TBC Classic Arcane Mage Pre-Raid Gear

Last updated on May 08, 2022 at 22:42 by Wrdlbrmpft 10 comments

On this page, you will find the best pre-raid gear for Arcane Mage in TBC Classic.


Arcane Mage Pre-Raid Best in Slot List

This gear collection list is considered the to be the best gear you can get outside of raids and includes gear and badges from (Heroic) TBC dungeons, gear from PvP, and gear from Tailoring.

The list below is following the stat priority of Spell Hit until cap > Spell Damage = Intellect > Spell Haste > Spell Crit > Spirit and assumes no Hit chance raid buffs.


Other Arcane Mage Best in Slot Lists

If your character is ready to jump into Phase 5 / Tier 6 content, then see our current best in slot list. If you wish to go through the content of Tiers 4 or 5 instead, then please see their respective lists below.


Pre-Raid Best in Slot Table

The craftable pieces are either tradeable or their recipes/patterns are. For your gems, you should look to use Chaotic Skyfire Diamond Icon Chaotic Skyfire Diamond to increase your damage output in battle, Glowing Shadowsong Amethyst Icon Glowing Shadowsong Amethyst in Blue or Red sockets (you need two of these to activate your Meta gem), Brilliant Lionseye Icon Brilliant Lionseye in Yellow sockets, and Runed Crimson Spinel Icon Runed Crimson Spinel in Red sockets. Glowing Nightseye Icon Glowing Nightseye, Brilliant Dawnstone Icon Brilliant Dawnstone, and Runed Living Ruby Icon Runed Living Ruby are the low-budget alternatives to these Epic-quality gems. The uncut Epic gems can be bought for 15 Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice per unit. While it might look tempting, it is usually not worth going after the yellow-blue(-red) socket bonus, except for activating your meta gem. In that case, just use yellow gems in every slot, except for two blue/green/purple gems in blue slots.

Slot Item Source
  • Annihilator Holo-Gogs Icon Annihilator Holo-Gogs
  • Pendant of Sunfire Icon Pendant of Sunfire
  • Shattered Sun Pendant of Acumen Icon Shattered Sun Pendant of Acumen
  • Guardian's Pendant of Subjugation Icon Guardian's Pendant of Subjugation
  • Vindicator's Pendant of Subjugation Icon Vindicator's Pendant of Subjugation
  • Charlotte's Ivy Icon Charlotte's Ivy (set)
  • Fel-tinged Mantle Icon Fel-tinged Mantle
  • Cloak of Arcane Alacrity Icon Cloak of Arcane Alacrity
  • Cloak of the Betrayed Icon Cloak of the Betrayed
  • Sunfire Robe Icon Sunfire Robe
  • Shroud of the Lore`nial Icon Shroud of the Lore`nial (hit gear)
  • Tormented Demonsoul Robes Icon Tormented Demonsoul Robes
  • Bracers of Nimble Thought Icon Bracers of Nimble Thought
  • Sunfire Handwraps Icon Sunfire Handwraps
  • Enslaved Doomguard Soulgrips Icon Enslaved Doomguard Soulgrips
  • Belt of Blasting Icon Belt of Blasting
  • Legwraps of Sweltering Flame Icon Legwraps of Sweltering Flame (hit gear)
  • Corrupted Soulcloth Pantaloons Icon Corrupted Soulcloth Pantaloons
  • Boots of Incantations Icon Boots of Incantations (hit gear)
  • Boots of Blasting Icon Boots of Blasting (hit gear)
  • Guardian's Silk Footguards Icon Guardian's Silk Footguards
  • Vindicator's Silk Footguards Icon Vindicator's Silk Footguards
  • Loop of Forged Power Icon Loop of Forged Power (hit gear)
  • Fused Nethergon Band Icon Fused Nethergon Band (hit gear)
  • Ring of Cryptic Dreams Icon Ring of Cryptic Dreams
  • Yor's Collapsing Band Icon Yor's Collapsing Band
  • Lola's Eve Icon Lola's Eve (set)
  • Sorcerer's Alchemist Stone Icon Sorcerer's Alchemist Stone
  • Quagmirran's Eye Icon Quagmirran's Eye
  • Icon of the Silver Crescent Icon Icon of the Silver Crescent
  • Brutal Gladiator's Spellblade Icon Brutal Gladiator's Spellblade
  • Vengeful Gladiator's Spellblade Icon Vengeful Gladiator's Spellblade
  • Brutal Gladiator's Battle Staff Icon Brutal Gladiator's Battle Staff
  • Vengeful Gladiator's Battle Staff Icon Vengeful Gladiator's Battle Staff
  • Scryer's Blade of Focus Icon Scryer's Blade of Focus
  • PvP Arena Reward
  • PvP Arena Reward
  • PvP Arena Reward
  • PvP Arena Reward
  • Smith Hauthaa of the Isle of Quel'Danas, 150 Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice
  • Fetish of the Primal Gods Icon Fetish of the Primal Gods
  • G'eras in Shattrath, 35 Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice
  • Carved Witch Doctor's Stick Icon Carved Witch Doctor's Stick
  • G'eras in Shattrath — 25 Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice

While the list above contains the absolute best gear set up it can be extremely difficult, expensive, or generally unrealistic to obtain it in a timely manner. Below are alternatives. You may also use these alternative items if you find yourself not hit capped.

Slot Item Source
  • Gladiator's Silk Cowl Icon Gladiator's Silk Cowl
  • Mana-Etched Crown Icon Mana-Etched Crown
  • Demonfang Ritual Helm Icon Demonfang Ritual Helm
  • Evoker's Helmet of Second Sight Icon Evoker's Helmet of Second Sight
  • Mag'hari Ritualist's Horns Icon Mag'hari Ritualist's Horns
  • PvP Arena Reward
  • Aeonus in Black Morass
  • The Black Stalker in Heroic The Underbog
  • Teron Gorefiend, I am... quest in Shadowmoon Valley
  • Hero of the Mag'har quest in Nagrand (Horde)
  • Natasha's Ember Necklace Icon Natasha's Ember Necklace
  • Torc of the Sethekk Prophet Icon Torc of the Sethekk Prophet
  • Chain of the Twilight Owl Icon Chain of the Twilight Owl
  • Eye of the Night Icon Eye of the Night
  • The Hound-Master quest in Blades Edge Mountains
  • Brother Against Brother quest in Sethekk Halls
  • Jewelcrafting; 10 charges; extremely strong group buff
  • Jewelcrafting; 10 charges; extremely strong group buff
  • Mana-Etched Spaulders Icon Mana-Etched Spaulders
  • Mantle of Three Terrors Icon Mantle of Three Terrors
  • Spaulders of the Torn-heart Icon Spaulders of the Torn-heart
  • Quagmirran in Heroic The Slave Pens
  • Chrono Lord Deja in Black Morass
  • The Cipher of Damnation - The Third Fragment Recovered quest in Shadowmoon Valley
  • Ogre Slayer's Cover Icon Ogre Slayer's Cover
  • Sethekk Oracle Cloak Icon Sethekk Oracle Cloak
  • Cloak of the Black Void Icon Cloak of the Black Void
  • Anchorite's Robes Icon Anchorite's Robes
  • Robe of the Crimson Order Icon Robe of the Crimson Order
  • Will of Edward the Odd Icon Will of Edward the Odd
  • Auchenai Anchorite's Robe Icon Auchenai Anchorite's Robe
  • Mana-Etched Vestments Icon Mana-Etched Vestments
  • Gladiator's Silk Raiment Icon Gladiator's Silk Raiment
  • Crimson Bracers of Gloom Icon Crimson Bracers of Gloom
  • Bracers of Havok Icon Bracers of Havok
  • Studious Wraps Icon Studious Wraps
  • Gems:
    • 2x Brilliant Lionseye Icon Brilliant Lionseye
  • Tempest's Touch Icon Tempest's Touch
  • Mana-Etched Gloves Icon Mana-Etched Gloves
  • Gladiator's Silk Handguards Icon Gladiator's Silk Handguards
  • Gloves of the Deadwatcher Icon Gloves of the Deadwatcher
  • G'eras in Shattrath — 60 Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice
  • Return to Andormu quest in Caverns of Time
  • Omor the Unscarred in Heroic Hellfire Ramparts
  • PvP Arena Reward
  • Shirrak the Dead Watcher in Heroic Auchenai Crypts
  • Voodoo-woven Belt Icon Voodoo-woven Belt
  • Girdle of Ruination Icon Girdle of Ruination
  • Belt of Depravity Icon Belt of Depravity
  • Glyph-Lined Sash Icon Glyph-Lined Sash
  • Akama's Sash Icon Akama's Sash
  • A'dal's Gift Icon A'dal's Gift
  • G'eras in Shattrath — 60 Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice
  • Tailoring
  • Harbinger Skyriss in Heroic Arcatraz
  • Nexus-Prince Shaffar in Heroic Mana Tombs
  • Akama's Promise quest in Shadowmoon Valley
  • How to Break Into the Arcatraz quest in Arcatraz
  • Spellstrike Pants Icon Spellstrike Pants
  • Gems:
    • 3x Brilliant Lionseye Icon Brilliant Lionseye
  • Aran's Sorcerous Slacks Icon Aran's Sorcerous Slacks
  • Kirin Tor Master's Trousers Icon Kirin Tor Master's Trousers
  • Breeches of the Occultist Icon Breeches of the Occultist
  • Mana-Etched Pantaloons Icon Mana-Etched Pantaloons (for the set bonus)
  • Khadgar's Kilt of Abjuration Icon Khadgar's Kilt of Abjuration
  • Marshal's Silk Footguards Icon Marshal's Silk Footguards
  • Shattrath Jumpers Icon Shattrath Jumpers
  • Extravagant Boots of Malice Icon Extravagant Boots of Malice
  • Ryngo's Band of Ingenuity Icon Ryngo's Band of Ingenuity
  • Scintillating Coral Band Icon Scintillating Coral Band
  • Band of the Guardian Icon Band of the Guardian
  • Seal of the Exorcist Icon Seal of the Exorcist
  • Seer's Signet Icon Seer's Signet
  • Wrath-Scryer Soccothrates in Arcatraz
  • Hydromancer Thespia in Steamvault
  • Hero of the Brood quest in Caverns of Time
  • Spirit Shard Icon Spirit Shard vendors at Alliance/Horde bases in Terokkar
  • The Scryers vendor in Shattrath, The Scryers Exalted
  • Scryer's Bloodgem Icon Scryer's Bloodgem
  • Shiffar's Nexus-Horn Icon Shiffar's Nexus-Horn
  • Xi'ri's Gift Icon Xi'ri's Gift
  • Arcanist's Stone Icon Arcanist's Stone
  • Mark of Defiance Icon Mark of Defiance
  • The Scryers vendor in Shattrath, The Scryers Revered
  • Harbinger Skyriss in Arcatraz
  • The Shat'ar vendor in Shattrath, The Sha'tar Revered
  • Epoch Hunter in Heroic Old Hillsbrad Foothills
  • Bought for 30 Mark of Honor Hold Icon Mark of Honor Hold / Mark of Thrallmar Icon Mark of Thrallmar in Zangarmarsh at Alliance / Horde Field Scout
  • Gladiator's War Staff Icon Gladiator's War Staff
  • Auchenai Staff Icon Auchenai Staff
  • Terokk's Shadowstaff Icon Terokk's Shadowstaff
One-Handed Weapons
  • Eternium Runed Blade Icon Eternium Runed Blade
  • Stormcaller Icon Stormcaller
  • Blade of the Archmage Icon Blade of the Archmage
  • Continuum Blade Icon Continuum Blade
  • Greatsword of Horrid Dreams Icon Greatsword of Horrid Dreams
  • Talisman of Kalecgos Icon Talisman of Kalecgos
  • Manual of the Nethermancer Icon Manual of the Nethermancer
  • Star-Heart Lamp Icon Star-Heart Lamp
  • Lamp of Peaceful Radiance Icon Lamp of Peaceful Radiance
  • Nether Core's Control Rod Icon Nether Core's Control Rod
  • Nethekurse's Rod of Torment Icon Nethekurse's Rod of Torment
  • Rod of Dire Shadows Icon Rod of Dire Shadows
  • Wand of the Netherwing Icon Wand of the Netherwing
  • Dalliah the Doomsayer in Arcatraz
  • Turning the Tide quest (Alliance) in Honor Hold
  • The Will of the Warchief quest (Horde) in Thrallmar
  • Blackheart the Inciter in Shadow Labyrinth

For each of these gear sets, make sure to be Spell Hit capped. The Arcane Mage stat priority and hit cap can be found in our Arcane Mage PvE Stats section.


Further Enhancements

If you have further questions about gemming and enchanting these items, our Arcane Mage Enchants and Gems page below provides more information.



  • 08 May 2022: Updated for Phsae 5.
  • 21 Mar. 2022: Updated for Phase 4, the Gods of Zul'Aman.
  • 14 Jan. 2022: Updated for Phase 3.
  • 13 Sep. 2021: Updated pre raid gear to Phase 2 standards.
  • 17 Jun. 2021: Adjusted BiS gear to include craftable Spell Hit gems.
  • 04 Jun. 2021: Adjusted trinket recommendations.
  • 30 May 2021: Guide added.
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