Slow (mage)

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Spell nature slow
  • Slow
  • 30 yds.  range
  • 12% base Mana
  • Instant cast
  • Only one target can be affected at a time.
  • Reduces target's movement speed by 60%, increases the time between ranged attacks by 60% and increases casting time by 30%. Lasts 15 sec. Slow can only affect one target at a time.
Usable by
CooldownNone/Global Cooldown
Talent treeArcane, Tier 9
Arcane Subtlety, Arcane Focus
Other information
RequirementsOnly one target can be affected at a time.
Related debuff
Spell nature slow
  • Magic
  • Slow
  • Movement speed reduced by 60%. Time between ranged attacks increased by 60%. Casting time increased by 30%.
  • Duration: 15 seconds
"A . . . little . . . help . . . here?"[1]


The Mages of Lordaeron have been able to create a spell that hinders both movement and reflex. By warping the very patterns of time that surround his target, Slow enables the caster to bring an enemy's offensive to a crawl. Time cannot be held in check by even the mightiest of Mages, however, so the effects of this temporal shift cease as the power of the spell wanes.W2Man 52


Slow is a talent-trained mage spell that slows movement and reduces ranged attack and casting speed for 15 seconds. It is a 60% snare combined with a 60% negative haste debuff that affects ranged attacks and a 30% for spell casting. Only one target can be affected by Slow at a time.

Rank Level Cost
1 50[1] Talent
  1. Minimum level to acquire the talent


This is very powerful Crowd Control ability, and if used correctly, can save more lives than Ice Block.

Abilities that specifically dispel snares will remove the entire debuff, including the negative haste effect. This includes Blessing of Freedom, Escape Artist and [Living Action Potion].

Slow is dispelled as a magic type debuff.

This spell will overwrite the debuff given from Cone of Cold.

Talent improvement

Slow TCG

In the World of Warcraft: Trading Card Game.

The talent Arcane Focus will reduce the chance Slow is resisted by up to 10% at max rank. The talent Arcane Subtlety will reduce the threat caused by up to 40% at max rank.

Tips and tricks

This is useful against most classes in PvP. For casters, the cast speed debuff is used similar to a warlock's Curse of Tongues, giving the mage a better window to interrupt with Counterspell. For melee classes, the snare is as effective as any frost-based snare, and the cast is instant, meaning it can be cast on the run to better escape. For hunters that can't be kited, Slow at least reduces their ranged attack speed.

This ability counts as a snare for the purpose of Torment the Weak, but since every tanking class also has a snare, it is seldom necessary in PvE.

Patch changes

  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.9 (2009-02-10): Now increases cast time by 30%, down from 60%.

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Patch date10 February 2009 +

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