Freezing Pulse

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Freezing Pulse
Active skill gem
  
Attribute(s)Intelligence
KeywordsCold, Projectile, Spell
Required Level1
Mana Cost4 to 18
Cast time0.65 secs
Critical Strike Chance6%
Damage effectiveness125%
Per 1% Quality+2% increased Projectile Speed
An icy projectile which has a chance to freeze enemies it passes through. The projectile fades quickly, reducing damage and freezing chance until it dissipates completely.
Deals x–y Cold Damage
Screenshot of Freezing Pulse
"Sometimes a spellcaster just needs crowd control. When beset by a hostile throng, masters of ice magic frequently employ the deadly Freezing Pulse. The spell pierces easily through the thickest hide and the toughest armor, spinning and freezing in an icy whirl until it impacts a distant target. The Pulse is at peak strength when it's cast, so it has the greatest effect on enemies that are right up next to the caster. Of course, these are also the enemies presenting the most threat, and they are left frozen solid or slain outright."
— Description on the official Path of Exile website[1]

Freezing Pulse is a cold spell, launching a short-ranged projectile which passes through enemies with a chance of freezing them.

Skill Functions and Interactions

Area of Effect: AoE increases have no effect on Freezing Pulse.

Automatic Piercing: Freezing Pulse has a 100% chance to pierce enemies, but cannot travel through terrain obstacles. Pierce has no effect.

Chance to Freeze: The Freezing Pulse projectile has an inherent 25% chance to freeze at its starting point, but which decreases linearly by the percentage of the projectile's lifetime elapsed. Therefore after one quarter of the projectile's lifetime, Freezing Pulse's inherent chance to freeze is 0%.[2]

Projectile Speed: The Faster Projectiles support and x% increased Projectile Speed mods will affect Freezing Pulse, causing it to travel farther before it dissipates, effectively increasing its range. Freezing Pulse modified by projectile speed will cause more damage and have a better chance to freeze at every point along its trajectory than a slower Freezing Pulse projectile would, because it has had less time to dissipate.

Fork: The Fork support gem will cost extra mana, however it has no effect due to Freezing Pulse's 100% Pierce chance. Please see the projectiles page for more information on this projectile behaviour.

Gem level progression

Level Lvl. Int. Mana
Cost
Cold
Damage
increased
Projectile
Speed
Exp. Total Exp.
1 1 0 4 7–11 0% 0 0
2 2 0 5 8–13 1% 70 70
3 4 16 6 11–16 2% 308 378
4 7 22 7 15–23 3% 1,554 1,932
5 11 31 8 22–33 4% 6,667 8,599
6 16 41 9 32–49 5% 26,047 34,646
7 20 50 10 43–65 6% 49,725 84,371
8 24 58 11 57–85 7% 95,714 180,085
9 28 67 12 73–110 8% 169,595 349,680
10 32 75 13 93–140 9% 283,759 633,439
11 36 83 14 118–176 10% 453,996 1,087,435
12 40 92 14 148–221 11% 703,128 1,790,563
13 44 100 15 184–276 12% 1,061,223 2,851,786
14 48 109 16 228–342 13% 2,065,870 4,917,656
15 52 117 17 281–421 14% 2,507,110 7,424,766
16 56 125 18 345–517 15% 5,798,936 13,223,702
17 60 134 18 422–633 16% 15,083,919 28,307,621
18 64 142 18 515–772 17% 27,792,735 56,100,356
19 67 148 18 596–894 18% 43,869,739 99,970,095
20 70 155 18 689–1034 19% 242,081,556 342,051,651
21 72 159 18 759–1138 20% N/A N/A
22 74 19 835–1252 21% N/A N/A
23 76 19 918–1377 22% N/A N/A
24 78 19 1009–1513 23% N/A N/A
25 80 20 1108–1662 24% N/A N/A
26 82 20 1216–1824 25% N/A N/A
27 84 20 1335–2002 26% N/A N/A
28 86 21 1464–2196 27% N/A N/A
29 88 21 1605–2407 28% N/A N/A
30 90 21 1759–2638 29% N/A N/A

Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
Normal
no
yes
yes
yes
no
no
no

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
Nessa

Cost:
Scroll of WisdomScroll of WisdomStack Size: 40Identifies an itemRight click this item then left click an unidentified item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
no
yes
yes
yes
no
no
no

Version history

Version Changes
2.1.0
  • Damage has been increased by around 20% at all levels.
  • Now gains 1% projectile speed per gem level over 1.
2.0.0
  • Damage increased by 25% to compensate for the shotgunning mechanic change.
1.2.0
  • The mana cost of all skills has been revised.
  • We have increased its projectile speed. Damage is increased by 50% at level 1 (to 40% at level 20).
1.1.0
0.11.0
  • Damage has been reduced.
0.9.9
  • Increased cast speed, reduced mana cost, slightly reduced damage.
0.9.7b
  • Increased the damage of level 1.
0.9.7
  • The damage has been increased.
0.9.5
  • Increased damage progression.
0.9.4c
  • Set the default critical strike chance of Freezing Pulse (6%).
0.9.3c
  • Reduced damage by 10%.
0.9.3
  • Freezing Pulse now scales all damage from support gems in the same way as
    the main skill damage (Based on distance).
0.9.1
  • Updated effect for Freezing Pulse.
  • Reduced damage and collision size.
0.8.7
  • Freezing Pulse added to the game.

References

  1. Path of Exile. "Intelligence skills". Official Path of Exile website.
  2. Mark_GGG (8 June 2015). "Shock Nova tooltip is poorly worded and confuses many people". Reddit. Retrieved 10 June 2015‎.