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Icy Veins
Spell frost coldhearted.png
  • Icy Veins
  • 3 min. cooldown
  • None
  • Instant cast
  • Hastens your spellcasting, increasing spell casting speed by 20% and reduces the pushback suffered from damaging attacks while casting by 100%. Lasts 20 sec.
Usable by
Cooldown3 min.
Talent treeFrost
Related buff
Spell frost coldhearted.png
  • Magic
  • Icy Veins
  • Casting speed of all spells increased by 20% and reduces the chance to avoid interruption caused by damage while casting by 100%.
  • Duration: 20 seconds
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Icy Veins is a talent trained mage spell that increases the casting speed of all spells by 20% and increases the chance to avoid interruption caused by damage while casting any spell by 100% while active.


Icy Veins does not reduce casting time of mage spells by 20%, instead it actually grants the mage a 20% spell haste, which means casting time is reduced by (100%-100%/120%)=16.67%. As of 2.4, the tooltip states the correct effect - previously it stated a flat 20% increase.

Under the effects of Icy Veins, spells that normally take 3 seconds to cast will then take 2.5 seconds. Spells that were 2.5 seconds will then cast in 2.08 seconds. Spells that cast in 1.5 seconds will then cast in 1.25 seconds.

Icy Veins does stack with Bloodlust and Heroism buffs from shamans, and Power Infusion from priests.

Like all haste effects, Icy Veins will speed up all channeled spells, such as Blizzard, Arcane Missiles, and even Evocation. Note that spells will cast at the faster cast time even if the Icy Veins buff expires while mid-cast or mid-channel, meaning that the buff is effectively longer than the 20 second buff duration. For example, starting to cast a Pyroblast with Icy Veins about to expire in half a second will still cast a Pyroblast that finishes in 5 seconds.

A deep arcane mage with PoM, Arcane Power and Icy Veins will be a force to be reckoned with in most PvP warfare.

Like most temporary self buffs, Icy Veins can be used off the global cooldown, and does not trigger it.




  • Spell holy dispelmagic.png[Arcane Subtlety] reduces the chance your spells will be dispelled by 15/30% and reduces the threat caused by your Arcane spells by 20/40%.


  • Spell ice magicdamage.png[Precision] reduces the mana cost of your spells by 1/2/3% and increases your hit rating by 1/2/3%.
  • Spell frost icefloes.png[Ice Floes] reduces the cooldown of your Frost Nova, Cone of Cold, Ice Block and Icy Veins spells by 7/14/20%.
  • Spell frost stun.png[Frost Channeling] reduces the mana cost of all spells by 4/7/10% and the threat caused by your Frost spells by 4/7/10%.
  • Spell frost wizardmark.png[Cold Snap] will, when activated, finish the cooldown on all of your Frost spells.


  • Glyph of Icy Veins will remove all movement slowing and cast time slowing effects when you cast Icy Veins.

Past changes

This talent was introduced in Patch 2.3.2, as a replacement for Ice Block but in Cold Snap's place in the talent tree.
Patch 2.4 changed this talent from increasing the chill effect ability to freeze the target by +10% to the avoid interruption effect.

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