Path of Exile – What is Chaos Damage?

If you have been wondering what chaos damage is and how it can benefit you, then here is everything you need to know.

Path of Exile players old and new will agree that there is quite a lot for you to get your head around in the game. Whether it’s PoE currency, having to learn more about the market with PoE trade, or how best to utilize PoE orbs, you will find that there is a lot to learn throughout the ARPG.

There are many ways in which you can utilize aspects of the game to make your character perform certain forms of damage. In this instance, we will be taking a look at Chaos damage.

What is Chaos Damage? 

In Path of Exile, you have five damage types, one of them being known as Chaos. This is the rarest type of damage in the game and is the hardest one for you to gain resistance to. It takes a direct approach to drain life and mana, bypassing any energy shields that stand in its way. If you want to become invulnerable to Chaos damage, then a Chaos Inoculation keystone is required.

Bosses with Chaos Damage

Given the damage the Chaos can do to you, it might be a good idea to have a heads up on what bosses can deal out Chaos Damage. The bosses include the likes of Oozeback Bloom, Sawbones, Plague Retch, Black Death, and Tailsinger, as well as The Weaver, Spinesnap, Fleshrend, Alal the Terrifying, and Alpha Paradise. Mailgaro, The Inquisitor is also capable of Chaos Damage, so be wary when facing off against them.

There are a variety of different PoE items that are able to deal Chaos Damage to you also. These range from certain spiders, beasts, ghosts, and bandits. You need to also look out for snakes, zombies, spawns, undying, spitters, and skeletal archers.

PoE Unique Items

You will also find that there are certain PoE Uniques that can affect how much Chaos Damage is dealt out by a certain percentage. For example, from level 1 you can use Spreading Rot for an increase of up to 13%, or Weight of Sin taking you up to 20%. Going into the later levels, specifically going up to level 70, there are a wealth of other PoE items that can have a massive effect on how much Chaos Damage is used.

These PoE items range from the likes of the Cane of Unravelling, to the Eyes of the Greatwolf, Beacon of Madness, and Natural Hierarchy which can play a big part on the effect of Chaos. Then you have Path of Exile items such as the Cherrubim’s Maleficence, which adds up to 80% Chaos Damage, or you can even increase it to 100% with Breath of the Council.

So it goes without saying that there are a lot of ways in which Chaos Damage can be very beneficial to you, and something that is tough to defend against as its role as the rarest form of damage in the entire Path of Exile game. So having some knowledge on not only how you can use it to your advantage, but knowing which bosses and enemies could potentially use it against you can go a long way, and be a difference-maker between living and dying in certain situations.

Have you built a character around Chaos Damage? Let us know in the comments section below!