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SparkSpark of the NovaSpark of UnpredictabilityVaal Spark
SparkSpell, Projectile, Duration, Lightning
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (5-21) Mana
Cast Time: 0.65 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 190%
Projectile Speed: 420
Launches unpredictable sparks that move randomly until they hit an enemy or expire.Deals (1-104) to (28-1983) Lightning Damage
Base duration is 2.00 seconds
Fires (4-8) Projectiles

Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
Fires +(0.1-2) Projectiles
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Acquisition
Drop level: 5
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Metadata
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemSpark

Spark is a lightning spell that launches unpredictable sparks that move randomly until they hit an enemy.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Return: Spark can not benefit from return projectile mechanics as the projectiles will just time out before ever attempting to return.
  • Duration: Spark duration determines how long spark projectiles will persist, and is increased by both skill duration passives and support.
  • Ricochets: Spark projectiles will bounce off of terrain obstructions and edges for as long as they persist. If a spark projectile strikes a mob, it will be absorbed unless it can pierce.
  • A single cast of Spark can hit an enemy once every 0.66 second (after patch 2.3). Keep in mind this is per cast, not per projectile. So without any increase in duration, a single cast can hit an enemy thrice with the base duration of 2 seconds. That is why projectile speed and increased duration can result in significant increases in real DPS.
  • When an enemy is hit with a Spark projectile, projectiles from the same cast will go through that enemy without damaging it, as if it wasn't there (until the enemy can be hit again with the same cast which happens after 0.66 second).
  • There is no guaranteed distance or time the projectiles will go straight, but they are guaranteed to go forward if there are no obstacles.
  • After patch 2.3 Spark projectiles now destroy themselves after travelling 150 units from the character. It should be noted that it's entirely possible for infinite-duration sparks to bounce/circle around within that radius, and never leave it. In general, sparks will be more likely to stay within the radius in an enclosed space with walls to bounce off, and more likely to leave it in open areas.[1]

Immunity to Spark

Spark projectiles travel on the ground and cannot hit flying enemies, including most enemy versions of Summon Raging SpiritSummon Raging SpiritSpell, Minion, Duration, Fire
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (4-16) Mana
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 4Summons a short-lived flaming skull that rushes at nearby enemies and attacks them rapidly, converting all its physical damage to fire. Enemies will not directly engage these spirits, and can pass through them.Maximum 20 Summoned Raging Spirits
Base duration is 5.00 seconds
Minions cannot Taunt Enemies

Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
(1.5-30)% chance to summon an extra Minion
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
(e.g. Shore MapShore MapMap Level: 73
Map Tier: 6
Guild Character: /
Each life, each act, as fleeting as footprints in the sand.Travel to this Map by using it in a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
) and Animate WeaponAnimate WeaponDuration, Minion, Spell, Physical
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (4-16) Mana
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Requires Level 4Animates a Melee Weapon Item or Lingering Blade to fight by your side. You cannot animate unidentified Weapons. Will not animate weapons with 6 sockets. Cannot be used by Traps or Mines.Base duration is 40.00 seconds
Can use Items requiring up to Level (9-100)
Minions' Attacks deal (5-126) to (8-184) additional Physical Damage
Animated Lingering Blades deal (1-17) to (2-80) Added Attack Physical Damage
Minions deal (0-38)% more Damage
Maximum (5-14) Animated Weapons
Minions have (0-38)% more Attack Speed

Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
+(0.1-2) to maximum number of Animated Weapons
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
.

This does not apply to The Steel Soul and Animated Weapon minions from its arena in Arsenal MapArsenal MapMap Level: 83
Map Tier: 16
Guild Character: é
There is no war. There is no army.
Only rage lingers.
Travel to this Map by using it in a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
.

Spark duration and cast speed

Given the current cast speed of 0.65 seconds, and the lifetime of the Spark is 2 seconds, you can get about 18 sparks into play before the initial sparks expire. 2 seconds / 0.65 seconds = 3.07 casts or 18 sparks.

To figure out the required cast speed to get more sparks into play, divide 2 by the number of casts.

4 casts ( 24 sparks ): 2 / 4 = 0.5 seconds per cast.
5 casts ( 30 sparks ): 2 / 5 = 0.4 seconds per cast.

Note, you may have to decrease these cast times, as this the minimum time; the initial sparks will expire just as the new ones are leaving your position.

To calculate the new desired increase in casting speed, consider that if you increase your speed by 100%, you'll cut the time in half.

NewCastSpeed = OldCastSpeed / ( 1 + IncreasedSpeed )
IncreasedSpeed = OldCastSpeed / NewCastSpeed - 1

As an example, if we wanted to get to 0.5 seconds, this is an % increase of (0.65/.5 - 1)*100% = 30%

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired IntelligenceMana
Cost
Lightning
Damage
# ProjectilesExp.Total Exp.
11051 to 28400
22052 to 3247070
341662 to 404308378
472273 to 54415541932
5113174 to 76566678599
6164196 to 11052604734646
72050108 to 14554972584371
824581110 to 188595714180085
928671113 to 2395169595349680
1032751216 to 3016283759633439
1136831320 to 37664539961087435
1240921425 to 46667031281790563
13441001530 to 573610612232851786
14481091637 to 702720658704917656
15521171745 to 855725071107424766
16561251855 to 10377579893613223702
17601341966 to 125371508391928307621
18641422079 to 150972779273556100356
19671482191 to 173184386973999970095
207015521104 to 19838242081556342051651
217215922114 to 21708N/AN/A
2274N/A22125 to 23738N/AN/A
2376N/A23136 to 25938N/AN/A
2478N/A23149 to 28328N/AN/A
2580N/A24163 to 30919N/AN/A
2682N/A24178 to 33739N/AN/A
2784N/A25194 to 36789N/AN/A
2886N/A25211 to 40099N/AN/A
2988N/A26230 to 43689N/AN/A
3090N/A26250 to 47589N/AN/A
3191N/A26261 to 49659N/AN/A
3292N/A27273 to 518010N/AN/A
3393N/A27284 to 540410N/AN/A
3494N/A27297 to 563710N/AN/A
3595N/A27309 to 588010N/AN/A
3696N/A27323 to 613210N/AN/A
3797N/A28337 to 639510N/AN/A
3898N/A28351 to 666910N/AN/A
3999N/A28366 to 695310N/AN/A
40100N/A28382 to 725011N/AN/A

Gem quality

TypeAdditional Effects per 1-20% QualityWeight
SuperiorFires +(0.1-2) Projectiles1

Item acquisition

Spark can drop anywhere.

Recipes

Spark can be created from the following recipes:

AmountPartDescriptionMeta
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
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 ↓
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
Nessa
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Ruthless mode

Spark cannot be obtained from quests in Ruthless mode.

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Spark.

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 Spark Damage 166Merciless Labyrinth25% increased Spark Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Spark Damage 275Eternal Labyrinth40% increased Spark Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Spark Num Of Additional Projectiles 166Merciless LabyrinthSpark fires 2 additional Projectileshelmet 100
Enchantment Spark Num Of Additional Projectiles 275Eternal LabyrinthSpark fires 3 additional Projectileshelmet 100
Enchantment Spark Projectile Fire in Circle 175Eternal LabyrinthSpark fires Projectiles in a circlehelmet 100
Enchantment Spark Projectile Speed 166Merciless Labyrinth20% increased Spark Projectile Speedhelmet 0
Enchantment Spark Projectile Speed 275Eternal Labyrinth30% increased Spark Projectile Speedhelmet 0

Legacy enchantments

The following enchantments can only be found on legacy items in permanent leagues:

NameLabyrinthStats
Enchantment Spark Projectile Speed 1Merciless Labyrinth20% increased Spark Projectile Speed
Enchantment Spark Projectile Speed 2Eternal Labyrinth30% increased Spark Projectile Speed

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment Spark:

Note that the jewels may be drop disabled and only be found in the permanent leagues as legacy items.

ItemLimitRadiusStatsDrop
Enabled
Hazardous ResearchHazardous Research
Cobalt Jewel
Limited to: 1
Radius: Medium
(10-15)% increased Lightning Damage
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Spark fires Projectiles in a circle
Of the elements at the thaumaturgist's disposal, lightning remained the least understood.
The simple passage of energy from one to another could result in profound power, or rapid death.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
1Medium(10-15)% increased Lightning Damage
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Spark fires Projectiles in a circle
0

Alternate skill effects

Spark has the following alternate skill effects:

ItemEffect(s)
Automaton Spark EffectAutomaton Spark EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Spark becomes an Automaton Effect.Your Spark becomes an Automaton Effect.
Celestial Spark EffectCelestial Spark EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Spark becomes a Celestial Effect.Your Spark becomes a Celestial Effect.
Spark Spiders EffectSpark Spiders EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Sparks become skittering spiders of raw electrical energyYour Sparks become skittering spiders of raw electrical energy
Void Spark EffectVoid Spark EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Spark becomes a Void Effect.Your Spark becomes a Void Effect.

Version history

Version Changes
3.23.0
  • No longer has 0-19% increased Projectile Speed.
  • The gem now also describes how many projectiles it fires, instead of how many additional projectiles are fired.
  • Quality now causes the skill to Fire +0-2 Projectiles, instead of providing 0-20% increased Projectile Speed.
3.21.0
  • The base projectile speed of Spark has been reduced by 25%.
  • It now fires 3 additional Projectiles at gem level 1 (previously 4), and 7 at gem level 20 (unchanged).
3.20.0
  • The availability of existing Unique Jewels has been reviewed, and many (including Replica versions) can no longer be obtained.
We've also rebalanced some Unique Jewels and compensated for the loss of specific jewels in the form of new modifiers or skill changes.
  • Added Eternal Labyrinth Helmet Enchantments for Spark and Ethereal KnivesEthereal KnivesSpell, Projectile, Physical
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (5-20) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.60 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 220%
    Projectile Speed: 1300
    Fires an arc of knives outwards in front of the caster which deal physical damage.Deals (7-949) to (10-1423) Physical Damage
    Fires (10-13) Projectiles

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    Fires +(0.1-2) Projectiles
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    that cause projectiles to fire in a circle. The Spark projectile speed Helmet Enchantments and the Ethereal Knives Pierce Helmet Enchantment have been removed.
3.19.0g
  • Reduced the terrain collision size of Spark and Lightning Strike projectiles by 50%. This also fixes a longstanding bug where Spark projectiles sometimes weren't created if cast up against a wall.
3.17.0
  • Spark now deals 1 to 28 Lightning Damage at gem level 1 (previously 2 to 29), up to 104 to 1983 at gem level 20 (previously 70 to 1326).
  • Now fires 4 additional Projectiles at gem level 1 (unchanged), up to 7 at gem level 20 (previously 6).
  • Now has 190% Effectiveness of Added Damage at all gem levels (previously 125%).
3.15.0
  • Now deals 2 to 29 Lightning Damage at gem level 1 (previously 1 to 29), up to 70 to 1326 Lightning Damage at gem level 20 (previously 63 to 1198).
  • Now has 125% Effectiveness of Added Damage.
3.6.0
  • Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 21 (was 23)
  • Now deals 1 to 20 Lightning damage at gem level 1 (unchanged) and 63 to 1198 Lightning damage at gem level 20 (from 52 to 997).
  • Now clears its hit list every 0.66 seconds (from 1 second). This means the same projectile can hit the same monster more frequently.
3.3.0
  • Now deals 1-20 lightning damage at gem level 1 (same as previously), up to 52-997 damage at gem level 20 (up from 44-832).
  • Now gains 1% increased projectile speed per gem level, up to 19% increased projectile speed at gem level 20.
  • Projectiles now have a base duration of 2 seconds (up from 1.5).
  • Now has an added damage effectiveness of 100% (up from 70%).
2.3.0
  • Spark and Vaal SparkVaal SparkSpell, Projectile, Duration, Vaal, Lightning
    Level: (1-20)
    Souls Per Use: 30
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Soul Gain Prevention: 5 sec
    Cast Time: 0.65 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 40%
    Continuously launches unpredictable sparks in all directions that move randomly until they hit an enemy or expire.Deals (1-24) to (11-454) Lightning Damage
    Base duration is 2.00 seconds
    Modifiers to Skill Effect Duration also apply to this Skill's Soul Gain Prevention
    Fires Projectiles in random directions

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    Fires +(0.1-2) Projectiles
    CorruptedPlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    projectiles (including those from monster Sparks) are now 20% slower. Quality on Spark and Vaal Spark is now worth 1% projectile speed per point of quality (rather than 2%). The time that Sparks must travel before they re-arm has been increased from 500ms to 1000ms. Spark projectiles now destroy themselves after travelling 150 units, which is in-line with other projectiles.
2.2.2
  • Lowered Spark's damage in PvP by 1% per gem level up to level 10, then 2% per gem level (damage reduced by 10% at level 10, and by 30% at level 20). Spark's tendency to completely coat the battlefield in unavoidable damage was making PvP matches extremely unfun, especially at high levels. While this doesn't solve the core issue of spark's unavoidable damage, it should give players a chance to close the gap.
2.1.0
  • Damage has been increased in damage by 10%, and starts at 4 projectiles, increasing by an additional one at levels 9, 17 and 25.
2.0.0
  • Damage increased by 76%.
  • Now grants 2% increased projectile speed per 1% quality (was 3% per 1% quality).
  • Critical Strike Chance has been increased from 5% to 6%.
1.2.0
  • Spark does 20% more damage at all levels. It now bounces off Frost Walls, regardless of whether they are cast by players or monsters.
  • The critical strike chance has been increased from 4% to 5%. [Undocumented This change was not documented by any official sources. It was discovered through player testing or datamining.]
1.1.0
  • Increased the damage of the following skills at low levels: Spark, Cold SnapCold SnapSpell, AoE, Cold, Duration
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (11-28) Mana
    Cooldown Time: 3.00 sec
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cast Time: 0.85 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 320%
    AoE Radius: 16
    Requires Level 16Creates a sudden burst of cold in a targeted area, damaging enemies. Also creates an expanding area which is filled with chilled ground, and deals cold damage over time to enemies. Enemies that die while in the area have a chance to grant Frenzy Charges. The cooldown can be bypassed by expending a Frenzy Charge.Deals (34-1440) to (51-2160) Cold Damage
    Base duration is 5.00 seconds
    Deals (28.7-1895.4) Base Cold Damage per second
    Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
    Burst Base radius is 1.5 metres
    Chilled Ground Base initial radius is 1.5 metres
    Chilled Ground Base final radius is 3 metres
    25% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge when an Enemy Dies while in this Skill's Area

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    (1-20)% more Effect of Chill
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    , Ice SpearIce SpearCritical, Spell, Projectile, Cold
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (8-23) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.70 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 7.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 130%
    Projectile Speed: 1000
    Requires Level 12Launches shards of ice in rapid succession. After travelling a short distance they change to a second form, which moves much faster and pierces through enemies.Deals (22-568) to (33-852) Cold Damage
    Fires 2 Projectiles
    Second form has 600% increased Critical Strike Chance
    Second form has +(30-49)% to Critical Strike Multiplier
    Second form has 300% more Projectile Speed

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    Second form has +(2-40)% to Critical Strike Multiplier
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    and to a lesser extent, Freezing PulseFreezing PulseSpell, Projectile, Cold
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (5-21) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.65 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 330%
    Projectile Speed: 1800
    An icy projectile which has a chance to freeze enemies it passes through. The projectile fades quickly, reducing damage and freezing chance until it dissipates.Deals (8-1458) to (12-2188) Cold Damage
    Projectiles Pierce all Targets
    Projectiles continuously lose Damage, up to 50% less Damage by the time they dissipate
    Projectiles have 25% chance to Freeze, which is lost over the first quarter of their flight

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    (2-40)% increased Projectile Speed
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    and Storm CallStorm CallSpell, AoE, Duration, Lightning
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (6-16) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 250%
    Requires Level 12Sets a marker at a location. After a short duration, lightning strikes the marker, dealing damage around it and causing lightning strikes at any other markers you've cast.Deals (21-949) to (39-1762) Lightning Damage
    Base duration is 1.50 seconds
    +(0-0.6) metres to radius

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    (0.75-15)% chance for Lightning to Strike the Marker when Cast
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    .
1.0.0
  • Damage is increased at lower levels. Spark duration has been heavily reduced.
0.11.1
  • Spells with Damage Effectiveness no longer have their own damage affected by Damage Effectiveness.
    Damage values on these skills have been updated to reflect this.
0.11.0b
  • Fixed a bug where Projectile Speed bonuses did not apply to Spark when used with a Spell Totem SupportSpell Totem SupportSupport, Spell, Totem
    Icon: T
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 200%
    Requires Level 8Supports spell skills that are not triggered. Instead of casting that spell, you will summon a totem that casts the spell for you.Supported Skills deal (49-40)% less Damage
    Supported Skills will summon a Totem which uses that Skill
    Totem lasts 8 seconds
    Supported Skills have 40% less Cast Speed

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    Supported Skills have (0.5-10)% increased Totem Placement 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 Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    .
0.11.0
  • The base critical strike chance has been reduced from 6% to 4%.
0.10.0
  • Once a Spark has bounced, it'll only be able to pierce the same target again if it has been more than
    one second since the last time.
0.9.11i
  • Fixed the randomness when used with Traps.
0.9.7
  • Improved the effects.
  • Spark now fires three sparks by default.
0.9.6
  • Changed Spark to cast four sparks by default, but it is affected less by additional damage from support gems.
0.9.5g
0.9.4c
  • Set the default critical strike chance of Spark (5.5%),
0.9.3e
  • Reduced damage by 10%.
0.9.3
  • Spark now defaults to casting two sparks (with reduced damage). This makes it have less variance in outdoors areas.
0.9.1
  • Increased damage.
  • Swapped Spark and Fireball in terms of skill levels and quest rewards. Fireball is now lower level and available to Witches from Tarkleigh.
0.8.6
  • Increased Spark damage by 12.5%
0.8.4
  • Spark projectiles can now pierce the same monster several times if it has bounced between each pierce.
  • Made Spark do 45% more damage and increased its mana cost per level.
0.8.3
  • Introduced to the game.

References

  1. Mark_GGG (August 18, 2016). "Mechanical Questions Thread". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved August 23, 2016.

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