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: 220%
Projectile Speed: 375
Fires a slow-moving projectile that pierces through enemies, dealing cold damage.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal1% increased Cold Damage5% reduced Damage
1% chance to inflict Cold Exposure on Hit
1% less Projectile SpeedProjectiles have 1% chance to Return to you
Deals (9-972) to (13-1458) Cold Damage
Projectiles Pierce all Targets
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: Active Skill Gems
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: 120%
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.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal0.5% increased Area of Effect1.5% increased Damage with Hits against Chilled Enemies0.5% increased Cast Speed0.5% increased Effect of ChillDeals (18-518) to (26-762) Cold Damage
Can expand from up to 2 Frostbolt Projectiles
Adds (3-79) to (4-116) Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies
20% less Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt
+(0-4) to radius
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: 180%
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.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal0.5% increased Area of Effect1% increased Cold Damage1% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate
1% less Skill Effect Duration
2% increased Damage when Cast on Frostbolt
Deals (42-833) to (63-1250) Cold Damage
Base duration is 3 seconds
Deals (116.2-2315.1) Base Cold Damage per second
Can explode from up to 5 Frostbolt Projectiles
20% less Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
(0-76)% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate
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: 120%
    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.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal0.5% increased Area of Effect1.5% increased Damage with Hits against Chilled Enemies0.5% increased Cast Speed0.5% increased Effect of ChillDeals (18-518) to (26-762) Cold Damage
    Can expand from up to 2 Frostbolt Projectiles
    Adds (3-79) to (4-116) Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies
    20% less Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt
    +(0-4) to radius
    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: 180%
    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.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal0.5% increased Area of Effect1% increased Cold Damage1% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate
    1% less Skill Effect Duration
    2% increased Damage when Cast on Frostbolt
    Deals (42-833) to (63-1250) Cold Damage
    Base duration is 3 seconds
    Deals (116.2-2315.1) Base Cold Damage per second
    Can explode from up to 5 Frostbolt Projectiles
    20% less Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt
    Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
    (0-76)% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate
    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.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported Skills have 0.5% increased Projectile SpeedProjectiles from Supported Skills have 3% chance to Return to you from final targetSupported Skills deal 0.5% increased Projectile DamageSupported Skills have (50-69)% increased Projectile Speed
    Supported Skills deal (20-29)% 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.
    or Slower Projectiles SupportSlower Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: J
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 120%
    Requires Level 31Supports projectile skills.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported Skills deal 0.5% increased Projectile DamageProjectiles from Supported Skills deal 0.75% increased Damage with Hits to nearby EnemiesProjectiles Fired by Supported Skills have 3% chance not to Pierce EnemiesSupported Skills have (20-30)% less Projectile Speed
    Supported Skills deal (10-19)% more 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 19308378
4722818 to 2615541932
51131925 to 3866678599
616411038 to 582604734646
720501152 to 784972584371
824581269 to 10395714180085
928671390 to 135169595349680
10327514116 to 174283759633439
11368315148 to 2234539961087435
12409216189 to 2837031281790563
134410018238 to 35710612232851786
144810919299 to 44820658704917656
155211720373 to 56025071107424766
165612521465 to 697579893613223702
176013422576 to 8641508391928307621
186414223711 to 10672779273556100356
196714824832 to 12484386973999970095
207015525972 to 1458242081556342051651
2172159251077 to 1615N/AN/A
2274N/A261192 to 1789N/AN/A
2376N/A261320 to 1980N/AN/A
2478N/A271460 to 2190N/AN/A
2580N/A271614 to 2421N/AN/A
2682N/A281784 to 2676N/AN/A
2784N/A281970 to 2955N/AN/A
2886N/A292175 to 3263N/AN/A
2988N/A302400 to 3600N/AN/A
3090N/A302648 to 3972N/AN/A
3191N/A302780 to 4171N/AN/A
3292N/A312919 to 4379N/AN/A
3393N/A313065 to 4598N/AN/A
3494N/A313218 to 4827N/AN/A
3595N/A313378 to 5067N/AN/A
3696N/A323546 to 5318N/AN/A
3797N/A323721 to 5582N/AN/A
3898N/A323905 to 5858N/AN/A
3999N/A334098 to 6147N/AN/A
40100N/A334300 to 6449N/AN/A

Item acquisition
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Frostbolt can drop anywhere.

Recipes

Frostbolt can be created from the following recipes:

AmountPartDescriptionMeta
8Dying AnguishDying Anguish8Level 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
1Gemcutter's IncubatorGemcutter's IncubatorStack Size: 10Adds an incubated Quality Gem item to an equippable item
Item drops after killing {0} monsters
Quality GemRight 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 superior 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
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
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 superior gem with 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 ↓
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
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.
2Medium(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.StatsSpawn Weighting
Enchantment Frost Bolt Cast Speed 16610% increased Frostbolt Cast Speedhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Frost Bolt Cast Speed 27515% increased Frostbolt Cast Speedhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Frost Bolt Damage 16625% increased Frostbolt Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Frost Bolt Damage 27540% increased Frostbolt Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Frost Bolt Freeze Chance 166Frostbolt has +10% chance to Freezehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Frost Bolt Freeze Chance 275Frostbolt has +15% chance to Freezehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Vortex AoE On Frostbolt 166Vortex has 30% increased Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolthelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Vortex AoE On Frostbolt 275Vortex 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
3.11.0
  • 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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