Protective Link

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Protective LinkSpell, Duration, Link
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (15-32) Mana per second
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 34Targets an allied player to apply a buff which links you to them for a duration. While linked, they copy your block chance and recover life when they block. If the target dies while linked, you will also die. This skill cannot be triggered, or used by Totems, Traps, or Mines.Base duration is (8.00-9.90) seconds
Linked target Recovers (31-297) Life when they Block
Linked target's Chance to Block Attack Damage is equal to yours
Linked target's Maximum Chance to Block Attack Damage is equal to yours
Link breaks if target leaves range or line of sight for 4 seconds
Maximum 1 Link from any source per target
You die if Linked target dies

Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
Base duration is (0.075-1.5) seconds
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Drop level: 34
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemProtectiveLink

Protective Link is a Link skill that targets an allied player to apply a buff which links you to them for a duration. While linked, they copy your block chance and recover life when they block. If the target dies while linked, you will also die. This skill cannot be used by Totems, Traps, or Mines.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired StrengthRequired IntelligenceBase durationLife on BlockExp.Total Exp.
13450358.00 sec3100
23652368.10 sec36252595252595
33855388.20 sec41314394566989
44058408.30 sec48388734955723
54260428.40 sec544774371433160
64463448.50 sec605837862016946
74666468.60 sec717103592727305
84868488.70 sec8013555114082816
95071498.80 sec8811388775221693
105274518.90 sec10413682336589926
115476539.00 sec11616383388228264
125679559.10 sec128195664810184912
135882579.20 sec150365518413840096
146084599.30 sec167301732716857423
156287609.40 sec183357623220433655
166490629.50 sec207916473129598386
176692649.60 sec2341786142847459814
186895669.70 sec2644603238693492200
196996679.80 sec28187248039180740239
207098689.90 sec297157972052338712291
21721007010.00 sec322N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A10.10 sec347N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A10.20 sec372N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A10.30 sec396N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A10.40 sec421N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A10.50 sec446N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A10.60 sec471N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A10.70 sec495N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A10.80 sec520N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A10.90 sec545N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A11.00 sec557N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A11.05 sec570N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A11.10 sec582N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A11.15 sec594N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A11.20 sec607N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A11.25 sec619N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A11.30 sec632N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A11.35 sec644N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A11.40 sec656N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A11.45 sec668N/AN/A

Gem quality

TypeAdditional Effects per 1-20% QualityWeight
SuperiorBase duration is (0.075-1.5) seconds1

Item acquisition

Protective Link can drop anywhere.


Protective Link 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

Vendor reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Breaking the Seal
Act 4
Petarus and Vanja
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Protective Link.

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 Protective Link Duration 166Merciless Labyrinth20% increased Protective Link Durationhelmet 100
Enchantment Protective Link Duration 275Eternal Labyrinth30% increased Protective Link Durationhelmet 100

Version history

Version Changes
  • Quality now provides +0.00-1.50 seconds to Base duration, instead of 0-20% increased Skill Effect Duration.
  • Protective Link has been added to the game.