Tempest Shield

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Tempest ShieldSpell, Lightning, Chaining
Level: (1-20)
Reservation: 25% Mana
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cast Time: Instant
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 220%
Requires Level 16Enchants your shield with the power of storms, which lashes out to deal arcing lightning damage to attackers when you block them.Deals (38-896) to (115-2688) Lightning Damage
Chains +1 Times
Buff grants +(18-25)% Chance to Block Spell Damage while holding a Shield
Buff grants Immunity to Shock

Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
(2-40)% chance to Shock enemies
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Drop level: 16
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemTempestShield

Tempest Shield is a spell that reserves mana to empower your shield, granting spell block chance and immunity to shock. While active, whenever you block, you deal damage to the enemy that hit you with an arc of lightning that chains to nearby enemies.

Skill Functions and Interactions

Damage on Blocking: This spell will damage the attacker whenever you successfully block any direct attack or spell.

Chaining: The damage on block chains from the attacker to the nearest enemy in a range. The number of times the lightning damage chains can be increased by supporting Tempest Shield with Chain SupportChain SupportSupport, Chaining, Projectile
Icon: c
Level: (1-20)
Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 150%
Requires Level 38Supports projectile skills, and any other skills that chain.Supported Skills Chain +2 times
Supported Skills deal (30-11)% less Damage with Hits

Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
Supported Skills have (0.5-10)% increased Chaining range
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.
, by equipping MjölnerMjölner
One Handed Mace
Physical Damage: (97.2-118.8) to (181.8-222.2)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.15
Weapon Range: 1.1 metres
Requires Level 60, 412 Str, 300 Int15% reduced Enemy Stun ThresholdTrigger a Socketed Lightning Spell on Hit, with a 0.25 second Cooldown
Socketed Lightning Spells have no Cost if Triggered
+300 Intelligence Requirement
+200 Strength Requirement
(80-120)% increased Physical Damage
Skills Chain +1 times
(80-100)% increased Lightning Damage
Look the storm in the eye and you will have its respect.
or equipping a helmet with an Tempest Shield chains an additional x times enchantment.

Necromantic Aegis does not cause Tempest Shield to be applied to Minions. The block chance will be lost and Tempest Shield can no longer deal damage because you are not using a shield.[1]

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired StrengthRequired IntelligenceLightning
Spell BlockExp.Total Exp.
116182638 to 11518%00
220223151 to 15418%4972549725
324253768 to 20319%95714145439
428294288 to 26419%169595315034
5313246106 to 31819%199345514379
6343550128 to 38320%285815800194
7373754153 to 45820%4013441201538
8404058182 to 54521%5543791755917
9434362215 to 64621%7550492510966
10464666255 to 76421%10165333527499
11494870300 to 90122%18986025426101
12525174353 to 106022%19640197390120
13555478415 to 124423%25737319963851
14585782486 to 145723%467643914640290
15605984539 to 161623%301732717657617
16626087597 to 179224%782300125480618
17646290662 to 198524%1526420840744826
18666492733 to 219825%2627284567017671
19686695811 to 243225%62872274129889945
20706898896 to 268825%212023122341913067
217270100990 to 297026%N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A1093 to 328026%N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A1207 to 362027%N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A1331 to 399227%N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A1467 to 440127%N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A1617 to 485028%N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A1780 to 534128%N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A1960 to 588029%N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A2157 to 647029%N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A2372 to 711629%N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A2487 to 746230%N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A2608 to 782430%N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A2734 to 820330%N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A2866 to 859930%N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A3004 to 901331%N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A3149 to 944731%N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A3300 to 990031%N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A3458 to 1037531%N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A3624 to 1087131%N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A3797 to 1139031%N/AN/A

Item acquisition

Tempest Shield can drop anywhere.


Tempest Shield 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 ↓
Intruders in Black
Act 2
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Ruthless mode

Tempest Shield cannot be obtained from quests or traded for using an Uncarved GemstoneUncarved GemstoneTrade this in to Siosa inside the Library for a Skill Gem through Siosa in Ruthless mode.

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Tempest Shield.

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 Tempest Shield Damage 166Merciless Labyrinth25% increased Tempest Shield Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Tempest Shield Damage 275Eternal Labyrinth40% increased Tempest Shield Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Tempest Shield Num Of Additional Projectiles In Chain 166Merciless LabyrinthTempest Shield chains an additional 2 timeshelmet 100
Enchantment Tempest Shield Num Of Additional Projectiles In Chain 275Eternal LabyrinthTempest Shield chains an additional 3 timeshelmet 100

Alternate skill effects

Tempest Shield has the following alternate skill effects:

Celestial Tempest Shield EffectCelestial Tempest Shield EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Tempest Shield becomes a Celestial Effect.Your Tempest Shield becomes a Celestial Effect.
Invisible Buff EffectInvisible Buff EffectSkill Gem EffectRemoves the visual effects on the player from arctic armour, tempest shield, blood rage, molten shell, plague bearer, phase run, petrified blood, withering step, any aura, any blasphemied curse, or any herald gem.Removes the visual effects on the player from arctic armour, tempest shield, blood rage, molten shell, plague bearer, phase run, petrified blood, withering step, any aura, any blasphemied curse, or any herald gem.

Version history

Version Changes
  • Quality now provides 0-40% chance to Shock enemies (previously 0-20%).
  • Tempest Shield has been reworked to become a 25% Reservation Effect that provides a large amount of Spell Block as well as an Immunity to Shock.
  • It no longer has +3% Chance to Block Attack Damage while holding a Shield.
  • It now has +18% Chance to Block Spell Damage while holding a Shield at gem level 1, up to +25% at gem level 20 (previously +3% at all gem levels).
  • It still has the property of shooting out Lightning on Block, and the Damage has been significantly buffed:
    • Now has Deals 38 to 115 Lightning Damage at gem level 1 (previously 24 to 26), up to 896 to 2688 at gem level 20 (previously 284 to 426).
  • Mana Cost at gem level 1 is now 7 (was 17).
  • Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 16 (was 21).
  • Now also grants +3% chance to block Spell Damage.
  • Cast time lowered to 0.25 seconds (from 0.5).
  • Tempest Shield now deals arcing beams of damage to attackers when you block. This damage chains between enemies.
  • It now has a mana cost and a duration instead of a reservation cost. Blocking refreshes the skill's duration.
  • Due to these changes, it no longer persists between areas.
  • Fixed a bug where Tempest Shield could be activated with no reservation cost.
  • Fixed an instance crash that occurred with Tempest Shield.
  • Fixed a bug where applying microtransaction effects to items cause disable the effect of Tempest Shield.
  • Tempest Shield now stays active between area transitions. [Undocumented This change was not documented by any official sources. It was discovered through player testing or datamining.]
  • Tempest shield can now generate more than one charge per skill use.
  • Tempest Shield now has a 0.5 second cooldown similar to auras,
    to prevent it being turned off by rapidly recasting it.
  • Tempest Shield can no longer move between areas with you. It was broken when it did so.
  • Tempest Shield's mana reservation now works properly.
  • Fixed a client crash with Tempest Shield.
  • Fixed various client crashes related to Tempest Shield.
  • Tempest Shield has been added to the game.


The symbol that appears on the character's shield when Tempest Shield is used is a Descry.


  1. Tempest Shield + Necromantic Aegis Official Path of Exile Forums

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