Frostfire Bolt

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Frostfire Bolt
  • Frostfire Bolt
  • 40 yd  range
  • 4.0% of base mana
  • 2.75 sec cast
  • Launches a bolt of frostfire at the enemy, causing X Frostfire damage and slowing the target by 40% for 8 sec.
Usable by
SchoolFire, Frost
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required1
Related debuff
  • Magic
  • Frostfire Bolt
  • Movement slowed by 40%.
  • Duration: 8 seconds
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Fire so hot it numbs, and frost so cold it burns.
- Suvok Frozeneye TCG

Frostfire Bolt is a mage ability that all mages start with. It was introduced with Wrath of the Lich King. It gains benefits from talents that affect both Frost and Fire damage.

Modified by Edit

Inv glyph majormage 2020
  • Glyph of Frostfire Bolt
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Mage
  • Requires Level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.
    Reduces the cast time of Frostfire Bolt by 0.5 sec.
  • Sell Price: 1 Silver
Inv glyph majormage 2020
  • Glyph of Icy Veins
  • Item Level 25Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Major Glyph
  • Classes: Mage (Frost)
  • Requires Level 25
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.
    Your Icy Veins causes your Frostbolt, Frostfire Bolt, Ice Lance, and your Water Elemental's Waterbolt spells to split into 3 smaller bolts that each do 160% damage, instead of increasing spell casting speed.
  • Sell Price: 1 Silver

Pre-Mists of Pandaria Edit

Its primary purpose was to make an Elementalist specialization (one with a balance of points between the Frost and Fire Mage trees) viable for PvE content (see Mage builds).

Elementalist talent builds had never quite achieved a position of PvE competitiveness in terms of damage dealing when compared to either the Frost or Fire trees. Previously, Elementalist Mages would use Fireball in raid situations due to its naturally higher damage, seeing half of all their talent investment (that in Frost) go down the drain and being unable to compete with fully specced Fire Mages. That changed with the introduction of Frostfire Bolt in Patch 3.0.2.

The Bolt, in essence, gained the benefits of both Frost and Fire damage talents (with the exception of restricted ones like Improved Fireball or Empowered Frostbolt). Elementalist Mages could benefit from Ice Shards and Ignite simultaneously, for instance, which was a massive increase to their DPS. Frostfire Bolt's stated goal from Blizzard was to make Elementalist builds viable in raids.

Patch changes Edit

  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Frostfire Bolt mana cost has been reduced to 9% of base mana.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): The periodic damage effect from Rank 2 of this spell now benefits from spell power gains.; Reduced the mana cost of Fireball, Frostbolt, Frostfire Bolt, Arcane Blast, Arcane Missiles, and Arcane Explosion.

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