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For the unrelated and unreleased Barbarian skill, see Crushing Blows.

Crushing Blow is a special magic property in Diablo II and Diablo IV that allows delivering a devastating blow for massive damage equal to a percentage of the enemy Life.

Diablo II

added to certain Set, Crafted or Unique Items, but not to Magic or Rare Items. When striking, a crushing blow will reduce an enemy's current life by a certain percentage as follows:

Type of Weapon Used vs. Normal Enemies vs. Players or Hirelings vs. Champions, Uniques, Bosses
Melee Weapons 25% 10% 12.5%
Missile Weapons 12.5% 5% 6.25%
  • Because Crushing Blow items can stack, it is possible to get up to 100% chance for Crushing Blow.
  • Physical resistance does apply to Crushing Blow damage, as long as the enemy has a positive physical resistance.
  • Crushing Blow removes a portion of the enemy's current life, not its maximum life; so, for example, hitting Hell Diablo when he has 40,000 hit points left will remove 5,000 hit points (12.5% x 40,000), not 12.5% of his original total.
    • That being said, because Crushing Blow removes a % of the monster's current Life, it is equally useful in large Multiplayer games or when the /players x command is in effect, allowing you to down enemies within an efficient timeframe.
  • Since 1.10, Crushing Blow is calculated before any other damage is applied.

Items Featuring Crushing Blow

Crafted Items


Complete Set

Individual Pieces

Unique Armors

Unique Weapons




Diablo IV

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Crushing Blows return as a class mechanic for Druids, triggered by their Earth skills.

Unlike Diablo II, this incarnation deals damage based on maximum Life, making it much dealier.

It still deals reduced damage to Bosses and other players.