Headhunter

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Headhunter
Leather Belt
Requires Level 40+(25-40) to maximum Life+(40-55) to Strength
+(40-55) to Dexterity
+(50-60) to maximum Life
(20-30)% increased Damage with Hits against Rare monsters
When you Kill a Rare monster, you gain its Modifiers for 60 seconds
"A man's soul rules from a cavern of bone, learns and
judges through flesh-born windows. The heart is meat.
The head is where the Man is."
- Lavianga, Advisor to Kaom
Acquisition
Drop level: 75
League-specificNemesis
Vendor Offer
10x Alchemy Shard
9x Alteration Shard
Metadata
Item class: Belt

Headhunter is a unique Leather BeltLeather BeltRequires Level 8+(25-40) to maximum Life. It belongs to King Kaom, who wore Lioneye's severed head on this belt after Lioneye's defeat at Lioneye's Watch.

Due to its powerful effects and extremely low drop rate as a tier 0 unique[1][2], it is typically one of the most expensive items in each league, traded amongst players for many Divine OrbsDivine OrbStack Size: 20Randomises the values of the random modifiers on an itemRight click this item then left click a magic, rare or unique item to apply it.. Its rarity, desirability, and status as one of the most iconic items in Path of Exile means that it is also commonly used as a status symbol.

Item acquisition

Headhunter can drop anywhere. It can be chanced. Headhunter belongs to a special group of unique items called league-specific items, which can be obtained from certain divination cards and other sources in addition to their normal acquisition methods.

Recipes

Headhunter can be created from the following recipes:

AmountPartDescriptionMeta
8The DoctorThe Doctor8Headhunter"They said I needed my head examined, but I'd rather just take yours." - Klopek the CannibalHeadhunterM
11The FiendThe Fiend11Headhunter
Corrupted
Your era is now,
your power unwavered,
soon we will see
who the gods truly favoured.
corrupted HeadhunterM
10The DemonThe Demon10Headhunter
Two-Implicit
Corrupted
A man who hears voices may not necessarily be crazy.
two-implicit corrupted HeadhunterM
6The Forgotten TreasureThe Forgotten Treasure6Leather Belt
Double-Influenced Item
Don't let fool's gold deceive you.
Random double-influenced Leather BeltA
8The ValkyrieThe Valkyrie8Nemesis ItemThe villain strikes,
the world is torn.
A war begins, a hero is born,
The nemesis sets the sky alight.
A hero's sacrifice
sets everything right.
- Drake's Epitaph
Random Nemesis itemA
5The UndauntedThe Undaunted5Nemesis Item
Corrupted
"Fate was always my nemesis...
But it didn't stop me then, and it won't stop me now."
- Kjetilbrann, The Undaunted
Random corrupted Nemesis itemA
6The WretchedThe Wretched6BeltNecromancers, believe me, are more terrifying than their thralls.Random beltA
7The Dungeon MasterThe Dungeon Master7Belt
Double-Influenced Item
"So desperate was I for control, I turned my entire world into a prison. Now you will share in my agony."
Random double-influenced beltA
6The CacheThe Cache6JewelleryVintage or crafted, Glittering and shiny
Dusty or glittering, huge or tiny
Secured within a chest
or unearthed from your mining
Find jewellery everywhere,
no need for divining!
So why is it so hard
to figure out which one to wear?
This one makes me stronger,
but does it match my hair?
Random jewelleryA
9Fateful MeetingFateful Meeting9League-Specific Item
Double-Influenced Item
Item Level: 97
Two-Implicit
Corrupted
Some people act as beacons, illuminating the path for others. I was lucky to meet one such person.

- Anton to Zhenya
Random two-implicit corrupted level 97 league-specific itemA
10Time-Lost RelicTime-Lost Relic10League-Specific ItemTime cannot wash away that which cannot be forgotten.Random league-specific itemA
1Time-Lost IncubatorTime-Lost IncubatorStack Size: 10Adds an incubated League-specific Unique 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 league-specific itemA
7PrejudicePrejudice7Item
Influenced Item
One who is blinded by their past may only see a sliver of the present.
Random influenced itemA
6Costly CurioCostly Curio6Item
Double-Influenced Item
"Oh no, I couldn't possibly afford this fine artefact. I'm... just looking."
Random double-influenced itemA
8Arrogance of the VaalArrogance of the Vaal8Item
Two-Implicit
Corrupted
Discovery can lead to beauty, or it can lead to ruin.
Random two-implicit corrupted itemA
4Jack in the BoxJack in the Box4ItemTurn the crank,
close your eyes,
and pray to the gods
for a pleasant surprise.
Random itemA
1Singular IncubatorSingular IncubatorStack Size: 10Adds an incubated Unique 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 itemA
1The VoidThe Void1Reach into the Void and claim your prize.Random divination card set exchangeA

Mechanics

Main page: monster modifier

Upon killing a rare monster, the player gains all of its explicit monster modifiers for 60 seconds. This applies even if a Minion, Trap, Mine or Totem kills a rare monster; this is an exception to the usual definition of "you", likely due to the status of this unique item.

Icon Mod Name Effects
Headhunter Buff Active
  • Always displays while the Headhunter is granting the player extra mods.
  • A countdown timer indicates the duration remaining for the extra mods.

Additional buff icons may appear if the stolen modifier grants special effects or auras to the character.

Alternate artwork

Race season 7 prize for reaching 1000 RP.
Foil version from the Timeworn Reliquary

Item skins

The following item skins apply only to Headhunter:

ItemEffect(s)
Alternate Art HeadhunterFile:Alternate Art Headhunter inventory icon.pngAlternate Art HeadhunterFile:Alternate Art Headhunter inventory icon.pngN/A
Bloodthirsty HeadhunterBloodthirsty HeadhunterBelt SkinYour Headhunter claims skulls in an explosive shower of gore.Your Headhunter claims skulls in an explosive shower of gore.
Headhunter Character EffectFile:Headhunter Character Effect inventory icon.pngHeadhunter Character EffectCharacter EffectAttaches the Headhunter Character Effect to your belt. Skulls of slain rare enemies whirl around you like trophies and become enraged when you are near a rare enemy you are yet to kill.File:Headhunter Character Effect inventory icon.pngAttaches the Headhunter Character Effect to your belt. Skulls of slain rare enemies whirl around you like trophies and become enraged when you are near a rare enemy you are yet to kill.

Version history

Version Changes
3.18.0e
  • The HeadhunterHeadhunter
    Leather Belt
    Requires Level 40+(25-40) to maximum Life+(40-55) to Strength
    +(40-55) to Dexterity
    +(50-60) to maximum Life
    (20-30)% increased Damage with Hits against Rare monsters
    When you Kill a Rare monster, you gain its Modifiers for 60 seconds
    "A man's soul rules from a cavern of bone, learns and
    judges through flesh-born windows. The heart is meat.
    The head is where the Man is."
    - Lavianga, Advisor to Kaom
    Unique Belt now has "When you Kill a Rare Monster, you gain its Modifiers for 60 seconds" (previously 20 seconds).
    • The above changes affect existing versions
  • We have done a lot of work on reducing the memory usage of rare monster modifiers so that a greater variety can be present in each area. This means that the number of different mods that Headhunter items can steal is a lot higher than before.
3.18.0
  • Archnemesis modifiers have been rebalanced and added to the core game. Existing Magic and Rare monster modifiers have been replaced with Archnemesis modifiers.
  • Bloodlines and Nemesis have been removed from the core game. Some of their modifiers have been incorporated into the new monster modifier system (Read version 3.18.0 § Bloodlines and Nemesis Removal for details)
  • Archnemesis modifiers are able to be gained by characters through sources such as Headhunter and Inspired LearningInspired Learning
    Crimson Jewel
    Radius: SmallWith 4 Notables Allocated in Radius, When you Kill a Rare monster, you gain 1 of its Modifiers for 20 secondsIf you do not learn from a won battle
    then you have already lost the war.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
    , though you are only able to have one instance of each modifier at any given time.
3.14.0
  • Many unique items that were league-specific have now also been added to the core drop pool.
  • (In content reveal video) No longer a Nemesis league-specific item. Now added to the core loot drop table.[3]
3.7.0
  • Decreased the droprate of Headhunter[4]
2.3.1
  • Fixed a bug where Inspired LearningInspired Learning
    Crimson Jewel
    Radius: SmallWith 4 Notables Allocated in Radius, When you Kill a Rare monster, you gain 1 of its Modifiers for 20 secondsIf you do not learn from a won battle
    then you have already lost the war.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
    and HeadhunterHeadhunter
    Leather Belt
    Requires Level 40+(25-40) to maximum Life+(40-55) to Strength
    +(40-55) to Dexterity
    +(50-60) to maximum Life
    (20-30)% increased Damage with Hits against Rare monsters
    When you Kill a Rare monster, you gain its Modifiers for 60 seconds
    "A man's soul rules from a cavern of bone, learns and
    judges through flesh-born windows. The heart is meat.
    The head is where the Man is."
    - Lavianga, Advisor to Kaom
    did not correctly steal mods from Volatile Blood monsters.
1.1.5
  • Fixed a rare crash with the Headhunter unique.
1.0.4
  • Fixed an interaction between the Headhunter unique item and the Proximity Shield Nemesis mod, where the Proximity Shield did not expire.
1.0.2b
  • Fixed an instance crash related to Headhunter interacting with some Nemesis mods.
1.0.0
  • Introduced to the game.

See also

  • Kaom
  • Lavianga
  • Replica HeadhunterReplica Headhunter
    Leather Belt
    Requires Level 40+(25-40) to maximum Life+(40-55) to Strength
    +(40-55) to Dexterity
    +(50-60) to maximum Life
    (20-30)% increased Damage with Hits against Magic monsters
    20% chance when you Kill a Magic Monster to gain its Modifiers for 60 seconds
    "A type Delta test subject escaped with Prototype #18. He was last seen
    ten times the height of a man and crashing straight through walls."
  • Inspired LearningInspired Learning
    Crimson Jewel
    Radius: SmallWith 4 Notables Allocated in Radius, When you Kill a Rare monster, you gain 1 of its Modifiers for 20 secondsIf you do not learn from a won battle
    then you have already lost the war.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.

References

  1. Ordicomputers (18 Jan 2017). "1000+ headhunter tries". Path of Exile Subreddit. Retrieved 30 Jan 2021.
  2. Exiled_Angel (13 Sep 2017). "Loot from 6553 Ancient Orbs on Unique Belts". Path of Exile Subreddit. Retrieved 30 Jan 2021.
  3. Path of Exile on Youtube (April 9, 2021). "Path of Exile: Ultimatum Content Reveal". YouTube. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  4. https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2512662

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