Brain Freeze
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  • Brain Freeze
  • Level 32 Frost mage ability
  • Passive
  • Frostbolt has a 30% chance to empower your next Flurry to be instant cast and deal 50% increased damage.
  • Rank 2: Brain Freeze causes your next Flurry to apply Winter's Chill to the target.

    Winter's Chill causes the target to take damage from your spells as if it were frozen.
Usable by
Class Mage
Other information
Level learned 32
Rank levels 37 (rank 2)
Affects [Frostbolt], [Flurry]
Related buff
Ability mage brainfreeze.png
  • Brain Freeze
  • Your next Flurry is instant cast and deals 50% increased damage.
  • Duration: 15 seconds
Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Winter's Chill
  • Taking damage from the Mage's spells as if frozen.
  • Duration: 1 second

Brain Freeze is a passive level 32 Frost mage ability. It makes [Frostbolt] have a chance to grant an instant-cast [Flurry] that deals 50% more damage. At level 37 it also applies Winter's Chill, a debuff that acts as if the target is frozen.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Brain Freeze's delay has been modified so that it's no longer possible, with Haste, to land two [Ice Lance]s during a single Winter's Chill.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-01-31): Brain Freeze procs gained while you already have a Brain Freeze active and unused will now be delayed slightly.
Developers' notes: The delay on the second Brain Freeze will give the Mage time to use the first Brain Freeze proc. For example, the Mage might cast [Frostbolt] (proc Brain Freeze), then Frostbolt (proc Brain Freeze again), then instant [Flurry], then [Ice Lance], then Instant Flurry again, then Ice Lance.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25):
    • Now also increases the damage of your next [Flurry] by 50%.
    • Winter's Chill effect now learned at level 48.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-08): Brain Freeze now gives your Frostbolt a 15% chance to empower your next Flurry (was 10%).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Redesigned. Now gives [Frostbolt] a 10% chance to cause the next [Flurry] to be instant cast and apply a debuff that causes the target to take damage from the mage's spells as if it were frozen.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): Now has a 15% increased chance to trigger on each multistrike (down from 25%).
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-17):
    • Brain Freeze now increases the damage of Frostfire Bolt by 85% (up from 25%).
    • Resolved an issue where the Brain Freeze effect would sometimes not be used up when casting Frostfire Bolt.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now increases [Frostfire Bolt]'s damage by 25%, and can now stack up to 2 times. It also no longer triggers from the bomb talents, and instead has a 10% chance to trigger from [Frostbolt] casts. Each Multistrike of Frostbolt increases that cast's chance by an additional 25%. (Total of 60% on double-Multistrikes).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): No longer triggered by chilling effects or affects [Fireball]. Now has a chance to trigger from [Nether Tempest], [Living Bomb], or [Frost Bomb] and act as if your target were frozen.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Can now proc from [Frostfire Orb] (Rank 2)
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now causes spells to no longer trigger [Arcane Missiles], and causes [Frostfire Bolt] to benefit from [Fingers of Frost].
  • Wrath of the Lich King Hotfix (2010-03-31): Brain Freeze should no longer be triggered by casting [Frostfire Bolt].
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): This talent now allows your next [Fireball] or [Frostfire Bolt] to be instant and cost no mana. There is a small internal cooldown to keep the Frostfire Bolt from immediately triggering Brain Freeze again.

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