The Gloom rune of the demon hunter's Shadow Power skill is as follows:

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Is the 35% reduction in incoming damage in addition to the 15% damage done as Life, or instead of it?

I sometimes have difficulty determining this for other runes. For example, the witch doctor's Rabid Dogs rune indicates "Your Zombie Dogs gain an infectious bite..." and "Swallow your Soul" indicates "Gain X mana...". In these cases, the effect specifically indicates that it is in addition ("gain") to the base skill.

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You are misunderstanding what "damage done as Life" means. When Shadow Power is active, 15% of the damage you deal to others is returned to you as life. Therefore, there is no overlap between the base effect and the rune effect; you gain life from damage dealt while also reducing the damage you receive from mobs.

In case this wasn't the misunderstanding, then yes you do get both effects. A rune effect only replaces the base effect if there is wording to that nature, for instance, the Companion rune effects all say "instead of a raven."

  • I did not misunderstand, so the second part of your answer is what I was looking for. Thanks.
    – SabreWolfy
    Commented Sep 14, 2013 at 13:13

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