Frostbolt

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FrostboltSpell, Projectile, Cold
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (6-25) Mana
Cast Time: 0.75 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 360%
Projectile Speed: 375
Fires a slow-moving projectile that pierces through enemies, dealing cold damage.Deals (9-1594) to (13-2392) Cold Damage
Projectiles Pierce all Targets

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
1% increased Cold DamageProjectiles gain 2% increased Projectile Speed per second1% less Projectile SpeedProjectiles have 1% chance to Return to you
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Frostbolt skill icon.pngFrostbolt inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Drop level: 5
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Metadata
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemFrostBolt

Frostbolt skill screenshot.jpg


Frostbolt is a cold spell that fires a slow-moving projectile that pierces all targets. Frostbolt interacts with Ice NovaIce NovaSpell, AoE, Cold, Nova
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (8-23) Mana
Cast Time: 0.70 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 190%
Radius: 30
Requires Level 12A chilling circle of ice expands from the caster. If the caster targets near their Frostbolt projectiles, it will expand from a number of those projectiles instead. If this skill would repeat when cast this way, it will instead expand again from the same projectiles after a short delay.Deals (18-769) to (26-1130) Cold Damage
+(0-4) to radius
20% less Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt
Can expand from up to 2 Frostbolt Projectiles
Adds (3-118) to (4-172) Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Ice Nova skill icon.png
and VortexVortexSpell, AoE, Cold, Duration, Nova
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (11-20) Mana
Cooldown Time: 1.80 sec
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cast Time: Instant
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 270%
Requires Level 28An icy blast explodes around the caster, dealing cold damage to enemies, and leaving behind a whirling vortex which deals cold damage over time and chills enemies caught in it. If the caster targets near their Frostbolt projectiles, it will explode from a number of those projectiles instead, destroying them.Deals (41-1209) to (62-1813) Cold Damage
Deals (116-2317.2) Base Cold Damage per second
Base duration is 3 seconds
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
20% less Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt
(0-76)% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate
Can explode from up to 5 Frostbolt Projectiles

Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vortex skill icon.png
, allowing those spells to be cast on Frostbolt projectiles instead of the player.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Ice NovaIce NovaSpell, AoE, Cold, Nova
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (8-23) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.70 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 190%
    Radius: 30
    Requires Level 12A chilling circle of ice expands from the caster. If the caster targets near their Frostbolt projectiles, it will expand from a number of those projectiles instead. If this skill would repeat when cast this way, it will instead expand again from the same projectiles after a short delay.Deals (18-769) to (26-1130) Cold Damage
    +(0-4) to radius
    20% less Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt
    Can expand from up to 2 Frostbolt Projectiles
    Adds (3-118) to (4-172) Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies

    Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Ice Nova skill icon.png
    and VortexVortexSpell, AoE, Cold, Duration, Nova
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (11-20) Mana
    Cooldown Time: 1.80 sec
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cast Time: Instant
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 270%
    Requires Level 28An icy blast explodes around the caster, dealing cold damage to enemies, and leaving behind a whirling vortex which deals cold damage over time and chills enemies caught in it. If the caster targets near their Frostbolt projectiles, it will explode from a number of those projectiles instead, destroying them.Deals (41-1209) to (62-1813) Cold Damage
    Deals (116-2317.2) Base Cold Damage per second
    Base duration is 3 seconds
    Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
    20% less Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt
    (0-76)% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate
    Can explode from up to 5 Frostbolt Projectiles

    Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Vortex skill icon.png
    :
    When Ice Nova or Vortex is cast while the player has active Frostbolt projectiles, the skills will be cast on the projectiles rather than the player but with 20% less area of effect. Ice Nova will cast on up to 2 Frostbolts, and Vortex will cast on up to 4. Vortex will consume the projectiles, but Ice Nova will not.[1]
  • Projectile speed: Frostbolt's total projectile distance traveled is not affected by changes to projectile speed (such as Faster Projectiles SupportFaster Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: j
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 120%
    Requires Level 31Supports projectile skills.Supported Skills have (50-69)% increased Projectile Speed
    Supported Skills deal (20-29)% increased Projectile Damage

    Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Projectile Speed
    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 Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    or Slower Projectiles SupportSlower Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: J
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 120%
    Requires Level 31Supports projectile skills.Supported Skills have (20-30)% less Projectile Speed
    Supported Skills deal (10-19)% more Projectile Damage

    Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% 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 Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    ).
  • Fork and Chain: Frostbolt projectiles will always pierce, and therefore can never fork or chain.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired IntelligenceMana
Cost
Cold
Damage
Exp.Total Exp.
11069 to 1300
220610 to 157070
3416713 to 20308378
4722818 to 2715541932
51131927 to 4166678599
616411042 to 642604734646
720501159 to 894972584371
824581281 to 12195714180085
9286713108 to 163169595349680
10327514144 to 216283759633439
11368315190 to 2854539961087435
12409216249 to 3737031281790563
134410018323 to 48510612232851786
144810919418 to 62720658704917656
155211720537 to 80625071107424766
165612521688 to 1033579893613223702
176013422879 to 13181508391928307621
1864142231117 to 16762779273556100356
1967148241336 to 20044386973999970095
2070155251594 to 2392242081556342051651
2172159251793 to 2689N/AN/A
2274N/A262014 to 3022N/AN/A
2376N/A262262 to 3393N/AN/A
2478N/A272539 to 3809N/AN/A
2580N/A272849 to 4273N/AN/A
2682N/A283194 to 4791N/AN/A
2784N/A283580 to 5369N/AN/A
2886N/A294010 to 6015N/AN/A
2988N/A304490 to 6735N/AN/A
3090N/A305026 to 7538N/AN/A
3191N/A305316 to 7974N/AN/A
3292N/A315623 to 8434N/AN/A
3393N/A315947 to 8920N/AN/A
3494N/A316288 to 9433N/AN/A
3595N/A316649 to 9974N/AN/A
3696N/A327030 to 10545N/AN/A
3797N/A327432 to 11149N/AN/A
3898N/A327857 to 11785N/AN/A
3999N/A338305 to 12457N/AN/A
40100N/A338778 to 13166N/AN/A

Gem quality

TypeStats (per 1% quality)Weight
Superior1% increased Cold Damage50
AnomalousProjectiles gain 2% increased Projectile Speed per second10
Divergent1% less Projectile Speed100
PhantasmalProjectiles have 1% chance to Return to you20

Item acquisition
Questionmark.png

Frostbolt can drop anywhere.

Recipes

Frostbolt can be created from the following recipes:

AmountPartDescriptionMeta
13The CataclysmThe CataclysmThe Cataclysm card art.png13Level 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 FoxThe Fox card art.png6Level 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
8Dying AnguishDying AnguishDying Anguish card art.png8Level 19 Gem
Alternate Quality: +19%
Moribund, he gazed upon the journey taken as blood trickled down his chin. His eye closed on the city ahead that he would never call home.
Random level 19 gem with 19% alternative qualityA
8The HookThe HookThe Hook card art.png8Level 21 Gem
Alternate Quality: +23%
Corrupted
Every obsession began with a single, innocent taste.
Random corrupted level 21 gem with 23% alternative qualityA
3Gemcutter's PromiseGemcutter's PromiseGemcutter's Promise card art.png3Gem
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.
Shift click to unstack.
Random gem with 1–20% qualityA
1The VoidThe VoidThe Void card art.png1Reach 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 ↓
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1

Vendor reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
Nessa
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment Frostbolt:

ItemLimitRadiusStats

Drop disabled

The following threshold jewels augment Frostbolt, but drop disabled:

(Drop-disabled item can still be acquired in the permanent leagues by trading with other players)

ItemBase ItemRequired levelStats
Frozen TrailFrozen Trail
Cobalt Jewel
Limited to: 2
Radius: Medium
(7-10)% increased Projectile Damage
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Frostbolt Projectiles gain 40% increased Projectile Speed per second
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Frostbolt fires 2 additional Projectiles
The Maraketh knew that a mountain path
free of vegetation was cut by regular avalanches,
and so the advancing Eternals were unwittingly drawn into a deathtrap.
Place into an allocated jewel socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
Cobalt Jewel1(7-10)% increased Projectile Damage
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Frostbolt Projectiles gain 40% increased Projectile Speed per second
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Frostbolt fires 2 additional Projectiles

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Frostbolt.

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 Frost Bolt Cast Speed 166Merciless Labyrinth10% increased Frostbolt Cast Speedhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Frost Bolt Cast Speed 275Eternal Labyrinth15% increased Frostbolt Cast Speedhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Frost Bolt Damage 166Merciless Labyrinth25% increased Frostbolt Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Frost Bolt Damage 275Eternal Labyrinth40% increased Frostbolt Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Frost Bolt Freeze Chance 166Merciless LabyrinthFrostbolt has +10% chance to Freezehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Frost Bolt Freeze Chance 275Eternal LabyrinthFrostbolt has +15% chance to Freezehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Vortex AoE On Frostbolt 166Merciless LabyrinthVortex has 30% increased Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolthelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Vortex AoE On Frostbolt 275Eternal LabyrinthVortex has 45% increased Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolthelmet 75
default 0

Alternate skill effects

Frostbolt has the following alternate skill effects:

ItemEffect(s)
Black Hole Frostbolt EffectBlack Hole Frostbolt EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Frostbolt becomes a flying black hole.Your Frostbolt becomes a flying black hole.

Version history

Version Changes
3.17.0
  • Frostbolt now deals 9 to 13 Cold Damage at gem level 1 (unchanged), up to 1594 to 2392 at gem level 20 (previously 972 to 1458).
  • Now has 360% Effectiveness of Added Damage at all gem levels (previously 220%).
  • Quality on the Anomalous Frostbolt Skill gem no longer provides 0-100% reduced Damage, or 0-20% chance to inflict Cold Exposure on Hit. Instead, it now provides "Gain 0-40% increased Projectile Speed per second".
3.11.0
  • Now has an added Damage effectiveness of 220% (from 160%).
  • Fixed an instance crash related to Frostbolt.
3.6.0
  • Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 25 (was 20).
  • Now deals 9 to 13 Cold damage at gem level 1 (from 6 to 10) and 972 to 1458 Cold damage at gem level 20 (from 753 to 1129)
2.3.0
  • Introduced to the game.

References

  1. Bex_GGG (May 12, 2016). "Skill Reveal - Frostbolt and Vortex". Official Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved June 3, 2016.


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