I’m continuing with Erdrique’s first bard life and I’m having fun making my way through the War Chanter Tree. Back in January I talked about the various enhancements that War Chanters get with respect to doing ice damage to their enemies. That post was a general description of the various enhancements that add cold damage to your attacks. In this post I want to focus more specifically on Spinning Ice. Spinning Ice is a just a fun little attack. It is basically a specialized cleave attack that not only does additional cold damage but also has the ability to do some fun and creative crowd control by having a save that monsters must pass or be in frozen in their tracks. This freezing effect even occurs on undead enemies as well as other frozen/cold/ice based monsters (I believe this is also the case with Northwind and The Frozen Fury). Nothing is more fun to see than a ice flenser get frozen in its tracks :).
So far, I have found Spinning Ice to be a great complimentary attack to cleave and great cleave. I typically try to use Spinning Ice first because it is a longer cool down time than either cleave or great cleave. When I wade into a large group of enemies, I’ll hit Spinning Ice, Cleave, and then Great Cleve. I then focus on those enemies that aren’t frozen and continue to attack them with my other melee attacks, included The Frozen Fury.
Erdrique using Spinning Ice in Under New Ravishment (Night Revels).
The save on Spinning Ice is based on your bard level and charisma modifier as well as any stunning modifiers that you might have. So far, I have found this to be fairly effective. In a group of enemies with about 5 or 6 attackers, I generally will freeze two to three of them in a single attack. So not only am I doing damage to them, but I also stop the incoming damage coming from them as well. At least for a few seconds. Enemies will stay frozen based on your bard level (half the amount of time of your bard level) although I do believe there are some other saving throws that enemies can make to break free.
Having fun with Spinning Ice in Diplomatic Impunity.
All in all, it is a very fun attack. Erdrique is currently level 16 and is doing quite well with it. It is really great to find a cold based enemy and watch them freeze :).
Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!