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Frost Mage DPS Spell Summary (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Oct 25, 2016 at 15:47 by Furty 118 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we list the spells that you will often use as a Frost Mage.

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 raids in Serenity, one of the top World of Warcraft guilds. 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. Spell Summary

If you are new to Frost, it is recommended you read this before proceeding! In this section we will discuss what abilities you have, what they are used for within the specialization, and how they interact with important cooldowns. If you have played this spec before or have already achieved a level of comfort playing this spec in a practical environment, it is recommended you skip this section and move on to the rest of the guide.

2. Main Resources

Frost Mage does not rely on a primary resource. Like the other Mage specs you have a Mana bar, however, Frost relies more on generating procs through your basic spells to fuel damage output. You will never run into a situation where you find your Mana bar fully depleted by casting combat spells.

3. Basic Abilities

These abilities are available no matter what talents you chose, and form the bread and butter of this specialization.

Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt is your main filler. While Frostbolt does fairly weak damage on its own, it is essential to your overall damage output as it triggers both of your important procs, Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze and Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost.

Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance is an instant cast nuke that deals solid damage when it is empowered by Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost. Ice Lance is only worth casting when it benefits from Shatter Icon Shatter.

Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb travels forwards in a line and deals AoE damage. The orb generates 1 charge of Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost and has an equal chance as Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt to generate Fingers of Frost when dealing repeat instances of damage. This ability deals moderate damage on its own, but it is mostly used to quickly generate multiple instances of Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost for burst.

Flurry Icon Flurry is a nuke with a lengthy cast time. The Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze proc allows this cast to be instant, and as such Flurry should only be cast while Brain Freeze is active.

Summon Water Elemental Icon Summon Water Elemental grants you a pet that deals damage. In addition, the Water Elemental has the unique abilities Freeze Icon Freeze and Water Jet Icon Water Jet, which help with increased Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost generation.

4. Important Procs

Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost is your main source of burst damage output. Fingers of Frost has a 12% chance to proc off of Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt and Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb and a 5% chance to proc off of Blizzard Icon Blizzard damage. Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost causes your next Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance to benefit from Shatter Icon Shatter, which grants a greatly increased chance to Critically Strike.

Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze has a 16% chance to proc off of a Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt cast, and causes your next Flurry Icon Flurry to be an instant, deal 50% extra damage, and apply Winter's Chill to the target for 1 second. Winter's Chill causes the target to behave as if it was frozen, allowing you to benefit from Shatter Icon Shatter. You should follow up your Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze casts with an Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance to exploit this.

5. DPS Cooldowns

Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins increases your Haste by 30% for 20 seconds. This is your main DPS cooldown and is generally best used on cooldown, paired with your Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb.

Time Warp Icon Time Warp increases Haste by 30% for 40 seconds for all party and raid members within 100 yards. This ability debuffs everyone with a debuff that prevents the possibility of benefiting from Time Warp Icon Time Warp, Ancient Hysteria Icon Ancient Hysteria, Netherwinds Icon Netherwinds, Heroism Icon Heroism, and Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust for the next 10 minutes.

6. ChangeLog

  • 25 Oct. 2016: Added a mention that Brain Freeze now causes the next Flurry to also deal 50% increased damage.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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