Ice Breaker Exotic Review

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Ice Breaker is one of the two special Exotic Sniper Rifle’s currently in the game, this one deals Solar damage.

This weapon can be acquired as a random reward from the Crucible or PvE content, or from Xûr for 17 Strange Coins.

Expert Panel Score: 9/10

The good: Regenerating ammo, high Impact.

The bad: High recoil, low rate of fire.

Conclusion: Excellent range, arguably the best Sniper for PvE.

Read the full review here

This is an Exotic Weapon
Sniper Rifle (Special Weapon)
Solar Base Damage/Upgraded302/331
Quality Lvl70
Rate of Fire
Magazine Size

Aim Assist
Equip Speed

Talent Upgrades Tree

Solar Damage

This weapon causes Kinetic damage.

Accurized Ballistics

More range and Impact. Increased recoil.

+5% Damage
+10 Range
-10 Stability


Missing a shot has a chance to return ammo directly to the magazine.

5% chance to regain a round into the magazine per shot

Upgrade Damage 1

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.


This weapon can be drawn unbelievably fast.

+100 Handling
+10% Ready
+10% Away

Ice Breaker

Ice Breaker’s victims spontaneously combust, dealing damage to others nearby.

Upgrade Damage 2

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Upgrade Damage 3

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

No Backpack

Cannot be reloaded. Regenerates ammo over time.

Field Choke

More range and Impact. Increased recoil.

+5% Damage
+12 Range
-15 Stability


When held, this weapon grants +2 character Agility.

Upgrade Damage 4

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Linear Compensator

More predictable recoil. Slight boosts to range and Impact. More recoil.

+5% Damage
+5 Range
-10 Stability


Aiming this weapon is incredibly fast.

+30% Aim Down Sight speed

Upgrade Damage 5

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Video: Ice Breaker Review

Weapon Review

Ice Breaker is an Exotic sniper rifle that is sold by Xûr, won in the Cryptarch lottery, or as a reward for PvP/PvE. It has a unique feature similar to Exotic shotgun Invective, in that it regenerates ammo. It holds 6 rounds in the magazine, and regenerates one about every 6 seconds. This gun packs a very powerful punch and is well worth your Exotic weapon slot.

The Good

Unlike the Invective, the ammo just regenerates right into the magazine, at a very consistent rate. This sniper rifle also hits like it has the Traveler’s weight behind it. It has very high Impact rating, so precision shots will be rewarded. It packs quite a punch in PvP too, even if you just land a body shot.

The Mulligan perk is also nice since missing a shot with this stings a little more than usual, though the chances of it happening are very slim.

Ice Breaker will also replenish some of your other special weapon ammo! If you are out of special ammo, switch to this gun and wait for a few seconds, and then switch back to your special weapon of choice. This is great if your ammo synth’s are on cooldown, and provides unlimited ammo.

For example: If you’ve got Ice Breaker and another sniper rifle, you can fire all the bullets with your other sniper rifle, equip Ice Breaker & let it regen all six bullets, and then switch back to the other sniper rifle with with half of its ammo returned!

ice breaker xp

The Bad

The Recoil is a little extreme and the upgrades don’t help much, so you will have to take your time when firing. It’s definitely better used in PvE, because the low rate of fire and low stability will be frustrating in PvP.

The scope also has a very heavy magnification on it, which isn’t a huge issue, but personally it isn’t a benefit. When you’ve got to aim for closer enemies it just makes it that much harder, especially in PvP.

Quick Draw: This is for those who switch to the sniper in a moments notice. This perk is the least recommended, especially if you are a Bladedancer Hunter which can use Quick Draw anyway.

If you die, the ammo unfortunately resets to zero.


This weapon definitely has some character. The most apparent thing when you first equip it was the absence of the ammo indicator. I usually expect to see a number on the back or on the scope, but here we have a heat indicator disguised as an ammo indicator. It changes hues from green to red based on how many shots you have left in the magazine. The barrel has a unique look to it as well.

The sound design of this weapon is fantastic. It has a very noticeable sharp sound, accompanied by a low growl as if the weapon is cooling down. If you have a good pair of headphones then turn them up and let your ears be pleased. It’s almost sounds like the shots being fired through a silencer.


Having the ability to recharge ammo just cannot be understated. Especially in longer fights, such as in Nightfalls or raids, it’s an invaluable tool.

Ice Breaker is one of the best, if not the best sniper rifle for PvE.

Patience and Time is the other Exotic Sniper, which some prefer in PvP for its stability, recoil and rate of fire.

Ice Breaker’s major fault is its high recoil, and that’s about it. This weapon gets a very well deserved 9/10.

Patrick Casey

Howdy! I am a contributing writer. If you think I overlooked something about a weapon, feel free to comment below and let me know. I’ll see you in the Crucible.


  • Miguel Angel Colón

    I like it!

  • Raxs

    Looks great. Definitely a winner. I’ll keep my coins saved up and see if it comes back around in “Xur’s” stock. I’m sure we’ll see some repetition before long!

  • sefier1

    This item is NOT often Sold by Xur. It’s only been sold 1 time so far. Sun beakers are a commonly sold item.

    • So far, but when looking at what he has the chance of selling, it’s common

      • sefier1

        That’s just pure speculation on a chance of him possibly selling that. There is no concrete evidence as even the article states that those items will actually show up in the future. There is no way of telling how finale that data is. This is how rumors start. In any professional article predictions and assumptions should not be led to be that’s as this article would have you believe. You’re jumping the gun there guy.

        • Dahm

          Not at all, the time travel glitch pulls from a fixed pool. As been stated many many times; it can not predict when something will be sold, but indicates what can be.

          If the game lasts forever, no changes are made to Xur’s list and we can go into the future indefinitely, the loot table revealed through the glitch will be the same as the one compiled from the future.

          • sefier1

            You missed the point kid. Is obvious is going to be sold again eventually as patterns show items recycled on Xur list and bound to show up at some time.

            This author said the ice breaker is frequently sold by Xur which is false and you can’t determine that or even something is going to be sold based on the glitch that changes Xur inventory by changing the date on your console. Xur hadn’t sold the ice breaker very often is actually rarely been on Xur list. The loot table shows what can potentially be sold but not accurately when it will be sold.

            I hate having to explain myself to people on basic things. Next time read everything before taking my words out of context.

          • MD

            The big question is… who freaking cares? You’re making a mountain out of a molehill, bro. Seriously find better things to complain about with your time. I’m sure somewhere out there someone has misspelled something or has a grammatical error you can yell and scream about…

          • sefier1

            What’s ironic is you’re writing to me as though I care about your opinion. Funny… Misleading people as a professional is serious which is why pro athletes aren’t allowed to take steroids and a real estate agent can’t advertise a home is 3 bedrooms by a lake when it’s really 1 bedroom next to a railroad. Facts are facts. Opinions don’t matter.

          • MD

            Yea that’s SOOOO ironic! Just like we don’t care about your over dramatic opinion of a video game weapon review. Someone needs to get outside and put destiny on the shelf for a few days. Although based on how much of a self righteous douche you are, the world might be better off if stay in your basement.

          • sefier1

            A fact is a fact. It’s been over a month and he still hasn’t sold it. Funny enough I actually have a life as I am shooting a music video and have a social life you could only dream of. Nonetheless this article isn’t the only one with errors.
            People visit the site expecting insightful and factual information. Fact remains is this isn’t the only article spreading false information and the people deserve to know that.

          • MD

            Bro you’re hysterical! I could really give two shits about your social life and for the record I work in TV so you can take your two bit music video and stick it you know where. Have a great weekend!

          • sefier1

            That’s cool i didn’t ask nor do I care about your personal life. I was only addressing your post to me.

          • MD

            Well hopefully I’ll see you in crucible and we can settle this the old fashioned way!

          • sefier1

            You probably play on ps4 so nahh.

          • MD

            Wrong again. Xbox1

          • sefier1

            First time I’m wrong but that’s ok because it was a guess. So what’s your gt so we can settle this like gaurdians in a Rumble match.

          • Niklas bomber

            well there are more exotics so he wont sell it week after week back to back

          • Frederic Parent

            shooting a music video is having a life ? i know actors, rockstar… that commited suicide… being famous or rich do not make you a better person or a more hapiness one !!!

    • Niklas bomber

      well voidfang is the new sun breakers its been sold more then SB recently

  • Micah Yang

    wow 9/10. a tie with pocket infinity going to be using this with Byf’s sunsinger build

  • Alastor Lakiska Lines

    Pls put your cursor on the “Ice Breaker” upgrade…this is the effect of “Chain of Woe”, not Ice Breaker

  • AlecJ

    This gun is a boss. It allows you to solo some seriously difficult missions. The regenerating ammo keeps you from having to leave safety for green pickups. Definitely a game changer, grab it if you get the chance. The best sniper rifle ive used so far.

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  • Tristan Keeler

    Absolute must when soloing weekly’s and nightfall

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  • spencer

    Ghorn is better and the blackhammer is better in my opinion. I haven’t used the ice breaker since december 12

  • Kenshiro Genjuro

    In principle Ice Breaker should have been Arc damage. It’s BATTERY powered for fuck’s sake. And before anyone mentions Patience and Time well that should have been Void. It makes you invisible for fuck’s sake. Coincidentally bringing me to another thought that invisibility powers should have been saved for whenever Bungie adds a Void Hunter. Call them stealth hunters or whatever.

    Too late to change any of that now, besides I have this killer hard-hitting Arc sniper anyway so I’m good just saying in principle. Between that and Ice Breaker all I need is another heavy-hitter that deals out Void damage and I’m golden.

  • jr240483

    afraid not. while its powerful , it have insane recoil. the only this good i ever used it is to reload my special weapons when the juggler mod is active and/or nightfalls. especially considering that a fully upgraded black hammer can do much precision damage than this one. especially with atheon where it does near 19000 and over 21000 it during time’s vengance & weapons of light. while the ice breaker does like around 18000.

    best bet is to save your coins for something better like red death instead of this junkie unless you dont have the invective and in need to getting around nightfalls with juggler and solar burn mods.

    Also the ammo no longer resets to zero anymore. just to note.