PoE Link Skills - Protective Link

PoE 3.16 does include significant nerfs to "aurabot" characters who stack auras for the benefit of their party members, these Link skills give them a viable more-active playstyle.

Name Description
Soul Link Soul Link While linked, your Energy Shield will intercept some of the damage they would take.
Protective Link Protective Link While linked, they copy your block chance and recover life when they block.
Intuitive Link Intuitive Link While linked, their hits can trigger your supported spells.
Vampiric Link Vampiric Link While linked, they get recovery from your life leech instead of you.
Flame Link Flame Link While linked, they deal additional fire damage based on your life. 
Destructive Link Destructive Link While linked, they use your main hand critical strike chance. 

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Protective Link skill gem – Path of Exile

Protective Link Protective Link targets an allied player to apply a buff which links you to them for a duration. While linked, they copy your block chance and recover life when they block. If the target dies while linked, you will also die. This skill cannot be triggered, or used by Totems, Traps, or Mines.

It is a new Strength/Intelligence skill gem. Tag: Spell, Duration, Link. Cost: (15-32.67) Mana per second. Cast Time: 0.50 sec.

Requires Level 34, 50 Str, 35 Int.

  • Base duration is (8–9.9) seconds
  • Linked target Recovers (31–297) Life when they Block
  • Linked target's Chance to Block Attack Damage is equal to yours
  • Linked target's Maximum Chance to Block Attack Damage is equal to yours
  • Link breaks if target leaves range or line of sight for 4 seconds
  • Maximum 1 Link from any source per target
  • You die if Linked target dies

Per 1% quality: 1% increased Skill Effect Duration.

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

Tip: This new gem is designed for party play. This skill creates a bond between you and a specific party member, providing a big benefit to them while they stay within range, but with the very important drawback that if they die, so do you.

To best use this skill, you or your party member must specialise in Block. Note that Glancing Blows keystone passive doubles your block chance.

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Let’s take a level 1 gem as an example:

  1. It is useful for party play. It can link one party member.
  2. The base duration is 8 seconds.
  3. It grants your target a chance to block attacks equal to yours and also grants 31 life gain on block to them.
  4. The obvious use of this skill is to allow you to specialise in Block and use it to protect an ally that has specialised in something else, like damage.
  5. Glancing Blows keystone passive doubles your block chance but changes it so that you still take some damage from blocked attacks. In conjunction with Protective Link though, your target will receive your doubled block chance but won’t receive the drawback.
  6. It cannot be used by Totems, Traps, or Mines.
  7. Cannot normally be used with your minions. Minion Defence Mastery(Link Skills can target Minions) passive skill allows you to use this skill with them. However, this has a high ongoing mana cost that is difficult to stay on top of.
  8. Note that if your party member die, you will die.

Alternate Quality

Name Stats Weight
Protective Link (0–20)% increased Skill Effect Duration 100
Anomalous Protective Link (0–10)% increased Buff Effect 50
Divergent Protective Link Linked target has (0–10)% increased Stun Threshold 50

Labyrinth Enchantment helmet

Level Name Mod Weight
The Merciless Labyrinth Enchantment Protective Link Duration 1 20% increased Protective Link Duration 100
The Eternal Labyrinth Enchantment Protective Link Duration 2 30% increased Protective Link Duration 100

Quest Rewards

Protective Link Protective Link can be purchased from Petarus and Vanja by the Marauder, Templar and Scion after completing Breaking the Seal.

Link Mastery

Link Mastery is a mastery passive skill.

  • Enemies inflict Elemental Ailments on you instead of Linked targets
  • 20% increased Damage per Linked target
  • Your Lined Targets take 5% reduced Damage
  • Enemies near your Linked targets have Fire, Cold and Lightning Exposure

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