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Vaal Molten Shell

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Vaal Molten ShellVaal, Spell, AoE, Duration, Fire
Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 7.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 200%
Requires Level 4Summons fiery elemental shields providing additional armour for a short duration. Whenever you prevent any amount of physical damage from a hit, the shields cause a burst of flame, dealing fire damage to surrounding enemies.Per 1% Quality:
1% chance to Ignite enemies
Deals (9-696) to (14-1043) Fire Damage
(17-943) additional Armour
Base duration is 5 seconds
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 temporarily grants the player extra armour and causes them to deal a burst of fire damage for each physical hit they take.

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
    Radius: 15
    Mana Cost: (12-28)
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 200%
    Requires Level 4Summons fiery elemental shields providing additional armour for a short duration. If cumulative physical damage prevented by your blocking or armour reaches a threshold, the shields explode outwards, dealing fire damage to surrounding enemies.Per 1% Quality:
    1% chance to Ignite enemies
    Deals (14-1962) to (20-2943) Fire Damage
    Shields break after (26-1508) total Damage is prevented
    (17-943) additional Armour
    Base duration is 10 seconds
    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 casted Molten Shell. This will happen both ways (when Vaal Molten Shell is casted 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 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.
.

Items which deal damage to you will also trigger the explosion:

  • Scold's BridleScold's Bridle
    Mind Cage
    Quality: +20%
    Energy Shield: 82
    Requires Level 65, 138 Int(80-100)% increased Spell Damage
    15% reduced Cast Speed
    +(30-60) to maximum Mana
    Your Skills deal you 400% of Mana Spent as Physical Damage
    "The sharper the pain, the sharper the mind.
    A curious paradox."
    - Shavronne of Umbra
    when using any skill

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.strengthFire
Damage
ArmourExp.Total Exp.
14169 to 141700
262011 to 1720841841
392715 to 23263,0993,940
4123320 to 30337,43311,373
5164127 to 414422,89534,268
6205037 to 565849,72583,993
7245849 to 747595,714179,707
8286764 to 9697169,595349,302
9327583 to 124123283,759633,061
103683106 to 159156453,9961,087,057
114092135 to 202196703,1281,790,185
1244100170 to 2562451,061,2232,851,408
1348109214 to 3213042,065,8704,917,278
1452117267 to 4013762,507,1107,424,388
1555123315 to 4724402,573,7319,998,119
1658130370 to 5565157,611,35117,609,470
1761136435 to 65260013,437,90831,047,378
1864142509 to 76469825,052,14756,099,525
1967148596 to 89381243,869,43699,968,961
2070155696 to 1043943242,081,178342,050,139
2172159771 to 11561040N/AN/A
2274N/A854 to 12801148N/AN/A
2376N/A945 to 14171265N/AN/A
2478N/A1045 to 15681394N/AN/A
2580N/A1155 to 17331536N/AN/A
2682N/A1277 to 19151691N/AN/A
2784N/A1410 to 21151861N/AN/A
2886N/A1557 to 23352047N/AN/A
2988N/A1718 to 25772251N/AN/A
3090N/A1895 to 28432474N/AN/A
3191N/A1990 to 29852596N/AN/A
3292N/A2090 to 31352717N/AN/A
3393N/A2194 to 32912849N/AN/A
3494N/A2303 to 34552981N/AN/A
3595N/A2418 to 36273124N/AN/A
3696N/A2538 to 38073267N/AN/A
3797N/A2664 to 39953422N/AN/A
3898N/A2795 to 41933576N/AN/A
3999N/A2933 to 44003742N/AN/A
40100N/A3078 to 46173909N/AN/A

Video demonstration

Version history

Version Changes
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
    Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Soul Gain Prevention: 7.000 sec
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 200%
    Requires Level 4Summons fiery elemental shields providing additional armour for a short duration. Whenever you prevent any amount of physical damage from a hit, the shields cause a burst of flame, dealing fire damage to surrounding enemies.Per 1% Quality:
    1% chance to Ignite enemies
    Deals (9-696) to (14-1043) Fire Damage
    (17-943) additional Armour
    Base duration is 5 seconds
    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
    Radius: 15
    Mana Cost: (12-28)
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 1.00 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 200%
    Requires Level 4Summons fiery elemental shields providing additional armour for a short duration. If cumulative physical damage prevented by your blocking or armour reaches a threshold, the shields explode outwards, dealing fire damage to surrounding enemies.Per 1% Quality:
    1% chance to Ignite enemies
    Deals (14-1962) to (20-2943) Fire Damage
    Shields break after (26-1508) total Damage is prevented
    (17-943) additional Armour
    Base duration is 10 seconds
    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
    Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Soul Gain Prevention: 7.000 sec
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 200%
    Requires Level 4Summons fiery elemental shields providing additional armour for a short duration. Whenever you prevent any amount of physical damage from a hit, the shields cause a burst of flame, dealing fire damage to surrounding enemies.Per 1% Quality:
    1% chance to Ignite enemies
    Deals (9-696) to (14-1043) Fire Damage
    (17-943) additional Armour
    Base duration is 5 seconds
    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.