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Frost Nova
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  • Frost Nova
  • 30 sec cooldown
  • 2.0% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Blasts enemies within 12 yds of the caster for X Frost damage and freezes them in place for up to 8 sec. Damage caused may interrupt the effect.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown30 sec (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required3
Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Frost Nova
  • Frozen in place.
  • Duration: 8 seconds
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For the Warcraft III ability, see Lich (Warcraft III).
Litori's pursuers found themselves quite literally frozen in their tracks.

Frost Nova is a core mage ability learned at level three. It is a point-blank area of effect spell that does light damage and freezes all enemies within 12 yards of the mage, rooting them in place for 8 seconds. Rooted enemies have a chance to break out each time they take damage; this check is made every time damage is dealt from any source.

Modified by


Arcane Arcane specialization ability


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Use Frost Nova to root enemies in place and then gain some range to cast spells without getting hit. This is especially effective against melee-only enemies, as they will not have any other way to attack you. Against caster-type enemies, use Frost Nova to gain range along with [Counterspell] to interrupt their casting. Also use Frost nova to root enemies that you may have pulled off the tank, and allow them to regain aggro.

Frost Nova is an important ability in the frost specialization when [Shatter] is gained, as it is a guaranteed freeze effect. The Shatter ability works on any target rooted by one of your frost spells.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): The tooltip on this ability will now update properly from all talents which increase its damage by a percentage.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): The mana cost on these spells has been reduced by approximately 15%.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Will now properly overwrite the effect of Shattered Barrier and of Frostbite.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Changed to crowd control. All targets over level 60 have a slightly larger chance to break out of crowd-controlling effects when they take damage.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.10 (2007-03-06): Increased the chance Frozen effects are broken when the target is critically struck by a spell.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005): Will now cause damage to targets immune to immobilizing effects.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Now subject to diminishing returns in PvP. This is considered an immobilizing effect.

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