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Winter OrbCold, Spell, Channelling, AoE, Duration, Projectile, Orb
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (2-4) Mana
Cast Time: 0.25 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 50%
Requires Level 28Channel to conjure an orb above you, which pelts nearby enemies with projectiles that impact the ground and explode. Channelling for longer builds up stages on the skill. When you stop channelling, the stages decay over a duration.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal0.5% increased Cast Speed0.5% increased Area of Effect1% increased Skill Effect Duration2% increased Projectile SpeedBase duration is 1.6 seconds
Deals (30-232) to (37-291) Cold Damage
Maximum 10 Stages
Fires projectiles every 1.6 seconds
25% increased Duration per Stage
15% increased Projectile Frequency per Stage
100% more Projectile Frequency while Channelling
Increases and Reductions to Cast Speed also apply to Projectile Frequency
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Winter Orb skill icon.pngWinter Orb inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Area level: 28
Vendor Prices
Normal1x Orb of Chance
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Metadata
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemWinterOrb

Winter Orb is a channelling skill (a spell). Channeling the skill charges up an orb, which fires icy projectiles to deal cold damage enemies, which target the ground to deal area of effect damage.

Skill functions and interactions

While Winter Orb has the Projectile keyword, testing shows it appears to gain no benefit from the Fork SupportFork SupportSupport, Projectile
Icon: Y
Level: (1-20)
Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 31Supports projectile skills, making their projectiles fork into two projectiles the first time they hit an enemy and don't pierce it.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported Skills deal 0.5% increased Projectile DamageProjectiles from Supported Skills have 1% chance for an additional Projectile when ForkingProjectiles from Supported Skills Pierce an additional TargetSupported Skills deal (-10-9)% more Projectile Damage
Projectiles from Supported Skills Fork
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.
, Pierce SupportPierce SupportSupport, Projectile
Icon: p
Level: (1-20)
Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 130%
Supports projectile skills.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported Skills deal 0.5% increased Projectile DamageProjectiles from Supported Skills Pierce 0.1 additional TargetsProjectiles from Supported Skills that have Pierced deal 2% increased DamageProjectiles from Supported Skills Pierce (2-4) additional Targets
Supported Skills deal (0-19)% more Projectile Damage
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 Chain SupportChain SupportSupport, Chaining, Projectile
Icon: c
Level: (1-20)
Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 150%
Requires Level 38Supports projectile skills, and any other skills that chain.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3DivergentSupported Skills have 1% increased Projectile SpeedSupported Skills have 1% increased Chaining rangeProjectiles Fired by Supported Skills have 4% chance not to Pierce EnemiesSupported Skills Chain +2 times
Supported Skills deal (30-11)% less Damage with Hits
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.
gems, even though the Active Skills window shows them as compatible. Firing projectiles in a nova with Sire of ShardsSire of Shards
Serpentine Staff
Warstaff
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: 67.2-140.4
Critical Strike Chance: 6.30%
Attacks per Second: 1.25
Weapon Range: 13
Requires Level 49, 85 Str, 85 Int+20% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a StaffSocketed Gems fire 4 additional Projectiles
Socketed Gems fire Projectiles in a circle
+(15-20) to all Attributes
+(5-7)% to all Elemental Resistances
(60-100)% increased Projectile Damage
20% increased Light Radius
That which was broken may yet break.
causes multiple projects to launch spread out as expected but land not exactly the same distance away from the caster.

Math

Projectile hit rate

Base projectile rate at stage 1 with no cast speed is .625 per second.

The first stage does not gain projectile frequency. Therefore 10 stages gives (9 X 15) = 135% increased projectile frequency. The plus 2 maximum stages helmet enchantment adds 30% projectile frequency.

All cast speed modifiers are additive with the increased projectile frequency. Therefore a 10 stage winter orb with 100% cast speed has (135 + 100) = 235% total increase projectile frequency.

100% more projectile frequency will double your projectile fire rate while channeling.

Example: 10 stages, 100% cast speed. Currently being channeled.

  • (.625 x 3.35) = 2.1 (2.1 x 2) = 4.2 per second.


Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired IntelligenceMana
Cost
Cold DamageExp.Total Exp.
12867230 to 3700
23173235 to 44199345199345
33479241 to 52285815485160
43785349 to 61401344886504
54092357 to 715543791440883
64296363 to 784774371918320
744100369 to 875837862502106
846104377 to 967103593212465
948109385 to 10613555114567976
1050113393 to 11611388775706853
11521173102 to 12813682337075086
12541213113 to 14116383388713424
13561253124 to 155195664810670072
14581304136 to 170365518414325256
15601344149 to 186301732717342583
16621384163 to 203775999525102578
17641424178 to 2231513819340240771
18661464195 to 2432608382566324596
19681514213 to 26662620247128944843
20701554232 to 291211708088340652931
21721594254 to 317N/AN/A
2274N/A4277 to 346N/AN/A
2376N/A4302 to 377N/AN/A
2478N/A4329 to 411N/AN/A
2580N/A5358 to 447N/AN/A
2682N/A5389 to 487N/AN/A
2784N/A5423 to 529N/AN/A
2886N/A5460 to 576N/AN/A
2988N/A5500 to 626N/AN/A
3090N/A5544 to 680N/AN/A
3191N/A5567 to 708N/AN/A
3292N/A5590 to 738N/AN/A
3393N/A5615 to 769N/AN/A
3494N/A5641 to 801N/AN/A
3595N/A5668 to 835N/AN/A
3696N/A5695 to 869N/AN/A
3797N/A5724 to 905N/AN/A
3898N/A5754 to 943N/AN/A
3999N/A5786 to 982N/AN/A
40100N/A5818 to 1023N/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
8Dying AnguishDying Anguish8Level 19 Gem
Alternative Quality: +19%
Moribund, he gazed upon the journey taken as blood trickled down his chin. His eye closed on the city ahead that he would never call home.
random level 19 gem with 19% alternative qualityAutomatic
1Gemcutter's IncubatorGemcutter's IncubatorAdds an incubated Quality Gem item to an equippable item
Item drops after killing # monsters
Quality GemRight click this item then left click an item to apply it. The Incubated item drops after killing a specific number of monsters.
random superior gemAutomatic
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 with 20% qualityAutomatic
1The VoidThe Void1Reach into the Void and claim your prize.random divination card set exchangeAutomatic

Quest reward

This item is given as a 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
Siosa
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3
Clarissa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment Winter Orb:

ItemLimitRadiusStats

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Winter Orb.

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 Frost Fury Additional Max Number Of Stages 175Winter Orb has +2 Maximum Stageshelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Frost Fury Area Of Effect Per Stage 166Winter Orb has 2% increased Area of Effect per Stagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Frost Fury Area Of Effect Per Stage 275Winter Orb has 3% increased Area of Effect per Stagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Winter Orb Damage 166Winter Orb deals 25% increased Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Winter Orb Damage 275Winter Orb deals 40% increased Damagehelmet 100
default 0

Alternate skill effects

Winter Orb has the following alternate skill effects:

ItemEffect(s)
Celestial Winter Orb EffectCelestial Winter Orb EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Winter Orb becomes a celestial effect.Your Winter Orb becomes a celestial effect.

Version history

Version Changes
3.13.0
  • Now has a base duration of 1.6 seconds (from 1.2).
  • Got Orb tag.
3.12.0
  • Now has alternative gem quality.
3.7.0
  • Deals 30 to 37 cold damage at gem level 1 (from 25 to 31), up to 232 to 291 at gem level 20 (from 232 to 289).
  • Base duration is now 1.2 seconds (from 0 base duration, building solely on stages).
  • Now states that increases and reductions to cast speed now also apply to projectile frequency (actual behaviour is unchanged).
  • Now has a 20% reduced target acquisition range.
  • Now fires projectiles every 1.6 seconds (from every 0.8 seconds)
  • Now gains 25% increased duration per stage (from +0.4 seconds to base duration per stage).
  • Now has 100% more projectile frequency while channelling.
3.6.0
  • Now deals 25 to 31 Cold damage at gem level 1 (from 23 to 28) and 232 to 289 Cold damage at gem level 20 (from 258 to 322).
  • Now has an added damage effectiveness of 50% (from 60%).
3.5.0
  • Winter Orb has been added to the game.

References