Freezing Trap
Spell frost chainsofice.png
  • Freezing Trap
  • Level 10 hunter ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 30 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Hurls a frost trap to the target location that incapacitates the first enemy that approaches for 1 min. Damage will break the effect. Limit 1. Trap will exist for 1 min.
Usable by
Class Hunter
School Physical
Cooldown 30 seconds
Other information
Level learned 10
Improvements [Diamond Ice], [Expert Trapper], [Guerrilla Tactics]
Related debuff
Spell frost chainsofice.png
  • Magic
  • Freezing Trap
  • Incapacitated.
  • Duration: 1 minute

TCG artwork.

Freezing Trap is a level 10 hunter trap. It causes the first enemy to approach the trap to be incapacitated, preventing them from taking any action for up to 1 minute, although any damage caused will break the ice.

Hunters starting in Exile's Reach unlock this by completing B Hunter [1-10] A Hunter's Trap.

This trap when used can be placed at the desired location.



Tips and tactics


  • Freezing Trap is good for crowd control. It works on any type of mob, unlike some other forms of CC that require a specific type.
  • Freezing Trap is also good for escaping enemies or hostile players.
  • Freezing Trap can be used to "reset" the battle, allowing the Hunter to return to max range and have another free shot at the Incapacitated mob.
  • Freezing trap is also a great tool for taming beasts. Set a trap between you and the beast you want to tame and then begin the Taming, caus. This way, you'll hardly be scratched at all during the taming process.


  • This is a Survival hunter's main crowd control ability. It has the advantage of working on any type of mob, whereas abilities such as [Polymorph] and [Sap] are limited depending on the mob type.
  • If the mob is a non-caster ranged attacker, you will have to use [Hatchet Toss] to get them into your trap. First, put down a trap behind a corner or an obstacle. After the tank pull, Hatchet Toss the mob you want to trap. Then run and hide behind the corner or obstacle immediately, so that the mob cannot "see" you. If done correctly, it will run to the corner or obstacle and get trapped.
  • Holding aggro on an incapacitated mob will make the mob much easier to retrap when it breaks in addition to ensuring that the mob will not chase after a healer. This can easily be accomplished with [Distracting Shot], which generates hate without breaking the trap. This can become important during long fights in which the target must remain trapped for an extended period. Having a Focus macro will enable you to use Distracting Shot without having to switch targets, allowing you to keep aggro without the hassle and possible danger of switching targets in mid-fight.


  • Freezing trap is incredibly useful as a means of escape, especially in PvP. If you are rooted, snared, or generally outmatched, you can lay a Freezing Trap and run. If you [Feign Death] first, you can summon your mount to aid you in this; if that's not possible, [Aspect of the Cheetah] can help you get some distance as well.
  • Lay a Freezing Trap and then stand in front of it as a safety measure in case there is a stealthed person behind you.
  • Druids who get caught inside a Freezing Trap cannot shift out to break the trap.


Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Now available to all Hunters.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-12-06): Freezing Trap will no longer cause the target's next cast to fail in certain cases.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now learned at level 16 (was 28).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now available only to Survival.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-01-08): Freezing Trap now has a trigger radius of 3 yards (down from 5 yards).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now has a new appearance.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Freezing Trap now lasts 1 minute and hunters can have multiple traps active. Talents enhancements also adjusted.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-13): Freezing Trap now shares the same duration in pvp as other long-duration forms of crowd control (ie: polymorph, fear, sap).
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): Visual changed.

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