Fingers of Frost
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  • Fingers of Frost
  • Level 13 Frost mage ability
  • Passive
  • Frostbolt has a 15% chance and Frozen Orb damage has a 10% to grant a charge of Fingers of Frost.

    Fingers of Frost causes your next Ice Lance to deal damage as if the target were frozen.

    Maximum 2 charges.
Usable by
Class Mage
Other information
Level learned 13
Improvements [Frozen Touch]
Affects [Frostbolt], [Frozen Orb], [Blizzard], [Ice Lance]
Related buff
Ability mage wintersgrasp.png
  • Fingers of Frost
  • Your next Ice Lance deals damage as if the target were frozen.
  • Duration: 15 seconds

Fingers of Frost is a passive level 13 Frost mage ability. It gives various spells a chance to grant the Mage a buff that makes their next [Ice Lance] treat the target as if it were Frozen.


  • By treating the target as if it were frozen, Fingers of Frost also benefits from [Shatter].
  • Being a self-buff and not an actual freeze, this effect works on enemies that are otherwise immune to freezing effects (for instance, raid bosses).


Tips and tactics

  • This ability shines when used in conjunction with [Shatter], causing the spells to be cast under its influence to have a high chance to critically strike. It improves a Frost Mage's mobility by making them able to cast high-damage Ice Lances on the run.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now has a 12% chance to proc from [Frostbolt] and [Frozen Orb] (down from 15%) and no longer increases [Ice Lance] damage.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): Now increases [Ice Lance] damage by 120% (up from 100%).
    The damage bonus was increased to 140%, not 120%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-15): Fingers of Frost rate of activation for Frostbolt and Frostfire Bolt should now correctly factor in the bonus from using the glyphed version of Icy Veins.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Fingers of Frost bonus damage applied to Ice Lance has been increased to 100%, up from 25%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Scorch removed from the tooltip.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now has a 15% (was 12%) chance to activate from [Frostbolt], [Frostfire Bolt] and  [Frozen Orb], and a 5% (was 4%) chance to activate from [Blizzard].
    Still mentions Scorch even though it's only available to Fire mages.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now triggered by Frostbolt, Frostfire Bolt and Frozen Orb (12% chance), Blizzard (4% chance), and Scorch (9% chance).
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Fingers of Frost bonus damage applied to Ice Lance has been increased to 25%, up from 15%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Can no longer be dispelled and now also increases Ice Lance damage by 15%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Proc chance is now 7/14/20%, down from 10/20/30%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Changed from 2 to 3 ranks. Chance to proc is now 10/20/30%, up from 7/15%.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): This talent now triggers immediately on casting a spell rather than being delayed until the spell strikes the target.

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