ignite
    0.25% chance to Debilitate Enemies for 1 second on Hit
    Deals (9-1640) to (14-2460) Fire Damage
    25% chance to Ignite enemies
    Projectiles gain Radius as they travel farther, up to +(0-9) Radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Fireball skill icon.png
    's explosion mechanic. Any enemies that are hit by the projectile before it explodes will still get applied with the essence drain debuff.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired DexterityRequired IntelligenceMana
Cost
Chaos
Damage
per sec
Chaos
Damage
Exp.Total Exp.
1121421831.29 to 1300
2151725940.612 to 181524915249
31921301056.417 to 254151756766
42324351176.524 to 3681983138749
527284112102.533 to 49147968286717
631324613135.744 to 67250557537274
735365114178.960 to 90405086942360
838385515217.575 to 1124477181390078
941415916264.892 to 1396153182005396
1044446316319.2114 to 1718346392840035
1147476717385.9141 to 21115707604410795
1250497118464.9173 to 25916339876044782
1353527519554.9212 to 31821510308195812
1456557919664.8259 to 388281218911008001
1559588320794.5316 to 473509936016107361
1662608721947.2384 to 576940073125508092
17646290211063.7438 to 6561527336640781458
18666492221193.4498 to 7472628658267068040
19686695221337.8567 to 85062890590129958630
20706898231509.4644 to 966212046017342004647
217270100241689.2732 to 1097N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A241888.9831 to 1246N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A252110.5942 to 1414N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A252356.21069 to 1603N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A262649.61211 to 1817N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A2629541372 to 2058N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A273290.91554 to 2331N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A273663.61759 to 2638N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A284110.11989 to 2984N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A284569.82250 to 3375N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A284817.32392 to 3588N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A295077.42543 to 3815N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A295397.52703 to 4055N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A295687.32874 to 4310N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A295991.73054 to 4581N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A306311.33246 to 4869N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A306646.83449 to 5174N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A307062.63665 to 5497N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A307436.23894 to 5841N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A317828.24137 to 6205N/AN/A

Item acquisition
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Essence Drain can drop anywhere.

Recipes

Essence Drain can be created from the following recipes:

AmountPartDescriptionMeta
3The Bitter BlossomThe Bitter Blossom3Level 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 superior level 21 Chaos gem with 23% qualityA
8Dying AnguishDying Anguish8Level 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
1Gemcutter's IncubatorGemcutter's IncubatorStack Size: 10Adds an incubated Quality Gem item to an equippable item
Item drops after killing {0} 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.
Shift click to unstack.
Random superior 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
13The CataclysmThe Cataclysm13Level 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
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 superior gem with 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 ↓
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1

Vendor reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1
Nessa
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Essence Drain.

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 Essence Drain Damage 166Merciless Labyrinth25% increased Essence Drain Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Essence Drain Damage 275Eternal Labyrinth40% increased Essence Drain Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Essence Drain Duration 166Merciless Labyrinth20% increased Essence Drain Durationhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Essence Drain Duration 275Eternal Labyrinth30% increased Essence Drain Durationhelmet 100
default 0

Alternate skill effects

Essence Drain has the following alternate skill effects:

ItemEffect(s)
Arcane Essence Drain EffectArcane Essence Drain EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Essence Drain becomes a blue arcane effect.Your Essence Drain becomes a blue arcane effect.
Celestial Essence Drain EffectCelestial Essence Drain EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Essence Drain becomes a Celestial Effect.Your Essence Drain becomes a Celestial Effect.
Project Essence Drain EffectProject Essence Drain EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Essence Drain becomes a Project Effect.Your Essence Drain becomes a Project Effect.
Scientist Essence Drain EffectScientist Essence Drain EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Essence Drain becomes a Scientist Effect.Your Essence Drain becomes a Scientist Effect.
Sunprism Essence Drain EffectSunprism Essence Drain EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Essence Drain becomes a Sunprism Effect.Your Essence Drain becomes a Sunprism Effect.

Version history

Version Changes
3.17.0
  • Essence Drain now deals 9 to 13 Chaos Damage at gem level 1 (previously 9 to 14), up to 644 to 966 at gem level 20 (previously 433 to 649).
  • Now deals 1509.4 Base Chaos Damage per second at gem level 20 (previously 1503.2).
  • Now has 90% Effectiveness of Added Damage at all gem levels (previously 60%).
3.6.0
  • Mana Cost at gem level 1 is now 8 (was 9).
  • Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 23 (was 27).
  • Now has a cast time of 0.7 seconds (from 0.75).
  • Now explodes on impact, applying the Essence Drain debuff to enemies in a small radius. This explosion deals no hit damage. As a result of this change, Essence Drain now has the Area gem type.
  • Now deals 9 to 14 Chaos damage at gem level 1 (from 6 to 9) and 433 to 649 Chaos damage at gem level 20 (from 334 to 501).
  • Now deals 31.3 base Chaos damage per second at gem level 1 (from 21.3) and 1503.2 base Chaos damage per second at gem level 20 (from 1159).
3.3.0
  • Now specifies it cannot be used by traps or mines.
2.1.1c
  • Fixed an instance crash with Essence Drain [...].
  • Fixed a bug with Essence Drain spreading between enemies.
2.1.1b
  • Fixed a bug where players could get the Essence Drain life recovery effect stuck on their character until changing instances.
2.1.1
  • Essence Drain can now be supported by "Cast On" trigger support gems.
2.1.0
  • Added to the game.


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