Volatile Explosives


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Volatile Explosives is a rune effect in Bola Shot, a Hatred-generating Demon Hunter skill.

This rune effect doubles the radius of effect, from 7 to 14 yards. This is a huge improvement, adding vastly more functionality than you might expect before experimenting with the rune effect. At 7 yards, the explosion only hits the targeted monster and perhaps two or three others standing virtually on top of it. At 14 yards the explosion can easily hit half a dozen or more enemies, and entire large packs can be wiped out by two or three of these bombs spread throughout a group of enemies.

Note that the radius of effect is closer to quadrupled than doubled. The area of a circle is pi r squared. Thus:

  • Base effect of 7y radius: (3.14 x 7 squared) = 153.86 yards.
  • Volatile Explosives 14y radius: (3.14 x 14 squared) = 615.44.

Skill Rune Effects[edit]

Refer to the Bola Shot rune effects article for a thorough description of the rune effects in this skill, including screenshots, videos, and strategy tips.

Name Level Description
Bola Shot

Bow skill
1 Generate: 3 Hatred

Shoot out an explosive bola that wraps itself around the enemy. After 1 second, the bola explodes dealing 160% weapon damage as Fire to the enemy and an additional 110% weapon damage as Fire to all other enemies within 14 yards.

MedRuneA Volatile Explosives
1 Increase the explosion radius to 20 yards.


Screenshots and videos will be added post-release.


Prior to the February 2012 skill and rune system overhaul, this effect was created by the Crimson Rune. That runestone produced the following effect at rune level 7:

Volatile Explosives


Increase the explosion radius to 14 yards.