Frost Mage DPS Gems, Enchants, Professions, and Consumables (MoP 5.4)

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General Information

On this page, we present you with the best gems and enchants for a Frost Mage in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4. We also list the best consumables (food, flasks, and potions) and profession-specific perks.

Make sure to check our Gear Optimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this page.

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

About Our Reviewers

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

1. Gems↑top

Sockets Gems
Meta Socket Burning Primal Diamond Icon Burning Primal Diamond or Sinister Primal Diamond Icon Sinister Primal Diamond (better)
Red Socket Prismatic Socket
Yellow Socket Quick Sun's Radiance Icon Quick Sun's Radiance/Perfect Quick Sunstone Icon Perfect Quick Sunstone or Quick Serpent's Eye Icon Quick Serpent's Eye (JC)
Blue Socket

If you are above 50% haste raid buffed, then you should replace Haste Rating gems by their Mastery equivalents.

If you are still unsure what the optimal gemming strategy is for your character, you can Ask Mr. Robot for a personalised optimisation of your character's gear, by filling the form below.

2. Enchants↑top

Slot Main Enchantments Extra Enchantments
Shoulders
Back
Chest Enchant Chest - Glorious Stats Icon Enchant Chest - Glorious Stats
Wrists Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer (Blacksmithing)
Hands
Waist Living Steel Belt Buckle Icon Living Steel Belt Buckle
Legs
Feet Enchant Boots - Pandaren's Step Icon Enchant Boots - Pandaren's Step
Rings Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect (Enchanting)
Weapon
Off-Hand Enchant Off-Hand - Major Intellect Icon Enchant Off-Hand - Major Intellect

Note that Extra Enchantments can be applied to an item in addition to a Main Enchantment.

3. Consumables↑top

3.1. Food

You should always eat food that gives you Intellect. You will be granted:

3.2. Flask

Your flask should be a Flask of the Warm Sun Icon Flask of the Warm Sun.

3.3. Potion

During the encounter, your best choice for a potion will be Potion of the Jade Serpent Icon Potion of the Jade Serpent.

4. Summing-up Profession Perks↑top

Choosing a profession for your Frost Mage can impact your raid performance. As a rule, you should shy away from gathering professions (with the exception of Herbalism), which leaves the following viable professions for raiding:

Profession Perks
Tailoring Provides a gain of approximately 320 Intellect through Lightweave Embroidery Icon Lightweave Embroidery. It also provides Master's Spellthread Icon Master's Spellthread, a much cheaper equivalent of Greater Cerulean Spellthread Icon Greater Cerulean Spellthread, the usual leg enchant.
Blacksmithing Provides a 320 Intellect gain through two extra sockets, Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer and Socket Gloves Icon Socket Gloves, in which you can fit 2 Brilliant Primordial Ruby Icon Brilliant Primordial Ruby.
Jewelcrafting Provides a 320 Intellect gain through the ability of using 2 Brilliant Serpent's Eye Icon Brilliant Serpent's Eye.
Alchemy Provides an 320 Intellect gain to your flask through Mixology Icon Mixology.
Enchanting Provides a 320 Intellect gain through Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Intellect.
Engineering Provides +1,920 Intellect for 10 seconds every minute through Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs (the overall gain is +320 Intellect).
Inscription Provides a 320 Intellect gain through Secret Crane Wing Inscription Icon Secret Crane Wing Inscription.
Leatherworking Provides a 320 Intellect gain through Fur Lining - Intellect Icon Fur Lining - Intellect.
Herbalism Provides a 480 Haste Rating gain in average through Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood.

Engineering is currently the best profession for Frost Mages, as it provides you with Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs, which you can line up every minute with Presence of Mind Icon Presence of Mind (if you chose it as your Tier 1 talent) and Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb, and every 3 minutes with both Alter Time Icon Alter Time and Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins, for increased benefits. For your second profession, any of the passive Intellect gain will do, although Tailoring will pull ahead slightly.

5. Changelog↑top

  • 13 Jan. 2014: Added new food items added in patch 5.4.
  • 10 Sep. 2013: Patch 5.4: removed Frag Belt Icon Frag Belt, following its nerf.
  • 20 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: nothing changed.
  • 24 Apr. 2013: Added legendary meta-gem.
  • 17 Apr. 2013: Modified gemming table to advise players to gem for Haste gems and not Intellect gems.
  • 02 Apr. 2013: Removed green-quality gems.
  • 02 Apr. 2013: Improved advice for choosing your profession.