Ruthless Support

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Ruthless SupportSlam, Support, Melee, Attack, Strike
Icon: u
Level: (1-20)
Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 120%
Supports melee strike or slam skills. Every third time you use a supported attack, that use of the skill will be more powerful.Every third Attack with Supported Melee Attacks deals a Ruthless Blow
Ruthless Blows with Supported Skills deal (70-98)% more Melee Damage
Ruthless Blows with Supported Skills have a base Stun Duration of 0.8 seconds
Ruthless Blows with Supported Skills deal (70-98)% more Damage with Bleeding caused by Melee Hits

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Attack DamageSupported Skills have 1% increased Stun Duration on EnemiesSupported Skills have 1% reduced Attack Speed
Ruthless Blows with Supported Skills deal 1% more Melee Damage
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.
Ruthless Support inventory icon.png
Drop level: 5
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Support Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SupportGemRuthless

Ruthless Support is a support gem that causes every third attack made with the skill to deal substantially more damage and have increased base stun duration.

Skill functions and interactions

When supported by Multistrike Support, Ruthless blows work differently, instead of occurring every third hit, it occurs every third multistrike. This means hits from the first 2 uses (attacks 1 - 6) will be "normal blows" and all hits from the 3rd multi-strike use (attacks 7-9) will be ruthless blows.

Using this idea, Ruthless Blow may actually trigger by skill use rather than skill attack. This means you will have to use the attack skill 3 times to trigger Ruthless Blow.

The Ruthless Blow counter still counts whether or not you hit with a skill. For example: if you miss the first 2 hits of your supported attack, then Ruthless Blow will activate on your next (3rd) attack whether it is a hit or not.

Tracking blows: Keeping track of ruthless blows allows for them to be ready to use before a fight begins.

  • Multiple attacks - can be supported by ruthless support. Each attack tracks their own ruthless blows separately. When tracking multiple attacks, multiple ruthless blows can be ready before a fight begins.

Channeled skills, including Cyclone can not be supported by Ruthless and will not interact with it in any way.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired StrengthMore melee damage
with Ruthless Blow
More bleeding damage
from Ruthless Blow
Exp.Total Exp.

Gem quality

TypeStats (per 1% quality)Weight
SuperiorSupported Skills deal 0.5% increased Attack Damage50
AnomalousSupported Skills have 1% increased Stun Duration on Enemies100
DivergentSupported Skills have 1% reduced Attack Speed
Ruthless Blows with Supported Skills deal 1% more Melee Damage

Item acquisition

Ruthless Support can drop anywhere.


Ruthless Support can be created from the following recipes:

9Gift of the Gemling QueenGift of the Gemling QueenGift of the Gemling Queen card art.png9Level 20 Support GemOur Lady Dialla,
as a symbol of our progress,
shines greater than all the gems.
Random level 20 support gemA
7Dialla's SubjugationDialla's SubjugationDialla's Subjugation card art.png7Support Gem
Quality: +23%
A symbol of beauty and innocence
The gems corrupted her mind
Malachai corrupted her gems
All but a glimmer of
greatness lost in madness
Random corrupted support gem with 23% qualityA
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 ↓
Mercy Mission
Act 1

Vendor reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
Mercy Mission
Act 1
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3

In addition, the Large Chest in The Twilight Strand (Act 1) contains this gem, if the player selects Marauder as the character.

Version history

Version Changes
  • Ruthless Support now has a Cost and Reservation Multiplier of 120% (previously 140%).
  • Now has a 140% Cost and Reservation Multiplier (previously 110%).
  • Ruthless Blows with Supported Skills now deal 70-98% more Melee Damage (previously 75-132%).
  • Ruthless Blows with Supported Skills now deal 70-98% more Damage with Bleeding caused by Melee Hits (previously 75-132%).
  • Now only supports melee strike and slam skills (previously supported non-channeling melee attack skills).
  • Quality on the Anomalous Ruthless Support no longer grants “Supported Skills have 0-10% increased Attack Speed”. It now grants “Supported Skills have 0-20% increased Stun Duration on Enemies”.
  • Now causes ruthless blows with supported skills to deal 75% more melee damage at gem level 1 (unchanged), up to 132% more at gem level 20 (from 113%).
  • Now causes ruthless blows with supported skills to deal 75% more damage with bleeding at gem level 1 (unchanged), up to 132% more at gem level 20 (from 113%).
  • Can no longer support Channelled skills.
  • CycloneCycloneAttack, AoE, Movement, Channelling, Physical, Melee
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: 2 Mana
    Attack Speed: 300% of base
    Attack Damage: (44-59)% of base
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: (44-59)%
    Requires Level 28Channel this skill to move towards a targeted location while spinning, building up stages while constantly attacking enemies in an area around you. While channelling this skill, you cannot be knocked back.(5-28) to (8-42) Added Attack Physical Damage
    8% increased Area of Effect per 1 additional Melee Strike Range
    30% less Movement Speed
    First Hit deals 50% less Damage
    Gains 1 Stage every (0.33-0.17) seconds while Channelling
    Maximum (3-6) Stages
    +1 to radius per Stage
    Lose 1 Stage every 0.33 seconds while not Channelling

    Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Cyclone skill icon.png
    can no longer be supported by Ruthless Support.
  • Ruthless Support has been added to the game.