For the wand, see Cold Snap (wand).
Cold Snap
Spell frost wizardmark
  • Cold Snap
  • 3 min cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • Immediately resets the cooldown of your Ice Block,

    Spell holy magicalsentry Arcane
    Presence of Mind

    Spell fire firebolt02 Fire
    Dragon's Breath

    Spell frost frostbolt02 Frost
    Cone of Cold

    and Frost Nova spells, and heals you for 22% of your maximum health. Usable during most loss of control effects, and unaffected by global cooldown.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown3 min
Level required60
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Cold Snap is a mage talent available at level 60. It resets the cooldowns of select spells. It is an instant-cast ability that requires no mana. In PvP, Cold Snap is most commonly used as an emergency or defensive spell, allowing immediate use of Ice Block and Frost Nova.


  • Cold Snap does not get locked out by counterspell interrupts when the Frost school is interrupted.
  • Cold Snap will reset the cooldowns as long as the mage is not also silenced. This can be useful in emergencies, where the frost school is locked and the mage needs to Ice Block or use another frost escape.

Patch changes

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Cold Snap now also resets the cooldown of Presence of Mind, Dragon's Breath, and Evanesce.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.0.4 (28-August-2012): Updated.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.2 (2008-01-08): Cooldown has been reduced to 8 minutes. With the talent Ice Floes 2/2 it is reduced to 6.4 minute cooldown. Talent also no longer resets the cooldown of Fire Ward.
  • WoW Icon 16x16/ Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (05-Dec-2006): The tooltip has been adjusted to indicate it only resets cooldowns caused by Frost spells. e.g.: Cold Snap will not reset the cooldown caused by Dragon's Breath (which has a shared cooldown with Cone of Cold).
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.11.0 (20-Jun-2006): This talent will now always clear the cooldown for Frost Ward, even if the cooldown was triggered by casting Fire Ward.

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