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Vaal 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 adds to your armour, and can take 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 from the buff in that second. 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.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Skill Effect Duration
(60-1030) additional Armour
80% of Damage from Hits is taken from the Buff before your Life or Energy Shield
Buff can take Damage equal to 60% of your Armour, up to a maximum of 30000
Reflects (100-3000)% of Damage taken from Buff as Fire Damage each second,
or when Buff expires or is depleted
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.pngVaal Molten Shell inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 4
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Miscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemVaalMoltenShell

Vaal Molten Shell skill screenshot.jpg

Vaal Molten Shell is a vaal spell that creates a shell around the user that grants extra armour and absorbs incoming hits, absorbing more damage with increased armour. Each second or when expiring, the shell deals fire damage around it based on how much damage it has absorbed.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Duration: Skill duration modifiers will increase the duration of Vaal Molten Shell.
  • Critical Strike Chance: Vaal Molten Shell's chance to crit is decided when the user initially casts the spell. It uses the user's crit chance to determine if all Vaal Molten Shell procs will crit or not crit. This means that the spell will either crit for every proc of the duration or none of them, making a Diamond FlaskDiamond FlaskLasts 4.00 Seconds
    Consumes 20 of 40 Charges on use
    Your Critical Strike Chance is Lucky
    Requires Level 27Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
    the most effective flask to consume before casting the spell.
  • Molten Shell: Casting 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 3.00 Seconds
    (50-858) additional 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
    while Vaal Molten Shell is active will terminate the Vaal Molten Shell buff and replace it for the cast Molten Shell. This will happen both ways (when Vaal Molten Shell is cast while Molten Shell is active). This makes it unfavorable to use both skills in conjunction with one another.[2]

Strategy

Unlike its non-Vaal counterpart, Vaal Molten Shell will persist for the full duration, regardless of how many times an explosion is triggered. This unique property offers potentially vastly more utility than Molten Shell at the cost of less availability. Because of this, it is recommended that Vaal Molten Shell be saved for an occasion in which it will offer the greatest benefit, such as during an encounter with a unique monster or even a troublesome rare.

Due to the nature of Vaal Molten Shell, it has synergy with support gems that utilize the potentially frequent explosions, such as stun or life leech; however, the rather steep soul cost of Vaal Molten Shell gates the strength of the gem. In addition, while the armour offered during Vaal Molten Shell's duration is first-rate, it may cause conflicts with Cast when Damage Taken SupportCast when Damage Taken SupportSupport, Spell, Trigger
Icon: !
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 0.25 sec
Requires Level 38Each supported spell skill will track damage you take, and be triggered when the total damage taken reaches a threshold. Cannot support skills used by totems, traps, or mines. Vaal skills, channelling skills, and skills that reserve mana cannot be triggered.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Damage
Trigger Supported Spells when you take a total of (528-3272) Damage
Supported Skills deal (-70-6)% more Damage
This Gem can only Support Skill Gems requiring Level (38-70) or lower
You cannot Cast Supported Triggerable Spells directly
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.
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Items which deal damage to you will also trigger the explosion:

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.strengthArmourDamage ReflectionExp.Total Exp.
141660100%00
262071130%841841
392789180%3,0993,940
41233109250%7,43311,373
51641137330%22,89534,268
62050170420%49,72583,993
72458205530%95,714179,707
82867245650%169,595349,302
93275290780%283,759633,061
103683339920%453,9961,087,057
1140923931080%703,1281,790,185
12441004541250%1,061,2232,851,408
13481095201430%2,065,8704,917,278
14521175941620%2,507,1107,424,388
15551236541820%2,573,7319,998,119
16581307192040%7,611,35117,609,470
17611367882260%13,437,90831,047,378
18641428632500%25,052,14756,099,525
19671489432740%43,869,43699,968,961
207015510303000%242,081,178342,050,139
217215910903270%N/AN/A
2274N/A11543550%N/AN/A
2376N/A12213830%N/AN/A
2478N/A12914130%N/AN/A
2580N/A13654440%N/AN/A
2682N/A14414760%N/AN/A
2784N/A15225090%N/AN/A
2886N/A16065430%N/AN/A
2988N/A16945770%N/AN/A
3090N/A17866130%N/AN/A
3191N/A18346500%N/AN/A
3292N/A18836880%N/AN/A
3393N/A19327260%N/AN/A
3494N/A19837660%N/AN/A
3595N/A20368060%N/AN/A
3696N/A20898480%N/AN/A
3797N/A21448900%N/AN/A
3898N/A21999340%N/AN/A
3999N/A22569780%N/AN/A
40100N/A231510230%N/AN/A

Video demonstration

Version history

Version Changes
3.7.0
  • Now has a base duration of 9 seconds at all gem levels (from 5).
  • Now grants 60 additional armour at gem level 1 (from 17), up to 1030 at gem level 20 (from 943)
  • Now creates a buff that can take damage equal to 60% of your armour.
  • Now causes 80% of damage from hits to be taken from the buff before your life or energy shield.
  • Now reflects a portion of the damage taken from the buff as fire damage every second until the buff expires or is depleted.
  • 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 Vaal Soul generation cooldown of 14 seconds (from 7 seconds).
  • 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).
3.4.0
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 7 seconds (up from 5).
2.6.0
  • Changed the explosion effect. The new one has better performance.
2.4.0
  • Vaal Molten Shell now causes an explosion when it prevents any physical damage, rather than when it takes any hit.
2.3.2
  • When switching between regular and Vaal Molten Shell, the shield will now visually destroy and recreate itself.
  • Fixed a bug where Molten Shell buff effect bonuses did not apply to Vaal Molten Shell.
2.3.0
  • 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 adds to your armour, and can take 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 from the buff in that second. 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.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Skill Effect Duration
    (60-1030) additional Armour
    80% of Damage from Hits is taken from the Buff before your Life or Energy Shield
    Buff can take Damage equal to 60% of your Armour, up to a maximum of 30000
    Reflects (100-3000)% of Damage taken from Buff as Fire Damage each second,
    or when Buff expires or is depleted
    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
    's duration has been reduced from 10 seconds to 5 seconds at all gem levels. Its damage has been reduced at high levels. It does the same damage at gem level 1, up to half the damage it previously did at gem level 20.
2.2.0
  • Cast time reduced from 1 sec to 500 ms.
2.1.0
  • 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 3.00 Seconds
    (50-858) additional 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
    could be applied multiple times via Spell Echo.
1.1.0d
  • 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).
1.1.0b
  • Fixed a bug with damage feedback on 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 adds to your armour, and can take 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 from the buff in that second. 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.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Skill Effect Duration
    (60-1030) additional Armour
    80% of Damage from Hits is taken from the Buff before your Life or Energy Shield
    Buff can take Damage equal to 60% of your Armour, up to a maximum of 30000
    Reflects (100-3000)% of Damage taken from Buff as Fire Damage each second,
    or when Buff expires or is depleted
    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
    .
1.1.0
  • Introduced to the game.

References

  1. Mark_GGG (May 31, 2016). "New unique sword "Hiltless" Coming in prophecy.". Official Path of Exile Reddit. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  2. Mark_GGG (March 25, 2014). "Vaal Molten Sheel Overwritten By Molten Shell". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved January 6, 2016.