PoE Nova Skills & Ice Nova Assassin Build

PoE Nova Skill Gems

Level Skill Gems Description Tag
28 Shockwave Totem Shockwave Totem Summons a totem that shakes the earth around it, knocking back and damaging nearby enemies Totem, Spell, AoE, Physical, Nova
1 Stormblast Mine Stormblast Mine Throws a mine that deals damage in an area when detonated. Mine, Spell, AoE, Lightning, Aura, Nova
1 Vaal Blight Vaal Blight Apply a powerful debuff to enemies around you which deals chaos damage over time. Then applies two additional layers in a larger area, growing greatly in size each time. Enemies are also substantially hindered for a shorter secondary duration, slowing their movement. Vaal, Spell, Chaos, AoE, Duration, Nova, Channelling
12 Ice Nova Ice Nova A chilling circle of ice expands from the caster. If the caster targets near their Frostbolt projectiles, it will expand from a number of those projectiles instead. If this skill would repeat when cast this way, it will instead expand again from the same projectiles after a short delay. Spell, AoE, Cold, Nova
12 Vaal Ice Nova Vaal Ice Nova A chilling circle of ice expands from the caster, repeating from every enemy it hits. Vaal, Spell, AoE, Cold, Nova
12 Voltaxic Burst Voltaxic Burst Each cast of this spell waits for a short duration, releasing a burst of lightning and chaos spell damage in an area around you when that duration ends. Enemies killed by this damage, or shortly after, will explode. The explosions of the corpses are not affected by modifiers to spell damage, and cannot be reflected. Spell, AoE, Chaos, Lightning, Nova, Duration
28 Discharge Discharge Discharge all the character's charges to deal elemental damage to all nearby monsters. Spell, AoE, Fire, Cold, Lightning, Nova
28 Pyroclast Mine Pyroclast Mine Throws a mine that deals damage in an area when detonated, then launches fiery projectiles that rain down around it, each dealing damage in a smaller area. Mine, Spell, Projectile, Fire, AoE, Aura, Nova
28 Vortex Vortex An icy blast explodes around the caster, dealing cold damage to enemies, and leaving behind a whirling vortex which deals cold damage over time and chills enemies caught in it. If the caster targets near their Frostbolt projectiles, it will explode from a number of those projectiles instead, destroying them. Spell, AoE, Cold, Duration, Nova
28 Dark Pact Dark Pact This spell removes some life from one of your Skeleton minions near you or the targeted location to deal chaos damage in an area around it. This effect will chain to your other nearby skeletons. If you have no skeletons near you or the targeted location, it will sacrifice your own life to deal damage instead. Minion, Spell, AoE, Chaining, Chaos, Nova
28 Shock Nova Shock Nova Casts a ring of Lightning around you, followed by a larger Lightning nova. Each effect hits enemies caught in their area with Lightning Damage. Spell, AoE, Lightning, Nova

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PoE Ice Nova

Ice Nova Ice Nova is a spell gem.

A chilling circle of ice expands from the caster. If the caster targets near their Frostbolt projectiles, it will expand from a number of those projectiles instead. If this skill would repeat when cast this way, it will instead expand again from the same projectiles after a short delay.

Spell, AoE, Cold, Nova. Level: 1–20. Cost: 8–23 Mana. Cast Time: 0.70 sec. Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%. Effectiveness of Added Damage: 190%. Radius: 30. Requires Level 12.

  • Deals (18–769) to (26–1130) Cold Damage
  • +(0–4) to radius
  • 20% less Area of Effect when Cast on Frostbolt
  • Can expand from up to 2 Frostbolt Projectiles
  • Adds (3–118) to (4–172) Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies

Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.

NameAdditional Effects From QualityWeight
Ice Nova(0–10)% increased Area of Effect50

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Related Gems

Level Effect

LevelRequires LevelIntelligenceCostDeals 18 to 26 Cold DamageAdds 3 to 4 Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies# to radiusExperience
11233818, 263, 4015,249
21539923, 343, 5041,517
319481031, 465, 7081,983
423561142, 626, 90147,968
527641257, 839, 131250,557
631731374, 10911, 171405,086
735811497, 14215, 221447,718
8388815117, 17318, 261615,318
9419416142, 20922, 322834,639
104410016171, 25126, 3821,570,760
114710617205, 30131, 4621,633,987
125011318245, 36138, 5522,151,030
135311919293, 43145, 6532,812,189
145612519349, 51353, 7835,099,360
155913220414, 60963, 9339,400,731
166213821492, 72375, 110315,273,366
176414221550, 80984, 123426,286,582
186614622616, 90594, 138462,890,590
196815122688, 1012105, 1544212,046,017
207015523769, 1130118, 1724
217224858, 1262131, 1925
227424957, 1408146, 2145
2376251068, 1570163, 2395
2478251190, 1750182, 2665
2580261325, 1949203, 2966
2682261476, 2170226, 3306
2784271642, 2415251, 3676
2886271827, 2686279, 4086
2988282031, 2987311, 4547
3090282257, 3319345, 5057
3191282379, 3499364, 5327
3292292507, 3687383, 5607
3393292642, 3886404, 5917
3494292785, 4095426, 6227
3595292934, 4315449, 6568
3696303091, 4546473, 6918
3797303256, 4789498, 7288
3898303430, 5044525, 7678
3999303613, 5313553, 8088
40100313805, 5596582, 8518

Skill functions and interactions

  • Area of effect: Ice Nova deals damage in an expanding wave. Increased Area of Effect will increase the maximum range and travel speed of this circle.
  • Frostbolt: The player may cast Frostbolt and subsequently cast Ice Nova from the Frostbolt projectiles. If Ice Nova is cast this way, it will have 20% less area of effect and it may cast on up to 2 Frostbolt projectiles.
    • If Ice Nova would normally repeat (ie. if it was supported by Spell Echo Support and/or Greater Spell Echo Support) and is cast on Frostbolt projectiles, it will expand again from those projectiles after a short delay. This does not cause the player to repeat the casting animation.
    • If Ice Nova is triggered by an effect (such as Cast On Critical Strike Support), Ice Nova will automatically be cast on any Frostbolt projectiles.

Item acquisition

Ice Nova can drop anywhere. Drop level: 12.

Recipes

Ice Nova can be created from the following recipes:

Amount Part Description
13 The Cataclysm Random corrupted level 21 Spell gem
6 The Fox Random level 20 gem
8 Dying Anguish Random level 19 gem with 19% alternative quality
8 The Hook Random corrupted level 21 gem with 23% alternative quality
3 Gemcutter's Promise Random gem with 20% quality
1 Gemcutter's Incubator Random gem with 1–20% quality
1 The Void Random divination card set exchange

Quest reward

This item is given as a quest reward for the following quests:

Class → Witch Shadow Ranger Duelist Marauder Templar Scion
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 → Witch Shadow Ranger Duelist Marauder Templar Scion
Quest ↓
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1
Nessa
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Ice Nova.

Name Level Labyrinth Stats Spawn Weighting
Enchantment Ice Nova Damage 1 66 Merciless Labyrinth 25% increased Ice Nova Damage helmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Ice Nova Damage 2 75 Eternal Labyrinth 40% increased Ice Nova Damage helmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Ice Nova Freeze Chance 1 66 Merciless Labyrinth Ice Nova has +20% chance to Freeze helmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Ice Nova Freeze Chance 2 75 Eternal Labyrinth Ice Nova has +30% chance to Freeze helmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Ice Nova Minimum Chill 1 66 Merciless Labyrinth Chills from Ice Nova Hits always reduce Action Speed by at least 6% helmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Ice Nova Minimum Chill 2 75 Eternal Labyrinth Chills from Ice Nova Hits always reduce Action Speed by at least 8% helmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Ice Nova Area Of Effect 1 66 Merciless Labyrinth 16% increased Ice Nova Area of Effect helmet 75
default 0
Enchantment Ice Nova Area Of Effect 2 75 Eternal Labyrinth 24% increased Ice Nova Area of Effect helmet 75
default 0

Alternate skill effects

Ice Nova has the following alternate skill effects:

Item Effect(s)
Arctic Ice Nova Effect Your Ice Nova becomes a swirling ring of arctic wind.
Celestial Ice Nova Effect Your Ice Nova becomes a Celestial Effect.
Illusionist Ice Nova Effect Your Ice Nova becomes an Illusionist Effect.
Water Nova Effect Your Ice Nova becomes a rippling burst of cold water

PoE Ice Nova Assassin Build

1. Character: 100 Assassin

Life: 1 Strength: 44
Energy Shield: 8129 Dexterity: 221
Mana: 1151 Intelligence: 353
Evasion Rating: 702 Charges: E: 3 / F: 3 / P: 7
Armour: 3000

2. Main Skills Build

Main skill: Ice Nova Ice Nova. AVERAGE HIT: 104k.

Damage types:

  • Cold: 100%

Main skill: Cyclone Cyclone. DPS: 44k.

Damage types:

  • Cold: 95%
  • Physical: 4%
  • Fire: 1%

Ice Nova Ice Nova Support Gems:

  • Awakened Cast On Critical Strike Cast On Critical Strike Support(Green): 89%
  • Hypothermia Hypothermia Support(Green): 74%
  • Awakened Added Cold Damage Added Cold Damage Support(Green): 59%
  • Inspiration Support(Red): 58%
  • Increased Critical Strikes Increased Critical Strikes Support(Blue): 53%
  • Concentrated Effect Concentrated Effect Support(Blue): 31%
  • Cast On Critical Strike Cast On Critical Strike Support(Green): 11%
  • Awakened Increased Area of Effect Increased Area of Effect Support(Blue): 7%
  • Awakened Elemental Focus Elemental Focus Support(Blue): 6%
  • Awakened Cold Penetration Cold Penetration Support(Green): 4%
  • Cold to Fire Cold to Fire Support(Red): 3%
  • Increased Area of Effect Increased Area of Effect Support(Blue): 2%

3. Skill Gems Build

These are the support skill gems for it:

Body Armour: Cyclone Cyclone (Green) (20 / 20), Awakened Cast On Critical Strike Cast On Critical Strike Support (Green) (5 / 20), Awakened Added Cold Damage Added Cold Damage Support (Green) (5 / 20), Hypothermia Hypothermia Support (Green) (20 / 20), Ice Nova Ice Nova (Blue) (21 / 20), Increased Critical Strikes Increased Critical Strikes Support (Blue) (20 / 20),

Helmet: Herald of Ice Herald of Ice (Green) (21 / 20), Precision Precision (Green) (21), Vaal Discipline Vaal Discipline (Blue) (20), Enlighten Enlighten Support (Blue) (4), Aspect of the Spider (Aspect Skill) (20),

Gloves: Vortex Vortex (Blue) (20 / 20), Increased Duration Increased Duration Support (Red) (7 / 20), Arcane Surge Arcane Surge Support (Blue) (7), Bonechill Bonechill Support (Blue) (20 / 20),

Boots: Phase Run Phase Run (Green) (20 / 20), Second Wind Support (Green) (20 / 20), Flame Dash Flame Dash (Blue) (20 / 20), Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire (Blue) (20),

Weapon: Frostbolt Frostbolt (Blue) (21 / 20), Cold Penetration Cold Penetration Support (Green) (20 / 20), Ice Nova Ice Nova (Blue) (21 / 20),

Offhand: Tempest Shield Tempest Shield (Blue) (7), Cast when Damage Taken Cast when Damage Taken Support (Red) (2), Frost Bomb Frost Bomb (Blue) (9),

4. Passive Skill Build

Ice Nova Build

Keystones / Ascendency:

  • Unstable Infusion: 100%
  • Deadly Infusion: 100%
  • Mistwalker: 99%
  • Opportunistic: 97%
  • Chaos Inoculation: 48%
  • Ghost Reaver: 47%
  • Pain Attunement: 32%
  • Acrobatics: 32%
  • Phase Acrobatics: 32%
  • Conduit: 25%
  • Mind Over Matter: 22%
  • Minion Instability: 3%
  • Zealot’s Oath: 3%
  • Ambush and Assassinate: 3%

5. Equipment Build

Body Armour: Rage Rage Guardian Vaal Regalia

Weapon: Cospri’s Malice Cospri’s Malice Jewelled Foil

Offhand Weapon: Vengeance Vengeance Weaver Titanium Spirit Shield

Helmet: Fate Ward Hubris Circlet

Gloves: Vengeance Vengeance Hand Sorcerer Gloves

Boots: Rage Rage March Sorcerer Boots

Belt: Rapture Harness Crystal Belt

Amulet: The Pandemonius The Pandemonius Jade Amulet

Ring: Maelström Eye Moonstone Ring, Fate Coil Two-Stone Ring

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