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Vaal Molten Shell

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Vaal Molten ShellVaal, Spell, AoE, Duration, Fire
Souls per use: 48 (N) / 72 (C) / 96 (M)
Can store 1 use(s)
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
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

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 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 Module Error: Item link: No results found for search parameter "diamond flask". the most effective flask to consume before casting the spell.
  • Molten Shell: Casting Molten ShellMolten ShellSpell, AoE, Duration, Fire
    Radius: 15
    Mana Cost: (8 to 28)
    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. 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

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Video demonstration

Version history

Version Changes
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: 48 (N) / 72 (C) / 96 (M)
    Can store 1 use(s)
    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
    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: (8 to 28)
    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. 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: 48 (N) / 72 (C) / 96 (M)
    Can store 1 use(s)
    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
    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.