Frost Nova

Class: Sorceress
Required Level: 6
Skill Tree: Cold Spells
Cost: 9 Mana

Creates an expanding ring of ice and frost that damages and slows enemies.

Damage Type: Cold
Synergies: Blizzard, Frozen Orb, Ice Bolt

Frost Nova is a Sorceress Skill in Diablo II.


Like the Lightning Nova, this spell is effective against large groups of swarming melee attackers. Although less damaging than its electrical kin, the immobilizing effects of the cold can convey other advantages.

General InformationEdit

  • Gives synergy to:
Ice Bolt: +15% Cold damage per level
  • Receives synergy from:
Blizzard: +10% Cold damage per level
Frozen Orb: +10% Cold damage per level

A Cold version of the Nova spell, Frost Nova does less damage, but chills and slows surrounding enemies. Although Frost Nova is an excellent way of slowing down crowds and giving breathing room for the caster, damage dealt is very low, and it won't consistently kill past the early stages of Act I unless considerable amounts of skill points are put into it. The cold length is considerably long, even in Hell mode; when surrounded by large groups of swift enemies, Frost Nova can be cast to slow them down, after which a more powerful spell can then be used to finish off the immobilized foes.

Points spent in Blizzard and Frozen Orb synergize, or add damage to, Frost Nova; Frost Nova only synergizes with Ice Bolt. Frost Nova does 50% more damage than Ice Bolt with no points spent in synergies. Due to average synergy percentage and low number of synergies compared with Ice Bolt's high synergy % and 5 synergies, this relationship is reversed if both are fully synergized, Ice Bolt doing more than three times as much damage as Frost Nova. Due to its high base damage, the Blizzard spell does 14 times more damage than Frost Nova when both are fully synergized.

Cold Enchanted monsters release Cold Nova upon death.

Skill ProgressionEdit

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Mana Cost 910111213141516171819
Damage 2–4 4–6 6–9 8–11 10–14 12–16 14–19 16–21 19–25 22–28 25–32
Cold Length 8s 9s 10s s11s 12s 13s 14s 15s 16s 17s 18s
Level 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Mana Cost 202122232425262728
Damage 28–35 31–39 34–42 37–46 40–49 44–54 48–58 52–63 56–67
Cold Length 19s 20s 21s 22s 23s 24s 25s 26s 27s

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