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Frost Mage DPS Spell Summary — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 13, 2020 at 00:00 by Kuni 131 comments
General Information

On this page, we present you with all spells and procs that you need to understand as a Frost Mage in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Mage spells.


Frost Mage Spell Summary

If you are new to Frost, it is recommended you read this before proceeding! In this section we will discuss what abilities you have, what they are used for within the specialization, and how they interact with important cooldowns. If you have played this spec before or have already achieved a level of comfort playing this spec in a practical environment, it is recommended you skip this section and move on to the rest of the guide.


Main Resource for Frost Mage

Frost Mage does not rely on a primary resource. Like the other Mage specs you have a Mana bar, however, Frost relies more on generating procs through your basic spells to fuel damage output. You will never run into a situation where you find your Mana bar fully depleted by casting damaging combat spells.


Basic Abilities for Frost Mage

These abilities are available no matter what talents you chose, and form the bread and butter of this specialization.

Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt is your main filler. While Frostbolt does fairly weak damage on its own, it is essential to your overall damage output as it triggers both of your important procs, Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze and Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost, and is also the primary source of Mastery: Icicles Icon Mastery: Icicles.

Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance is an instant cast nuke that deals solid damage when it is empowered by Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost. Ice Lance should generally only be cast when the target is considered frozen, aside from as a last-ditch movement spell.

Flurry Icon Flurry is a nuke with a lengthy cast time. The Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze proc allows this cast to be instant while also dealing 50% more damage, and as such Flurry should only be cast while Brain Freeze is active.

Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb travels forwards in the direction you are facing, slowing drastically when it first deals damage. The orb generates 1 charge of Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost on initial impact, and has a 10% chance to generate Fingers of Frost each time it ticks. This ability deals moderate single target damage, where it is primarily used for generating Fingers of Frost procs, and heavy AoE damage.

Summon Water Elemental Icon Summon Water Elemental grants you a pet that deals damage. In addition, the Water Elemental has the unique ability Freeze Icon Freeze which helps both with kiting, and DPS on lesser mobs through Shatter Icon Shatter.


Important Procs for Frost Mage

Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost is your main source of burst damage output. Fingers of Frost has a 15% chance to proc off of Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt and 10% chance off of Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb. Fingers of Frost causes your next Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance to be considered frozen, granting both the triple damage bonus of Ice Lance and benefit from Shatter Icon Shatter.

Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze has a 25% chance to proc off of a Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt cast, and causes your next Flurry Icon Flurry to be an instant, deal 50% extra damage, and apply Winter's Chill Icon Winter's Chill to the target for 1 second. Winter's Chill causes the target to behave as if it was frozen, allowing you to benefit from Shatter Icon Shatter. You should follow up your Brain Freeze-buffed Flurry casts with an Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance to exploit this.


DPS Cooldowns for Frost Mage

Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins increases your Haste by 30% for 20 seconds. This is your main DPS cooldown and is generally best used on cooldown.

Time Warp Icon Time Warp increases Haste by 30% for 40 seconds for all party and raid members within 100 yards. This ability debuffs everyone with a debuff that prevents the possibility of benefiting from Time Warp, Shaman's Heroism Icon Heroism and Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust, or Hunter's Primal Rage Icon Primal Rage for the next 10 minutes.



  • 13 Jan. 2020: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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