This article will serve as a guide to the fifth tier of Frost Talents for the Mage class in World of Warcraft Cataclysm, reflecting the new talent tree changes made with the release of the World of Warcraft expansion. These fifth tier of talents are Shattered Barrier, Ice Barrier and Reactive Barrier. The fifth tier of Frost Talents for the Mage in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm are considered those that require twenty talent points spent on the Frost tree before being unlocked.
You must spend 25 total skill points in the Frost Talent Tree to unlock the next tier of talents, which can include Shattered Barrier, Ice Barrier and Reactive Barrier. In addition, some talents require a specific talent be maxed out before unlocking itself, these requirements if present will be included below.
World of Warcraft Cataclysm Mage Frost Talent: Shattered Barrier
Shattered Barrier has 2 ranks, unlocked by rank 1 Ice Barrier (tier 5), does not unlock any other talent.
Shattered Barrier Rank 1: When your Ice Barrier is destroyed, it has a 100% chance to freeze all hostile targets in a 10 yard radius for 2 seconds.
Shattered Barrier Rank 2: Freeze duration of this effect is now 4 seconds.
World of Warcraft Cataclysm Mage Frost Talent: Ice Barrier
Ice Barrier has 1 rank, unlocks Shattered Barrier (tier 5), Reactive Barrier (tier 5), and Deep Freeze (tier 7) at rank 1. Necessary to spend a talent point simply because it unlocks so much, beyond its usefulness.
Ice Barrier Rank 1: Instant cast, 30 second cool down spell that costs 21% of your base mana. Ice Barrier creates a shield around you, absorbing damage directly proportional to your frost spell power. This shield will last for one minute or until its absorption capacity is reached, and it is destroyed. You will suffer no pushback from damage when casting spells.
World of Warcraft Cataclysm Mage Frost Talent: Reactive Barrier
Reactive Barrier has 2 ranks, unlocked by rank 1 Ice Barrier (tier 5), does not unlock any other talent.
Reactive Barrier Rank 1: Damage bringing you below 50% of your total health has a 50% chance to automatically cast Ice Barrier on you, free of charge. This will trigger Ice Barrier’s cool down as if you had cast it.
Reactive Barrier Rank 2: Damage bringing you below 50% now has a 100% chance to automatically cast the spell.
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