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The Whispering Ice
Vile Staff
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: 49.2-91.2
Critical Strike Chance: 6.10%
Attacks per Second: 1.30
Weapon Range: 13
Requires Level 33, 59 Str, 59 Int+18% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff+1 to Level of Socketed Support Gems
Grants Level 1 Icestorm Skill
Plays Whispering Ice sound on killing a rare Monster (Hidden)
(14-18)% increased Intelligence
(8-12)% increased Cast Speed
1% increased Spell Damage per 10 Intelligence
Guard your darkest thoughts well, for they are
the cracks through which the Nightmare crawls.
The Whispering Ice inventory icon.png
Vendor Prices
Unique5x Chaos Orb
Vendor Offer
20x Alchemy Shard
3x Alteration Shard
Weapon DPS
Physical: 91.3
Phys+Chaos: 91.3
Total: 91.3
Item class: Warstaves

The Whispering Ice is a unique Vile StaffVile StaffWarstaff
Physical Damage: 41-76
Critical Strike Chance: 6.10%
Attacks per Second: 1.30
Weapon Range: 13
Requires Level 33, 59 Str, 59 Int+18% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff


Grants Level 1 Icestorm Skill – The Whispering Ice grants level 1 Icestorm skill icon.pngIcestorm. Icestorm will be supported by any applicable support gems socketed into The Whispering Ice; the sockets do not have to be linked.[1]

The Whispering Ice has a hidden modifier "Plays Whispering Ice sound on killing a rare Monster". In earlier versions of Path of Exile, this may have caused a ghostly sound effect to play when killing a rare or unique monster. Currently, it does not appear to do anything.

Item acquisition

Upgrade paths

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

1A Whispered PrayerA Whispered PrayerA preacher whispers to the skies and the skies answer with a blanket of biting frost.You will track down a powerful Frost Preacher who will drop a unique item when slain.Right-click to add this prophecy to your character.Seal Cost:
2x Silver Coin
Prophecy rewardManual
4The IncantationThe Incantation4The Whispering IceWhen there is no other choice, even the meekest whisper can bring about the greatest storm.The Whispering IceManual
7The SirenThe Siren7The Whispering Ice
At the beck and call
of The Siren's hand,
winter ravages
the trembling land,
and the weight of ice that binds
will break the strongest of minds.
corrupted The Whispering IceManual
6The TowerThe Tower6StaffA tower built of the strongest stone is not eternal; a towering intellect is not enlightened.random staffAutomatic
4Atziri's ArsenalAtziri's Arsenal4Weapon
In the prison of all sins, will you grasp godhood or sorrow? Only hope lies under the shadows.
random corrupted weaponAutomatic
Influenced Item
One who is blinded by their past may
only see a sliver of the present.
random influenced itemAutomatic
8Arrogance of the VaalArrogance of the Vaal8Item
Discovery can lead to beauty, or it can lead to ruin.
random two-implicit corrupted itemAutomatic
4Jack in the BoxJack in the Box4ItemTurn the crank,
close your eyes,
and pray to the gods
for a pleasant surprise.
random itemAutomatic
1Singular IncubatorSingular IncubatorAdds an incubated Unique item to an equippable item
Item drops after killing # monsters
Unique ItemRight click this item then left click an item to apply it. The Incubated item drops after killing a specific number of monsters.
random itemAutomatic
1The VoidThe Void1Reach into the Void and claim your prize.random divination card set exchangeAutomatic

Legacy variants

The Whispering Ice has a legacy variant.

Version Discontinued Modifiers

  • +12% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff
  • +1 to Level of Socketed Support Gems
  • Grants level 1 Icestorm Skill
  • (14-18)% increased Intelligence
  • (8-12)% increased Cast Speed
  • 1% increased Spell Damage per 10 Intelligence

Alternate artwork

The Whispering Ice winterheart inventory icon.png Winterheart race season prize for reaching 100 RP.


Version history

Version Changes
  • The Ice Storm skill has undergone a significant rebalance, with larger impacts falling in a smaller area meaning you are significantly more likely to hit targets within the area multiple times over the storm's duration than before:
    • Now has 2 to 4 base Cold Damage per 10 Intelligence (from 1 to 3).
    • Now has a base Duration of 1 second (from 1.5 seconds).
    • Now gains 0.1 seconds of additional base duration per 100 intelligence (from 0.15 seconds).
    • There is now 1 impact every 0.2 seconds (from every 0.1 seconds)
    • Now has an Added Damage effectiveness of 60% (from 45%).
    • Now has a maximum of 5 storms at a time (any more than that replace the oldest).
    • Impacts now have a base radius of 16 units (from 10).
    • Impacts can now land in an area with a base radius of 22 (from 25).
  • The Icestorm skill granted by this item now has an added damage effectiveness of 45% (from 30%).
  • Several Staves are now classified as Warstaves. Warstaves can no longer roll caster-related modifiers, while Staves retain their old mod generation behaviour.
  • Certain staff base types can no longer roll spell-based mods such as added damage for spells or increased spell damage. Their base attack speeds have been slightly increased, and their damage decreased to compensate. This affects all existing versions of these base types. (For a full list, see Version 3.7.0 § Item Balance.)
  • Base type implicit mod increased to 18% Chance to Block (up from 12%).
  • Base type critical strike chance decreased to 6.1% (down from 6.6%).
  • Fixed a bug where The Whispering Ice was missing its vendor sell price.
  • Introduced to the game.


  1. Mark_GGG (April 7, 2015). "Item Development - Information". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved July 21, 2015.