Glacial Hammer

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Glacial Hammer
Active skill gem
  
Attribute(s)Strength
KeywordsCold, Attack, Melee
Required Level1
Mana Cost5
Per 1% Quality+1% increased Freeze Duration
+2% increased Chill Duration
Hits the enemy, converting some of your physical damage to cold damage. If the enemy is frozen and is on less than one third life, they will shatter when hit with Glacial Hammer. Requires a Mace or Staff.
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
Deals x% of Base Damage
25% Chance to Freeze enemies
35% increased Chill Duration on enemies
Screenshot of Glacial Hammer
"Where Infernal Blow burns hot, Glacial Hammer freezes to the bone. The spell infuses a Mace or Staff with the essence of pure ice, making a weapon so cold it can barely be handled. A successful hit from Glacial Hammer deals grievous damage, and if the target is already frozen and near death, it will shatter into thousands of shards. The more skilled one becomes at inscribing the runes for Glacial Hammer, the greater the frostbite becomes, eventually leaving most foes frozen solid."
— Description on the official Path of Exile website[1]

Glacial Hammer is an attack that hits the enemy, converting half of physical damage to cold damage. If the enemy is frozen and is on less than one third life, they will shatter when hit with Glacial Hammer. Requires a Mace or Staff.

Skill Functions and Interactions

  • Damage conversion: Like all converted damage, the cold damage component of Glacial Hammer's damage will be modified by Cold Damage, Elemental Damage and Physical Damage.
  • Dual Wielding: Dual Wielding attacks will alternate weapons unless one of the weapons is not a mace. In this case, the mace will be used for all attacks.
  • Unique Enemies: Unique enemies that are frozen will not shatter at one third of maximum life.

Gem level progression

Level Lvl. Str. Base
Damage
Exp. Total Exp.
1 1 0 140% 0 0
2 2 0 141.6% 70 70
3 4 16 143.2% 308 378
4 7 22 144.8% 1,554 1,932
5 11 31 146.4% 6,667 8,599
6 16 41 148% 26,047 34,646
7 20 50 149.6% 49,725 84,371
8 24 58 151.2% 95,714 180,085
9 28 67 152.8% 169,595 349,680
10 32 75 154.4% 283,759 633,439
11 36 83 156% 453,996 1,087,435
12 40 92 157.6% 703,128 1,790,563
13 44 100 159.2% 1,061,223 2,851,786
14 48 109 160.8% 2,065,870 4,917,656
15 52 117 162.4% 2,507,110 7,424,766
16 56 125 164% 5,798,936 13,223,702
17 60 134 165.6% 15,083,919 28,307,621
18 64 142 167.2% 27,792,735 56,100,356
19 67 148 168.8% 43,869,739 99,970,095
20 70 155 170.4% 242,081,556 342,051,651
21 72 159 172% N/A N/A
22 74 173.6% N/A N/A
23 76 175.2% N/A N/A
24 78 176.8% N/A N/A
25 80 178.4% N/A N/A
26 82 180% N/A N/A
27 84 181.6% N/A N/A
28 86 183.2% N/A N/A
29 88 184.8% N/A N/A
30 90 186.4% N/A N/A

Quest reward

This skill is not given as quest reward.

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
Nessa

Cost:
Scroll of WisdomScroll of WisdomStack Size: 40Identifies an itemRight click this item then left click an unidentified item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
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Threshold jewel

The following threshold jewels augment the skill gem:

NameBase ItemLimitRadiusModifiers
Shattered Chains
Crimson JewelN/AMedium
(5 to 15)% increased Cold Damage
With at least 50 Strength Allocated in Radius, 20% increased
Rarity of Items dropped by Enemies Shattered by Glacial Hammer

Version history

Version Changes
2.1.0
  • Attack skills that have their damage based on the wielded weapon have their mana costs fixed in place from level 1 onwards.
2.0.0
  • Base damage increased by 7.5% (130% of weapon damage to 140% of weapon damage).
  • Chance to freeze is now 25% across all levels.
1.3.0
1.2.0
  • Damage effectiveness increased from 125% to 130%.
0.10.2
  • Glacial Hammer's physical damage now increases by 4% per level rather than 3%.
0.9.12qq
  • Damage modifiers are now factored into Damage Effectiveness rather than being listed as separate stats.
0.9.3g
  • Fixed Glacial Hammer to scale in damage properly as it levels up.
0.9.3
  • The stats which convert damage from one type to another now calculate the damage in a way
    that takes into account your physical damage bonuses.
0.9.2
  • Glacial Hammer does more damage at higher levels than before.
0.9.1
  • Glacial Hammer now doesn't prevent item drops from slain monsters.
  • Increased damage of Glacial Hammer.

References

  1. Path of Exile. "Strength skills". Official Path of Exile website.