Vaal Skills PoE Builds & Changes

One of the main improvements is that you now get far more souls for Vaal Skills from damaging Unique enemies, so your Vaal Skills will recharge faster against bosses.

  • Vaal Skill Gems can now only be obtained from a set of specific methods such asĀ Corrupting Gems, Vaal Side Areas, Divination Cards (that specifically grant Vaal Skill Gems) and the Lapidary Lens in the Temple of Atzoatl.

Vaal Skills Changes 3.14

It has made a balance pass on damaging Vaal skills, making them a more interesting choice relative to the Vaal skills that provide ongoing buffs. Damaging Vaal skills in particular to have more reasons to be used by a larger variety of builds.

  • The uptime for Vaal skills has been improved via various means. Soul generation on Unique monsters has been increased to 6 souls per 2% life lost, with a 1 second cooldown. This is twice as many souls as before.
  • Damaging Vaal skills have had their Soul Gain Prevention times lowered relative to the duration of the Vaal skill. For Vaal skills that don’t have a duration or ongoing effect the Soul Gain Prevention time is usually just 1 second.
  • Reduced the Vaal Soul Cost and/or increased the Number of Uses on Vaal Skills that had relatively lower impact per use compared to other Vaal skills.
  • A balance pass has been made on all Damaging Vaal Skills. Note in all cases these have been buffs, except for Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire, which now provides less damage to Spells while active and now sacrifices a larger amount of your total Energy Shield and Life. We felt it was too easy for any Spellcaster to use this skill to get significantly more Spell damage for a long duration, with very little downside. Note the Fire Damage over Time aspect of the skill has been increased, keeping this an attractive option for builds focussing on Burning damage.
  • It has introduced several new unique items and made adjustments to existing ones to either give higher uptime of Vaal skills at some cost or allow you to utilise Vaal skills more easily on builds that struggle to fit them in.

Vaal Skills Builds

  • Atziri’s Reign Atziri’s Reign has been improved for building Vaal Skills. It now grants Vaal Skills a 20% chance to regain consumed Souls.

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Vaal Skill Gems Change List

Vaal Skill Changes
Vaal Arc Vaal Arc
  • No longer causes Modifiers to Buff Duration to also apply to this Skill’s Soul Gain Prevention.
  • Now has a Cast Time of 0.7 seconds (previously 0.8).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 2 seconds (previously 6).
Vaal Blade Vortex Vaal Blade Vortex
  • Now deals 11 to 17 Physical Damage at gem level 1 (previously 14 to 20), and 276 to 413 Physical Damage at gem level 20 (previously 331 to 496).
  • Now has added damage effectiveness of 60% (previously 75%).
  • Now hits enemies every 0.2 seconds (previously 0.13).
  • Now has a base duration of 5 seconds (previously 3).
  • Now stores up to 2 uses (previously 1).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 6 seconds (previously 5).
Vaal Blight Vaal Blight
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 7 seconds (previously 8).
Vaal Burning Arrow Vaal Burning Arrow
  • Now expends 15 Souls per use (previously 20).
  • Now stores up to 4 uses (previously 3).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 1 second (previously 2).
Vaal Cold Snap Vaal Cold Snap
  • Now deals 46 to 69 Cold Damage at gem level 1 (previously 35 to 53), and 1571 to 2356 Cold Damage at gem level 20 (previously 1002 to 1502).
  • Now deals 34.3 base Cold Damage per second at gem level 1 (previously 29.4), and 1532.7 base Cold Damage per second at gem level 20 (previously 1495.5).
  • Now has added damage effectiveness of 350% (previously 200%).
  • The base radius of the Hit is now 32 (previously 15).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 6 seconds (previously 8).
Vaal Cyclone Vaal Cyclone
  • Now deals 80% of base Attack Damage at gem level 1 (previously 50%) and 99% of base Attack Damage at gem level 20 (previously 61%).
  • Now has 300% of base Attack Speed (previously 400%).
  • Now expends 25 Souls per use (previously 35).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 5 seconds (previously 7).
Vaal Earthquake Vaal Earthquake
  • Now deals 70% of base Attack Damage at gem level 1 (previously 60%) and 85% of base Attack Damage at gem level 20 (previously 71%)
  • Ongoing effect now ends after 9 Aftershocks (previously 7).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 9 seconds (previously 12).
Vaal Fireball Vaal Fireball
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 4 seconds (previously 5).
Vaal Flameblast Vaal Flameblast
  • Now deals 120% more Spell Damage for each stage (previously 110%).
  • Now deals 100% more Damage with Ailments for each stage (previously 90%).
  • Now has a base radius of 45 (previously 35).
  • Now has -2 to radius for each stage (previously -1).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 3 seconds (previously 6).
Vaal Ground Slam Vaal Ground Slam
  • This Attack can now be Exerted as though it was not a Vaal Skill.
  • Now deals 250% of base Attack Damage at gem level 1 (previously 190%) and 400% of base Attack Damage at gem level 20 (previously 300%).
  • Now stores up to 4 uses (previously 3).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 1 second (previously 2).
Vaal Ice Nova Vaal Ice Nova
  • Now deals 18 to 26 Cold Damage at gem level 1 (previously 11 to 17), and 518 to 762 Cold Damage at gem level 20 (previously 274 to 428).
  • Now has a Cast Time of 0.7 seconds (previously 0.8).
  • Now has added damage effectiveness of 120% (previously 70%).
  • Now stores up to 2 uses (previously 1).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 2 seconds (previously 4).
Vaal Lightning Strike Vaal Lightning Strike
  • Now deals 105% of base Attack Damage at gem level 1 (previously 80%) and 130% of base Attack Damage at gem level 20 (previously 98%).
  • Now has a base duration of 6 seconds (previously 8).
  • Now stores 2 uses (previously 1).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 8 seconds (previously 10).
Vaal Lightning Trap Vaal Lightning Trap
  • Now deals 26 to 79 Lightning Damage at gem level 1 (previously 18 to 54) and 686 to 2057 Lightning Damage at gem level 20 (previously 466 to 1399).
  • Now has added damage effectiveness of 250% (previously 170%).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 4 seconds (previously 6).
Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows
  • Now fires 27 additional arrows at gem level 1 (previously 17) and 33 additional arrows at gem level 20 (previously 21).
  • Now fires 4 additional sequences of arrows (previously 3).
Vaal Reave Vaal Reave
  • Now deals 200% of base Attack Damage at gem level 1 (previously 150%) and 250% of base Attack Damage at gem level 20 (previously 180%).
  • Now expends 25 Souls per use (previously 35).
  • Now stores up to 3 uses (previously 2).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 2 seconds (previously 4).
Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire
  • Now deals 80-99% of Sacrificed Energy Shield and Life as Fire Damage per second (previously 161-180%).
  • Now Sacrifices 60% of your total Energy Shield and Life (previously 30%).
  • Now grants 10-19% more Spell Damage (previously 15-28%).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 6 seconds (previously 12).
Vaal Power Siphon Vaal Power Siphon
  • Now grants +25% to Critical Strike Multiplier per Power Charge (previously +10%).
  • Now grants 50% increased Critical Strike Chance per Power Charge (previously 20%).
  • Now stores up to 3 uses (previously 2).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 2 seconds (previously 4).
Vaal Spark Vaal Spark
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 5 seconds (previously 6).
Vaal Spectral Throw Vaal Spectral Throw
  • Now deals 125% of base Attack Damage at gem level 1 (previously 91%) and 170% of base Attack Damage at gem level 20 (previously 135%).
  • Now fires 8 additional projectiles (previously 4).
  • Now expends 15 Souls per use (previously 10).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 4 seconds (previously 6).
Vaal Storm Call Vaal Storm Call
  • Now deals 21 to 38 Lightning Damage at gem level 1 (previously 14 to 26), and 510 to 947 Lightning Damage at gem level 20 (previously 370 to 687).
  • Now has added damage effectiveness of 130% (previously 100%).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 7 seconds (previously 9).

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