Glacial Cascade

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Glacial CascadeSpell, AoE, Cold, Physical
Radius: 12
Mana Cost: (10-20)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 45%
Requires Level 28Icicles emerge from the ground in a series of small bursts, each damaging enemies caught in the area and knocking them back in the direction of the next burst.Per 1% Quality:1231% increased Damage0.5% increased Area of Effect1% reduced Area of Effect
Final Burst Deals 2% more Damage
Deals (21-207) to (32-311) Physical Damage
Causes 4 Bursts
100% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
Cannot Knockback Unique Enemies more than once per second
Final Burst Deals 200% more Damage
Final Burst has 100% more Area of Effect
Final Burst cannot Knockback
Knocks Enemies Back on Hit
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Glacial Cascade skill icon.pngGlacial Cascade inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 28
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Orb of Chance
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Miscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemGlacialCascade

Glacial Cascade skill screenshot.jpg


Glacial Cascade is a cold spell that launches a wave of icicles. Damage from this skill converts physical damage to cold damage.

Skill functions and interactions

Area of Effect: Glacial Cascade fires as a set of multiple area of effect circles in a line. Increasing the Area of Effect increases the size of each circle as well as the distance between the center of each circle; this also increases the effective range. Decreasing the area of effect will likewise decrease the effective range of the spell.

Multiple Hits: Each circle in the Glacial Cascade overlaps partially with adjacent circles, meaning that enemies standing in the spell can be hit by multiple area of effects in one cast (depending on the enemy's hitbox). Decreasing the Area of Effect makes it easier to hit a single enemy multiple times due to more tightly grouping circles. However, even at the maximum Area of Effect possible, an enemy will usually be hit twice in one cast except for the exception below.

Melee Range and Full Range: An enemy close enough to the caster may sometimes only be hit once because they are only under the area of effect of the closest circle. Likewise, an enemy at full range may sometimes also only be hit once because they are only under the area of effect of the furthest circle.

Note: Despite what the spell may look like, Glacial Cascade is not a projectile. Thus, effects that normally affect projectiles such as Lesser Multiple Projectiles SupportLesser Multiple Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
Icon: l
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 8Supports projectile skills.Per 1% Quality:123Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Attack Speed
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Cast Speed
Supported Skills have 1% reduced Mana Cost
Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Projectile Speed
Projectiles Fired by Supported Skills have 1% increased Projectile spread
Supported Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles
Supported Skills deal (15-6)% less Projectile Damage
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
do not have an effect on Glacial Cascade.

Can be used in left mouse button slot to cast and move.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.intelligenceMana
Cost
Physical
Damage
Exp.Total Exp.
128671021 to 3200
231731026 to 39199,345199,345
334791131 to 46285,815485,160
437851237 to 55401,344886,504
540921244 to 65554,3791,440,883
642961349 to 73477,4371,918,320
7441001454 to 82583,7862,502,106
8461041461 to 91710,3593,212,465
9481091568 to 1011,355,5114,567,976
10501131575 to 1131,138,8775,706,853
11521171684 to 1251,368,2337,075,086
12541211693 to 1391,638,3388,713,424
135612517103 to 1541,956,64810,670,072
145813017114 to 1713,655,18414,325,256
156013418126 to 1893,017,32717,342,583
166213818140 to 2097,759,99525,102,578
176414218154 to 23115,138,19340,240,771
186614619170 to 25626,083,82566,324,596
196815119188 to 28262,620,247128,944,843
207015520207 to 311211,708,088340,652,931
217215920229 to 343N/AN/A
2274N/A21252 to 378N/AN/A
2376N/A21277 to 416N/AN/A
2478N/A21305 to 458N/AN/A
2580N/A22336 to 504N/AN/A
2682N/A22369 to 554N/AN/A
2784N/A23405 to 608N/AN/A
2886N/A23445 to 668N/AN/A
2988N/A24489 to 733N/AN/A
3090N/A24537 to 805N/AN/A
3191N/A24562 to 843N/AN/A
3292N/A25589 to 883N/AN/A
3393N/A25616 to 924N/AN/A
3494N/A25645 to 968N/AN/A
3595N/A25676 to 1013N/AN/A
3696N/A25707 to 1061N/AN/A
3797N/A26740 to 1111N/AN/A
3898N/A26775 to 1163N/AN/A
3999N/A26811 to 1217N/AN/A
40100N/A26849 to 1273N/AN/A

Item acquisition
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Upgrade paths

This item can be acquired through the following upgrade paths or vendor recipes:

AmountIngredientGeneral
Notes
Type
6The FoxThe Fox6Level 20 Gem"Masters of wit, strength and cunning. To survive the harsh winters, you must be like the fox."
- Ezomyte Proverb
random level 20 gemAutomatic
13The CataclysmThe Cataclysm13Level 21 Spell Gem
Corrupted
The mighty warriors traded in blows, the nimble archers in arrows, yet it was the brazen thaumaturgists who would bring catastrophe to all.
random corrupted level 21 Spell gemAutomatic
3Gemcutter's PromiseGemcutter's Promise3Superior Gem
Quality: +20%
"I swore to use my position to help the people. What good is power when it just accumulates on the already-powerful?" - Erasmus, Imperial Gemcutter
random superior gem (Q20)Automatic

Quest reward

This item is given as a quest reward for the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3

Vendor reward

This item can be bought at the listed NPC vendors, after completing the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3
Clarissa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment Glacial Cascade:

ItemLimitRadiusStats

Related modifiers

The following mods are related to Glacial Cascade: No results found

Legacy mods

The following mods can only be find in legacy item in permanent leagues:

NameGeneration TypeFor generated item/monster modifiers the minimum item/monster level respectively. Some generation types may not require this condition to be met, however item level restrictions may be raised to 80% of this value.StatsSpawn Weighting
Enchantment Glacial Cascade Physical Damage Percent To Convert To Cold 1Enchantment6630% of Glacial Cascade Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damagedefault 0
Enchantment Glacial Cascade Physical Damage Percent To Convert To Cold 2Enchantment7540% of Glacial Cascade Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damagedefault 0

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Glacial Cascade.

NameFor generated item/monster modifiers the minimum item/monster level respectively. Some generation types may not require this condition to be met, however item level restrictions may be raised to 80% of this value.StatsSpawn Weighting
Enchantment Glacial Cascade Damage 16625% increased Glacial Cascade Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Glacial Cascade Damage 27540% increased Glacial Cascade Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Glacial Cascade Physical Damage Percent To Add As Cold 166Glacial Cascade gains 6% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Glacial Cascade Physical Damage Percent To Add As Cold 275Glacial Cascade gains 10% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Glacial Cascade Area Of Effect 16616% increased Glacial Cascade Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Glacial Cascade Area Of Effect 27524% increased Glacial Cascade Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0

Alternate skill effects

Glacial Cascade has the following alternate skill effects:

ItemEffect(s)
Arctic Glacial Cascade EffectArctic Glacial Cascade EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Glacial Cascade becomes an arctic effect.Your Glacial Cascade becomes an arctic effect.
Gore Glacial Cascade EffectGore Glacial Cascade EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Glacial Cascade becomes a surge of demonic teeth from below.Your Glacial Cascade becomes a surge of demonic teeth from below.

Version history

Version Changes
3.12.0
Glacial Cascade now rapidly creates a sequence of damaging areas, each of which knocks back enemies it hits. Modifiers to the skill's area of effect no longer affect the overall range of the skill. Instead, larger areas overlap with each other more. This can allow you to hit an enemy several times with a single cast much more reliably. The final part of the cascade now deals significantly more damage to enemies.
  • Now has a mana cost of 10 at gem level 1, up to 20 at gem level 20.
  • Now has a cast time of 0.6 seconds.
  • Now deals 21 to 32 physical damage at gem level 1, up to 207 to 311 physical damage at gem level 20.
  • Now converts 100% of physical damage to cold damage.
  • The final spike now deals 200% more damage.
  • Now knocks enemies back on hit.
  • (In pre-league announcement) We're replacing the Enchantment and disabling The Long WinterThe Long Winter
    Cobalt Jewel
    Limited to: 2
    Radius: Medium (1200)
    (10-15)% increased Cold Damage
    With 40 Intelligence in Radius, Glacial Cascade has an additional Burst
    With 40 Intelligence in Radius, 20% of Glacial Cascade Physical Damage
    Converted to Cold Damage
    In the years that followed the twisted sky,
    cold winds cloaked Wraeclast in snow.
    The pure-white blanket masked a black heart
    that lay dormant deep beneath the earth.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
    threshold jewel from dropping, to be re-introduced in a new form later.[1]
3.11.0
3.6.0
  • Mana Cost at gem level 1 is now 12 (was 13).
  • Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 23 (was 26).
  • Now has a cast time of 0.7 seconds (from 0.8).
  • Now deals 37 to 56 Physical damage at gem level 1 (from 48 to 72) and 354 to 531 Physical damage at gem level 20 (from 422 to 633).
3.2.0
  • Glacial Cascade's effect now fades out, rather than popping ou
3.0.0
  • Now deals entirely base physical damage, 60% of which is converted to cold.
  • Damage has been increased by approximately 33% at all levels.
  • Base radius reduced to 12 from 14.
  • Now gains +1 range every 10 gem levels.
2.6.0
  • Glacial Cascade's radius has increased from 10 to 14 units.
2.1.0
  • Damage has been increased by around 20% at all levels.
  • Radius has been increased by 25%.
2.0.0
  • Base cast speed reduced to 800ms from 850ms.
  • Added an additional sequence to the effect (increasing the total length).
  • Now grants 1% increased damage per 1% quality (was 0.5% per 1% quality).
  • Critical Strike Chance reduced from 6% to 5%.
1.3.1
  • (PvP) Glacial Cascade damage has been increased by 10%.
1.2.0
  • The area of effect of each ice section has been increased. This also increases the area of overlaps of sections.
  • Mana Cost reduced
1.1.2
  • Added a new Intelligence skill - Glacial Cascade: Icicles emerge from the ground in a series of small bursts, each damaging enemies caught in their area.

References

  1. Bex_GGG (September 11, 2020). "New and Reworked Classic Spells & Steel Skills in Path of Exile: Heist". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved September 23, 2020.