Volatile Dead

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Volatile DeadSpell, AoE, Fire
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (9-26) Mana
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 170%
Requires Level 12Corpses near the targeted location explode, dealing damage in a small area and creating an orb which moves towards nearby enemies before dealing spell damage in a larger area. The explosion of the corpse is not affected by modifiers to spell damage, and cannot be reflected.Deals (20-753) to (30-1129) Fire Damage
Explosion deals base Fire Damage equal to (3-4)% of the corpse's Maximum Life
Consumes up to 3 corpses
Maximum of 60 Orbs at a time

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect1% increased Fire Damage1% increased Orb Movement Speed
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Drop level: 12
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemVolatileDead

Volatile Dead is a spell that consumes a corpse to summon a volatile orb. The orb homes in on nearby enemies and explodes for fire damage on contact.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Homing: Orbs have the same pathfinding AI as the enemy modifier "Volatile Flameblood", which means they can seek out enemies with no line of sight, and even navigate through short maze layouts and pass through fences and some closed doors to reach an enemy. This can be exploited to damage an enemy without the enemy finding your location to retaliate.
  • The skill has two damage-dealing portions: the corpse explosion and the volatile orb damage. Therefore, scaling corpse life will only affect the damage the skill deals when it creates the orbs, not the orbs themselves.
  • Despite their appearance, the orbs created by Volatile Dead are not projectiles. Thus, effects that normally affect projectiles (such as Lesser Multiple Projectiles SupportLesser Multiple Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: l
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 130%
    Requires Level 8Supports projectile skills.Supported Skills deal (15-6)% less Projectile Damage
    Supported Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles

    Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Projectile 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 Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    ) do not have an effect on Volatile Dead.

Ball Movement Speed

  • Orbs created by Volatile Dead have a fixed 5s duration once the spell is cast. The animation for them to emerge from the ground takes 0.67s, leaving them 4.33s to move and target enemies.
  • The Volatile Balls have a base movement speed of 26 units/s. They gain 2.5% increased movement speed per level required to use the gem and 1% per quality on Divergent Volatile Dead. e.g. A level 20 Volatile Dead has a level requirement of 70, so it has a base increased movement speed of 70 * 2.5 = 175% inc movement speed.
  • Once the spell is cast, the Volatile Balls begin to accelerate and gain 200% increased movement speed over their 5s duration
  • For example, a level 20 Volatile Dead has [(0.67 / 5) * 200] + 70 * 2.5 = 201.8% increased movement speed by the time the Ball has finished its raising animation and is able to target enemies

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired DexterityRequired IntelligenceMana
Life %
Exp.Total Exp.
1122114920 to 303%00
21525171026 to 383.1%1524915249
31930211235 to 523.1%4151756766
42335241347 to 703.2%81983138749
52741281462 to 923.2%147968286717
63146321580 to 1203.3%250557537274
735513616104 to 1553.3%405086942360
838553817125 to 1873.4%4477181390078
941594118149 to 2243.4%6153182005396
1044634419178 to 2683.5%8346392840035
1147674720213 to 3193.5%15707604410795
1250714920253 to 3793.6%16339876044782
1353755221299 to 4493.6%21510308195812
1456795522354 to 5303.7%281218911008001
1559835823417 to 6263.7%509936016107361
1662876024491 to 7373.8%940073125508092
1764906225547 to 8203.8%1527336640781458
1866926425609 to 9133.9%2628658267068040
1968956626677 to 10163.9%62890590129958630
2070986826753 to 11294%212046017342004647
21721007027836 to 12544%N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A27928 to 13924.1%N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A281030 to 15454.1%N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A291142 to 17134.2%N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A291266 to 18994.2%N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A301402 to 21044.3%N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A301553 to 23294.3%N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A311719 to 25784.4%N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A321901 to 28524.4%N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A322103 to 31544.5%N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A322211 to 33164.5%N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A332324 to 34864.5%N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A332443 to 36654.5%N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A332568 to 38524.6%N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A342699 to 40494.6%N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A342837 to 42554.6%N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A342981 to 44724.6%N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A343132 to 46994.7%N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A353291 to 49374.7%N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A353457 to 51864.7%N/AN/A

Gem quality

TypeStats (per 1% quality)Weight
Superior0.5% increased Area of Effect50
Anomalous1% increased Fire Damage100
Divergent1% increased Orb Movement Speed20

Item acquisition

Volatile Dead can drop anywhere.


Volatile Dead 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
8Dying AnguishDying Anguish8Level 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 Hook8Level 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 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.
Shift click to unstack.
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 ↓
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1

Vendor reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Volatile Dead.

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 Volatile Dead Cast Speed 166Merciless Labyrinth8% increased Volatile Dead Cast Speedhelmet 100
Enchantment Volatile Dead Cast Speed 275Eternal Labyrinth12% increased Volatile Dead Cast Speedhelmet 100
Enchantment Volatile Dead Damage 166Merciless Labyrinth25% increased Volatile Dead Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Volatile Dead Damage 275Eternal Labyrinth40% increased Volatile Dead Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Volatile Dead Orbs 375Eternal LabyrinthVolatile Dead Consumes up to 1 additional corpsehelmet 100

Alternate skill effects

Volatile Dead has the following alternate skill effects:

Darkwood Volatile Dead EffectDarkwood Volatile Dead EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Volatile Dead becomes a Darkwood Effect.Your Volatile Dead becomes a Darkwood Effect.
Stygian Volatile Dead EffectStygian Volatile Dead EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Volatile Dead becomes a Stygian Effect.Your Volatile Dead becomes a Stygian Effect.
Void Volatile Dead EffectVoid Volatile Dead EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Volatile Dead becomes a Void Effect.Your Volatile Dead becomes a Void Effect.

Version history

Version Changes
  • Now has "Explosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 3% of the corpse's maximum Life" at gem level 1, up to 4% at gem level 20 (previously 3% at all gem levels).
  • Volatile Dead now deals 20 to 30 Fire Damage at gem level 1 (unchanged), up to 753 to 1129 at gem level 20 (previously 507 to 760).
  • Now has 170% Effectiveness of Added Damage at all gem levels (previously 120%).
  • Now displays that you are limited to a maximum of 60 orbs at a time.
  • Now has a limit of 60 Orbs.
  • Mana Cost at gem level 1 is now 9 (was 10).
  • Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 26 (was 31).
  • Now deals 20 to 30 Fire damage at gem level 1 (unchanged) and 507 to 760 Fire damage at gem level 20 (from 535 to 802).
  • Volatile Dead has been added to the game.


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