Splitting Steel

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Splitting SteelAttack, Projectile, AoE, Physical
Mana Cost: (5-8)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Consume a Steel Shard to fire a single projectile that splits on impact or at the targeted location, dealing area damage when it splits and again when the split projectiles explode at the end of their flight. Requires a Sword or Axe. Steel Shards are gained with the Call of Steel Skill.Per 1% Quality:12341% increased Impale Effect0.5% chance to inflict an additional Impale when this Skill inflicts Impale0.5% increased Area of Effect
1% increased Projectile Speed
-2% chance to Impale Enemies on Hit
2% increased Damage
Deals (100-168.4)% of Base Attack Damage
Projectiles Split towards (2-4) targets
Consumes up to 1 Steel Shard
60% chance to Impale Enemies on Hit
(2-75) to (3-113) Added Attack Physical Damage
Projectiles which have Split deal 35% less Damage
50% less Area of Effect after Splitting
Modifiers to number of Projectiles instead apply to
the number of targets Projectile Splits towards
If you have no Steel Shards, Projectile counts as already having Split
Projectiles can Split without hitting a target
+(0-4) to radius
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Splitting Steel skill icon.pngSplitting Steel inventory icon.png
Level: 5
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Scroll of Wisdom
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemSplittingSteel

Splitting Steel is an attack which uses your sword or axe to launch a projectile that impales enemies on hit. This skill consumes Steel Shards from Call of Steel to cause the projectile to split and hit multiple enemies.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Steel Shards: Equipping this skill grants the Call of Steel ability, which is used to generate Steel Shards. This skill consumes 1 Steel Shard to have the projectile split to hit additional nearby enemies.
  • Additional Projectiles: If you use the skill without any Steel Shards, it will always launch only one projectile, even if you have additional projectiles from other sources.
  • Gem Type: Splitting Steel is a Green gem, indicates it is a dex gem, despite in higher gem level, the str requirements is higher than dex. Splitting Steel does not affected by mod such as +# to Level of Socketed Strength Gems, but affected by mod such as +# to Level of Socketed Dexterity/AOE/Projectile Gems or +# to Level of all Physical Skill Gems. Splitting Steel is an attack skill thus physical spell mod does not affect this gem.
    • Melee: Shattering Steel is not considered a melee attack despite using melee weapons, similarly to Spectral ThrowSpectral ThrowAttack, Projectile
      Mana Cost: (7-9)
      Cast Time: 1.00 sec
      Attack Speed: 110% of Base
      Projectile Speed: 1000
      Throws a spectral copy of your melee weapon. It flies out and then returns to you, in a spinning attack that damages enemies in its path.Per 1% Quality:1230.5% increased Attack Speed1% increased Projectile Speed0.5% reduced Projectile Speed
      Fires an additional Projectile
      Deals (80-100)% of Base Attack DamagePlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
      Spectral Throw skill icon.png
      . Shattering Steel does not have melee gem tag.

Gem level progression

Physical DamageRadiusExp.Total Exp.
11005100%100%22 to 3N/A00
22005104%103.6%22 to 3N/A7070
34005107%107.2%23 to 4N/A308378
470145111%110.8%24 to 6N/A1,5541,932
5110195114%114.4%25 to 8+16,6678,599
61618266118%118%27 to 11+126,04734,646
72022316122%121.6%29 to 13+149,72584,371
82425376125%125.2%311 to 17+195,714180,085
92829426129%128.8%314 to 20+2169,595349,680
103233476132%132.4%316 to 25+2283,759633,439
113636527136%136%320 to 30+2453,9961,087,435
124040587140%139.6%324 to 35+2703,1281,790,563
134444637143%143.2%328 to 42+31,061,2232,851,786
144848687147%146.8%333 to 49+32,065,8704,917,656
155251747150%150.4%339 to 58+32,507,1107,424,766
165655798154%154%345 to 68+35,798,93613,223,702
176059848158%157.6%352 to 79+415,083,91928,307,621
186462908161%161.2%461 to 91+427,792,73556,100,356
196765948165%164.8%468 to 102+443,869,73999,970,095
207068988168%168.4%475 to 113+4242,081,556342,051,651
2172701009172%172%481 to 122+5N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A9176%175.6%487 to 130+5N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A9179%179.2%493 to 140+5N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A9183%182.8%4100 to 150+5N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A9186%186.4%4107 to 160+6N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A10190%190%4114 to 172+6N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A10194%193.6%4123 to 184+6N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A10197%197.2%5131 to 197+6N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A10201%200.8%5140 to 210+7N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A10204%204.4%5150 to 224+7N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A11204%204.4%5155 to 232+7N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A11208%208%5160 to 240+7N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A11212%211.6%5165 to 248+7N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A11215%215.2%5171 to 256+7N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A11219%218.8%5176 to 265+7N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A11222%222.4%5182 to 273+8N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A12226%226%5188 to 282+8N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A12230%229.6%6194 to 292+8N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A12233%233.2%6201 to 301+8N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A12237%236.8%6207 to 311+8N/AN/A

Item acquisition

Upgrade paths

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

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
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 ↓
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1

Vendor reward

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

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Enemy at the Gate
Act 1
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Splitting Steel.

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 Splitting Steel Area 166Splitting Steel has 16% increased Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Splitting Steel Area 275Splitting Steel has 24% increased Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Splitting Steel Chance to Not Consume Shard 166Splitting Steel has 20% chance to not consume Steel Shardshelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Splitting Steel Chance to Not Consume Shard 275Splitting Steel has 30% chance to not consume Steel Shardshelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Splitting Steel 166Splitting Steel deals 25% increased Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Splitting Steel 275Splitting Steel deals 40% increased Damagehelmet 100
default 0

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment Splitting Steel:


Unique items

ItemBase ItemLvl.Stats

Version history

Version Changes
  • Fixed an issue where Phantasmal Splitting Steel was missing its "chance to Impale Enemies on Hit" quality effect modifier.
  • Splitting Steel has been added to the game.