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VortexSpell, AoE, Cold, Duration
Mana Cost: (11-21)
Cast Time: 0.90 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Requires Level 28An icy blast explodes around the caster, dealing cold damage to enemies, and leaving behind a whirling vortex that continues to deal cold damage over time and chill enemies caught in it. If the caster targets near one of their Frostbolt projectiles, it will explode from the projectile instead, destroying it.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (50-458) to (75-688) Cold Damage
Base duration is 3 seconds
Deals (41.6-684.5) Base Cold Damage per second
40% more Damage when Cast on Frostbolt
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vortex skill icon.pngVortex inventory icon.png
Level: 28
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Orb of Chance
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemFrostBoltNova

Vortex skill screenshot.jpg

Vortex is a cold spell that explodes dealing damage in area around the player and leaves a ground effect that chills (similar to chilling ground) and deals cold damage over time.[1]

Skill functions and interactions

  • The Vortex consists of two parts: explosion and a ground effect.
  • Stacking: If an enemy is standing over multiple vortex ground effects,only the one with the highest damage per second will cause damage at any given moment. This is consistent with other damage over time ground effects, such as caustic cloud and burning ground.
  • Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this skill's Damage Over Time Effect: Modifiers to spell damage only apply to the ground effect portion of the skill and do not affect other sources of damage over time which may be applied by the explosion, such as poison, the Decay Support, or ignite from The Three Dragons.

Gem level progression

Exp.Total Exp.
128671150 to 7541.600
231731160 to 9052199,345199,345
334791271 to 10764.5285,815485,160
437851385 to 12779.5401,344886,504
5409214100 to 15097.4554,3791,440,883
6429614112 to 168112.5477,4371,918,320
74410015124 to 187129.7583,7862,502,106
84610415138 to 208149710,3593,212,465
94810916154 to 231170.91,355,5114,567,976
105011316171 to 256195.51,138,8775,706,853
115211716189 to 284223.31,368,2337,075,086
125412117209 to 314254.51,638,3388,713,424
135612517232 to 347289.51,956,64810,670,072
145813018256 to 384328.93,655,18414,325,256
156013418283 to 424372.93,017,32717,342,583
166213819312 to 468422.27,759,99525,102,578
176414219344 to 516477.415,138,19340,240,771
186614620379 to 56853926,083,82566,324,596
196815120417 to 625607.862,620,247128,944,843
207015521458 to 688684.5211,708,088340,652,931
217215921504 to 756770N/AN/A
2274N/A22554 to 831865.2N/AN/A
2376N/A22608 to 912971.1N/AN/A
2478N/A23667 to 10011089N/AN/A
2580N/A23732 to 10981219.9N/AN/A
2682N/A24802 to 12041365.3N/AN/A
2784N/A24879 to 13191526.7N/AN/A
2886N/A25963 to 14451705.7N/AN/A
2988N/A251055 to 15821904.1N/AN/A
3090N/A261154 to 17312124N/AN/A
3191N/A261207 to 18112263.6N/AN/A
3292N/A261263 to 18942411.2N/AN/A
3393N/A261320 to 19812567.4N/AN/A
3494N/A271381 to 20712732.7N/AN/A
3595N/A271444 to 21652907.3N/AN/A
3696N/A271509 to 22643092N/AN/A
3797N/A271578 to 23673287.1N/AN/A
3898N/A281649 to 24743493.3N/AN/A
3999N/A281724 to 25863711.1N/AN/A
40100N/A281802 to 27023941.1N/AN/A

Item acquisition

Quest reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3

Vendor reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Vortex.

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.Stats
EnchantmentVortexAoEOnFrostbolt166Vortex has 30% increased Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt
EnchantmentVortexAoEOnFrostbolt275Vortex has 45% increased Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt
EnchantmentVortexDamage16625% increased Vortex Damage
EnchantmentVortexDamage27540% increased Vortex Damage
EnchantmentVortexDuration16620% increased Vortex Duration
EnchantmentVortexDuration27530% increased Vortex Duration
EnchantmentVortexRadius1668% increased Vortex Area of Effect
EnchantmentVortexRadius27512% increased Vortex Area of Effect


The list below shows microtransactions for Vortex.

Black Hole Vortex Effect
Black Hole Vortex EffectVortex Skin
Stack Size: 20
Your Vortex becomes a stationary black hole.
Your Vortex becomes a stationary black hole.

Version history

Version Changes
  • Introduced to the game.


  1. Mark_GGG (June 2, 2016). "I think an old and very over-looked unique might gonna get some use in the upcoming Prophecy league". Official Path of Exile Subreddit. Retrieved June 2, 2016.