Arcane Mage Gear and Best in Slot - Shadowlands 9.2.5
Gear is one of the most important elements in WoW to strengthen your Arcane Mage, providing massive amounts of stats as well as armor, procs, and set bonuses.
In this guide, we will explain how to obtain the best gear for your Arcane Mage in and how to check if a piece is BiS, an upgrade or just bad. This guide will help you select the best pieces of gear from Dungeons and Raids in Shadowlands, whether they be weapons, trinkets, or armor.
Should you wish to learn about all the various sources for gear in the expansion, check out our
Gearing Up in Shadowlands Overview
. We have also prepared several other Arcane Mage guides on other gear topics, including best enchants for your new gear, best stats to aim for on gear, and simulation data to make informed choices.
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Recommended Gear for Arcane Mages in Shadowlands
What is the BiS Arcane Mage gear?
With many different sources of gearing and loot scarcity in Shadowlands, targeting your absolute Best in Slot gear isn't entirely realistic; instead, we've created a Best in Slot list from the ideal Arcane Mage raid drops found in Shadowlands, from Mythic Dungeons, to help you decide what to prioritize.
While raid drops are generally the most reliable way of getting high item level gear, many other items can be just as good if not better, so you should reference the stat priorities listed on the
to help determine your own BiS gear based on what is available to you.
These lists should give you several gearing paths in Season 3 including
, Mythic+. Give the following guide a read to learn about all gearing options in Shadowlands Season 3.
Shadowlands Season 3 Gearing Guide
Targeting your absolute Best in Slot gear isn't entirely realistic in Shadowlands. Your gear will come from a mix of Shadowlands Raids, Mythic Dungeons, and PvP in most cases. Below are the general rules to follow in gearing, and lists of items from each game mode you might be interested in.
Arcane's priorities shift slightly depending on talents, legendary, covenant, number of enemies, and current gear, but Arcane Mages should almost always try to get as much
You can follow these generic guidelines to help ascertain the value of a piece of gear:
Intellect >> Critical Strike = Mastery = Versatility >= Haste
. It is always recommended that you use
to sim your own character, since every character is different, use the top gear function to compare upgrades.
Sepulcher of the First Ones Best in Slot Gear for Arcane Mages
This gear list favours other stats over Haste, as the current best way to play Arcane means choosing the Kyrian Covenant, much of our damage will be invested in the 5 hits following
only includes raid drops
. Items found elsewhere, especially legendaries, are likely to perform better. I have also used all 5 tier pieces in this with an option for another piece for the lower ilevel pieces.
* You should, of course, be using
one of these two slots. On week 5 we will unlock the
legendary, this can be used in the belt slot right away, but can eventually be migrated to any slot - for Arcane I recommend Ring.
are very strong Arcane trinkets.
is the most powerful however, but it is only available from Legion Timewalking M+ in April.
Tier Set Bonus for Arcane Mage
Shadowlands Season 3 marks the return of tier sets. This time around, tier sets are available not only for raiders, but also available from Mythic+ and PvP as well. Arcane Mage bonus is Arcane Lucidity, present in the Erudite Occultist's Vestments pieces and the bonuses are as follows:
Erudite Occultist's Vestments
- Increases your Arcane damage dealt to enemies affected by
's duration is increase by 4 sec and grants 25% mana regeneration for 12 sec.
The set is composed of five pieces of gear:
Lords of Dread
To unlock the tier set bonus, Arcane Mages prefer equipping tier pieces on
. However, you can use any 4 combination of the five pieces, aiming to achieve the highest overall item level. Overall our primary legendary,
uses one of these slots no matter what we do.
The Arcane Mage tier set bonus is a strong addition to the class toolkit, providing a stronger
burst window when available. This does push synced gameplay to the forefront as Arcane (see more in the Kyrian pages) which is good since we already prefer that gameplay loop. The extended duration on
better in pure single target situations (any additional targets and the funnel from
For more information on Tier Set bonuses for Arcane Mages, check out our Tier Set Bonus Arcane Mage page:
Tier Set Bonus for Arcane Mage
Best Legendary Items for Arcane Mage
In Shadowlands, players are able to craft customizable Legendary Items. In order to craft these items, players must collect tradeskill materials,
from Zereth Mortis,
from Torghast and bring them to the Runecarver.
Learn more about how to craft legendaries for your Arcane Mage in our in-depth guide.
How to Craft Legendary ItemsArcane Mage Legendary Guide
Double Legendaries for Arcane Mage
Patch 9.2 allows players to use two legendary pieces at the same time, once they progress further enough in the campaign. This opens new ways for players to interact with the Covenant and Legendary system.
Learn more about what Legendaries should Arcane Mage use in our
Arcane Mage Legendary Guide
Arcane Mage Legendary Guide
Mythic+ Best in Slot Gear for Arcane Mage
*Please note that the best profile from m+ uses two on-use trinkets, basically having a trinket for every
usage. There are many good trinkets from Mythic+, so do be sure to sim what you have available always.
Best Arcane Mage Trinkets in Shadowlands
Due to gear being able to scale in a variety of content (Mythic+ and Raid), I'll list out the overall ranking of trinkets in order assuming equal item level. Significant item level differences will influence your selection.
Random proc trinkets are okay, but as we can't guarantee being able to utilize the extra throughput at that particular moment, on-use effects and stat sticks are preferable. Once again, I kept this list to active Shadowlands items, however
is S-tier, but is only available from Legion Timewalking M+.
This trinket should be good, but it's just tuned too low.
This is a replace as soon as possible trinket.
Items to Upgrade with Valor for Arcane Mages
Points is a currency used by players to upgrade items from Mythic+ Dungeons, either from running Mythic Keystones or from the Great Vault, up to item level 272. Similarly to
, Valor has a cap that is increased every week during the Season.
You can obtain Valor by completing Mythic+ dungeons or completing daily callings. You can learn more about Valor in our in-depth guide.
Earning and Spending Valor Points
As is the case for most specs, Arcane Mages get the most bang for the buck from trinkets and weapons, so these should be the priority for upgrades.
You'll then want to look at gear slots with high stat budgets like helms, chests, and legs, especially if these gear slots are some of your lowest item level gear pieces. Next will be shoulders, gloves, belt, and boots. Finally, fill the remaining gear pieces by lowest item level slots.
Generally our best-itemized weapon from Mythic+.
One of the two strongest Mythic+ trinkets for all types of content.
One of the two strongest Mythic+ trinkets for all types of content.
A semi-decent stat stick.
Items to Prioritize in the Great Vault for Arcane Mages in Shadowlands
Generally you'll want to prioritize your lowest item level slots, although trinkets, weapons, necklaces and rings will normally give the biggest DPS upgrades. That said, you should always sim using Raidbots to see what will be your best upgrade choice. The most obvious item to be looking out for in the Vault is
, as they are our strongest trinket options, and your first priority for upgrades.
As a bit of a cheat sheet:
→ Weapons → Other High-Value Trinkets → Large Item Level Upgrades → High Stat Budget Gear (Helms, Chests, and Legs) → Everything Else
For more information on how the Great Vaults works, please see our Great Vault Guide.
Great Vault Guide
Sources of Gear for Arcane Mage in Shadowlands
There are many ways to gear in Shadowlands, each with its own item level range. Below we give a detailed list of possible sources of gear and their related item level.
In addition to the occasional weekend quests, reputation vendors, and other semi-unique sources of gear, the common repeatable sources of gear are:
Gear and Item Levels Available during Patch 9.2
LFR Sepulcher of the First Ones
Normal Sepulcher of the First Ones
Heroic Sepulcher of the First Ones
Mythic Sepulcher of the First Ones
Mythic+ (End of Dungeon)
Unrated PvP Conquest Gear
249 (262 in PvP)
Combatant I PvP Conquest Gear
252 (265 in PvP)
Combatant II PvP Conquest Gear
255 (268 in PvP)
Challenger I PvP Conquest Gear
259 (272 in PvP)
Challenger II PvP Conquest Gear
262 (275 in PvP)
Rival I PvP Conquest Gear
265 (278 in PvP)
Rival II PvP Conquest Gear
268 (281 in PvP)
Duelist PvP Conquest Gear
272 (285 in PvP)
Elite PvP Conquest Gear
275 (285 in PvP)
Unrated PvP Honor Gear (1-3)
203-216(239-246 in PvP)
Unrated PvP Honor Gear (4-5)
223-229(249-252 in PvP)
Unrated PvP Honor Gear (6-7)
236-242(255-259 in PvP)
Zerith Mortis World Quests
Zerith Mortis Rares
Zerith Mortis BoE Greens/Anima Gear
Antros World Boss
Legendary (Rank 1)
Legendary (Rank 2)
Legendary (Rank 3)
Legendary (Rank 4)
Legendary (Rank 5)
Legendary (Rank 6)
Legendary (Rank 7)
Additionally, Mythic+ dungeons offer their own scaling rewards. Each completion awards gear from that dungeon upon completion, plus credit for your Greater Vault. The item level of your rewards in the great vault is based on your highest keys for the week.
Learn More About Great Vault Loot
Note that completing higher keys beyond +15 doesn't increase the item level of the rewards.
End of Dungeon
Weekly Great Vault
Finding Your Best Upgrades - Presenting the Droptimizer
is a tool that uses current information from your character to calculate which bosses in a certain raid and in certain difficulty provide the largest immediate upgrades for you.
it uses the most recent information about your character and the latest theorycraft available to see how big of an upgrade is each piece of loot in a certain raid in a given difficulty.
It is the perfect tool to help you plan your bonus rolls, or check if you need loot from a certain boss or not.
Learn more about the Droptimizer in our
in-depth review of the tool
Stat Priorities for Arcane Mages in Shadowlands
Arcane has no breakpoints to hit or caps to reach in terms of stats, and its priorities change drastically depending on talent choices and the number of enemies. Check the Stats Page for more information, and remember to sim yourself using
to find your own priorities.
You can follow these generic guidelines to help ascertain the value of a piece of gear (remembering that it will vary depending on your own character):
Mastery = Crit = Versatility >= Haste
. However, you will
prioritize higher ilevel over specific secondary stacking.
When playing as a Kyrian Arcane Mage (the most popular Covenant for Arcane at present), try to keep your Haste at 10-12% and your Mastery above 20%. These aren't hard caps, they'll just make playing the spec a little easier.
Our Arcane Mage guides are always updated with the latest information from in-game experience, simulations, and logs; make sure to check our changelog to this page, by clicking on
at the top of the page. If you are interested in more in-depth Arcane Mage guides for , make sure to browse the
below, and our list of
just beneath the
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You say that
gives my Arcane Mage
, but it gives me
atm. Is that changing in 8.0?
Might want to update Cord of Infinity's new effect
Why do I want versatility?
Any chance for an update, please?
Any chance for updated guide - the gear BiS list should be updated, maybe azerite traits, essences and corruptions too...
The "Arcane Mage Simulations" link takes you to Demonology Warlock Simulations.
Correct link here
In the Conquest and PvP gearing section you cite "Sinful Gladiator's Scepter", as an option for mages. Mages cannot and never have been able to use Maces. Incorrect weapon mentioned or error?
Dunno about Empyrial ordnance as a Kyrian Arcane mage. Soulletting ruby is still bonkers on my toon.
Needs more simming.
The BiS gear from raids has three pieces with haste but there are zero pieces of haste gear on the M+ BiS list. We’re these lists simmed at all?
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