Arcane Mage Artifact: Netherlight Crucible, Traits, Relics
This section of the Arcane Mage guide explains the best possible choices for the Netherlight Crucible, important traits and relic bonuses, and how to progress through your artifact weapon Aluneth, Greatstaff of the Magna. This guide is written by Malon, who raids with <Omen> on Emerald Dream EU; his lifelong ambition is to have the Warlock class renamed to 'Fuzzy Cuddlebears'. Find him on
mage forums. Updated for the latest patch.
Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Tips & Tricks
Equipping Aluneth grants you the ability
, which places a hard-hitting damage-over-time effect on the target and then explodes for damage equal to 15% of your maximum mana.
Relics and the Netherlight Crucible
is a new feature in patch 7.3 that allows you to empower your relics with additional traits. It has the power to turn a previously mediocre relic into a good one, if you get lucky with the trait options it randomly rolls. For this reason, it's a good idea to always preview a relic's potential traits before you use it or throw it away. Even relics of significantly lower item level have the potential to be better than those of a higher level with the right traits.
There are three tiers of traits for each relic: the first tier adds five item levels; the second tier is a choice between a light or shadow power; and the third tier is a choice between one of three weapon traits. You can only choose one trait from each tier. In order to fully unlock the Netherlight Crucible you will need to get your artifact up to level 75, but you will earn your first light or shadow trait at artifact level 60 (and then get a new trait every three levels from there). Note that the trait options are randomly rolled for each relic, so if you equip a new relic you will have to choose new traits at the Crucible.
Below we have provided a
ranking of the Netherlight Crucible traits, from best to worst. Arcane, like other Mage specs, gets the most value from the damage procs like
. For artifact traits, we recommend prioritising those listed as optimal later in this guide, or simply simming yourself - for example, using the new
Raidbots relic tool
Disclaimer: These values can change slightly based on your legendaries, overall ilevel, and talent choices. These numbers were obtained by simulating the recommended tier 20 gear and talents from this guide, using the default Mythic T20 profile. If you have the knowledge, we recommend simming your own relic options since ilevel value isn't a very precise unit of measurement. This is intended to help you quickly make relic and Crucible decisions, but it can never be 100% accurate for every character. Since these values were generated before the Crucible was unlocked, they are subject to change if it's found out they weren't being simulated properly. In such a case, this guide will be updated.
Single Target Trait Values
Approx. damage increase
Item level value
AoE Damage Traits
are more difficult to rank, since most of their value comes in pure AoE situations. If you spend a lot of time in Mythic+ it can be worthwhile to take these traits, but generally you want to focus on the others since they have value in all situations.
- You have a 33.3% chance to fire three additional
has a 10% chance to apply
, storing 20% of the damage you deal to the target over six seconds and then exploding, dealing that damage to the target and all nearby enemies.
- When Arcane Barrage hits more than two targets, it explodes and damages all enemies within 10 yards of the primary target
- Aluneth recasts
, for 20% of its damage, at the location of your last Explosion, when you cast the spell again within six seconds.
- Increases Arcane damage dealt (5%)
- Increases Arcane Blast's damage (2%/4%/6%)
- Increases the duration of
- Increases damage absorbed by (20%/40%/60%)
- Increases damage of
- Increases damage of
- Increases the window to activate
(1/2/3 seconds) and reduces the cooldown (2/4/6 seconds).
- Increases the radius of
- Increases the damage of
- When Evocation completes, it explodes, dealing Arcane damage equal to 12% of the mana restored to nearby enemies.
- Your spells have a higher chance to activate
applies to all enemies within 5 yards of the target
- Increases critical strike chance (1%/2%/3%)
- Increase critical strike chance of Arcane Missiles (3%/6%/9%/12%)
- Mark of Aluneth restores 20% of maximum mana when it detonates
Recommended build paths
First proceed to
Fill in with
After the above are full, you can pick up
, which unlocks the final four traits:
After this, you can put points into the 'old' traits that, in 7.2, have more ranks. In order of damage increase these are:
. Finally, spend spare AP in
s have few survivability options on their artifact, with more of a ‘Kill them before they kill you' approach. The survivability options in the tree are
Focus on acquiring relics that benefit the following traits. Remember that you can use three relics all benefiting the same trait. Learn more about relics in the
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