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Vaal Glacial HammerVaal, Attack, Melee, Strike, Duration, AoE, Cold
Level: (1-20)
Souls Per Use: 15
Can Store 3 Use(s)
Attack Damage: (155-200)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (155-200)%
Hits enemies, converting some of your physical damage to cold damage. It traps enemies with you in a circle of ice so that they can't escape. Requires a Mace, Sceptre or Staff.Per 1% Quality:1Superior2% increased Duration of Cold AilmentsDeals (155-200)% of Base Attack Damage
60% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
25% chance to Freeze enemies
35% increased Duration of Cold Ailments
Base duration is (3.4-4.35) seconds
Adds (2-75) to (3-113) Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies
(10-29)% increased Effect of Cold Ailments
Freezes enemies as though dealing (200-390)% more Damage
+(2-4) to Melee Strike Range
Can't be Evaded
Modifiers to Skill Effect Duration also apply to this Skill's Soul Gain Prevention
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Glacial Hammer skill icon.pngVaal Glacial Hammer inventory icon.png
Area level: 1
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemVaalGlacialHammer

Vaal Glacial Hammer skill screenshot.jpg

For the non-Vaal counterpart, see Glacial Hammer.

Vaal Glacial Hammer is a vaal melee attack that hits an enemy with a staff or mace, converting some of the player's physical damage to cold damage and temporarily creating a ring of ice around the targeted enemy.

Skill Functions and Interactions

The circle of ice functions similarly to Frost Wall. Players, monsters and most projectiles can't pass through it.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired StrengthDamage
Cold DamageChill EffectFreeze AmplifierExp.Total Exp.
110155%155%3.42 to 3N/A200%00
220157%157.4%3.452 to 3N/A210%7070
3416160%159.7%3.53 to 4N/A220%308378
4722162%162.1%3.554 to 6N/A230%15541932
51131164%164.5%3.65 to 8N/A240%66678599
61641167%166.8%3.657 to 11N/A250%2604734646
72050169%169.2%3.79 to 13N/A260%4972584371
82458172%171.6%3.7511 to 17N/A270%95714180085
92867174%173.9%3.814 to 20N/A280%169595349680
103275176%176.3%3.8516 to 25N/A290%283759633439
113683179%178.7%3.920 to 30N/A300%4539961087435
124092181%181.1%3.9524 to 35N/A310%7031281790563
1344100183%183.4%428 to 42N/A320%10612232851786
1448109186%185.8%4.0533 to 49N/A330%20658704917656
1552117188%188.2%4.139 to 58N/A340%25071107424766
1656125191%190.5%4.1545 to 68N/A350%579893613223702
1760134193%192.9%4.252 to 79N/A360%1508391928307621
1864142195%195.3%4.2561 to 91N/A370%2779273556100356
1967148198%197.6%4.368 to 102N/A380%4386973999970095
2070155200%200%4.3575 to 113N/A390%242081556342051651
2172159202%202.4%4.481 to 122N/A400%N/AN/A
2274N/A205%204.7%4.4587 to 130N/A410%N/AN/A
2376N/A207%207.1%4.593 to 140N/A420%N/AN/A
2478N/A209%209.5%4.55100 to 150N/A430%N/AN/A
2580N/A212%211.8%4.6107 to 160N/A440%N/AN/A
2682N/A214%214.2%4.65114 to 172N/A450%N/AN/A
2784N/A217%216.6%4.7123 to 184N/A460%N/AN/A
2886N/A219%218.9%4.75131 to 197N/A470%N/AN/A
2988N/A221%221.3%4.8140 to 210N/A480%N/AN/A
3090N/A224%223.7%4.85150 to 224N/A490%N/AN/A
3191N/A225%224.9%4.85155 to 232N/A495%N/AN/A
3292N/A226%226.1%4.9160 to 240N/A500%N/AN/A
3393N/A227%227.2%4.9165 to 248N/A505%N/AN/A
3494N/A228%228.4%4.95171 to 256N/A510%N/AN/A
3595N/A230%229.6%4.95176 to 265N/A515%N/AN/A
3696N/A231%230.8%5182 to 273N/A520%N/AN/A
3797N/A232%232%5188 to 282N/A525%N/AN/A
3898N/A233%233.2%5.05194 to 292N/A530%N/AN/A
3999N/A234%234.3%5.05201 to 301N/A535%N/AN/A
40100N/A236%235.5%5.1207 to 311N/A540%N/AN/A

Item acquisition

Upgrade paths

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

9Volatile PowerVolatile Power9Superior Vaal Gem
Quality: +20%
Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.
random corrupted superior Vaal gem with 20% 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

Threshold jewel

The following threshold jewels augment the skill gem:

  • Shattered ChainsShattered Chains
    Crimson Jewel
    Radius: Medium(10-15)% increased Cold Damage
    With at least 40 Strength in Radius, 20% increased
    Rarity of Items dropped by Enemies Shattered by Glacial Hammer
    The prisoners of the empire raised their shackled hands.
    Begging to be delivered from Corruption.
    The rebellion smote their chains,
    And gave them the freedom to choose corruption for themselves.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.

Video Demonstration

Version history

Version Changes
  • Now deals 250% of Base Damage, and has 250% Effectiveness of Added Damage at gem level 20 (previously 200%).
  • Now converts 60% of physical damage to cold (from 50%).
  • Now adds 2 to 3 cold damage to attacks against chilled enemies at gem level 1, up to 75 to 113 at gem level 20.
  • Now has 10% increased effect of chill at gem level 1, up to 29% at gem level 20.
  • Every strike now freezes enemies as if it were dealing 500% more damage.
  • Introduced to the game.