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Ice Nova

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Ice NovaSpell, AoE, Cold
Radius: 30
Mana Cost: (10 to 31)
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 70%
Requires Level 12A chilling circle of ice expands from the caster. 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 (15-486) to (21-715) Cold Damage
40% more Damage when Cast on Frostbolt
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

Ice Nova skill screenshot.jpg

Reaching deep within, the caster of the mighty Ice Nova assaults surrounding enemies with a shivering blast of pure rime. The shock wave from this nova is often enough to slay outright, and those who survive the blast will be frozen, their very blood chilled solid. With precise use, a master weaver of frost can annihilate his enemies without suffering a scratch.

Description on the official Path of Exile website [1]

Ice Nova is a spell that casts an expanding circle of cold damage.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Area Damage: Ice Nova hits every enemy in its Area of Effect as long as it is not blocked by terrain obstacles.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.intelligenceMana
Cost
Cold
Damage
Exp.Total Exp.
112331015 to 2100
215391119 to 2715,24915,249
319481325 to 3741,51756,766
423561433 to 4981,983138,749
527641644 to 64147,968286,717
631731756 to 83250,557537,274
735811972 to 106405,086942,360
838882086 to 127447,7181,390,078
9419421103 to 151615,3182,005,396
104410022122 to 179834,6392,840,035
114710623144 to 2121,570,7604,410,795
125011324170 to 2501,633,9876,044,782
135311925200 to 2942,151,0308,195,812
145612526235 to 3462,812,18911,008,001
155913227276 to 4055,099,36016,107,361
166213828323 to 4749,400,73125,508,092
176414229358 to 52615,273,36640,781,458
186614630397 to 58326,286,58267,068,040
196815130439 to 64662,890,590129,958,630
207015531486 to 715212,046,017342,004,647
217215932538 to 791N/AN/A
2274N/A33595 to 875N/AN/A
2376N/A34657 to 966N/AN/A
2478N/A34726 to 1067N/AN/A
2580N/A34801 to 1178N/AN/A
2682N/A34884 to 1300N/AN/A
2784N/A35975 to 1433N/AN/A
2886N/A351074 to 1580N/AN/A
2988N/A351183 to 1740N/AN/A
3090N/A351303 to 1917N/AN/A

Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1
no
yes
yes
yes
no
no
yes

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1
Nessa
no
yes
yes
yes
no
no
yes
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
yes
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth
yes

Alternate skill effects

Name Cost Description
Arctic Ice Nova Effect
Arctic Ice Nova EffectIce Nova Skin
Stack Size: 20
Your Ice Nova becomes a swirling ring of arctic wind.Right click this item then left click an Ice Nova Skill Gem to apply it.
Shop Item Coin.png55 Replaces the standard effect on an Ice NovaIce NovaSpell, AoE, Cold
Radius: 30
Mana Cost: (10 to 31)
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 70%
Requires Level 12A chilling circle of ice expands from the caster. 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 (15-486) to (21-715) Cold Damage
40% more Damage when Cast on Frostbolt
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
skill gem with a swirling ring of arctic wind.

Shop Item Video Icon.png Preview
Water Nova Effect
Water Nova EffectIce Nova Skin
Stack Size: 20
Your Ice Nova becomes a rippling burst of cold waterRight click this item then left click an Ice Nova Skill Gem to apply it.
Shop Item Coin.png10 Replaces the standard ice effect on an Ice NovaIce NovaSpell, AoE, Cold
Radius: 30
Mana Cost: (10 to 31)
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 70%
Requires Level 12A chilling circle of ice expands from the caster. 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 (15-486) to (21-715) Cold Damage
40% more Damage when Cast on Frostbolt
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
gem with a fluid, watery blast.

Shop Item Video Icon.png Preview

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Ice Nova:

Name For 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. Effect(s)
EnchantmentIceNovaDamage16625% increased Ice Nova Damage
EnchantmentIceNovaDamage27540% increased Ice Nova Damage
EnchantmentIceNovaFreezeChance166Ice Nova has +20% chance to Freeze
EnchantmentIceNovaFreezeChance275Ice Nova has +30% chance to Freeze
EnchantmentIceNovaRadius1668% increased Ice Nova Area of Effect
EnchantmentIceNovaRadius27512% increased Ice Nova Area of Effect

Version history

Version Changes
2.6.0
  • Ice NovaIce NovaSpell, AoE, Cold
    Radius: 30
    Mana Cost: (10 to 31)
    Cast Time: 0.80 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 70%
    Requires Level 12A chilling circle of ice expands from the caster. 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 (15-486) to (21-715) Cold Damage
    40% more Damage when Cast on Frostbolt
    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
    Radius: 30
    Mana Cost: (10 to 31)
    Cast Time: 0.80 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 70%
    Requires Level 12A chilling circle of ice expands from the caster. 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 (15-486) to (21-715) Cold Damage
    40% more Damage when Cast on Frostbolt
    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
    Souls per use: 24 (N) / 36 (C) / 48 (M)
    Can store 1 use(s)
    Cast Time: 0.80 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 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

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