Choking Gas


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Choking Gas is a rune effect in Smoke Screen, a Discipline-spending stealth and escape Demon Hunter skill.

This rune effect creates a cloud of choking gas where the Demon Hunter was standing when the skill was triggered. It lingers for 5 seconds, dealing 70% weapon damage per seocnd to any enemy in the area.

Poison damage in Diablo III isn't any different than the other types of damage, with no more lingering effects, so the cloud only damages as long as a monster is in it. And the enemies are unlikely to remain long in the vicinity when the Demon Hunter reappears, some distance away.

Skill Rune Effects[edit]

The following is a very quick summary. See the Smoke Screen rune effects page for a more thorough description of rune effects, or any of the individual rune pages for numbers, screenshots, blue quotes, and much more.

Name Level Description
Smoke Screen

1 Cost: 14 Discipline

Cooldown: 1.5 seconds

Vanish behind a wall of smoke, becoming momentarily invisible for 1 seconds.

This ability does not start its cooldown until after its effects expire.

1 Gain 100% movement speed while invisible.


Screenshots and movies will be added post-release.


Prior to the skill revision in February 2012, this rune effect was enabled by a Crimson Rune, granting the following effect with a level 7 runestone:

Choking Gas


Leave behind a cloud of gas that deals 92 physical damage per second to enemies in the area for 5 seconds.

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