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VortexSpell, 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 Effect1% increased Cold Damage1% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate
1% less Skill Effect Duration
2% increased Damage when Cast on Frostbolt
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vortex skill icon.pngVortex inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Drop level: 28
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Metadata
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemFrostBoltNova

Vortex skill screenshot.jpg


Vortex is a cold spell that deals damage in an area around the character and leaves a ground effect that chills and deals heavy cold damage over time.[1] If the player has any active FrostboltFrostboltSpell, 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 Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Frostbolt skill icon.png
projectiles, Vortex will be cast on those projectiles instead.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this skill's Damage Over Time Effect: Modifiers to spell damage only affect the damage over time effect of Vortex granted by the gem and do not affect other sources of damage over time which may be applied by the skill, such as poison or Decay SupportDecay SupportChaos, Support
    Icon: D
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 120%
    Requires Level 38Supports any skill that hits enemies.Supported Skills inflict Decay on Hit, dealing (120-843) Chaos Damage per second for 8 seconds

    Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Chaos 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.
    .
  • FrostboltFrostboltSpell, 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 Damage
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Frostbolt skill icon.png
    : The player may cast Frostbolt and subsequently cast Vortex on the Frostbolt projectiles. If Vortex is cast this way, it will have 20% less area of effect and it may cast on up to 5 Frostbolt projectiles, consuming them.
    • If the player has any active Frostbolt projectiles and Vortex is triggered by an effect (such as Cast On Critical Strike SupportCast On Critical Strike SupportCritical, Support, Spell, Trigger
      Icon: &
      Level: (1-20)
      Cooldown Time: 0.15 sec
      Requires Level 38Must support both an attack skill and a spell skill to work. The attack skill will trigger a spell when it critically strikes an enemy. Cannot support totems, traps, or mines. Vaal skills, channelling skills, and skills with a reservation cannot be triggered.Supported Attacks will Trigger a Supported Spell when you Crit an Enemy
      Supported Skills deal (19-10)% less Spell Damage
      You cannot Cast Supported Triggerable Spells directly
      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.
      ), Vortex will automatically be cast on the Frostbolt projectiles.
  • Overlap: If an enemy is standing on multiple Vortex ground effects, only the one with the highest damage per second will deal damage at any given moment. This is consistent with other damage over time ground effects, such as burning ground.
  • Cast time: Vortex is an instant spell; it has no cast time and does not interrupt your character's other actions.
  • On hit effects: Because the initial explosion counts as a hit, Vortex can be used with on hit effects such as Hextouch SupportHextouch SupportSupport, Hex, Trigger
    Icon: &
    Level: (1-20)
    Requires Level 38Must support both a skill that hits enemies, and a hex curse skill to work. The hex will be applied when enemies are hit by the other skill. Cannot support totems, traps, or mines. Minions cannot apply hexes this way.Supported Skills apply supported Curses on Hit
    Supported Skills have (50-12)% reduced Curse Duration
    You cannot Cast Supported Curse Spells
    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.
    .

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired IntelligenceMana
Cost
Cold
Damage
Cold
DPS
Cooldown
Recovery
Exp.Total Exp.
128671141 to 62116N/A00
231731154 to 81147.34%199345199345
334791270 to 105185.58%285815485160
437851390 to 135232.812%401344886504
5409213116 to 174290.816%5543791440883
6429614136 to 205336.120%4774371918320
74410014160 to 241388.924%5837862502106
84610415189 to 283449.228%7103593212465
94810915221 to 33251832%13555114567976
105011315260 to 389596.536%11388775706853
115211716304 to 456685.940%13682337075086
125412116356 to 533787.644%16383388713424
135612517416 to 623903.248%195664810670072
145813017485 to 7281034.352%365518414325256
156013418566 to 849118756%301732717342583
166213818660 to 9901356.160%775999525102578
176414218768 to 11531552.864%1513819340240771
186614619894 to 13411776.268%2608382566324596
1968151191040 to 15602029.872%62620247128944843
2070155201209 to 18132317.276%211708088340652931
2172159201404 to 21062642.880%N/AN/A
2274N/A211630 to 24453011.484%N/AN/A
2376N/A211891 to 28373428.288%N/AN/A
2478N/A212193 to 32903899.192%N/AN/A
2580N/A222542 to 38134448.396%N/AN/A
2682N/A222945 to 44175050.7100%N/AN/A
2784N/A233409 to 51145753.2104%N/AN/A
2886N/A233946 to 59196548.8108%N/AN/A
2988N/A244564 to 68477417.3112%N/AN/A
3090N/A245278 to 79178430.3116%N/AN/A
3191N/A245675 to 85128985.1120%N/AN/A
3292N/A256101 to 91519574.9124%N/AN/A
3393N/A256558 to 983710201.5128%N/AN/A
3494N/A257049 to 1057410867.2132%N/AN/A
3595N/A257576 to 1136411574.4136%N/AN/A
3696N/A258142 to 1221212325.5140%N/AN/A
3797N/A268749 to 1312313123144%N/AN/A
3898N/A269400 to 1410013969.6148%N/AN/A
3999N/A2610099 to 1514914868.4152%N/AN/A
40100N/A2610850 to 1627415822.2156%N/AN/A

Gem quality

TypeStats (per 1% quality)Weight
Superior0.5% increased Area of Effect50
Anomalous1% increased Cold Damage100
Divergent1% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate
1% less Skill Effect Duration
50
Phantasmal2% increased Damage when Cast on Frostbolt100

Item acquisition
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Vortex can drop anywhere.

Recipes

Vortex 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

Vendor reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3
Clarissa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Other sources

Vortex
Debuff
Vortex skill icon.png

The skill is also used by several monster. The UI would display a status icon to show the player character is affected by the skill.


Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Vortex.

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 Vortex AoE On Frostbolt 166Merciless LabyrinthVortex has 30% increased Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolthelmet 75
Enchantment Vortex AoE On Frostbolt 275Eternal LabyrinthVortex has 45% increased Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolthelmet 75
Enchantment Vortex Cooldown Recovery 166Merciless LabyrinthVortex has 20% increased Cooldown Recovery Ratehelmet 75
Enchantment Vortex Cooldown Recovery 275Eternal LabyrinthVortex has 30% increased Cooldown Recovery Ratehelmet 75
Enchantment Vortex Damage 166Merciless Labyrinth25% increased Vortex Damagehelmet 75
Enchantment Vortex Damage 275Eternal Labyrinth40% increased Vortex Damagehelmet 75
Enchantment Vortex Duration 166Merciless Labyrinth20% increased Vortex Durationhelmet 75
Enchantment Vortex Duration 275Eternal Labyrinth30% increased Vortex Durationhelmet 75
EnchantmentVortexRadius166Merciless Labyrinth16% increased Vortex Area of Effecthelmet 0
EnchantmentVortexRadius275Eternal Labyrinth24% increased Vortex Area of Effecthelmet 0

Alternate skill effects

Vortex has the following alternate skill effects:

ItemEffect(s)
Black Hole Vortex EffectBlack Hole Vortex EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Vortex becomes a stationary black hole.Your Vortex becomes a stationary black hole.
Myrmidon Vortex EffectMyrmidon Vortex EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Vortex becomes a Myrmidon Effect.Your Vortex becomes a Myrmidon Effect.

Version history

Version Changes
3.19.0
  • Chilled ground from the Permafrost Archnemesis modifier now counts as Vortex ground, and can no longer stack with other sources of Vortex ground.
  • Unstable Wetas now leave Vortex ground effect on death, instead of Cold Snap ground, and cannot stack with other sources of Vortex ground effect.
3.17.0
  • Vortex now deals 41 to 62 Cold Damage at gem level 1 (previously 42 to 63), up to 1209 to 1813 at gem level 20 (previously 833 to 1250).
  • Now deals 116.1 Base Cold Damage per second at gem level 1 (previously 116.2), up to 2317.2 at gem level 20 (previously 2315.1).
3.16.0
  • Now deals 42 to 63 Cold Damage at gem level 1 (previously 38 to 57), up to 833 to 1250 at gem level 20 (previously 524 to 787).
  • It now deals 116.2 Base Cold Damage per second at gem level 1 (previously 106.5), up to 2315.1 at gem level 20 (previously 1456.9).
  • It now has a Critical Strike Chance of 6% (previously 6.5%), and 180% Effectiveness of Added Damage at all gem levels (previously 100%).
3.6.4
  • Improved the graphical performance.
3.6.2
  • Vortex can no longer be supported by Intensify SupportIntensify SupportAoE, Spell, Support
    Icon: T
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 31Supports spell skills that you cast yourself. Cannot support triggered skills, Vaal skills, instant skills, channelling skills, skills with a reservation or which create minions, or skills used by totems, traps, or mines.Supported Spells gain Intensity when you Cast them, to a maximum of 3
    Supported Skills deal (10-14)% more Area Damage with Hits per Intensity
    Supported Skills have 15% less Area of Effect per Intensity
    Supported Skills have (30-49)% increased Area of Effect
    Supported Spells lose 1 Intensity every 0.25 seconds while moving, or immediately if you teleport

    Additional Effects per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% 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 Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    .
3.6.0
  • Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 20 (was 21)
  • Now deals 38 to 57 Cold damage at gem level 1 (from 42 to 63) and 524 to 787 Cold damage at gem level 20 (from 538 to 808).
  • Now deals 106.5 base Cold damage per second at gem level 1 (from 116.1) and 1456.9 base Cold damage per second at gem level 20 (from 1495.6).
3.5.0
  • Now instant, with a 1.8 second cooldown.
  • Can now detonate from up to 5 Frostbolt projectiles at once.
  • Gains increased cooldown recovery speed as the gem levels up.
  • Deals 42 to 63 cold damage at gem level 1 (down from 50 to 75) and 538 to 808 cold damage at gem level 20 (up from 458 to 688).
  • Deals 116.1 base cold damage per second at gem level 1 (up from 41.6) and 1495.6 base cold damage per second at gem level 20 (up from 684.5)
  • No longer deals 40% more damage when cast on Frostbolt.
  • Now has 20% less Area of Effect when cast on Frostbolt.
3.0.0
  • Vortex now deals 40% more damage when cast on a Frostbolt.
2.3.0
  • Introduced to the game.

References

  1. Mark_GGG (June 2, 2016). "I think an old and very over-looked unique might gonna get some use in the upcoming Prophecy league". Official Path of Exile Subreddit. Retrieved June 2, 2016.


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