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Ice Block
Spell frost frost
  • Ice Block
  • Row 2 mage talent
  • 4 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Encases you in a block of ice, protecting you from all attacks and damage for 10 sec, but during that time you cannot attack, move, or cast spells.

    Causes Hypothermia, preventing you from recasting Ice Block for 30 sec.
Class Mage
School Frost
Cooldown 4 minutes
Talent required Spell magearmor [Prismatic Barrier] or Ability mage moltenarmor [Blazing Barrier] or Spell ice lament [Ice Barrier]
Improvements Spell frost icefloes [Cryo-Freeze], Spell fire bluefire [Ice Cold], Spell ice rune [Winter's Protection]
Related buff
Spell frost frost
  • Magic
  • Ice Block
  • Immune to all attacks and damage. Cannot attack, move, or use spells.
  • Duration: 10 seconds
Related debuff
Spell fire blueimmolation
  • Hypothermia
  • Cannot be made invulnerable by Ice Block.
  • Duration: 30 seconds

Ice Block is a row 2 mage talent. It makes the caster immune to damage and negative effects for a short time.

Using Ice Block debuffs the caster with Hypothermia, preventing them from using Ice Block again for 30 seconds.

Tips and tactics[]

Mage Iceblock example

A gnome mage using Ice Block.

  • When Ice Block is active, casting it again will cancel it.
  • Ice Block can be removed by an enemy's Spell arcane massdispel [Mass Dispel].
  • Ice Block can be used while afflicted by loss of control effects such as stuns or fear effects.
  • Ice Block can prevent fall damage. It can also prevent damage from drowning and fatigue, but it will not reset the breath bar or the fatigue bar, so as soon as the block ends the damage will continue.
  • Since mobs will not attack immune targets, Ice Block causes them to ignore the caster for its duration. It does not reduce threat levels.
  • A stopcasting macro can be used to make Ice Block more responsive, by having it immediately stop any in-progress spellcasts when its button is pressed:
    /cast Ice Block

Notes and trivia[]

Ice Block TCG

In the TCG.

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 2 class talent (was a level 22 ability).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 22 (was 50).
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Now learned at level 50 (was 26). Cooldown reduced to 4 minutes, down from 5 minutes. Mana cost removed (was 15 mana).
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-12-06): Ice Block's cooldown will correctly reset at the end of an encounter.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now learned at level 26 (was 15).
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now learned at level 15 (was 26).
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-10-12): No longer incorrectly removes Ability creature cursed 05 [Battle Fatigue].
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now learned at level 26 (was 30).
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.2 (2008-01-08): Ice Block is no longer a talent, and is now trainable at level 30 (was a tier 5 Frost talent).
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Ice Block has been reverted back to its old behavior.
    Originally, a player who Ice Blocked in midair would continue to fall normally. At one point this was changed so an Ice Blocked player hovered while the spell was active, then began to fall when it expired.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Hypothermia debuff added.
    Prior to this, a mage with Ice Block and Spell frost wizardmark [Cold Snap] could be protected for 20 consecutive seconds, with only a short interruption to use Cold Snap.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09):
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.12.0 (2006-08-22): Fixed a bug that was causing Ice Block to trigger a 5 minute cooldown on the Inv gizmo 01 [Gnomish Cloaking Device].
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): Fixed race condition where damage would sometimes be applied after Ice Block was activated.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17):
    • Duration slightly increased.
    • Now a buff instead of a debuff (you can cancel it).

External links[]

Ice Block Hypothermia