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Diablo 4's Overpower Mechanic Explained

Craig Robinson

Diablo 4 has many stats in the game which affect your damage. There’s Vulnerability, which adds 20% more damage at minimum against affected targets. There are also buffs like Berserk for Barbarians, Crackling Energy for Sorcs, and many more. However, one of the stats all classes get is Overpower. Overpower is a stat that all classes can deal at a meager chance, adding some nice extra damage on top of everything you’re already doing. Moreso, this can crit, so, when it does proc, it also scales with your crit chance for some even more fun added damage. Here’s everything you need to know about the Overpower stat in Diablo 4.

Here's an example of what Overpower looks like in active gameplay.

What is Overpower in Diablo 4?

Simply put, Overpower is a chance to proc some additional damage with its own damage modifiers. The base for procing Overpower is 3%, as you can see by looking at any class and going into the material stats tab, and then scrolling down to the offensive stats page. It’s also worth mentioning that channeled skills and damage over time skills will not have any interaction with Overpower, so they only work on skills you can directly hit enemies with.

When you proc your Overpower stat, you will find your damage number turns to blue, indicating that hit was an Overpower. If you find an orange number, that is an overpower critical strike hit.

You’ll typically find that Overpower damage is a form of relatively high damage. The reason for that is because of its scalings. There are a few scaling with Overpower, which are:

  1. Overpower Damage stat
  2. Current Life and Fortify Values
  3. Skill damage

Read more: Diablo 4 Fortify Stats Explained

You can find your current stat modification by opening your character inventory, then pressing the material and stats button near your basic character stats. From there, scroll to your Offensive stats, and check your Overpower, Skill, and then your Life in the Defensive stats. If you inspect the Overpower statistic, this will give you a glimps of how your Overpower modifiers look.

You can look at how your Overpower damage scalings by entering the character stats screen, as shown here.

Classes with Overpower Modifiers in Diablo 4

It’s worth mentioning that a few classes strongly interact with Overpower. Here are a few passives for a few classes that interact well with overpower.

Skill Node Description Class
Combat Bash After Critically Striking 4 times with Bash using a two-handed weapon, your next Core or Weapon Skill will Overpower. Barbarian
Violent Hammer of the Ancients After Overpowering with Hammer of the Ancients, you deal 30% more damage for 2.5 seconds. Barbarian
Enhanced Pulverize Your next Pulverize will Overpower while you remain healthy. Druid
Raging Pulverize Enemies are stunned when they are Overpower with Pulverize. Druid
Supernatural Blood Lance After casting Blood Lance a number of times, your nest cast of Blood Lance is guaranteed to overpower and spawn a Blood Orb. Necromancer
Paranormal Blood Surge If Blood Surge’s nova damages an enemy while you are healthy, then gain 2 stack of Overwhelming Blood. When you have five stacks of Overwhelming Blood, your next Blood Surge Overpowers. Necromancer
Enhanced Blood Mist Casting a skill that Overpowers reduces your Blood Mist’s cooldown by # seconds. Necromancer
Tides of Blood Your Blood skills deal 5% increased Overpower damage. This bonus is doubled while you are Healthy. Necromancer

As you can see, the Barbarian’s mace-themed two-handed skills are largely Overpower-focused playstyles, while the tanky builds for both the Necromancer and the Druid often grant new ways to increase your damage through Overpower. In the case of the Druid, there’s plenty of other bear-themed skills that grant health and Fortify, meaning that the bear build will be incredibly tanky, and also do lots of damage through recurring ways to apply Overpower damage continuously. So, if you want a tanky build, you will be looking to use the Healthy, Fortify, and Overpower nodes in your skill tree to make these builds happen the best you can.

There will also be legendaries that affect Overpower damage, such as the Untimely Death legendary that grants bonus Overpower damage for each percentage of max Life you overheal being converted into Overpower damage. Ratham’s chosen also grants attack speed whenever a Necromancer’s blood skill overpowers. So, there are undoubtedly deep builds you can go for tanks where Overpower really helps out.

With that said, you now know how Overpower works in Diablo 4. Good luck making this part of your build, especially if you’re trying to do additive damage stacking DPS builds, or finding ways to turn tanks into overpowering bruisers.


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    Blizzard Entertainment
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    PC, PS4, PS5, XB One, XB X|S
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 March 2023
  • Last Updated
    5 June 2023
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