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Its Sorceress skill bonus is impressive, and gives equal treatment to all three of her skill trees. Although tri-elemental sorceresses are rare to find, those that do pursue that course can benefit from the bonuses to Cold, Fire, and Lightning Mastery that the Chromatic Ire bestows.
While it is good for all-round use, the Chromatic Ire may not be as useful to sorceresses that specialize in specific skill trees. For instance, Sorceresses that specialize in Fire Spells may find a staff such as The Salamander or the Leaf Rune Word more useful, and Sorceresses that specialize in Energy Shield would benefit far more from Warpspear. Additionally, more elite unique staves such as Mang Song's Lesson may provide higher skill bonuses to all skills anyway. However, Mang Song's Lesson is available only on the Ladder, keeping Chromatic Ire as a viable option for more frugal players.
Besides its skill bonuses, Chromatic Ire also gives other bonuses that spellcasters would find useful, including a Faster Cast Rate. Its boost to Resistances is useful in Nightmare and Hell difficulties, and its rather large bonus to life is useful for any player. Although the damage it reflects on attackers is minimal, when surrounded, it distracts enemies long enough to allow for a Sorceress to cast an escape spell (e.g. Teleport) or a crowd control spell (e.g. Frost Nova or Nova).
Two-Hand Damage: 11 to 32
Required Level: 35
Required Strength: 25
Staff class - Slow Attack Speed
+50% Damage To Undead
20% Faster Cast Rate
+3 To Sorceress Skill Levels
Increase Maximum Life 20-25%
All Resistances +20-40
Attacker Takes Lightning Damage Of 20
+1 To Cold Mastery (Sorceress Only)
+1 To Lightning Mastery (Sorceress Only)
+1 To Fire Mastery (Sorceress Only)