PoE Divine Shield Keystone Guide: Viability for Different Builds
In Path of Exile, the Divine Shield Keystone is a powerful passive skill located on the far left of the passive tree. Added in patch 3.16, Divine Shield is a core Keystone that offers unique benefits and limitations. This guide will delve into the mechanics of Divine Shield, exploring its modifiers, strengths, weaknesses, and its viability for different build types.
- Overview of Divine Shield
- Downside of Divine Shield
- Niche Builds Interaction
- Upside of Divine Shield
- Modifiers Included in Divine Shield Calculation
- Petrified Blood and Progenesis flask effects
- Limitations and Considerations
- Applications and Builds
↖ Overview of Divine Shield
Divine Shield provides energy shield regeneration based on the amount of prevented physical damage from hits recently. The Keystone has two main modifiers:
- Cannot recover energy shield above armor
This modifier compares your total armor value to your maximum energy shield. If your armor value is lower than your energy shield, your energy shield recovery is limited to your total armor value. No form of energy shield recovery, including regeneration, recharge, leech, or gain on hit/kill, can bypass this limitation. However, if your total armor is higher than your maximum energy shield, this downside can be avoided.
- Three percent of physical damage prevented from hits recently is regenerated as energy shield per second
This modifier grants energy shield regeneration based on the mitigated physical damage from hits. The difference between the received hit's physical damage and the actual physical damage taken after mitigation is calculated. Three percent of this difference is regenerated as energy shield per second over four seconds.
↖ Downside of Divine Shield
The inability to recover energy shield above armor is rarely a problem for most builds that utilize this Keystone. Builds using determination or having hybrid armor gear combined with armor scaling on the passive tree can easily overcome this downside. However, low-life or Chaos Inoculation builds with larger energy shield pools may require additional investment in armor scaling to fully benefit from Divine Shield.
↖ Niche Builds Interaction
In certain niche builds, an interesting interaction arises when your armor is lower than your energy shield. In this case, any recovery that would normally be removed at full energy shield remains effective at the maximum recoverable amount. This means that energy shield leech, for example, will last its full duration since your energy shield never reaches full. Although this interaction is rare, it can be useful in specific scenarios.
↖ Upside of Divine Shield
The primary benefit of Divine Shield is its energy shield regeneration based on prevented physical damage from hits. The regeneration is calculated over four-second intervals for each instance of prevented physical damage. Various sources of damage mitigation, such as armor, physical damage reduction, damage taken modifiers, block, and damage avoidance, contribute to the total prevented physical damage.
↖ Modifiers Included in Divine Shield Calculation
- Armor and additional physical damage reduction
- Damage taken modifiers (e.g., Fortify, Slayer's Brutal Fervor, Deadeye's Windward, Spell Suppression)
- Damage avoidance modifiers (e.g., Aspects of Stone)
- Block (raw block and partial block)
- Reduced reflected physical damage
- Modifiers Not Included in Divine Shield Calculation:
↖ Petrified Blood and Progenesis flask effects
- Aegis skills (e.g., Ghastly Theater unique shield's physical Aegis skill)
- Guard skills that absorb damage (e.g., Steel Skin)
↖ Limitations and Considerations
Divine Shield cannot create negative regeneration or degen. If the damage taken from a hit of physical damage exceeds the initial calculated hit damage, the regeneration will not be negative. It is essential to understand the mechanics of prevented physical damage and the interaction with damage types shifted by certain modifiers (e.g., Lightning Coil's damage taken as lightning).
↖ Applications and Builds
One notable application of Divine Shield is in Bone Shatter builds, particularly Juggernaut builds with the Untiring ascendancy notable. These builds leverage the synergy between Divine Shield and Bone Shatter, using self-damage to generate trauma buffs. With significant armor, endurance charges, and possibly Corrupted Soul, these builds can achieve incredible life and energy shield regeneration.
Divine Shield is a Keystone that provides an alternative source of energy shield recovery, especially for builds lacking avoidance mechanisms or struggling with energy shield recharge time. For many builds on the passive skill tree's left side, investing a single passive point into Divine Shield can be a worthwhile choice, given a decent amount of energy shield and ways to mitigate physical damage. However, it may have limited use for builds with significantly lower energy shield values.
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