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Freeze
Status Ailment
Freeze status icon.png
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.

Mechanics

A hit of damage that has a chance to freeze is capable of inflicting freeze. Critical strikes inherently have a 100% chance to freeze. By default, only cold damage is able to inflict freeze, but certain equipment such as The Three DragonsThe Three Dragons
Golden Mask
Evasion: 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
can change which damage types are able to inflict freeze.

Base freeze duration is 60 milliseconds for every 1% of the target's maximum life (before party scaling) dealt by Cold damage, up to a maximum of 50%. If the duration would be below 0.3 seconds, the freeze effect is not applied.[1] Freeze duration can be lengthened by effects such as the Freeze Duration nodes on the passive tree or the Temporal Chains inventory icon.pngTemporal Chains
Temporal ChainsCurse, Spell, AoE, Duration
Radius: 16
Mana Cost: (24 to 50)
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Drop Level: 24
Requires Level 24
Curses all targets in an area, Slowing them, and making effects on them expire more slowly.Per 1% Quality:
Cursed enemies are 0.5% slower
Base duration is (5.0 to 5.95) seconds
(0 to 38)% increased Area of Effect radius
Cursed enemies are (20 to 29)% slower
Other effects on Cursed enemies expire 40% slower
40% reduced Effect of Curse against Players
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Temporal Chains inventory icon.pngTemporal Chains skill icon.png
curse.

When a target is frozen, it is also chilled for the entire freeze duration, plus an additional 300 ms.

Non-unique enemies that are killed while frozen shatter into pieces. They will still leave loot, but most 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 Support inventory icon.pngElemental Proliferation Support
    Elemental Proliferation SupportCold, Fire, Lightning, Support, AoE
    Icon: S
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Drop Level: 38
    Requires Level 38
    Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Ignite Duration on Enemies
    0.5% increased Chill Duration on Enemies
    0.5% increased Freeze Duration on Enemies
    0.5% increased Shock Duration on Enemies
    Radius: 12
    Elemental Status Effects caused by supported Skills spread to other enemies
    Supported skills deal (30 to 21)% less Damage
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but 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.
    Elemental Proliferation Support inventory icon.png
    .
  • Taking on a secondary form, such as the Shield Crab.
  • Spines shot by the Porcupine Goliath.

These on-death effects are not suppressed:

  • Spawning enemies, such as with Fracturing enemies. (Citation Needed)
  • On-death explosions, such as Volatile Blood. (Citation Needed)
  • Zombies spreading tar. (Citation Needed)

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: (578 to 642)
    Requires Level 64, 138 Dex
    +2 to Level of Socketed Aura Gems
    (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 Dex
    18% increased Accuracy Rating(80 to 100)% increased Physical Damage
    Adds 35–70 Cold Damage
    0.6% 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.
  • Lightning damage, rather than cold damage, can Freeze while The Three DragonsThe Three Dragons
    Golden Mask
    Evasion: 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.
  • Berek's GripBerek's Grip
    Two-Stone Ring
    Requires Level 20
    (12 to 16)% to Cold and Lightning Resistances(10 to 15)% increased Cold Damage
    Adds (1–1 to 1–50) Lightning Damage to Attacks
    +(30 to 40) to maximum Life
    1% of Damage against Frozen Enemies Leeched as Life
    1% of Damage against Shocked Enemies Leeched as Mana
    "Berek hid from Storm's lightning wrath
    In the embrace of oblivious Frost
    Repelled by ice, blinded by blizzards
    Storm raged in vain
    while Berek slept."
    - Berek and The Untamed
    grants Life Leech against Frozen enemies.
  • Berek's PassBerek's Pass
    Two-Stone Ring
    Requires Level 20
    (12 to 16)% to Fire and Cold Resistances(10 to 15)% increased Fire Damage
    Adds (1–10 to 1–30) Cold Damage to Attacks
    +(30 to 40) to maximum Energy Shield
    30% increased Damage while Ignited
    +5000 to Armour while Frozen
    "From Frost's ice-bound pass
    Berek taunted and jeered
    Until furious Flame scaled the mountain
    Berek escaped through the thaw
    And Frost's tortured moans."
    - Berek and The Untamed
    grants Armour while the player is Frozen.
  • Tasalio's SignTasalio's Sign
    Sapphire Ring
    Requires Level 20
    +(20 to 30)% to Cold ResistanceAdds 10–15 Physical Damage to Attacks against Frozen Enemies
    Adds (5–7 to 6–9) Cold Damage to Attacks
    +(200 to 300) to Evasion Rating
    20% reduced Chill Duration on You
    5% chance to Freeze
    A gift from Tasalio, God of Water,
    to the chieftain Rakiata.
    Kaom took Rakiata’s head and hand
    so that his warriors' axes might rise and fall like the waves.
    adds Physical Damage against Frozen enemies.
  • WindripperWindripper
    Imperial Bow
    Bow
    Physical Damage: 19–78
    Elemental Damage: (32–48 to 40–60), (1–80 to 1–100)
    Critical Strike Chance: (8 to 9)%
    Attacks per Second: (1.59 to 1.67)
    Requires Level 66, 212 Dex
    (6 to 12)% increased Elemental Damage with WeaponsAdds (32–48 to 40–60) Cold Damage
    Adds (1–80 to 1–100) Lightning Damage
    (10 to 15)% increased Attack Speed
    (60 to 80)% increased Critical Strike Chance
    15% increased Quantity of Items Dropped by Slain Frozen enemies
    30% increased Rarity of Items Dropped by Slain Shocked enemies
    It hunts; as silent as falling snow, as deadly as the tempest.
    grants increased Quantity of Items dropped by slain Frozen enemies.
  • Taste of HateTaste of Hate
    Sapphire Flask
    Lasts 4 Seconds
    Consumes 30 of 60 Charges on use
    +6% to maximum Cold Resistance
    +50% to Cold Resistance
    Requires Level 18
    20% of Physical Damage taken as Cold Damage during flask effect
    Gain (20 to 30)% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage during effect
    30% chance to Avoid being Chilled during flask effect
    30% chance to Avoid being Frozen during flask effect
    A sip will freeze your lips,
    A swig will chill your heart,
    A glass will still your soul.
    Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
    grants a chance to avoid being Frozen during flask effect
  • Enemies Frozen by a player wielding Taryn's ShiverTaryn's Shiver
    Maelström Staff
    Staff
    Physical Damage: 57–119
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.40%
    Attacks per Second: 1.20
    Requires Level 64, 113 Str, 113 Int
    18% Chance to Block+1 to Level of Socketed Cold Gems
    (50 to 60)% increased Spell Damage
    (40 to 50)% increased Cold Damage
    (10 to 20)% increased Cast Speed
    8% chance to Freeze
    Enemies Frozen by you take 20% increased Damage
    Shed by the winged beast of night,
    A scaly frost-encrusted thorn.
    All who feel its wintry light
    Shiver in pain at the frozen dawn.
    take increased damage.
  • The TamingThe Taming
    Prismatic Ring
    Requires Level 30
    (8 to 10)% to all Elemental Resistances10% increased Damage per Freeze, Shock and Ignite on Enemy
    15% increased Elemental Damage with Weapons
    +(10 to 15)% to all Elemental Resistances
    15% increased Elemental Damage
    5% chance to Freeze, Shock and Ignite
    "Moon after moon did Berek make fools
    Of the great and Untamed Three
    Until Malice for a Brother
    Slew the hatred of the Other
    And Berek did hunt
    Alone and free."
    - Berek and The Untamed
    grants increased Damage per Freeze, Shock and Ignite on Enemies.
  • Tear of PurityTear of Purity
    Lapis Amulet
    Requires Level 20
    +(20 to 30) to IntelligenceGrants level 10 Purity of Elements Skill
    +(5 to 10) to all Attributes
    +(20 to 40) to maximum Life
    5% chance to avoid Elemental Status Ailments
    A shimmering symbol of Purity, clear as water, but I know better than most how quickly Purity can succumb to Corruption.
    How quickly water turns to blood.
    - Victario, the People's Poet
    grants chance to avoid Freeze.
  • Hrimnor's ResolveHrimnor's Resolve
    Samite Helmet
    Armour: (480 to 528)
    Requires Level 55, 114 Str
    (30 to 40)% increased Fire Damage
    (100 to 120)% increased Armour
    +30% to Cold Resistance
    50% chance to Avoid being Chilled
    50% chance to Avoid being Frozen
    10% increased Stun Recovery
    Hrimnor's presence was as cold as ice,
    but his heart burned for vengeance.
    grants chance to avoid Freeze.
  • Rashkaldor's PatienceRashkaldor's Patience
    Jade Amulet
    Requires Level 61
    +(20 to 30) to Dexterity+(40 to 80) to maximum Life
    +(20 to 40) to maximum Mana
    20% increased Duration of Elemental Status Ailments on Enemies
    Items and Gems have 10% reduced Attribute Requirements
    5% chance to Freeze, Shock and Ignite
    Cannot gain Power Charges
    Fate's smile, man's ruin.
    grants chance to Freeze.
  • AuxiumAuxium
    Chain Belt
    Requires Level 70
    +(9 to 20) to maximum Energy Shield(10 to 20)% increased Elemental Damage with Weapons
    +(45 to 55) to maximum Mana
    +(60 to 70) to maximum Energy Shield
    0.2% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana per Power Charge
    Chill and Freeze duration on you is based on 65% of Energy Shield
    As long as the soul is unfettered, so is the body.
    Freeze duration on you is based on x% of Energy Shield.
  • Call of the BrotherhoodCall of the Brotherhood
    Two-Stone Ring
    Requires Level 20
    (12 to 16)% to Cold and Lightning Resistances+(15 to 25) to Intelligence
    (15 to 25)% increased Lightning Damage
    (30 to 40)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
    50% of Lightning Damage Converted to Cold Damage
    Your spells have 100% chance to Shock against Frozen enemies
    Forged by three brothers so that they may recognize each other across any distance of time or travel.
    spells have X% chance to Shock against Frozen enemies.
  • Asphyxia's WrathAsphyxia's Wrath
    Two-Point Arrow Quiver
    Requires Level 10
    (20 to 30)% increased Accuracy Rating(8 to 12)% increased Attack Speed
    +(30 to 40)% to Cold Resistance
    (30 to 40)% increased Chill Duration on Enemies
    20% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
    (7 to 10)% chance to Freeze
    40% reduced Radius of Curses
    Curses on Slain Enemies are transferred to a nearby Enemy
    Mist of breath
    Icing to lips and throat
    As the warm ones choke and fall
    Upon the frozen wasteland.
    grants chance to Freeze.
  • Shackles of the WretchedShackles of the Wretched
    Chain Gloves
    Armour: 12
    Energy Shield: 4
    Requires Level 7, 17 Dex
    (40 to 60)% increased Stun Recovery
    Curses in this item are reflected back to you
    You cannot be Chilled for 3 seconds after being Chilled
    You cannot be Frozen for 3 seconds after being Frozen
    You cannot be Ignited for 3 seconds after being Ignited
    You cannot be Shocked for 3 seconds after being Shocked
    You grant (4 to 6) Frenzy Charges to allies on Death
    Captivity breeds creativity.
    character cannot be Frozen for 3 seconds after being Frozen.
  • SouthboundSouthbound
    Soldier Gloves
    Armour: 80
    Energy Shield: 24
    Requires Level 51, 40 Str, 40 Int
    Adds (30–44 to 36–50) Cold Damage to Attacks
    (12 to 16)% increased maximum Life
    (40 to 50)% to Cold Resistance
    25% increased Freeze Duration on Enemies
    Your Hits can only Kill Frozen enemies
    Far south, the winter crawls under the skin.
    Below the snow, adrift wanderers sleep.
    Hits can only Kill Frozen enemies.
  • SpringleafSpringleaf
    Plank Kite Shield
    Chance to Block: 22%
    Armour: (27 to 33)
    Energy Shield: (9 to 11)
    Requires Level 7
    +4% to all Elemental Resistances(80 to 120)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
    50% reduced Freeze Duration on You
    1% of Life Regenerated per Second
    5% of Life Regenerated per Second while on Low Life
    From death springs life.
    reduced Freeze Duration on You.
  • Izaro's DilemmaIzaro's Dilemma
    Imperial Claw
    Claw
    Physical Damage: (59–150 to 67–171)
    Critical Strike Chance: 6%
    Attacks per Second: (1.76 to 1.84)
    Requires Level 68, 131 Dex, 95 Int
    +25 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks(40 to 60)% increased Physical Damage
    Adds 20–50 Physical Damage
    (10 to 15)% increased Attack Speed
    +(250 to 350) to Accuracy Rating
    100% increased Physical Damage while Frozen
    Izaro saw himself not as a man,
    but as a divine saviour trapped in a man's body.
    increased Physical Damage while Frozen.
  • Cameria's MaulCameria's Maul
    Gavel
    One Handed Mace
    Physical Damage: (101–185 to 118–216)
    Elemental Damage: (10–30 to 20–50)
    Critical Strike Chance: (5.75 to 7.00)%
    Attacks per Second: 1.15
    Requires Level 60, 212 Str
    40% increased Stun Duration on enemies(140 to 180)% increased Physical Damage
    Adds (10–30 to 20–50) Cold Damage
    (15 to 40)% increased Critical Strike Chance
    (30 to 40)% increased Cold Damage with Weapons
    40% increased Rarity of Items Dropped by Frozen Enemies
    "You'll have my riches when you pry them from my cold, dead hands!"
    "That's how I prefer it."
    increased Rarity of Items Dropped by Frozen Enemies.
  • Spine of the First ClaimantSpine of the First Claimant
    Iron Sceptre
    One Handed Mace
    Physical Damage: (40–59 to 43–65)
    Critical Strike Chance: 6%
    Attacks per Second: (1.31 to 1.37)
    Requires Level 20, 38 Str, 38 Int
    10% increased Elemental Damage(100 to 140)% increased Physical Damage
    40% increased Damage against Frozen Enemies
    (30 to 50)% increased Cold Damage
    (5 to 10)% increased Attack Speed
    (4 to 8)% increased Cast Speed
    5% chance to Freeze
    Thousands gazed upon the doors of the great labyrinth,
    at an Eternal Champion in steel and gold,
    The first to challenge its treacherous traps.
    To mark the occasion, Izaro had the champion's remains gilded.
    increased Damage against Frozen Enemies and grants chance to Freeze.
  • The StormheartThe Stormheart
    Royal Staff
    Staff
    Physical Damage: (41–126 to 46–140)
    Elemental Damage: (25–45 to 35–60), (1–70 to 10–90)
    Critical Strike Chance: (8.64 to 9.72)%
    Attacks per Second: 1.15
    Requires Level 28, 51 Str, 51 Int
    12% Chance to Block(80 to 100)% increased Physical Damage
    Adds (25–45 to 35–60) Cold Damage
    Adds (1–70 to 10–90) Lightning Damage
    (20 to 35)% increased Critical Strike Chance
    You Cannot Be Shocked While Frozen
    When the storm comes, the safest place to be is the centre.
    character cannot Be Shocked While Frozen.
  • The Goddess UnleashedThe Goddess Unleashed
    Eternal Sword
    One Handed Sword
    Physical Damage: (35–85 to 38–118)
    Critical Strike Chance: (7.20 to 8.30)%
    Attacks per Second: 1.50
    Requires Level 51, 104 Str, 122 Dex
    18% increased Accuracy RatingUses both hand slots
    Adds (3–33 to 6–66) Physical Damage
    (44 to 66)% increased Critical Strike Chance
    33% increased Ignite Duration on Enemies
    (66 to 99)% of Sword Physical Damage Added as Fire Damage
    Gain Her Blessing for 3 seconds when you Ignite an Enemy
    33% chance to Blind nearby Enemies when gaining Her Blessing
    Cannot be Frozen, Chilled or Ignited with Her Blessing
    20% increased Attack and Movement Speed with Her Blessing
    As a maiden I was bound; as a crone was I scorned
    Promised power rarely found, delivered fury fairly thorned.
    Not enough?...Fine. Now I am become both and another
    To take your hand and cradle your talents, not smother
    The consummate flames. So hush, dear, say not a word.
    Bequeathed, betrayed...beloved. At last, I am the third.
    Cannot be Frozen with Her Blessing.
  • WinterheartWinterheart
    Gold Amulet
    Requires Level 42
    (12 to 20)% increased Rarity of Items found+(20 to 30) to Dexterity
    +(50 to 70) to maximum Life
    +75% to Cold Resistance
    Cannot be Chilled
    20% of Life Regenerated per Second while Frozen
    Those who dwell in the deep freeze
    enjoy a special kind of madness.
    grants great amount of life regeneration when character is Frozen.

Unique jewels

The following jewels affect Freeze status:

NameBase ItemLimitRadiusModifiers
Conqueror's Longevity
Viridian Jewel1N/A
3% chance to Avoid Elemental Status Ailments
8% increased Life Recovery from Flasks
2% chance to Dodge Attacks
Izaro's Turmoil
Crimson JewelN/AN/A
(18 to 25)% increased Fire Damage
(18 to 25)% increased Cold Damage
2% chance to Freeze
2% chance to Ignite

Freeze Passives

Passives related to Freeze include:

Name Bonuses
Avoid Freeze and Chill
  • 30% chance to Avoid being Chilled
  • 30% chance to Avoid being Frozen
Freeze Chance
  • 5% chance to Freeze
Freeze and Chill Duration
  • 30% increased Chill Duration on enemies
  • 20% increased Freeze Duration on enemies
Avoid Status Ailments
  • 5% chance to Avoid Elemental Status Ailments
Breath of Rime
  • 10% increased Cold Damage
  • 20% increased Freeze Duration on enemies
  • 5% chance to Freeze
Celestial Punishment
  • 25% increased Damage against Frozen, Shocked, or Ignited enemies.
  • 5% chance to Freeze, Shock, or Ignite.
Crystal Skin
  • 15% chance to Avoid Elemental Status Ailments
Elemental Focus
  • 10% chance to Avoid Elemental Status Ailments
  • 10% increased Duration of Elemental Status Ailments on Enemies
  • 16% increased Elemental Damage.
Elementalist
  • 12% to all Elemental Resistances
  • 10% increased Elemental Damage
  • 5% chance to Freeze, Shock and Ignite
Fingers of Frost
  • Enemies Become Chilled as they Unfreeze
  • 5% chance to Freeze
  • 5% chance to Freeze Enemies which are Chilled
Freeze
  • 12% increased Cold Damage
  • 5% chance to Freeze
Thick Skin
  • 10% increased maximum Life
  • 8% chance to Avoid Elemental Status Ailments


Freeze immune Enemies

Currently there are only a few selected enemies in the game that are immune to the freeze status ailment. These are:

Achievements

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

References

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