Spell nature slow
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required36
Related debuff
Spell nature slow
  • Magic
  • Slow
  • Movement speed reduced by 50%.
  • Duration: 15 seconds
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Slow is a mage ability learned at level 36 for those that have chosen the Arcane specialization. It slows movement for 15 seconds.

Background Edit

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.[1]


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].

Tips and tricksEdit

This is useful against most classes in PvP. 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.

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 Edit

  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Slow now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.9 (2009-02-10): Now increases cast time by 30%, down from 60%.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Slow mana cost reduced.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): Blink, Slow, and Spellsteal have all had their mana cost reduced.

References Edit

  1. ^ Warcraft II manual, 52.

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