For the Warcraft II ability of the same name, see Mage (Warcraft II)#Spells. For the Warcraft III ability of the same name, see Archmage (Warcraft III)#Blizzard. For the company named Blizzard, see Blizzard Entertainment.
Spell frost icestorm.png
  • Blizzard
  • Level 14 Frost mage ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 2.5% of base mana
  • 8 sec cooldown
  • 2 sec cast
  • Ice shards pelt the target area, dealing (102.4% of Spell power) Frost damage over 8 sec and reducing movement speed by 50% for 3 sec.

    Rank 2 (Level 47):
    Each time Blizzard deals damage, the cooldown of Frozen Orb is reduced by 0.5 sec.

    Rank 3 (Level 52):
    Damage increased by 15%.
Usable by
Class Mage
School Frost
Cooldown 8 seconds
Other information
Level learned 14
Improvements [Bone Chilling], [Freezing Rain], [Frigid Winds], [Shatter]
Affects [Frozen Orb]
Related debuff
Spell frost icestorm.png
  • Blizzard
  • Movement slowed by 50%.
  • Duration: 3 seconds

Blizzard is a level 14 Frost mage ability that deals damage over 8 seconds, and snares all affected targets each time they take damage.

At level 47, Blizzard gains a second rank, allowing it to reduce the remaining cooldown on [Frozen Orb] each time it strikes a target.


Calling down shards of freezing ice to batter and rend their enemies, Archmagi have been known to rout entire armies using this spell.[1] One of the Alliance’s most feared spells, Blizzard has become even more effective and deadly since its original inception during the First War. Summoning torrential storms from the frozen Mountains of Northeron, this potent spell calls down a fierce tempest of ice to assault the enemies of the Mage with a flurry of cold blades. Blizzard can be cast over large portions of the battlefield, making it an extremely powerful spell when facing legions of Orcish troops.[2]

Icon-RPG.png This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

This mage, wizard and sorcerer spell calls freezing sleet, snow and hailstones on foes. The cutting ice shards and hail pound down upon the caster’s enemies and foes, battering them and causing slashing, impact and cold damage.[3][4]


In the World of Warcraft: Trading Card Game.

  • Blizzard deals damage in 9 ticks, the first tick instantly, and the remaining 8 ticks each second (before Haste).
  • Haste reduces the duration, the time between ticks, and the cooldown. However, Haste does not add any additional ticks.


  • Rank 2 - Starting at level 63, Blizzard reduces the remaining cooldown on [Frozen Orb] by 0.5 seconds each time it strikes a target.
  • [Shatter] - Increases the critical strike chance of Blizzard against frozen targets.
  • [Bone Chilling] - Causes Blizzard to grant a stack of Bone Chilling every time it strikes a target, increasing spell damage by up to 5%.
  • [Freezing Rain] - Casting Frozen Orb causes Blizzard to be instant cast and deal 50% increased damage for 12 sec.
  • [Frigid Winds] - Increases Blizzard's snare to 65%.
Artifact traits
Removed from game The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 8.0.1.


Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): Blizzard now applies a 50% snare for 3 seconds (was 50% snare for 15 seconds) and range increased to 40 yards (was 35 yards). Spellpower co-efficient reduced by ~12%.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Blizzard no longer activates [Fingers of Frost]. Rank 2 effect added.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Damage increased by 10%. Snare increased to 50% (up from 30%). Now learned at level 18 (was 44).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-23): Blizzard damage increased by 36%, and mana cost reduced by 50%.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer channeled. Now has a 2 second cast time and an 8 second cooldown (up from no cooldown). Movement speed reduction reduced to 30% (down from 50%). Damage increased by 20%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Blizzard is now considered a Frost specialization ability, and is no longer available to Arcane or Fire specializations.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Now deals 40% more damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Blizzard now also reduces movement speed of affected targets by 50%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Damage has been increased by 70%.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Blizzard can now trigger the talent [Brain Freeze].
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): This spell is now capable of critical strikes.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): The casting bar will now display properly when casting Blizzard with spell haste.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.2.0 (2007-09-25): This spell is now affected by area damage caps. Its bonus damage coefficients have also been increased.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Now affected by spell haste.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.9.0 (2006-01-03): Blizzard will now be able to gain a Clearcasting state from [Arcane Concentration].
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Deals its damage in more frequent intervals.


  1. ^ Warcraft III manual, pg. 8
  2. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Mage Spells
  3. ^ Aylott, Christopher; Zach Bush, Jeff Grubb, Luke Johnson, Seth Johnson, Mur Lafferty, Greg Netcher. in Mike Johnstone: Dungeons & Dragons Warcraft The Roleplaying Game: 159. ISBN 978-1588460714. 
  4. ^ Johnstone, Mike; Rob Baxter, Bob Fitch, Luke Johnson, Seth Johnson, Mur Lafferty, Andrew Rowe. in Ellen P. Kiley: World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game: 265, 282, 283. ISBN 978-1588467812. 

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