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
Consumes up to 3 corpses
Explosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 3% of the corpse's Maximum Life
Maximum of 60 Orbs at a time

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.
Volatile Dead skill icon.pngVolatile Dead inventory icon.png
Drop level: 12
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemVolatileDead

Volatile Dead skill screenshot.jpg

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.
  • 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 fire 2 additional Projectiles
    Supported Skills deal (15-6)% less Projectile Damage

    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 Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    ) do not have an effect on Volatile Dead.
  • Orbs created by Volatile Dead stay alive for up to 4.5 seconds, and their travel speed increases over time.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired DexterityRequired IntelligenceMana
Exp.Total Exp.
1122114920 to 3000
21525171026 to 381524915249
31930211235 to 524151756766
42335241347 to 7081983138749
52741281462 to 92147968286717
63146321580 to 120250557537274
735513616104 to 155405086942360
838553817125 to 1874477181390078
941594118149 to 2246153182005396
1044634419178 to 2688346392840035
1147674720213 to 31915707604410795
1250714920253 to 37916339876044782
1353755221299 to 44921510308195812
1456795522354 to 530281218911008001
1559835823417 to 626509936016107361
1662876024491 to 737940073125508092
1764906225547 to 8201527336640781458
1866926425609 to 9132628658267068040
1968956626677 to 101662890590129958630
2070986826753 to 1129212046017342004647
21721007027836 to 1254N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A27928 to 1392N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A281030 to 1545N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A291142 to 1713N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A291266 to 1899N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A301402 to 2104N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A301553 to 2329N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A311719 to 2578N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A321901 to 2852N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A322103 to 3154N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A322211 to 3316N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A332324 to 3486N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A332443 to 3665N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A332568 to 3852N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A342699 to 4049N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A342837 to 4255N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A342981 to 4472N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A343132 to 4699N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A353291 to 4937N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A353457 to 5186N/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
Quality GemRight 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
default 0
Enchantment Volatile Dead Cast Speed 275Eternal Labyrinth12% increased Volatile Dead Cast Speedhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Volatile Dead Damage 166Merciless Labyrinth25% increased Volatile Dead Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Volatile Dead Damage 275Eternal Labyrinth40% increased Volatile Dead Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Volatile Dead Orbs 375Eternal LabyrinthVolatile Dead Consumes up to 1 additional corpsehelmet 100
default 0

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
  • 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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