For the pet battle ability, see . [Ice Barrier ]
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 Properties School
25 seconds Other information Level learned
, [Eldritch Warding ] , [Frostbite ] [Glacial Insulation ] Related buff
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 . The shield absorbs physical, magical, and most environmental damage ( [Power Word: Shield ] 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 ]
causes Ice Barrier to grant an additional 200% armor while active, and allows [Glacial Insulation ] to apply Ice Barrier when it fades, regardless of cooldown. [Ice Block ]
has a chance to freeze enemies chilled by Ice Barrier's snare effect. [Frostbite ]
Patches and hotfixes
Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Ice Barrier's absorption value now scales from the Mage's maximum health rather than spell power.
Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Now exclusive to Frost specialization and learned at level 26. The snare effect of the now removed has been folded into this ability. [Frost Armor ]
Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now available at level 54, up from level 16.
Hotfix (2016-08-24): The Dense Ice version of Ice Barrier can now be properly refreshed, even when the shield is undamaged.
Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Changed to a level 16 ability for all specializations. Now absorbs 202% more damage.
Patch 5.1.0 (2012-11-27): The damage absorbed by Ice Barrier has been reduced by 25%.
Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now available to all specializations as a talent. Cooldown reduced from 30 to 25 sec.
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%.
Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): No longer has as a prerequisite. [Cold Snap ]
Patch 2.3.2 (2008-01-08): The talent, , required to obtain Ice Barrier was removed from the [Ice Block ] Frost (talent tree), moving up in its place to make room for a new talent, [Cold Snap ] . [Icy Veins ]
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.
Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Ice Barrier Rank 6 was added.
Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-19): Ice Barrier received an overhaul. The spell was changed to stack with (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 [Power Word: Shield ] , thus saving mana when using both shields. [Mana Shield ] Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Training costs added to ranks.