Mage Leveling Guide (MoP 5.4)

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Preliminary Mentions

In this guide, we will offer you some quick and practical information for leveling up your Mage from level 85 to level 90. We cover rotation, talents and glyphs. We do not, however, cover statistics, gear, or any information about the zones you should be questing in.

This guide requires a basic understanding of how the Mage class works at level 85. This guide is not meant to reflect how you should play your character at level 90, or in a raid environment or dungeon.

While leveling up, you can complete 4 dungeons:

These dungeons have quests which reward you with vast amounts of experience.

1. Level 1 to 85↑top

Oltier, our Mage moderator, has put up a comprehensive guide for leveling up a Frost Mage from level 1 to 90. We advised you to read it!

2. Arcane Leveling Guide: 85-90↑top

2.1. Level 85

2.1.1. Talents and Glyphs

Before setting out on your leveling journey, you should take these talents and glyphs, for maximum efficiency. Obviously, this is not set in stone, and you have a lot of liberty.

For your third minor glyph, you should use which ever remaining minor glyph you like.

2.1.2. Rotation

You have to adapt your raiding rotation slighty, so that it works against targets which, generally, will not live very long. As an Arcane Mage, you should try and kill enemies one by one and avoid pulling mobs together. Follow this priority list.

  1. Keep Ice Barrier Icon Ice Barrier up.
  2. Keep Ice Ward Icon Ice Ward up.
  3. Cast Frost Bomb Icon Frost Bomb.
  4. Cast Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles when it procs.
  5. Cast Arcane Barrage Icon Arcane Barrage when you have between 2 and 3 stacks of Arcane Charge Icon Arcane Charge.
  6. Cast Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast to build up stacks of Arcane Charge Icon Arcane Charge.

You need to be careful with your mana management. You cannot build up too many Arcane Charge Icon Arcane Charges, as otherwise you will have to drink between each pull. Try to not go over 2 or 3 charges. Evocation Icon Evocation's 4-minute cooldown will prevent you from making good use of it.

Use Frost Armor Icon Frost Armor. It will slow down mobs attacking you.

When mobs are reaching you, simply cast Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova and Blink Icon Blink away.

2.1.3. Surviving

Save your DPS cooldowns (Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power, Time Warp Icon Time Warp) for when you are in trouble, so you have a chance to kill your enemies before they kill you.

Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image and Invisibility Icon Invisibility are your main survival cooldowns. Use Mirror Image to distract mobs temporarily and Invisibility to vanish from their sight. Use Ice Block Icon Ice Block to remove the burning DoT left by Cauterize Icon Cauterize when it saves your life.

You can escape a fight through different means. You can run away and slow your enemies with Blizzard Icon Blizzard, Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold, Frost Bomb Icon Frost Bomb. You can also run off a cliff and use Slow Fall Icon Slow Fall or Blink Icon Blink to negate fall damage.

Remember to interrupt harmful spell casts with Counterspell Icon Counterspell. Whenever possible, try stealing beneficial effects that mobs cast on themselves with Spellsteal Icon Spellsteal.

2.2. Level 86-90

As you level up, a single change occurs. At level 87, you will gain Alter Time Icon Alter Time. You can use it to negate a large amount of damage. Cast Alter Time, wait for the damage, then cast Alter Time again to revert back to the amount of health you had when you first cast it (or wait until the 6 seconds are over).

You can also use Alter Time Icon Alter Time to increase the duration of Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power and Time Warp Icon Time Warp by 6 seconds.

3. Fire Leveling Guide: 85-90↑top

3.1. Level 85

3.1.1. Talents and Glyphs

Before setting out on your leveling journey, you should take these talents and glyphs, for maximum efficiency. Obviously, this is not set in stone, and you have a lot of liberty.

For your third minor glyph, you should use which ever remaining minor glyph you like.

3.1.2. Rotation

You have to adapt your raiding rotation slighty, so that it works against targets which, generally, will not live very long. As a Fire Mage, you should not hesitate to pull several enemies at once, as you have the necessary tools to deal with them. Follow this priority list.

  1. Keep Ice Barrier Icon Ice Barrier up.
  2. Keep Ice Ward Icon Ice Ward up.
  3. Cast Frost Bomb Icon Frost Bomb.
  4. Cast Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast when Pyroblast! Icon Pyroblast! procs.
  5. Cast Inferno Blast Icon Inferno Blast when Heating Up Icon Heating Up procs and Inferno Blast is off cooldown.
    • Inferno Blast will always crit, transforming Heating Up into Pyroblast! Icon Pyroblast!.
  6. Cast Fireball Icon Fireball.

Use Frost Armor Icon Frost Armor. It will slow down mobs attacking you.

When mobs are reaching you, simply cast Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova and Blink Icon Blink away.

3.1.3. AoE Damage

As a Fire Mage, you can easily pull large groups of enemies. What you should aim for is to cast Frost Bomb Icon Frost Bomb on one of the enemies of the group. Then, follow up with 1 or 2 Fireball Icon Fireball to build up a decent Ignite Icon Ignite. Cast Combustion Icon Combustion and use Inferno Blast Icon Inferno Blast to spread Ignite Icon Ignite and the new DoT created by Combustion.

After that, you can go towards the mobs, cast Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova to freeze them. Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike and Blizzard Icon Blizzard do not break Frost Nova, so you should make use of these spells while targets are frozen. Thanks to Shatter Icon Shatter, you deal increased damage to frozen mobs.

3.1.4. Surviving

Save Time Warp Icon Time Warp for when you are in trouble, so you have a chance to kill your enemies before they kill you.

Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image and Invisibility Icon Invisibility are your main survival cooldowns. Use Mirror Image to distract mobs temporarily and Invisibility to vanish from their sight. Use Ice Block Icon Ice Block to remove the burning DoT left by Cauterize Icon Cauterize when it saves your life.

You can escape a fight through different means. You can run away and slow your enemies with Blizzard Icon Blizzard, Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold, Frost Bomb Icon Frost Bomb. You can also run off a cliff and use Slow Fall Icon Slow Fall or Blink Icon Blink to negate fall damage.

Remember to interrupt harmful spell casts with Counterspell Icon Counterspell. Whenever possible, try stealing beneficial effects that mobs cast on themselves with Spellsteal Icon Spellsteal.

3.2. Level 86-90

As you level up, a single change occurs. At level 87, you will gain Alter Time Icon Alter Time. You can use it to negate a large amount of damage. Cast Alter Time, wait for the damage, then cast Alter Time again to revert back to the amount of health you had when you first cast it (or wait until the 6 seconds are over).

You can also use Alter Time Icon Alter Time to increase the duration of Time Warp Icon Time Warp by 6 seconds.

4. Frost Leveling Guide: 85-90↑top

4.1. Level 85

4.1.1. Talents and Glyphs

Before setting out on your leveling journey, you should take these talents and glyphs, for maximum efficiency. Obviously, this is not set in stone, and you have a lot of liberty.

For your third minor glyph, you should use which ever remaining minor glyph you like.

4.1.2. Rotation

You have to adapt your raiding rotation slighty, so that it works against targets which, generally, will not live very long. As a Frost Mage, you are encouraged to pull several enemies at once, as kiting is what the specialisation shines the most at.

  1. Keep Ice Barrier Icon Ice Barrier up.
  2. Keep Ice Ward Icon Ice Ward up.
  3. Cast Frost Bomb Icon Frost Bomb.
  4. Cast Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb when it is available.
  5. Cast Freeze Icon Freeze from your Water Elemental every time it is available.
    • This will give you 1 charge of Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost (2 if it hits more than 1 enemy).
  6. Cast Frostfire Bolt Icon Frostfire Bolt as soon as Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze procs.
  7. Cast Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance when you have charges of Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost.
  8. Cast Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt as a filler spell.

Use Frost Armor Icon Frost Armor. It will slow down mobs attacking you.

When mobs are reaching you, simply cast Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova and Blink Icon Blink away.

4.1.3. AoE Damage

As a Frost Mage, you can easily pull large groups of enemies. What you should aim for is to cast Frost Bomb Icon Frost Bomb on one of the enemies of the group. Then, follow up with Blizzard Icon Blizzard until the mobs reach you. Then use Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova or your Water Elemental's Freeze Icon Freeze and Blink Icon Blink away. Rinse and repeat.

4.1.4. Surviving

Save Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins and Time Warp Icon Time Warp for when you are in trouble, so you have a chance to kill your enemies before they kill you.

Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image and Invisibility Icon Invisibility are your main survival cooldowns. Use Mirror Image to distract mobs temporarily and Invisibility to vanish from their sight. Use Ice Block Icon Ice Block to remove the burning DoT left by Cauterize Icon Cauterize when it saves your life.

You can escape a fight through different means. You can run away and slow your enemies with Blizzard Icon Blizzard, Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold, Frost Bomb Icon Frost Bomb. You can also run off a cliff and use Slow Fall Icon Slow Fall or Blink Icon Blink to negate fall damage.

Remember to interrupt harmful spell casts with Counterspell Icon Counterspell. Whenever possible, try stealing beneficial effects that mobs cast on themselves with Spellsteal Icon Spellsteal.

4.2. Level 86-90

As you level up, a single change occurs. At level 87, you will gain Alter Time Icon Alter Time. You can use it to negate a large amount of damage. Cast Alter Time, wait for the damage, then cast Alter Time again to revert back to the amount of health you had when you first cast it (or wait until the 6 seconds are over).

You can also use Alter Time Icon Alter Time to increase the duration of Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins and Time Warp Icon Time Warp by 6 seconds.

5. Changelog↑top