For the debuff type, see snare.
Spell nature slow.png
Usable by
Class Mage
School Arcane
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 12
Related debuff
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  • Magic
  • Slow
  • Movement speed reduced by 50%.
  • Duration: 15 seconds

In the World of Warcraft: Trading Card Game.

"A... little... help... here?"[1]

Slow is a level 12 Arcane mage spell that slows the enemy's movement speed by 50% for 15 seconds.


This is very powerful crowd control ability, and if used correctly, can save more lives than [Ice Block].

Slow is dispelled as a magic type debuff.

Tips and tricks

This is useful against most melee classes in PvP. The snare is as effective as any frost-based snare, and the cast is instant, meaning it can be cast on the run to better escape.


Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness:

The Mages of Lordaeron have been able to create a spell that hinders both movement and reflex. By warping the very patterns of time that surround his target, Slow enables the caster to bring an enemy's offensive to a crawl. Time cannot be held in check by even the mightiest of Mages, however, so the effects of this temporal shift cease as the power of the spell wanes.[2]

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos:

The Kirin Tor developed a technique that envelops a person in a field that reduces kinetic energy. This spell actually pulls the energy directly from the creature trying to move and attack, and channels it into the ground, causing the creature to have reduced attack and movement speed.[3]

Patch changes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): No longer affects attack or casting speed. Additionally, Slow can now affect more than one target at a time.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2014-01-10): Slow now reduces the target's casting speed on player targets by 10% (down from 25%).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Movement speed reduction reduced from 60% to 50%, casting time increase increased from 30% to 50% (25% against players) and no longer increases the time between ranged attacks.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.9 (2009-02-10): Now increases cast time by 30%, down from 60%.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added.

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