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For the Pet Battle ability, see Peticon-elemental Spell frost frostnova [Frost Nova]. For the Warcraft III ability, see Lich (Warcraft III).
Frost Nova
Spell frost frostnova
  • Frost Nova
  • Level 3 mage ability
  • 2% of base mana
  • 30 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Blasts enemies within 12 yds of you for (5.149% of Spell power) Frost damage and freezes them in place for 6 sec. Damage may interrupt the freeze effect.
Class Mage
School Frost
Cooldown 30 seconds
Radius 12 yd
Other information
Level learned 3
Improvements Ability mage chilledtothebone [Chilled to the Bone], Spell frost frostward [Ice Ward], Ability mage icyfeet [Icy Feet], Spell frost frostnova [Improved Frost Nova], Spell hunter blackicetrap [Rigid Ice]
Related debuff
Spell frost frostnova
  • Magic
  • Frost Nova
  • Frozen in place.
  • Duration: 6 seconds

Frost Nova is a level 3 mage ability. On use, it deals light damage and freezes nearby enemies, rooting them. Targets are considered Frozen while affected by Frost Nova.



Patch changes[]

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 3 (was 5).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.3.0 (2020-01-14): Frost Nova once again overrides their Water Elemental's Freeze root even if the Frost Nova root would last longer.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now learned at level 5 (was 3).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage increased by 20%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-12-11): Several abilities that should break on damage will now correctly have a chance to break when damage is absorbed, including Frost Nova.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Cooldown is now 30 seconds (was 25 seconds).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now learned at level 3 (was 8).
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2011-12-06): Should now properly break when the affected player takes damage while a damage absorption effect is also active.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Spells which have an effect broken by taking damage past a threshold now count damage that was prevented by damage absorbs or other damage reducing effects.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Effects which are broken from taking too much damage now break automatically from about half as much damage taken as before.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Now learned at level 8 (was 10).
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): The tooltip on this ability will now update properly from all talents which increase its damage by a percentage.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Mana cost reduced by approximately 15%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Will now properly overwrite the effect of Ability mage coldasice [Shattered Barrier] and of Spell frost frostarmor [Frostbite].
  • Bc icon Patch 2.2.0 (2007-09-25): Now affected correctly by area damage caps.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Changed to crowd control. All targets over level 60 have a slightly larger chance to break out of crowd-controlling effects when they take damage.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.10 (2007-03-06): Increased the chance Frozen effects are broken when the target is critically struck by a spell.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Will now cause damage to targets immune to immobilizing effects.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): Now subject to diminishing returns in PvP. This is considered an immobilizing effect.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Duration reduced, cooldown increased.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.8 (2004-07-07): Cooldown slightly increased.

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