WotLK Classic Arcane Mage Enchants and Consumables
On this page, we list the best enchants, flasks, potions, and food you can get for your Arcane Mage in WotLK Classic for PvE content.
In Wrath of the Lich King, consumable and enchant requirements for Arcane Mages have been eased again in comparison to TBC (no more Weapon oil and Drink), so every Mage will be expected to bring them. Below you will find a list of recommended consumables and enchants for playing an Arcane Mage in PvE.
If you would like to know the logic behind which stats to prioritize with your gems and enchants, be sure to check out the Arcane Mage stats page below as well.
Best PvE Enchants for Arcane Mage
Best Gems for Arcane Mages
The gem choices in Wrath of the Lich King are really clear, and you can find them in the table below:
|Color||Rare Version||Epic Version||Comment|
|Meta||Chaotic Skyflare Diamond||Best Meta Gem. Requires two blue, purple, or green gems to activate.|
|Red||Runed Scarlet Ruby||Best Red Gem. Runed Dragon's Eye is for Jewelcrafters only. From Phase 2 onwards, Runed Stormjewel is a rare drop from Bag of Fishing Treasures; this bag is a quest reward from the fishing daily quests that Marcia Chase in Dalaran offers.|
|Blue||Purified Twilight Opal||Purified Dreadstone||Best Blue Gem unless you need Hit from a green gem.|
|Orange||Best Yellow Gem. Veiled when you need Hit, Reckless if not.|
|Yellow||Rigid Autumn's Glow||Usually worse than Orange gems. Dragon's Eye is for Jewelcrafters only.|
|Green||Usually the last choice for Hit/Haste. Try to avoid this gem.|
Use Fish Feast, Tender Shoveltusk Steak, or Firecracker Salmon. They provide you with 46 Spell damage and 40 Stamina for 1 hour. If you lack a lot of Hit, Snapper Extreme provides you with 40 Hit Rating and Stamina, but this is usually worse than using gems to reach your Hit cap.
Flask of the Frost Wyrm is the most powerful Alchemy consumable available. The alternatives are all worse; do not bother with them.
Potion of Speed, Potion of Wild Magic, Runic Mana Injector (with Engineering you gain bonus Mana), and Runic Mana Potion are the potions of choice. However, Potion of Speed is the strongest option, unless your casts go below global cooldown (1 second) cast time. That is the case if you stack buffs like Icy Veins, Bloodlust/Heroism, Berserking, and also have a high amount of passive Haste. In that case, you want to use Potion of Wild Magic. A feature of WotLK is that potions only have a 1-minute cooldown. However, that feature quickly gets negated by the fact that you can only use one potion per fight. The solution to this is to pre-pot Potion of Speed or Potion of Wild Magic 1 second before the boss fight starts (look at your boss mod timer). As you took the potion out of combat, it only induces the 1-minute cooldown, but then you may use another potion during combat. Using Mana potions in and between trash pulls is a valid option.
Mana Sapphire, Scroll of Spirit VIII (if no Priest with Divine Spirit is around), and Heavy Frostweave Bandage belong to your standard consumable repertoire.
Three rather niche consumables that do not hurt to use are Greater Rune of Warding and Dark Runes/ Demonic Runes. The Rune of Warding gives you a chance to absorb a little bit of Physical damage (useful when taking cleave damage) and the Dark/Demonic Runes restore a tiny amount of Mana. Using either of them induces a 15-minute cooldown on itself and a 2-minute cooldown on the other. In other words, if you use a Dark Rune it will get a 15-minute cooldown and you will have to wait 2 minutes before you can use a Demonic Rune, and vice-versa. Using the latter two consumables will not cost you a lot and can help you to overcome the time until your next Evocation or Mana Gem is ready.
As Engineering is the best profession for any DPS, you should have it. This is because of the strong enchants and utility Engineering provides and because of your main damage-providing consumables, Global Thermal Sapper Charge and Saronite Bomb. Make sure to make a Saronite Bomb macro like this:
- #showtooltip Saronite Bomb
- /use [@cursor] Saronite Bomb
- /cast Arcane Blast
This will throw the Saronite Bomb at your cursor position and then cast Arcane Blast on your target. Another option would be to change [@cursor] into [@player] and Arcane Blast into Arcane Explosion, so the macro will throw the Saronite Bomb at your position when you are in melee range for casting Arcane Explosion. The condition [@cursor] will throw the bomb at your cursor position. You can be very creative with these kinds of macros.
- 06 Jan. 2023: Added Phase 2 specific information.
- 03 Oct. 2022: Fixed some macro errors.
- 14 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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