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Cold SnapSpell, AoE, Cold
Radius: 16
Mana Cost: (11 to 28)
Can store 1 use(s)
Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
Cast Time: 0.85 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 120%
Requires Level 4Ice crystals protrude from the ground at target location. Monsters in this area take damage and become frozen. The cooldown can be bypassed by expending a Power Charge.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (9-462) to (13-693) Cold Damage
30% chance to Freeze enemies
30% increased Freeze Duration on enemies
110% increased Chill Duration on enemies
(20-39)% increased Effect of Chill
+(0-5) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Cold Snap skill icon.pngCold Snap inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 5
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Scroll of Wisdom
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment

Cold Snap skill screenshot.jpg

Damage isn't everything. Weavers of Magic often find themselves facing a difficult dilemma in combat: fight or flight. When the latter option is decided, nothing does a better job of ensuring safety than Cold Snap. With a snap of the fingers, the caster summons a clump of freezing ice crystals from the ground. These frosty shards stab upward at the targeted location, impaling and freezing anything they strike. Though the damage from Cold Snap is low, it is a powerful when employed against other players in combat.

Description on the official Path of Exile website [1]

Cold Snap is a spell that deals cold damage to enemies in an area and has a high chance to freeze. Note that while Cold Snap has a flat 30% minimum chance to freeze, due to the way freeze mechanics work, enemies will only be frozen if the damage done by Cold Snap exceeds a minimum required percentage of the target's life.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.intelligenceMana
Cost
Cold
Damage
RadiusExp.Total Exp.
1416119 to 13N/A00
26201211 to 16N/A841841
39271314 to 21N/A3,0993,940
412331418 to 2717,43311,373
516411525 to 37122,89534,268
620501632 to 49149,72583,993
724581742 to 63195,714179,707
828671854 to 812169,595349,302
932751968 to 1022283,759633,061
1036832085 to 1282453,9961,087,057
11409221106 to 1592703,1281,790,185
124410022131 to 19631,061,2232,851,408
134810923160 to 24032,065,8704,917,278
145211724196 to 29432,507,1107,424,388
155512325227 to 34132,573,7319,998,119
165813026263 to 39447,611,35117,609,470
176113626303 to 455413,437,90831,047,378
186414227350 to 524425,052,14756,099,525
196714827402 to 603443,869,43699,968,961
207015528462 to 6935242,081,178342,050,139
217215928506 to 7595N/AN/A
2274N/A29554 to 8325N/AN/A
2376N/A29607 to 9105N/AN/A
2478N/A30664 to 9966N/AN/A
2580N/A30726 to 10896N/AN/A
2682N/A30794 to 11916N/AN/A
2784N/A30867 to 13016N/AN/A
2886N/A31947 to 14207N/AN/A
2988N/A311033 to 15507N/AN/A
3090N/A321127 to 16917N/AN/A

Quest reward

This skill is not given as quest reward.

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
Breaking Some Eggs
Act 1
Nessa
no
yes
yes
yes
no
no
yes
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
yes
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth
yes

Threshold jewel

The following threshold jewels augment the skill gem:

ItemRadiusStats
Winter's Bounty
Winter's Bounty
Cobalt Jewel
Limited to: 2
Radius: Medium (1200)
(10-15)% increased Cold Damage
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Cold Snap
has a 50% chance to grant a Power Charge on Kill
As a boy, Rigwald was taught to hunt,
Through the first snows of winter,
When beasts have gorged their fill,
And see nothing but the long slumber ahead.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
Medium (1200)(10-15)% increased Cold Damage
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Cold Snap
has a 50% chance to grant a Power Charge on Kill

Alternate skill effects

Name Cost Description
Cold Grasp Effect
Cold Grasp EffectCold Snap Skin
Stack Size: 20
Your Cold Snap becomes a grasping hand of frostRight click this item then left click a Cold Snap Skill Gem to apply it.
Shop Item Coin.png70 Replaces the standard ice effect on a Cold SnapCold SnapSpell, AoE, Cold
Radius: 16
Mana Cost: (11 to 28)
Can store 1 use(s)
Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
Cast Time: 0.85 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 120%
Requires Level 4Ice crystals protrude from the ground at target location. Monsters in this area take damage and become frozen. The cooldown can be bypassed by expending a Power Charge.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (9-462) to (13-693) Cold Damage
30% chance to Freeze enemies
30% increased Freeze Duration on enemies
110% increased Chill Duration on enemies
(20-39)% increased Effect of Chill
+(0-5) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Cold Snap skill icon.png
gem with an icy, grasping hand that emerges from the ground.

Shop Item Video Icon.png Preview

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Cold Snap:

Name For 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. Effect(s)
EnchantmentColdSnapCooldownSpeed16620% increased Cold Snap Cooldown Recovery Speed
EnchantmentColdSnapCooldownSpeed27530% increased Cold Snap Cooldown Recovery Speed
EnchantmentColdSnapDamage16625% increased Cold Snap Damage
EnchantmentColdSnapDamage27540% increased Cold Snap Damage
EnchantmentColdSnapRadius1668% increased Cold Snap Area of Effect
EnchantmentColdSnapRadius27512% increased Cold Snap Area of Effect

Version history

Version Changes
2.6.0
  • Cold Snap gains 1 additional unit of radius every 4 levels.
  • No longer gain increased area of effect radius.
2.0.0
  • Quality now instead increases area of effect by 0.5% per 1%, and no longer affects freeze or chill duration.
1.2.0
  • Cold Snap: We changed the freeze chance to 30% at all levels. We increased the damage of Cold Snap by 50% at all levels.
1.1.0
  • Increased the damage of the following skills at low levels: SparkSparkProjectile, Spell, Duration, Lightning
    Mana Cost: (5 to 23)
    Cast Time: 0.65 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 70%
    Projectile Speed: 560
    Launches unpredictable sparks that move randomly until they hit an enemy or expire.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Projectile Speed
    Deals (1-44) to (20-832) Lightning Damage
    Base duration is 1.5 seconds
    (4-6) additional Projectiles
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Spark skill icon.png
    , Cold SnapCold SnapSpell, AoE, Cold
    Radius: 16
    Mana Cost: (11 to 28)
    Can store 1 use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
    Cast Time: 0.85 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 120%
    Requires Level 4Ice crystals protrude from the ground at target location. Monsters in this area take damage and become frozen. The cooldown can be bypassed by expending a Power Charge.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Deals (9-462) to (13-693) Cold Damage
    30% chance to Freeze enemies
    30% increased Freeze Duration on enemies
    110% increased Chill Duration on enemies
    (20-39)% increased Effect of Chill
    +(0-5) to radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Cold Snap skill icon.png
    , Ice SpearIce SpearProjectile, Spell, Cold
    Mana Cost: (9 to 27)
    Cast Time: 0.85 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 7.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 80%
    Projectile Speed: 1000
    Requires Level 12Launches a shard of ice that pierces close enemies, before exploding on a distant enemy with a much higher critical strike chance.Per 1% Quality:
    2% increased Projectile Speed
    Deals (17-548) to (26-822) Cold Damage
    (40-78)% increased Chill Duration on enemies
    Second form has 600% increased Critical Strike Chance
    (10-29)% 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 Spear skill icon.png
    and to a lesser extent, Freezing PulseFreezing PulseProjectile, Spell, Cold
    Mana Cost: (4 to 18)
    Cast Time: 0.65 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 125%
    Projectile Speed: 1800
    An icy projectile which has a chance to freeze enemies it passes through. The projectile fades quickly, reducing damage and freezing chance until it runs out of time and dissipates completely.Per 1% Quality:
    2% increased Projectile Speed
    Deals (7-689) to (11-1034) Cold Damage
    Projectiles Pierce all Targets
    (0-19)% increased Projectile Speed
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Freezing Pulse skill icon.png
    and Storm CallStorm CallSpell, AoE, Duration, Lightning
    Radius: 20
    Mana Cost: (6 to 19)
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 80%
    Requires Level 12Sets a marker at a location. After a short duration, lightning strikes the marker, dealing damage around it. When this happens, it will also set off the lightning at any other markers you've cast.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Deals (13-341) to (24-633) Lightning Damage
    Base duration is 1.5 seconds
    (10-29)% increased Effect of Shock
    +(0-6) to radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Storm Call skill icon.png
    .
0.10.0
  • Damage significantly increased (40% higher at Level 1, 105% higher at Level 15).
0.9.11
  • Increased its damage.
  • Now has a cooldown which can by bypassed by spending a Power Charge.
0.9.5g
  • Fixed a bug where maximum distance could be bypassed with shift-casts.
0.9.4c
  • Set the default critical strike chance of Cold Snap (4%).
0.9.3c
  • Reduced damage by 10%.
0.9.2
  • Massively increased Cold Snap's chill duration bonus.
0.9.1
  • Disabled the ability to cast Cold Snap on invalid locations.
0.7.1
  • Slightly increased Cold Snap's damage
0.6.11
  • Added skills: Raise Zombie, Detonate Dead, Cold Snap

References

  1. "Intelligence skills". Official Path of Exile website.