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A Frozen skeleton archer

Freeze is an elemental status ailment associated with cold that completely prevents the affected target from moving, attacking, or using any skills. It is still possible for player characters to use flasks while frozen.

Freeze is typically inflicted by critical strikes of cold damage. There are other ways for freeze to be applied as well, such as Freeze Mine. Targets cursed with Frostbite have a chance to be frozen when hit with any cold damage. The Cold Snap and Glacial Hammer skills have a built-in chance to freeze targets.

Base freeze duration is 10.00 seconds times the proportion of the target's effective maximum life dealt. The base (?) duration is capped at a third of this value (3.33 seconds). If the duration would be below 0.3 seconds, the freeze effect is not applied; at base this is equivalent to 3.00% of the target's effective maximum life.[1] Freeze duration can be lengthened by effects such as the Freeze Duration nodes on the passive tree or the Temporal Chains curse.


Non-unique enemies that are killed while frozen shatter into pieces. They will still leave loot, but all other on-death effects are suppressed, including:

  • Leaving a corpse. This prevents raising or exploding the corpse. Furthermore, there is no corpse to transfer status ailments with Elemental Proliferation.
  • Taking on a secondary form, such as the Shield Crab.
  • Spawning enemies, such as with Fracturing enemies.
  • On-death explosions, such as Volatile Blood.

Related items

  • Dream FragmentsDream Fragments
    Sapphire Ring
    Requires Level 11+(20 to 30)% to Cold Resistance20% increased maximum Mana
    50% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
    Cannot be Frozen
    Doryani stumbled into a realm of madness
    and awoke its Master
    , WanderlustWanderlust
    Wool Shoes
    Energy Shield: (14 to 24)+5 to Dexterity
    (20 to 40)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
    +(10 to 20) to maximum Energy Shield
    20% increased Movement Speed
    Cannot be Frozen
    All the world is my home.
    , Alpha's HowlAlpha's Howl
    Sinner Tricorne
    Evasion Rating: (578 to 642)
    Requires Level 64, 138 Dex+2 to Level of Aura Gems in this item
    (80 to 100)% increased Evasion Rating
    +(20 to 30)% to Cold Resistance
    25% chance to Avoid being Chilled
    Cannot be Frozen
    8% reduced Mana Reserved
    Nature respects the strong
    And paints the snow red
    With the blood of the weak
    and ShiverstingShiversting
    Bastard Sword
    Two Handed Sword
    Physical Damage: (31–50 to 34–56)
    Elemental Damage: 35–70
    Critical Strike Chance: 5%
    Attacks per Second: 1.35
    Requires Level 14, 21 Str, 30 Dex18% increased Accuracy Rating(80 to 100)% increased Physical Damage
    Adds 35–70 Cold Damage
    3% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
    Cannot be Frozen
    Stoic visage, icy heart.
    Life of sorrow, lived apart.
    all prevent the player from becoming frozen when the item is equipped.
  • Critical hits with lightning damage, rather than cold damage, cause freeze while The Three DragonsThe Three Dragons
    Golden Mask
    Evasion Rating: 83
    Energy Shield: 25
    Requires Level 35, 40 Dex, 40 Int+(26 to 30)% to all Elemental Resistances
    Your Fire Damage can Shock but not Ignite
    Your Cold Damage can Ignite but not Freeze or Chill
    Your Lightning Damage can Freeze but not Shock
    "The ice seared his naked feet
    As the lightning stilled his heart,
    But it was the flames upon his lover's face
    That roused him to vengeance."
    - From 'The Three Dragons' by Victario of Sarn
    is equipped.


Name Description
Cryomancer achievement icon.jpg
Shatter 5 frozen monsters with a single action.



  1. Malice (November 13, 2011). "Mechanics thread". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved July 5, 2013.