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Ice Spear

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Ice SpearProjectile, Spell, Cold
Mana Cost: (9 to 27)
Cast Time: 0.85 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 7.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 80%
Projectile Speed: 1000
Requires Level 12Launches a shard of ice that pierces close enemies, before exploding on a distant enemy with a much higher critical strike chance.Per 1% Quality:
2% increased Projectile Speed
Deals (17-548) to (26-822) Cold Damage
(40-78)% increased Chill Duration on enemies
Second form has 600% increased Critical Strike Chance
(10-29)% increased Effect of Chill
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Ice Spear skill icon.pngIce Spear inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 12
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Orb of Transmutation
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment

Ice Spear skill screenshot.jpg

Harnessing the freezing might of the far North, the caster conjures a lance of razor sharp ice crystal, and launches it at a target. The Ice Spear pierces armor and flesh alike, rocketing towards an enemy and exploding in a blast of deadly rime. The blast will freeze the blood of its target, locking them in place for a substantial duration. Enemies pierced by the spear take significant damage, but will avoid the paralysis of the main explosion.

Description on the official Path of Exile website [1]

Ice Spear is a cold spell that fires a shard of ice that pierces close enemies and explodes on a distant enemy, with increased critical strike chance.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Increased Chill Duration: Chill effects caused by either form will last longer than they normally would for the given damage value.
  • Multiple Stages: This spell has two forms. The first form has 100% natural piercing. Once the projectile reaches a preset distance from the caster, it will instantly change to its second form. The second form will not pierce enemies without modification, but has a 600% increased chance to critical strike. With a base critical strike chance of 7%, the second form will have 49% chance to critically strike, before other modifiers. Ice Spear will do full spell damage to monsters hit in either form.
  • Projectile Speed: x% increased Projectile Speed will not affect the distance at which the spell changes to its second form, but will increase Ice Spear's travel speed.
  • Piercing: The first form naturally pierces all targets, but additional targets pierce allows the second form to pierce targets aswell.
  • Fork and Chain: In the first form Ice Spear doesn't fork or chain but in the second form it does and stays at the second form after it.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.intelligenceMana
Cost
Cold
Damage
increased
Chill
Duration
Exp.Total Exp.
11233917 to 2640%00
215391021 to 3142%15,24915,249
319481128 to 4244%41,51756,766
423561236 to 5346%81,983138,749
527641347 to 7048%147,968286,717
631731461 to 9150%250,557537,274
735811678 to 11752%405,086942,360
838881694 to 14054%447,7181,390,078
9419417112 to 16856%615,3182,005,396
104410018133 to 20058%834,6392,840,035
114710619158 to 23760%1,570,7604,410,795
125011320187 to 28162%1,633,9876,044,782
135311921221 to 33264%2,151,0308,195,812
145612522261 to 39166%2,812,18911,008,001
155913223307 to 46068%5,099,36016,107,361
166213824360 to 54070%9,400,73125,508,092
176414224400 to 60072%15,273,36640,781,458
186614625445 to 66774%26,286,58267,068,040
196815126494 to 74176%62,890,590129,958,630
207015527548 to 82278%212,046,017342,004,647
217215928607 to 91180%N/AN/A
2274N/A29673 to 100982%N/AN/A
2376N/A29745 to 111884%N/AN/A
2478N/A30825 to 123786%N/AN/A
2580N/A30912 to 136988%N/AN/A
2682N/A311009 to 151390%N/AN/A
2784N/A321115 to 167292%N/AN/A
2886N/A331232 to 184794%N/AN/A
2988N/A331360 to 204096%N/AN/A
3090N/A341501 to 225198%N/AN/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
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
Swordfish Ice Spear Effect
Swordfish Ice Spear EffectIce Spear Skin
Stack Size: 20
Your Ice Spear becomes a shattering icy swordfish.Right click this item then left click an Ice Spear Skill Gem to apply it.
Shop Item Coin.png110 Replaces the standard effect on an Ice SpearIce SpearProjectile, Spell, Cold
Mana Cost: (9 to 27)
Cast Time: 0.85 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 7.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 80%
Projectile Speed: 1000
Requires Level 12Launches a shard of ice that pierces close enemies, before exploding on a distant enemy with a much higher critical strike chance.Per 1% Quality:
2% increased Projectile Speed
Deals (17-548) to (26-822) Cold Damage
(40-78)% increased Chill Duration on enemies
Second form has 600% increased Critical Strike Chance
(10-29)% increased Effect of Chill
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Ice Spear skill icon.png
skill gem with a shattering icy swordfish.

Shop Item Video Icon.png Preview

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Ice Spear:

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)
EnchantmentIceSpearDamage16625% increased Ice Spear Damage
EnchantmentIceSpearDamage27540% increased Ice Spear Damage
EnchantmentIceSpearPercentChanceToGainPowerChargeOnCriticalStrike16610% Chance to gain a Power Charge on Critical Strike with Ice Spear
EnchantmentIceSpearPercentChanceToGainPowerChargeOnCriticalStrike2_7515% Chance to gain a Power Charge on Critical Strike with Ice Spear
EnchantmentIceSpearSecondFormCriticalStrikeChance166200% increased Ice Spear Critical Strike Chance in second form
EnchantmentIceSpearSecondFormCriticalStrikeChance275300% increased Ice Spear Critical Strike Chance in second form

Version history

Version Changes
2.4.0
  • 70% more damage at gem level 20.
2.0.0
  • The Awakening Launch: complete rebalance of the Skill Gem.
  • Now grants 2% increased projectile speed per 1% quality (was 3% per 1% quality)
1.2.0
  • The mana cost of all skills has been revised.
  • We have increased the damage by 33% at level one, to +87% at level 20.
1.1.0
  • Increased the damage of the following skills at low levels: SparkSparkProjectile, Spell, Duration, Lightning
    Mana Cost: (5 to 23)
    Cast Time: 0.65 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 70%
    Projectile Speed: 560
    Launches unpredictable sparks that move randomly until they hit an enemy or expire.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Projectile Speed
    Deals (1-44) to (20-832) Lightning Damage
    Base duration is 1.5 seconds
    (4-6) additional Projectiles
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Spark skill icon.png
    , Cold SnapCold SnapSpell, AoE, Cold
    Radius: 16
    Mana Cost: (11 to 28)
    Can store 1 use(s)
    Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
    Cast Time: 0.85 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 120%
    Requires Level 4Ice crystals protrude from the ground at target location. Monsters in this area take damage and become frozen. The cooldown can be bypassed by expending a Power Charge.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Deals (9-462) to (13-693) Cold Damage
    30% chance to Freeze enemies
    30% increased Freeze Duration on enemies
    110% increased Chill Duration on enemies
    (20-39)% increased Effect of Chill
    +(0-5) to radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Cold Snap skill icon.png
    , Ice SpearIce SpearProjectile, Spell, Cold
    Mana Cost: (9 to 27)
    Cast Time: 0.85 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 7.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 80%
    Projectile Speed: 1000
    Requires Level 12Launches a shard of ice that pierces close enemies, before exploding on a distant enemy with a much higher critical strike chance.Per 1% Quality:
    2% increased Projectile Speed
    Deals (17-548) to (26-822) Cold Damage
    (40-78)% increased Chill Duration on enemies
    Second form has 600% increased Critical Strike Chance
    (10-29)% increased Effect of Chill
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Ice Spear skill icon.png
    and to a lesser extent, Freezing PulseFreezing PulseProjectile, Spell, Cold
    Mana Cost: (4 to 18)
    Cast Time: 0.65 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 125%
    Projectile Speed: 1800
    An icy projectile which has a chance to freeze enemies it passes through. The projectile fades quickly, reducing damage and freezing chance until it runs out of time and dissipates completely.Per 1% Quality:
    2% increased Projectile Speed
    Deals (7-689) to (11-1034) Cold Damage
    Projectiles Pierce all Targets
    (0-19)% increased Projectile Speed
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Freezing Pulse skill icon.png
    and Storm CallStorm CallSpell, AoE, Duration, Lightning
    Radius: 20
    Mana Cost: (6 to 19)
    Cast Time: 0.50 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: 80%
    Requires Level 12Sets a marker at a location. After a short duration, lightning strikes the marker, dealing damage around it. When this happens, it will also set off the lightning at any other markers you've cast.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Deals (13-341) to (24-633) Lightning Damage
    Base duration is 1.5 seconds
    (10-29)% increased Effect of Shock
    +(0-6) to radius
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Storm Call skill icon.png
    .
0.9.5g
  • Reduced the critical strike chance.
0.9.4c
  • Set the default critical strike chance of Ice Spear (8%).
0.9.3c
  • Increased damage by 5%.
0.9.3
  • Ice Spear now uses an increased Critical Strike chance to achieve the
    damage bonus and freeze when in its armed state.
0.9.2
  • Increased the damage.
0.9.1
  • Updated effect for Ice Spear.
0.8.4
  • Added new skill prototype: Ice Spear

References

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