What is the buffs or debuffs in Path of Exile? Buffs are a type of effect that can modify a creature’s statistics and can be identified by having a specific green border around the icon. A debuff is a type of effect that only provides a detrimental effect to the debuffed creature and can be identified by having a specific red border around the icon.
Buffs and debuffs are temporary effects on your character that can change its offensive or defensive statistics. You can differ buffs from debuffs by their border (buffs have green border while debuffs have red).
Some of the most popular buffs in this games are:
Blood Rage – Blood rage is an active skill which when cast, temporarily gives you attack speed, life leech and chance to get Frenzy Charge on kill, however, it makes you take physical damage 4% of your maximum life or energy shield. You can renew duration of Blood Rage by killing enemies.
Onslaught – this buff gives you 20% increased attack speed, cast speed, and movement speed.
Fortify – this buff grants you 20% reduced damage taken from hits.
Auras – they can boost your and your allies offense and defense (for example added armour, attack speed, added elemental damage etc).
Then there are debuffs, that negatively impact your character. Some of the most popular debuffs are:
Blind – when you are affected by blind, your chance to hit is halved and light radius reduced to its minimum value.
Maim – when you are affected by Maim, your movement speed is reduced by 30%, which can hurt in some situations but there aren’t many monsters that apply this debuff.
Corrupting blood – this one can kill you very quickly if you aren’t careful and do not have bleed removal flask with you. When you hit a monster with Corrupting blood mod, you get one stack of the debuff per hit and it stacks to a maximum of 20 charges.
Curses – some monsters or bosses use curses that reduce your damage, resistances, make you take increased damage etc. Best way to counter curses is to have a flask with curse removal affix on it. Players can also use curses, there are tons of builds for which curses is the cornerstone around which the build is made.