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Spell frost frostshock
  • Shatter (Passive)
  • Passive
  • Doubles the critical strike chance of all your spells against frozen targets plus an additional 50%.
Usable by
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 core passive mage ability learned at level 16. 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.


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] or [Fire Blast], or use [Presence of Mind] (if talented) 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.

Patch changes

  • 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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Patch date28 August 2012 +, 23 November 2010 +, 14 October 2008 +, 6 March 2007 + and 20 June 2006 +

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