Unwavering Stance - Path of Exile

Unwavering Stance is a keystone passive skill. It grants stun immunity, but prevents the character from evading attacks.

  • Cannot be Stunned
  • Cannot Evade enemy Attacks

It sets chance to avoid being stunned to 100% and sets evasion chance to 0%. It does not affect dodge chance.

Normally, whenever a player or monster takes damage from a hit, there is a chance they will be stunned. A stun interrupts whatever that creature was doing while a brief animation is played. The Unwavering Stance keystone grants guaranteed stun avoidance.

Evasion is the first layer of defence that increases a character’s chance to evade incoming attacks. However, if the character cannot evade attacks, which means enemies will always hit regardless of their accuracy rating or chance to hit.

Is Unwavering Stance worth it? It depends on your build and gear.

Unwavering Stance PoE

Unwavering Stance + Iron Reflexes

Unwavering stance doesn’t remove evasion rating it just removes your chance to evade. Iron Reflexes keystone removes all evasion rating and converts it to armour rating. It is therefore possible to utilize the effects of both keystones simultaneously.

Blind

The base duration of Blind is 4 seconds. Attacking with Resolute Technique or attacking a target which has Unwavering Stance will nullify the miss chance. Blinding a target will also reduce its effective critical strike chance by reducing its chance to succeed confirmation rolls of critical strikes. Blind is not an elemental status ailment and is not affected by the Crystal Skin notable passive skill.

Accuracy

Chance to hit can not be lower than 5% but can hit 100%.

  • Resolute Technique, Worthy Foe, Vigilant Strike Vigilant Strike, and The Effigon The Effigon will raise the chance to hit to 100%, ignoring all accuracy and evasion stats of the attacker and defender respectively.
  • Unwavering Stance does the same, in reverse; all attacks against the subject will hit regardless of accuracy.

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Dodge

Dodge is a layer of defence that grants a chance to prevent a damaging hit.

There are two types of dodge:

  • Dodge Attacks applies to attacks. It is rolled after evasion and is not connected to the attacker’s accuracy, so chance to dodge is unaffected by evasion-related mechanics such as blind, Resolute Technique or Unwavering Stance.
  • Dodge Spell Damage applies to spells. It is rolled before damage mitigation.

Dodge Attacks and Dodge Spell Damage are both capped at 75%.

How to get Unwavering Stance?

1. Passive Skill Tree

Unwavering Stance is located close to the Marauder’s starting area, just to the north of it.

Class Distance from start
Marauder 7
Templar 10
Scion 14
Duelist 15
Witch 19
Ranger 24
Shadow 24

2. Unwavering Stance Uniques

These unique items have the Unwavering Stance 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.

Item Base Item Lvl. Stats
Skin of the Lords Skin of the Lords Simple Robe 1 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)

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Corrupted

Kaom’s Roots Kaom’s Roots Titan Greaves 68 Has no Sockets
Cannot be Knocked Back
+(150-200) to maximum Life
Action Speed cannot be modified to below base value
Unwavering Stance

3. Unwavering Stance Jewel

Thread of Hope Thread of Hope is a unique Crimson Jewel.

  • Medium Radius: in the Marauder jewel socket, Unwavering Stance along with 2 very node efficient axe nodes, Cleaving and Slaughter can be allocated. This can be useful even for non-axe bleed builds since Cleaving also gives damage against bleeding enemies and the rare “faster” bleeding modifier.

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