Frost Nova's Shatter rune claims that "A frozen enemy that is killed has a 50% chance of releasing another Frost Nova." Meanwhile, Ice Armor causes melee attackers to be chilled or frozen for 2 seconds, and a rune for Blizzard can freeze enemies.

If an enemy is frozen by something besides Frost Nova and killed while I have Shatter equipped, can it release a Frost Nova?

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    "releasing another frost nova" gives it away.
    – Resorath
    May 19, 2012 at 2:34
  • I've expanded the scope of this a bit, given that there's a few different freezes available and the answer seems to be the same for each. May 19, 2012 at 3:43

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After testing1 both the freeze effect from Ice Armor and from Blizzard, I've discovered that it is not possible to generate a Frost Nova when killing a frozen enemy unless that enemy was frozen with Frost Nova.

1: Because of the 50% chance of a Frost Nova on Shatter, it is statistically possible that in my testing I did not see the effect even though it could still be achieved. However, I tested roughly twenty freezings with each methodology, so that is extraordinarily unlikely.


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