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Ice NovaSpell, AoE, Cold, Nova
Radius: 30
Mana Cost: (8-23)
Cast Time: 0.70 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 120%
Requires Level 12A chilling circle of ice expands from the caster. If the caster targets near their Frostbolt projectiles, it will expand from a number of those projectiles instead. If this skill would repeat when cast this way, it will instead expand again from the same projectiles after a short delay.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Area of Effect
Deals (18-518) to (26-762) Cold Damage
Can expand from up to 2 Frostbolt Projectiles
Adds (3-79) to (4-116) Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies
20% less Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt
+(0-4) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Ice Nova skill icon.pngIce Nova inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 12
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Orb of Transmutation
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Miscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemIceNova

Ice Nova skill screenshot.jpg

Ice Nova is a spell that deals cold damage in an area around the caster. If the player has any active FrostboltFrostboltSpell, Projectile, Cold
Mana Cost: (6-25)
Cast Time: 0.75 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 160%
Projectile Speed: 375
Fires a slow-moving projectile that pierces through enemies, dealing cold damage.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Cold Damage
Deals (9-972) to (13-1458) Cold Damage
Projectiles Pierce all Targets
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Frostbolt skill icon.png
projectiles, Ice Nova will be cast around those projectiles instead.

Skill functions and interactions

  • FrostboltFrostboltSpell, Projectile, Cold
    Mana Cost: (6-25)
    Cast Time: 0.75 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 160%
    Projectile Speed: 375
    Fires a slow-moving projectile that pierces through enemies, dealing cold damage.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Cold Damage
    Deals (9-972) to (13-1458) Cold Damage
    Projectiles Pierce all Targets
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Frostbolt skill icon.png
    : The player may cast Frostbolt and subsequently cast Ice Nova from the Frostbolt projectiles. If Ice Nova is cast this way, it will have 20% less area of effect and it may cast on up to 2 Frostbolt projectiles. If Ice Nova would normally repeat (ie. if it was supported by Spell Echo SupportSpell Echo SupportSpell, Support
    Icon: k
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 38Supports spell skills, making them repeat when cast. Cannot support Vaal skills, totem skills, channelling skills, triggered skills, instant skills, or skills which reserve mana.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Spell Damage
    Supported Skills Repeat an additional time
    Supported Skills have (51-70)% more Cast Speed
    Supported Skills deal 10% less 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.
    and/or Greater Spell Echo Support) and is cast on Frostbolt projectiles, it will expand again from those projectiles after a short delay. This does not cause the player to repeat the casting animation.
  • FrostboltFrostboltSpell, Projectile, Cold
    Mana Cost: (6-25)
    Cast Time: 0.75 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 160%
    Projectile Speed: 375
    Fires a slow-moving projectile that pierces through enemies, dealing cold damage.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Cold Damage
    Deals (9-972) to (13-1458) Cold Damage
    Projectiles Pierce all Targets
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Frostbolt skill icon.png
    and triggers
    : If the player has any active Frostbolt projectiles and Ice Nova is triggered by an effect (such as Cast On Critical Strike SupportCast On Critical Strike SupportSupport, Spell, Trigger
    Icon: &
    Requires Level 38Must support both an attack skill and a spell skill to work. The attack skill will trigger a spell when it critically strikes an enemy. Cannot support totems, traps, or mines. Vaal skills, channelling skills, and skills that reserve mana cannot be triggered.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 1% increased Attack Critical Strike Chance
    Supported Skills have 1% increased Spell Critical Strike Chance
    Supported Attacks will Trigger a Supported Spell when you Crit an Enemy
    Supported Skills deal (20-39)% more Spell Damage
    You cannot Cast Supported Triggerable Spells directly
    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.
    ), Ice Nova will automatically be cast on the Frostbolt projectiles.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.intelligenceMana
Cost
Cold
Damage
Cold Damage
against Chilled
RadiusExp.Total Exp.
11233818 to 263 to 4N/A00
21539923 to 333 to 5N/A15,24915,249
319481030 to 445 to 7N/A41,51756,766
423561140 to 586 to 9N/A81,983138,749
527641251 to 758 to 11+1147,968286,717
631731366 to 9710 to 15+1250,557537,274
735811483 to 12213 to 19+1405,086942,360
838881599 to 14515 to 22+1447,7181,390,078
9419416117 to 17218 to 26+2615,3182,005,396
104410016138 to 20321 to 31+2834,6392,840,035
114710617162 to 23825 to 36+21,570,7604,410,795
125011318190 to 27929 to 42+21,633,9876,044,782
135311919222 to 32634 to 50+32,151,0308,195,812
145612519259 to 38140 to 58+32,812,18911,008,001
155913220301 to 44346 to 67+35,099,36016,107,361
166213821350 to 51554 to 78+39,400,73125,508,092
176414221387 to 56859 to 86+415,273,36640,781,458
186614622426 to 62765 to 95+426,286,58267,068,040
196815122470 to 69172 to 105+462,890,590129,958,630
207015523518 to 76279 to 116+4212,046,017342,004,647
217215924570 to 83987 to 127+5N/AN/A
2274N/A24628 to 92396 to 140+5N/AN/A
2376N/A25690 to 1015106 to 154+5N/AN/A
2478N/A25759 to 1116116 to 170+5N/AN/A
2580N/A26833 to 1226127 to 186+6N/AN/A
2682N/A26915 to 1346140 to 205+6N/AN/A
2784N/A271004 to 1477154 to 225+6N/AN/A
2886N/A271102 to 1620169 to 246+6N/AN/A
2988N/A281208 to 1777185 to 270+7N/AN/A
3090N/A281324 to 1947203 to 296+7N/AN/A
3191N/A281386 to 2039212 to 310+7N/AN/A
3292N/A291451 to 2134222 to 324+7N/AN/A
3393N/A291519 to 2233232 to 339+7N/AN/A
3494N/A291589 to 2337243 to 355+7N/AN/A
3595N/A291663 to 2445254 to 372+8N/AN/A
3696N/A301740 to 2559266 to 389+8N/AN/A
3797N/A301820 to 2677278 to 407+8N/AN/A
3898N/A301904 to 2800291 to 426+8N/AN/A
3999N/A301992 to 2929305 to 445+8N/AN/A
40100N/A312083 to 3064319 to 466+8N/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 quest reward for the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1

Vendor reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1
Nessa
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Ice Nova.

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 Ice Nova Damage 16625% increased Ice Nova Damagehelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Ice Nova Damage 27540% increased Ice Nova Damagehelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Ice Nova Freeze Chance 166Ice Nova has +20% chance to Freezehelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Ice Nova Freeze Chance 275Ice Nova has +30% chance to Freezehelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Ice Nova Minimum Chill 166Chills from Ice Nova Hits always reduce Action Speed by at least 6%helmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Ice Nova Minimum Chill 275Chills from Ice Nova Hits always reduce Action Speed by at least 8%helmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Ice Nova Area Of Effect 16616% increased Ice Nova Area of Effecthelmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Ice Nova Area Of Effect 27524% increased Ice Nova Area of Effecthelmet 75
default 0

Microtransactions

The list below shows microtransactions for Ice Nova.

ItemEffect(s)
Arctic Ice Nova EffectArctic Ice Nova EffectIce Nova Skin
Stack Size: 20
Your Ice Nova becomes a swirling ring of arctic wind.
Your Ice Nova becomes a swirling ring of arctic wind.
Water Nova EffectWater Nova EffectIce Nova Skin
Stack Size: 20
Your Ice Nova becomes a rippling burst of cold water
Your Ice Nova becomes a rippling burst of cold water

Version history

Version Changes
3.6.0
  • Mana Cost at gem level 1 is now 8 (was 10).
  • Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 23 (was 31).
  • Now has a cast time of 0.7 seconds (from 0.8).
  • Now deals 18 to 26 Cold damage at gem level 1 (from 19 to 28) and 518 to 762 Cold damage at gem level 20 (from 632 to 930).
  • Now adds 3 to 4 Cold damage against Chilled enemies at gem level 1 (unchanged) and 79 to 116 Cold damage against Chilled enemies at gem level 20 (from 97 to 141).
  • Now has an added damage effectiveness of 120% (from 130%).
3.5.0
  • Deals 19 to 28 cold damage at gem level 1 (up from 15 to 21) and 632 to 930 cold damage at gem level 20 (up from 486 to 715).
  • Can now expand from up to 2 Frostbolt projectiles at once.
  • No longer deals 40% more damage when cast on Frostbolt.
  • Now has 20% less Area of Effect when cast on Frostbolt.
  • Now has a smaller radius at gem level 1, gaining up to +4 to radius at gem level 20.
  • Added physics interactions.
3.4.0
  • Updated the visuals for Ice Nova.
3.0.0
  • Ice Nova now deals 40% more damage when cast on a Frostbolt.
2.6.0
  • Ice NovaIce NovaSpell, AoE, Cold, Nova
    Radius: 30
    Mana Cost: (8-23)
    Cast Time: 0.70 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 120%
    Requires Level 12A chilling circle of ice expands from the caster. If the caster targets near their Frostbolt projectiles, it will expand from a number of those projectiles instead. If this skill would repeat when cast this way, it will instead expand again from the same projectiles after a short delay.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Deals (18-518) to (26-762) Cold Damage
    Can expand from up to 2 Frostbolt Projectiles
    Adds (3-79) to (4-116) Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies
    20% less Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt
    +(0-4) to radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Ice Nova skill icon.png
    damage has been increased by 3% at level 1, scaling up to 24% increased damage by level 20.
2.3.0
  • The cast time for Ice NovaIce NovaSpell, AoE, Cold, Nova
    Radius: 30
    Mana Cost: (8-23)
    Cast Time: 0.70 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 120%
    Requires Level 12A chilling circle of ice expands from the caster. If the caster targets near their Frostbolt projectiles, it will expand from a number of those projectiles instead. If this skill would repeat when cast this way, it will instead expand again from the same projectiles after a short delay.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Deals (18-518) to (26-762) Cold Damage
    Can expand from up to 2 Frostbolt Projectiles
    Adds (3-79) to (4-116) Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies
    20% less Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt
    +(0-4) to radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Ice Nova skill icon.png
    and Vaal Ice NovaVaal Ice NovaVaal, Spell, AoE, Cold, Nova
    Souls Per Use: 25 (N) /
    Can Store 1 Use(s)
    Soul Gain Prevention: 4.000 sec
    Cast Time: 0.80 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 70%
    Requires Level 12A chilling circle of ice expands from the caster, repeating from every enemy it hits. If the caster targets near one of their Frostbolt projectiles, it will expand from the projectile instead.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Deals (11-274) to (17-428) Cold Damage
    Causes smaller novas up to 5 times on enemies hit
    20% reduced Area of Effect each repeat
    Corrupted
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Vaal Ice Nova skill icon.png
    have been reduced from 900ms to 800ms.
2.1.0
  • Damage has been increased by 20% at level one, improving to a 35% increase in damage by level 20.
2.0.0
  • Damage increased by up to 36% at high levels.
  • Base cast time reduced to 900ms (from 935ms).
  • Now grants 0.5% increased area of effect radius per 1% of quality (was 1% per 1% quality).
  • Critical Strike Chance has been increased from 5% to 6%.
1.2.0
  • We have increased the high-level damage of this skill (up to 15% by level 20).
1.1.0
  • Fixed a bug where the the Ice Nova graphical effect wouldn't scale correctly.
1.0.1
  • Damage at high levels has been increased (around 10% more damage at level 15).
0.10.0
  • Now doesn't hide monster health bars while being cast.
0.9.10
  • Fixed a bug with the damage dealt while in Trap form.
0.9.6
  • Increased the damage.
0.9.2
  • Increased the damage.
0.7.1
  • Slightly increased Ice Nova mana cost and increased its damage. Corrected its range
0.6.12
  • Ice nova no longer damages monsters through walls
0.6.9
  • Further nerfed ice nova, another 10% less damage
0.6.8
  • Nerfed ice nova (-40% damage, costs more mana)
0.6.0
  • Ice Nova now ripples damage correctly

References