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VortexSpell, AoE, Cold, Duration
Mana Cost: (11-21)
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 1.80 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.50%
Requires Level 28An icy blast explodes around the caster, dealing cold damage to enemies, and leaving behind a whirling vortex which deals cold damage over time and chills enemies caught in it. If the caster targets near their Frostbolt projectiles, it will explode from a number of those projectiles instead, destroying them.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (42-538) to (63-808) Cold Damage
Base duration is 3 seconds
Deals (116.1-1495.6) Base Cold Damage per second
Can explode from up to 5 Frostbolt Projectiles
20% less Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
(0-76)% increased Cooldown Recovery Speed
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.
128671142 to 63116.1N/A00
231731151 to 77142.64199,345199,345
334791263 to 94174.28285,815485,160
437851376 to 114211.812401,344886,504
540921492 to 138256.416554,3791,440,883
6429614105 to 157290.720477,4371,918,320
74410015118 to 178329.124583,7862,502,106
84610415134 to 201372.128710,3593,212,465
94810916151 to 227420.1321,355,5114,567,976
105011316171 to 256473.7361,138,8775,706,853
115211716192 to 288533.5401,368,2337,075,086
125412117216 to 324600.4441,638,3388,713,424
135612517243 to 364674.9481,956,64810,670,072
145813018273 to 409757.9523,655,18414,325,256
156013418306 to 459850.5563,017,32717,342,583
166213819343 to 515953.5607,759,99525,102,578
176414219385 to 5771068.26415,138,19340,240,771
186614620431 to 6461195.96826,083,82566,324,596
196815120482 to 7221337.87262,620,247128,944,843
207015521538 to 8081495.676211,708,088340,652,931
217215921602 to 902167180N/AN/A
2274N/A22672 to 10081865.884N/AN/A
2376N/A22750 to 11242082.288N/AN/A
2478N/A23836 to 12542322.392N/AN/A
2580N/A23932 to 13982588.996N/AN/A
2682N/A241038 to 15582884.6100N/AN/A
2784N/A241156 to 17353212.5104N/AN/A
2886N/A251287 to 19313576.1108N/AN/A
2988N/A251432 to 21493979.1112N/AN/A
3090N/A261593 to 23904425.6116N/AN/A
3191N/A261680 to 25204666.7120N/AN/A
3292N/A261771 to 26574920.4124N/AN/A
3393N/A261867 to 28015187.3128N/AN/A
3494N/A271969 to 29535468.2132N/AN/A
3595N/A272075 to 31125763.9136N/AN/A
3696N/A272187 to 32806074.9140N/AN/A
3797N/A272305 to 34576402.1144N/AN/A
3898N/A282429 to 36436746.4148N/AN/A
3999N/A282559 to 38397108.6152N/AN/A
40100N/A282696 to 40447489.6156N/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 ↓
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3
A Fixture of Fate
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
EnchantmentVortexCooldownRecovery166Vortex has 20% increased Cooldown Recovery Speed
EnchantmentVortexCooldownRecovery2_75Vortex has 30% increased Cooldown Recovery Speed
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
  • Now instant, with a 1.8 second cooldown.
  • Can now detonate from up to 5 Frostbolt projectiles at once.
  • Gains increased cooldown recovery speed as the gem levels up.
  • Deals 42 to 63 cold damage at gem level 1 (down from 50 to 75) and 538 to 808 cold damage at gem level 20 (up from 458 to 688).
  • Deals 116.1 base cold damage per second at gem level 1 (up from 41.6) and 1495.6 base cold damage per second at gem level 20 (up from 684.5)
  • No longer deals 40% more damage when cast on Frostbolt.
  • Now has 20% less Area of Effect when cast on Frostbolt.
  • 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.