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Patch 8.3 PTR – Corrupted Gear Guide

Patch 8.3 PTR – Corrupted Gear Guide
Corrupted gear is a new system being implemented in Patch 8.3 that effectively replaces titanforging. It is not a permanent system, but will be used through the entirety of patch 8.3.

Basics of the Corruption System

  • Gear from all season 4 sources will have a chance to drop “corrupted”, meaning it comes with:
    • A corruption stat, indicated in the item’s stats in purple.
      • This adds to your corruption level. As this rises you will start to receive negative affixes that happen to you in combat.
    • An equip bonus that provides a benefit to your character also indicated in a purple equip bonus description on the piece of gear.

Corruption Level

  • A new UI element on your character screen (a N’Zoth eye) will show you the following when moused over:
    • Corruption – Corruption Level before Corruption Resistance.
    • Total Corruption – Corruption Level with Corruption Resistance.
    • Corruption Resistance – How much resistance your cloak/essences reduce from Corruption.
    • Negative Corruption Affixes – Your corruption level debuffs will also show as active here as well.

Negative Corruption Affixes
If your Total Corruption level passes certain thresholds, your character will also gain a negative affix. Each threshold stacks a new negative affix with the previous ones, which creates a risk/reward system for equipping corrupted gear. You will likely want as much bonuses as possible without getting your corruption level too high.

  • 1+ Total Corruption – Grasping Tendrils – Taking damage has a chance to slow your movement speed for 0 sec. The magnitude of the slow increases with further corruption.
  • 20+ Total Corruption – Eye of Corruption – Your spells and abilities have a chance to summon an Eye of Corruption for 8 sec. The Eye inflicts increasing Shadow damage to you every 2 sec while you remain in range. Range and damage increase with further Corruption.
  • 40+ Total Corruption – Grand Delusions – Taking damage has a chance to summon a Thing From Beyond, which pursues you for 8 seconds. Its speed increases with further corruption.
  • 60+ Total Corruption – Cascading Disaster – If you are struck by the Thing From Beyond, you will be immediately afflicted by Grasping Tendrils and Eye of Corruption.
  • 80+ Total Corruption – Inevitable Doom – All damage taken is magnified and healing received is reduced, increasing with further Corruption.

Corruption Resistance
Over the course of the patch you will eventually be able to wear more and more corrupted items without reaching negative Total Corruption thresholds by increasing your Corruption Resistance.

  • Equipping your Ashjra’kamas, Shroud of Resolve legendary cloak will give you corruption resistance. As you increase the rank of your cloak, you will also increase your corruption resistance.
  • The new essences in 8.3 have passive corruption resistance included when equipped.

Bonus Effects
When an item drops, it will randomly be assigned a bonus effect. That bonus effect can come in three different tiers. The higher the tier, the stronger the effect, but also the more corruption gained.

  • Severe – Increases the amount of critical strike you gain from all sources by:
    • Tier 1 – 6% (10 Corruption)
    • Tier 2 – 9% (15 Corruption)
    • Tier 3 – 12% (20 Corruption)
  • Avoidant – Increases the amount of haste you gain from all sources by:
    • Tier 1 – 6% (10 Corruption)
    • Tier 2 – 9% (15 Corruption)
    • Tier 3 – 12% (20 Corruption)
  • Masterful – Increases the amount of mastery you gain from all sources by:
    • Tier 1 – 6% (10 Corruption)
    • Tier 2 – 9% (15 Corruption)
    • Tier 3 – 12% (20 Corruption)
  • Versatile – Increases the amount of versatility you gain from all sources by:
    • Tier 1 – 6% (10 Corruption)
    • Tier 2 – 9% (15 Corruption)
    • Tier 3 – 12% (20 Corruption)
  • Avoidant – Your avoidance is increased by an amount equal to X% of your haste.
    • Tier 1 – 5% (10 Corruption)
    • Tier 2 – 8% (15 Corruption)
    • Tier 3 – 10% (20 Corruption)
  • Siphoner – Increases your leech by:
    • Tier 1 – 2% (10 Corruption)
    • Tier 2 – 4% (15 Corruption)
    • Tier 3 – 6% (20 Corruption)
  • Strikethrough – Increases the damage and healing you deal with critical strikes by:
    • Tier 1 – 2% (10 Corruption)
    • Tier 2 – 3% (15 Corruption)
    • Tier 3 – 4% (20 Corruption)
  • Glimpse of Clarity – Your spells and abilities have a chance to grant you a Glimpse of Clarity, reducing the cooldown of your next spell cast by 3 sec.
    • Only has a Tier 1 (15 Corrutpion)
  • Deadly Momentum – Your critical hits have a chance to increase your Critical Strike by X for 15 sec, stacking up to 5 times.
    • Tier 1 – 31 (15 Corruption)
    • Tier 2 – 41 (20 Corruption)
    • Tier 3 – 72 (35 Corruption)
  • Racing Pulse – Your spells and abilities have a chance to increase your Haste by X for 4 sec.
    • Tier 1 – 546 (15 Corruption)
    • Tier 2 – 728 (20 Corruption)
    • Tier 3 – 1275 (35 Corruption)
  • Honed Mind – Your spells and abilities have a chance to increase your Mastery by X for 10 sec.
    • Tier 1 – 392 (15 Corruption)
    • Tier 2 – 523 (20 Corruption)
    • Tier 3 – 915 (35 Corruption)
  • Surging Vitality – Taking damage has a chance to increase your Versatility by X for 20 sec.
    • Tier 1 – 312 (15 Corruption)
    • Tier 2 – 416 (20 Corruption)
    • Tier 3 – 728 (35 Corruption)
  • Echoing Void – Your damaging abilities build the Echoing Void. Each time it builds, Echoing Void has a chance to collapse, dealing X% of your Health as Shadow damage to all nearby enemies every 1 sec until no stacks remain.
    • Tier 1 – 1.00 (15 Corruption)
    • Tier 2 – 1.50 (25 Corruption)
    • Tier 3 – 2.50 (50 Corruption)
  • Gushing Wound – Your damaging spells and abilities have a chance to cause your target to ooze blood, dealing (70% of Attack Power or 70% of Spell Power) damage over 7 sec.
    • Only has 1 tier (15 Corruption)
  • Ineffable Truth – Your Spells and Abilities have a chance to show you the Ineffable Truth, increasing the rate your cooldowns recover by 50% for 10 sec.
    • Only has 1 tier (50 Corruption)
  • Infinite Stars – Your spells and abilities have a chance to strike a nearby enemy with an Infinite Star, dealing (X Attack Power or Spell Power) Arcane damage and increasing their damage taken from your Infinite Stars by 25%, stacking up to 10 times.
    • Tier 1 – 60% (20 Corruption)
    • Tier 2 – 80% (50 Corruption)
    • Tier 3 – 100% (75 Corruption)
  • Twilight Devastation – Your attacks have a chance to trigger a beam of Twilight Devastation, dealing damage equal to X% of your health to all enemies in front of you.
    • Tier 1 – 3% (25 Corruption)
    • Tier 2 – 4% (50 Corruption)
    • Tier 3 – 5% (75 Corruption)
  • Twisted Appendage – Your attacks have a chance to spawn a tentacle which Mind Flays your target for (X% of Attack Power or Spell Power) Shadow damage every second for 10 sec.
    • Tier 1 – 25% (15 Corruption)
    • Tier 2 – 45% (35 Corruption)
    • Tier 3 – 65% (66 Corruption)
  • Void Ritual – Gain Void Ritual, giving your spells and abilities a chance to increase all secondary stats by X every sec for 20 sec. This chance is increased if at least 2 nearby allies also have Void Ritual.
    • Tier 1 – 7 (15 Corruption)
    • Tier 2 – 10 (35 Corruption)
    • Tier 3 – 13 (66 Corruption)

Ny’alotha Raid Weapon Bonuses
Certain weapons in the Ny’alotha raid can proc unique corruption bonuses.

  • Wrathion
    • Faralos, Empire’s Dream – Equip: Your damaging abilities build stacks of Searing Flames. When you exceed 30 stacks, exhale a Searing Breath, dealing damage equal to 5.00% of your health to all targets in front of you. (25 Corruption)
  • Maut
    • Sk’shuul Vaz – Equip: Gain Obsidian Skin, increasing your Armor by 5%. While in combat, explode with Obsidian Destruction every 30 sec, dealing Shadow damage equal to 300% of your Armor to all enemies within 20 yds. (25 Corruption)
    • An’zig Vra – Equip: Your autoattacks have a 25% chance to bite into the target’s soul, dealing 2.00% of your health in damage and healing you for that amount. (25 Corruption)
  • Prophet Skitra
    • Whispering Eldritch Bow – Equip: Your auto-shots reduce the remaining cooldown of a random Hunter ability by 1.0 sec. (25 Corruption)
  • Dark Inquisitor
    • Vorzz Yoq’al – Equip: Gain Void Ritual, giving your spells and abilities a chance to increase all secondary stats by 10 every sec for 20 sec. This chance is increased if at least 2 nearby allies also have Void Ritual. (Approximately 1 procs per minute) (35 Corruption)
  • The Hivemind
    • Qwor N’lyeth – Equip: Your damaging abilities build the Echoing Void. Each time it builds, Echoing Void has a chance to collapse, dealing 1.50% of your Health as Shadow damage to all nearby enemies every 1 sec until no stacks remain. (25 Corruption)
  • Drest’agath
    • Mar’kowa, the Mindpiercer – Equip: Your mind’s true potential is unlocked, causing your spells to grant you flashes of insight. Gain between 1% and 8% Intellect at all times. (Approximately 2.5 procs per minute) (25 Corruption)
  • Ra-den
    • Unguent Caress – Equip: Your attacks have a chance to lash your target with a living tentacle, dealing [ 30% of Attack Power ] Shadow damage and snaring them by 30% for 6 sec. (Approximately 5 procs per minute) (25 Corruption)
  • Il’gynoth
    • Eyestalk of Il’gynoth – Equip: Your Spells and Abilities have a chance to show you the Ineffable Truth, increasing the rate your cooldowns recover by 50% for 10 sec. (Approximately 1 procs per minute) (50 Corruption)
  • Carapace of N’Zoth
    • Shard of the Black Empire – Equip: Your attacks have a chance to spawn a tentacle which Mind Flays your target for [ 45% of Attack Power or 45% of Spell Power ] Shadow damage every second for 10 sec. (Approximately 1 procs per minute) (35 Corruption)
    • Shgla’yos, Astral Malignity – Equip: Your spells and abilities have a chance to strike a nearby enemy with an Infinite Star, dealing [ 80% of Attack Power or 60% of Spell Power ] Arcane damage and increasing their damage taken from your Infinite Stars by 25%, stacking up to 10 times. (Approximately 2 procs per minute) (50 Corruption)
  • N’Zoth the Corruptor
    • Devastation’s Hour – Equip: Your attacks have a chance to trigger a beam of Twilight Devastation, dealing damage equal to 5.00% of your health to all enemies in front of you. (Approximately 2 procs per minute) (75 Corruption)

Cleansing Corrupted Gear
You are able to cleanse a piece of corrupted gear is desired. Cleansing corrupted gear removes all corruption and bonuses, effectively giving you the piece at its base drop without being corrupted. This is a permanent choice.

You unlock this ability by receiving your first corrupted item and getting the quest Curious Corruption. which has you head back to the Chamber of Heart and speak to Wrathion and MOTHER. From this moment on, MOTHER will have an option to purify items when talking to her, which brings up a new UI. Placing a corrupted item into the slot and using 5 Corrupted Mementos will purify the piece.