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Freezing Pulse
Active skill gem
  
Attribute(s)Intelligence
KeywordsCold, Projectile, Spell
Required Level1
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 Exp.
1 1 10 4 7–11 70
2 2 12 5 8-13 308
3 4 16 6 15–23 1,554
4 7 22 7 21–32 6,667
5 11 31 8 31-32 26,047
6 16 41 9 41-47 49,725
7 20 50 10 41-62 95,714
8 24 58 11 53-80 169,595
9 28 67 12 68-102 283,759
10 32 75 13 86-128 453,996
11 36 83 14 107-161 703,128
12 40 92 14 133-199 1,061,223
13 44 100 15 164-245 2,065,870
14 48 109 16 201-301 2,507,110
15 52 117 17 245-367 5,798,936
16 56 125 18 297-446 15,083,919
17 60 134 18 360-540 27,792,735
18 64 142 18 434-651 43,869,739
19 67 148 18 499-748 242,081,556
20 70 155 18 572-858 N/A
21 72 155 18 626-939 N/A
22 74 155 19 685-1028 N/A
23 76 155 19 749-1124 N/A
24 78 155 19 819-1228 N/A
25 80 155 20 895-1342 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
no
yes
yes
yes
no
no
no

Version history

Version Changes
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.