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Disambig icon.png This article is about the Tempest utility skill. For the bundle skill, see Flash Freeze. For the bounty effect, see Flash Freeze (effect). For the Prologue: Bound by Blood achievement, see A Race to Arms.



Elementalist icon small.png Elementalist (skill list)
Tempest icon small.png Tempest
Training cost
15 Hero points
Game link

29948, 29844
0.25¼ Activation time  
25 Recharge time
30 Recharge time

Shout. Unleash a torrent of ice on enemy locations, chilling those who cannot escape. Grant frost aura to allies in range.

Damage.png Damage: 186 (0.7)?
Damage.png Damage: 27 (0.1)?
Chilled.png Chilled (3s): -66% Skill Recharge Rate, -66% Movement Speed
Chilled.png Chilled (4s): -66% Skill Recharge Rate, -66% Movement Speed
Regeneration.png Regen (4s): 520 Heal
Frost Aura (effect).png Frost Aura (4s): -10% Incoming Damage
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Radius.png Radius: 600

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Fire Fire

Air Air

Earth Earth

Water Water

Arcane Arcane

Tempest Tempest


  • Has a short delay after the frost particles appear on the enemy.
Has a different tooltip in combat logs:
Chill and freeze enemies while granting frost aura to allies.
Damage.png Damage (2x): 186 (0.7)?
Chilled.png Chilled (2s): -66% Skill Recharge Rate, -66% Movement Speed
Duration.png Duration: 3 seconds
Radius.png Radius: 600

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • The tempest's shout skills have had their maximum targets reduced from 10 to 5.
October 26, 2021
  • Multiplicative damage reduction enhancements have been updated to display how much damage was reduced by rather than displaying how much the damage is multiplied by. For example, protection now displays "-33% Damage" instead of "67% damage." This is not a change to functionality; it is only a change to display the bonus in a more intuitively understandable way.
October 05, 2021
  • All effects that provide a percentage reduction to incoming damage have been standardized to stack multiplicatively.
December 01, 2020
  • Shout Skills: Increased the maximum number of targets from 5 to 10 in PvE only.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient from 0.7 to 0.1. Increased chill duration from 3 seconds to 4 seconds.
March 05, 2019
  • This skill now applies 4 seconds of regeneration to nearby allies in addition to its other effects.
October 02, 2018
  • The cooldown of this skill has been reduced from 30 seconds to 25 seconds in PvE only.
May 17, 2016
  • The cooldown of this skill has been increased from 25 seconds to 30 seconds.
April 20, 2016
  • Fixed a bug that allowed this skill to cleanse more than one condition when used with Rune of the Soldier.
December 01, 2015
  • Reduced the visual noise on the effects associated with this skill.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • "Flash-Freeze!" has been added to the game.