Ruthless Support

Ruthless Support Ruthless Support is a support gem that causes every third attack made with the skill to deal substantially more damage and have increased base stun duration.

Supports melee strike or slam skills. Every third time you use a supported attack, that use of the skill will be more powerful.

Slam, Support, Melee, Attack, Strike. Level: 1–20. Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 120%. Requires Level 1.

  • Every third Attack with Supported Melee Attacks deals a Ruthless Blow
  • Ruthless Blows with Supported Skills deal (70–98)% more Melee Damage
  • Ruthless Blows with Supported Skills deal (70–98)% more Damage with Bleeding caused by Melee Hits
  • Ruthless Blows with Supported Skills have a base Stun Duration of 0.8 seconds

This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.

NameAdditional Effects From QualityWeight
Ruthless SupportSupported Skills deal (0–10)% increased Attack Damage50

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Related Gems

Level Effect

LevelRequires LevelStrengthRuthless Blows with Supported Skills deal 70% more Melee DamageRuthless Blows with Supported Skills deal 70% more Damage with Bleeding caused by Melee HitsExperience
117707070
2297171308
341273731,554
471674746,667
51122767626,047
61630777749,725
72036797995,714
824428080169,595
928488282283,759
1032548383453,996
1136608585703,128
12406686861,061,223
13447288882,065,870
14487889892,507,110
15528491915,798,936
165690929215,083,919
176096949427,792,735
1864102959543,869,739
19671069797242,081,556
20701119898
2172100100
2274101101
2376103103
2478104104
2580106106
2682107107
2784109109
2886110110
2988112112
3090113113
3191114114
3292115115
3393115115
3494116116
3595117117
3696118118
3797118118
3898119119
3999120120
40100121121

Skill functions and interactions

When supported by Multistrike Support, Ruthless blows work differently, instead of occurring every third hit, it occurs every third multistrike. This means hits from the first 2 uses (attacks 1 - 6) will be "normal blows" and all hits from the 3rd multi-strike use (attacks 7-9) will be ruthless blows.

Using this idea, Ruthless Blow may actually trigger by skill use rather than skill attack. This means you will have to use the attack skill 3 times to trigger Ruthless Blow.

The Ruthless Blow counter still counts whether or not you hit with a skill. For example: if you miss the first 2 hits of your supported attack, then Ruthless Blow will activate on your next (3rd) attack whether it is a hit or not.

Tracking blows: Keeping track of ruthless blows allows for them to be ready to use before a fight begins.

  • Multiple attacks - can be supported by ruthless support. Each attack tracks their own ruthless blows separately. When tracking multiple attacks, multiple ruthless blows can be ready before a fight begins.

Channeled skills, including Cyclone can not be supported by Ruthless and will not interact with it in any way.

Item acquisition

Ruthless Support can drop anywhere. Drop level: 5.

Recipes

Ruthless Support can be created from the following recipes:

Amount Part Description
9 Gift of the Gemling Queen Random level 20 support gem
7 Dialla's Subjugation Random corrupted support gem with 23% quality
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 ↓
Mercy Mission
Act 1

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 ↓
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
Nessa
Mercy Mission
Act 1
Nessa
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa

In addition, the Large Chest in The Twilight Strand (Act 1) contains this gem, if the player selects Marauder as the character.

Path of Exile Gems