Ice Barrier

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Ice Barrier
Spell ice lament
  • Ice Barrier
  • 0 yds (Self)  range
  • 25 sec cooldown
  • 3.0% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Instantly shields you, absorbing X damage. Lasts 1 min. While the shield holds, spellcasting will not be delayed by damage.
Usable by
Cooldown25 sec (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required30
Related buff
Spell ice lament
  • Magic
  • Ice Barrier
  • Absorbs X damage.
  • Duration: 1 minute
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Ice Barrier is a mage talent available at level 30. It shields the caster for up to 60 seconds, absorbing damage similar to a priest's Power Word: Shield spell. The shield absorbs physical, magical, and most environmental damage (fall damage is not absorbed.) Damage from DoTs such as poison is also absorbed.

While shielded, spells do not lose casting time due to push-back interruption. However, debuffs such as snares, counterspell, and silence still pass through.

Ice Barrier stacks with other damage shield spells such as Power Word: Shield.

Patch changes

  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.1.0 (27-Nov-2012): The damage absorbed by Ice Barrier has been reduced by 25%.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.0.4 (28 August 2012): Minor update.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.1.0 (26-Apr-2011): Ice Barrier base absorption value has been increased by approximately 120%. In addition, the benefit from spell power has been increased by approximately 8%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): The mana cost on these spells has been reduced by approximately 15%.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): Using low ranks of this spell will now be penalized the same way healing spells are penalized.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.2 (2008-01-08): The talent, Ice Block, required to obtain Ice Barrier was removed from the Frost (talent tree), moving Cold Snap up in its place to make room for a new talent, Icy Veins.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Ice Barrier will gain an additional benefit from frost spell damage gear, however the base amount of damage absorbed for ranks 5 and 6 has been lowered.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Ice Barrier Rank 6 was added.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.11.0 (20-Jun-2006): Ice Barrier received an overhaul in the 1.11 mage talent review. The spell was changed to stack with Power Word: Shield (which previously overwrote it), had its cooldown reduced from 2 minutes to 30 seconds, gained the benefit of frost spell damage, and was prioritized to absorb damage before Mana Shield, thus saving mana when using both shields.

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Patch date27 November 2012 +, 28 August 2012 +, 26 April 2011 +, 4 August 2009 +, 25 March 2008 +, 8 January 2008 +, 13 November 2007 +, 22 May 2007 + and 20 June 2006 +

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