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Shattering SteelAttack, Projectile, AoE, Physical
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (7-9) Mana
Attack Speed: 85% of base
Requires Level 12Swing an Axe or Sword, consuming Steel Shards to gain a Steel Ward that protects you for a duration, and fire projectiles which shatter on impact or soon after being launched, dealing area damage in front of where they shatter. Steel Shards are gained with the Call of Steel Skill.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal1% increased Impale Effect0.5% increased Area of Effect
1% increased Projectile Speed
Fires an additional Projectile1.5% increased Projectile Speed
Deals (100-127.4)% of Base Attack Damage
Base duration is 5 seconds
40% chance to Impale Enemies on Hit
Fires 2 additional Projectiles
Projectiles deal up to 100% more Damage with Hits and Ailments per Steel Shard consumed at the start of their movement, lowering this bonus as they travel farther
(8-113) to (12-169) Added Attack Physical Damage
Consumes up to 2 Steel Shards
Gain a Steel Ward if you have at least 2 Steel Shards, up to a maximum of 6
Each Steel Ward grants +4% Chance to Block Projectile Attack Damage
If you have no Steel Shards, only Fires 1 Projectile
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Shattering Steel skill icon.pngShattering Steel inventory icon.png
Area level: 12
Vendor Prices
Normal1x Orb of Transmutation
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemShatteringSteel

Shattering Steel is an attack which uses your sword or axe to launch a projectile which shatters and hits enemies in an area of effect cone on impact or after a short time. The projectiles have a chance to impale on hit and deal more damage the closer you are to the target. This skill consumes Steel Shards from Call of Steel to fire multiple projectiles and generate Steel Wards which grant additional attack projectile block chance.

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 2 Steel Shards to launch two additional projectiles and generate Steel Wards when used.
  • Steel Ward: Each Steel Ward has a duration of 5 seconds, which are individually timed.
  • 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.
  • Projectile Speed: Shattering Steel projectiles shatter after a fixed duration, so Projectile Speed will increase the distance the projectiles can travel.
  • Melee: Shattering Steel is not considered a melee attack despite using melee weapons, similarly to Spectral ThrowSpectral ThrowAttack, Projectile
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (7-9) Mana
    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:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent0.5% 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
  • Area of Effect: Modifiers to area of effect size or damage only affect the secondary shatter cone AoE of the projectile.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired DexterityRequired StrengthMana
Physical DamageExp.Total Exp.
11221147100%100%8 to 1200
21525177101%101.4%10 to 151524915249
31930217103%102.9%13 to 194151756766
42335247104%104.3%16 to 2481983138749
52741287106%105.8%19 to 29147968286717
63146327107%107.2%23 to 35250557537274
73551367109%108.6%28 to 42405086942360
83855387110%110.1%32 to 484477181390078
94159417112%111.5%37 to 556153182005396
104463447113%113%42 to 638346392840035
114767478114%114.4%47 to 7115707604410795
125071498116%115.8%53 to 8016339876044782
135375528117%117.3%60 to 9021510308195812
145679558119%118.7%67 to 101281218911008001
155983588120%120.2%75 to 113509936016107361
166287609122%121.6%84 to 126940073125508092
176490629123%123%91 to 1361527336640781458
186692649125%124.5%98 to 1462628658267068040
196895669126%125.9%105 to 15762890590129958630
207098689127%127.4%113 to 169212046017342004647
21721007010129%128.8%121 to 181N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A10130%130.2%130 to 195N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A10132%131.7%139 to 209N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A10133%133.1%149 to 224N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A10135%134.6%160 to 239N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A10136%136%171 to 256N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A10137%137.4%183 to 274N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A10139%138.9%196 to 293N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A10140%140.3%209 to 314N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A10142%141.8%223 to 335N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A11142%141.8%231 to 346N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A11143%143.2%239 to 358N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A11145%144.6%247 to 370N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A11146%146.1%255 to 382N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A11148%147.5%263 to 395N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A11149%149%272 to 408N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A11150%150.4%281 to 421N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A12152%151.8%290 to 435N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A12153%153.3%300 to 449N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A12155%154.7%309 to 464N/AN/A

Item acquisition

Upgrade paths

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

8Dying AnguishDying Anguish8Level 19 Gem
Alternative Quality: +19%
Moribund, he gazed upon the journey taken as blood trickled down his chin. His eye closed on the city ahead that he would never call home.
random level 19 gem with 19% alternative qualityAutomatic
1Gemcutter's IncubatorGemcutter's IncubatorAdds an incubated Quality Gem item to an equippable item
Item drops after killing # monsters
Quality GemRight click this item then left click an item to apply it. The Incubated item drops after killing a specific number of monsters.
random superior gemAutomatic
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 with 20% qualityAutomatic
1The VoidThe Void1Reach into the Void and claim your prize.random divination card set exchangeAutomatic

Quest reward

This item is given as a 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
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment Shattering Steel:


Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Shattering 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 Shattering Steel Chance to Not Consume Shards 166Shattering Steel has 20% chance to not consume Steel Shardshelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Shattering Steel Chance to Not Consume Shards 275Shattering Steel has 30% chance to not consume Steel Shardshelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Shattering Steel Damage 166Shattering Steel deals 25% increased Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Shattering Steel Damage 275Shattering Steel deals 40% increased Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Shattering Steel Fortify On Hit Close Range 175Shattering Steel grants Fortify on Hitting an Enemy at Close Rangehelmet 100
default 0

Alternate skill effects

Shattering Steel has the following alternate skill effects:

Temple Shattering Steel EffectTemple Shattering Steel EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Shattering Steel gains a Temple effect.Your Shattering Steel gains a Temple effect.

Version history

Version Changes
  • Now deals 159% of Base Damage, and has 159% Effectiveness of Added Damage at gem level 20 (previously 127%).
Shattering Steel now fires a number of projectiles simultaneously, which shatter after colliding with an enemy or after travelling a short distance. The shattered projectiles deal damage in a cone in front of their impact location. Shattering Steel will consume up to two Steel Shards to deal more damage at close range. Each time you consume Steel Shards, you gain a Steel Charge (up to a maximum of 6), which grants 4% chance to block attack projectiles per Steel Charge.
  • Now has a base attack speed multiplier of 85%.
  • Now deals 100% of base damage at gem level 1, up to 127% at gem level 20.
  • Now has 8 to 12 added attack physical damage at gem level 1, up to 113 to 169 added attack physical damage at gem level 20.
  • Now has a 40% chance to impale enemies on hit.
  • Now fires 2 additional projectiles.
  • Projectiles now deal up to 100% more damage at close range, based on the distance they travel, per Steel Shard consumed.
  • Now grants 1 Steel Charge when you consume Steel Shards, granting +4% chance to block attack projectiles per steel charge. These have a base duration of 5 seconds.
  • Now consumes up to 2 Steel Shards.
  • Now fires only one projectile if no Steel Shards are consumed.
  • Now deals 48% of base damage at gem level 1 (from 45%), up to 55% at gem level 20 (from 50%).
  • Now has a base attack time multiplier of 85% (from 80%).
  • Now deals base damage equal to, and has an added damage effectiveness of, 45% at gem level 1 (from 40%), up to 50% at gem level 20 (from 49%).
  • Now adds 8 to 12 physical damage to attacks at gem level 1, up to 113 to 169 at gem level 20.
  • Now has an attack speed multiplier of 80%.
  • Shattering Steel has been added to the game.