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Arctic BreathSpell, Projectile, Duration, AoE, Cold
Radius: 12
Mana Cost: (8-23)
Cast Time: 0.70 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 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
Deals (13-350) to (19-524) Cold Damage
Base duration is 5 seconds
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 (25-16)% 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.
1121421816.713 to 1900
2151725923.416 to 2415,24915,249
3192130103421 to 3241,51756,766
42324351148.528 to 4281,983138,749
52728411267.536 to 54147,968286,717
63132461392.446 to 68250,557537,274
735365114124.558 to 87405,086942,360
838385515157.168 to 103447,7181,390,078
941415916196.681 to 121615,3182,005,396
1044446316244.595 to 142834,6392,840,035
1147476717302.1111 to 1671,570,7604,410,795
1250497118371.3130 to 1951,633,9876,044,782
1353527519454.2152 to 2282,151,0308,195,812
1456557919553.1177 to 2652,812,18911,008,001
1559588320670.1205 to 3085,099,36016,107,361
1662608721809.7238 to 3579,400,73125,508,092
1764629021929262 to 39315,273,36640,781,458
18666492221063.4289 to 43326,286,58267,068,040
19686695221213.5318 to 47762,890,590129,958,630
20706898231383.5350 to 524212,046,017342,004,647
217270100241574.3384 to 576N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A241786.8422 to 633N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A252026.5464 to 695N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A252294.7509 to 763N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A262594.5558 to 837N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A262927.3612 to 918N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A273301670 to 1006N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A273717.7734 to 1102N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A284182.1804 to 1206N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A284699.1880 to 1320N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A285043920 to 1381N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A295408963 to 1444N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A295795.41007 to 1510N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A296202.61053 to 1579N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A296638.21101 to 1651N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A307099.91151 to 1726N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A307589.31203 to 1804N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A308103.31257 to 1886N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A308652.21314 to 1971N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A319233.41374 to 2060N/AN/A

Item acquisition
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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 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 1668% increased Arctic Breath Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Arctic Breath Area Of Effect 27512% increased Arctic Breath Area of Effecthelmet 75
default 0

Version history

Version Changes
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: (8-23)
    Cast Time: 0.70 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 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
    Deals (13-350) to (19-524) Cold Damage
    Base duration is 5 seconds
    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, Duration, Cold, Bow
    Radius: 23 / 10
    Mana Cost: (6-10)
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Damage Effectiveness: (120%-147%)
    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. Creates a patch of ground ice under the target.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Cold Damage
    Deals (120-146.6)% of Base Damage
    60% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
    Base duration is 1.5 seconds
    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: (8-23)
    Cast Time: 0.70 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 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
    Deals (13-350) to (19-524) Cold Damage
    Base duration is 5 seconds
    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: (8-23)
    Cast Time: 0.70 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 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
    Deals (13-350) to (19-524) Cold Damage
    Base duration is 5 seconds
    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.