Ice Gauntlet Leveling Build

Introduction

The ice gauntlet is a great weapon to use for leveling due to its efficiency, high damage in the form of AoE and single target, and slowing and crowd control capabilities. All three abilities taken in this build affect multiple targets and have great value for any situation that the user might find themselves in. Ice Storm (2) for top notch AoE damage that scales from Punishing Storm (8), Ice Shower (4) for slows and great synergy with stand-alone passives, and Entombed (5) for mana management and safety. This build becomes powerful early on because all three primary abilities are taken by weapon mastery level 5, and you’ll see why.

Weapon Abilities

Ice Storm

Ice Storm (2) is taken by level 2, giving the leveler the potential to chain pull mobs in the early levels. The passives are great for this ability, but are taken shortly after because getting all three abilities early on is more beneficial. The 25% slow that Ice Storm (2) provides to enemies inside gives the user enough breathing room to achieve their goal – whether that be kiting, pulling more mobs, or even surviving.

Passives

  • Weakening Gust
    • Incoming damage is increased by 10% for 3 seconds to enemies in Ice Storm if below 50% health.
  • Storm Summoner
    • Ice Storm mana cost is decreased by 80% at full mana.
  • Punishing Storm
    • Increases damage by 10% for each enemy in Ice Storm.

The three passives of Ice Storm (2) are priority as soon as the other two primary abilities, Ice Shower (4) and Entombed (5), are taken. This is because points 6 and 7, Weakening Gust (6) and Storm Summoner (7), respectively, aren’t fantastic, but are needed to reach the last, and strongest, passive of the Ice Storm (2) tree – Punishing Storm (8). This passive promotes uncapped mob pulling, granting 10% damage per enemy inside the storm. 

Ice Shower

Ice Shower (4) is the tool for the ice gauntlet user to control and alter enemy pathing. Basically, putting the enemy exactly where you want them. Chaining an Ice Storm (2) after an enemy landing inside Ice Shower (4) is secured AoE damage because of the oppression that the shower provides.

Passives

  • Enduring Shower
    • Increase Ice Shower duration to 7 seconds.
  • Quick Shower
    • Any ally, including self, will get a 25% speed boost for 2 seconds when entering Ice Shower.
  • Frigid Showers
    • Frostbite applies Rend to target, reducing defense by 10%.

The Ice Shower (4) passives are good, but not great, which is why they are taken at a later mastery level. The basic form of Ice Shower (4) is enough to handle things on its own in the early levels. However, Frigid Showers (17) does provide a power spike when reached, rending targets that are hit by it reducing its defense by 10%, allowing the stand alone passives of Critical Frost (9) and Heavy Freeze (10) to get to work.

Entombed

Entombed (5) is undoubtedly the best stand-alone defensive ability in the game, being the only ability that grants the player immunity for duration, as well as high mana regeneration while inside. Entombed (5) can be used between pulling mobs for faster and more efficient mana management, or to lure mobs in a circle around the tomb, dealing a high amount of damage when breaking out.

Passives

  • Strengthened Tomb
    • Increases defense by 25% for 3 seconds after breaking out of Entombed.

Entombed (5) in its basic form is strong, which is why Strengthened Tomb (19) is the last point that is taken in entirety of the ice gauntlet tree. However, there are plenty of instances where Strengthened Tomb (19) will have great use, increasing defense by 25% after the tomb breaks, giving the player some damage reduction if they happen to break out into a vulnerable position. 

Playstyle

The ice gauntlet is a top-tier leveling weapon, and the playstyle provides for a smooth leveling experience. Mana management turns almost obsolete as soon as Entombed (5) is taken, AoE capabilities are given at only level 2 mastery through Ice Storm (2), and high damage heavy auto attacks from Critical Frost (9) and Heavy Freeze (10). While having only one primary ability that deals damage itself, this build provides high amounts of damage through auto attack modifiers. Pulling mobs with auto attacks (heavy or light), packing them into a tight group, and unleashing the chain of abilities that this build provides will prove most effective. That chain of abilities would look like this:

Light Attack to pull → Group up mobs → Ice Storm → Heavy Attacks → Ice Shower → Heavy Attacks → Entombed (break out damage)

Just dropping Ice Storm onto a pack of mobs is not enough to finish it off, even if the damage multiplier from Punishing Storm (8) is through the roof. Dropping Ice Storm (2) and following it up with a number of heavy attacks will prove most effective. These heavy attacks will benefit from both Critical Frost (9) and Heavy Freeze (10). Following a number of heavy attacks, laying down Ice Shower (4) between the caster and the mobs will allow for more space to kite, and to benefit from Critical Frost (9) and Heavy Freeze (10) once again. Following this, cast Entombed (5) to gather the group of mobs into a tight group and break out of the tomb to cause high AoE damage and knocking enemies back, but they’re probably already dead. 

Movement is imperative while using the ice gauntlet to level, especially when AoE pulling large packs of mobs. Please refer to our Advanced Movement Mechanics guide to learn more. 

Attribute Distribution

The ice gauntlet fully scales with the Intelligence attribute at 1.0X. This means that for every point that a player puts into Intelligence, the ice gauntlet will gain 1 full weapon damage. The Intelligence attribute is priority here due to the sheer damage output of the ice gauntlet’s heavy auto attacks and abilities, and with Entombed providing such great defensive capability, Constitution is not that necessary. The most important Attribute Threshold Bonuses are listed below:

Intelligence

  • 50 Intelligence
    • +10% damage to light and heavy magic attacks
  • 100 Intelligence
    • +10% critical hit damage
  • 150 Intelligence
    • +15% to elemental damage
  • 200 Intelligence
    • +10 mana after a dodge

Constitution

  • 50 Constitution
    • All consumables are +20% stronger

Getting to 200 Intelligence is priority here, due to the perk that is received – +10 mana after a dodge. Mana management is not so much of a problem up to this point, but receiving 10 mana after dodging fixes any problems that the player may have been having with managing their mana. Mana becomes almost obsolete after reaching 200 Intelligence. 50 Constitution will be a priority after reaching that 200 Intelligence. Consumables being 20% stronger have a large impact when consumables are needed in sticky situations – both mana and health. 

Weapon Ability Perks

Weapon Ability Perks are generated perks that can be found or applied to:

  • Weapons
  • Chests
  • Helmets
  • Gloves
  • Pants
  • Shoes

These weapon ability perks augment the power level of a weapon ability in a positive way. Currently, each weapon has 6 ability perks available to players, one for each active ability. Below are all of the weapon ability perks currently available to the ice gauntlet and pertain to this build.

Unending Thaw

Frost effects remain on enemies for 2s after exiting Ice Storm.

Iced Refresh

Reduced all ice cooldowns by 20% on a killing blow.

Deadly Frost

Frigid Showers ability damages enemies with Frostbite.

Healing Tomb

Gain 10% health after exiting Entombment with full mana.

Iced Refresh is the go to weapon ability perk for the ice gauntlet, significantly increasing the possible top-end damage output of the weapon. Basically, this perk provides a large amount of cooldown reduction for all ice gauntlet abilities on any killing blow, with no internal cooldown. Multiple targets can die from the hand of the player with this perk within a short time frame, allowing for multiple Ice Storms (2) and/or Ice Showers (4) to be laid out at once. 

Unending Thaw allows for more breathing room to land auto attacks that benefit from both Critical Frost (9) and Heavy Freeze (10) after the enemy escapes from Ice Storm, but is not that impactful due to these passives only affecting one target at a time. Since AoE mob pulling is highly recommended when using this build, Iced Refresh is prioritized. 

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