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Does +element damage items increase damage of spells or just add elemental damage to the attack of the weapon it's on?

For example, I have a poison damage focused Outlander and was wondering if +poison gems in my weapon would increase DPS.

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Your question is a bit vague. Elemental gems only affect the weapon they are in, by adding flat damage, and would increase the DPS of that weapon but not of anything else (other weapons or skills). If you find anything that says +% to all poison damage, that would apply to everything. Most of those tend to be for armor, not weapons though. –  jw013 Mar 13 '13 at 19:18
    
Sounds right, submit that as an answer and I'll mark it complete. –  0d0h0m0s Mar 13 '13 at 21:38

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Elemental gems only affect the weapon they are in, by adding flat damage, and that would increase the DPS of that particular weapon but not of anything else (e.g. other weapons or skills). If you find any enchant that says +% to all poison damage, that would apply to everything. Most of those tend to be for armor, not weapons though.

If you look under arcane stats you can get an idea of what stats apply per weapon and which ones apply for all attack. For example, elemental damage % bonus is listed as a global stat, as are things like execute chance and critical chance. However, elemental flat damage and attack speed are listed under each separate weapon (hand).

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