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|name=Frostbolt
 
|name=Frostbolt
 
|image=Spell_Frost_FrostBolt02.png
 
|image=Spell_Frost_FrostBolt02.png
|description=Launches a bolt of frost at the enemy, causing 888 to 959 Frost damage and slowing movement speed by 40% for 12 sec.
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|description=Launches a bolt of frost at the enemy, causing X Frost damage and slowing movement speed by 50% for 15 sec.<br><br>Also causes the target to take an additional 5% damage from your Frostbolt and Ice Lance, and your Water Elemental's Waterbolt and Water Jet, stacking up to 3 times.
 
|class=[[Mage]]
 
|class=[[Mage]]
 
|type=Offensive
 
|type=Offensive
 
|school=[[Frost]]
 
|school=[[Frost]]
|target=Unfriendly
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|cost=4.0% of [[base mana]]
|cost=6%-11% of base mana
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|range=40 yd
|range=30 yds.
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|cast_time=2 sec
|cast_time=3
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|cooldown=
|improvement=[[Improved Frostbolt]], [[Precision (mage talent)|Precision]], [[Ice Shards]], [[Piercing Ice]], [[Frostbite]], [[Permafrost]], [[Frost Channeling]], [[Arctic Reach]], [[Winter's Chill]], [[Arctic Winds]], [[Empowered Frostbolt]], [[Arcane Instability]], [[Spell Power]], [[Playing with Fire]], [[Molten Fury]], [[Shatter]]
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|gcd=1.5 sec
|ranks=13
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|level=12
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|specialization=Frost
 
|debuff_type=Magic
 
|debuff_type=Magic
|debuff_desc=Movement slowed by 40%.
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|debuff_desc=Movement slowed by 50%.<br>Damage taken from the Mage's Frostbolt and Ice Lance, and the Mage's Water Elemental's Waterbolt and Water Jet increased by 5%.
|debuff_dur=12 seconds
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|debuff_dur=15 seconds
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|tcg=FrostboltTCG.jpg
 
}}</onlyinclude>
 
}}</onlyinclude>
 
{{AbilityFlavor|"Wearing heavy plate is taxing enough without having to lug around another eighty pounds of ice." —Warrax|TCG Heroes of Azeroth|56}}
 
{{AbilityFlavor|"Wearing heavy plate is taxing enough without having to lug around another eighty pounds of ice." —Warrax|TCG Heroes of Azeroth|56}}
   
'''Frostbolt''' is a [[mage]] spell that deals [[frost]] [[direct damage]] and [[chill]]s the target, slowing its movement speed. This spell is the primary source of damage for a [[frost mage]].
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'''Frostbolt''' is a [[mage]] ability learned at level 12 for those with the Frost specialization. It deals [[frost]] [[direct damage]] and [[chill]]s the target, slowing its movement speed. This spell is the primary source of damage for a [[frost mage]]. In addition to placing a debuff that increases the damage of certain spells against the target, Frostbolt can also be used to heal the mage's water elemental.
   
== Table ==
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== Patch changes ==
Frostbolt is available at level 7 for {{cost||2|71}}.
 
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! Level !! Base mana Cost !! Cast Time !! Damage !! Duration
 
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| 4 || - || - || - || -
 
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| 7 || 4 % || 1.66 sec || 30 || 9 sec
 
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| 8 || 3 % || 1.68 sec || 32 || 9 sec
 
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| 9 || 4 % || 1.71 sec || 33 || 9 sec
 
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| 10 || 4 % || 1.74 sec || 35 || 9 sec
 
|}
 
 
==Notes==
 
* All ranks of Frostbolt damage scale slightly with level after training it (game version 2.1.3).{{fact}}
 
 
Frostbolt at max rank gets 81.4% of the caster's frost [[spell damage]] from gear and buffs. This figure is derived from the cast time and the 5% penalty for spells with a secondary effect, such as Frostbolt's [[chill]] effect (an exception to which is {{ability|Frostfire Bolt}}).
 
<pre>.95(3.0 / 3.5) ~ .814</pre>
 
The talent {{ability|Empowered Frostbolt}} increases the bonus by 5% per rank. To calculate the spell damage bonus, use the following formula, where Y is the number of points in Empowered Frostbolt:<ref>{{ref web
 
|url=http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=79218288
 
|title=WoW Mage Forums
 
|author=Zaldinar
 
|accessdate=2007-8-6
 
|date=2007-02-24}}</ref>
 
<pre>(.95(3/3.5) + .05Y)</pre>
 
 
Multiplying this spell damage bonus by the amount of frost spell damage from gear and buffs gives the final amount added to the base Frostbolt damage.
 
 
==Improvements==
 
[[Improved Frostbolt]] will lower the cast time of Frostbolt by up to .5 seconds at max rank. [[Empowered Frostbolt]] at max rank will increase the amount of frost spell damage that applies to the spell by 10%, and further reduces cast time by .2 sec.
 
 
[[Elemental Precision (mage talent)|Elemental Precision]] and [[Frost Channeling]] reduce the mana cost of the spell, while Frost Channeling also lowers its threat. Frostbolt deals [[Frost]] damage, so the bonuses from [[Piercing Ice]], [[Ice Shards]], [[Arctic Winds]] and [[Winter's Chill]] apply to the spell. [[Arctic Reach]] extends the range to 36 yards at max rank. [[Master of Elements]] will refund a percentage of the mana cost of the spell if it critically hits its target.
 
 
The chill component of Frostbolt is affected by [[Permafrost]], which increases the duration of the snare to 12 seconds at max rank, and increases the snare to 50% of movement speed. Also, the chill will trigger the [[Frostbite (mage talent)|Frostbite]] talent. Permafrost also reduces the target´s healing received by 20% at max rank.
 
 
As with all mage spells capable of critical hits, [[Arcane Instability]], [[Spell Power]], [[Molten Fury]], [[Playing with Fire]] and [[Shatter]] can increase the effective damage output of this spell.
 
 
As of [[Patch 3.0.2]], [[Impact]] from the Fire talent tree will work with any spell, including Frostbolt. With Frostbolt's snare and possible root effects, this additional [[stun]] can help further slow down one's opponents.
 
 
Lastly, [[Glyph of Frostbolt]] increases the damage it deals by 5%, but removes its slowing effect. Frostbolt will still apply chill-based effects like [[Brain Freeze]] and [[Fingers of Frost]].
 
 
==Tips and tactics==
 
Even though the duration of the [[snare]] is shorter, the fast casting time on the low ranks of this spell means never letting the big one get away. Keep rank one on your hotbar when you or your group are going to be facing enemies that flee when at low health... this includes [[PvP]], the downside, is that this actually costs more mana per cast.
 
 
==Patch changes==
 
 
* {{Patch 3.3.3|note=Spell power scaling on this spell has been increased by approximately 5%.}}
 
* {{Patch 3.3.3|note=Spell power scaling on this spell has been increased by approximately 5%.}}
 
* {{Patch 2.1.0|note=Damage on rank 12 was increased slightly to ensure it did more damage than rank 11 at all levels.}}
 
* {{Patch 2.1.0|note=Damage on rank 12 was increased slightly to ensure it did more damage than rank 11 at all levels.}}

Revision as of 19:15, December 8, 2012

Frostbolt
Spell frost frostbolt02
  • Frostbolt
  • 40 yd  range
  • 4.0% of base mana
  • 2 sec cast
  • Launches a bolt of frost at the enemy, causing X Frost damage and slowing movement speed by 50% for 15 sec.

    Also causes the target to take an additional 5% damage from your Frostbolt and Ice Lance, and your Water Elemental's Waterbolt and Water Jet, stacking up to 3 times.
Usable by
ClassMage
Properties
TypeOffensive
SchoolFrost
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Talents
SpecializationFrost
Level required12
Related debuff
Spell frost frostbolt02
  • Magic
  • Frostbolt
  • Movement slowed by 50%.
    Damage taken from the Mage's Frostbolt and Ice Lance, and the Mage's Water Elemental's Waterbolt and Water Jet increased by 5%.
  • Duration: 15 seconds
TCG image
FrostboltTCG
"Wearing heavy plate is taxing enough without having to lug around another eighty pounds of ice." —Warrax[1]

Frostbolt is a mage ability learned at level 12 for those with the Frost specialization. It deals frost direct damage and chills the target, slowing its movement speed. This spell is the primary source of damage for a frost mage. In addition to placing a debuff that increases the damage of certain spells against the target, Frostbolt can also be used to heal the mage's water elemental.

Patch changes

  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Spell power scaling on this spell has been increased by approximately 5%.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Damage on rank 12 was increased slightly to ensure it did more damage than rank 11 at all levels.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005): Targets that are immune to movement slowing effects will no longer be affected by Frostbolt's movement slowing effect. Damage will still be caused.

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