Frost Mage Gear Recommendations
This section of the Frost Mage guide covers everything about gear: stat priorities, gear recommendations from dungeons and raids, and legendary item rankings. This guide is written and maintained 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
Gear and Stat Prioritization
Primary Stat: Intellect
Armor Type: Cloth
Secondary stat priorities
Frost has a different relationship with Critical Strike and Haste than Arcane or Fire (where one is always better). Which stat is favoured will change depending on your gear and talent build; it is best to run your profile through Simcraft and see the results for yourself. Wowhead's guide on how to do exactly this can be found
The below stat priorities are applicable to a Mage wearing tier 19 raid gear and using Thermal Void, but are very generalised.
Critical Strike (to 33%) > Haste > Versatility > Mastery > Critical Strike
Haste > Critical Strike > Versatility > Mastery
For a Glacial Spike build, the stat priority looks more like:
Versatility > Critical Strike (to 33%) Mastery = Haste > Critical Strike (after 33%)
33% critical strike chance is not required, but means that all spells benefitting from
Critical Strike: Chance for extra effectiveness on attacks and heals.
Haste: Increases attack speed and spell casting speed.
Mastery: Increases the effectiveness of
Versatility: Increases damage and healing, and reduces damage taken
The amount of rating required to gain a 1% increase in a secondary stat was increased in patch 7.1.5. See
Secondary Stat Changes in Patch 7.1.5
has a 10% increased chance to trigger
has an additional 5% chance to trigger
when it deals damage.
Item - Mage T20 Frost 2P Bonus
- Frozen Orb increases your critical strike damage by 20% for 10 sec.
Item - Mage T20 Frost 4P Bonus
- The cooldown of Frozen Orb is reduced by 5.0 sec whenever you gain Brain Freeze.
Check out the
Nighthold Gear section
below for recommendations on gear pieces.
- Your own
does not cause
, and is not affected by similar effects such as
. A Mage with this ring can benefit from two casts of
(or similar) spells: once from an ally and once from themselves. Simply one of our best legendaries, in all situations where you will benefit from a second cast of Time Warp (i.e. not when using it at the very end of a fight).
- Casting Ice Lance increases the damage of subsequent
s by 3%, up to 18%, for eight seconds. Excellent legendary in all situations and for all builds. Don't
cast an Ice Lance at a non-frozen target (or without Fingers of Frost), just to keep the buff up.
- Every 15 Frostbolts or Flurries you cast casts Comet Storm at your target. Very strong; sims well for Glacial Spike builds.
- Gain the
talent. Even after the nerfs to Thermal Void (indirectly nerfing Frozen Touch), this is a decent legendary in specific circumstances; specifically those with multiple targets, like 'council'-style fights - and it only sims highly for Glacial Spike.
increases the damage of Blizzard by 35%, stacking up to five times. Naturally, this is only strong if you're casting Blizzard! In AoE situtations, it's incredible.
explodes at the end of its trail, dealing 600% spellpower damage. Very weak. Although it has some uses in sustained AoE, often the targets you cast Orb at will die or move before it explodes.
- An on-use effect that causes a massive explosion around your target, on a relatively short cooldown. Extremely powerful for AoE fights.
- While Icy Veins is active, you gain one
charge every 10 seconds. Was previously one of our best legendaries with
, but the nerf to that talent in 7.2.5 and the fact that it takes a tier slot (now that we are using both 2-T19 and 4-T20) means that these gloves are nowhere near their former power level.
- Applying a loss of control effect to an enemy grants you 70% increased movement speed and 15% Haste for 10 seconds. Frost Mages can apply this using roots like
, as well as by using
. The passive movement speed and Haste make Sephuz a viable legendary by themselves; on any fight where it can be activated consistently (Chronomatic Anomaly or Gul'dan, for example), it shines.
- Provides an absorb shield equal to 20% of your maximum health after casting
. An excellent legendary for on-demand survivability.
- Gain an absorb shield for 25% of your maximum health once every 30 seconds. Another survivability increase. Excellent stats.
- Gain a cast-and-move buff after standing still. Frost Mages already have high mobility, making this a weak legendary.
The below list assumes that all trinkets are the same itemlevel:
Make sure that you haven't equipped two 'on-use' trinkets at the same time.
For a full trinket ranking, see Zulandia's
Tomb of Sargeras Gear
Due to the Titan/Warforged system,'Best-in-slot' lists are no longer realistic. The below is not a BiS list, it is simply the most optimal gear for that slot (while maintaining >30% crit).
Combining Tier 19 and Tier 20
The choice of when, or even if, to drop the two-piece T19 set bonus (
) is going to be difficult to decide, and will depend on the item level of your current gear, what you are replacing it with and what legendary items you have equipped.
In most cases, base (without War/Titanforged upgrades) mythic T19 gear will be of equal value to its ilvl 930 replacements. If all of your T19 gear is equal and you want to retain the two-piece bonus then stick with the cloak and gloves, as they are the best-itemised pieces for Frost. More generally, use whichever pieces give you the most crit rating.
The Nighthold Gear
Due to the Titan/Warforged system,'Best-in-slot' lists are no longer realistic. This list was arrived at with all else being equal, i.e. no parts of it or other gear are Titanforged. In reality, most players will wear a mixture of raid and even dungeon gear.
Emerald Nightmare Gear
Due to the Titan/Warforged system,'Best-in-slot' lists are no longer realistic. This list was arrived at with all else being equal, i.e. no parts of it or other gear are Titanforged. In reality, most players will wear a mixture of raid and dungeon gear. For example,
is worse than
, if both are of the same item level.
Credit for this list goes to Frosted of
Finding Gear on Wowhead
From simple recommendations to advanced filters, Wowhead can help you find the gear you want.
is a great way to search for gear if you are new to Wowhead's filtering system.
Choose what item category, gear slot, and class specialization you're interested in, and it will return results for you. You can further narrow it down by source--including gear from LFR and heroic dungeons.
You can find the Item Finder via Tools > Item Finder or Database > Items > Item Finder.
returns personalized gear suggestions for you and shows which content has the most upgrades.
Simply load up the
with you preferred character and it will list gear recommendations in a 20 ilvl range for you. It will also list how many gear upgrades each boss has so you can plan out bonus rolls. Finally, the character planner will perform an audit and let you know if you have any missing enchants, glyphs, or gems.
If you have a character in our
which is great for tracking vanity collections and viewing your character in our 3D modelviewer, you can click on the "Planner" button in the header to access the tool. If you don't, you can just enter your information in at Tools > Character Planner.
Wowhead utilizes a powerful system of item filters to narrow down the gear you need.
, you can enter in some basic options at the top--the name of the item, its item level, the level the players needs to be. The "Usable by" dropdowns cover factions, class, and role.
The dropdown menu right above "Stat Weights" opens to display a variety of advanced options. These cover the following:
General item info such as Added in Expansion/Patch, BoE/BoP, Unique-Equipped, Class-Specific.
Stats: All primary stats, secondary stats, defensive stats, and weapon stats.
Source: All in-game sources, ranging from raid difficulties to the Black Market Auction House to sold by a vendor.
Miscellaneous: Many of these filters are not relevant to equippable gear such as Crafting Reagents and Toys, but you can filter for items that are currently obtainable.
Once you've selected a filter from the menu, click on Apply filter for search results. You can repeat the process to filter for multiple criteria at once--for example, Agility gear that is found in Mythic Foundry.
Over on the right-hand side of the page, you can select a particular Gear Slot or Quality to narrow results even further.
Finally, you can quickly view a subset of items at once using the Database Menus. Head to Database > Items and mouseover the Weapon and Armor options for quick links to gear arranged by armor type and slot.
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