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Arctic BreathSpell, Projectile, Duration, AoE, Cold
Radius: 12
Mana Cost: (7-20)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 80%
Projectile Speed: 844
Requires Level 12Fire an icy projectile that bursts on impact or when reaching the targeted area, dealing area damage and creating a chilling area that deals cold damage over time. This area will creep across the ground towards nearby enemies until its duration expires.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Base duration is 5 seconds
Deals (11-301) to (16-450) Cold Damage
Can have up to 10 Chilling Areas
Deals (16.7-1383.5) Base Cold Damage per second
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Arctic Breath skill icon.pngArctic Breath inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 12
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Orb of Transmutation
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Miscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemArcticBreath

Arctic Breath skill screenshot.jpg

Arctic Breath is a projectile cold spell that launches a frozen skull at a targeted area. The projectile will explode when it reaches the targeted area, or if it comes into contact with an enemy. This explosion causes initial damage and creates a chilled area of ground that slows and deals cold damage over time to any enemies that enter it. This chilled ground area will move in the direction of nearby enemies.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Area of Effect: The radius of the explosion is affected by all AoE increases. Full spell damage is done to any enemy in range of the explosion. Concentrated Effect SupportConcentrated Effect SupportSupport, AoE
    Icon: o
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 18Supports any skill with an area of effect, regardless of whether that skill deals damage.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Area Damage
    Supported Skills have 30% less Area of Effect
    Supported Skills deal (35-54)% more 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 Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    and Area of Effect damage passive nodes will only affect the damage if the projectile does not fork or pierce. Additionally Area of Effect chilled ground effect will only trigger at the end of a projectile chain supported by Chain SupportChain SupportSupport, Chaining, Projectile
    Icon: c
    Mana Multiplier: 150%
    Requires Level 38Supports projectile skills, and any other skills that chain.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 1% increased Projectile Speed
    Supported Skills Chain +2 times
    Supported Skills deal (30-11)% less Damage with Hits
    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 Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    .
  • Projectile: While Lesser Multiple Projectiles SupportLesser Multiple Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: l
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 8Supports projectile skills.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Attack Speed
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Cast Speed
    Supported Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles
    Supported Skills deal (15-6)% less Projectile 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 Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    and Greater Multiple Projectiles SupportGreater Multiple Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: P
    Mana Multiplier: 165%
    Requires Level 38Supports projectile skills.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Attack Speed
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Cast Speed
    Supported Skills fire 4 additional Projectiles
    Supported Skills deal (35-26)% less Projectile 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 Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    will increase the number of projectiles, a single target can only be hit by one projectile of Arctic Breath. However, an enemy can be hit by multiple explosions from a single cast, provided each projectile can collide with something and there is enough overlap on the enemy. In this sense, Arctic Breath is capable of "shotgunning" an enemy.
  • Duration: Increases/decreases to duration affect length of time the chilled ground remains.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.dexterityintelligenceMana
Cost
Cold
DPS
Cold
Damage
Exp.Total Exp.
1121421716.711 to 1600
2151725823.414 to 2015,24915,249
319213093418 to 2741,51756,766
4232435948.524 to 3681,983138,749
52728411067.531 to 46147,968286,717
63132461192.439 to 59250,557537,274
735365112124.550 to 74405,086942,360
838385513157.159 to 88447,7181,390,078
941415914196.670 to 104615,3182,005,396
1044446314244.582 to 122834,6392,840,035
1147476715302.196 to 1431,570,7604,410,795
1250497115371.3112 to 1681,633,9876,044,782
1353527516454.2131 to 1952,151,0308,195,812
1456557916553.1152 to 2272,812,18911,008,001
1559588317670.1177 to 2645,099,36016,107,361
1662608718809.7205 to 3069,400,73125,508,092
1764629018929226 to 33715,273,36640,781,458
18666492191063.4249 to 37226,286,58267,068,040
19686695191213.5274 to 40962,890,590129,958,630
20706898201383.5301 to 450212,046,017342,004,647
217270100211574.3331 to 495N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A211786.8364 to 544N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A212026.5400 to 597N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A212294.7439 to 655N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A222594.5481 to 718N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A222927.3528 to 788N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A233301578 to 863N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A233717.7633 to 945N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A244182.1693 to 1035N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A244699.1759 to 1133N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A245043794 to 1185N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A255408830 to 1239N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A255795.4868 to 1296N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A256202.6908 to 1355N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A256638.2949 to 1417N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A267099.9992 to 1482N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A267589.31038 to 1549N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A268103.31085 to 1619N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A268652.21134 to 1692N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A279233.41185 to 1768N/AN/A

Item acquisition
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Upgrade paths

This item can be acquired through the following upgrade paths or vendor recipes:

AmountIngredientGeneral
Notes
Type
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 gemAutomatic
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 gemAutomatic
3Gemcutter's PromiseGemcutter's Promise3Superior Gem
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 superior gem (Q20)Automatic

Quest reward

This item is given as quest reward for the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1

Vendor reward

This item can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1
Nessa
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Arctic Breath.

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.StatsSpawn Weighting
Enchantment Arctic Breath Chilling Area Movement Velocity 175Arctic Breath's Chilling Area has 38% increased Movement Speedhelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Arctic Breath Damage 16625% increased Arctic Breath Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Arctic Breath Damage 27540% increased Arctic Breath Damagehelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Arctic Breath Duration 16624% increased Arctic Breath Durationhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Arctic Breath Duration 27536% increased Arctic Breath Durationhelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Arctic Breath Area Of Effect 16616% increased Arctic Breath Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Arctic Breath Area Of Effect 27524% increased Arctic Breath Area of Effecthelmet 75
default 0

Version history

Version Changes
3.10.0
  • Base projectile speed has been greatly increased.
  • Now has a base cast time of 0.6 seconds (from 0.7).
  • Now deals 11 to 16 cold damage at gem level 1 (from 13 to 19), up to 301 to 450 at gem level 20 (from 350 to 524).
  • Now costs 7 mana at gem level 1 (from 8), up to 20 at gem level 20 (from 23).
3.6.0
  • Mana Cost at gem level 1 is now 8 (was 6).
  • Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 23 (was 20).
  • Now has a cast time of 0.7 seconds (from 0.8).
  • Now deals 13 to 19 Cold damage at gem level 1 (from 7 to 10) and 350 to 524 Cold damage at gem level 20 (from 275 to 413).
  • Now deals 16.7 base Cold damage per second at gem level 1 (from 9.2) and 1383.5 base Cold damage per second at gem level 20 (from 1089.2).
  • Now has an added damage effectiveness of 80% (from 60%).
3.5.0
  • No longer a ground-projectile. It is now capable of passing over gaps and cliffs.
  • No longer leaves a trail of Chilled Ground in its wake.
  • Now leaves a chilling area on impact that deals cold damage over time over its duration. This area will move towards enemies.
  • You can now target specific locations with this skill. The projectile will impact at the location if it does not collide with something sooner.
  • Now requires level 28.
2.4.0
  • 35% more damage at gem level 20.
2.0.0
  • Explosion area increased (to 12). The radius of the chilled ground left by the explosion now matches the radius of the explosion.
1.2.0
  • Cast time has been reduced from 1000ms to 800ms. The mana cost has been reduced further than other skills to account for the change in cast time. Its damage has been reduced by 20%. The same change was applied to monster versions of this skill, though to a lesser or no extent if they had a cooldown or mana cost.
1.1.2
  • Arctic BreathArctic BreathSpell, Projectile, Duration, AoE, Cold
    Radius: 12
    Mana Cost: (7-20)
    Cast Time: 0.60 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 80%
    Projectile Speed: 844
    Requires Level 12Fire an icy projectile that bursts on impact or when reaching the targeted area, dealing area damage and creating a chilling area that deals cold damage over time. This area will creep across the ground towards nearby enemies until its duration expires.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Base duration is 5 seconds
    Deals (11-301) to (16-450) Cold Damage
    Can have up to 10 Chilling Areas
    Deals (16.7-1383.5) Base Cold Damage per second
    Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Arctic Breath skill icon.png
    's damage has been increased by 42% at level 1, up to an increase of 95% at level 15.
1.0.0b
  • Fixed a performance problem with Ice ShotIce ShotAttack, Projectile, AoE, Cold, Bow
    Radius: 23 / 10
    Mana Cost: (6-10)
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: (130%-174%)
    Projectile Speed: 3260
    Fires an arrow that converts some physical damage to cold on its target and converts all physical damage to cold in a cone behind that target.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Cold Damage
    Deals (130-174)% of Base Attack Damage
    60% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
    (2-75) to (3-113) Added Cold Damage
    Chills Enemies as though dealing (100-195)% more Damage
    (0-19)% increased Effect of Chill
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Ice Shot skill icon.png
    and Arctic BreathArctic BreathSpell, Projectile, Duration, AoE, Cold
    Radius: 12
    Mana Cost: (7-20)
    Cast Time: 0.60 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 80%
    Projectile Speed: 844
    Requires Level 12Fire an icy projectile that bursts on impact or when reaching the targeted area, dealing area damage and creating a chilling area that deals cold damage over time. This area will creep across the ground towards nearby enemies until its duration expires.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Base duration is 5 seconds
    Deals (11-301) to (16-450) Cold Damage
    Can have up to 10 Chilling Areas
    Deals (16.7-1383.5) Base Cold Damage per second
    Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Arctic Breath skill icon.png
    .
0.9.12
  • Arctic BreathArctic BreathSpell, Projectile, Duration, AoE, Cold
    Radius: 12
    Mana Cost: (7-20)
    Cast Time: 0.60 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 80%
    Projectile Speed: 844
    Requires Level 12Fire an icy projectile that bursts on impact or when reaching the targeted area, dealing area damage and creating a chilling area that deals cold damage over time. This area will creep across the ground towards nearby enemies until its duration expires.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Base duration is 5 seconds
    Deals (11-301) to (16-450) Cold Damage
    Can have up to 10 Chilling Areas
    Deals (16.7-1383.5) Base Cold Damage per second
    Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Arctic Breath skill icon.png
    has been added to the game.