Contempt for Weakness


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Contempt for Weakness is a rune effect in Ignore Pain, a defensive Barbarian skill.

This rune effect reflects half of ignored damage back at the enemy. Since Iron Skin absorbs 65% of damage, this means that the monsters are hitting themselves for half of that, or 32.5%.

This sounds like a lot and this rune effect can be powerful in Hell or in PvP, but by Inferno monsters have such tremendous life pools, in the millions of hit points, that this effect becomes meaningless. A monster that dealt 1,000,000 points of damage in 5 seconds would hurt itself for 325,000, which would hardly move the health bar on a 3,000,000 hit point Inferno monster.... while any character who took 1,000,000 points of damage in 5 seconds would be dead many times over.

Skill Rune Effects[edit]

Refer to the Ignore Pain rune effects article for a thorough description of the rune effects in this skill, including , or any of the individual rune pages for numbers, screenshots, blue quotes, and much more.

Name Level Description
Ignore Pain

1 Cooldown: 30 seconds

Reduce all damage taken by 50% and gain Immunity to all control-impairing effects for 5 seconds.

MedRuneA Contempt for Weakness
1 Instantly heal for 35% of maximum Life when activating Ignore Pain.


Screenshots and video will be added post-release.


Prior to the February 2012 skill and rune system makeover, this effect was granted by the Crimson Rune which produced the following result:

Contempt for Weakness


Reflects 65% of ignored damage back at the enemy.