Spell frost wisp
  • Talent
  • Permafrost
  • {{{cast_time}}} sec cast
  • Requires Mage
  • Increases the duration of your Chill effects by X secs, reduces the target's speed by an additional Y%, and reduces the target's healing received by Z%.
Usable by
Casting timeUnknown sec cast
CooldownNone/Global Cooldown
Level required5

Permafrost is a mage talent that increases the effectiveness of the mage's chill effects, increasing the duration by 1 sec. per rank, up to 3 sec. max, reduces movement speed by an additional amount, up to 10% at max rank 3, and reduces the target's healing received up to 20% at max rank 3. The additional reduction to movement speed is an additive amount, meaning that a snare that normally slows by 50% will now slow by 60%. This talent is popular with frost mages that do a lot of kiting, either against single mobs or when doing frost AoE grinding on multiple mobs at once.


Some spells gain a particular advantage from the increased chill duration. Blizzard, with points in Improved Blizzard normally has a chill of 1.5 seconds, which is increased to 4.5 seconds with Permafrost, three times the duration. Cone of Cold normally has a chill duration of 8 seconds, which is increased to 11 seconds with Permafrost, making the duration longer than the spell's cooldown of 10 seconds.

Rank table

Rank Chill duration increase Additional snare Healing reduction
1 1 sec. 4% 7%
2 2 sec. 7% 13%
3 3 sec. 10% 20%


  • This talent can be combined with the deep Frost talent Chilled to the Bone for a total 20% extra snaring power when both are at max rank.
  • The debuff triggered by Frostfire Bolt has both the snare and a DoT effect combined, so taking at least two ranks of this talent makes the DoT effect tick one more time.

Patch changes

  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): In addition to its existing effects, this talent now also causes the mage's Chill effects to reduce healing received by the victim by 7/13/20%.

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