Vaal Molten Shell is a vaal spell that creates a shell around the user that grants extra armour and absorbs incoming hits, absorbing more damage with increased armour. Each second or when expiring, the shell deals fire damage around it based on how much damage it has absorbed.
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Unlike its non-Vaal counterpart, Vaal Molten Shell will persist for the full duration, regardless of how many times an explosion is triggered. This unique property offers potentially vastly more utility than Molten Shell at the cost of less availability. Because of this, it is recommended that Vaal Molten Shell be saved for an occasion in which it will offer the greatest benefit, such as during an encounter with a unique monster or even a troublesome rare.
Due to the nature of Vaal Molten Shell, it has synergy with support gems that utilize the potentially frequent explosions, such as stun or life leech; however, the rather steep soul cost of Vaal Molten Shell gates the strength of the gem. In addition, while the armour offered during Vaal Molten Shell’s duration is first-rate, it may cause conflicts with Cast when Damage Taken Support.
Items which deal damage to you will also trigger the explosion:
Per 1% Quality: 1% increased Skill Effect Duration. A Gemcutter’s Prism (often abbreviated GCP) is a currency item that can be used to improve the quality of a gem. Each Gemcutter’s Prism will always raise the quality by 1%. The maximum quality is 20%.
The price of a level 1 Vaal Molten Shell is an Orb of Alchemy. This is the best recommended way to get it.
|Amount||Divination Card||Result||Drop Areas|
|9||Volatile Power||random corrupted superior Vaal gem (Q20)||The Mines Level 1 • The Mines Level 2 • The Crystal Veins • The Tunnel • The Quarry • Crystal Ore Map • Dig Map • Excavation Map • Flooded Mine Map • Geode Map|
|6||The Fox||random level 20 gem||The Western Forest (Act 2) • The Riverways (Act 6) • The Vaal City • The Crossroads (Act 7) • The Fellshrine Ruins (Act 7) • Barrows Map • Castle Ruins Map • Sunken City Map|
|13||The Cataclysm||random corrupted level 21 Spell gem||Strange Sinkhole • Concealed Cavity • Sunken Shingle • Clouded Ridge • Forgotten Oubliette • Remote Gulch • Cremated Archives • Narrow Ravine• Mystical Clearing • Covered-up Hollow • Hidden Patch • Entombed Alcove • Secret Laboratory • Secluded Copse • Forbidden Chamber • Quarantined Quarters • Inner Grounds • Sealed Corridors • Restricted Gallery • Disused Furnace • Blind Alley • Entombed Chamber • Sacred Chambers • Stagnant Canal • Walled-off Ducts • Neglected Cellar • Arcane Chambers • Forgotten Conduit • Ancient Catacomb • Haunted Mineshaft• Abandoned Dam • Desolate Track • Reclaimed Barracks • Sealed Basement • Secluded Canal • Forbidden Archives • Cremated Archives • Twisted Inquisitorium • Deathly Chambers • Restricted Collection • Side Chapel • Radiant Pools • Clouded Ledge • Flooded Complex • Forbidden Shrine • Sealed Repository • Evacuated Quarter • Concealed Caldarium • Moonlit Chambers • Shifting Sands • Forgotten Gulch • Desolate Isle • Dusty Bluff|
|3||Gemcutter’s Promise||random superior gem (Q20)||The Ebony Barracks • The Lunaris Concourse • Colonnade Map • Promenade Map|
It is possible to create a Vaal Molten Shell skill gem by using a Vaal Orb on a normal Molten Shell skill gem. You can buy a Molten Shell gem from one of the following vendors.
Vaal skill gems can be looted from corrupted areas, Gemcutter’s Strongboxes, and bosses of corrupted maps. The drop level of Vaal Molten Shell is 5.