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An active ability found on the first slot of Frost Staffs.

It is unlocked at mastery level 3.

Energy Cost 14 A spell that deals 406 magical damage in a 4m radius.
Cast Time 2s
Range 14m
Cooldown 0s

Note: numerical values are based on gear with 1060 item power.


Magic Weapon
Elder's Chillhowl
Elder's Frost Staff
Elder's Glacial Staff
Elder's Great Frost Staff
Elder's Hoarfrost Staff
Elder's Icicle Staff
Elder's Permafrost Prism

Related Patch Notes

Patch LinkDatePatch NamePatch Notes
28 July 2021Call to Arms Patch 9Added four new icons to better represent the corresponding abilities:
  • Blood Bandit (One-Handed Axe, E-slot)
  • Protective Beam (Enigmatic Staff, E-slot)
  • Arcane Orb (One-Handed Arcane Staff, E-slot)
  • Ground Shaker (Maces, W-slot)
6 May 2021Call to Arms Patch 4 (Balance Patch)Frost Staffs

Freezing Wind has a much larger area that also stays on the ground briefly, making it easier to hit enemies or block choke points. To offset this significant buff and allow for more counterplay, the root will now not instantly affect the target, but instead stacks up quickly, so it is possible to blink out before getting rooted.

Hoarfrost has struggled with its unique identity among the other Q abilities. With this patch it now has a 6m AoE radius, making it the best Q ability to spread damage among multiple enemies. This makes it less powerful in focusing down one target, but adds constant pressure to enemy healers as it hits multiple targets repeatedly.

  • Hoarfrost (all Frost Staffs):
    • Cast Time: 2s → 1.8s
    • Damage to main target: 150
    • Splash Damage to other enemies in the AoE 150 → 110
    • Radius: 4m → 6m
    • Cast Range: 14m → 12m
  • Freezing Wind (One-handed Frost Staff):
    • Area size and duration increased
    • Area no longer roots instantly - instead applies 3 cc stacks in quick succession:
      • Stacks: 1 / 2 / 3 → Effect: Slows 15% / Slows 30% / Roots for 2.5s
25 March 2020Queen Patch 8Frost Staffs
  • Hoarfrost (all Frost Staffs):
    • Damage: 103.41 → 150
    • Cast Time: 1.5s → 2s
    • Radius: 3m → 4m
    • Hit Delay: 0.2s → 0.1s
    • Cast Range: 11m → 14m
  • Ice Shard (all Frost Staffs):
    • Damage vs Mobs: 125 → 90
26 September 2018Merlyn Preseason Balance PatchFrost Staffs:
  • Frostbolt (all Frost Staffs)
    • Standtime: 0.2s → 0s
  • Hoarfrost (all Frost Staffs)
    • Standtime: 0.2s → 0s
  • Frost Beam (all Frost Staffs)
    • Cast Range: 11m → 12m
    • Move & Attack Speed Reduction per tick: 10% → 15%
  • Shatter (all Frost Staffs)
    • Damage: 86.91 → 93.60
  • Freezing Wind (normal Frost Staff)
    • Damage: 145.41 → 160.00
  • Ice Storm (Glacial Staff)
    • Slow Duration per tick: 1s → 3s
    • Slow base strength: 30% → 15%
    • Cast Range: 11m → 5m
    • Damage against Players: 27.86 → 35.0
    • Damage against Mobs: 15.60 → 16.7