Frost Mage DPS Starter Guide - Shadowlands 9.0.5
Welcome to our Frost Mage starter guide, which covers everything you need to start playing a new character in Shadowlands. While our other guide pages go into more individual detail, this simple starter guide covers all the basics in one place, whether you're a new Frost Mage, a returning player to Shadowlands, hardcore, or casual alike, it's the best place to get a beginners overview on the class. Included are basic talent builds, simplified rotations, stats, legendary recommendations, and more to get you started as quickly as possible.
Please keep in mind that this page is meant to get players started quickly as an introduction, and does not contain much in the way of detailed explanations, mechanics, competitive options, gearing, simulation comparisons, or nuance. For more in-depth information, including all those optimizations and more, check out the complete Frost Mage Guide pages linked in the navigation on the left-hand side of the page, and if you're leveling up in Shadowlands, you can take a look at our
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Rotation, Priority, and Abilities
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Best Frost Mage Covenant
The Venthyr are the best Covenant for Frost Mages. The Venthyr's class ability,
, deals high damage and guarantees three activations of Frost's strongest proc (
). In addition its Signature spell,
, is excellent for repositioning.
Make sure you cast Mirrors of Torment on a mob that will live long enough to consume all three stacks (about 20 seconds).
For Mages who want to be able to change specs to Fire and Arcane, the Night Fae are a better choice, with a Covenant ability (
) that is useful for all specs in all situations
Best Raid Covenants
Best Mythic+ Covenants
* Only when you can unlock
. Otherwise, use
** Only when you can unlock
. Otherwise, use
Best Frost Mage Covenant
Kyrian Frost Mage GuideNecrolord Frost Mage Guide
Night Fae Frost Mage GuideVenthyr Frost Mage Guide
Best Frost Mage Legendaries
For Raid, the best Frost Mage Legendary is
for Single Target,
for 2-3, or
The choice of legendary here heavily depends on fight design.
is our best Single Target legendary, especially with a high-rank
have gained value but still fall short.
Due to buffs in 9.0.5,
is now our best option for cleave fights with two to three targets,
is a great choice for fights with three or more targets. If you like multi-speccing, consider crafting
- it's a strong effect for Frost and it is now best for Fire as well.
For Mythic+, the best Frost Mage Legendary is either
depending on the average pull size.
Cleave and AoE dominate Mythic+, so we want to pick a legendary favouring that.
are going to be our go-to options since they both excel with cleave an AoE.
was already performing well in higher keys or dungeons with lower average pull sizes, but the buff coming in 9.0.5 I think it will become the standard.
is still very strong where the average pull size is much higher.
deals great single-target damage, but is terrible outside of that niche, so not worth considering for M+.
to have all the barrier effects and increased absorption. Neat idea but offers no offensive capabilities. This legendary is very strong for PvP.
for AoE and Mythic+
for pure single target.
If you plan to make both, remember that you don't have to upgrade them at the same rate. I recommend crafting
first, as it is generally most useful.
Frost Mage Legendaries Guide
Best Frost Mage Talents
This is a well rounded talent build and one of the most commonly-used builds by Frost Mages. The setup can handle almost anything, but you can find a more in-depth look at individual talent swaps and situational recommendations on the
Frost Mage Talent Guide
Frost Mage Talents Guide
Frost Mage Stat Priority
Frost Mages primarily favor Critical Strike and Haste. Find out more about how stats work, including sample stat weights and scaling plots in the
, or get an overview of gear to look for from dungeons and raids in the
Frost Mage Gear Guide
Critical Strike (to ~22%)
Critical Strike (from 22 to 33.33%)
Critical Strike (after 33.33%)
Frost Mage Stats Guide
Frost Mage Enchants and Consumables
附魔披风 - 强化闪避
附魔披风 - 强化速度
附魔护腕 - 永恒智力
附魔胸甲 - 永恒洞察
附魔胸甲 - 神圣属性
附魔武器 - 罪孽启示
附魔武器 - 天界指引
附魔戒指 - 急速之义
附魔戒指 - 爆击之义
depending on Crit
depending on Crit
Recommended weapon Buff:
In Shadowlands weapon oil is back.
is the prefered choice for Frost Mages.]
are generally your best combination.
Make sure to always have
on hand to use when you are low on health.
Frost Mage Enchants Guide
Best Frost Mage Rotation
This is a simple rotation for Frost Mages. More information using talent variations, cooldowns, and other advanced tips can be found
in the Frost Mage Rotation Guide
Consume Brain Freeze with
and then 2 x
. Do this immediately after casting Frostbolt.
Continue to cast Frostbolt, using Flurry, and Ice Lance to consume Brain Freeze and Fingers of Frost. If they proc together, prioritize Brain Freeze.
Frost Mage Rotation Guide
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