Dread Banner PoE Aura Skill Gem, Support Gems Build, Aura Effect, Fortify

Dread Banner Dread Banner is a banner aura skill. While the banner is active, it grants the user and nearby allies a chance to impale on attack and causes nearby enemies to have decreased accuracy. When placed, the Banner provides a Fortify effect to nearby allies.

Dread Banner

Impale is a debuff that deals additional physical damage to the affected target each time it is hit. Fortify is a buff that grants the player 20% less damage taken from hits for 4 seconds.

Dread Banner Aura Gem Level Progression

Mana Reserved: 10%.

Level Required
Level
Required
Strength
Nearby Enemies
have x% less
Accuracy Rating
have y% increased
Impale Effect
Experience
needed to level up
Total
Experience needed
1 24 58 15% N/A 0 0
2 27 64 15% 1% 118,383 118,383
3 30 71 15% 2% 175,816 294,199
4 33 77 16% 3% 254,061 548,260
5 36 83 16% 4% 359,090 907,350
6 39 90 16% 5% 498,508 1,405,858
7 42 96 17% 6% 682,057 2,087,915
8 45 102 17% 7% 921,777 3,009,692
9 48 109 17% 8% 1,727,879 4,737,571
10 50 113 18% 9% 1,138,877 5,876,448
11 52 117 18% 10% 1,368,233 7,244,681
12 54 121 18% 11% 1,638,338 8,883,019
13 56 125 19% 12% 1,956,648 10,839,667
14 58 130 19% 13% 3,655,184 14,494,851
15 60 134 19% 14% 3,017,327 17,512,178
16 62 138 20% 15% 7,793,914 25,306,092
17 64 142 20% 16% 15,206,031 40,512,123
18 66 146 20% 17% 26,185,582 66,697,705
19 68 151 21% 18% 62,755,923 129,453,628
20 70 155 21% 19% 211,877,683 341,331,311
21 72 159 21% 20% N/A N/A

Aura Effects

  • enemies have % less accuracy rating and % chance to impale are both aura effects that can be modified by Increased Effect of Auras.
  • Aura effects are always active whether the banner is placed or not.
  • Players and monsters must be inside the banners radius to receive the aura effects when the banner is placed on the ground.

Buff effects

  • Increased effect of impale is a buff that can be modified by Increased effect of buffs on you.
  • Fortify Fortify is a buff that can be modified by Increased Effect of fortify and Increased effect of buffs on you.
  • Increased Fortify Fortify effect per Stage: The increased Fortify Fortify effect only affects the Fortify Fortify granted by the banner itself.
  • Buffs are temporary effects that only occur after placing the banner with stages.
  • Destroying the placed banner early by creating a new carried banner will end the Fortify Fortify buff early if it has duration remaining.

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Dread Banner Support Gems Build

These support gems will affect Dread Banner Dread Banner auras:

  • Blood Magic Blood Magic Support – This will cause linked auras to reserve health instead of mana, but increase the cost by the mana multiplier. Note that “reduced mana cost” from increases in quality have no effect on mana reservation.
  • Spell Totem Spell Totem Support – Casts a totem which will maintain the aura. The cost to cast the totem is the mana that would be reserved multiplied by the Mana Cost Multiplier of the Totem support and any other linked support gems.
  • Generosity Generosity Support – Increases the effect of the non-curse auras on allies (including minions) but prevents them from affecting the player.
  • Increased Area of Effect Increased Area of Effect Support – Further increases the Area of Effect of the Aura, but increases the Mana reservation by the gem’s multiplier.
  • Concentrated Effect Concentrated Effect Support – Lessens area of effect and applies the mana cost mulitplier, but does not provide a bonus to aura damage, as auras cannot directly cause damage. An exception would be the aura from Death’s Oath Death’s Oath.
  • Enlighten Enlighten Support – Reduces the mana reserved of the aura by the amount of the mana multiplier.
  • Empower Empower Support – Adds levels to supported auras, but increases their cost by the mana multiplier.
  • Enhance Enhance Support – Increases the quality of the gem, granting increased area of effect, but at increased mana cost.

Note that Inspiration Support does not affect reservation, but does affect auras supported by Spell Totem Spell Totem Support.

PoE Dread Banner Aura Gem Farming

1. Direct purchase from vendor

  • Siosa(The Library, Act 3) sells Dread Banner Dread Banner for an Orb of Alteration Orb of Alteration.
  • Lilly Roth(Lioneye’s Watch, Act 6) sells Dread Banner Dread Banner for an Orb of Alteration Orb of Alteration as well.

2. Dread Banner Gem Divination Cards

Amount Divination Card Result Drop Areas
6 The Fox random level 20 gem The Western Forest (Act 2) • The Riverways (Act 6) • The Vaal City • The Crossroads (Act 7) • The Fellshrine Ruins (Act 7) • Barrows Map • Castle Ruins Map • Sunken City Map
13 The Cataclysm random corrupted level 21 Spell gem Strange Sinkhole • Concealed Cavity • Sunken Shingle • Clouded Ridge • Forgotten Oubliette • Remote Gulch • Cremated Archives • Narrow Ravine• Mystical Clearing • Covered-up Hollow • Hidden Patch • Entombed Alcove • Secret Laboratory • Secluded Copse • Forbidden Chamber • Quarantined Quarters • Inner Grounds • Sealed Corridors • Restricted Gallery • Disused Furnace •  Blind Alley • Entombed Chamber • Sacred Chambers • Stagnant Canal • Walled-off Ducts • Neglected Cellar • Arcane Chambers • Forgotten Conduit • Ancient Catacomb • Haunted Mineshaft• Abandoned Dam • Desolate Track • Reclaimed Barracks • Sealed Basement • Secluded Canal • Forbidden Archives • Cremated Archives • Twisted Inquisitorium • Deathly Chambers • Restricted Collection • Side Chapel • Radiant Pools • Clouded Ledge • Flooded Complex • Forbidden Shrine • Sealed Repository • Evacuated Quarter • Concealed Caldarium • Moonlit Chambers • Shifting Sands • Forgotten Gulch • Desolate Isle • Dusty Bluff
3 Gemcutter’s Promise random superior gem (Q20) The Ebony Barracks • The Lunaris Concourse • Colonnade Map • Promenade Map

3. Buy Dread Banner Spell Gem from Other Players

You can exchange an Orb of Alchemy Orb of Alchemy for a Dread Banner Dread Banner spell gem with other players.

4. Quest Reward

For Duelist players, it can be obtained by completing Lost in Love(Act 3) quest.

5. Slain Monsters

The drop level of Dread Banner Dread Banner is 24. You can get it by killing enemies, opening Gemcutter’s Strongbox.

Effect of gem level and quality on Impale bonuses

Per 1% Quality: 0.5% increased effect of Aura. A Gemcutter’s Prism Gemcutter’s Prism (often abbreviated GCP) is a currency item that can be used to improve the quality of a gem. Each Gemcutter’s Prism Gemcutter’s Prism will always raise the quality by 1%. The maximum quality is 20%.

The bonuses to chance and effect of Impale Impale granted by raising the quality of Dread Banner Dread Banner are a little counterintuitive due to the aggressive rounding which isn’t immediately obvious from the gem description. The table below is intended to help understanding the value of various combinations of gem level and quality and figuring out what combination to aim for.

Chance to Impale Impale Gem quality breakpoint
20% 0%
21% 10%
22% 20%
23% 30%
24% 40%
25% 50%
26% 60%
27% 70%
Increased Impale Impale Effect Gem quality breakpoint @ level 20 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 21 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 22 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 23 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 24 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 25 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 26 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 27 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 28 Gem quality breakpoint @ level 29
19% 0% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
20% 12% 0% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
21% 22% 10% 0% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
22% 32% 20% 10% 0% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
23% 44% 30% 20% 10% 0% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
24% 54% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% n/a n/a n/a n/a
25% 64% 50% 40% 28% 18% 10% 0% n/a n/a n/a
26% n/a 60% 48% 38% 28% 18% 8% 0% n/a n/a
27% n/a 70% 58% 46% 36% 26% 16% 8% 0% n/a
28% n/a n/a 68% 56% 44% 34% 24% 16% 8% 0%
29% n/a n/a n/a 64% 54% 42% 32% 24% 16% 8%
30% n/a n/a n/a n/a 62% 50% 40% 32% 24% 16%
31% n/a n/a n/a n/a 70% 60% 48% 40% 30% 22%
32% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 68% 56% 48% 38% 30%
33% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 64% 54% 46% 36%
34% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 72% 62% 52% 44%
35% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 60% 50%
36% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 58%

Notes and explanations

  • The values provided for gem level and quality are theoretical, with some only achievable using highly impractical or exquisitely rare gear, and are only there for reference. For most intents and purposes the practical values are limited to gem level 26 and quality 54%. Higher values can still be achieved using corrupted Dialla’s Malefaction Dialla’s Malefaction or a specifically crafted and double-corrupted pair of gloves in conjunction with level 4 Empower Empower Support and Enhance Enhance Support gems. Bold font indicates that the quality breakpoint can be achieved using only the gem’s own quality bonus.
  • Assuming there are no other sources of aura effect on the passive tree and gear, a corrupted Dread Banner Dread Banner at level 20 with 22–23% quality will always outperform the gem at level 21 with sub-20% quality. The reason for this is that both round down to 21% increased Impale Impale effect while 20% quality also provides an extra percent point of chance to Impale Impale. Having a level 21 gem with 20% quality is, of course, superior to both, as it hits the breakpoints for both the chance and effect of Impale Impale.
  • In terms of a DPS increase, hitting the next breakpoint on the chance to Impale Impale is generally more worthwhile than Impale Impale effect. Thus, since the chance is flat at all levels and is only raised by gem quality, it’s more practical to support Dread Banner Dread Banner with Enhance Enhance rather than with Empower Empower if given an opportunity, unless the latter can serve a double purpose by supporting another DPS-increasing gem. A level 21 Dread Banner Dread Banner with 20% quality supported by a level 4 Enhance Enhance will be able to reach a 24% increase on both chance and effect of Impale Impale; whereas if supported by level 4 Empower Empower it would only have 22% increased chance and 25% increased effect, which works out to a significantly lower DPS increase as well as increased mana reservation due to Empower Empower’s higher mana multiplier.

Dread Banner Related Items

Dread Banner Body Armour: Perfidy

Perfidy Perfidy is a unique Glorious Plate. It has the following mods:

  • (25-40)% increased Melee Damage
  • +(60-90) to maximum Life
  • You can have two different Banners at the same time
  • Banners you are carrying gain 1 Stage on Melee Hit, up to 5 per second
  • War Banner War Banner has (100-200)% increased Adrenaline duration
  • Dread Banner Dread Banner has (100-200)% increased Fortify Fortify duration

2. Dread Banner Helmet Enchantments

Name Level Stats Spawn Weighting
Enchantment Dread Banner Dread Banner Effect 1 66 Dread Banner Dread Banner has 25% increased Aura Effect helmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Dread Banner Dread Banner Effect 2 75 Dread Banner Dread Banner has 40% increased Aura Effect helmet 100
default 0

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