Fingers of Frost

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Fingers of Frost
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  • Fingers of Frost
  • Level 24 Frost mage ability
  • Passive
  • Your successful Frostbolts, Frostfire Bolts and Frozen Orb hits have a 15% chance, and your Blizzard ticks have a 5% chance to grant you the Fingers of Frost effect.

    The Fingers of Frost effect causes your next Ice Lance or Deep Freeze to act as if your target were frozen, and increases Ice Lance damage by 140%.

    Limit 2 charges.
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Related buff
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  • Fingers of Frost
  • Ice Lance and Deep Freeze act as if your target were frozen and Ice Lance deals 140% more damage.
  • Duration: 15 seconds

Fingers of Frost is a passive specialization ability for Frost mages, available at level 24. It gives various spells a chance to grant the Mage a buff that makes their next [Ice Lance] or [Deep Freeze] treat the target as if it were Frozen, as well as increasing Ice Lance damage by 100%.


  • By treating the target as if it were frozen, Fingers of Frost also benefits from [Shatter].
  • Instant [Frostfire Bolt] procs from [Brain Freeze] can also benefit from Fingers of Frost, increasing their crit chance.
  • Being a self-buff and not an actual freeze, this effect works on enemies that are otherwise immune to freezing effects (for instance, raid bosses).
  • Although [Scorch] is mentioned in Fingers of Frost's tooltip, the spells are exclusively available to different specs - Fire and Frost - and as such it is not possible to use Scorch to trigger Fingers of Frost.

Tips and tactics

  • This talent shines when used in conjunction with [Shatter], causing the spells to be cast under its influence to have a high chance to critically strike. It improves a Frost Mage's mobility by making them able to cast high-damage Ice Lances on the run.

Patches and hotfixes

The damage bonus was increased to 140%, not 120%.
  • Hotfix (2014-10-15): "Fingers of Frost rate of activation for Frostbolt and Frostfire Bolt should now correctly factor in the bonus from using the glyphed version of Icy Veins."
  • WoD Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Fingers of Frost bonus damage applied to Ice Lance has been increased to 100%, up from 25%.
  • MoP Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Scorch removed from the tooltip.
  • MoP Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Now has a 15% (was 12%) chance to activate from [Frostbolt], [Frostfire Bolt] and  [Frozen Orb], and a 5% (was 4%) chance to activate from [Blizzard].
Still mentions Scorch even though it's only available to Fire mages.
  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now triggered by Frostbolt, Frostfire Bolt and Frozen Orb (12% chance), Blizzard (4% chance), and Scorch (9% chance).
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Fingers of Frost bonus damage applied to Ice Lance has been increased to 25%, up from 15%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Can no longer be dispelled and now also increases Ice Lance damage by 15%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Proc chance is now 7/14/20%, down from 10/20/30%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Changed from 2 to 3 ranks. Chance to proc is now 10/20/30%, up from 7/15%.
  • WotLK Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): This talent now triggers immediately on casting a spell rather than being delayed until the spell strikes the target.

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