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Splitting SteelAttack, Projectile, AoE, Physical
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (5-8) Mana
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:1Superior2Anomalous3Divergent4Phantasmal1% 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
Area level: 5
Vendor Prices
Normal1x Scroll of Wisdom
Vendor Offer
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
      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
      . Shattering Steel does not have melee gem tag.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired DexterityRequired StrengthMana
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/A15541932
5110195114%114.4%25 to 8+166678599
61618266118%118%27 to 11+12604734646
72022316122%121.6%29 to 13+14972584371
82425376125%125.2%311 to 17+195714180085
92829426129%128.8%314 to 20+2169595349680
103233476132%132.4%316 to 25+2283759633439
113636527136%136%320 to 30+24539961087435
124040587140%139.6%324 to 35+27031281790563
134444637143%143.2%328 to 42+310612232851786
144848687147%146.8%333 to 49+320658704917656
155251747150%150.4%339 to 58+325071107424766
165655798154%154%345 to 68+3579893613223702
176059848158%157.6%352 to 79+41508391928307621
186462908161%161.2%461 to 91+42779273556100356
196765948165%164.8%468 to 102+44386973999970095
207068988168%168.4%475 to 113+4242081556342051651
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:

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 ↓
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.