Ice Lance

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For the Pet Battle ability, see [Ice Lance].
Ice Lance
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  • Ice Lance
  • Level 10 Frost mage ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 1% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Quickly fling a shard of ice at the target, dealing (89.3% of spell power) Frost damage.

    Ice Lance damage is tripled against frozen targets.
Usable by
Class
Properties
Type

Offensive

School
Cooldown

None/Global Cooldown

Other information
Level learned

10

Improvements
"It's hard to nail a moving target. An immobile one, though... now that's a different story." - Velindra Sepulchre [1]

Ice Lance is a level 10 Frost mage spell that deals Frost direct damage. The spell can be powerful due to the fact that it deals triple damage to targets that are frozen.

Notes

The double bonus on frozen targets is applied after all spell damage, talents and other modifiers have been calculated.

Tips and tactics

Ice Lance is a great source of burst DPS in solo, PvP and some group situations. It is useful in any situation where an enemy can be frozen, which makes it less useful on most dungeon bosses. Since the triple damage bonus is applied after all other flat modifiers such as spell power effects, the burst damage can get pretty high.

Ice Lance is one of the very few offensive mage abilities that can be used while moving, and the fact that it has no cooldown other than the global cooldown means that it can be spammed repeatedly. Interestingly, it is possible to use Ice Lance to make a "fighting retreat" so to speak and use it on foes directly behind the mage's path of movement. The trick is to face perpendicular to the target that you wish to flee from, and side-step out of the way. Thus if you face left with the target to your left, move to your right, and if you face right with the target to your right, move to your left. The actual targeting arc for spells and abilities is one-hundred and eighty degrees in front of a character, so by "torso twisting" in this manner a mage can run away at full speed while still showering the foe with Ice Lance attacks.

Shatter combo

Summon your minion. From a decent range (~20y), target your enemy and begin casting your [Frostbolt]. While Frostbolt is casting, use the minion's Freeze on your enemy, and immediately when Frostbolt is done casting start spamming Ice Lance. Because of the distance and travel time, Frostbolt and Ice Lance should hit at the same time and both crit, leading to high burst damage.

On non-frozen targets, the spell is a useful instant that costs very little mana. Unlike wanding, Ice Lance can be cast while running. In PvP, use it to take down shaman totems or to interrupt flag captures in battlegrounds.

Trivia

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Ice Lance missile speed increased by 30%.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25):
    • Damage increased by 5%.
    • Now learned at level 10 (was 5).
  • Hotfix (2016-09-23): "Ice Lance damage increased by 13%."
  • Hotfix (2016-08-26): "Ice Lance (Frost) deals 20% additional damage in PvP."
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage increased by 52%. Now deals 200% more damage to frozen targets, up from 100%.
  • Hotfix (2014-10-17): "Damage has been increased by 20%."
  • WoD Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Now replaces Fire Blast and is now only available to Frost mages.
    • Base damage has been increased by 100%, but its damage multiplier against frozen targets has been reduced by 50%.
  • Hotfix (2013-09-23): "Ice Lance's damage has been increased by 20%."
  • MoP Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Damage has been increased by 43%.
  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Damage multiplier against frozen increased from 2 to 4.
  • WotLK Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): [Molten Fury]: This talent no longer prevents Ice Lance ranks 2 and 3 from dealing triple damage against frozen targets.
  • WotLK Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Arcane Impact renamed to [Spell Impact] and now affects [Blast Wave], [Fire Blast], [Cone of Cold], and Ice Lance.
  • WotLK Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Two ranks added for the 71-80 character level range.
  • TBC Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): A data error was fixed that was causing Ice Lance to cause more threat than intended.
  • TBC Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Introduced with one rank.

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