PoE Despair Gem Build 3.24 (2024)

PoE Despair Gem Build 3.24 (1) Despair is an active skill gem.

Curses all targets in an area, lowering their chaos resistance and increasing damage over time they take. All hits will deal added chaos damage to the cursed enemies.You are cursed. You have reduced Chaos Resistance, take increased Damage over Time, and hits against you deal additional Chaos Damage.

Spell, AoE, Duration, Chaos, Curse, Hex. Level: 1–20. Cost: 16–33 Mana. Cast Time: 0.50 sec. Requires Level 24.

  • Base duration is (8–11.8) seconds
  • +(0–10) to radius
  • Cursed enemies have (-30–-15)% to Chaos Resistance

Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.

NameAdditional Effects From QualityWeight
Despair0-10% increased Effect of Curse50

PoE 3.20 Changes

Despair
Added
  • 10% increased Effect of Curse
Removed
  • Curse gains 10 Doom per second if you Cast this Spell yourself
  • Cursed enemies take 35% increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects
  • Adds 46 to 57 Chaos Damage to Hits against Cursed Enemies
Modified
  • New: Base duration is 11.80 seconds
  • Old: Base duration is 10.90 seconds
  • New: Cursed enemies have -30% to Chaos Resistance
  • Old: Cursed enemies have -29% to Chaos Resistance

New: Curses all targets in an area, lowering their chaos resistance.

Old: Curses all targets in an area, lowering their chaos resistance and increasing damage over time they take. All hits will deal added chaos damage to the cursed enemies.

PoE 3.20: Despair no longer causes Cursed enemies to take 15-25% increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects, and it no longer adds 9-46 to 12-76 Chaos Damage to Hits against Cursed Enemies. It now causes Cursed enemies to have -15% to Chaos Resistance at gem level 1 (previously -20%), up to -30% at gem level 20 (previously -29%). Quality no longer causes Cursed Enemies to take 0-10% increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects. Instead, it now provides 0-10% increased Effect of Curse.

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Related Gems

NameAdditional Effects From QualityWeight
Despair0-10% increased Effect of Curse50
Anomalous DespairCursed Enemies to take 0-10% increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects100
Divergent DespairSpell Hits have (0–10)% chance to Hinder Cursed Enemies100

Level Effect

LevelRequires LevelDexterityIntelligenceCostAdds 9 to 12 Chaos Damage to Hits against Cursed EnemiesBase duration is 9 seconds# to radiusCursed enemies have -20% to Chaos ResistanceCursed enemies take 15% increased Damage from Damage Over Time effectsExperience
1242537169, 1290-2015118,383
22728411711, 139.11-2016175,816
33031451812, 159.21-2116254,061
43334491914, 179.32-2117359,090
53636532115, 199.42-2217498,508
63939562217, 219.53-2218682,057
74242602319, 249.63-2318921,777
84545642421, 269.74-23191,727,879
94848682523, 299.84-24191,138,877
105049712625, 319.95-24201,368,233
115251742627, 33105-25201,638,338
125453762728, 3610.16-25211,956,648
135655792830, 3810.26-26213,655,184
145857822932, 4010.37-26223,017,327
156059842934, 4310.47-27227,793,914
166260873036, 4510.58-272315,206,031
176462903139, 4810.68-282326,185,582
186664923141, 5110.79-282462,755,923
196866953243, 5410.89-2924211,877,683
207068983346, 5710.910-2925
21723449, 611110-3025
22743451, 6411.111-3026
23763554, 6811.211-3126
24783657, 7211.312-3127
25803660, 7611.412-3227
26823764, 8011.513-3228
27843867, 8411.613-3328
28863971, 8911.714-3329
29883975, 9311.814-3429
30904079, 9811.915-3430
31914081, 10111.9515-3430
32924183, 1041215-3530
33934185, 10612.0515-3530
34944287, 10912.116-3531
35954290, 11212.1516-3531
36964292, 11512.216-3631
37974394, 11812.2516-3631
38984397, 12112.317-3632
39994399, 12412.3517-3632
4010044102, 12712.417-3732

Despair is a spell that curses all targets in an area, making them take increased chaos damage, damage over time, and chaos damage on hit.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Cursed enemies take increased Damage from Damage Over Time effects: Because these stats are an increase to the target's damage taken, they are multiplicative with attacker's damage dealt and additive with any other effects to damage taken on the defender.
  • Adds Chaos Damage to Hits against Cursed Enemies: Skills, passives, and items that grant Increased effect of your Curses will increase the added chaos damage granted by this curse (Note: These increases are not reflected in the tooltip, they only display base values). This added damage is identical in function to other sources of added damage, such as Added Chaos Damage Support, and thus can be further increased by any of the applicable increases to the attacker's damage.
  • Cursed enemies have -x% to Chaos Resistance: The reduction to Chaos Resistance granted by this curse (after modifiers) stacks additively with the Occultist's Void Beacon Ascendancy passive and other similar effects.
  • Despair can be turned into an aura by linking it with either Blasphemy Support or Awakened Blasphemy Support.

Item acquisition

Despair can drop anywhere.

Recipes

Despair can be created from the following recipes:

Amount Part Description
3 The Bitter Blossom Random corrupted level 21 Chaos gem with 23% quality
13 The Cataclysm Random corrupted level 21 Spell gem
6 The Fox Random level 20 gem
8 Dying Anguish Random level 19 gem with 19% alternative quality
8 The Hook Random corrupted level 21 gem with 23% alternative quality
3 Gemcutter's Promise Random gem with 20% quality
1 Gemcutter's Incubator Random gem with 1–20% quality
1 The Void Random divination card set exchange

Quest reward

This item is given as a quest reward for the following quests:

Class → Witch Shadow Ranger Duelist Marauder Templar Scion
Quest ↓
Lost in Love
Act 3

Vendor reward

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

Class → Witch Shadow Ranger Duelist Marauder Templar Scion
Quest ↓
Lost in Love
Act 3
Clarissa
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Despair.

Name Level Labyrinth Stats Spawn Weighting
Enchantment Despair Duration 1 66 Merciless Labyrinth 30% increased Despair Duration helmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Despair Duration 2 75 Eternal Labyrinth 45% increased Despair Duration helmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Despair Effect 1 66 Merciless Labyrinth 20% increased Despair Curse Effect helmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Despair Effect 2 75 Eternal Labyrinth 30% increased Despair Curse Effect helmet 100
default 0

Related unique items

The following unique items are related to Despair:

Item Base Item Level Stats
The Putrid Cloister Museum Map 1 Players are Cursed with Vulnerability
Players are Cursed with Conductivity
Players are Cursed with Flammability
Players are Cursed with Frostbite
Players are Cursed with Despair
Unique Boss drops divination cards
Witchfire Brew Stibnite Flask 48 Creates a Smoke Cloud on Use50% increased Charges per use
Grants Level 21 Despair Curse Aura during Flask Effect
Impresence Onyx Amulet 64 +(10-16) to all Attributes(30-40)% increased Damage over Time
Adds (17-19) to (23-29) Chaos Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
Despair has no Reservation if Cast as an Aura
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
Impresence Onyx Amulet 64 +(10-16) to all Attributes(30-40)% increased Damage over Time
Adds (17-19) to (23-29) Chaos Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
Despair has no Reservation if Cast as an Aura
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
<Secondary Curse> has no Reservation if Cast as an Aura

Related passive skills

Cluster Jewel passive skills

The following Cluster Jewel passives are related to Despair:

Name Stats
Misery Everlasting 40% increased Despair Curse Effect
10% increased Skill Effect Duration

Other sources

Mods

Name Generation Type Group Level Stats Spawn Weighting
of the Hunt Suffix CurseOnHitLevel 75 Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 20% increased Effect ring_basilisk 200
default 0
of the Hunt Suffix CurseOnHitLevel 80 Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 32% increased Effect ring_basilisk 200
default 0
of the Hunt Suffix CurseOnHitDespair 78 Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 40% increased Effect wand_basilisk 500
default 0
V2CurseOnHitDespair Corrupted CurseOnHitDespair 30 Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with (40-48)% increased Effect gloves 1000
default 0

Delve Fossil Mods

Note that since version 3.10.0, most fossil-only mods are disabled to spawn, including the mods below:

Name Domain Generation Type Group Level Stats Spawn Weighting
of the Underground Delve Suffix CurseOnHitDespair 1 Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 40% increased Effect abyss_jewel 0
jewel 0
one_hand_weapon 2000
default 0
of the Underground Delve Suffix CurseOnHitDespair 1 Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 40% increased Effect abyss_jewel 0
jewel 0
two_hand_weapon 2000
default 0

Delve Drop-only modifiers

Name Generation Type Group Level Stats
of the Underground Suffix CurseOnHitLevel 60 Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with 20% increased Effect

Legacy variants

Despair gems dropped before version 3.1.0 use the gem art of the current Vulnerability gem.

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