Alter Time
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  • Alter Time
  • Level Arcane19/FireFrost58 mage ability
  • 1% of base mana
  • 1 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Alters the fabric of time, returning you to your current location and health when cast a second time, or after 10 sec. Effect negated by long distance or death.
Usable by
Class Mage
School Arcane
Cooldown 1 minute
Other information
Level learned Arcane19/FireFrost58
Related buff
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  • Magic
  • Alter Time
  • Altering Time. Returning to past location and health when duration expires.
  • Duration: 10 seconds

Alter Time is a mage ability, available at level 19 for Arcane mages and level 58 for Fire and Frost mages. A similar but weaker effect exists in the Arcane-only Honor Talent [Temporal Shield]. It sends players back in time, but is negated by long distance and death. Most buffs and debuffs do not seem to be affected.

Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Added, now a baseline ability.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Removed.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.1.0 (2015-02-24): Now has a 1-minute cooldown (down from 1.5 minutes).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Changed to a level-30 talent, replaced [Temporal Shield].
    • No longer affects buffs, debuffs and mana, time when the spell can be used prolonged by 4 sec.
    Previous version: Alter the fabric of time, causing the caster to return to their current location, health, mana, buffs, and debuffs, when cast a second time, or after 6 sec.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.

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