Wizard 101: Chill, the Ice School of Wizardry

Posted by | August 25, 2008

“Hello gathered ladies, gentlemen, and assorted mythological creatures. I am Iridian Stormshard, student of the Ice School of Wizardry, Protector of Wizard City—and all around coolest chick on the block.”

At this point us voces would like to introduce you, the reader, to the naming method that Wizard 101 employs. Basically it’s kind of like combination lock with three spinners. The first spinner chooses from about forty (40) first names, and the second two choose from forty (40) each prefix and postfix to create last names. The names are such that we have people with surnames like Shadowblood, Frogslinger, and Pixiepants running around. (Frogslinger is actually the name of one of our alternate toons.)

This certainly adds to the comical atmosphere of the game by producing an extremely formulaic identity for character names. It also seems like it would limit the total number of unique names quite considerably-although with this many combinations we haven’t seen any duplicates crop up as yet and people are indeed pouring in from all angles.

The Ice School of Wizardry

Ice mages are something like the tanks of the Wizard 101 world. We are rough, tough, and ready for action. We come with a staggering array of shield spells, our clothing gives us a lot of health, and we can pull a variety of nasty snow critters from our sleeves that leave opponents frozen or dead. Expect snow beetles, frost worms, evil snowmen, and worse to be avalanching down when facing a wizard of our school.

Ignore the fact that our teacher is named Lydia Greyrose and looks like Merryweather from Disney’s animated Sleeping Beauty. The might that can be learned from her is nothing to sniff at-although it may give the unwary the sniffles.

As with every school, ours has a tree who imparts wisdom and reflection on students rising through the ranks. Our tree is an icy individual named Kelvin. (Yes, little jokes like that literally pepper the game.) He is part of a grand lineage of trees that helped build the world, and when it was sundered, assisted with its re-coalescence into the strange formation as it exists today.

Ice magic is a slow building torrent of juggernaught fury-openings may be slow, but they involve protections, buffs and debuffs, but once the snowball gets going a well tuned ice magic deck is unstoppable. Many battles have forced opponents to slog through mountains of health, palisades of snowdrift defenses, only to be brought down by a Colossus in the end.

Expect to wear a lot of white.

Iridian gets complimented almost daily on her outfit.

100 Comments so far
  1. Chen Zen
    March 18, 2012 8:16 pm

    Alright I am not the best player but i will share my thoughts. I am Ice And life, probobly the best combo, why? because most of all bosses are death, when you to get to higher levels, you get something like seraph, seraph will do almost 500 damage to a death monster, weakening it greatly, Ice is awesome at a quick kill, ice wyvern is easy to cast, and does a huge amount o damage, making it deadly, balance is alright because it cannot be shielded, and is a nice at doing damage. Death is the most cheap school because of the absorb skill and many boosters and traps, but if your death spell is shielded, your in for a suprise, myth is just an utter crap school that really just has no benifits,

    If the tanks are ice, then storm is the sniper, like a sniper, storm is super powerful. but also is weak if exposed [ Hurt bad due to crapish hp]
    If storm is the sniper, fire is the guy who runs into the Axis Bunker with a pocket knife. Fire is Arrogance, because spells like firezilla do nothing when shielded, an ice wizard could not destroy a fire wizard because they are practicaly the same exept for helephant, which is one powerhouse killer. Ice with balance [or life] will never lose

  2. Chen Zen
    March 18, 2012 8:19 pm

    Wolf stormtalon, Ice-Life

  3. Chen Zen
    March 18, 2012 8:23 pm

    btw whoever wrote that you should play wow is a 21 year old living in his moms basement, that game ran into the dirt years ago, if you want a quality game, chose wizard 101, Order&chaos, or League of legends, but the wizard 101 chat could be more ‘free’

  4. titus
    March 23, 2012 3:49 pm

    who ever wrote that you should play ????????

  5. Helvetica
    March 23, 2012 4:56 pm

    Well. World of Warcraft certainly is a more mature MMO than Wizard 101 — the game did have a good deal of nice elements to it that I enjoyed. However, it was the chat system that chased me away (especially because it made communication impossible.)

    Their decision to go trial-to-play with the subscription or buy into regions cut out most of my desire to get back into the game.

    Wizard 101 has gone a long way for kid-oriented and family centric MMO and they’re speaking at a conference on the subject. Certainly, it will make them money; but it profits from what seems like social dysfunction rather than innovation.

  6. titus
    March 24, 2012 9:42 am

    i havent ever played world of warcraft but i have played oblivian it was pretty fun and i’m pretty sure its close to it but you dont have to play online and its a cd for computer thats multy player. its relly fun. wondering how we got from w101 to wrld wrcraft an other game

  7. Power wiz
    March 29, 2012 4:22 pm

    Hehehe all classes thinking they are best. each class does its own role and benifits the game on its own. death health drain, ice health, storm damage, myth minions, life healing, balance mixed or supprot depending on how you look at it, fire damage over time. i have around legend on all the classes and enjoy each one of them. dont think your class is best because it isnt.

  8. titus
    March 30, 2012 7:23 am

    i dont think its best
    just think thiese guys fight and they dont know what talking bout
    cause i am an iams ice wiz and cant pvp anymore

  9. Helvetica
    March 30, 2012 10:22 am

    Did W101 trash PvP for us Ice mages, Titus? That’s too bad.

    I don’t play PvP, personally, but I know that it’s a big deal in many of these games and Ice wizardry is still my favorite primary school (possibly with Storm or Death as the secondary just to make it spicy.) I’ve also had friends who play Ice and Fire because they make a strange combo; but as you’ve seen Iridian Stormshard is an Ice/Storm.

  10. Flippy
    May 24, 2012 10:49 am

    This is funny. I see all you guys totally dissing fire, and I’m fire. To clear things up, fire is not a school for noobs that don’t want to pay for a membership or crowns, I have a membership and about 20,000 crowns in the bank. Secondly, no school is better than another. All of the schools have their advantages and disadvantages, like some of you have been saying. Some of the most obvious of these point to storm, with high damage attacks but very low HP, and Ice with high HP, many buffs and shields but somewhat mild attacks. Us fire wizards may not have the most HP or the highest attacks, but with the right clothes, some traps and shields we can take a few hits and dish out some decent damage as well. There are times when I’ve walked into a battle, saved other wizard’s butts, and completely dominated with a well set-up meteor strike. It’s true that it takes a while to set up some of our attacks, but if we know what we’re doing (and we do) they can be just as effective as any other school’s spells. If anything, this means pyromancers have to work just as hard as anybody to get through a battle or a dungeon, but this gives us the right to be a little more prideful in our accomplishments because we know it wasn’t easy to get there. Everyone can say what they want to say, but all the schools are equals in the end.

  11. Helvetica
    May 24, 2012 1:43 pm

    Flippy, it does seem that Ice Wizards have taken to heart the apparent rivalry between their school and the Fire school to heart. I’ve seen many heated discussions on the matter.

  12. Flippy
    May 25, 2012 11:15 pm

    Exactly Helvetica. I just felt the need to be the voice of the pyromancers this thread :)

  13. Blaze FireHeart
    June 14, 2012 11:47 am

    Fire is best pyromancers rule all. i would give ice second place ,and storm takes last place in my book.

  14. titus
    August 7, 2012 7:37 pm

    nah ice is best. but its hardest to fight other monsters with lack of power but we keep on livin with all our health

  15. Jason Moonshade
    November 25, 2012 11:37 am

    to alexander icebreeze i am an ice wizard too but you are totally wrong a fire wizard can hit up to at least 2000 with blades and traps with the new rank 10 spell sun serpent and all schools can hit up to a million with enough blades and traps i have seen it happen!!!! dont underestimate the power of blades and traps!
    Jason Moonshade
    Level 45 Thaumaturge

  16. Jason Moonshade
    November 25, 2012 11:38 am

    lol the guy i just wrote to posted his comment two years ago! :P

  17. Helvetica
    November 30, 2012 3:00 pm

    @Jason Moonshade This post has been lively for a very long time and it’s amusing seeing how the wizards from Wizard 101 have changed. It presents a very interesting relationship between choosing primary and secondary skills — something I found oddly lacking in Pirate 101.

  18. mracus bright
    January 4, 2013 11:53 pm

    Ice is a very good school to be its really not weak,if yu see in pvp most warlords and overlords are ice, so I would say ice is pretty beast if u know how to use it and myth is beast too don’t ever say myth is weak or sucks cause there beast one pointer that I say myth is beast cause one they don’t only hit yu once but do a second hit to make your damage wrost even if yu have shields,the first hit may be weak but once that shield is gone yur taking a lot of damage and the best part they have earthquke to remove yur shields and every thing else yu had tell me if that’s not sick, so its not strong it a good thing to use if yur facing ice or fire cause they need blades to do a lot damage, so over all I think myth is a very good school to be, just the teacher is a jerk :)

    Marcus bright :D lvl 22 overlord ice

  19. marcus bright
    January 4, 2013 11:55 pm

    Wow lol fail I missed spell my name o. O

  20. Titus
    January 17, 2013 10:30 pm

    Myth is pretty cool with ice if you could have there basilisk spell i havent seen any of the lvl 88 spells yet but i know and ice myth school works great. And fire isnt total noob either i have at least a char of every school.

  21. james deathspear
    April 6, 2013 7:27 pm

    all you talk about fire an storm. well first ice is nothing to me. i have fire an a storm guy. an tell you either one put a ice down fast. an i crittle all the time on both fire is lvl 90. my storm is lvl 58. an storm lord hits over 3 thousand easy. depends on how you have it set up. my friend has storm he is lvl 80. an resist allot like i do. he hit you over four thousand without any blades. an he take ice down with first shot. he is pip full right at start. he helping me to do that also pluse keep resist on everything but let you all know. i resist ice over 300 an storm 300 resist an criticle block way ove 350 on all. for ice to take me down i have to lmao never happen an for running out of cards i never will have a really big deck but either storm or fire i kill ice in a second. an my storm he beaten lvl 90 in pvp. thats how good storm is. me storm is the strongest in the whole game. dont need alot of life because he kills fast.
    look me up i help alot of people on wiz101.
    james deathspear…………………… that is both my guys storm an fire

  22. Chloe
    June 28, 2013 7:40 am

    Listen all you players who are all like “Ice is weak blah blah blah!” Shut it. If you don’t like it, why are you reading it anyway? The creator of this blog probably took a while to make it. Don’t trash them! Why don’t you write a blog and say what you want instead of trashing everyone else’s and calling them lame. That itself is pretty sad.

  23. Seth Stormcloud
    June 29, 2013 7:25 am

    I think that everyone should just stop judging! Good wizards are people who carfully choose their primary and secondary schools! For example a good choice is to have an ice wizard with a secondary of storm or an ice with life or death or both! I would choose storm as a secondary though because as a reward for an early unicorn way quest you get the “Pixie” spell card which heals 400 health so it would be the high hp of ice, the attack power of storm and the healing of pixie

    -Seth Stormcloud
    Initiate Diviner lvl 10

  24. Seth Stormcloud
    June 29, 2013 7:30 am

    And im not braging coz im storm and death and saying you should choose ice and storm.

    p.s chris i could spell triantiwantigongalope at your age

  25. Seth Stormcloud
    June 29, 2013 7:38 am

    storm is attack
    ice is health
    fire is damage over time
    death is draining life
    myth is minions
    life is healing
    balance is a mix

    p.s and yes i did order these in an anti-clock wize direction around raven wood correctly

  26. Seth Stormcloud
    June 29, 2013 7:47 am

    you can find me on the bartleby server
    im usualy battling the kracken for easy xp farming. if im not there im selling at the bazzar or running around like an idiot with my friend david ice the you can find us anywhere in wizard city.

  27. Seth Stormcloud
    June 29, 2013 7:54 am

    find me on twitter


    ha ha ha …ha ha…..ha….haaa…… plz follow me

  28. Seth Stormcloud
    June 29, 2013 8:03 am

    on another site it said there has been no people with the same name and it was up dated last week and yet 2 weeks ago i saw at least 5-8 luke skywalkers of almost every school in the game and then i made one myself!

  29. Seth Stormcloud
    June 29, 2013 8:20 am

    oo ee oo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang

  30. Wolf Frostriver
    June 30, 2013 11:29 pm

    Hi! Seth, thanks for the advice on choosing schools carefully. now im a thaumaturgist and a diviner! i only died once at level 3 because it was 4 enemies and 4 wizards but 2 of us fainted. Hoping for more advice-

    Wolf Frostriver
    lvl7 thaumaturge and diviner

  31. Wolf Frostriver
    June 30, 2013 11:33 pm

    weird. me and seth have the same symbol. mabye he used the same library computer. i wonder if i could find him IRL?

  32. Nathanial dragoncaster
    June 30, 2013 11:38 pm

    lol hi just a fan

  33. Seth Stormcloud
    July 2, 2013 7:52 pm

    No problem Wolf.
    p.s i was using a library computer last time i commented. i always use the third from the right at around 4 an saturdays so check by if you can

    -Seth Stormcloud
    Initiate diviner level 10
    secondary: Death

  34. Seth Stormcloud
    July 2, 2013 7:59 pm

    now im using my home laptop

  35. Helvetica
    July 3, 2013 2:46 pm

    Thank you for your kind words, Chloe, I actually wrote this blog when I had just started Wizard 101 — almost the same month that it had come out. I’ve remained a fan of the Ice school for the heavy amount of armor and health it comes with and the slow-but-certain devastation it can deliver. By combining it with storm at the time I figured I could tie together the wards with the attack and get a nice pair-up. It’s served me well.

    I am rather enjoying that the game still has people, who are fans of the Ice college, still out here keeping it real. Including folks like Seth Stormcloud who correctly points out that wizardry in the game is all about play style and choosing your primary and secondary to fit your tactics.

  36. Myth is the best
    July 24, 2013 7:59 pm

    Myth rules all

  37. IceWolfShadow
    August 5, 2013 5:37 pm

    You guys are bashing on ice too much, i’m a level 71 ice and my damage isn’t that great yet but I am working on it to make it great. I have seen ice level 90’s that do astounding ice damage. Yes the ice wizards are the tanks of the game so for that first comment, fuck you. For the comment talking about how world of warcraft is good, get a life it sucks ass. Too da lu

  38. NoahIceBreeze
    September 4, 2013 11:31 am

    Here is what I have learnt in the first month I have played. I am a large 41 that makes me nearly 42 with the last accademic spell to get. I am Ice and I have been through life up to the Sathyr. Plusover I am working to get Feinth in the Death school.
    I usually play with a partner that is Balance. I do most of the protection (I have shields for every school and an high level deck). No trouble against Fire since I use a wand that take out every shield on ice.
    I can talk about Ice: we are very difficult to take down expecially if combine with life and death that keep giving us life continuosly. Event if we are slow in build attack with all the attacking gadget we spell out at 41 from 1300 up to 2500 and I am planning to get a shield from balance.
    I have done figthing with 2500 and 800 at the same time withouth getting a brush. Every school must be builded up carefully and can be as deadly as everyone else. secondary and third school should not be finished completely but brought up to what iti is need.
    I have a partner that has advised me so far (she is a 65 level balance) and that has made my life easier.
    One suggestion. Keep as much gold as possible, sell and feed to the pet wathever it is not needed. I have just my four crafting station. And keep gardening. Finish the world one by one and do not jump from one place to another.

  39. Wolf Spiritwalker
    September 30, 2013 11:30 pm

    This is going to be my first ice school guy, I have a level 50 myth, and he is not weak, his second school is life. (Makes solo play easier) Thanks for the run down on ice I love the idea of high hp, and think maybe storm will be my second school. I also have a life with a balance as his second and a fire with a life second. I must say that every school has the argument that they are the best but all schools even balance needs a proper second school to make it great and cover its weakness. Thanks for the post even if it is old, lol.

  40. Jeremy firehunter
    November 24, 2013 10:20 pm

    Flippy, you should join my pyromancer website so should you MATTHEW DRAGONWRIATH and all you other pyromancers
    Jeremy firehunter adept pyromancer.

  41. Aaron Unicorn
    December 2, 2013 1:34 pm

    As a fellow ice wizard, I can relate to this.

  42. jeremy firehunter
    December 3, 2013 9:39 pm

    I am a fire wizard and I like it but the fire-ice rivalry is getting out of hand
    Let anyone be what type they are without being called a noob.
    If anyone calls pyromancers that I will track them down and unleash my firezilla on them.
    Lets respect each-other as rivals and try our best when facing eachother
    (my annoying but loving little sister is ice so I cant complain)

  43. Jeremy Firehunter
    February 4, 2014 9:53 pm

    icewolfshadow MATTHEW DRAGONWRAITH was just a bit passionate about our school and so dont swear at him. He just thinks fire is better(which is true)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Helvetica
    February 6, 2014 2:32 pm

    I am from the Ice school (and the post author) so I suppose I should disagree with Firehunter. However, tell me, how does everyone feel about Fire/Ice mages?

  45. Jonathan Titantamer
    February 6, 2014 11:18 pm

    I am just starting an Ice Wizard and love the high health. I have a level 50 myth with a second in storm and life, and a death at level 41. My ice has life to sprite and I am learning fire I love the dot with the high health. I do not know what my ice wizard will look like at grand but I have high hopes. I like to solo a lot and the high health makes it easier to do than other schools and the damage is not that bad. I think fire and ice will make a great combo with life’s healing as support.

  46. Mariah Emeraldheart
    November 5, 2014 4:18 am

    I have a student from every school, level 80 and higher on all of them, and I can say without a doubt that the best wizard/witch to play with solo is life or ice school with a strong secondary school (mastery amulet required). The only real draw back to these schools are waiting for pips to cast spells, as most of the best life/Ice school hits require 6 or more pips. Life and Ice schools are definitely the tanks of Wizard101. All of the schools possess the potential to be really awesome, if they are played well. My biggest piece of advice for any school of wizard/witch is this: 1. play one character to find out how the game actually works (this may take some people longer than others; if you do not play regularly you WILL miss important changes that can drastically effect game play [as the game is constantly changing and updating]), start another character and have a concrete idea of what you definitely want them to become before you begin to actually play your new character. 2. Always remember to use your training points wisely, never train something on a whim or just because someone else tells you that you need it. They have no idea what is best for your wizard/witch unless they can see your spell-book on your computer and have played with you many many times. 3. It is always good to listen for tricks and opinions from other players but DO NOT EVER take any information you recieve at face value that is not directly published or licensed by KI Entertainment.

  47. jeremy firehunter
    November 27, 2014 6:27 pm

    good idea john

  48. Blaze Starthorn
    April 5, 2015 7:59 am

    This Ice/Fire rivaly is absulotly poop. I am a lvl 20 Thaumaturge and I must say Pryomancers are noobs. I,ve seen a lvl 27 pryo get owned by THE HARVEST LORD!!!!! ps an anyone tell me were the second yarbird is in Northgaurd. And what is the deal with Darkmoor Castle

  49. Blaze Starthorn
    April 5, 2015 8:04 am


  50. Victoria PearlFinder
    January 31, 2016 4:15 pm

    oh im ice wizard

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