Best Arcane Mage Legendaries - Shadowlands 9.0.2
Shadowlands Legendary powers grant impactful gameplay effects for your Arcane Mage through the new Runecarving system. As your crafted Shadowlands legendary will be the most important piece of gear in the expansion, providing large performance benefits, it is crucial to pick the right legendary to craft and effectively spend your
In this guide, we will recommend the best legendary powers and item slots for your Arcane Mage for Shadowlands content, as well as highlighting which legendaries are not worth crafting.
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Shadowlands Legendary System
Max-level players in Shadowlands can
at the Runecarver, unlocked through Torghast progression. These crafted legendaries can then be customized through legendary powers, which are unlocked by collecting
Memory of the Runecarver
recipes from Shadowlands content such as reputation, Mythic+, and Raiding.
Legendary powers significantly modify an aspect of your character's gameplay, but you must choose wisely as you can only equip one legendary at a time and each legendary requires Soul Ash to craft and upgrade.
This page will explain which legendary powers are best for various types of Shadowlands content like Raiding and Mythic+, but if you need an overview of this new Shadowlands system, we have several additional guides:
Shadowlands Legendary Overview
details the Runecarver, Legendary Powers, and how to find recipes.
explains how to create your Shadowlands legendary gear and details all of the materials needed to craft a base piece, as well as how to unlock recipes for higher ranks.
Memory of the Runecarver Sources
explains how to find every Legendary Power recipe in Shadowlands.
Soul Ash Overview
details how to obtain this important currency, used to craft and upgrade legendaries.
allows you to browse all legendary powers and build your own legendary to share with friends.
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Ideal Crafting Order for Arcane Mage Legendaries
We recommend the following crafting order:
at rank 1 if your preferred content is raiding, or
if you focus on Mythic+.
Craft the other Legendary, either Temporal or Bombardment.
This grants you fast access to your best Legendary, as well as an alternate for a different type of content.
has the bonus of also being usable by other specs. After crafting these two, go for
Best Arcane Mage Legendaries
What Legendaries to Craft as an Arcane Mage
Before we dive into the Legendaries, a preface on the slot: you should, generally, craft for the slot you will gain the biggest benefit from in terms of raw budget, i.e. whichever slot has the most stats. In our recommendations below, we've preferred to suggest slots that can't randomly roll a gem socket.
In terms of stats, you should normally craft Legendary items with Mastery and Critical Strike.
We've listed the Legendaries in terms of impact. The most impactful and important Legendaries are ranked first; Legendaries not worth crafting are grouped together at the bottom of the page.
: Chest, Ring
: Torghast, Tower of the Damned, The Upper Reaches, Layer 3+
This is great if you really, really need burst damage as the buff from this Legendary stacks with other
effects, which the Legion version didn't do. That said, it's still annoying to use because it means you want to save Time Warp for your own use, rather than being able to use it for the group. If you don't have other players who can cast the buff, this Legendary is useless.
: Theoretically great, but depends heavily on group composition.
: Shoulders, Hands
: The Manastorms, De Other Side
This is a really strong power that stacks up quickly. It's most useful against a single target but does have some uses in AoE if you spend your
(doing this is a gain at up to eight targets with
, or five targets without).
: Great single-target Legendary that also improves our cleave. A top craft if your priority is raiding and you don't have another reliable caster of the raid haste buff. Also good on
weeks in Mythic+.
: Feet, Back
: Torghast, Tower of the Damned, Skoldus Hall, Layer 3+
While it doesn't do anything to high-health enemies, as soon as they fall into execute range
hits about as hard as a tactical nuke. Not useless against a single target, and absolutely murderous in AoE and cleave. Overtakes Arcane Harmony at 3+ targets.
: This should be your first craft if you're focused on Mythic+ content, or second for anything else.
Situational Arcane Mage Legendaries
: Legs, Feet
: Sludgefist, Castle Nathria
now has a shorter cooldown than
, meaning it might be optimal to burn to 0 mana before the burn phase and use Evocation on cooldown. If this does end up being the play, Siphon Storm will be an excellent Legendary. Very strong for Necrolord players thanks to
, which encourages stacking Intellect buffs before activating
: Could be a rotation-changer, but doesn't beat
in damage output - yet.
: Head, Shoulder
: PvP vendor
A fun Legendary in solo content like Torghast, as it's a flat 15% extra damage on a really short cooldown - and works against most boss mobs (they'll get the debuff even they're immune to the root from
). Pairs well with the
talent. Although other players can still break your Frost Nova, affected enemies will still get the 15% damage vulnerability, but it's not worth using in group content over spec-specific Legendaries.
: Great for solo play.
Best Arcane Mage Legendaries For Mythic+
all the way. As soon as mobs fall below 35% health, you can annihilate them - though it does depend on your group getting them to that point first.
isn't totally useless either; there are lots of dungeon packs with a priority target.
Best Arcane Mage Legendaries For Raiding
is great if you have someone else to bring the 30% raid Haste buff and can use
for yourself. Arcane revolves around burst and this Legendary accenuates that strength. If you can't rely on that then
are also very strong, with Harmony being a bit more versatile for adding power to our cleave.
Do-not-craft Legendaries for Arcane Mages
: Good effect, but the tuning is too far off for it to compete with spec Legendaries.
: A very middle-of-the-pack power. The opportunity cost of having to use
in the rotation over rotational abilities make this not worth using over better Legendaries.
: Absolutely insane...for PvP. Those three barriers are a massive absorb, and offer dispel protection for important spells like
. For PvE, however, you should avoid this non-DPS power.
What are Legendaries in Shadowlands?
Legendaries are special pieces of armor that players can wear to enhance their powers. In Shadowlands, players are able to create their own legendaries, by selecting between legendary powers and combining it with crafted pieces of gear.
Learn more about Legendaries in Shadowlands with our detailed guide.
Legendary Items in Shadowlands
How to Craft Arcane Mage Legendaries in Shadowlands
There are many steps to craft a Legendary Item in Shadowlands. To learn the whole process, please check out our guide below.
Crafting Legendaries in Shadowlands
Arcane Mage Legendary Simulations
Here is a preview of how Arcane Mage Legendary Powers stack against each other in terms of raw power, powered by
. Make sure to check above for an actual analysis about how strong each Legendary is.
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why exactly is the crafting preference of Temporal Warp the chest slot, not ring?
that makes sense, thx for the reply
what secondary stats are recommended?
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