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Molten Shell

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Molten ShellSpell, AoE, Duration, Fire
Radius: 15
Mana Cost: (12-28)
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 200%
Requires Level 4Summons fiery elemental shields providing additional armour for a short duration. If cumulative physical damage prevented by your blocking or armour reaches a threshold, the shields explode outwards, dealing fire damage to surrounding enemies.Per 1% Quality:
1% chance to Ignite enemies
Deals (14-1962) to (20-2943) Fire Damage
Shields break after (26-1508) total Damage is prevented
(17-943) additional Armour
Base duration is 10 seconds
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Molten Shell skill icon.pngMolten Shell inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 5
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Scroll of Wisdom
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Miscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemMoltenShell

Molten Shell skill screenshot.jpg

Molten Shell is a spell that temporarily grants the player extra armour and casts an explosion of fire damage to surrounding enemies when a certain amount of physical damage has been prevented.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Absorbed Damage: once cast, any physical damage that is negated by armour (including armour gained via Granite Flask and Molten Shell itself), blocking, by the skill Immortal CallImmortal CallSpell, Duration
    Mana Cost: (21-36)
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 3.00 sec
    Cast Time: 0.85 sec
    Requires Level 34Discharges Endurance Charges, making the character invulnerable to physical damage for a short time, proportional to how many endurance charges were expended.Per 1% Quality:
    2% increased Cast Speed
    Base duration is 0.4 seconds
    (100-157)% increased Buff Duration per Endurance Charge
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Immortal Call skill icon.png
    , or by the skill Arctic ArmourArctic ArmourSpell, Duration, Cold
    Mana Reserved: 25%
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
    Requires Level 16Conjures an icy barrier that chills enemies when they hit you. You drop chilled ground while moving, and take less Fire and Physical damage while stationary.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Skill Effect Duration
    Chill Enemy for 0.5 seconds when Hit, slowing them by 30%
    (8-13)% less Physical Damage taken when Hit
    (8-12)% less Fire Damage taken when Hit
    Base duration is (2.5-4.4) seconds
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Arctic Armour skill icon.png
    will count towards triggering explosions. The only damage mitigation provided by the skill is the bonus to armour while the buff is active. The Detonation Threshold stat only indicates the threshold at which the buff will end and an explosion will take place.
  • Buff Effect: Modifiers to Molten Shell's buff effect will only affect the armour granted by the skill, not the damage, duration, or absorbed damage required. [1]
  • Duration: skill and buff/debuff duration will both increase the duration of Molten Shell. When the duration of Molten Shell expires, the buff and any accumulated damage toward an explosion is lost. An explosion will not occur if Molten Shell's buff timer times out.
  • Spell Totem: a Spell Totem SupportSpell Totem SupportSupport, Totem
    Icon: T
    Mana Multiplier: 200%
    Requires Level 8Supports spell skills that do not reserve mana. Instead of using that skill, you will summon a totem that uses the skill for you.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Totem Placement speed
    Summons a Totem which uses the Supported Skill
    Totem lasts 8 seconds
    Supported Skills deal (35-26)% less Damage
    Spells Cast by Totem have 30% less Cast Speed
    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.
    linked with Molten Shell can and will cast Molten Shell but is highly unlikely to ever detonate because of its lack of defense.
  • Spell Block: Molten Shell keeps track only of physical damage blocked so it will never detonate if the player blocks elemental spells. Physical spells do contribute to the threshold.
  • Vaal Molten Shell: casting Molten Shell while Vaal Molten ShellVaal Molten ShellVaal, Spell, AoE, Duration, Fire
    Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Soul Gain Prevention: 7.000 sec
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 200%
    Requires Level 4Summons fiery elemental shields providing additional armour for a short duration. Whenever you prevent any amount of physical damage from a hit, the shields cause a burst of flame, dealing fire damage to surrounding enemies.Per 1% Quality:
    1% chance to Ignite enemies
    Deals (9-696) to (14-1043) Fire Damage
    (17-943) additional Armour
    Base duration is 5 seconds
    Modifiers to Skill Effect Duration also apply to this Skill's Soul Gain Prevention
    Corrupted
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Vaal Molten Shell skill icon.png
    is active will terminate the Vaal Molten Shell buff and replace it for the casted Molten Shell. This will happen both ways (when Vaal Molten Shell is casted while Molten Shell is active). This makes it unfavorable to use both skills in conjunction with one another.[2]

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.strengthMana
Cost
Fire
Damage
Damage
absorbed
ArmourExp.Total Exp.
14161214–20261700
26201317–263220841841
39271424–3541263,0993,940
412331432–4752337,43311,373
516411545–68704422,89534,268
620501664–96935849,72583,993
724581788–1321207595,714179,707
8286718120–18015597169,595349,302
9327519161–241197123283,759633,061
10368320214–321250156453,9961,087,057
11409221283–425313196703,1281,790,185
124410021372–5583912451,061,2232,851,408
134810922486–7294873042,065,8704,917,278
145211723631–9476023762,507,1107,424,388
155512324766–11497054402,573,7319,998,119
165813025928–13928235157,611,35117,609,470
1761136261122–168396060013,437,90831,047,378
1864142271354–2031111869825,052,14756,099,525
1967148281631–2447129981243,869,43699,968,961
2070155281962–29431508943242,081,178342,050,139
2172159292217–332616641040N/AN/A
2274N/A292504–375618361148N/AN/A
2376N/A292827–424020241265N/AN/A
2478N/A303189–478422311394N/AN/A
2580N/A303596–539424571536N/AN/A
2682N/A314053–608027051691N/AN/A
2784N/A314566–684929771861N/AN/A
2886N/A315141–771232752047N/AN/A
2988N/A325787–868036012251N/AN/A
3090N/A326510–976539582474N/AN/A
3191N/A346904–1035641402596N/AN/A
3292N/A347321–1098245172719N/AN/A
3393N/A347763–1164546992854N/AN/A
3494N/A358230–1234650942988N/AN/A
3595N/A358725–1308852763136N/AN/A
3696N/A359249–1387356813283N/AN/A
3797N/A369803–1470558633446N/AN/A
3898N/A3610390–1558562903608N/AN/A
3999N/A3611010–1651664723786N/AN/A
40100N/A3611667–1750169233963N/AN/A

Item acquisition
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Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Breaking Some Eggs
Act 1

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Breaking Some Eggs
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 Molten Shell.

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.Stats
EnchantmentMoltenShellArmour166100% increased Molten Shell Buff Effect
EnchantmentMoltenShellArmour275150% increased Molten Shell Buff Effect
EnchantmentMoltenShellDamage16625% increased Molten Shell Damage
EnchantmentMoltenShellDamage27540% increased Molten Shell Damage

Version history

Version Changes
3.4.0
  • Mana cost increased to 12 at gem level 1 (up from 8) up to 28 at gem level 20 (same as previously)
  • Now instant by default and can therefore be used while moving.
  • All instant skills now have cooldown 1 second or less.
  • Instant skills cannot be supported by Spell Echo and will not be cast a second time by similar effects (such as from the Echoing Shrine).
2.6.0
  • Changed the explosion effect. The new one has better performance.
2.3.2
  • When switching between regular and Vaal Molten ShellVaal Molten ShellVaal, Spell, AoE, Duration, Fire
    Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Soul Gain Prevention: 7.000 sec
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 200%
    Requires Level 4Summons fiery elemental shields providing additional armour for a short duration. Whenever you prevent any amount of physical damage from a hit, the shields cause a burst of flame, dealing fire damage to surrounding enemies.Per 1% Quality:
    1% chance to Ignite enemies
    Deals (9-696) to (14-1043) Fire Damage
    (17-943) additional Armour
    Base duration is 5 seconds
    Modifiers to Skill Effect Duration also apply to this Skill's Soul Gain Prevention
    Corrupted
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Vaal Molten Shell skill icon.png
    , the shield will now visually destroy and recreate itself.
  • Fixed a bug where Molten ShellMolten ShellSpell, AoE, Duration, Fire
    Radius: 15
    Mana Cost: (12-28)
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 200%
    Requires Level 4Summons fiery elemental shields providing additional armour for a short duration. If cumulative physical damage prevented by your blocking or armour reaches a threshold, the shields explode outwards, dealing fire damage to surrounding enemies.Per 1% Quality:
    1% chance to Ignite enemies
    Deals (14-1962) to (20-2943) Fire Damage
    Shields break after (26-1508) total Damage is prevented
    (17-943) additional Armour
    Base duration is 10 seconds
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Molten Shell skill icon.png
    buff effect bonuses did not apply to Vaal Molten ShellVaal Molten ShellVaal, Spell, AoE, Duration, Fire
    Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Soul Gain Prevention: 7.000 sec
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 200%
    Requires Level 4Summons fiery elemental shields providing additional armour for a short duration. Whenever you prevent any amount of physical damage from a hit, the shields cause a burst of flame, dealing fire damage to surrounding enemies.Per 1% Quality:
    1% chance to Ignite enemies
    Deals (9-696) to (14-1043) Fire Damage
    (17-943) additional Armour
    Base duration is 5 seconds
    Modifiers to Skill Effect Duration also apply to this Skill's Soul Gain Prevention
    Corrupted
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Vaal Molten Shell skill icon.png
    .
2.2.0
  • Cast time reduced from 1 sec to 500 ms.
2.1.0
  • Fixed a bug where Molten Shell could be applied multiple times via Spell Echo.
2.0.0
  • Greatly reduced the mana cost.
  • Now grants 1% chance to ignite per 1% quality (was 1.5% per 1% quality).
1.2.0
  • Fixed a bug with Molten Shell and mitigated physical damage reflection.
1.0.3c
  • Fixed a bug where Molten Shell sometimes did no damage.
1.0.3
  • Fixed an instance crash with Molten Shell when linked with Cast when Damage Taken.
0.11.0
  • Armour and threshold values have been adjusted for new monster damage scaling.
  • Fixed a bug where Spell Totems casting Molten Shell would keep recasting the skill.
0.10.0
  • Now provides more armour and has had its detonation thresholds changed.
  • The Molten Shell used by Goatmen has been given new art.
0.9.11
  • Reduced the damage required to set it off in the first four levels.
0.9.7c
  • Fixed a bug with level 19 and 20 had the wrong values.
0.9.6
  • Molten Shell has been added to the game.

References

  1. Mark_GGG (April 9, 2012). "Molten Shell". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  2. Mark_GGG (March 25, 2014). "Vaal Molten Sheel Overwritten By Molten Shell". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved January 6, 2016.