WotLK Classic Arcane Mage Pre-Raid Gear

Last updated on Jan 06, 2023 at 02:27 by Wrdlbrmpft 3 comments

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

1.

WotLK Arcane Mage Phase 1 / Tier 7 Pre-Raid Best in Slot List

This gear collection list is considered the to be the best gear you can get outside of Raids. It includes gear from (Heroic) WotLK Dungeons, gear from Emblem of Heroism Icon Emblem of Heroism, and gear from the Professions Engineering and Tailoring.

This is a list of gear that is considered to be the best in each slot. The list below is following the stat priority of Hit until cap > Spell Power ≥ Haste rating; > Crit > Spirit > Intellect > Stamina; > MP5. It assumes 6% Hit from the standard Arcane Mage spec, 3% hit from either a Balance Druid's Improved Faerie Fire IconImproved Faerie Fire or from a Shadow Priest's Misery IconMisery and no Heroic Presence IconHeroic Presence. You can see an explanation for this priority on our stats page for Arcane Mage below.

1.1.

Other Arcane Mage Best in Slot Lists

If your character is ready to jump into Phase 1 / Tier 7 content, then see our current best in slot list.

1.2.

Pre-Raid Best in Slot Table

Please note that getting Heroes' Frostfire Robe Icon Heroes' Frostfire Robe and Heroes' Frostfire Gloves Icon Heroes' Frostfire Gloves is also a preparation for getting the 4-set bonus of this set faster in Raids and it is worth focusing on these two pieces. Further, in many slots you can also just use the TBC pieces from Sunwell Plateau, as many of them are still kind of decent; some are even Pre-Raid BiS. The Emblem of Heroism Icon Emblem of Heroism items can be bought from Harold Winston, Arcanist Ivrenne (Alliance), and Magistrix Lambriesse (Horde) in Dalaran. This list will also give the best 2-3 options per slot (first option is best, etc.), in case you cannot get the best item or already have the second best. Make sure to use two Purified Twilight Opal Icon Purified Twilight Opals in a Blue Socket Icon Blue Socket or a Red Socket Icon Red Socket in order to activate your Chaotic Skyflare Diamond Icon Chaotic Skyflare Diamond Meta Gem Socket Icon Meta Gem. Using Cowl of Tirisfal Icon Cowl of Tirisfal and Mantle of Tirisfal Icon Mantle of Tirisfal can slightly outperform the other options in single-target fights, but they are worse overall.

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • Visage Liquification Goggles Icon Visage Liquification Goggles; gem Chaotic Skyflare Diamond Icon Chaotic Skyflare Diamond and Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz
  • Crown of Unbridled Magic Icon Crown of Unbridled Magic; gem Chaotic Skyflare Diamond Icon Chaotic Skyflare Diamond and Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz
Neck
  • Chain of Latent Energies Icon Chain of Latent Energies
  • Encircling Burnished Gold Chains Icon Encircling Burnished Gold Chains
  • Trash mobs — Naxxramas
  • Emblem Vendors (25 Emblem of Heroism Icon Emblem of Heroism) — Dalaran
Shoulders
  • Amice of the Convoker Icon Amice of the Convoker; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby and Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz
  • Dark Runic Mantle Icon Dark Runic Mantle; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
Back
  • Deathchill Cloak Icon Deathchill Cloak
  • Tattered Cape of Antonidas Icon Tattered Cape of Antonidas; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
Chest
  • Heroes' Frostfire Robe Icon Heroes' Frostfire Robe; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby and Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz
  • Ebonweave Robe Icon Ebonweave Robe
  • Emblem Vendors (80 Emblem of Heroism Icon Emblem of Heroism) — Dalaran
  • Tailoring
Wrists
  • Cuffs of Winged Levitation Icon Cuffs of Winged Levitation
  • Azure Cloth Bindings Icon Azure Cloth Bindings
Hands
  • Heroes' Frostfire Gloves Icon Heroes' Frostfire Gloves; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
  • Gloves of Token Respect Icon Gloves of Token Respect
  • Ebonweave Gloves Icon Ebonweave Gloves
Waist
  • Plush Sash of Guzbah Icon Plush Sash of Guzbah; gem Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz
  • Girdle of Bane Icon Girdle of Bane
  • Emblem Vendors (40 Emblem of Heroism Icon Emblem of Heroism) — Dalaran
  • King YmironUtgarde Pinnacle (HC)
Legs
  • Woven Bracae Leggings Icon Woven Bracae Leggings
  • Leggings of Calamity Icon Leggings of Calamity; gem 2x Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby and 1x Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz
Feet
  • Arcanic Tramplers Icon Arcanic Tramplers
  • Boots of Impetuous Ideals Icon Boots of Impetuous Ideals
  • Sandals of Crimson Fury Icon Sandals of Crimson Fury; gem Purified Twilight Opal Icon Purified Twilight Opal
Rings
  • Signet of the Kirin Tor Icon Signet of the Kirin Tor
  • Band of Guile Icon Band of Guile
  • Annhylde's Ring Icon Annhylde's Ring
Trinkets
  • Sundial of the Exiled Icon Sundial of the Exiled
  • Mark of the War Prisoner Icon Mark of the War Prisoner
  • Forge Ember Icon Forge Ember
Weapons
  • Staff of Draconic Combat Icon Staff of Draconic Combat
  • Titansteel Spellblade Icon Titansteel Spellblade
  • Flameheart Spell Scalpel Icon Flameheart Spell Scalpel
Off-Hand
  • Handbook of Obscure Remedies Icon Handbook of Obscure Remedies (if Hit capped)
  • Ward of the Violet Citadel Icon Ward of the Violet Citadel (if not Hit capped)
  • Emblem Vendors (25 Emblem of Heroism Icon Emblem of Heroism) — Dalaran
  • Emblem Vendors (25 Emblem of Heroism Icon Emblem of Heroism) — Dalaran
Wand
  • Rod of the Fallen Monarch Icon Rod of the Fallen Monarch
  • Wand of Ahn'kahet Icon Wand of Ahn'kahet
  • Wand of the Demonsoul Icon Wand of the Demonsoul; gem Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz

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

2.

WotLK Arcane Mage Phase 2 / Tier 8 Pre-Raid Best in Slot List

This gear collection list is considered the to be the best gear you can get outside of Raids. It includes gear from (Heroic) WotLK Dungeons, gear from Emblem of Heroism Icon Emblem of Heroism, and gear from Tailoring.

This is a list of gear that is considered to be the best in each slot. The list below is following the stat priority of Hit until cap > Spell Power ≥ Haste rating; > Crit > Spirit > Intellect > Stamina; > MP5. It assumes 6% Hit from the standard Arcane Mage spec, 3% hit from either a Balance Druid's Improved Faerie Fire IconImproved Faerie Fire or from a Shadow Priest's Misery IconMisery and Heroic Presence IconHeroic Presence. You can see an explanation for this priority on our stats page for Arcane Mage below.

2.1.

Other Arcane Mage Best in Slot Lists

If your character is ready to jump into Phase 1 / Tier 7 content, then see our current best in slot list.

2.2.

Pre-Raid Best in Slot Table

Getting the 4-set bonus of T7 is a huge power boost. In phase 2, Greatstaff of the Nexus Icon Greatstaff of the Nexus drops from heroic dungeons and it might be better replace it with Titansteel Spellblade Icon Titansteel Spellblade and Ward of the Violet Citadel Icon Ward of the Violet Citadel, if it does not drop. If you need more hit, you might also want to replace Evoker's Charm Icon Evoker's Charm with Chain of Latent Energies Icon Chain of Latent Energies. For more of options for each slot, check out the T7 Pre-Raid BiS list.

This list is built so you can access Raids as quickly as possible with decent gear. The Emblem items and Runed Orb Icon Runed Orbs can be bought from Harold Winston, Arcanist Ivrenne + Arcanist Firael (Alliance), and Magistrix Lambriesse + Magister Sarien (Horde) in Dalaran. Make sure to use two Purified Twilight Opal Icon Purified Twilight Opals in a Blue Socket Icon Blue Socket or a Red Socket Icon Red Socket in order to activate your Chaotic Skyflare Diamond Icon Chaotic Skyflare Diamond Meta Gem Socket Icon Meta Gem. If you are ever Hit-capped from using a Hit gear piece or from Heroic Presence IconHeroic Presence, you can also use either Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz or Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz in Yellow Socket Icon Yellow Sockets. Further, this BiS list is built for 17% hit, so you might want to add a few points hit rating through Veiled Monarch Topaz Icon Veiled Monarch Topaz, if you do not have Heroic Presence IconHeroic Presence.

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • Heroes' Frostfire Circlet Icon Heroes' Frostfire Circlet; gem Chaotic Skyflare Diamond Icon Chaotic Skyflare Diamond and Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
  • Heroic Dungeons
Neck
  • Evoker's Charm Icon Evoker's Charm
  • Emblem Vendors (19 Emblem of Conquest) — Dalaran
Shoulders
  • Valorous Frostfire Shoulderpads Icon Valorous Frostfire Shoulderpads; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
  • Emblem Vendors (60 Emblem of Valor Icon Emblem of Valor) — Dalaran
Back
  • Asimov's Drape Icon Asimov's Drape
  • Mimiron — BoE Ulduar 25-Man
Chest
  • Heroes' Frostfire Robe Icon Heroes' Frostfire Robe; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby and Veiled Monarch Topaz Icon Veiled Monarch Topaz
  • Emblem Vendors (80 Emblem of Valor Icon Emblem of Valor) — Dalaran
Wrists
  • Resurgent Phantom Bindings Icon Resurgent Phantom Bindings
  • Heroic Dungeons
Hands
  • Heroes' Frostfire Gloves Icon Heroes' Frostfire Gloves; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
  • Emblem Vendors (60 Emblem of Heroism Icon Emblem of Heroism) — Dalaran
Waist
  • Sash of Ancient Power Icon Sash of Ancient Power; gem 2x Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby and 1x Purified Twilight Opal Icon Purified Twilight Opal (Eternal Belt Buckle Icon Eternal Belt Buckle)
Legs
  • Legwraps of the Master Conjurer Icon Legwraps of the Master Conjurer; gem 2x Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
  • Emblem Vendors (39 Emblem of Conquest) — Dalaran
Feet
  • Spellslinger's Slippers Icon Spellslinger's Slippers; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby and Purified Twilight Opal Icon Purified Twilight Opal
Rings
  • Inscribed Signet of the Kirin Tor Icon Inscribed Signet of the Kirin Tor
  • Band of Channeled Magic Icon Band of Channeled Magic
  • Harold Winston (9325Gold) — Dalaran
  • Emblem Vendors (25 Emblem of Valor Icon Emblem of Valor) — Dalaran
Trinkets
  • Sundial of the Exiled Icon Sundial of the Exiled
  • Embrace of the Spider Icon Embrace of the Spider
  • Emblem Vendors (40 Emblem of Heroism Icon Emblem of Heroism) — Dalaran
  • Heroic Dungeons
Weapons
  • Greatstaff of the Nexus Icon Greatstaff of the Nexus
  • Titansteel Spellblade Icon Titansteel Spellblade
Off-Hand
  • Ward of the Violet Citadel Icon Ward of the Violet Citadel
  • Emblem Vendors (25 Emblem of Heroism Icon Emblem of Heroism) — Dalaran
Wand
  • Wand of the Archlich Icon Wand of the Archlich
  • Heroic Dungeons

For each of these gear sets, make sure to be 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

  • 06 Jan. 2023: Added Phase 2 specific information.
  • 03 Oct. 2022: Added information about 2pc T5.
  • 01 Oct. 2022: Fixed a wand.
  • 14 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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