Penance Brand

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Penance BrandPenance Brand of DissipationPenance Brand of Conduction
Penance BrandSpell, AoE, Physical, Lightning, Duration, Brand
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (15-27) Mana
Cast Time: 0.75 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 570%
Requires Level 28Creates a magical brand which can attach to a nearby enemy. It periodically activates while attached, adding energy to the branded enemy. When the branded enemy reaches 20 energy, a large explosion occurs and the brand is removed.Deals (177-2541) to (265-3811) Physical Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
Activates every 0.1 seconds while Attached
Increases and Reductions to Cast Speed also apply to this Skill's Activation frequency
30% less Damage with Ailments
Can be Detached for a total Duration of 6.00 seconds

Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
Deals +(0.5-10)% more Damage with Hits against Branded Enemy
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Drop level: 28
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemPenanceBrand

Penance Brand is a spell that creates a brand at the target location, which when attached to an enemy adds Energy stacks which cause the enemy to explode at 20 Energy.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Energy: Penance Brands apply a stack of Energy to targets they are attached to on each activation, up to a cap of 20. Upon reaching 20 Energy, an explosion will occur at the monster's location, dealing damage to it and nearby enemies. After the explosion, Energy resets to 0 and all attached brands are removed.
    • If brands are removed before reaching 20 (e.g. via Brand RecallBrand RecallBrand, Spell
      Level: (1-6)
      Cost: (7-16) Mana
      Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
      Can Store 1 Use(s)
      Cast Time: Instant
      Requires Level 16Recall your brands to you, detaching them from enemies and increasing attachment range until they next attach to an enemy. Spends a portion of each recalled brand's cost to cause it to activate.(0-40)% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate
      Spends 20% of Brand's Cost
      Brands gain (25-45)% increased Attachment Range

      Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
      (1-20)% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate
      Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
      ), the enemy does not explode but will retain its current Energy stacks.
    • If an enemy dies before accumulating 20 Energy, the brands will detach and deal no damage, being unable to explode. As the Energy count is stored on the target instead of the brand, so if the brand re-attaches to a new enemy it will have to start from 0 again.[1]
  • Multiple brands: If multiple Penance Brands are attached to an enemy simultaneously (via Runebinder), each brand will add Energy stacks towards the 20 cap. Only a single explosion occurs regardless of the number of brands; however, increasing the number of atttached brands does increase the relative rate of Energy increase.
  • Duration: Once attached, Penance Brand does not have an attached duration and will remain on the enemy until the enemy dies, the brand is recalled, or the brand is removed.
    • Casting speed of the brand itself, as well as its activation frequency, can be increased by cast speed modifiers. Scaling cast speed will affect the rate at which Energy is added, and therefore the delay before enemies explode.
    • Swiftbrand SupportSwiftbrand SupportBrand, Support
      Icon: t
      Level: (1-20)
      Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 130%
      Requires Level 31Supports skills which create brands.Supported Skills have 65% less Attached Duration
      Supported Skills have 65% less Detached Duration
      Supported Skills have (30-44)% more Activation frequency

      Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
      Supported Skills have (0.25-5)% more Activation frequency
      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 Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
      's attached duration penalty is effectively ignored, making it a synergistic support gem choice.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired StrengthRequired IntelligenceMana
Exp.Total Exp.
128294215177 to 26500
231324615219 to 328199345199345
334355016269 to 404285815485160
437375417330 to 495401344886504
540405818403 to 6045543791440883
642426019459 to 6894774371918320
744446319523 to 7845837862502106
846466620594 to 8917103593212465
948486821674 to 101113555114567976
1050497121764 to 114611388775706853
1152517422865 to 129713682337075086
1254537622978 to 146716383388713424
13565579231105 to 1658195664810670072
14585782241248 to 1872365518414325256
15605984241408 to 2111301732717342583
16626087251586 to 2380775999525102578
17646290251787 to 26801513819340240771
18666492262010 to 30162608382566324596
19686695272261 to 339162620247128944843
20706898272541 to 3811211708088340652931
217270100282853 to 4280N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A283203 to 4804N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A293593 to 5389N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A304028 to 6042N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A304514 to 6771N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A315056 to 7583N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A315660 to 8490N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A326333 to 9500N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A327084 to 10626N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A337920 to 11880N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A338373 to 12559N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A348851 to 13277N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A349356 to 14033N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A349888 to 14832N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A3510450 to 15674N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A3511042 to 16563N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A3511667 to 17501N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A3512327 to 18490N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A3613022 to 19534N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A3613756 to 20634N/AN/A

Gem quality

TypeAdditional Effects per 1-20% QualityWeight
SuperiorDeals +(0.5-10)% more Damage with Hits against Branded Enemy1

Item acquisition

Penance Brand can drop anywhere.


Penance Brand 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 ↓
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3

Vendor reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Penance Brand.

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 Penance Brand Cast Speed 166Merciless LabyrinthPenance Brand has 8% increased Cast Speedhelmet 100
Enchantment Penance Brand Cast Speed 275Eternal LabyrinthPenance Brand has 12% increased Cast Speedhelmet 100
Enchantment Penance Brand Damage 166Merciless LabyrinthPenance Brand deals 25% increased Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Penance Brand Damage 275Eternal LabyrinthPenance Brand deals 40% increased Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Penance Brand Radius 166Merciless LabyrinthPenance Brand has 16% increased Area of Effecthelmet 100
Enchantment Penance Brand Radius 275Eternal LabyrinthPenance Brand has 24% increased Area of Effecthelmet 100

Alternate skill effects

Penance Brand has the following alternate skill effects:

Celestial Brand EffectCelestial Brand EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Brand becomes a Celestial Effect.Your Brand becomes a Celestial Effect.

Version history

Version Changes
  • Penance Brand has been significantly simplified.
  • It no longer spreads energy to nearby enemies or causes regular pulses while at maximum energy.
  • It now immediately causes an explosion when the branded enemy reaches maximum energy.
  • It no longer causes an explosion when it expires or detaches from an enemy.
  • It no longer has an attached duration - instead, it remains attached to the enemy until it reaches maximum energy, then expires immediately once the explosion occurs.
  • It no longer gains damage or radius per energy.
  • It now deals 177-265 base Physical Damage at gem level 1 (previously 18-27), scaling up to 2541-3811 gem level 20 (previously 170-254), has an added damage effectiveness of 570% (previously 40%), activates every 0.1s while attached (previously every 0.5s) and has a base radius of 2.8 metres (previously 0.8 metres).
  • It now deals 30% less Damage with Ailments.
  • Quality now causes the skill to deal +0-10% more Damage with Hits against Branded Enemies, instead of providing 0-10% increased Area of Effect.
  • Penance Brand explosions now deal 90% more Damage with Ailments per Energy after the first (previously 60%).
  • Now has “Explosions deal 60% more Damage with Ailments per Energy after the first” (previously 100%).
  • Because of base Ignite damage changes, Ignite with the skill is now 54.8% higher.
  • Penance Brand has been added to the game.


  1. (December 4, 2023). "Path of Exile 2 and Path of Exile: Affliction Recently Asked Questions". Retrieved December 4, 2023.

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