For the pet battle ability, see [Ice Barrier].
Ice Barrier
Spell ice lament.png
  • Ice Barrier
  • Level 11 Frost mage ability
  • 3% of base mana
  • 25 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Shields you with ice, absorbing [(22% of Total Health) * (1 + Versatility)] damage

    Glacial Insulation
    and increasing your armor by 200%

    for 1 min.

    Melee attacks against you reduce the attacker's movement speed by 50%.
Usable by
Class Mage
School Frost
Cooldown 25 seconds
Other information
Level learned 11
Improvements [Eldritch Warding], [Frostbite], [Glacial Insulation]
Related buff
  • Magic
  • Ice Barrier
  • Absorbs (22% of Total Health) damage.
    Melee attackers slowed by 50%.
  • Duration: 1 minute

Ice Barrier is a level 11 Frost mage ability. It is an important defensive cooldown, shielding the caster for up to 60 seconds, absorbing damage similarly to a priest's [Power Word: Shield]. The shield absorbs physical, magical, and most environmental damage (fall damage is not absorbed). Damage from DoTs such as poison is also absorbed.


  • The total amount the shield can absorb is increased by 22% of the caster's total health.
  • While shielded, spells do not lose casting time due to push-back interruption.
  • Ice Barrier stacks with other damage shield spells such as [Power Word: Shield].



  • [Glacial Insulation] causes Ice Barrier to grant an additional 200% armor while active, and allows [Ice Block] to apply Ice Barrier when it fades, regardless of cooldown.

PvP Talents

  • [Frostbite] has a chance to freeze enemies chilled by Ice Barrier's snare effect.

Azerite Traits


Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Ice Barrier's absorption value now scales from the Mage's maximum health rather than spell power.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Now exclusive to Frost specialization and learned at level 26. The snare effect of the now removed [Frost Armor] has been folded into this ability.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now available at level 54, up from level 16.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-24): The Dense Ice version of Ice Barrier can now be properly refreshed, even when the shield is undamaged.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Changed to a level 16 ability for all specializations. Now absorbs 202% more damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.1.0 (2012-11-27): The damage absorbed by Ice Barrier has been reduced by 25%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now available to all specializations as a talent. Cooldown reduced from 30 to 25 sec.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Base damage value has been increased by approximately 120%. In addition, the benefit from spell power has been increased by approximately 8%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): No longer has [Cold Snap] as a prerequisite.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.2 (2008-01-08): The talent, [Ice Block], required to obtain Ice Barrier was removed from the Frost (talent tree), moving [Cold Snap] up in its place to make room for a new talent, [Icy Veins].
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Ice Barrier will gain an additional benefit from frost spell damage gear, however the base amount of damage absorbed for ranks 5 and 6 has been lowered.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Ice Barrier Rank 6 was added.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-19): Ice Barrier received an overhaul. The spell was changed to stack with [Power Word: Shield] (which previously overwrote it), had its cooldown reduced from 2 minutes to 30 seconds, gained the benefit of frost spell damage, and was prioritized to absorb damage before [Mana Shield], thus saving mana when using both shields.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Training costs added to ranks.

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