Molten Strike

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Molten StrikeAttack, Projectile, AoE, Melee, Strike, Fire
Level: (1-20)
Cost: 6 Mana
Attack Damage: (110-185)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (110-185)%
Projectile Speed: 750
Infuses your melee weapon with molten energies to attack with physical and fire damage. This attack causes balls of molten magma to launch forth from the enemies you hit, divided amongst all enemies hit by the strike. These will explode, causing AoE attack damage to enemies where they land.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal1% increased Fire Damage1% increased Projectile Speed+0.1 to Melee Strike Range2% increased Damage over Time60% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
Fires 3 additional Projectiles
Projectiles deal 50% less Damage
Damage Over Time caused by Projectiles deals 50% less Damage
+(2-6) to Melee Strike Range
(2-75) to (3-113) Added Fire Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Molten Strike skill icon.pngMolten Strike inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Drop level: 5
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Metadata
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemMoltenStrike

Molten Strike skill screenshot.jpg
Molten Strike is a strike (attack) skill that strikes an enemy, with some of the physical damage converted to fire damage. Each strike creates multiple molten ball projectiles that land to deal damage in a small area.

Skill functions

An attack with Molten Strike consists of two parts:

Modifiers that require the keywords Melee, Projectile, or AoE only apply to the appropriate portions of the attack. For example, supporting Molten Strike with Melee Physical Damage SupportMelee Physical Damage SupportMelee, Physical, Support, Attack
Icon: M
Level: (1-20)
Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 130%
Requires Level 18Supports melee attack skills.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported Skills deal 0.5% increased Melee Physical DamageSupported Skills have +0.1 to Melee Strike RangeSupported Skills Overwhelm 0.25% Physical Damage ReductionSupported Skills deal (30-49)% more Melee Physical Damage
Supported Skills deal (30-49)% more Damage with Bleeding and Poison caused by Melee Hits
Supported Skills have 10% less Attack 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.
will increase the damage of the melee hit but not the projectiles. That said, passive points that grant Increased damage with one-handed melee weapons will affect the projectile attack as well if one is using a one-handed weapon, since it is still an attack that is dealt with a melee weapon (though the damage you're dealing is not actually melee damage).

Magma projectiles: On a successful hit Molten Strike will launch a number of projectiles a variable distance in different directions before each lands simultaneously, hitting in a circular area around each projectile. Projectiles will travel a random distance between 2 and 25 units by default, with projectiles from the same attack traveling different distances. Modifiers to both projectile speed and area of effect will alter the distance projectiles can travel.[1] The direction of each projectile is also chosen randomly along a 270 degree (3/4 circle) arc,[2] with the center of the blank zone pointed at the attacking character. Upon landing each projectile explodes with a hit radius of 9[3] dealing (55 to 92.5)% of full weapon damage, of which 60% of physical is converted to fire damage.

Projectile overlap: It is possible for more than one projectile from this skill to hit a single enemy, including the enemy that was already hit by the melee attack. The likelihood of hitting the initial target is reduced due to the ability of each projectile to travel much further than its hit radius. Molten Strike's projectiles tend to be clumped towards the center and away from the edges.[4] This is because unlike other skills such as Firestorm which sample uniformly across their potential landing area, Molten Strike's projectile landing positions are determined by choosing their direction and distance from two separate uniform distributions.

Damage conversion: Like all converted damage, the fire portion of Molten Strike's damage will be modified by both fire damage and physical damage increases.

Tooltip damage: Damage per hit and DPS displayed on the skill tooltip show only the melee portion of the attack, with that of projectiles dependent on the average number of hits expected from the skill. An estimate to the area DPS and total single target DPS of the skill can be obtained using this calculator.

Skill interactions

Dual Wielding: Dual wielding attacks with Molten Strike will alternate the weapon being swung.

Gain on hit: The stated amount on hit will be restored for both the initial hit and for each projectile that strikes an enemy.

Iron Grip: This will allow Strength's melee physical damage bonus to apply to the projectile portion of the attack.

Area of effect: Increases and reductions to AoE change both the explosion area of individual projectiles and the area they are spread over, resulting in similar degree of coverage over a larger or smaller area. AoE bonuses only affect the outer radius; the inner radius is fixed.

Projectile Count: Supporting Molten Strike with Lesser Multiple Projectiles SupportLesser Multiple Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
Icon: l
Level: (1-20)
Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 130%
Requires Level 8Supports projectile skills.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported Skills deal 0.5% increased Projectile DamageSupported Skills have 1% reduced Mana Cost
Supported Skills have 1% reduced Life Cost
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Projectile Speed
Projectiles Fired by Supported Skills have 1% increased Projectile spread
Supported Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles
Supported Skills deal (15-6)% less 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 Greater Multiple Projectiles SupportGreater Multiple Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
Icon: P
Level: (1-20)
Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 150%
Requires Level 38Supports projectile skills.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported Skills deal 0.5% increased Projectile DamageSupported Skills have 1% reduced Mana Cost
Supported Skills have 1% reduced Life Cost
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Projectile Speed
Projectiles Fired by Supported Skills have 1% increased Projectile spread
Supported Skills fire 4 additional Projectiles
Supported Skills deal (35-26)% less 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.
will increase the number of projectiles fired while reducing their damage, but will not affect the initial melee hit in any way.

Piercing, forking and chaining projectiles: Molten Strike projectiles cannot chain, pierce or fork by default, since they are ground-targeted. The threshold jewel WildfireWildfire
Crimson Jewel
Limited to: 1
Radius: Medium
(10-15)% increased Fire Damage
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike Projectiles Chain on impacting ground
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike Projectiles Chain +1 time
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike fires 50% less Projectiles
News of Kaom's victory in the south spread quickly.
Those in support of the coming rebellion bided their time.
The rest fled like rats from a fire.
Place into an allocated jewel socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
allows the projectiles to chain, which can be then be further enhanced with support gems and items. Chained projectiles continue in the same direction, but can change their speed between impacts.

Projectile Speed: Reducing projectile speed (such as with 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.
) will reduce the distance projectiles travel without reducing their AoE, making them more likely to hit the initial melee target.

Point Blank: Projectiles are affected by Point Blank even though the melee attack is not.[5] As Point Blank measures from the origin point of the projectile, the damage multiplier received is proportional to the distance the projectile has traveled from the melee target's location (where the projectile was created).

Vicious Projectiles SupportVicious Projectiles SupportProjectile, Attack, Physical, Chaos, Support
Icon: d
Level: (1-20)
Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 130%
Requires Level 18Supports projectile attack skills.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported Skills deal 0.5% increased Physical DamageSupported Attacks have 0.5% chance to cause Bleeding
Supported Skills have 0.5% chance to Poison on Hit
Supported Attacks have 0.5% chance to Impale Enemies on Hit
Supported Skills deal (30-49)% more Physical Projectile Attack Damage
Supported Skills have 10% less Projectile Attack Speed
Supported Skills deal (30-49)% more Physical Damage over Time
Supported Skills deal (30-49)% more Chaos Damage over Time
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.
: The Projectiles will receive the damage multiplier, however Molten Strike attack speed will not be lessened because it is a Melee Attack that triggers a Projectile Attack, and is not a Projectile Attack itself.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired StrengthDamage
Effectiveness
Attack
Damage
Melee RangeAttack Fire DamageExp.Total Exp.
110110%110%22 to 300
220114%113.9%22 to 37070
3416118%117.9%23 to 4308378
4722122%121.8%34 to 615541932
51131126%125.8%35 to 866678599
61641130%129.7%37 to 112604734646
72050134%133.7%39 to 134972584371
82458138%137.6%411 to 1795714180085
92867142%141.6%414 to 20169595349680
103275146%145.5%416 to 25283759633439
113683149%149.5%420 to 304539961087435
124092153%153.4%524 to 357031281790563
1344100157%157.4%528 to 4210612232851786
1448109161%161.3%533 to 4920658704917656
1552117165%165.3%539 to 5825071107424766
1656125169%169.2%545 to 68579893613223702
1760134173%173.2%652 to 791508391928307621
1864142177%177.1%661 to 912779273556100356
1967148181%181.1%668 to 1024386973999970095
2070155185%185%675 to 113242081556342051651
2172159189%188.9%781 to 122N/AN/A
2274N/A193%192.9%787 to 130N/AN/A
2376N/A197%196.8%793 to 140N/AN/A
2478N/A201%200.8%7100 to 150N/AN/A
2580N/A205%204.7%8107 to 160N/AN/A
2682N/A209%208.7%8114 to 172N/AN/A
2784N/A213%212.6%8123 to 184N/AN/A
2886N/A217%216.6%8131 to 197N/AN/A
2988N/A221%220.5%9140 to 210N/AN/A
3090N/A224%224.5%9150 to 224N/AN/A
3191N/A226%226.4%9155 to 232N/AN/A
3292N/A228%228.4%9160 to 240N/AN/A
3393N/A230%230.4%9165 to 248N/AN/A
3494N/A232%232.4%10171 to 256N/AN/A
3595N/A234%234.3%10176 to 265N/AN/A
3696N/A236%236.3%10182 to 273N/AN/A
3797N/A238%238.3%10188 to 282N/AN/A
3898N/A240%240.3%11194 to 292N/AN/A
3999N/A242%242.2%11201 to 301N/AN/A
40100N/A244%244.2%11207 to 311N/AN/A

Item acquisition
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Molten Strike can drop anywhere.

Recipes

Molten Strike 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
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 Molten Strike:

ItemLimitRadiusStats
WildfireWildfire
Crimson Jewel
Limited to: 1
Radius: Medium
(10-15)% increased Fire Damage
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike Projectiles Chain on impacting ground
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike Projectiles Chain +1 time
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike fires 50% less Projectiles
News of Kaom's victory in the south spread quickly.
Those in support of the coming rebellion bided their time.
The rest fled like rats from a fire.
Place into an allocated jewel socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
1Medium(10-15)% increased Fire Damage
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike Projectiles Chain on impacting ground
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike Projectiles Chain +1 time
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike fires 50% less Projectiles

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Molten Strike.

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 Molten Strike Damage 16625% increased Molten Strike Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Molten Strike Damage 27540% increased Molten Strike Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Molten Strike Num Of Additional Projectiles 166Molten Strike fires an additional Projectilehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Molten Strike Num Of Additional Projectiles 275Molten Strike fires 2 additional Projectileshelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Molten Strike Area Of Effect 16616% increased Molten Strike Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Molten Strike Area Of Effect 27524% increased Molten Strike Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0

Alternate skill effects

Molten Strike has the following alternate skill effects:

ItemEffect(s)
Celestial Molten Strike EffectCelestial Molten Strike EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Molten Strike becomes a Celestial Effect.Your Molten Strike becomes a Celestial Effect.
Stygian Molten Strike EffectStygian Molten Strike EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Molten Strike becomes a Stygian Effect.Your Molten Strike becomes a Stygian Effect.

Version history

Version Changes
3.15.0
  • Now deals 185% of Base Damage, and has 185% Effectiveness of Added Damage at gem level 20 (previously 148%).
3.11.0
  • The visual effects have been improved.
  • Now deals base Damage and has an added Damage effectiveness of 110% at gem level 1 (from 120%), up to 148% at gem level 20 (from 139%).
  • Projectiles now have a minimum travel distance of 2 units (from 6) and a maximum travel distance of 25 (from 20) by default. Modifiers to projectile speed, as well as modifiers to area of effect, now affect the distance projectiles can travel.
3.7.0
  • Now deals base damage equal to, and has an added damage effectiveness of, 120% at gem level 1 (unchanged), up to 130% at gem level 20 (from 160%).
  • Now adds 2 to 3 fire damage to attacks at gem level 1, up to 75 to 113 at gem level 20.
  • Now requires that you hit an enemy in order to produce projectiles, and splits the number of projectiles it produces evenly among all targets (if it can).
  • Projectiles now deal 50% less damage at all levels (from 40% less at gem level 1, to 30% less at gem level 20 previously).
  • Damage over time from projectiles now deals 50% less damage at all levels (from 40% less at gem level 1, to 30% less at gem level 20 previously).
  • Now has +2 to melee range at gem level 1 (from 0), up to +6 at gem level 20 (from +2).
3.5.0
  • Now deals 120% of base damage at gem level 1, and 161% of base damage (up from 147%) at gem level 20.
  • Projectiles deal 40% less damage at gem level 1, and 30% less damage (from 40%) at gem level 20.
  • Molten Strike Labyrinth Helmet enchantments now grant 1 additional projectile from the Merciless Labyrinth (down from 2) and 2 additional projectiles from the Eternal Labyrinth (down from 3).
3.4.0
  • Now gain additional melee weapon range every 7 levels, up to +2 at level 20 (and +3 at level 21).
2.0.0
  • Now grants 1% increased fire damage per 1% quality (was 0.75% per 1% quality).
1.1.3
  • Molten Strike has been added to the game.

References

  1. Bex_GGG (June 17, 2020). "Molten Strike projectile travel distance". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  2. Mark_GGG (May 7, 2014). "Molten Strike & Point Blank interaction". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  3. https://www.reddit.com/r/pathofexile/comments/auyizx/aoe_radius_should_have_two_decimal_places/ehfj02a/
  4. Mark_GGG (October 2016). "Simple graphical explanation of Molten Strike and Firestorm AOE mechanics.". Reddit. Retrieved Sept 3, 2021.
  5. Mark_GGG (December 3, 2012). "Mechanics Thread". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved October 21, 2013.


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