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Frost Mage DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 21, 2017 at 10:20 by Furty 166 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Frost Mages. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Frost Mage guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Myst. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Kuni, one of the best Frost Mages in the world, who raids in Midnight Sanctuary.

1. Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Nighthold Custodian's Hood Icon Nighthold Custodian's Hood Trilliax
Neck Radiant String of Scorpid Eyes Icon Radiant String of Scorpid Eyes Skorpyron
Shoulders Mantle of Everburning Knowledge Icon Mantle of Everburning Knowledge Tichondrius
Chest Robes of Fluctuating Energy Icon Robes of Fluctuating Energy Chronomatic Anomaly
Cloak Cloak of Everburning Knowledge Icon Cloak of Everburning Knowledge Trilliax
Wrists Woven Lasher Tendril Bracers Icon Woven Lasher Tendril Bracers High Botanist Tel'arn
Gloves Gloves of Everburning Knowledge Icon Gloves of Everburning Knowledge Star Augur Etraeus
Belt Mana-Cord of Deception Icon Mana-Cord of Deception Trash BoE
Legs Leggings of Everburning Knowledge Icon Leggings of Everburning Knowledge Gul'dan
Boots Outcast Wanderer's Footrags Icon Outcast Wanderer's Footrags Gul'dan
Ring #1 Spellblade's Gemmed Signet Icon Spellblade's Gemmed Signet Spellblade Aluriel
Ring #2 Ring of Braided Stems Icon Ring of Braided Stems High Botanist Tel'arn
Trinket #1 Brinewater Slime in a Bottle Icon Brinewater Slime in a Bottle (Critical Strike or Haste) Helya
Trinket #2 Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal Withered J'im

Priority order of trinkets (at equivalent item level) is:

  1. Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish
  2. Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal
  3. Brinewater Slime in a Bottle Icon Brinewater Slime in a Bottle (Haste or Critical Strike)
  4. Whispers in the Dark Icon Whispers in the Dark
  5. Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard
  6. Infernal Writ Icon Infernal Writ
  7. Erratic Metronome Icon Erratic Metronome
  8. Swarming Plaguehive Icon Swarming Plaguehive
  9. Oakheart's Gnarled Root Icon Oakheart's Gnarled Root
  10. Naraxas' Spiked Tongue Icon Naraxas' Spiked Tongue
  11. Star Gate Icon Star Gate

2. Evaluating Upgrades Using Stat Weights

You can evaluate upgrades side by side using a simple napkin math formula:

DPS Value = Σ Stat weight × Amount of Stat

For example, using the stat weights from our Stats page, a pair of boots with 380 Mastery, 1150 Haste, and 976 Intellect, we can calculate a DPS value of:

380×0.57 + 1150×0.95 + 976×1 = 2285.1

This does not give an exact DPS value, but can be used to calculate the relative value versus another piece. For example, if we have a second pair of boots with 450 Haste, 970 Versatility, and 976 Intellect, we can compute the DPS value for that second item using the same formula, before comparing the results:

450×0.95 + 970×0.79 + 976×1 = 2169.8

We can clearly see that 2158.6 > 2120.3, and therefore, the first pair of boots are the stronger upgrade. This is the quickest, best, and most reliable way of determining whether or not you should use one upgrade or another, despite the fact that stats weights are very approximate and change with respect to fight type, fight length, and the values of your other stats (synergetic scaling).

3. Racial Bonuses

Sims done in pre-raid gear (840 ilvl).

Racial Simulations

Racial benefit is pretty minimal for Frost (currently), so it is recommended you just play whatever makes you happiest.

4. Legendaries

Shard of the Exodar Icon Shard of the Exodar causes your Time Warp Icon Time Warp to not give you Temporal Displacement Icon Temporal Displacement, and you can also use your Time Warp Icon Time Warp while affected by Temporal Displacement Icon Temporal Displacement and benefit from the active effect. Basically, you get an extra Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism once every 5 minutes. Overall the best legendary for single target, and the best for progression if you need to push several separate damage checks within a fight.

Lady Vashj's Grasp Icon Lady Vashj's Grasp causes you to gain 1 charge of Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost every 10 seconds while Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins is active. Overall the second best legendary for Frost when combined with Thermal Void Icon Thermal Void.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish is a trinket with an on use effect that launches a meteor dealing a powerful critical strike once every 75 seconds. A strong option for Frost, due to the passive stats provided, and has very strong potential on cleave and AoE. Third best overall.

Magtheridon's Banished Bracers Icon Magtheridon's Banished Bracers causes your Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance to increase the damage of your Ice Lance Icon Ice Lances by 3% for 8 seconds, stacking up to 6 times. Not far behind Lady Vashj's Grasp Icon Lady Vashj's Grasp, and good legendary for single target. Falls behind on multi target but great on 2 targets. Fourth best for single target.

Ice Time Icon Ice Time causes your Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb to explode into a Frost Nova that deals damage. Very weak for single target, but only slightly behind Zann'esu Journey for AoE. Good choice for Mythic+ farming.

Zann'esu Journey Icon Zann'esu Journey causes Flurry Icon Flurry to increase the damage of your next Blizzard Icon Blizzard by 35%, stacking up to 5 times. Easily the strongest choice for AoE when combined with Arctic Gale Icon Arctic Gale, but not very useful for single target. If this is the only legendary you have you should still use the stacks on Blizzard Icon Blizzard for single target, but talenting into Arctic Gale Icon Arctic Gale is a DPS loss on single-target.

5. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Death Knights, Druids, Arcane/Fire Mages, and Rogues
Cloth Armor Arcane/Fire Mages, Priests, and Warlocks
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Balance Druids, Arcane/Fire Mages, Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Warlocks

6. ChangeLog

  • 21 Jan. 2017: Fully updated BiS list and legendary section.
  • 17 Oct. 2016: Added more detail to the trinket section.
  • 04 Sep. 2016: Updated item comparison example, following a change in stat weights.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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