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Ice Rod

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Ice Rod
  • Ice Rod item sprite
Autofire
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
Type
Damage28 (Magic)
Knockback2 (Very weak)
Mana6
Critical chance4%
Use time9 (Very fast)
Velocity12
TooltipSummons a block of ice
Rarity4*Rarity level: 4
Buy500000*50 Desktop, Console, and Mobile Versions / 1000000*1 Old-gen console version3DS Version
Sell100000*10 Desktop, Console, and Mobile Versions / 200000*20 Old-gen console version3DS Version
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Ice Block
    Ice Block
Animation of the Ice Rod. Note the ability to strike through its own walls.

Ice Rod is a Hardmode magic weapon that auto-fires blocks of ice. The weapon is unique in that if the point targeted is free of any blocks or placed background items, a solid temporary Ice Block (Ice Rod) (placed).png "ice block" is formed in midair (translucent, slippery, and glowing), at the point clicked, which lasts for 15 seconds before shattering. These ice blocks can create temporary platforms for standing or grappling, and also cast a dim, flickering light. The Ice Rod is purchased from the Wizard for 500000*50 on the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, or for 1000000*1 on the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and 3DS version 3DS version.

The point clicked must be unoccupied in order to form an ice block. If the space clicked is occupied, either by blocks or background objects, the block acts as an ordinary projectile (unaffected by gravity), continuing until it hits an enemy or other foreground objects, where it shatters and inflicts magic damage. Clicking an existing ice block from a previous casting will cause the next shard to pass through the existing ice block, which creates unique shielding possibilities during combat – as while the player can fire through their ice shield, most enemies cannot move or fire through them. (Exceptions include Worm-type enemies, casters, bosses, and other enemies that can attack through blocks.)

Its best modifier is Mythical.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The temporary "block of ice" summoned by the Ice Rod is unrelated to the Ice Block inventory item found naturally in Snow biomes. Summoned ice blocks cannot be collected or placed, and break automatically about 15 seconds after summoning.
  • Upon shattering, summoned ice blocks release illuminated sparks that travel down through blocks, making the Ice Rod useful for discovering ores and caves.
  • Regular blocks can be placed adjacent to the created ice blocks, which can prove useful in building floating structures (especially at higher elevations such as in Space), as it is not necessary to build a temporary connection from the ground to the building site.
  • Wall-mounted light fixtures like torches will switch to a placed ice block over a background wall until it breaks.
  • The temporary ice blocks can be actuated and hammered.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Ice Skates, Frostspark Boots, or Terraspark Boots greatly enhance mobility on the ice blocks created by the Ice Rod.
  • The Ice Rod can be used with wings to repeatedly reset flight time in midair, by casting a block of ice beneath the player's feet as they start falling. The flight timer will be reset as soon as they land on the block of ice.
  • Since the ice blocks created can be grappled to with a hook or similar device, the Ice Rod can be used to get to the top of the world and other high areas, such as a Floating Island, more easily. While "stairs" are also possible, caution should be taken not to fall off.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.3.0.1:
    • Sell price reduced from 1000000*1 to 500000*50.
    • Increased block duration from 5 seconds to 15 seconds.
    • Blocks are now slippery.
    • Decreased mana usage from 7 to 6.
    • Decreased use time from 16 to 8.
  • Console 1.0.750.0:
    • Sell price reduced from 1000000*1 to 500000*50.
    • Increased block duration from 5 seconds to 15 seconds.
    • Blocks are now slippery.
    • Decreased mana usage from 7 to 6.
    • Decreased use time from 16 to 8. (PS4)
  • Mobile 1.3.0.7:
    • Sell price reduced from 1000000*1 to 500000*50.
    • Increased block duration from 5 seconds to 15 seconds.
    • Blocks are now slippery.
    • Decreased mana usage from 7 to 6.
    • Decreased use time from 16 to 8.