The Core Mechanic Of Vaal Skills Is Being Reworked In PoE
Path Of Exile
Date: May/03/18 14:33:52
GGG are reworking the core mechanic of Vaal Skills in PoE. Many collectors of poe exalted orb
may want to know what Vaal Skills has been revamped in Content Update 3.3.0?
1. Vaal Lightning Strike
The skill now strikes the ground in front of you or hits an enemy, creating an orb on the ground or attached to the enemy. This orb then repeatedly unleashes cones of projectiles, aimed at nearby foes. Even if the enemy is killed, the orb continues to fire projectiles.
The skill is now a much more reliable ongoing damage skill, and interacts much better with extra projectiles.
2. Vaal Arc
GGG have reduced the skill's chain count to match regular Arc, but it now splits every time it chains, meaning that even with four extra chains, it can now hit more targets, much more rapidly. It also always applies a long-duration, high-effect Shock.
This makes the skill more useful for Arc builds against tougher bosses. It now deals much more damage with a higher minimum damage, so it is much more reliable for clearing out a pack of enemies. Both it and regular Arc now deal more damage for each remaining chain, making the first few hits more powerful, great for targeting tough foes.
The skill has lost out on the rare situation where it can bounce between three tough enemies repeatedly, but the new bonuses and damage increases make it much more consistent and worth the time spent casting in any situation.
3. Vaal Detonate Dead
The skill now creates a locus on the ground that regularly pulses, detonating up to 8 nearby corpses. After a short delay, it repeats this effect. If it was able to find corpses, it repeats again after an even shorter delay, repeating until no corpses remain or the delay reaches 0. This makes the skill great if you're able to repeatedly generate corpses, creating a huge amount of damage from a single skill.
4. Vaal Storm Call
The skill still strikes nearby enemies with lightning, but the lightning strikes now deal damage in an area of effect, making it much more powerful against groups of enemies. The skill also strikes a fixed number of times over its duration, making reductions to skill duration a damage per second increase, rather than a damage loss.
This is because the Less Duration Support Gem is often used with Storm Call, so GGG wanted it to be a good support to use with Vaal Storm Call.
5. Vaal Double Strike
GGG have doubled the number of Doubles spawned by Vaal Double Strike, doubled the Duration, and doubled the number of uses that can be stored. The Doubles' base movement speed has been almost doubled and further increases as the skill levels, growing to 100% more Double movement speed. There is no longer a limit on the number of Doubles you can have active at once.