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Molten StrikeProjectile, Attack, AoE, Melee, Fire
Mana Cost: 6
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (120% to 147%)
Projectile Speed: 750
Attacks a target with physical and fire damage, causing balls of molten magma to launch forth from your weapon as you swing. These will explode, causing AoE attack damage to enemies where they land.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Fire Damage
Deals (120-146.6)% of Base Damage
60% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
2 additional Projectiles
Projectiles deal 40% less Damage
Damage over time caused by Projectiles deals 40% less Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Molten Strike skill icon.pngMolten Strike inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 5
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Scroll of Wisdom
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment

Molten Strike skill screenshot.jpg

Molten Strike is an attack skill consisting of two parts: an initial melee attack hit and a projectile attack.

Skill functions

An attack with Molten Strike consists of two parts:

Modifiers that require the keywords Melee, Projectile, or AoE only apply to the appropriate portions of the attack. For example, supporting Molten Strike with Melee Physical Damage SupportMelee Physical Damage SupportMelee, Support, Attack
Icon: M
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 18Supports melee attack skills.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Melee Physical Damage
Supported Skills deal (30-49)% more Melee Physical Damage
Supported Skills deal (30-49)% more Damage with Bleeding and Poison caused by Melee 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.
will increase the damage of the melee hit but not the projectiles. That said, passive points that grant Increased damage with one-handed melee weapons for example will in fact affect the projectile attack as well if one is using a one-handed weapon, since it is still an attack that is dealt with a melee weapon (though the damage you're dealing is not actually melee damage).

Magma projectiles: Unmodified projectiles will deal (72 to 87.96)% of full weapon damage, of which 60% of physical is converted to fire damage. Supporting Molten Strike with 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 have 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.
or 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 have 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 fired while reducing their damage, but will not affect the initial melee hit in any way. Since the projectiles are not a melee attack, Strength's melee physical damage bonus does not apply (unless the player has Iron Grip). It is possible for more than one projectile from this skill to hit a single enemy, including the one that was already hit by melee attack, although the chance to hit the initial target is considerably reduced because of deadzone around it.

Damage conversion: Like all converted damage, the fire portion of Molten Strike's damage will be modified by both fire damage and physical damage increases.

Tooltip damage: Damage per hit and DPS displayed on the skill tooltip show only the melee portion of the attack, with that of projectiles dependent on the average number of hits expected from the skill. An estimate to the area DPS and total single target DPS of the skill can be obtained using the calculator on the link

Skill interactions

Dual Wielding: Dual wielding attacks with Molten Strike will alternate the weapon being swung.

Gain on hit: The stated amount on hit will be restored for both the initial hit and for each projectile that strikes an enemy.

Area of effect: Projectiles are spread randomly over a 270 degree circular area within a radius of 5 to 20 units[1] around the target struck. Increased AoE bonuses affect both the explosion area of individual projectiles and the area they are spread over, resulting in similar degree of coverage over a larger area. Increased AoE bonuses only affect the outer radius; the inner radius is always 5. Unlike other skills such as Firestorm, Molten Strike ball landing positions are sampled uniformly over the arc's angle and radius rather than over the area of the circular arc[2].

Piercing, forking and chaining projectiles: Molten Strike projectiles cannot chain, pierce or fork, since they are ground-targeted.

Point Blank: Projectiles are affected by Point Blank even though the melee attack is not.[3] While the description of Point Blank doesn't make this exactly clear, the damage multiplier received from it is proportional to the distance it has traveled from the melee target's location at the time the projectile was created. The maximum travel distance of Molten Strike is based purely on modifiers to Area of Effect.

Physical Projectile Attack Damage SupportPhysical Projectile Attack Damage SupportProjectile, Attack, Support
Icon: d
Mana Multiplier: 120%
Requires Level 18Supports projectile attack skills.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Physical Damage
Supported Skills deal (30-49)% more Physical Projectile Attack Damage
Supported Skills have 10% less Projectile Attack Speed
Supported Attack Skills deal (30-49)% more Damage with Bleeding and Poison caused by Projectile 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.
: The Projectiles will receive the damage multiplier, however Molten Strike attack speed will not be lessened because it is a Melee Attack that triggers a Projectile Attack, and is not a Projectile Attack itself.

Projectile Speed: While Molten Strike can be supported by Faster Projectiles SupportFaster Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
Icon: j
Mana Multiplier: 110%
Requires Level 31Supports projectile skills.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Attack Speed
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Cast Speed
Supported Skills have (50-69)% increased Projectile Speed
Supported Skills deal (20-29)% increased 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 Slower Projectiles SupportSlower Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
Icon: J
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 31Supports projectile skills.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Projectile Damage
Supported Skills have (30-49)% less Projectile Speed
Supported Skills deal (20-29)% more 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.
only the damage modifiers will have any effect. Projectile speed modifiers from support gems, gear or passive skills do not alter the delay between the projectiles being created and their ground impact.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.strengthDamage
Effectiveness
Damage
Multiplier
Exp.Total Exp.
110120%120%00
220121%121.4%7070
3416123%122.8%308378
4722124%124.2%1,5541,932
51131126%125.6%6,6678,599
61641127%127%26,04734,646
72050128%128.4%49,72584,371
82458130%129.8%95,714180,085
92867131%131.2%169,595349,680
103275133%132.6%283,759633,439
113683134%134%453,9961,087,435
124092135%135.4%703,1281,790,563
1344100137%136.8%1,061,2232,851,786
1448109138%138.2%2,065,8704,917,656
1552117140%139.6%2,507,1107,424,766
1656125141%141%5,798,93613,223,702
1760134142%142.4%15,083,91928,307,621
1864142144%143.8%27,792,73556,100,356
1967148145%145.2%43,869,73999,970,095
2070155147%146.6%242,081,556342,051,651
2172159148%148%N/AN/A
2274N/A149%149.4%N/AN/A
2376N/A151%150.8%N/AN/A
2478N/A152%152.2%N/AN/A
2580N/A154%153.6%N/AN/A
2682N/A155%155%N/AN/A
2784N/A156%156.4%N/AN/A
2886N/A158%157.8%N/AN/A
2988N/A159%159.2%N/AN/A
3090N/A161%160.6%N/AN/A

Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
yes
yes
no
no
no
yes
yes

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
yes
yes
no
no
no
yes
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
Wildfire
Wildfire
Crimson Jewel
Limited to: 2
Radius: Medium (1200)
(10-15)% increased Fire Damage
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike fires 2 additional Projectiles
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike has 25% increased Area of Effect
News of Kaom's victory in the south spread quickly.
Those in support of the coming rebellion bided their time.
The rest fled like rats from a fire.
Place into an allocated jewel socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
Medium (1200)(10-15)% increased Fire Damage
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike fires 2 additional Projectiles
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike has 25% increased Area of Effect

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Molten Strike:

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)
EnchantmentMoltenStrikeDamage16625% increased Molten Strike Damage
EnchantmentMoltenStrikeDamage27540% increased Molten Strike Damage
EnchantmentMoltenStrikeNumOfAdditionalProjectiles1_662 additional Molten Strike Projectiles
EnchantmentMoltenStrikeNumOfAdditionalProjectiles2753 additional Molten Strike Projectiles
EnchantmentMoltenStrikeRadius1668% increased Molten Strike Area of Effect
EnchantmentMoltenStrikeRadius27512% increased Molten Strike Area of Effect

Version history

Version Changes
2.0.0
  • Now grants 1% increased fire damage per 1% quality (was 0.75% per 1% quality).
1.1.3
  • Molten Strike has been added to the game

References

  1. Mark_GGG (May 7, 2014). "Molten Strike & Point Blank interaction". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  2. Mark_GGG (October 2016). "Simple graphical explanation of Molten Strike and Firestorm AOE mechanics.". Reddit. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  3. Mark_GGG (December 3, 2012). "Mechanics Thread". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved October 21, 2013.