Soul Link – Path of Exile

Soul Link skill gem – Path of Exile

Soul Link Soul Link targets an allied player to apply a buff which links you to them for a duration. While linked, your Energy Shield will intercept some of the damage they would take. 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 Intelligence skill gem. Tag: Spell, Duration, Link. Cost: (15-32.67) Mana per second. Cast Time: 0.50 sec.

Requires Level 34, 79 Int.

  • Base duration is (8–9.9) seconds
  • Linked target takes (5–14)% less Damage
  • 30% of Damage from Hits against target is taken from your Energy Shield before them
  • 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 build a tanky character with a lot of energy shield.

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PoE Soul Link Build

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 protects your target by causing 30% of damage they are dealt to be applied to your energy shield instead.
  4. If you have built a tanky character with a lot of energy shield, then you and your target will be protected by it.
  5. It cannot be used by Totems, Traps, or Mines.
  6. 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.
  7. Note that if your party member die, you will die.

PoE Soul Link Build

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Alternate Quality

Name Stats Weight
Soul Link (0–20)% increased Skill Effect Duration 100
Anomalous Soul Link (0–5)% reduced Mana Cost 50
Divergent Soul Link Linked target has (0–10)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate 50

Labyrinth Enchantment helmet

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

Quest Rewards

Soul Link Soul Link is now offered to the Scion for completing Breaking the Seal, and can be purchased from Petarus and Vanja by the Templar, Shadow and Witch.

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

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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