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  • Frostbite
  • Level 20 Frost mage PvP talent
  • Passive
  • Gives your Chill effects a 15% chance to freeze the target for 4 sec.
Usable by
Class Mage
Other information
Level available 20
Related debuff
Spell frost frostarmor.png
  • Magic
  • Frostbite
  • Frozen.
  • Duration: 4 seconds

Frostbite is a Frost mage PvP talent that gives your chill effects a 15% chance to also freeze your target for 4 seconds. Mage spells that have chill components include [Frostbolt] and [Cone of Cold].


The Frostbite effect is subject to diminishing returns. It will also always proc along with [Fingers of Frost].

Tips and tricks

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In PvP situations Frostbite is effective at catching runners or slowing large groups, which is invaluable in battlegrounds such as Warsong Gulch.

The Frostbite effect does not overwrite the [Frost Nova] effect or the Water Elemental's Freeze effect. These spells have a longer duration (8 seconds vs. 4 seconds) than Frostbite, and thus supersede it. Even if the Frost Nova or Freeze has fewer than 4 seconds remaining, Frostbite will not take effect. However, if the attack with a chill happens to break the freezing effect, it is possible for the Frosbite freeze to take effect immediately.

Because Frostbite only lasts for 4 seconds, a mage often only has enough time (due to lag) to cast one or two Frostbolt (depending on haste) before the effect wears off. However, if a troll mage casts Frostbolt in conjunction with the racial [Berserking] (thus reducing the cast time to 2.25 seconds or less) then they can have up to two chances to proc a Frostbite. [Ice Lance] can also be cast instead of additional Frostbolts, as it can allow several castings into a frozen enemy, which is advantageous considering that it does triple damage to frozen targets.

Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Converted from a rank 25 honor talent to a PvP talent.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Re-added as a Frost honor talent. Now freezes for 4 seconds, down from 5 seconds.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Removed.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Relocated from Tier 2 to Tier 1.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): The Frostbite effect was changed to be subject to diminishing returns in PvP.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.12.0 (2006-08-22): The effect of this talent will now still be placed on the victim if the caster is killed before their spell reaches the target.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-19): Relocated to tier 2 and reduced to 3 ranks (was tier 6 with 5 ranks).
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Fixed the duration of Frostbite on pets which are dismissed and then recalled.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17):
    • Chance that Frostbite affects a target has been reduced.
    • Duration slightly increased
    • Freeze effects can now be dispelled.

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