Elemental Overload - Path of Exile

Elemental Overload is a keystone passive skill. It grants the player 40% more elemental damage for 8 seconds on critical strike. However, it prevents critical strikes from dealing extra damage.

  • 40% more Elemental Damage if you’ve dealt a Crit in the past 8 seconds
  • Your Critical Strikes do not deal extra Damage
  • Ailments never count as being from Critical Strikes

Elemental Damage refers to fire damage, cold damage, and lightning damage collectively. Passives refer to elemental damage will affect all 3 of these Damage Types.

Elemental Overload PoE

How to activate Elemental Overload

Only skills you use yourself can activate Elemental Overload. Traps, mines, and totems benefit from the damage bonus if you activate it with a skill you use yourself. Minions do not interact with Elemental Overload in any way.

40% More Elemental Damage for 8 seconds

Whenever the player deals a critical strike, the damage bonus from Elemental Overload will apply for 8 seconds. This effect does not count as a buff and is not affected by modifiers to duration, nor can its expiry rate be modified by Temporal Chains Temporal Chains. The damage bonus does not apply to the critical strike that originally caused Elemental Overload’s effect to activate.


The Ailments never count as being from Critical Strikes effect causes any damage over time multiplier specific to ailments from critical strikes to not apply. This includes the character’s inherent +50% DOT multiplier for ailments from critical strikes, Perfect Agony, and modifiers such as +50% to Damage over Time Multiplier for Poison from Critical Strikes from Cobra Lash Cobra Lash.

Resolute Technique

Resolute Technique keystone never deals Critical Strikes. Therefore, if Resolute Technique is allocated, Elemental Overload cannot activate.

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How to get Elemental Overload?

1. Passive Skill Tree

Elemental Overload is located at the middle layer of the northwest part of the tree, near the transition area between Witch and Templar.

Class Distance from start
Witch 9
Templar 9
Scion 13
Shadow 17
Marauder 18
Duelist 22
Ranger 23

2. Elemental Overload Items

These unique items have the Elemental Overload modifier, which provides the same effect as this keystone. Taking the keystone in addition to equipping one of these items will impart no additional benefit.

Base items

The following base items are related to Elemental Overload:

Item Stats
Oscillating Sceptre Oscillating Sceptre 30 Elemental Overload

Unique items

The following unique items are related to Elemental Overload:

Item Base Item Lvl. Category Stats
Skin of the Lords Skin of the Lords Simple Robe 1 Body Armour Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Sockets cannot be modified
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
100% increased Global Defences
You can only Socket Corrupted Gems in this item
Item has 6 Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)

<Random Keystone>


Augyre Augyre Void Sceptre 68 Sceptre 40% increased Elemental Damage(180-220)% increased Physical Damage
(10-15)% increased Attack Speed
(80-100)% increased Critical Strike Chance
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
Every 16 seconds you gain Elemental Overload for 8 seconds
You have Resolute Technique while you do not have Elemental Overload
100% increased Physical Damage while you have Resolute Technique

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