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Frostfire Bolt
Ability mage frostfirebolt.png
  • Frostfire Bolt
  • 40 yd  range
  • 4.0% of base mana
  • 2.75 sec cast
  • Launches a bolt of frostfire at the enemy, causing x Frostfire damage and slowing the target's movement by 40% for 8 sec.

    Enhanced Pyrotechnics (Level 92+)
    Each time your Fireball or Frostfire Bolt fails to critically strike a target, those spells gain a stacking 10% increased critical strike chance.

    This effect ends when Fireball or Frostfire Bolt critically strikes a target.
Usable by
SchoolFire, Frost
Casting time2.75 sec cast
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required1
Related debuff
Ability mage frostfirebolt.png
  • Magic
  • Frostfire Bolt
  • Movement slowed by 40%.
  • Duration: 8 seconds
TCG image
Fire so hot it numbs, and frost so cold it burns.
- Suvok Frozeneye TCG

Frostfire Bolt is a mage ability that all mages start with. It was introduced with Wrath of the Lich King. It gains benefits from talents that affect both Frost and Fire damage.

Modified by


Fire Fire specialization talent

Arcane Arcane specialization ability

Fire Fire specialization ability

Frost (Mage) Frost specialization ability

Pre-Mists of Pandaria

Its primary purpose was to make an Elementalist specialization (one with a balance of points between the Frost and Fire Mage trees) viable for PvE content (see Mage builds).

Elementalist talent builds had never quite achieved a position of PvE competitiveness in terms of damage dealing when compared to either the Frost or Fire trees. Previously, Elementalist Mages would use Fireball in raid situations due to its naturally higher damage, seeing half of all their talent investment (that in Frost) go down the drain and being unable to compete with fully specced Fire Mages. That changed with the introduction of Frostfire Bolt in Patch 3.0.2.

The Bolt, in essence, gained the benefits of both Frost and Fire damage talents (with the exception of restricted ones like Improved Fireball or Empowered Frostbolt). Elementalist Mages could benefit from Ice Shards and Ignite simultaneously, for instance, which was a massive increase to their DPS. Frostfire Bolt's stated goal from Blizzard was to make Elementalist builds viable in raids.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.0 (23-Jun-2015): Frostfire Bolt now deals 20% more damage.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Frostfire Bolt mana cost has been reduced to 9% of base mana.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): The periodic damage effect from Rank 2 of this spell now benefits from spell power gains.; Reduced the mana cost of Fireball, Frostbolt, Frostfire Bolt, Arcane Blast, Arcane Missiles, and Arcane Explosion.

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