Diablo 4 Overpower Damage Explained

Bring ruin to your enemies by causing Overpower Damage in Diablo 4.
Bring ruin to your enemies by causing Overpower Damage in Diablo 4.

Diablo 4 Overpower Damage is just one of the numerous combat mechanics you’ll need to learn in the action RPG from Blizzard. With countless monsters for you to fight, you’ll need every weapon and skill at your disposal. This mechanic works a bit under the hood but leads to brutal damage. Here’s the key to understanding it.

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How Overpower Damage Works in Diablo 4

Diablo 4 Overpower Damage isn’t a standalone mechanic. Rather, it works in tandem with another feature, albeit one that’s used for survival: Fortify.

Basically, Fortify acts like an overshield or pool of bonus HP. There are certain abilities and items that trigger the mechanic, which uses a portion of your base/current HP and turns it into a Fortify value.

When the Fortify value is higher than your current HP, you gain the Fortified buff, which lessens the damage you take by 10%.

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So, what is Overpower Damage, then? Generally speaking, Overpower is procced or triggered by certain abilities. When Overpower occurs, you’ll see light blue floating damage numbers, with orange signifying critical hits.

As for how it’s computed, there are a variety of factors. Chief among these is the sum of your Fortified life and base life. For instance, if you have 50 Fortify and 50 HP, then the bonus damage from Overpower is 100.

Apart from the above, there are also other factors to consider, such as:

  • Skill synergies and focused builds: For example, the Barbarian Combat Bash will make critical strikes with two-handed weapons lead to an Overpower proc if you use a Core or Weapon Mastery skill. Likewise, if you use the Violent Hammer of the Ancients, causing an Overpower will grant bonus damage.
  • Gear pieces: Some of your items may roll with a bonus to Overpower Damage, which will boost the nominal sum. Others, meanwhile, may guarantee an Overpower hit depending on usage.

But now that you know how Overpower Damage works in Diablo 4, you’ll be able to weave that knowledge into your strategies and builds, using it to your advantage to purge hellspawn from Sanctuary. For more tips and tricks, head to our guides hub for Blizzard’s action RPG.

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