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Molten Strike

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Molten StrikeAttack, Projectile, AoE, Melee, Strike, Fire
Mana Cost: 6
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (120%-130%)
Projectile Speed: 750
Attacks enemies with physical and fire damage, causing balls of molten magma to launch forth from the enemies you hit, divided amongst all enemies hit by the strike. These will explode, causing AoE attack damage to enemies where they land.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Fire Damage
Deals (120-130)% of Base Damage
60% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
Fires 2 additional Projectiles
Projectiles deal 50% less Damage
Damage Over Time caused by Projectiles deals 50% less Damage
+(2-6) to Melee range
(2-75) to (3-113) Added Attack Fire 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
Miscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemMoltenStrike

Molten Strike skill screenshot.jpg

Molten Strike is an attack skill that strikes an enemy, with some of the physical damage converted to fire damage. Each strike creates multiple molten ball projectiles that land to deal damage in a small area.

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, Physical, 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 fire 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 fire 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. The projectile explosions themselves have a radius of 9[1].

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[2] 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[3].

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.[4] 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.

Vicious Projectiles SupportVicious Projectiles SupportProjectile, Attack, Physical, Chaos, 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 (40-59)% more Physical Projectile Attack Damage
Supported Skills have 10% less Projectile Attack Speed
Supported Skills deal (40-59)% more Physical Damage over Time
Supported Skills deal (40-59)% more Chaos Damage over Time
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
Melee RangeAttack Fire DamageExp.Total Exp.
110120%120%22 to 300
220121%120.5%22 to 37070
3416121%121.1%23 to 4308378
4722122%121.6%34 to 61,5541,932
51131122%122.1%35 to 86,6678,599
61641123%122.6%37 to 1126,04734,646
72050123%123.2%39 to 1349,72584,371
82458124%123.7%411 to 1795,714180,085
92867124%124.2%414 to 20169,595349,680
103275125%124.7%416 to 25283,759633,439
113683125%125.3%420 to 30453,9961,087,435
124092126%125.8%524 to 35703,1281,790,563
1344100126%126.3%528 to 421,061,2232,851,786
1448109127%126.8%533 to 492,065,8704,917,656
1552117127%127.4%539 to 582,507,1107,424,766
1656125128%127.9%545 to 685,798,93613,223,702
1760134128%128.4%652 to 7915,083,91928,307,621
1864142129%128.9%661 to 9127,792,73556,100,356
1967148129%129.5%668 to 10243,869,73999,970,095
2070155130%130%675 to 113242,081,556342,051,651
2172159131%130.5%781 to 122N/AN/A
2274N/A131%131.1%787 to 130N/AN/A
2376N/A132%131.6%793 to 140N/AN/A
2478N/A132%132.1%7100 to 150N/AN/A
2580N/A133%132.6%8107 to 160N/AN/A
2682N/A133%133.2%8114 to 172N/AN/A
2784N/A134%133.7%8123 to 184N/AN/A
2886N/A134%134.2%8131 to 197N/AN/A
2988N/A135%134.7%9140 to 210N/AN/A
3090N/A135%135.3%9150 to 224N/AN/A
3191N/A136%135.5%9155 to 232N/AN/A
3292N/A136%135.8%9160 to 240N/AN/A
3393N/A136%136.1%9165 to 248N/AN/A
3494N/A136%136.3%10171 to 256N/AN/A
3595N/A137%136.6%10176 to 265N/AN/A
3696N/A137%136.8%10182 to 273N/AN/A
3797N/A137%137.1%10188 to 282N/AN/A
3898N/A137%137.4%11194 to 292N/AN/A
3999N/A138%137.6%11201 to 301N/AN/A
40100N/A138%137.9%11207 to 311N/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
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
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

Quest reward

This item is given as quest reward for the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1

Vendor reward

This item can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
Nessa
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment Molten Strike:

ItemLimitRadiusStats
WildfireWildfire
Crimson Jewel
Limited to: 1
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.
1Medium (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.

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 Strike Damage 16625% increased Molten Strike Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Molten Strike Damage 27540% increased Molten Strike Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Molten Strike Num Of Additional Projectiles 166Molten Strike fires an additional Projectilehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Molten Strike Num Of Additional Projectiles 275Molten Strike fires 2 additional Projectileshelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Molten Strike Area Of Effect 1668% increased Molten Strike Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Molten Strike Area Of Effect 27512% increased Molten Strike Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0

Microtransactions

The list below shows microtransactions for Molten Strike.

ItemEffect(s)
Stygian Molten Strike EffectStygian Molten Strike EffectMolten Strike SkinYour Molten Strike becomes a Stygian Effect.Your Molten Strike becomes a Stygian Effect.

Version history

Version Changes
3.7.0
  • Now deals base damage equal to, and has an added damage effectiveness of, 120% at gem level 1 (unchanged), up to 130% at gem level 20 (from 160%).
  • Now adds 2 to 3 fire damage to attacks at gem level 1, up to 75 to 113 at gem level 20.
  • Now requires that you hit an enemy in order to produce projectiles, and splits the number of projectiles it produces evenly among all targets (if it can).
  • Projectiles now deal 50% less damage at all levels (from 40% less at gem level 1, to 30% less at gem level 20 previously).
  • Damage over time from projectiles now deals 50% less damage at all levels (from 40% less at gem level 1, to 30% less at gem level 20 previously).
  • Now has +2 to melee range at gem level 1 (from 0), up to +6 at gem level 20 (from +2).
3.5.0
  • Now deals 120% of base damage at gem level 1, and 161% of base damage (up from 147%) at gem level 20.
  • Projectiles deal 40% less damage at gem level 1, and 30% less damage (from 40%) at gem level 20.
3.4.0
  • Now gain additional melee weapon range every 7 levels, up to +2 at level 20 (and +3 at level 21).
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. https://www.reddit.com/r/pathofexile/comments/auyizx/aoe_radius_should_have_two_decimal_places/ehfj02a/
  2. Mark_GGG (May 7, 2014). "Molten Strike & Point Blank interaction". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  3. Mark_GGG (October 2016). "Simple graphical explanation of Molten Strike and Firestorm AOE mechanics.". Reddit. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  4. Mark_GGG (December 3, 2012). "Mechanics Thread". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved October 21, 2013.