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Ice Staff
Ice Staff.png
"Freeze enemies in their tracks."
Spear.png × 1Blue Gem.png × 1
Icon Magic.png
-1 (per use)
20 Uses
Freezes the target
Ornate Chest.png (5%)

Ancient Pseudoscience Station.png (Hammer.png)

Stacks up to
Does not stack
Wilson Portrait.png
It's cold to the touch.


Willow Portrait.png


Wolfgang Portrait.png
Frosted tip.


Wendy Portrait.png
A staff to freeze.


WX-78 Portrait.png


Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Some kind of ice-throwing contraption.


Woodie Portrait.png
It reminds me of home.


Waxwell Portrait.png
Cool staff.


Wigfrid Portrait.png
A gift fröm Ullr!


Webber Portrait.png
It makes me feel funny.


Walani Portrait.png
Too cold to hold.


Warly Portrait.png
It flash freezes poulet!


Woodlegs Portrait.png
Thet staff be chillin'.


Wilson holding the Ice Staff

The Ice Staff is a Magic ranged weapon. It requires 1 Spear and 1 Blue Gem to craft and a Prestihatitator to prototype. It may also be found in an Ornate Chest or dropped by an Ancient Pseudoscience Station when struck with a Hammer.

When used, the Ice Staff temporarily freezes a Mob usually within 1-4 blasts. Small creatures such as Birds and Rabbits take one blast to be frozen, while big ones such as Treeguards take four blasts before they are frozen. Each use costs 5% durability, equating to 20 uses.

Each time Ice Staff is used, the character's sanity is decreased by 1.

Creatures that periodically drop things (such as Beefalo producing Manure) will still leave them behind while frozen.

Lureplants, Eyeplants, Rock Lobsters, Depths Worms, Chester, Baby Beefalo, Blue Hounds, GhostsShadow Creatures, Packim Baggims, and Tiger Sharks are immune to the Ice Staff's freezing effect.

Reign of Giants icon.png Reign of Giants

In the Reign of Giants DLC, the Ice Staff can be used to extinguish smoldering or burning objects.

The amount of blasts needed to freeze a Deerclops is increased to six.

Freezing Effect

Mobs have varying resistance to the Ice Staff's freezing effect and may require several charges in order to be frozen.

1 Blast:

2 Blasts:

3 Blasts:

4 Blasts:

5 Blasts:

8 Blasts:

12 Blasts:

Ice Staff Trap

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Occasionally, an Ice Staff can be found surrounded by sleeping Blue Hounds: this is a Set Piece trap. When the Staff is taken, the player will lose 33 Sanity, it will rain, and all the Hounds will wake up and attack - otherwise, the player can walk among them safely. The Blue Hounds can be killed one by one while asleep before picking up the staff, and the others will not wake up. The Ice Staff will have a random amount of durability.

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • The Ice Staff was added in the A Winter's Tale update.
  • This item used to be a part of the Gemology tab before it was removed.
  • Glommer in the Reign of Giants DLC is the only mob that is not encased in ice when frozen.

Mosquito.png Bugs

  • If a mob is hit by an ice staff while playing its "death" animation, it will instantly switch to its "hit" animation before fading out normally.

Blueprint.png Gallery