Vortex

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VortexVortex of Projection
VortexSpell, AoE, Cold, Duration, Nova
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (13-25) Mana
Cast Time: 0.75 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 270%
AoE Radius: 2
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.Deals (49-779) to (73-1169) Cold Damage
Base duration is 3.00 seconds
Deals (116-2316.1) Base Cold Damage per second
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
Base radius is 2 metres
Base secondary radius is 2 metres

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: 28
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Metadata
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemFrostBoltNova

Vortex is a cold spell that deals damage in an area around the character and leaves a ground effect that both chills (chilled ground) and deals cold damage over time.[1]

Skill functions and interactions

  • Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this skill's Damage Over Time Effect: Modifiers to spell damage only affect the specific damage over time effect of Vortex, not other types of damage over time that 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 From 1-20% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal (0.5-10)% 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 Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    .
  • Overlap: If multiple Vortex ground effects apply to the same enemy, only the highest damage per second effect will deal damage. This is consistent with other damage over time debuffs without special exceptions.
  • On hit effects: Because the initial blast counts as a hit, Vortex can be used with on-hit effects such as Hextouch SupportHextouch SupportSupport, Hex, Trigger
    Icon: &
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 130%
    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
    You cannot Cast Supported Curse Spells
    35% less Effect of Supported Curses
    Supported Skills have (50-31)% reduced Curse Duration

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    Supported Skills have (0.5-10)% increased Curse Duration
    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.
    .

Chilling Area: Enemies inside a chilling area become chilled. This chilling area is affected by the player and skill's modifiers to the effect of cold/non-damaging ailments, but its chills are not considered inflicted by the player. It cannot apply chilled by you stats, cannot make the player count as having chilled recently, and can chill regardless of stats that prevent the application of chill by the player, such as Elemental Focus SupportElemental Focus SupportSupport
Icon: F
Level: (1-20)
Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 130%
Requires Level 18Supports any skill that hits or burns enemies, or inflicts elemental ailments.Supported Skills deal (20-34)% more Elemental Damage
Supported Skills cannot inflict Elemental Ailments

Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
Supported Skills deal (0.5-10)% increased Elemental 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.
or Secrets of Suffering.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired IntelligenceMana
Cost
Cold
Damage
Cold
DPS
Exp.Total Exp.
128671349 to 7311600
231731461 to 91147.3199345199345
334791575 to 113185.4285815485160
437851693 to 139232.9401344886504
5409216114 to 171290.95543791440883
6429617131 to 1963364774371918320
74410018150 to 2243895837862502106
84610418171 to 256449.27103593212465
94810919195 to 292517.913555114567976
105011319222 to 333596.311388775706853
115211720253 to 379685.813682337075086
125412120288 to 431787.916383388713424
135612521327 to 490902.9195664810670072
145813021371 to 5561033.8365518414325256
156013422420 to 6311186.8301732717342583
166213822476 to 7151356.3775999525102578
176414223539 to 8091552.41513819340240771
186614624610 to 9151775.32608382566324596
196815124690 to 10352030.962620247128944843
207015525779 to 11692316.1211708088340652931
217215925880 to 13202642.5N/AN/A
2274N/A26993 to 14893012.8N/AN/A
2376N/A261120 to 16793428.8N/AN/A
2478N/A271262 to 18933899.8N/AN/A
2580N/A271422 to 21324447.6N/AN/A
2682N/A281601 to 24015052.3N/AN/A
2784N/A281802 to 27025755N/AN/A
2886N/A292027 to 30406551.4N/AN/A
2988N/A302279 to 34187414.2N/AN/A
3090N/A302561 to 38428431.2N/AN/A
3191N/A302715 to 40738984.4N/AN/A
3292N/A312878 to 43179572.6N/AN/A
3393N/A313050 to 457510198.1N/AN/A
3494N/A313232 to 484810863.1N/AN/A
3595N/A313425 to 513711570.2N/AN/A
3696N/A323629 to 544312321.8N/AN/A
3797N/A323844 to 576613120.7N/AN/A
3898N/A324072 to 610813969.8N/AN/A
3999N/A334313 to 647014872.2N/AN/A
40100N/A334569 to 685315815.4N/AN/A

Item acquisition

Vortex can drop anywhere.

Recipes

Vortex 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

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 monsters. The UI displays a status icon to show the player is affected by the skill.


Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Vortex.

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 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.
Ghastly Vortex Skill EffectGhastly Vortex Skill EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Vortex becomes a ghastly effect.Your Vortex becomes a ghastly effect.
Myrmidon Vortex EffectMyrmidon Vortex EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Vortex becomes a Myrmidon Effect.Your Vortex becomes a Myrmidon Effect.

Version history

Version Changes
3.23.0
  • Alternate quality gems, labyrinth helmet enchantments and unique threshold jewels are all systems that were trying to subtly modify the behaviour of skills. With this expansion these have been combined into a new system called Transfigured Gems that allows us to fully achieve the goal of these three systems, and then some.
  • Quality now provides +0-0.2 metres to radius, instead of 0-10% increased Area of Effect.
  • Anomalous, Divergent and Phantasmal Quality Gems have been removed from the game. Existing alternate Quality Gems now have the base Quality effect found on the respective Gem.
  • Now has a 0.750 second Cast Time (previously instant), and no longer has a Cooldown Time.
  • It now deals 49 to 73 Cold Damage at gem level 1 (previously 41 to 62), scaling up to 779 to 1169 at gem level 20 (previously 1209 to 1813).
  • It also now has a Mana cost of 13 at gem level 1 (previously 11), and 25 Mana at gem level 20 (previously 20).
  • It can no longer be cast on Frostbolt projectiles, and as such, no longer has 20% less Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt or "Can explode from up to 5 Frostbolt Projectiles."
    • This interaction has been moved to Vortex of ProjectionVortex of ProjectionSpell, AoE, Cold, Duration, Nova
      Level: (1-20)
      Cost: (13-25) Mana
      Cast Time: 0.75 sec
      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 (49-779) to (73-1169) Cold Damage
      Base duration is 1.50 seconds
      Deals (57.9-1158.1) Base Cold Damage per second
      Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
      50% more Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt
      Base radius is 2 metres
      50% more Damage when Cast on Frostbolt
      Base secondary radius is 2 metres
      Can explode from up to 5 Frostbolt Projectiles

      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.
      .
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%).
3.12.0
  • Now has alternate quality
3.10.0
  • StormbindStormbindSpell, AoE, Channelling, Lightning, Duration, Arcane
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (3-5) Mana
    Cast Time: 0.12 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 160%
    Requires Level 28Channel to spread runes on the ground in a growing pattern. The runes fade away after a duration, or will be immediately removed and deal damage in a circular area when detonated by Rune Blast. Enemies standing on the runes are Hindered, reducing their movement speed.Deals (36-444) to (107-1332) Lightning Damage
    Base duration is 12.00 seconds
    50% reduced Movement Speed
    Runes have 30% more Area of Effect per Improvement
    Runes deal 100% more Damage with Hits and Ailments per Improvement
    A Rune is Improved for each (5-24) Mana Spent
    Runes can be improved 3 times

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    Runes have +(0.5-10)% more Area of Effect per Improvement
    (0.5-10)% increased Cast Speed
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    is now offered to the Witch and Templar (instead of Vortex) for completing Sever the Right Hand, and can be purchased from Clarissa by the Shadow and Scion.
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 Skills have (30-49)% increased Area of Effect
    Supported Spells lose 1 Intensity every 0.25 seconds while moving, or immediately if you teleport
    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

    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.
    .
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.
  • Disabled the Vortex Labyrinth Helmet enchantments that increase the base radius of Vortex. Existing items with this enchantment will go unchanged, but this enchantment cannot appear on any more items.
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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