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I am currently playing as a Prismatic Bolt Embermage and I am pretty sure that by casting the Prismatic Bolt no on-hit effect are applied. What I am wondering is: what skills should I use in order to actually trigger them?

For example, in the outlander case Rapid Fire does apply effects carried by the weapons. I guess Magma Spear, Icy Blast and Shockbolts work in the same way for the embermage, but I'm not sure about it.

By on-hit effects I mean effects such as "-X armor per hit", "X mana stolen on hit" etc.

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“X mana stolen on hit” and “X health stolen per hit” are triggered on left click attacks and the occasional skill such as magma hammer. The best way to tell which skills these are, is to test on the practice dummy in town with "Floating Damage & Text" set to verbose in the menu. This part of your question was also asked here and you can see more information in that post.

“-X armor per hit” triggers on left click attacks as well as any skill based on weapon DPS such as Icy Blast or Magma Hammer. Once again you can see this trigger on the Target Dummy as shown below. Weapon DPS

-X To Armor

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I hear the easiest way to do it is test it on the dummy. Saw an example and what you want is an item that has "+x health on hit" because that shows when it triggers above your character, or the "- to armor per hit" is shown on "enemy stats" above.

Then try out whichever skill to see if it works (more than likely something that uses % weapon damage)...Hit the dummy just once and pay attention, make sure your experiment doesn't get confusing data. Get a console hacked char to 1x all skills and see easier, I guess.

On principle I don't think the Embermage applies a lot of them in general. Maybe Magma Hammer, that might makes sense.

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