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Ice Barrier
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Spell school:Frost
Cost:3 Mana icon.png
Artist:Alex Garner
Secret: When your hero is attacked, gain 8 Armor.
Flavor text

This is Rank 1. Rank 2 is Chocolate Milk Barrier.

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Gain Armor, Secret
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Combat-related, Triggered effect
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Ice Barrier is a common mage spell card, inducted into the Legacy set, formerly from the Classic set.

Other versions[]

How to get[]

Auto-detected sources
Card packs
Classic Pack
Wild Pack
Golden Classic Pack
Regular, Golden1~2
Crafting40 dustdustRegular1
Crafting400 dustdustGolden1

Core set[]

Two copies of regular Ice Barrier are obtained for raising mage to level 1.

Two copies of golden Ice Barrier (Core) are obtained for winning 50 games as mage.

Ice Barrier (Core) is uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.


  • Ice Barrier takes effect in the same step of the attack sequence as the Forgetful effect, as well as most other Secrets. Therefore, all such effects occur in order of play.
  • The effect will still add Armor even if the attacker is redirected or is otherwise neutralized before completing combat.[1][2]
  • This Secret is only triggered when physically attacked by another character. This includes minions and the enemy hero.
  • Damaging spells and abilities, and damaging effects from card text or Battlecries on cards such as Knife Juggler, will not trigger the Secret.


Ice Barrier is a useful card if you want to stall out the game to play strong minions later on in a control-type mage deck. It is a staple card in Freeze Mage.

Mad Scientist is a useful Wild format minion in a deck with Ice Barrier and other Secrets so that you can more reliably get Ice Barrier into play.


Ice Barrier is a mage spell which creates a protective barrier around the mage, absorbing damage and preventing pushback from damaging attacks while it holds. It was a staple defensive spell for Frost mages before being made into a class-wide talent with Mists of Pandaria. Unlike Hearthstone's version, the spell is not triggered by an attack, but can be cast on cooldown, and is generally kept active as much of the time as possible when in combat.



Ice Barrier, full art

Patch changes[]

  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngYear of the Gryphon rotation (2021-03-30): Moved from Classic to Legacy set.
  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngPatch (2021-03-25): Now has Frost spell school (previously: no spell school).
  • Whispers of the Old Gods logo.png Patch (2016-07-14) (approximate): Trigger timing changed to "proposed attack" event, causing it to activate in order of play related to other secrets like Misdirection, rather than always afterward.
  • Goblins vs Gnomes logo.png Patch (2014-12-04): Phrasing changed from "As soon as your hero is attacked, gain 8 Armor." to "When your hero is attacked, gain 8 Armor."


  1. 异邦儿 (2016-07-14). Ice Barrier vs Misdirection I
  2. 异邦儿 (2016-07-14). Ice Barrier vs Misdirection II