Frost Ward
Spell frost frostward.png
Usable by
Class Mage
School Frost
Cooldown 30 sec
Improvements [Frost Warding], Precision, [Frost Channeling], [Molten Shields]
Related buff
Spell frost frostward.png
  • Magic
  • Frost Ward
  • Absorbs Frost damage.
  • Duration: 30 seconds

Prior to patch 4.0.1, Frost Ward was a mage spell that would cast a shield on the caster to absorb frost damage. The shield would last 30 seconds or until the given amount of damage was absorbed, whichever came first. Frost Ward was self-cast only. Since Patch 4.0.1, Frost Ward has been replaced with [Mage Ward] which is a similar spell that also blocks Fire and Arcane damage.

Previously, Frost Ward (Rank 5) could have been trained at level 60 from Tome of Frost Ward V; a random drop from pre-TBC high level dungeons, raid bosses and outdoor world bosses.

Rank table

Rank Absorbs Level Cost
1 165 22 20s
2 290 32 80s
3 470 42 1g 50s
4 675 52 3g 20s
5 920 62 4g 20s[1]
6 1220 70 11g

Talent improvements

The [Frost Warding] talent gave Frost Ward a 20% chance at max rank to reflect frost spells back at the caster.

This spell benefits from the mana cost reduction effects of the talents Elemental Precision (mage talent) and [Frost Channeling].

[Cold Snap] would have reset the cooldown on this spell.


Frost Ward could have been dispelled as a magic debuff.

Damage reduction due to spell resistances or [Dampen Magic]-like effects was calculated before damage would be absorbed.

[Fire Ward] shared the same cooldown timer as Frost Ward. Using one ward would have triggered the cooldown of the other, meaning only one of the two wards could have been active at a time.

Patch changes

See also