Inspiration Charge - Path of Exile

Inspiration Charges are granted from Inspiration Support Inspiration Support. It does not state in the gem text, but the player can only have 5 charges. Currently there is no way to increase this cap.

Icon Name Effects
Inspiration Charge Inspiration Charge

Your skills supported by Inspiration Support Inspiration Support gain bonuses.

  • Skills deal (5-7)% more Elemental Damage per Inspiration Charge
  • Skills have (6-8)% increased Critical Strike Chance per Inspiration Charge
  • Players can only stack upto a maximum of 5 Inspiration Charges, there is no known way to increase this limit

Inspiration Charge

Inspiration Charge Gems

When the supported skill is used, it grants an Inspiration charge, which grants more elemental damage and critical strike chance. You lose all Inspiration Charges after you spend a certain amount of mana.

Name Category Requires Stats
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support Active skill gem Level 31
  • Per 1% Quality: Supported Skills have 1% increased Inspiration Charge Duration
  • Supported Skills have (25-34)% reduced Mana Cost
  • Gain an Inspiration Charge when you Spend Mana for Supported Skills
  • Lose all Inspiration Charges after Spending a total of (122-800) Mana with Supported Skills
  • Supported Skills deal (5-7)% more Elemental Damage per Inspiration Charge
  • Supported Skills have (6-8)% increased Critical Strike Chance per Inspiration Charge

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Supported skills grant you an Inspiration Charge when you spend mana with them, up to 5 charges. These charges last for 10 seconds. If you haven’t generated a charge for longer, you will lose all Inspiration Charges.

This creates a mana counter for all skills linked with Inspiration Support Inspiration Support, up to the respective cap.

As soon as a skill is used that puts the total mana spent above the threshold, the mana counter is reset to 0 and all Inspiration Charges are removed.

Hence lower mana costs result in better usage of Inspiration Charges. For example, if it takes 100 mana to cast a skill, the first 5 casts will average at 50% of the gem’s potential and then the next 3 casts will be at 100% potential, while a mana cost of 1 will result in 795 casts at maximum efficiency after the first 5 initial casts.

The reduced mana cost of skills is additive with other sources of reduced mana costs.

The buff grants more elemental damage and increased critical strike chance per Inspiration Charge. Inspiration Charges are shared between all skills linked with Inspiration Support Inspiration Support. It doesn’t matter which skill created the charges, each skill linked to this support will benefit from the charges even if it doesn’t use mana.

Effective usage

Cast On Critical Strike Support Cast On Critical Strike Support – Since attacks usually cost much less mana to use than spells, especially Cyclone Cyclone, it results in more efficient use of Inspiration Support Inspiration Support. Both the attack and spell(s) in a common Cast On Critical Strike set-up will be supported, granting increased critical strike chance and more elemental damage to both.

Herald of Ice Herald of Ice and Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder – The effects of these Heralds only scale off of elemental damage and not spell damage, while also using critical strike chance (assuming they are given a base critical strike chance through other means like Deadly Infusion, Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support, etc.). Supporting both an attack like Shield Charge Shield Charge, which has a low mana cost, and the Heralds with Inspiration Support Inspiration Support will make maintaining Inspiration Charges easy.

Righteous Fire Righteous Fire will appreciate the very rare “more elemental damage” multiplier. By supporting both Righteous Fire Righteous Fire and another skill, like Shield Charge Shield Charge, with Inspiration Support Inspiration Support, it is possible to generate charges with the attack and having Righteous Fire Righteous Fire benefit from the buff.

Weave the Arcane (and other ways to reduce the mana cost of skills to 0) can be used to bypass the mana counter. However Inspiration Charges will be lost if no mana is spent by supported skills within the 10 seconds the charges last.

Mines, which reserve mana and have a low mana cost, can benefit as well and with the right set-up maintain the buff consistently. Similarly Brands can link the main brand-skill, Brand Recall Brand Recall and a movement skill to keep the buff active. Builds that use Ignite as their main damage source can use the “more elemental damage” multiplier to scale both the initial hit and the ailment.

So while this gem doesn’t have the highest more-multiplier, the downside of generating and maintaining charges can be easily managed while other support gems come at a steep opportunity cost such as reducing critical strike chance with Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support or being unable to inflict elemental ailments with Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support.

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