Creeping Frost

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Creeping FrostSpell, Projectile, Duration, AoE, Cold
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (7-20) Mana
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 120%
Projectile Speed: 844
AoE Radius: 12
Requires Level 12Fire an icy projectile that bursts on impact or when reaching the targeted area, dealing area damage and creating a chilling area that deals cold damage over time. This area will creep across the ground towards nearby enemies until its duration expires.Deals (11-568) to (16-847) Cold Damage
Base duration is 5.00 seconds
Deals (18.4-2225.7) Base Cold Damage per second
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
Base radius is 1.5 metres
Base secondary radius is 1.8 metres
Can have up to 10 Chilling Areas

Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
+(0.01-0.2) metres to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Acquisition
Drop level: 12
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Metadata
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemArcticBreath

Creeping Frost is a projectile cold spell that launches a frozen skull at a targeted area. The projectile will explode when it reaches the targeted area, or if it comes into contact with an enemy. This explosion causes initial damage and creates a Chilling Area that slows and deals cold damage over time to any enemies that enter it. This chilling area will move in the direction of nearby enemies.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Area of Effect: The radius of the explosion is affected by all AoE increases. Full spell damage is done to any enemy in range of the explosion. Concentrated Effect SupportConcentrated Effect SupportSupport, AoE
    Icon: o
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 18Supports any skill with an area of effect, regardless of whether that skill deals damage.Supported Skills deal (25-39)% more Area Damage
    Supported Skills have 30% less Area of Effect

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal (0.5-10)% increased Area Damage
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    and Area of Effect damage passive nodes will only affect the damage if the projectile does not fork or pierce. Additionally Area of Effect chilled ground effect will only trigger at the end of a projectile chain supported by Chain SupportChain SupportSupport, Chaining, Projectile
    Icon: c
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 150%
    Requires Level 38Supports projectile skills, and any other skills that chain.Supported Skills Chain +2 times
    Supported Skills deal (30-11)% less Damage with Hits

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    Supported Skills have (0.5-10)% increased Chaining range
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    .
  • Projectile: While Lesser Multiple Projectiles SupportLesser Multiple Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: l
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 130%
    Requires Level 8Supports projectile skills.Supported Skills deal (15-6)% less Projectile Damage
    Supported Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal (0.5-10)% increased Projectile Damage
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    and Greater Multiple Projectiles SupportGreater Multiple Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: P
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 150%
    Requires Level 38Supports projectile skills.Supported Skills deal (35-26)% less Projectile Damage
    Supported Skills fire 4 additional Projectiles

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal (0.5-10)% increased Projectile Damage
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    will increase the number of projectiles, a single target can only be hit by one projectile of Creeping Frost. However, an enemy can be hit by multiple explosions from a single cast, provided each projectile can collide with something and there is enough overlap on the enemy. In this sense, Creeping Frost is capable of "shotgunning" an enemy.
  • Duration: Increases/decreases to duration affect length of time the chilled ground remains.

Creeping Frost's chilling area is not considered Chilled Ground. Enemies affected by Creeping Frost's chilling area counts as being Chilled by you.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired DexterityRequired IntelligenceMana
Cost
Cold
DPS
Cold
Damage
Exp.Total Exp.
1121421718.411 to 1600
2151725825.814 to 211524915249
3192130938.520 to 294151756766
4232435956.127 to 4081983138749
52728411080.136 to 54147968286717
631324611112.648 to 72250557537274
735365112156.564 to 95405086942360
838385513201.278 to 1164477181390078
941415914256.595 to 1426153182005396
1044446314325.4116 to 1738346392840035
1147476715411.4140 to 20915707604410795
1250497115515.6169 to 25316339876044782
1353527516644.7204 to 30521510308195812
1456557916803.2246 to 367281218911008001
1559588317997.5295 to 440509936016107361
16626087181232.1353 to 528940073125508092
17646290181431.8398 to 5951527336640781458
18666492191661.2449 to 6702628658267068040
19686695191926.3505 to 75362890590129958630
20706898202225.7568 to 847212046017342004647
217270100212568.3638 to 952N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A212962.7717 to 1070N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A213406.8804 to 1201N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A213913.2903 to 1347N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A224490.11012 to 1511N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A225151.51134 to 1693N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A235899.11271 to 1897N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A236737.61423 to 2124N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A247695.41593 to 2378N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A248789.41782 to 2660N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A2493791885 to 2814N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A2510006.51993 to 2975N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A2510682.62108 to 3146N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A2511402.22228 to 3326N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A2512158.62356 to 3517N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A26129632490 to 3717N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A2613829.12632 to 3929N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A2614739.22782 to 4153N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A2615706.92940 to 4389N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A2716735.43107 to 4638N/AN/A

Item acquisition

Creeping Frost can drop anywhere.

Recipes

Creeping Frost can be created from the following recipes:

AmountPartDescriptionMeta
13The CataclysmThe Cataclysm13Level 21 Spell Gem
Corrupted
The mighty warriors traded in blows, the nimble archers in arrows, yet it was the brazen thaumaturgists who would bring catastrophe to all.
Random corrupted level 21 Spell gemA
6The FoxThe Fox6Level 20 Gem"Masters of wit, strength and cunning. To survive the harsh winters, you must be like the fox."
- Ezomyte Proverb
Random level 20 gemA
3Gemcutter's PromiseGemcutter's Promise3Gem
Quality: +20%
"I swore to use my position to help the people. What good is power when it just accumulates on the already-powerful?" - Erasmus, Imperial Gemcutter
Random gem with 20% qualityA
1Gemcutter's IncubatorGemcutter's IncubatorStack Size: 10Adds an incubated Quality Gem item to an equippable item
Item drops after killing {0} monsters
Right click this item then left click an item to apply it. The Incubated item drops after killing a specific number of monsters.
Random gem with 1–20% qualityA
1The VoidThe Void1Reach into the Void and claim your prize.Random divination card set exchangeA

Quest reward

This item is given as a quest reward for the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1

Vendor reward

This item can be bought at the listed NPC vendors, after completing the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1
Nessa
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Creeping Frost.

Note that helmet enchantments are no longer obtainable since version 3.23.0 and can only be obtained in permanent leagues as already enchanted items from before this patch.

NameFor generated item/monster modifiers the minimum item/monster level respectively. Some generation types may not require this condition to be met, however item level restrictions may be raised to 80% of this value.LabyrinthStatsSpawn Weighting
Enchantment Creeping Frost Chilling Area Movement Velocity 175Eternal LabyrinthCreeping Frost's Chilling Area has 38% increased Movement Speedhelmet 75
Enchantment Creeping Frost Damage 166Merciless Labyrinth25% increased Creeping Frost Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Creeping Frost Damage 275Eternal Labyrinth40% increased Creeping Frost Damagehelmet 75
Enchantment Creeping Frost Duration 166Merciless Labyrinth24% increased Creeping Frost Durationhelmet 100
Enchantment Creeping Frost Duration 275Eternal Labyrinth36% increased Creeping Frost Durationhelmet 75
Enchantment Creeping Frost Area Of Effect 166Merciless Labyrinth16% increased Creeping Frost Area of Effecthelmet 100
Enchantment Creeping Frost Area Of Effect 275Eternal Labyrinth24% increased Creeping Frost Area of Effecthelmet 75

Alternate skill effects

Creeping Frost has the following alternate skill effects:

ItemDescription
Consuming Creeping Frost EffectConsuming Creeping Frost EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Creeping Frost becomes a Consuming Octopus Effect.Your Creeping Frost becomes a Consuming Octopus Effect.

Version history

Version Changes
3.23.0
  • Quality now provides +0-0.2 metres to radius, instead of 0-10% increased Area of Effect.
3.17.0
  • Creeping Frost now deals 11 to 16 Cold Damage at gem level 1 (unchanged), up to 568 to 847 at gem level 20 (previously 383 to 572).
  • Now has 120% Effectiveness of Added Damage at all gem levels (previously 80%).
3.16.0
  • Now deals 18.4 Base Cold Damage per second at gem level 1 (previously 16.7), up to 2225.6 at gem level 20 (previously 1391.2). Its Hit Damage remains unchanged.
3.11.0
  • The visual effects have been improved.
  • Renamed from Arctic Breath.
  • There was an error which caused Arctic Breath to not correctly inherit damage penalties from gems like Greater Multiple Projectiles SupportGreater Multiple Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: P
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 150%
    Requires Level 38Supports projectile skills.Supported Skills deal (35-26)% less Projectile Damage
    Supported Skills fire 4 additional Projectiles

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal (0.5-10)% increased Projectile Damage
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    after gem level 1. We have fixed this, and have compensated the damage accordingly.
  • Now deals 11 to 16 Cold Damage at gem level 1 (unchanged), up to 383 to 572 Cold Damage at gem level 20 (from 301 to 450).
  • Now deals 16.7 base Cold Damage per second at gem level 1 (unchanged), up to 1391.2 Cold Damage per second at gem level 20 (from 1383.5)
3.10.0
  • Base projectile speed has been greatly increased.
  • Now has a base cast time of 0.6 seconds (from 0.7).
  • Now deals 11 to 16 cold damage at gem level 1 (from 13 to 19), up to 301 to 450 at gem level 20 (from 350 to 524).
  • Now costs 7 mana at gem level 1 (from 8), up to 20 at gem level 20 (from 23).
3.6.0
  • Mana Cost at gem level 1 is now 8 (was 6).
  • Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 23 (was 20).
  • Now has a cast time of 0.7 seconds (from 0.8).
  • Now deals 13 to 19 Cold damage at gem level 1 (from 7 to 10) and 350 to 524 Cold damage at gem level 20 (from 275 to 413).
  • Now deals 16.7 base Cold damage per second at gem level 1 (from 9.2) and 1383.5 base Cold damage per second at gem level 20 (from 1089.2).
  • Now has an added damage effectiveness of 80% (from 60%).
3.5.0
  • No longer a ground-projectile. It is now capable of passing over gaps and cliffs.
  • No longer leaves a trail of Chilled Ground in its wake.
  • Now leaves a chilling area on impact that deals cold damage over time over its duration. This area will move towards enemies.
  • You can now target specific locations with this skill. The projectile will impact at the location if it does not collide with something sooner.
  • Now requires level 28.
2.4.0
  • 35% more damage at gem level 20.
2.0.0
  • Explosion area increased (to 12). The radius of the chilled ground left by the explosion now matches the radius of the explosion.
1.2.0
  • Cast time has been reduced from 1000ms to 800ms. The mana cost has been reduced further than other skills to account for the change in cast time. Its damage has been reduced by 20%. The same change was applied to monster versions of this skill, though to a lesser or no extent if they had a cooldown or mana cost.
1.1.2
  • Damage has been increased by 42% at level 1, up to an increase of 95% at level 15.
1.0.0b
  • Fixed a performance problem with Ice ShotIce ShotAttack, Projectile, AoE, Cold, Bow
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (6-10) Mana
    Attack Damage: (130-174)% of base
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: (130-174)%
    Projectile Speed: 3260
    AoE Radius: 23 / 10
    Fires an arrow that converts some physical damage to cold on its target and converts all physical damage to cold in a cone behind that target.(2-75) to (3-113) Added Cold Damage
    60% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
    Base radius is 2.4 metres
    Chills Enemies as though dealing (100-195)% more Damage

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    (4-80)% increased Area of Effect angle
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    and Creeping FrostCreeping FrostSpell, Projectile, Duration, AoE, Cold
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (7-20) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.60 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 120%
    Projectile Speed: 844
    AoE Radius: 12
    Requires Level 12Fire an icy projectile that bursts on impact or when reaching the targeted area, dealing area damage and creating a chilling area that deals cold damage over time. This area will creep across the ground towards nearby enemies until its duration expires.Deals (11-568) to (16-847) Cold Damage
    Base duration is 5.00 seconds
    Deals (18.4-2225.7) Base Cold Damage per second
    Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
    Base radius is 1.5 metres
    Base secondary radius is 1.8 metres
    Can have up to 10 Chilling Areas

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    +(0.01-0.2) metres to radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    .
0.9.12
  • added to the game as Arctic Breath.

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