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News guides 20 May 2024, 06:30

author: Olga Fiszer

Summoning Skill Damage in Diablo 4 (D4) Explained

Confused about Summoning Damage in Diablo 4 (D4)? Here's how it works and what the difference is between minion damage and Summoning Skill Damage.

Source: Diablo IV, developer: Blizzard Entertainment

The Necromancer's power in Diablo 4 lies in summoning a loyal army of Skeletons and hulking Golems to fight alongside them. Unlike other classes, they command and strengthen their undead horde, wielding curses to overwhelm enemies. Summoning Skills Damage further amplify minion damage. But how do they actually work? Read on to find out more.

Summoning Skill Damage in Diablo 4 (D4)

In Diablo 4, Summoning Skill Damage specifically increases the damage dealt by your minions that you conjure using skills with the "Summoning" tag. The damage boost applies to any attack your summoned creature performs on enemies. This bonus doesn't affect pets you can acquire throughout the game.

Skills that can enhance your minion’s damage:

  1. Bone Spirit.
  2. Enhance Bone Spirit.
  3. Dreadful Bone Spirit.
  4. Ghastly Bone Spirit.
  5. Corpse Tendrils.
  6. Enhanced Corpse Tendrils.
  7. Blighted Corpse Tendrils.
  8. Plague Corpse Tendrils.

When you equip gear with a "+% Summoning Skill Damage" bonus, the damage dealt by your Skeletons, Golems, or any other minions summoned through skills with the "Summoning" tag will be directly enhanced. This is reflected in the tool tip information for your minions.

Some players might find it confusing that minion damage % and Summoning Skill Damage % are listed separately. This is because there are ways to create minions that don't benefit from Summoning Skill Damage. These minions, lacking the "Summoning" tag, won't scale with these modifiers.

Olga Fiszer

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