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Molten ShellSpell, AoE, Duration, Fire, Physical, Guard
Radius: 15
Mana Cost: (8-12)
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
Requires Level 4Applies a buff that adds to your armour, and can take some of the damage from hits for you before being depleted. When the buff expires or is depleted, the skill deals reflected damage to enemies around you based on the total damage that was taken from the buff. Shares a cooldown with other Guard skills.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Skill Effect Duration
Base duration is 3 seconds
Buff grants +(50-858) to Armour
75% of Damage from Hits is taken from the Buff before your Life or Energy Shield
Buff can take Damage equal to 20% of your Armour, up to a maximum of 10000
Reflects (100-3000)% of Damage taken from Buff as Fire Damage when Buff expires or is depleted
This Skill's Cooldown does not recover during its effect
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 guard spell that buffs the user with a shell that grants bonus armour and absorbs incoming hits. When the shell expires or absorbs enough damage, it explodes to deal fire damage around it, based on how much damage it absorbed. The amount of damage the shell can absorb increases with your armour value. Base duration is 3 seconds at all gem levels, followed by a 4 seconds cooldown.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Guard: Molten Shell shares a cooldown with other Guard skills (SteelskinSteelskinSpell, Duration, Guard
    Mana Cost: (4-16)
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 3.00 sec
    Requires Level 4Applies a buff which can take some of the damage from hits for you before being depleted. Shares a cooldown with other Guard skills.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Cooldown Recovery Speed
    Base duration is 1.5 seconds
    70% of Damage from Hits is taken from the Buff before Life or Energy Shield
    Buff can take (54-2209) Damage
    This Skill's Cooldown does not recover during its effect
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Steelskin skill icon.png
    , Immortal CallImmortal CallSpell, Duration, Guard
    Mana Cost: (21-36)
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 3.00 sec
    Requires Level 34Take less Physical and Elemental Damage for a short time. Consumes up to 5 Endurance Charges to lengthen the buff and further lessen Physical Damage taken. Shares a cooldown with other Guard skills.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Skill Effect Duration
    Base duration is 1 seconds
    (25-34)% less Elemental Damage taken
    (25-35)% less Physical Damage taken
    15% less Physical Damage taken per Endurance Charge removed
    20% increased Buff Duration per Endurance Charge removed
    This Skill's Cooldown does not recover during its effect
    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
    ).
  • 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.
  • Spell Totem: a Spell Totem SupportSpell Totem SupportSupport, Spell, Totem
    Icon: T
    Mana Multiplier: 200%
    Requires Level 8Supports spell skills that are not triggered. Instead of casting that spell, you will summon a totem that casts the spell for you.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Totem Placement speed
    Supported Skills will summon a Totem which uses that 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.
  • Vaal Molten Shell: casting Molten Shell while Vaal Molten ShellVaal Molten ShellVaal, Spell, AoE, Duration, Fire, Physical, Guard
    Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Soul Gain Prevention: 14.000 sec
    Cooldown Time: 0.50 sec
    Requires Level 4Applies a buff that raises your armour, and takes some of the damage from hits for you before being depleted. Each second, the skill deals reflected damage to surrounding enemies based on the damage taken by the buff in that second. When the buff is removed, the skill deals reflected damage to enemies around you based on the total damage that was taken by the buff. You cannot have the buff at the same time as any other Guard skill.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Skill Effect Duration
    Base duration is 9 seconds
    Buff grants +(25-429) to Armour
    (30-35)% of Damage from Hits is taken from the Buff before your Life or Energy Shield
    Buff can take Damage equal to 30% of your Armour, up to a maximum of 30000
    Reflects (300-9000)% of Damage taken from Buff as Fire Damage each second,
    or when Buff expires or is depleted
    Buff grants (20-29)% more Armour
    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 cast Molten Shell and vice versa. This makes it unfavorable to use both skills in conjunction with one another.[2]

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.strengthMana
Cost
ArmourDamage ReflectionExp.Total Exp.
14168N/A100%00
26208N/A130%841841
39278N/A180%3,0993,940
412338N/A250%7,43311,373
516419N/A330%22,89534,268
620509N/A420%49,72583,993
724589N/A530%95,714179,707
828679N/A650%169,595349,302
9327510N/A780%283,759633,061
10368310N/A920%453,9961,087,057
11409210N/A1080%703,1281,790,185
124410010N/A1250%1,061,2232,851,408
134810911N/A1430%2,065,8704,917,278
145211711N/A1620%2,507,1107,424,388
155512311N/A1820%2,573,7319,998,119
165813011N/A2040%7,611,35117,609,470
176113612N/A2260%13,437,90831,047,378
186414212N/A2500%25,052,14756,099,525
196714812N/A2740%43,869,43699,968,961
207015512N/A3000%242,081,178342,050,139
217215913N/A3270%N/AN/A
2274N/A13N/A3550%N/AN/A
2376N/A13N/A3830%N/AN/A
2478N/A13N/A4130%N/AN/A
2580N/A14N/A4440%N/AN/A
2682N/A14N/A4760%N/AN/A
2784N/A14N/A5090%N/AN/A
2886N/A14N/A5430%N/AN/A
2988N/A15N/A5770%N/AN/A
3090N/A15N/A6130%N/AN/A
3191N/A15N/A6500%N/AN/A
3292N/A15N/A6880%N/AN/A
3393N/A16N/A7260%N/AN/A
3494N/A16N/A7660%N/AN/A
3595N/A16N/A8060%N/AN/A
3696N/A16N/A8480%N/AN/A
3797N/A17N/A8900%N/AN/A
3898N/A17N/A9340%N/AN/A
3999N/A17N/A9780%N/AN/A
40100N/A17N/A10230%N/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 ↓
Breaking Some Eggs
Act 1

Vendor reward

This item 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.StatsSpawn Weighting
Enchantment Molten Shell Armour 166100% increased Molten Shell Buff Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Molten Shell Armour 275150% increased Molten Shell Buff Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Molten Shell Duration 166Molten Shell has 25% increased Skill Effect Durationhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Molten Shell Duration 275Molten Shell has 40% increased Skill Effect Durationhelmet 100
default 0

Version history

Version Changes
3.7.0
  • Now has a base duration of 3 seconds at all gem levels (from 10).
  • Now grants 50 additional armour at gem level 1 (from 17), up to 858 at gem level 20 (from 943)
  • Now creates a buff that can take damage equal to 20% of your armour.
  • Now causes 75% of damage from hits to be taken from the buff before your life or energy shield.
  • Updated: Now reflects 100% of damage taken from the buff as fire damage when the buff expires or is depleted at gem level 1, up to 3000% at gem level 20 (previously stated 1050% at gem level 20).
  • Now has a 4 second cooldown (from 1).
  • No longer has an added damage effectiveness multiplier or critical strike chance, as reflected damage cannot benefit from added damage, nor can it critically strike.
  • Shares its cooldown with other guard skills (Steelskin and Immortal Call).
3.6.0
  • Mana Cost at gem level 1 is now 7 (was 12).
  • Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 26 (was 28).
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, Physical, Guard
    Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Soul Gain Prevention: 14.000 sec
    Cooldown Time: 0.50 sec
    Requires Level 4Applies a buff that raises your armour, and takes some of the damage from hits for you before being depleted. Each second, the skill deals reflected damage to surrounding enemies based on the damage taken by the buff in that second. When the buff is removed, the skill deals reflected damage to enemies around you based on the total damage that was taken by the buff. You cannot have the buff at the same time as any other Guard skill.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Skill Effect Duration
    Base duration is 9 seconds
    Buff grants +(25-429) to Armour
    (30-35)% of Damage from Hits is taken from the Buff before your Life or Energy Shield
    Buff can take Damage equal to 30% of your Armour, up to a maximum of 30000
    Reflects (300-9000)% of Damage taken from Buff as Fire Damage each second,
    or when Buff expires or is depleted
    Buff grants (20-29)% more Armour
    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, Physical, Guard
    Radius: 15
    Mana Cost: (8-12)
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
    Requires Level 4Applies a buff that adds to your armour, and can take some of the damage from hits for you before being depleted. When the buff expires or is depleted, the skill deals reflected damage to enemies around you based on the total damage that was taken from the buff. Shares a cooldown with other Guard skills.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Skill Effect Duration
    Base duration is 3 seconds
    Buff grants +(50-858) to Armour
    75% of Damage from Hits is taken from the Buff before your Life or Energy Shield
    Buff can take Damage equal to 20% of your Armour, up to a maximum of 10000
    Reflects (100-3000)% of Damage taken from Buff as Fire Damage when Buff expires or is depleted
    This Skill's Cooldown does not recover during its effect
    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, Physical, Guard
    Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Soul Gain Prevention: 14.000 sec
    Cooldown Time: 0.50 sec
    Requires Level 4Applies a buff that raises your armour, and takes some of the damage from hits for you before being depleted. Each second, the skill deals reflected damage to surrounding enemies based on the damage taken by the buff in that second. When the buff is removed, the skill deals reflected damage to enemies around you based on the total damage that was taken by the buff. You cannot have the buff at the same time as any other Guard skill.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Skill Effect Duration
    Base duration is 9 seconds
    Buff grants +(25-429) to Armour
    (30-35)% of Damage from Hits is taken from the Buff before your Life or Energy Shield
    Buff can take Damage equal to 30% of your Armour, up to a maximum of 30000
    Reflects (300-9000)% of Damage taken from Buff as Fire Damage each second,
    or when Buff expires or is depleted
    Buff grants (20-29)% more Armour
    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.