Splitting Steel
Level: 1–20
Attack Speed: 90% of base
Attack Damage: 70–210% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 70–210%
Requires Level 1
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.
(1–101) to (2–151) Added Attack Physical Damage
Projectiles Split towards (2–5) targets
Modifiers to number of Projectiles instead apply to
the number of targets Projectile Splits towards
Base radius is 0.6 metres
40% chance to Impale Enemies on Hit
Projectiles can Split without hitting a target

Additional Effects From Quality:
(0–40)% increased Impale Effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Quest /2 ⍟
1Enemy at the GateQuest RewardScion · Duelist
1Enemy at the GateNessaDuelist · Ranger · Scion
Splitting Steel /6 ⍟
Throw a splitting bolt of steel from your weapon that explodes on impact, dealing damage in an area. Use the Call of Steel ability from this gem to create Steel Shards that launch with Splitting Steel, exploding into multiple shards to damage nearby enemies.
NameShow Full Descriptions
Impale SupportDeal more physical damage and Impale enemies, dealing additional damage to enemies with additional hits. You can impale enemies up to five times to deal even more additional damage to enemies.
Brutality SupportCause Splitting Steel to deal much more physical damage, but no elemental damage. Try not to get additional lightning, fire, cold or chaos damage with this support gem, as they will be reduced to zero.
Lesser Multiple Projectiles SupportIncrease the number of shards that explode from Splitting Steel when you launch a Steel Shard, hitting more enemies. Obtain the Greater Multiple Projectiles Support gem at later levels to throw more projectiles and hit larger groups of enemies.
Vicious Projectiles SupportGreatly increases the physical damage dealt by Splitting Steel, at the cost of slightly reducing your attack speed. An invaluable way to increase your damage.
Maim SupportSupport Splitting Steel with this gem to Maim enemies, dealing more physical damage and slowing their movement. Slow monsters to make them easier to avoid.
Slower Projectiles SupportSlow down your bolts of Splitting Steel to make them hit harder for more damage. The projectiles that explode from Call of Steel's shards are also slower, and deal more damage.
Level Effect /40
Base radius is 0.6 metres
40% chance to Impale Enemies on Hit
Modifiers to number of Projectiles instead apply to\nthe number of targets Projectile Splits towards
Projectiles can Split without hitting a target
(When an Impaled enemy is hit, the Impale reflects 10% of the physical damage of the Impaling hit to that enemy. Impale lasts for 5 hits or 8 seconds)
LevelRequires LevelStrengthDexterityCostBase Damage1 to 2 Added Attack Physical DamageProjectiles Split towards 2 targetsExperience
1146570%1, 2270
2257574.1%1, 22308
34710578.1%2, 321,554
471014584.2%2, 426,667
5111319592.2%3, 5226,047
6161826696.3%5, 7249,725
72022316100%7, 10395,714
82425376104.4%9, 133169,595
92829426106.4%11, 173283,759
103233476115.4%14, 213453,996
113636537124.4%18, 273703,128
124040587129.8%22, 3331,061,223
134444637140.1%27, 4132,065,870
144848687155.8%34, 5132,507,110
155251747163%42, 6345,798,936
165655798168.1%51, 77415,083,919
176059848173.3%62, 93427,792,735
186462908183.8%76, 113443,869,739
196765948199.4%87, 1314242,081,556
207068988210%101, 1515
21729215.8%111, 1665
22749221.6%122, 1825
23769227.4%133, 2005
24789233.2%146, 2205
25809238.9%161, 2415
268210244.7%176, 2645
278410250.5%193, 2895
288610256.3%211, 3176
298810262.1%231, 3466
309010267.9%253, 3796
319111270.8%264, 3966
329211273.7%276, 4146
339311276.6%289, 4336
349411279.5%302, 4537
359511282.4%316, 4747
369611285.3%330, 4957
379712288.2%345, 5177
389812291.1%360, 5417
399912293.9%377, 5657
4010012296.8%394, 5908

Splitting Steel

CostiLvl 1: Normal: 1xScroll of Wisdom
AcronymHit, Projectile, Split, Impale, Modifiers
BaseType Splitting Steel
Class Skill Gems
WeaponOne Hand Swords, Thrusting One Hand Swords, One Hand Axes, Two Hand Swords, Two Hand Axes
TargetTypesGround, Enemy
TypeAttack, RangedAttack, Projectile, ProjectilesFromUser, Area, Physical, SingleMainProjectile
Referencepoe.ninja, Community Wiki
Labyrinth Enchantment helmet /6 ⍟
The Merciless LabyrinthEnchantment Splitting Steel 1Splitting Steel deals 25% increased Damage100
The Eternal LabyrinthEnchantment Splitting Steel 2Splitting Steel deals 40% increased Damage100
The Merciless LabyrinthEnchantment Splitting Steel Area 1Splitting Steel has 16% increased Area of Effect100
The Eternal LabyrinthEnchantment Splitting Steel Area 2Splitting Steel has 24% increased Area of Effect100
The Merciless LabyrinthEnchantment Splitting Steel Chance to Not Consume Shard 1Splitting Steel has 20% chance to not consume Steel Shards100
The Eternal LabyrinthEnchantment Splitting Steel Chance to Not Consume Shard 2Splitting Steel has 30% chance to not consume Steel Shards100
Supported By /104 ⍟
Added Fire Damage Support
Faster Attacks Support
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support
Faster Projectiles Support
Added Cold Damage Support
Additional Accuracy Support
Increased Area of Effect Support
Added Lightning Damage Support
Increased Critical Strikes Support
Increased Critical Damage Support
Knockback Support
Life Leech Support
Mana Leech Support
Added Chaos Damage Support
Stun Support
Pierce Support
Item Rarity Support
Concentrated Effect Support
Cold to Fire Support
Combustion Support
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Life Gain on Hit Support
Elemental Proliferation Support
Culling Strike Support
Point Blank Support
Iron Grip Support
Damage on Full Life Support
Chance to Flee Support
Blind Support
Fire Penetration Support
Cold Penetration Support
Lightning Penetration Support
Elemental Penetration Support
Chain Support
Fork Support
Returning Projectiles Support
Power Charge On Critical Support
Burning Damage Support
Hextouch Support
Cast On Critical Strike Support
Slower Projectiles Support
Vicious Projectiles Support
Block Chance Reduction Support
Physical to Lightning Support
Ice Bite Support
Hypothermia Support
Innervate Support
Critical Strike Affliction Support
Void Manipulation Support
Controlled Destruction Support
Swift Affliction Support
Elemental Focus Support
Ignite Proliferation Support
Chance to Bleed Support
Chance to Poison Support
Deadly Ailments Support
Decay Support
Efficacy Support
Vile Toxins Support
Maim Support
Immolate Support
Unbound Ailments Support
Brutality Support
Momentum Support
Summon Phantasm Support
Withering Touch Support
Bonechill Support
Energy Leech Support
Impale Support
Nightblade Support
Arrow Nova Support
Awakened Added Fire Damage Support
Awakened Brutality Support
Awakened Burning Damage Support
Awakened Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Awakened Fire Penetration Support
Awakened Added Cold Damage Support
Awakened Arrow Nova Support
Awakened Cast On Critical Strike Support
Awakened Chain Support
Awakened Cold Penetration Support
Awakened Deadly Ailments Support
Awakened Fork Support
Awakened Greater Multiple Projectiles Support
Awakened Swift Affliction Support
Awakened Void Manipulation Support
Awakened Vicious Projectiles Support
Awakened Added Chaos Damage Support
Awakened Added Lightning Damage Support
Awakened Controlled Destruction Support
Awakened Hextouch Support
Awakened Elemental Focus Support
Awakened Increased Area of Effect Support
Awakened Lightning Penetration Support
Awakened Unbound Ailments Support
Trinity Support
Bloodthirst Support
Cruelty Support
Overcharge Support
Prismatic Burst Support
Devour Support
Sadism Support
Volatility Support

Community Wiki


Splitting Steel

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 Throw.

    • Shattering Steel does not have melee gem tag.

Version history

  • Now requires 14 Dexterity to use at gem level 4 (previously 14 Strength), up to 68 Strength and 98 Dexterity to use at gem level 20 (previously 98 Strength and 68 Dexterity).
  • Now deals 210% of Base Damage, and has 210% Effectiveness of Added Damage at gem level 20 (previously 168%).
  • 3.12.5
  • Fixed an issue where quality#Skill gems|Phantasmal '''Splitting Steel''' was missing its "chance to Impale Enemies on Hit" quality effect modifier.
  • 3.12.0
  • Splitting Steel has been added to the game.

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