Cataclysm Classic Frost Mage Leveling

Last updated on May 12, 2024 at 00:00 by Wrdlbrmpft

On this page, you will find our level-by-level Frost Mage leveling guide for WoW Cataclysm Classic.

1.

Frost Mage Level by Level Rotation and Talents

As a Frost Mage your leveling will be very safe. The Frost talent tree gives you tons of crowd control, survivability and burst damage potential. While it's damage output might be slightly inferior to Arcane and Fire, you can still do great with Frost and enjoy your leveling with the notorious Summon Water Elemental Icon Summon Water Elemental pet. AoE leveling with Frost only really starts at level 52 when you get Blizzard Icon Blizzard.

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Level: 1
2.

Leveling Talents

Leveling has been greatly eased for casters in Cataclysm. Instead of visiting your class trainer every few levels for new spell ranks, spells automatically grow stronger with each level. Class trainers are only visited to learn spells. At level 10 your talent tree unlocks, giving you a talent tree to choose from, your talent tree specific ability (Summon Water Elemental Icon Summon Water Elemental for Frost) and the first talent point. The next talent point comes at level 11 and from then on every uneven level, until level 81. From level 81 on, you gain talent points every level again. If you can, use any heirloom you can get, for the reasons above.

The first two talent points go into Early Frost Icon Early Frost.

The first two talent points go into Early Frost Icon Early Frost. Continue with two points in Shatter Icon Shatter.

The first two talent points go into Early Frost Icon Early Frost. Continue with two points each in Shatter Icon Shatter and Piercing Ice Icon Piercing Ice.

If you plan to AoE level, go with two points in Improved Cone of Cold Icon Improved Cone of Cold first, otherwise start with Piercing Ice Icon Piercing Ice.

If you plan to AoE level, go with two points in Improved Cone of Cold Icon Improved Cone of Cold first, otherwise start with Piercing Ice Icon Piercing Ice. The next point goes into Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes.

If you plan to AoE level, go with two points in Improved Cone of Cold Icon Improved Cone of Cold first, otherwise start with two points in Piercing Ice Icon Piercing Ice. The next point goes into Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes. The last two points are spent in Piercing Ice Icon Piercing Ice if you AoE level, otherwise Improved Cone of Cold Icon Improved Cone of Cold if you single-target level.

Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins takes your next talent point, this ability is too good to be learned later.

Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins takes your next talent point, this ability is too good to be learned later. Spend the next three points in Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost, your bread and butter talent.

Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins takes your next talent point, this ability is too good to be learned later. Spend the next three points in Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost, your bread and butter talent. Finish off this talent tier with one point in Improved Freeze Icon Improved Freeze.

Cold Snap Icon Cold Snap gets one point. This powerful ability resets all your Frost spell cooldowns, enabling a huge burst potential.

Cold Snap Icon Cold Snap gets one point. This powerful ability resets all your Frost spell cooldowns, enabling a huge burst potential. The next two talent points go in Improved Freeze Icon Improved Freeze.

Cold Snap Icon Cold Snap gets one point. This powerful ability resets all your Frost spell cooldowns, enabling a huge burst potential. The next two talent points go in Improved Freeze Icon Improved Freeze. The Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze talent gives your freezing effects a chance to trigger a free and instant-cast Frostfire Bolt Icon Frostfire Bolt.

One point goes into Ice Barrier Icon Ice Barrier, Frost's signature protective spell.

One point goes into Ice Barrier Icon Ice Barrier, Frost's signature protective spell. Put one last point in the Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze talent.

One point goes into Ice Barrier Icon Ice Barrier, Frost's signature protective spell. Put one last point in the Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze talent. The three points in the Enduring Winter Icon Enduring Winter talent restore you and your group's Mana after a Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt hits a target. Furthermore, it reduces the mana cost of all spells by 10%.

The remaining two points in Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes further reduce the cooldown of your Frost spells.

The remaining two points in Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes further reduce the cooldown of your Frost spells. Three points in Permafrost Icon Permafrost make sure your enemies will move slower, receive less healing and your spell attacks will heal your Water Elemental.

Deep Freeze Icon Deep Freeze is one of your strongest abilities, thus it gets the next talent point.

Deep Freeze Icon Deep Freeze is one of your strongest abilities, thus it gets the next talent point. Ice Shards Icon Ice Shards add the slow effect to your Blizzard Icon Blizzard spell and increases the range of Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance by 5 yards.

Deep Freeze Icon Deep Freeze is one of your strongest abilities, thus it gets the next talent point. Ice Shards Icon Ice Shards add the slow effect to your Blizzard Icon Blizzard spell and increases the range of Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance by 5 yards. Two points in Reactive Barrier Icon Reactive Barrier will make sure you are automatically getting an Ice Barrier Icon Ice Barrier when any attack lowers your damage below 50% health.

Spend two talent points in Frostfire Orb Icon Frostfire Orb, so you can use it when you learn it at level 81.

Spend two talent points in Frostfire Orb Icon Frostfire Orb, so you can use it when you learn it at level 81. Put 3 points in the Netherwind Presence Icon Netherwind Presence talent.

Spend two talent points in Frostfire Orb Icon Frostfire Orb, so you can use it when you learn it at level 81. Put 3 points in the Netherwind Presence Icon Netherwind Presence talent and one point in Arcane Concentration Icon Arcane Concentration.

3.

Leveling Glyphs

As your Prime Glyphs we recommend taking Glyph of Frostbolt Icon Glyph of Frostbolt, Glyph of Cone of Cold Icon Glyph of Cone of Cold and Glyph of Frostfire Icon Glyph of Frostfire (Glyph of Molten Armor Icon Glyph of Molten Armor for the lower levels. Glyph of Evocation Icon Glyph of Evocation, Glyph of Blink Icon Glyph of Blink and Glyph of Ice Barrier Icon Glyph of Ice Barrier are great Major Glyphs, if you struggle on mana, Glyph of Frost Armor Icon Glyph of Frost Armor might be an option as well. For Minor Glyphs Glyph of Slow Fall Icon Glyph of Slow Fall, Glyph of Conjuring Icon Glyph of Conjuring and Glyph of Arcane Brilliance Icon Glyph of Arcane Brilliance are solid choices. Please note, that all of these Glyphs are also great for end-game content.

4.

If you prepare the following steps, you will zoom through levels. These preparations are not mandatory, but highly(!) recommended. The prep is absolutely worth the time spent, even if only for one alt. Furthermore, you can use them on any caster alt. First of all you want to start by using heirloom items, as well as enchants. For the first few levels, we also recommend white quality items with strong enchants on them, until you find better items. The enchanting part will give you an extreme time benefit while leveling. Of course you could go even crazier on enchants and prepare them for each level (there are even better enchants from TBC for level 35+ items), however, this guide will focus on the low hanging fruit. Especially in the lower levels, the benefits from preparation works wonders.

Item Source Enchant
Tattered Dreadmist Mask Icon Tattered Dreadmist Mask 1500 Gold, Guild bonus  
Tattered Dreadmist Mantle Icon Tattered Dreadmist Mantle 2175 Justice Points, Heirloom Vendors  
Tattered Dreadmist Robe Icon Tattered Dreadmist Robe 2175 Justice Points, Heirloom Vendors Enchant Chest - Greater Stats Icon Enchant Chest - Greater Stats
Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak Icon Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak 1200 Gold, Guild bonus  
Dread Pirate Ring Icon Dread Pirate Ring Win Kalu'ak Fishing Derby, Dalaran  
Dignified Headmaster's Charge Icon Dignified Headmaster's Charge 3500 Justice Points, Heirloom Vendors Enchant Weapon - Mighty Intellect Icon Enchant Weapon - Mighty Intellect
2x Discerning Eye of the Beast Icon Discerning Eye of the Beast 2725 Justice Points each, Heirloom Vendors  
Alliance: Thin Cloth Gloves Icon Thin Cloth Gloves Vinasia in Darnassus Enchant Gloves - Minor Haste Icon Enchant Gloves - Minor Haste
Alliance: Thin Cloth Shoes Icon Thin Cloth Shoes Vinasia in Darnassus Enchant Boots - Minor Speed Icon Enchant Boots - Minor Speed
Alliance: Thin Cloth Bracers Icon Thin Cloth Bracers Vinasia in Darnassus Enchant Bracer - Greater Intellect Icon Enchant Bracer - Greater Intellect
Horde: Tattered Cloth Gloves Icon Tattered Cloth Gloves Lauren Newcomb in Undercity Enchant Gloves - Minor Haste Icon Enchant Gloves - Minor Haste
Horde: Tattered Cloth Boots Icon Tattered Cloth Boots Lauren Newcomb in Undercity Enchant Boots - Minor Speed Icon Enchant Boots - Minor Speed
Horde: Tattered Cloth Bracers Icon Tattered Cloth Bracers Lauren Newcombin Undercity Enchant Bracer - Greater Intellect Icon Enchant Bracer - Greater Intellect

The heirlooms give you a total 40% bonus XP, which equals 40% less time spent leveling. For all enchants you will need only the following few materials and an enchanter (or you just buy the scrolls off the AH):

  • 1 Small Radiant Shard Icon Small Radiant Shard, Aquamarine Icon Aquamarine, Lesser Nether Essence Icon Lesser Nether Essence each
  • 2 Large Radiant Shard Icon Large Radiant Shard, Wildvine Icon Wildvine each
  • 6 Greater Eternal Essence Icon Greater Eternal Essence (transform one into 3 Lesser Eternal Essence Icon Lesser Eternal Essence)
  • 8 Large Brilliant Shard Icon Large Brilliant Shard
  • 26 Illusion Dust Icon Illusion Dust

For consumables you want to prepare Wizard oils, as they work on heirlooms in Cataclysm. Minor Wizard Oil Icon Minor Wizard Oil (Lvl 5+), Lesser Wizard Oil Icon Lesser Wizard Oil (Lvl 30+), Wizard Oil Icon Wizard Oil (Lvl 40+), Brilliant Wizard Oil Icon Brilliant Wizard Oil (Lvl 45+) and Superior Wizard Oil Icon Superior Wizard Oil (Lvl 58+), and are cheap to make. They persist through death as well, should you die while leveling.

Furthermore, Elixirs are also easy to come by and have a great effect. We recommend: Elixir of Wisdom Icon Elixir of Wisdom (Lvl 10), Elixir of Greater Intellect Icon Elixir of Greater Intellect (Lvl 25), and Flask of Distilled Wisdom Icon Flask of Distilled Wisdom (Lvl 50), Flask of the Frost Wyrm Icon Flask of the Frost Wyrm (Lvl 75), Flask of the Draconic Mind Icon Flask of the Draconic Mind (Lvl 80+). Feasts, such as Seafood Magnifique Feast Icon Seafood Magnifique Feast can be used by level 1 characters. If you have a good friend or a second account to place a feast for you, harness this power. This buff is extremely strong, giving you 90 Stamina and Intellect for an hour. Apart from feasts, buffs from cooking are generally rather weak.

Another tip for leveling is to level Engineering, but this takes a bit more time than the other steps do. It is one of the two best professions a MageMage can get and you need it for your endgame content anyways. Furthermore, it gives you access to Iron Grenade Icon Iron Grenades (Lvl 20), Thorium Grenade Icon Thorium Grenades (Lvl 35), Saronite Bomb Icon Saronite Bombs (Lvl 50) and other useful stuff. Make sure to always max out your Engineering Skill while leveling, especially since you plan on AoE leveling.

Having First Aid as a helping leveling profession goes without saying. Do not sleep on this, you can use very high level bandages very early (see the "Requires ..." tooltip), as you can learn high ranks of First Aid early on. For instance, Expert First Aid - Under Wraps Icon Expert First Aid - Under Wraps does not have a level requirement, only a First Aid skill requirement, making Heavy Runecloth Bandage Icon Heavy Runecloth Bandage usable at level 10. At level 35, when you do the First Aid quest for the skill of 300 (Triage), you can use Master First Aid - Doctor in the House Icon Master First Aid - Doctor in the House afterwards, level to 350 skill and use Frostweave Bandage Icon Frostweave Bandage. At level 65 you can visit the Northrend/WotLK tailoring trainers to skill up to 450 and use Heavy Frostweave Bandage Icon Heavy Frostweave Bandages and Embersilk Bandage Icon Embersilk Bandages. Level 75 is required to finish your First Aid training and to use Heavy Embersilk Bandage Icon Heavy Embersilk Bandage and Dense Embersilk Bandage Icon Dense Embersilk Bandage.

5.

Class Trainer Spells

Please visit the class trainer from time to time to learn the highlighted core-spells. Learning all the other spells not mentioned here is optional, but does not hurt.

  • Levels 1-4 — It is not worth learning spells yet, just level.
  • Level 5 — Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast and Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles.
  • Level 7 — Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt
  • Level 7 — Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova
  • Level 9 — Counterspell Icon Counterspell
  • Level 12 — Evocation Icon Evocation
  • Level 14 — Polymorph Icon Polymorph
  • Level 16 — Blink Icon Blink
  • Level 18 — Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold (AoE ability)
  • Level 22 — Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion (AoE ability)
  • Level 24 — Self-Teleports to major cities
  • Level 28 — Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance
  • Level 30 — Ice Block Icon Ice Block and Remove Curse Icon Remove Curse.
  • Level 34 — Molten Armor Icon Molten Armor and Slow Fall Icon Slow Fall.
  • Level 36 — Mage Ward Icon Mage Ward
  • Level 38 — Conjure Refreshment Icon Conjure Refreshment
  • Level 42 — Group-Portals to major cities.
  • Level 44 — Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike (AoE ability)
  • Level 46 — Mana Shield Icon Mana Shield
  • Level 48 — Conjure Mana Gem Icon Conjure Mana Gem
  • Level 50 — Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image
  • Level 52 — Blizzard Icon Blizzard (AoE ability)
  • Level 56 — Frostfire Bolt Icon Frostfire Bolt
  • Level 58 — Arcane Brilliance Icon Arcane Brilliance
  • Level 60 — Deep Freeze Icon Deep Freeze
  • Level 66 — Teleport and Portal to Shattrath (Iorioa in the middle of Shattrath).
  • Level 74 — Teleport and Portal to Dalaran (Archmage Celindra in Dalaran).
  • Level 76 — Ritual of Refreshment Icon Ritual of Refreshment
  • Level 81 — Flame Orb Icon Flame Orb
  • Level 83 — Ring of Frost Icon Ring of Frost
  • Level 85 — Please visit your class trainer to learn all spells!
6.

Leveling Rotation

The Frost single-target rotation is a bit complicated, because you have to learn how to manage your Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost and other procs first.

  1. If Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost is active, your first prio is to cast Deep Freeze Icon Deep Freeze
  2. If Frostfire Orb Icon Frostfire Orb is off cooldown, use it.
  3. Use your Water Elemental's ability Freeze Icon Freeze whenever you can to proc two stacks of Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost (only works once you have put points in the Improved Freeze Icon Improved Freeze talent).
  4. If Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost is up alongside with Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze, cast Frostfire Bolt Icon Frostfire Bolt.
  5. If Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost is up, the spells above are on cooldown and you have no Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze proc, cast Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance.
  6. Cast Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt.

In AoE combat, Frost Mages use Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold to slow and stun mobs, the latter only with the Improved Cone of Cold Icon Improved Cone of Cold talent. Whenever you freeze enemies with Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova, they can take one full Blizzard Icon Blizzard, before it breaks. Blizzard is also your second main AoE spell. At lower levels you may want to use a combo of Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion or Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike and Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold. If you have Engineering, the grenades mentioned in the Preparation part of this guide will help you out a lot, especially at lower levels.

In both AoE and single-target situations, make sure to always have Molten Armor Icon Molten Armor and your Arcane Brilliance Icon Arcane Brilliance (Level 58+) up. At level 81, learn Flame Orb Icon Flame Orb and use it on cooldown! Ring of Frost Icon Ring of Frost is learned at level 83 and is a great tool for CCing mobs and for AoE, too. Blink Icon Blink, Slow Fall Icon Slow Fall, Polymorph Icon Polymorph and Ice Block Icon Ice Block can be life-savers. Evocation Icon Evocation can be used every 4 minutes to restore 45% of your mana. Teleport spells to the major cities of your faction can be learned at each cities' Mage trainer from level 24 on. These can greatly reduce your travel time. Once you have learned Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image, you can use them to focus enemy fire on them while you nuke your foes.

7.

Continue Improving at Level 85

Congratulations on hitting Level 85 in Cataclysm! Now that your leveling process is over, you can learn more about Level 85 Frost Mage gameplay by reading our fully detailed guide below.

8.

Changelog

  • 12 May 2024: Guide added.
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