TBC Classic Arcane Mage Pre-Raid Gear

Last updated on Jan 14, 2022 at 22:00 by Wrdlbrmpft 7 comments

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

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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.

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Other Arcane Mage Best in Slot Lists

If your character is ready to jump into Phase 3 / 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.

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Pre-Raid Best in Slot Table

In order to make the Boots of Blasting Icon Boots of Blasting and Mantle of Nimble Thought Icon Mantle of Nimble Thought you need Pattern: Boots of Blasting Icon Pattern: Boots of Blasting, which drops from Serpentshrine Cavern, and Pattern: Mantle of Nimble Thought Icon Pattern: Mantle of Nimble Thought, which drops from Black Temple. Both patterns are tradeable.

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • Destruction Holo-gogs Icon Destruction Holo-gogs
  • Gems:
    • 1x Chaotic Skyfire Diamond Icon Chaotic Skyfire Diamond
    • 1x Glowing Shadowsong Amethyst Icon Glowing Shadowsong Amethyst
Neck
  • Vindicator's Pendant of Subjugation Icon Vindicator's Pendant of Subjugation
  • Gem:
    • 1x Brilliant Lionseye Icon Brilliant Lionseye
  • Alternative:
    • Charlotte's Ivy Icon Charlotte's Ivy (set)
  • PvP reward — 10x Eye of the Storm Mark of Honor Icon Eye of the Storm Mark of Honor and 15300 Honor Points
  • World Drop
Shoulders
  • Mantle of Nimble Thought Icon Mantle of Nimble Thought
Back
  • Ogre Slayer's Cover Icon Ogre Slayer's Cover
  • Alternative:
    • Shawl of Shifting Probabilities Icon Shawl of Shifting Probabilities
  • Cho'war the Pillager (H) / Cho'war the Pillager (A) quest in Nagrand
  • G'eras in Shattrath, 25 Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice
Chest
  • Spellfire Robe Icon Spellfire Robe
  • Gems:
    • 2x Brilliant Lionseye Icon Brilliant Lionseye
Wrists
  • Bracers of Nimble Thought Icon Bracers of Nimble Thought
Hands
  • Spellfire Gloves Icon Spellfire Gloves
  • Gems:
    • 1x Brilliant Lionseye Icon Brilliant Lionseye
    • 1x Glowing Shadowsong Amethyst Icon Glowing Shadowsong Amethyst
Waist
  • Spellfire Belt Icon Spellfire Belt
  • Gems:
    • 2x Brilliant Lionseye Icon Brilliant Lionseye
Legs
  • Spellstrike Pants Icon Spellstrike Pants
  • Gems:
    • 3x Brilliant Lionseye Icon Brilliant Lionseye
Feet
  • Boots of Blasting Icon Boots of Blasting
Rings
  • 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)
  • G'eras in Shattrath, 25 Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice
  • Yor in Heroic Mana Tombs
  • World Drop
Trinkets
  • Quagmirran's Eye Icon Quagmirran's Eye
  • Icon of the Silver Crescent Icon Icon of the Silver Crescent
  • Quagmirran in Heroic The Slave Pens
  • G'eras in Shattrath, 41 Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice
Weapons
  • Vengeful Gladiator's Spellblade Icon Vengeful Gladiator's Spellblade
  • PvP Arena Reward
Off-Hand
  • Talisman of Kalecgos Icon Talisman of Kalecgos
  • G'eras in Shattrath, 25 Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice
Wand
  • Nether Core's Control Rod Icon Nether Core's Control Rod

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.

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • 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)
Neck
  • 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
Shoulders
  • 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
Back
  • 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
Chest
  • 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
Wrists
  • Crimson Bracers of Gloom Icon Crimson Bracers of Gloom
  • Bracers of Havok Icon Bracers of Havok
Hands
  • 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
Waist
  • 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
  • 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
Legs
  • 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
Feet
  • Marshal's Silk Footguards Icon Marshal's Silk Footguards
  • Shattrath Jumpers Icon Shattrath Jumpers
  • Extravagant Boots of Malice Icon Extravagant Boots of Malice
Rings
  • 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
Trinkets
  • 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
Staves
  • 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
Off-Hand
  • 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
Wand
  • 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
  • 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.

3.

Further Enhancements

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

4.

Changelog

  • 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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