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Chilling Nova

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Chilling Nova

8 Recharge time
10 Recharge time
Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Reaper (trait list)
Training cost
10 Hero points
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Critical hits against chilled foes cause an explosion that chills adjacent foes.

 Damage.png Damage: 299 (1.125)?
 Damage.png Damage: 27 (0.1)?
 Chilled.png Chilled (10.5½s): -66% Skill Recharge Rate, -66% Movement Speed
 Chilled.png Chilled (2s): -66% Skill Recharge Rate, -66% Movement Speed
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
 Radius.png Radius: 180
 Critical Chance.png Cannot Critical Hit

— In-game description


  • The explosion hits the original target as well.
  • The damage dealt uses the unequipped (690.5) weapon strength in the damage calculation.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient from 0.6 to 0.1. Increased chill duration from 1.5 seconds to 2 seconds. Increased internal cooldown from 8 seconds to 10 seconds.
December 11, 2018
  • The damage of this trait has been increased by 25% in PvE, and it will no longer be able to critically hit foes in all game modes.
May 16, 2017
  • The damage of this trait has been reduced by 33% in PvP only.
April 19, 2016
  • The chill duration from this trait has been reduced from 2 seconds to 1.5 seconds.
January 26, 2016
  • Fixed an issue that prevented this trait from firing when jumping or underwater.
  • Reduced the recharge from 10 seconds to 8 seconds.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the nova to have a smaller than intended radius.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Chilling Nova has been added to the game.