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Wintertide Brand

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Wintertide BrandSpell, AoE, Cold, Duration, Brand
Mana Cost: (6-16)
Cast Time: 0.70 sec
Requires Level 12Creates a magical brand which can attach to a nearby enemy, dealing cold damage over time and chilling them. It periodically activates while attached, gaining stages that raise the damage. When removed, a short-duration debuff dealing the same damage over time and chill is applied to each nearby enemy. The brand keeps its charges while detached.Per 1% Quality:123+0.5% to Cold Damage over Time Multiplier0.5% increased Area of Effect2% increased Skill Effect Duration
2% reduced Cast Speed
Can be Attached for a total Duration of 2 seconds
Your Skills can have an additional Brand Attached to an Enemy
Can be Detached for a total Duration of 6 seconds
Deals (12.5-164.6) Base Cold Damage per second
Base Debuff Duration is 1 seconds
Activates every 0.25 seconds while Attached
Debuff deals 20% more Damage per Stage
Maximum 20 Stages
Can have an additional Brand Attached to an Enemy
Increases and Reductions to Cast Speed also apply to this Skill's Activation frequency
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.
Wintertide Brand skill icon.pngWintertide Brand inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 12
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Orb of Transmutation
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Miscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemWintertideBrand

Wintertide Brand is a spell that creates a brand at the target position. While attached, the brands deals cold damage over time to the attached target and chills them. When the enemies it attached to die or the attached duration end, it creates an area of effect that applies the total amount of DoT that it has dealt to the enemy it attached to to the surrounding enemies.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Cold DOT: The skill has two debuffs.
    • While a Wintertide Brand is attached to an enemy, it has the "Wintertide" debuff, which deals cold damage over time and chills. Multiple instances of this debuff stack when there are multiple brands attached to the enemy. This debuff has no duration.[1]
    • When a Wintertide Brand is removed, it removes its "Wintertide" debuff from the enemy it detached from, and applies "Wintertide's End" debuff to each enemy in range (may include the previously-branded enemy if that's still alive). It also deals cold damage over time (value copied from the removed "Wintertide" debuff) and chills. It lasts for a a base duration of 1 second. This debuff cannot stack, and only the strongest instance will apply at a time.
    • The "Wintertide" and "Wintertide's End" debuffs can both deal damage to an enemy at the same time (e.g. if an enemy is having a brand attached while receiving "Wintertide's End" from a removed brand).
  • Area: Wintertide Brand does not create any AoE ground dot, it just puts individual "Wintertide's End" debuffs on each enemy in the area when removed. Because of this, modifier to AoE damage will not affect the skill, and modifier to AoE will affect the area the brand can put its "Wintertide's End" debuff on.
  • Activation: While attached, the brand gains stages every time it activates, which increase its damage. The activation rate (and hence the stage-gaining rate) can be modified by modifier to brand activation frequency such as cast speed, or Swiftbrand SupportSwiftbrand SupportBrand, Support
    Icon: t
    Mana Multiplier: 110%
    Requires Level 31Supports skills which create brands.Per 1% Quality:123Supported Skills have 0.25% increased Activation frequencySupported Skills have -1% less Attached Duration
    Supported Skills have 1% less Detached Duration
    Supported Skills have 1% more Activation Frequency if 75% of Attached Duration expired
    Supported Skills have (45-64)% more Activation frequency
    Supported Skills have 65% less Attached Duration
    Supported Skills have 40% less Detached Duration
    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.
    or Brandsurge skill icon.pngBrandsurge.
    • By default, with a 0.25s activation frequency, a brand need to be attached for 5s minimum to reach the final stage of 20.
  • Stages: Stages are a property of the brand. Each brand has its own stages that only affect its debuffs. If multiple brands are attached to the same enemy, they don't share their stages in anyway.[2]
    • A brand can only have stages while its attached - when it becomes detached and is on the ground, it loses any stages it previously had, and when it attaches again it will start from 0.[3]
  • Hit: Wintertide Brand does not hit in anyway, so for example it cannot be supported by Hextouch SupportHextouch SupportTrigger, Support, Hex
    Icon: &
    Requires Level 38Must support both a skill that hits enemies, and a hex curse skill to work. The hex will be applied when enemies are hit by the other skill. Cannot support totems, traps, or mines. Minions cannot apply hexes this way.Per 1% Quality:1230.5% increased Effect of Supported CursesSupported Skills deal 1% increased Damage with Hits and Ailments per Curse on Enemy0.5% reduced Effect of Supported Curses
    Supported Skills have 2% increased Curse Duration
    Supported Skills apply supported Curses on Hit
    Supported Skills have (50-12)% reduced Curse Duration
    You cannot Cast Supported Curse Spells
    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.
    , it cannot trigger Elemental Equilibrium, and its damage cannot be reflected.
  • Chill: Wintertide Brand has built-in chill, and this chill is not prevented when the skill is supported by Elemental Focus SupportElemental Focus SupportSupport
    Icon: F
    Mana Multiplier: 130%
    Requires Level 18Supports any skill that hits or burns enemies, or inflicts elemental ailments.Per 1% Quality:123Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Elemental DamageSupported Skills have 0.5% increased Area of EffectSupported Skills have a 1% Chance to Avoid Interruption from Stuns While Using this SkillSupported Skills deal (30-49)% more Elemental Damage
    Supported Skills cannot inflict Elemental Ailments
    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.
    .
  • Duration: Modifiers to skill effect duration and brand's duration will affect the following properties of the skill: total attached duration, total detached duration, and "Wintertide's End" debuff duration.
    • In general, an increased attached duration will allow the brand to reach a higher stage (up to the max stage, in which case it allows the brand to stay in max stage longer). Since higher stage means higher DOT damage, scaling duration is an effective way to scale the skill's damage.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.intelligenceMana
Cost
Cold
DPS
Exp.Total Exp.
11233612.500
21539615.215,24915,249
31948719.341,51756,766
4235682481,983138,749
52764929.4147,968286,717
63173935.6250,557537,274
735811042.7405,086942,360
838881148.7447,7181,390,078
941941155.2615,3182,005,396
10441001262.5834,6392,840,035
11471061270.51,570,7604,410,795
12501131379.31,633,9876,044,782
135311913892,151,0308,195,812
14561251499.72,812,18911,008,001
155913214111.35,099,36016,107,361
166213815124.19,400,73125,508,092
176414215133.315,273,36640,781,458
186614616143.126,286,58267,068,040
196815116153.562,890,590129,958,630
207015516164.6212,046,017342,004,647
217215917176.3N/AN/A
2274N/A17188.8N/AN/A
2376N/A18202N/AN/A
2478N/A18216N/AN/A
2580N/A18230.9N/AN/A
2682N/A19246.7N/AN/A
2784N/A19263.4N/AN/A
2886N/A19281.2N/AN/A
2988N/A20300N/AN/A
3090N/A20319.9N/AN/A
3191N/A20330.3N/AN/A
3292N/A20341.1N/AN/A
3393N/A21352.1N/AN/A
3494N/A21363.4N/AN/A
3595N/A21375.1N/AN/A
3696N/A21387.1N/AN/A
3797N/A21399.5N/AN/A
3898N/A22412.2N/AN/A
3999N/A22425.4N/AN/A
40100N/A22438.9N/AN/A

Item acquisition
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Upgrade paths

This item can be acquired through the following upgrade paths or vendor recipes:

AmountIngredientGeneral
Notes
Type
6The FoxThe Fox6Level 20 Gem"Masters of wit, strength and cunning. To survive the harsh winters, you must be like the fox."
- Ezomyte Proverb
random level 20 gemAutomatic
13The CataclysmThe Cataclysm13Level 21 Spell Gem
Corrupted
The mighty warriors traded in blows, the nimble archers in arrows, yet it was the brazen thaumaturgists who would bring catastrophe to all.
random corrupted level 21 Spell gemAutomatic
3Gemcutter's PromiseGemcutter's Promise3Superior Gem
Quality: +20%
"I swore to use my position to help the people. What good is power when it just accumulates on the already-powerful?" - Erasmus, Imperial Gemcutter
random superior gem (Q20)Automatic

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment Wintertide Brand:

ItemLimitRadiusStats

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Wintertide Brand.

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.StatsSpawn Weighting
Enchantment Winter Brand Chill Efffect 166Wintertide Brand has 25% increased Chill Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Winter Brand Chill Efffect 275Wintertide Brand has 40% increased Chill Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Winter Brand Damage 166Wintertide Brand deals 25% increased Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Winter Brand Damage 275Wintertide Brand deals 40% increased Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Winter Brand Stages 166Wintertide Brand has +2 to maximum Stageshelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Winter Brand Stages 275Wintertide Brand has +4 to maximum Stageshelmet 100
default 0

Related unique items

The following unique items are related to Wintertide Brand:

ItemBase ItemLvl.Stats
Replica AllelopathyReplica Allelopathy
Sorcerer Gloves
Quality: +20%
Energy Shield: (103-112)
Requires Level 69, 97 IntGrants Level 22 Wintertide Brand
(20-30)% increased Damage over Time
(100-120)% increased Energy Shield
10% increased Area of Effect
Immune to Chill
Wintertide Brand has (20-30)% increased Chill Effect
"There seems to be some innate relationship between the forces of
chaos and cold. Perhaps we should consult an occultist."
Sorcerer Gloves69Grants Level 22 Wintertide Brand
(20-30)% increased Damage over Time
(100-120)% increased Energy Shield
10% increased Area of Effect
Immune to Chill
Wintertide Brand has (20-30)% increased Chill Effect

Version history

Version Changes
3.11.0
  • Wintertide Brand has been added to the game.

References