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Freezing 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.pngFreezing Pulse inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 5
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Scroll of Wisdom
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment

Freezing Pulse skill screenshot.jpg

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

  • Automatic piercing: Freezing Pulse has a 100% chance to pierce enemies, but cannot travel through terrain obstacles. Modifiers to pierce, aswell as other projectile effects (e.g. forking and chaining) do not have any effect.
  • Chance to freeze: The Freezing Pulse projectile inherently has a 25% chance to freeze at the point of origin. The chance to freeze decreases in a linear fashion. The freeze chance along the projectile's path is defined as the difference of the initial chance to freeze and the percentage of the projectile's maximum lifetime that has already elapsed as a percentage. Therefore, after one quarter of the projectile's lifetime, Freezing Pulse's chance to freeze is 0%, in terms of the skill itself, excluding any other chances to freeze the caster may have.[2]
  • Projectile speed: The projectiles move at an average speed of approximately 165 units/sec, for 0.375 seconds, making their effective range at approximately 60 units.[3] Modifiers to projectile speed cause the projectiles to travel farther before they dissipate, effectively increasing their 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 the chance to freeze is based on the lifetime elapsed of the projectiles (and not distance travelled. Thus, a faster projectile has had less time to dissipate and has a longer maximum range and therefore a higher chance to freeze than a slower projectile. This is true at all points along the projectile's path, while the chance to freeze is greater than zero.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.intelligenceMana
Cost
Cold
Damage
Exp.Total Exp.
11047 to 1100
22058 to 137070
3416611 to 16308378
4722715 to 231,5541,932
51131822 to 336,6678,599
61641932 to 4926,04734,646
720501043 to 6549,72584,371
824581157 to 8595,714180,085
928671273 to 110169,595349,680
1032751393 to 140283,759633,439
11368314118 to 176453,9961,087,435
12409214148 to 221703,1281,790,563
134410015184 to 2761,061,2232,851,786
144810916228 to 3422,065,8704,917,656
155211717281 to 4212,507,1107,424,766
165612518345 to 5175,798,93613,223,702
176013418422 to 63315,083,91928,307,621
186414218515 to 77227,792,73556,100,356
196714818596 to 89443,869,73999,970,095
207015518689 to 1034242,081,556342,051,651
217215918759 to 1138N/AN/A
2274N/A19835 to 1252N/AN/A
2376N/A19918 to 1377N/AN/A
2478N/A191009 to 1513N/AN/A
2580N/A201108 to 1662N/AN/A
2682N/A201216 to 1824N/AN/A
2784N/A201335 to 2002N/AN/A
2886N/A211464 to 2196N/AN/A
2988N/A211605 to 2407N/AN/A
3090N/A211759 to 2638N/AN/A

Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
no
no
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
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
First Snow
First Snow
Cobalt Jewel
Limited to: 2
Radius: Medium (1200)
(7-10)% increased Projectile Damage
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Freezing Pulse fires 2 additional Projectiles
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, 25% increased Freezing Pulse Damage if
you've Shattered an Enemy Recently
Cadiro watched young Chitus play in the frostbitten grass, care-free, happy,
and unburdened by the responsibility the Perandus scion would soon endure.
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
Medium (1200)(7-10)% increased Projectile Damage
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Freezing Pulse fires 2 additional Projectiles
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, 25% increased Freezing Pulse Damage if
you've Shattered an Enemy Recently

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Freezing Pulse:

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)
EnchantmentFreezingPulseCastSpeed1668% increased Freezing Pulse Cast Speed
EnchantmentFreezingPulseCastSpeed27512% increased Freezing Pulse Cast Speed
EnchantmentFreezingPulseDamage16625% increased Freezing Pulse Damage
EnchantmentFreezingPulseDamage27540% increased Freezing Pulse Damage
EnchantmentFreezingPulseProjectileSpeed16620% increased Freezing Pulse Projectile Speed
EnchantmentFreezingPulseProjectileSpeed27530% increased Freezing Pulse Projectile Speed

Version history

Version Changes
2.1.0
  • Damage has been increased by around 20% at all levels.
  • Now gains 1% projectile speed per gem level over 1.
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
  • 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
    .
0.11.0
  • 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. "Intelligence skills". Official Path of Exile website.
  2. Mark_GGG (June 8, 2015). "Shock Nova tooltip is poorly worded and confuses many people". Official Path of Exile subreddit. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  3. Mark_GGG (July 19, 2016). "Mechanical Questions Thread". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved July 19, 2016.