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In Diablo 3, all skills have an element assigned to them (physical, cold etc.). What I'm wondering is what happens if a skill does not do direct damage? For example: Mantra of Conviction, Inner Sanctuary with Forbidden Palace rune. They apply a debuff on enemies that makes them take x% additional damage.

Is there a general rule telling when elemental% applies and when it does not?

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    The skills you're mentioning don't do damage in any sense. They just make monster take more damage from other skills. Which do have elements.
    – Frank
    Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 15:49

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Elemental % applies to every skill. If a skill does damage, it will have an element, and be affected by +Elemental damage of the correct type.

The skills you are specifically referring to have no element because they don't do damage. All they do is make other skills do more damage, and will affect the skills used while enemies are under those debuffs.

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  • I'll check the list of all skills and see if there are any shady ones.
    – mostruash
    Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 17:25

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