For the Warcraft III ability, see Lich (Warcraft III). For the Pet Battle ability, see [Frost Nova].
Frost Nova
Spell frost frostnova.png
  • Frost Nova
  • Level 3 mage ability
  • 2% of base mana
  • 30 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Blasts enemies within 12 yds of you for (17.91% of spell power) Frost damage and freezes them in place for 8 / Frost 10 sec.

    Damage may interrupt the freeze effect.
Usable by
Class Mage
School Frost
Cooldown 30 seconds
Radius 12 yd
Other information
Level learned 3
Improvements [Chilled to the Bone]
Related debuff
Spell frost frostnova.png
  • Magic
  • Frost Nova
  • Frozen in place.
  • Duration: 8 seconds
Litori's pursuers found themselves quite literally frozen in their tracks.[1]

Frost Nova is a level 3 point-blank area of effect mage spell that does light damage and freezes all enemies within 12 yards of the mage, rooting them in place for 8 seconds. Rooted enemies have a chance to break out each time they take damage; this check is made every time damage is taken from any source.


Tips and tactics

At its simplest, Frost Nova can be used to allow the mage to escape. Targets that are not damaged after Frost Nova may well stay frozen for 8 seconds. When overwhelmed by additional mobs or finding your health running low, try to draw all mobs into melee range before using Frost Nova, and escaping to safety.

Frost Nova is also a critical mage ability in kiting, preventing melee enemies from reaching the mage and dealing damage. When kiting mobs, wait until the mob is within melee range before using Frost Nova, then make the most of this by escaping to the longest range your spells can reach from, and re-commencing your assault. This reduces spell pushback and damage taken by the mage, and is a good skill to master for PvP and trickier encounters. This is not as effective against caster-type enemies, where abilities such as [Counterspell] are more effective at reducing damage. You can also use Frost Nova in PvE to root enemies that you may have pulled off the tank, allowing them time to regain aggro.

As well as its obvious kiting uses, Frost Nova is also an extremely important damaging ability for mages with [Shatter]. This talent potentially trebles the critical strike chance of attacks made against frozen targets, as well as improving [Frostbolt] by a further 20%, dramatically increasing damage dealt to the frozen target(s). Used skillfully this can allow the mage to deal large amounts of burst damage very quickly, while the target is frozen in place.

[Ice Lance] is another ability that works with Frost Nova, dealing three times as much damage to frozen targets.



Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage increased by 20%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Cooldown increased to 30 seconds (up from 25 seconds).
  • Bc icon.gif 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.gif 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.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Will now cause damage to targets immune to immobilizing effects.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): Now subject to diminishing returns in PvP. This is considered an immobilizing effect.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Duration reduced, cooldown increased.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.8 (2004-07-07): Cooldown slightly increased.

See also


External links