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Vaal Cold Snap

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Vaal Cold SnapVaal, Spell, AoE, Duration, Cold
Souls Per Use: 35 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 8.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.85 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 200%
Requires Level 16Creates a sudden burst of cold around you, damaging enemies. This also creates a chilling area around you which expands and deals cold damage over time to surrounding enemies in addition to chilling them. Enemies that die while in the area grant Frenzy Charges, and you will passively gain Frenzy Charges while there are enemies in the area.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (35-1002) to (53-1502) Cold Damage
Base duration is 4 seconds
Always Freezes enemies
Gain a Frenzy Charge when an Enemy Dies while in this Skill's Area
Every second, gain a Frenzy Charge if an Enemy is in this Skill's Area
Deals (29.4-1495.5) Base Cold Damage per second
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
Modifiers to Skill Effect Duration also apply to this Skill's Soul Gain Prevention
(0-19)% increased Effect of Chill
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Cold Snap skill icon.pngVaal Cold Snap inventory icon.png
Level: 16
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemVaalColdSnap

Vaal Cold Snap skill screenshot.jpg

Vaal Cold Snap is a vaal spell that causes an initial burst of ice to explode around the player, freezing enemies. After the burst an area of damage over time releases from the player chilling any enemy that comes into contact with it as well as awarding Frenzy Charges every second per enemy in the area.

Skill Functions and Interactions

The Damage over Time interacts with spell damage like most DoT skills. It also interacts with multiple sources of cold DoT. Stacking Vortex, Cold Snap, Arctic Breath, or any other source of Cold Damage over Time will work together.

Multiple activation of the skill by other players will stack the burst but not the DoT portion of this skill.

Gem level progression

Exp.Total Exp.
116182635 to 5300
220223148 to 7249,72549,725
324253764 to 9695,714145,439
428294285 to 127169,595315,034
5313246103 to 155199,345514,379
6343550125 to 188285,815800,194
7373754152 to 227401,3441,201,538
8404058182 to 274554,3791,755,917
9434362219 to 328755,0492,510,966
10464666261 to 3921,016,5333,527,499
11494870312 to 4681,898,6025,426,101
12525174370 to 5561,964,0197,390,120
13555478439 to 6592,573,7319,963,851
14585782520 to 7804,676,43914,640,290
15605984581 to 8723,017,32717,657,617
16626087649 to 9737,823,00125,480,618
17646290724 to 108615,264,20840,744,826
18666492807 to 121126,272,84567,017,671
19686695900 to 134962,872,274129,889,945
207068981002 to 1502212,023,122341,913,067
2172701001115 to 1672N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A1239 to 1859N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A1378 to 2066N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A1530 to 2296N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A1699 to 2549N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A1886 to 2828N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A2092 to 3137N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A2319 to 3478N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A2570 to 3855N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A2847 to 4270N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A2996 to 4494N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A3152 to 4728N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A3317 to 4975N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A3489 to 5234N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A3670 to 5506N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A3861 to 5791N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A4061 to 6091N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A4270 to 6405N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A4491 to 6736N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A4722 to 7083N/AN/A

Item acquisition

Upgrade paths

This item can be acquired through the following upgrade paths or vendor recipes:

9Volatile PowerVolatile Power9Superior Vaal Gem
Quality: +20%
Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.
random corrupted superior Vaal 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
13The CataclysmThe Cataclysm13Level 21 Spell Gem
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

Skill Demonstration

Vaal Cold Snap.gif

Version History

Version Changes
  • Critical Strike Chance increased to 6%.
  • Skill has been reworked to deal DoT and work with Frenzy instead of Power Charges.
  • Critical Strike Chance increased to 5%.
  • Vaal Skill soul counts were initially balanced for Merciless difficulty, where there are more monsters. We want them to be easier to use in Normal and Cruel difficulty. We have halved the number of souls required for each skill. In Cruel difficulty, skills require 50% more souls to uses. In Merciless difficulty, they require 100% more (which is the same as before the patch).
  • Introduced to the game.