Spell frost frostbolt02.png
  • Frostbolt
  • Level 1 mage ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 2% of base mana
  • 2 sec cast
  • Launches a bolt of frost at the enemy, causing (51.1% of Spell power) Frost damage and slowing movement speed by 50% for 8 sec.

    Frost Rank 2 (Level 41):
    Increases Frostbolt damage by 15%.
Usable by
Class Mage
School Frost
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 1
Improvements [Bone Chilling], [Brain Freeze], [Deep Shatter], [Fingers of Frost], [Frigid Winds], [Frostbite], [Frozen Touch], [Lonely Winter], [Tunnel of Ice]
Related debuff
Ability mage chilledtothebone.png
  • Magic
  • Chilled
  • Movement slowed by 50%.
  • Duration: 8 seconds
"Wearing heavy plate is taxing enough without having to lug around another eighty pounds of ice." —Warrax[1]

Frostbolt is a level 1 mage spell that deals frost direct damage and chills the target, slowing its movement speed. This spell is the primary source of damage for a frost mage.


Frostbolt is the primary filler spell for Frost mages, who rely on it not only for damage, but its unique interactions with the spec. At appropriate levels, each Frostbolt cast has a chance to proc two separate passive abilities, [Brain Freeze] and [Fingers of Frost], as well as generate an Icicle. Frostbolt is also well known for its chill effect, snaring targets hit by 50%. Its short cast time makes it possible to keep this debuff up on multiple targets. With a 40 yard range, Frostbolt grants frost mages a strong form of gap control, as well as a means to prevent enemies at distance from escaping.



Frostbolt passively gains the following improvements:


PvP Talents

Azerite Traits



Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): Frostbolt now snares targets for 8 seconds, down from 15 seconds.
  • Legion Patch 7.3.0 (2017-08-29): Frostbolt has received a new spell animation.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Damage reduced by 17%.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Damage increased by 5%. Additionally, Frostbolt now snares targets by 50%, up from 30%. This change was already active in PvP combat from a previous hotfix.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-10-13): Frostbolt no longer deals increased damage in PvP (was a multiplier of +10%).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-23):
    • Frostbolt damage increased by 8%.
    • Frostbolt now reduces movement speed by 50% in PvP.
    • Frostbolt damage is now increased by 10% in PvP (down from 20%).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-26):
    • Frostbolt damage increased to 185% of Spell Power (was 170%).
    • Frost Bolt (Frost) deals 20% additional damage in PvP.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage reduced by 5%. Now reduces movement speed by 30%, down from 50%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.0 (2015-06-23): Now deals 20% more damage.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-30): Damage has been reduced by 20%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-17): Damage increased by 20%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Frostbolt can no longer be used to heal the mage's Water Elemental.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Now deals 10% less damage and no longer increases the damage of any spells. The damage for those spells have been increased instead.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now a Frost specialization ability. Movement speed reduction increased from 40% to 50%, and duration increased from 9 to 15 sec. Now also causes the target to take an additional 8% damage from Frostbolt and Ice Lance, and Water Elemental's Waterbolt, stacking up to 3 times.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Damage has been increased by 10%.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Spell power scaling on this spell has been increased by approximately 5%.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Damage on rank 12 was increased slightly to ensure it did more damage than rank 11 at all levels.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Targets that are immune to movement slowing effects will no longer be affected by Frostbolt's movement slowing effect. Damage will still be caused.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Cast time reduced, damage and mana cost reduced accordingly, slowing effect reduced.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Duration increased with each rank.

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