WotLK Classic Frost Mage Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Jan 06, 2023 at 02:27 by Wrdlbrmpft 1 comment

On this page, you will find the best PvE gear and best in slot items for your Frost Mage in WotLK Classic.

1.

WotLK Frost Mage Phase 1 / Tier 7 Best in Slot List

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 3% Hit from the standard Frost 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 Frost Mage below.

1.1.

Other Frost Mage Best in Slot Lists

If you are starting out as a freshly-leveled Frost Mage, our pre-raid best in slot list is meant to give you an idea of non-raid items you can chase as a solo / pug player in preparation for raids.

Do note that items from Heroic dungeons or that require Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orbs (which are obtained from Heroics) can be hard to get due to their daily lockout.

1.2.

Phase 1 / Tier 7 Best in Slot Table

The items on the following list for Tier 7 come from WotLK Raids and Emblem of Valor Icon Emblem of Valor-Vendors Harold Winston, Arcanist Adurin (Alliance), and Magister Brasael (Horde) in Dalaran. 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.

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • Valorous Frostfire Circlet Icon Valorous Frostfire Circlet*; gem Chaotic Skyflare Diamond Icon Chaotic Skyflare Diamond and Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
  • Hood of Rationality Icon Hood of Rationality; gem Chaotic Skyflare Diamond Icon Chaotic Skyflare Diamond and Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
Neck
  • Wyrmrest Necklace of Power Icon Wyrmrest Necklace of Power; gem Purified Twilight Opal Icon Purified Twilight Opal
  • Chain of the Ancient Wyrm Icon Chain of the Ancient Wyrm; gem Purified Twilight Opal Icon Purified Twilight Opal
  • Heroic Judgment at the Eye of Eternity quest reward — Eye of Eternity 25-Man
  • Judgment at the Eye of Eternity quest reward — Eye of Eternity 10-Man
Shoulders
  • Valorous Frostfire Shoulderpads Icon Valorous Frostfire Shoulderpads*; gem Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz
  • Mantle of the Corrupted Icon Mantle of the Corrupted
  • Multiple Bosses, Emblem Vendors (60 Emblem of Valor Icon Emblem of Valor) — Naxxramas 25-Man, Dalaran
  • Multiple Bosses — Naxxramas 25-Man
Back
  • Pennant Cloak Icon Pennant Cloak; gem Purified Twilight Opal Icon Purified Twilight Opal
  • Disguise of the Kumiho Icon Disguise of the Kumiho
Chest
  • Valorous Frostfire Robe Icon Valorous Frostfire Robe*; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby and Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz
  • The Sanctum's Flowing Vestments Icon The Sanctum's Flowing Vestments; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby and Purified Twilight Opal Icon Purified Twilight Opal
  • Heigan's Putrid Vestments Icon Heigan's Putrid Vestments; gem Purified Twilight Opal Icon Purified Twilight Opal and Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz
Wrists
  • Unsullied Cuffs Icon Unsullied Cuffs; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
  • Bindings of the Expansive Mind Icon Bindings of the Expansive Mind
Hands
  • Valorous Frostfire Gloves Icon Valorous Frostfire Gloves*; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
Waist
  • Leash of Heedless Magic Icon Leash of Heedless Magic (if Hit-capped)
  • Cincture of Polarity Icon Cincture of Polarity (if not Hit-capped)
Legs
  • Leggings of the Wanton Spellcaster Icon Leggings of the Wanton Spellcaster
  • Valorous Frostfire Leggings Icon Valorous Frostfire Leggings*; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby and Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz
Feet
  • Arcanic Tramplers Icon Arcanic Tramplers (if Hit-capped)
  • Boots of Impetuous Ideals Icon Boots of Impetuous Ideals (if not Hit-capped)
Rings
  • Band of Channeled Magic Icon Band of Channeled Magic
  • Signet of Manifested Pain Icon Signet of Manifested Pain
  • Signet of the Kirin Tor Icon Signet of the Kirin Tor (optional)
  • Lost Jewel Icon Lost Jewel (optional)
  • Emblem Vendors (25 Emblem of Valor Icon Emblem of Valor) — Dalaran
  • Kel'ThuzadNaxxramas 25-Man
  • Harold Winston (8,075Gold) — Dalaran
  • Multiple Bosses — Naxxramas 25-Man
Trinkets
  • Dying Curse Icon Dying Curse
  • Embrace of the Spider Icon Embrace of the Spider
  • Illustration of the Dragon Soul Icon Illustration of the Dragon Soul
Weapons
  • The Turning Tide Icon The Turning Tide
Off-Hand
  • Matriarch's Spawn Icon Matriarch's Spawn (if Hit-capped)
  • Surplus Limb Icon Surplus Limb (if not Hit-capped)
Wand
  • Wand of the Archlich Icon Wand of the Archlich (if Hit-capped)
  • Gemmed Wand of the Nerubians Icon Gemmed Wand of the Nerubians (if not Hit-capped)

* Note for the T7 set-pieces: It is most important that you reach the 4-set bonus, which can also be achieved by using the 10-Man pieces from Naxxramas, such as Heroes' Frostfire Circlet Icon Heroes' Frostfire Circlet or from Emblem of Heroism Icon Emblem of Heroism, such as Heroes' Frostfire Robe Icon Heroes' Frostfire Robe. Further, you can replace one of the T7-pieces, as long as you keep the 4-set bonus.

2.

WotLK Frost Mage Phase 2 / Tier 8 Best in Slot List

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 3% Hit from the standard Frost 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 Frost Mage below.

2.1.

Other Frost Mage Best in Slot Lists

If you are starting out as a freshly-leveled Frost Mage, our pre-raid best in slot list is meant to give you an idea of non-raid items you can chase as a solo / pug player in preparation for raids.

Do note that items from Heroic dungeons or that require Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orbs (which are obtained from Heroics) can be hard to get due to their daily lockout.

2.2.

Worthwile Information When Gearing in Phase 2 / Tier 8

The items in the list below are considered to be best in slot for Frost Mages in Phase 2 / Tier 8. Thanks to the Mage Discord for gathering this information. Many of the items in this list will drop from rather difficult Hardmodes of Ulduar 25-man. The power gap between these items and their alternatives is rather big, which is why they are extremely sought-after by other caster classes in your raid. This combination of rather difficult Hardmodes and the popularity of these items, will make it unlikely for you to obtain the Best in Slot gear before the end of Phase 2. When gearing, make sure to utilize the T7 set bonuses before breaking them for a single item.

Another problem, when talking about bis lists, is that there are 17 equipment slots and about 1 to 5 "reasonable" items you could wear on each equipment slot. This very quickly leads to a astronomically high amount of possible gear combinations, which means presenting alternatives for the BiS is always prone to errors. In addition to that, almost every player is wearing different gear (different from Phase 1 BiS), so the best upgrade for player A could be not be the best upgrade for player B.

The easiest and most practical solution to this issue is to simply work towards the BiS from the gear you already have. We recommend to use Osthyvel's Mage Simulation, plug in your gear and enchants, as well as your raid buffs and consumables and to sim which item is the strongest next upgrade for you.

2.3.

Phase 2 / Tier 8 Best in Slot Table

The items on the following list for Tier 8 come from WotLK Ulduar. The Tier 8 armor is sold by Paldesse in Dalaran for tokens from Ulduar. The abbreviation HM refers to the Hardmode of an encounter. 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. How to get the Runed Stormjewel Icon Runed Stormjewel is explained in more detail in the Gems section of the Frost Mage PvE Enchants page. Please note that the value of Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby and Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz/Potent Monarch Topaz Icon Potent Monarch Topaz can be very close.

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • Crown of Luminescence Icon Crown of Luminescence*; gem Chaotic Skyflare Diamond Icon Chaotic Skyflare Diamond and Runed Stormjewel Icon Runed Stormjewel
  • Mimiron HM — Ulduar 25-Man
Neck
  • Pendant of Fiery Havoc Icon Pendant of Fiery Havoc; gem Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz
  • Flame Leviathan HM — Ulduar 25-Man
Shoulders
  • Conqueror's Kirin Tor Shoulderpads Icon Conqueror's Kirin Tor Shoulderpads via Mantle of the Wayward Vanquisher Icon Mantle of the Wayward Vanquisher; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
  • Yogg-Saron — Ulduar 25-Man
Back
  • Sunglimmer Cloak Icon Sunglimmer Cloak via the Reply Code Alpha item (Alliance); gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
  • Drape of Mortal Downfall Icon Drape of Mortal Downfall (Horde); gem Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz
  • Algalon the Observer — The Heroic Reply Code Alpha quest reward, Ulduar 25-Man
  • Steelbreaker HM — Ulduar 25-Man
Chest
  • Conqueror's Kirin Tor Tunic Icon Conqueror's Kirin Tor Tunic via Breastplate of the Wayward Vanquisher Icon Breastplate of the Wayward Vanquisher; gem 2x Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
  • Hodir — Ulduar 25-Man
Wrists
  • Grasps of Reason Icon Grasps of Reason; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
  • XT-002 Deconstructor HM — Ulduar 25-Man
Hands
  • Pharos Gloves Icon Pharos Gloves; gem 2x Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
  • Algalon the Observer — Ulduar 25-Man
Waist
  • Starwatcher's Binding Icon Starwatcher's Binding; gem 2x Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz and 1x Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby (Eternal Belt Buckle Icon Eternal Belt Buckle)
  • Algalon the Observer — Ulduar 25-Man
Legs
  • Leggings of the Enslaved Idol Icon Leggings of the Enslaved Idol; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby, Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz and Purified Twilight Opal Icon Purified Twilight Opal
  • Freya HM — Ulduar 25-Man
Feet
  • Boots of Fiery Resolution Icon Boots of Fiery Resolution; gem Reckless Monarch Topaz Icon Reckless Monarch Topaz and Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
  • Flame Leviathan HM — Ulduar 25-Man
Rings
  • Conductive Seal Icon Conductive Seal; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
  • Nebula Band Icon Nebula Band; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
  • Mimiron HM — Ulduar 25-Man
  • Algalon the Observer — Ulduar 10-Man
Trinkets
  • Scale of Fates Icon Scale of Fates
  • Flare of the Heavens Icon Flare of the Heavens
  • Thorim — Ulduar 25-Man
  • General Vezax HM — Ulduar 25-Man
Weapons
  • Starshard Edge Icon Starshard Edge*; gem Purified Twilight Opal Icon Purified Twilight Opal
  • Mimiron HM and Algalon the Observer — Ulduar 25-Man
Off-Hand
  • Cosmos Icon Cosmos*
  • Algalon the Observer — Ulduar 25-Man
Wand
  • Petrified Ivy Sprig Icon Petrified Ivy Sprig; gem Runed Scarlet Ruby Icon Runed Scarlet Ruby
  • Freya HM — Ulduar 10-Man

*Please note that using 4-set T8 is not the best option for Frost (unless you lack hit rating), since Frost already gains 3% hit from Precision IconPrecision and the set comes with a lot of hit rating. However, it is somewhat okay, considering that the Tier 8 Head (Conqueror's Kirin Tor Hood Icon Conqueror's Kirin Tor Hood from Thorim 25-Man) and Legs (Conqueror's Kirin Tor Leggings Icon Conqueror's Kirin Tor Leggings from Freya 25-Man) combo costs you "only" around 150 DPS for Alliance and about 100 DPS for Horde, compared to full BIS. Using Staff of Endless Winter Icon Staff of Endless Winter as a weapon is about 100 more DPS loss for both Alliance and Horde players. The 4-set T8 for hit rating and Staff of Endless Winter Icon Staff of Endless Winter is a combined dps loss of a bout 200-250 dps in full BiS, depending on your faction.

3.

Further Enhancements

If you have further questions about gemming and enchanting these items, our Frost Mage enchants and gems page below provides more information.

4.

Changelog

  • 06 Jan. 2023: Added Phase 2 specific information.
  • 16 Oct. 2022: Fixed some wrong drop locations.
  • 14 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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