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Creeping FrostSpell, 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 (11-383) to (16-572) Cold Damage
Can have up to 10 Chilling Areas
Deals (16.7-1391.2) 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.
Creeping Frost skill icon.pngCreeping Frost 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

Creeping Frost 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 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 Creeping Frost. 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, Creeping Frost 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
2151725822.914 to 2115,24915,249
3192130933.219 to 2841,51756,766
4232435946.925 to 3781,983138,749
52728411065.233 to 49147,968286,717
63132461189.243 to 64250,557537,274
735365112120.555 to 82405,086942,360
838385513151.866 to 98447,7181,390,078
941415914190.178 to 117615,3182,005,396
1044446314236.693 to 139834,6392,840,035
1147476715293.1111 to 1661,570,7604,410,795
1250497115361.4131 to 1961,633,9876,044,782
1353527516443.9155 to 2312,151,0308,195,812
1456557916543183 to 2732,812,18911,008,001
1559588317662.1215 to 3215,099,36016,107,361
1662608718804.6252 to 3769,400,73125,508,092
1764629018925.1280 to 41815,273,36640,781,458
18666492191061.7311 to 46526,286,58267,068,040
19686695191216.3345 to 51662,890,590129,958,630
20706898201391.2383 to 572212,046,017342,004,647
217270100211588.8425 to 634N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A211811.7470 to 702N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A212063.2521 to 778N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A212346.3576 to 860N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A222665.1638 to 952N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A223023.6705 to 1052N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A233426.4779 to 1163N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A233878.7860 to 1284N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A244386.2950 to 1417N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A244955.31048 to 1564N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A245265.51101 to 1643N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A255593.91156 to 1725N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A255941.41214 to 1812N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A256309.11275 to 1903N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A2566981338 to 1997N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A267109.51405 to 2097N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A267544.61475 to 2201N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A268004.81548 to 2311N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A268491.31625 to 2425N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A279005.61705 to 2545N/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 a 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 Creeping Frost.

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

Version history

Version Changes
3.11.0
  • Renamed from Arctic Breath.
  • There was an error which caused Arctic Breath to not correctly inherit damage penalties from gems like Greater Multiple Projectiles Support after gem level 1. We have fixed this, and have compensated the damage accordingly.
  • Now deals 11 to 16 Cold Damage at gem level 1 (unchanged), up to 383 to 572 Cold Damage at gem level 20 (from 301 to 450).
  • Now deals 16.7 base Cold Damage per second at gem level 1 (unchanged), up to 1391.2 Cold Damage per second at gem level 20 (from 1383.5)
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
  • Creeping FrostCreeping FrostSpell, 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 (11-383) to (16-572) Cold Damage
    Can have up to 10 Chilling Areas
    Deals (16.7-1391.2) 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.
    Creeping Frost 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 Creeping FrostCreeping FrostSpell, 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 (11-383) to (16-572) Cold Damage
    Can have up to 10 Chilling Areas
    Deals (16.7-1391.2) 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.
    Creeping Frost skill icon.png
    .
0.9.12
  • Creeping FrostCreeping FrostSpell, 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 (11-383) to (16-572) Cold Damage
    Can have up to 10 Chilling Areas
    Deals (16.7-1391.2) 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.
    Creeping Frost skill icon.png
    has been added to the game.