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<onlyinclude>{{Infobox ability
| name = Shatter
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|name=Shatter
| image = Spell_Frost_FrostShock.png
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|image=spell_frost_frostshock.png
| description = Multiplies the critical strike chance of all your spells against frozen targets by x, and increases the damage done by Frostbolt against frozen targets by n%.
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|description=Doubles the critical strike chance of all your spells against frozen targets plus an additional 50%.
| class = Mage
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|class=[[Mage]]
| location = Frost, Tier 1
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|type=Utility
| affects = Spell Critical Chance
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|cast_time=Passive
| ranks = 2
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|school=Physical
| talent_req =
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|cooldown=
| points_req =
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|level=16
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|specialization=Frost
 
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''"Ain't you hungry for success, success, success, success? Does it matter? I've been shattered."''
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[[Image:Frostbolt_ice_lance_crits.jpg|thumb|right|A devastating [[Frostbolt]] - [[Ice Lance]] combo crits twice on this frozen [[Talbuk]] with the aid of Shatter]]
   
'''Shatter''' is a [[mage]] [[talent]] that passively increases the mage's spell critical strike against frozen targets by ~17% per rank, up to 50% at max rank 3. A frozen target is a target immobilized by a frost-based effect, such as [[Frost Nova]], [[Freeze]], [[Frostbite (mage talent)|Frostbite]], [[Freezing Trap]] or the freeze effect from the [[Freezing Band]]. The critical strike chance applies to all of the mage's schools. The talent is popular in most [[frost mage|frost]] builds and [[elementalist]] builds, especially in combination with talents such as [[Ice Shards]], which increases critical strike damage, and [[Frostbite (mage talent)|Frostbite]] which freezes more enemies. Mobs in raid zones, especially raid bosses, are often immune to freezes making this talent less useful in those situations.
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'''Shatter''' is a passive [[mage]] ability learned at level 16 for those with the frost specialization. It increases the mage's spell critical strike against frozen targets by 50%. A frozen target is a target immobilized by a frost-based effect, such as {{ability|Frost Nova}} or {{ability|Freezing Trap}}, or the freeze effect from the [[Freezing Band]]. The critical strike chance applies to all of the mage's schools. Mobs in raid zones, especially raid bosses, are often immune to freezes, making this ability less useful in those situations.
   
{| class="darktable" style="text-align: center;"
 
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! Rank !! Critical Strike Multiplier x, Increase n
 
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| 1 || 2, 10%
 
|-class="alt"
 
| 2 || 3, 20%
 
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[[Image:Frostbolt_ice_lance_crits.jpg|thumb|right|A devastating [[Frostbolt]] - [[Ice Lance]] combo crits twice on this frozen [[Talbuk]] with the aid of Shatter]]
 
 
== Tips ==
 
== Tips ==
Freeze effects now have a much higher chance to break when taking damage, meaning it can be difficult to get more than one spell to land on each freeze. It is still possible to get two criticals on the same freeze effect before it breaks. First, use a long cast time spell that also has a projectile travel time, such as [[Frostbolt]] or [[Fireball]]. Immediately after the cast, use an instant spell such as [[Ice Lance]] or [[Fire Blast]], or use [[Presence of Mind]] with another spell, if you are fast enough and at good range. The check to see if the target is frozen, and thus the critical strike check, is done at the time the cast completes, while the freeze effect is not removed from the target until after the spell hits. Thus, both spells will have the benefit of Shatter due to the time of flight for the first spell.
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Freeze effects now have a much higher chance to break when taking damage, meaning it can be difficult to get more than one spell to land on each freeze. It is still possible to get two criticals on the same freeze effect before it breaks. First, use a long cast time spell that also has a projectile travel time. Immediately after the cast, use an instant spell such as {{ability|Ice Lance}}. The check to see if the target is frozen, and thus the critical strike check, is done at the time the cast completes, while the freeze effect is not removed from the target until after the spell hits. Thus, both spells will have the benefit of Shatter due to the time of flight for the first spell.
 
This talent is considered essential and the main source of damage for frost mages in PvP.
 
 
== Past changes ==
 
 
* {{Patch 4.0.3a|note=Shatter now also increases Frostbolt damage by 10/20% against frozen targets.}}
 
   
Prior to [[Patch_1.11_(Release_Notes)|patch 1.11]], the critical strike bonus only applied to frost spells. After this patch, Shatter applied to all of the mage's spell schools. This change made Shatter a viable talent combined with fire and arcane schools, especially in elementalist builds.
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== Patch changes ==
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*{{Patch 6.0.2|note=Shatter is now available only to Frost Mages.; Shatter now multiplies Critical Strike chance by 1.5 (down from 2).}}
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*{{Patch 5.0.4|note=No longer a talent; now a core ability.}}
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*{{Patch 4.0.3a|note=Shatter now also increases Frostbolt damage by 10/20% against frozen targets.}}
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*{{Patch 3.0.2|note=This talent was reduced to three ranks, but kept the same effect at max rank.}}
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*{{Patch 2.0.10|note=Freeze effects changed to break much earlier when the target was critically stricken. Typically, a freeze effect such as Frost Nova will now break on the first critical strike. In [[Patch 2.1]] this was changed back, however the overall chance that a freeze will break on any damage was still increased.}}
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*{{Patch 1.11|note=Shatter applies to all of the mage's spell schools. This change made Shatter a viable talent combined with fire and arcane schools, especially in elementalist builds.}}
   
In [[Patch 2.0.10 (Release Notes)|patch 2.0.10]], freeze effects were changed to break much earlier when the target was critically stricken. Typically, a freeze effect such as Frost Nova will now break on the first critical strike. In [[Patch 2.1]] this was changed back, however the overall chance that a freeze will break on any damage was still increased.
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== External links ==
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{{elinks-spell|12982}}
   
   
In Patch [[3.0.2]] this talent was reduced to three ranks, but kept the same effect at max rank.
 
   
 
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[[Category:Mage abilities]]

Latest revision as of 19:19, December 20, 2014

Shatter
Spell frost frostshock
  • Shatter (Passive)
  • Passive
  • Doubles the critical strike chance of all your spells against frozen targets plus an additional 50%.
Usable by
ClassMage
Properties
TypeUtility
SchoolPhysical
Talents
SpecializationFrost
Level required16
Frostbolt ice lance crits

A devastating Frostbolt - Ice Lance combo crits twice on this frozen Talbuk with the aid of Shatter

Shatter is a passive mage ability learned at level 16 for those with the frost specialization. It increases the mage's spell critical strike against frozen targets by 50%. A frozen target is a target immobilized by a frost-based effect, such as [Frost Nova] or [Freezing Trap], or the freeze effect from the Freezing Band. The critical strike chance applies to all of the mage's schools. Mobs in raid zones, especially raid bosses, are often immune to freezes, making this ability less useful in those situations.

Tips Edit

Freeze effects now have a much higher chance to break when taking damage, meaning it can be difficult to get more than one spell to land on each freeze. It is still possible to get two criticals on the same freeze effect before it breaks. First, use a long cast time spell that also has a projectile travel time. Immediately after the cast, use an instant spell such as [Ice Lance]. The check to see if the target is frozen, and thus the critical strike check, is done at the time the cast completes, while the freeze effect is not removed from the target until after the spell hits. Thus, both spells will have the benefit of Shatter due to the time of flight for the first spell.

Patch changes Edit

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.0.2 (October 14, 2014): Shatter is now available only to Frost Mages.; Shatter now multiplies Critical Strike chance by 1.5 (down from 2).
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.0.4 (28 August 2012): No longer a talent; now a core ability.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Shatter now also increases Frostbolt damage by 10/20% against frozen targets.
  • Bc icon/Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): This talent was reduced to three ranks, but kept the same effect at max rank.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.10 (2007-03-06): Freeze effects changed to break much earlier when the target was critically stricken. Typically, a freeze effect such as Frost Nova will now break on the first critical strike. In Patch 2.1 this was changed back, however the overall chance that a freeze will break on any damage was still increased.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.11.0 (20-Jun-2006): Shatter applies to all of the mage's spell schools. This change made Shatter a viable talent combined with fire and arcane schools, especially in elementalist builds.

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