Not to be confused with Shatter (dread raven).
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  • Shatter
  • Level 17 Frost mage ability
  • Passive
  • Multiplies the critical strike chance of your spells against frozen targets by 1.5, and adds an additional 25%
    Rank 2 (Level 27):

    critical strike chance.
Usable by
Class Mage
Other information
Level learned 17

Shatter is a passive level 17 Frost mage ability. It multiplies the critical strike chance of all the mage's spells against frozen targets by 1.5 plus an additional 25% (50% at level 36). A frozen target is a target immobilized by a frost-based effect, such as [Frost Nova], Freeze, [Freezing Trap] or the freeze effect from the  [Freezing Band]. The critical strike chance applies to all of the mage's schools.

Tips and tactics

Freeze effects have a much higher chance to break when taking damage, meaning it can be difficult to get more than one spell to land on each freeze. It is still possible to get two criticals on the same freeze effect before it breaks. First, use a long cast time spell that also has a projectile travel time, such as [Frostbolt]. Immediately after the cast, use an instant spell such as [Ice Lance], if you are fast enough and at good range. The check to see if the target is frozen, and thus the critical strike check, is done at the time the cast completes, while the freeze effect is not removed from the target until after the spell hits. Thus, both spells will have the benefit of Shatter due to the time of flight for the first spell.


Patch changes

A devastating [Frostbolt] - [Ice Lance] combo crits twice on this frozen Talbuk with the aid of Shatter

  • Legion Hotfix (2016-07-26): Frost Bomb now procs on the impact of Ice Lance that benefits from Shatter, rather than on cast.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Now available only to Frost mages.
    • Now multiplies Critical Strike chance by 1.5 (down from 2).
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-09-14): The initial damage of Combustion is now properly affected by Shatter, increasing its crit chance accordingly.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now available to all specializations as a passive ability. Critical strike chance multiplier reduced from 3 to 2, and has an additional 50% to critically hit. No longer increases the damage done by Frostbolt against frozen targets.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2010-11-23): Shatter now only increases the chance for Molten Armor's damage to be a critical strike when the target is actually frozen, as intended.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Now also increases Frostbolt damage by 10/20% against frozen targets.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Changed from increasing critical strike chance of spells against frozen targets by 17/34/50% to multiplying the critical strike chance of spells against frozen targets by 2/3. Reduced to 2 ranks, from 3.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): No longer has a prerequisite.
    Reduced to three ranks, but kept the same effect at max rank.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Change from patch 2.0.10 changed back, however the overall chance that a freeze will break on any damage was still increased.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.10 (2007-03-06): Freeze effects were changed to break much earlier when the target was critically stricken. Typically, a freeze effect such as Frost Nova will now break on the first critical strike.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-19): Prior to this patch, the critical strike bonus only applied to frost spells. After this patch, Shatter applied to all of the mage's spell schools. This change made Shatter a viable talent combined with fire and arcane schools, especially in elementalist builds.

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