Mana Shield
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  • Mana Shield
  • Mage ability
  • 7% of base mana
  • Instant
  • Absorbs (X + 0.8 * $SPA) damage, draining mana instead. Drains 1 mana per damage absorbed. Lasts 1 min.
Usable by
Class Mage
School Arcane
Cooldown None
Improvements [Incanter's Absorption]
Related buff
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  • Magic
  • Mana Shield
  • Absorbs damage, draining mana instead.
  • Duration: 60 seconds
A mage can manipulate mana for defense as well as offense.[1]

Mana Shield is a self-cast mage spell that shields the caster from all damage. It can be a mage's best friend or worst killer. When this shield is up, physical and magical damage will be absorbed at the cost of 1 mana per point of damage. The shield collapses after absorbing a set amount or 1 minute passes, whichever comes first.



  • Glyph of Mana Shield
  • Major Glyph
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.

    Reduces the cooldown of your Mana Shield by 2 sec.
  • Classes: Mage
  • Requires Level 46
  • Sell Price: 1s


Tips and Tactics

After it absorbs the given damage (consuming equal that amount of mana) it will collapse, but no cooldown means you can recast immediately, or even while it's still partially up to "refresh" the absorption pool.

The [Incanter's Absorption] talent can make the mana used up worth the trade-off. 10/20% of the damage absorbed per hit will be added to your spell power. This effect lasts for 10 seconds but, it stacks on top of prior hits while refreshing the buff timer. This can make you keep the buff for the entire duration of the fight (as long as you get hit every 10 seconds) and the longer the fight goes, the more power you gain (up to 5% of your max health). A hit large enough to remove the Mana Shield in one hit (at level 85 with 8000 spell power) will increase spell power by 789/1577 for 10 seconds.

See also

Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Removed. This spell is now known as [Incanter's Ward].
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Mana drained per damage reduced from 1.5 to 1.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Mana Shield now drains 1.5 mana per damage absorbed. Its spell power bonus was also increased to around 80%.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): This spell will now get a percentage of the Mage’s bonus to spell power as an additional effect. (Note : That's 50% of your spell damage)
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.6 (2007-01-23): Magical damage absorption was added. Previously, the shield only absorbed physical damage.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13): Mana Shield now drains 2 mana per hit point absorbed.


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