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For the debuff type, see snare.
Spell nature slow
  • Slow
  • Row 5 mage talent
  • 35 yd range
  • 1% of base mana
  • Instant
  • Reduces the target's movement speed by 50% for 15 sec.
Class Mage
School Arcane
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Talent required Ability ardenweald mage [Shifting Power] or Spell mage altertime [Alter Time]
Improvements Inv enchant essencearcanelarge [Mass Slow]
Related debuff
Spell nature slow
  • Magic
  • Slow
  • Movement speed reduced by 50%.
  • Duration: 15 seconds
Slow TCG

In the TCG.

Slow is a mage class talent. It reduces the movement speed of a target for 15 seconds.


  • Slow is...
    • One of the Mage's abilities in Warcraft II. Its description in the Tides of Darkness game manual reads: "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."
    • One of the Sorceress's abilities in Warcraft III. Its description in the Reign of Chaos game manual reads: "The Kirin Tor has 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 speeds."
    • A rare mage talent in the Trading Card Game. Its flavor text reads: ""

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 5 class talent (was a level 12 Arcane ability).
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 12 (was 32).
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now learned at level 32 (was 36).
  • 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): Now a level 36 Arcane specialization ability (was a tier 5 Arcane talent). 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.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Moved to tier 5 (was tier 9).
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.9 (2009-02-10): Now increases cast time by 30%, down from 60%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Mana cost reduced. No longer stacks with Spell shadow curseoftounges [Curse of Tongues] or Spell nature nullifydisease [Mind-numbing Poison].
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): Mana cost reduced.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.2.0 (2007-09-25): It is no longer sometimes possible to Slow two targets at the same time in the outdoor world.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Added.

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