Glacial Hammer Berserker Gear, Jewels, and Flasks

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Gear

Capping your elemental resistances is essential and it should always be your top priority in any build; it should be the first thing you do when gearing up a character. Obtaining a 6-link, while very powerful and certainly recommended, can potentially be very expensive (requiring an average of 1500 Orbs of Fusing, obviously depending on your luck); as such, this should not really be a goal for you while gearing up, and you should instead settle for a 5-link until you have enough resources.

Helmet

A rare Helmet is best in slot for the build; for labyrinth enchant look for any Glacial Hammer Glacial Hammer enchant or Blood Rage Blood Rage‘s additional Attack Speed. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (90)
  3. Nearby Enemies have -9% to Cold Resistance

Body Armour

Both Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast and Loreweave Loreweave are great choices for the build. If you choose to play with a rare Body Armour, look for an Elder base. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (90)

Gloves

Southbound Southbound are very cheap unique Gloves that synergize extremely well with the build. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (80)
  3. % Increased Attack Speed

Boots

Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots can be used since you are moving around with Leap Slam Leap Slam, which is not affected by Movement Speed. A rare pair of Boots can be also used. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (70)
  3. % increased Movement speed (not mandatory)

Belt

A well rolled Stygian Vise Stygian Vise is best in slot. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (80)
  3. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills (at least 25%)
  4. % increased Cold Damage (Frigid Fossil Frigid Fossil)
  5. % increased Elemental Damage (Prismatic Fossil Prismatic Fossil)

Amulet

The Pandemonius The Pandemonius is a great choice for the build. Aul's Uprising (Intelligence) Aul's Uprising (Intelligence) can also be very powerful if you manage to get a Hatred Hatred mod. Both of these unique Amulets can be pricey, so if you cannot afford them simply use a rare Amulet. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (50)
  3. Adds # to # Cold Damage to Attacks
  4. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills (at least 25%)

Rings

Well rolled rare rings are also a great choice for the build, preferably Opal Ring Opal Rings. You can also look for rings with the Delve mod “Curse enemies with Level # Frostbite on Hit”. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (50)
  3. Adds # to # Cold Damage Damage to Attacks
  4. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills (at least 25%)

Weapons

The weapons of choice we choose to dual wield are Frostbreath Frostbreath. These Maces allows our added Cold damage to attacks to be twice as efficient while also improving our Chill duration.

Flasks

Divine Life Flask Divine Life Flask should used as Instant or half-Instant along with Bleeding Removal suffix. Taste of Hate Taste of Hate can provide a lot of offense and defense for the build, but can also be expensive. The Wise Oak The Wise Oak will help you penetrate enemies’ Cold Resistances better, make sure your Cold Resistance is the highest if you choose to use this flask. You can also use any utility flask you prefer, just make sure you have Freeze, Bleed and Curse immunity.

Be sure to check out our Flask Crafting Guide to learn everything you need to know about how to set up your non-Unique flasks.—

Jewels

You will need two Winter Burial Winter Burial threshold Jewels that will help you fully convert to Cold, which will not only be more efficient for you damage scaling overall, but will also allow you to run Physical Reflect maps. A Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with Hatred Hatred mods can provide a lot of damage, this jewel can also be very expensive. Since the build scales extremely well with flat Cold damage added to attacks, try to get as many of these Abyssal Jewels as you can.

Regular Jewel Affix Priority

  1. % increased Maximum Life
  2. % increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
  3. % increased Attack Speed with One Handed Melee Weapons
  4. % increased Attack Speed with Maces

Abyssal Jewel Affix Priority

  1. Maximum Life (at least 35)
  2. Adds # to # Cold Damage to Mace Attacks
  3. Adds # to # Cold Damage to Attacks

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    I’m leveling the build now and so far I like it, but I’m confused about a few of your passive tree pick ups. You spend quite a few points on minion dmg and I can’t figure out why you have done this. Can you clarify what the point of that is?

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    On 31/12/2019 at 12:07 AM, OddyTurner said

    I’m leveling the build now and so far I like it, but I’m confused about a few of your passive tree pick ups. You spend quite a few points on minion dmg and I can’t figure out why you have done this. Can you clarify what the point of that is?

    Hey, Spiritual Aid allows Minion Damage to affect you.

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    hey I like the build, but you suggest subbing in cold pen instead of ancestral call for single target, which makes sense. but its a green for a red, and how does one do that without a tabula? not feeling like chroming body everytime i do a boss

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    On 01/01/2020 at 11:16 PM, Hybran said

    hey I like the build, but you suggest subbing in cold pen instead of ancestral call for single target, which makes sense. but its a green for a red, and how does one do that without a tabula? not feeling like chroming body everytime i do a boss

    Hey, I guess this is not so practical and I will switch it up. Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support is something you can use instead of Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support.

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    Hi, thinking of respeccing my current Berserker build to this, any suggestions for anointments, I was thinking Heart of Ice (expensive Crimson/Opalescent/Golden) or more affordable Breath of Rime (Teal/Silver/Silver)?

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    On 02/01/2020 at 11:12 AM, GreyBrainCell said

    Hi, thinking of respeccing my current Berserker build to this, any suggestions for anointments, I was thinking Heart of Ice (expensive Crimson/Opalescent/Golden) or more affordable Breath of Rime (Teal/Silver/Silver)?

    Hey, Heart of Ice is good, Breath of Rime not so much. I’d recommend also things like Forces of Nature and Primeval Force.

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    On 01/01/2020 at 2:07 PM, Vvckd said

    On 31/12/2019 at 12:07 AM, OddyTurner said

    I’m leveling the build now and so far I like it, but I’m confused about a few of your passive tree pick ups. You spend quite a few points on minion dmg and I can’t figure out why you have done this. Can you clarify what the point of that is?

    Hey, Spiritual Aid allows Minion Damage to affect you.

    Ahh, nice! I didn’t even see that. Thanks for the clarification.

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    Relatively new player, gearing up for this build, came across the skill gem Bonechill Support which seems to synergize pretty well with Glacial Hammer. Any particular reason not to include it?

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    On 08/01/2020 at 7:22 PM, jafkas said

    Relatively new player, gearing up for this build, came across the skill gem Bonechill Support which seems to synergize pretty well with Glacial Hammer. Any particular reason not to include it?

    Hey, Bonechill Support Bonechill Support mainly focuses on Cold Damage Over Time. The support gem is not really good for this build, it synergizes very well with builds that use things like Vortex Vortex for example.

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    Thanks for this guide!
    I recently started playing so i picked this build and lvl’d. For the most part it works well, but a lot of times i lacked int and dex to support Blood rage and Frostbomb. I kind of had to take Expertise and Ancestral Knowledge while lvling. The dex problem goes away later on when you pick up the dex nodes at the bottem of the tree, and you get some dex gear.
    As for Frostbomb, does it matter much that the skill is underlvld or is it purely for the minus resist?

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    On 10/01/2020 at 1:48 PM, Ertruby said

    Thanks for this guide!
    I recently started playing so i picked this build and lvl’d. For the most part it works well, but a lot of times i lacked int and dex to support Blood rage and Frostbomb. I kind of had to take Expertise and Ancestral Knowledge while lvling. The dex problem goes away later on when you pick up the dex nodes at the bottem of the tree, and you get some dex gear.
    As for Frostbomb, does it matter much that the skill is underlvld or is it purely for the minus resist?

    Hey, skills like these do not have to be maxed-out. You can have level 1 Frost Bomb Frost Bomb. It is used to lower enemies’ resistance along with their Life regeneration.

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    How does it go end game etc?

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    Hi there!

    Thanks for the nice guide!!!
    One question…

    Due to the gloves only we can kill only frozen enemies.
    How much of freeze chance to achieve a satisfactory level of clearing?
    And how can I increase the freeze chance?

    Thank you a lot!

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    On 12/01/2020 at 2:59 PM, Fezao said

    Hi there!

    Thanks for the nice guide!!!
    One question…

    Due to the gloves only we can kill only frozen enemies.
    How much of freeze chance to achieve a satisfactory level of clearing?
    And how can I increase the freeze chance?

    Thank you a lot!

    Hey, using a single thing like Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support will be enough, considering the high amount of attack speed you will achieve.

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    Does this build go well in the end game? or its not recommended?

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    On 12/01/2020 at 5:07 PM, daddycharlie said

    Does this build go well in the end game? or its not recommended?

    Hey, the build requires some serious gear investment and can do the endgame. If you are looking for a budget endgame clear I would not recommend it.

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    Is there a point at which you would recommend swapping from Frostbreath to something else like a high Pdps Mace? Or do you ride Frostbreath the entire time?

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    On 24/03/2020 at 1:44 AM, Jyax said

    Is there a point at which you would recommend swapping from Frostbreath to something else like a high Pdps Mace? Or do you ride Frostbreath the entire time?

    Hey, you can do both. Of course getting rares/other uniques means you will need to spend more currency. If you are fine with that you can definitely deal more damage.

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    Hey! I started leveling this build, enjoy it a lot. Just got to 50, equipped my FrostBreaths. My biggest issue right now is mana. I have Hatred and Herald of Ice on so it doesnt leave me much to play around with. What would you suggest i do?

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    On 02/04/2020 at 12:26 AM, Hcku said

    Hey! I started leveling this build, enjoy it a lot. Just got to 50, equipped my FrostBreaths. My biggest issue right now is mana. I have Hatred and Herald of Ice on so it doesnt leave me much to play around with. What would you suggest i do?

    Hey, drop the Herald of now and get some Mana leech. You can annoint Mind Drinker or something like that.

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