Frost Single-Target Mage Leveling Guide From 1 to 80 for WotLK Classic

Last updated on Sep 22, 2022 at 00:41 by Wrdlbrmpft 1 comment

This guide will introduce you to the arts of Single-Target Frost Mage leveling in Wrath of the Lich King. Frost Single-Target, often also called Frost ST, offers the best combination of burst damage, survivability, Mana efficiency, and control the Mage class has to offer and therefore is considered the fastest and safest and the meta single-target leveling spec. If you want to try something else than the meta or simply explore the Mage class further, you may try out our Arcane Mage Leveling Guide, the Frost Mage AoE Leveling Guide, or the Fire Mage Leveling Guide instead.

1.

Single-Target Frost Mage Level-by-Level Rotation, Talents and Trainer Skills

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Level: 1
2.

Talent Tree for Leveling as Single-Target Frost Mage

From level 10 on you get one talent point per level, which you can use to build your talent tree. The talent menu can be accessed via the keybind 'N' in game.

Your talents should look like the trees below. However, for the Frost tree you can swap some points around based on personal preference. The suggested order is optimized for Mana efficiency and damage.

  • Levels 10 to 14 — 5 points in Improved Frostbolt IconImproved Frostbolt
  • Levels 15 to 17 — 3 points in Precision IconPrecision
  • Levels 18 & 19 — 2 points in Frostbite IconFrostbite

Casting Frostbolt IconFrostbolt faster with Improved Frostbolt IconImproved Frostbolt means that your enemies die faster. With low-level Frostbolt ranks having low cast times, the damage increase from this talent is even greater.

Precision IconPrecision is important to hit enemies that are on the same level as you or higher. Sometimes Frostbite IconFrostbite will freeze enemies in place for 5 seconds, allowing you to cast more Frostbolt IconFrostbolts on them before they reach you. As a result of all three talents you will get hit less frequently, reduce the chance of you dying, and your downtime from eating. The freezing effect of Frostbite IconFrostbite will also work greatly together with Shatter IconShatter later on.

  • Level 20 — 1 point in Icy Veins IconIcy Veins
  • Level 21 — 1 point in Frostbite IconFrostbite
  • Levels 22 to 24 — 3 points in Ice Shards IconIce Shards
  • Levels 25 to 27 — 3 points in Shatter IconShatter
  • Levels 28 & 29 — 2 points in Ice Shards IconIce Shards

At Level 20, you will learn your first cooldown ability: Icy Veins IconIcy Veins. It allows you to cast 20% faster for 20 seconds and has a 2-minute cooldown. The best part of Icy Veins IconIcy Veins (IV) is that you have no spell pushback during these 20 seconds.

The last talent point in Frostbite IconFrostbite gives you an extra layer of security, as mobs will freeze slightly more often. It will also be used as a passive offensive ability later on together with Shatter IconShatter, which will increase your chance to critically hit with Frost spells against frozen targets by 50%! Piercing Ice IconPiercing Ice gives you a raw damage increase for your Frost spells, which is always good.

  • Level 30 — 1 point in Cold Snap IconCold Snap
  • Level 31 — 1 point in Ice Shards IconIce Shards
  • Levels 32 to 34 — 3 points in Ice Floes IconIce Floes
  • Levels 35 to 37 — 3 points in Winter's Chill IconWinter's Chill
  • Levels 38 & 39 — 2 points in Arctic Reach IconArctic Reach

Cold Snap IconCold Snap is one of your emergency buttons. It resets the cooldown of all Frost abilities. It can be used offensively to obtain a second Icy Veins IconIcy Veins or defensively to restore your Ice Barrier IconIce Barrier and Frost Nova IconFrost Nova cooldowns. The last point in Ice Shards IconIce Shards gives a 2% damage increase, while Ice Floes IconIce Floes reduces the cooldown of several important abilities, such as Icy Veins, Frost Nova, Cone of Cold, and Ice Block by 20%. Winter's Chill IconWinter's Chill adds 3% more Critical Strike chance to Frostbolt and 1% increased spell critical strike chance per Frost attack that you do on the same target, up to a maximum of 5% for 15 seconds. The Arctic Reach IconArctic Reach talent increases your Frost spell's range by 20%, so you can attack from further away and deal more damage before an enemie reaches you.

  • Level 40 — 1 point in Ice Barrier IconIce Barrier
  • Levels 41 to 44 — 4 points in Arctic Winds IconArctic Winds
  • Levels 45 & 46 — 2 points in Fingers of Frost IconFingers of Frost
  • Levels 47 & 48 — 2 points in Empowered Frostbolt IconEmpowered Frostbolt
  • Level 49 — 1 point in Arctic Winds IconArctic Winds

Ice Barrier IconIce Barrier is your second shield spell. If you have shields up while getting hit by an enemy, you will not get dazed and you will not suffer from spell pushback. In any dangerous situation, this very useful spell can save your life! The five points in Arctic Winds IconArctic Winds will increase your damage and reduce the chance you get hit by Physical attacks, which are both very good effects. The elephant in the room is Fingers of Frost IconFingers of Frost, as this will give you the Shatter IconShatter bonus to your next two Frost attacks, but on top of that, it will also "batch" with a 3rd Frost spell, if you cast it right after the 2nd Frostbolt. The trick here is to cast 2x Frostbolt and spam the Ice Lance IconIce Lance button (once you have Ice Lance). Empowered Frostbolt IconEmpowered Frostbolt not only makes your Frostbolt IconFrostbolts get 10% more damage from Spell power, but will also decrease it's cast time by 0.2 seconds, down to 2.3 seconds.

  • Level 50 — 1 point in Summon Water Elemental IconSummon Water Elemental
  • Levels 51 to 53 — 3 points in Enduring Winter IconEnduring Winter
  • Levels 54 to 56 — 3 points in Brain Freeze IconBrain Freeze
  • Levels 57 to 59 — 3 points in Chilled to the Bone IconChilled to the Bone

The Summon Water Elemental IconSummon Water Elemental ability will summon a Water Elemental that fights for you for 45 seconds and has an immensely-useful ability called Freeze IconFreeze, which is basically a ranged Frost Nova IconFrost Nova that you can place anywhere around you. On top of that, this pet also deals decent damage and can be used twice in a row with Cold Snap IconCold Snap. From now on, you will be killing enemies so fast that your biggest problem will be restoring enough Mana. You can more-easily control your water Elemental with the following macro:

  • /petattack
  • /cast Frostbolt

The Enduring Winter IconEnduring Winter talent makes your Water Elemental stay alive for 15 seconds longer, but the most important part of it is that it will give your Frostbolts a 100% chance to proc Replenishment IconReplenishment to you and your group, which means you regenerate mana from your Frostbolts. With Brain Freeze IconBrain Freeze, you may shoot an instant cast Fireball IconFireball or Frostfire Bolt IconFrostfire Bolt (later on, preferred ability) if the 15% proc occurs. The talent Chilled to the Bone IconChilled to the Bone gives Frostbolt IconFrostbolt, Frostfire Bolt IconFrostfire Bolt and Ice Lance IconIce Lance a 1% damage bonus and your slowing effects a 2% slow bonus per talent point.

  • Levels 60 & 61 — 2 points in Chilled to the Bone IconChilled to the Bone
  • Level 62 — 1 point in Deep Freeze IconDeep Freeze
  • Levels 63 & 64 — 2 points in Arcane Subtlety IconArcane Subtlety
  • Levels 64 to 67 — 3 points in Arcane Focus IconArcane Focus
  • Levels 68 & 69 — 2 points in Arcane Concentration IconArcane Concentration

We finish the Chilled to the Bone IconChilled to the Bone talent and gain access to Deep Freeze IconDeep Freeze. Deep Freeze freezes (stuns) your enemy for 5 seconds, unless your enemy is stun immune (Bosses) in which case it will deal a massive amount of damage. This is a very useful spell, as some mobs during questing are immune to stuns. The Arcane Subtlety IconArcane Subtlety and Arcane Focus IconArcane Focus talents are mainly fillers points, as you will rarely cast Arcane spells outside of group content. With these 5 points, you gain access to Arcane Concentration IconArcane Concentration, which gives you the chance to proc the clearcasting effect if a damage spell hit the target. Clearcasting reduces the Mana cost of your next damage spell by 100%. 2% increased chance per talent point.

  • Levels 70 to 72 — 3 points in Arcane Concentration IconArcane Concentration
  • Levels 73 to 75 — 3 points in Spell Impact IconSpell Impact
  • Levels 76 & 77 — 2 points in Student of the Mind IconStudent of the Mind
  • Levels 78 to 80 — 3 points in Torment the Weak IconTorment the Weak

We finish the Arcane Concentration IconArcane Concentration talent and gain access to Spell Impact IconSpell Impact, which increases the damage of Ice Lance IconIce Lance and Cone of Cold IconCone of Cold by 6%. From Student of the Mind IconStudent of the Mind we gain 7% more Spirit, which helps us with Molten Armor IconMolten Armor, which converts Spirit into Critical Strike rating. The main talent why you go into the Arcane tree is Torment the Weak IconTorment the Weak, which increases the damage of Frostbolt IconFrostbolt and Frostfire Bolt IconFrostfire Bolt by 12%, if the target is slowed (which the target is by those spells).

3.

Leveling Glyphs

In Wrath you will be able to unlock Glyphs that improve your abilities at the following levels:

  1. Level 15 unlocks your first Major and Minor Glyphs;
  2. Level 30 unlocks your second Major Glyph;
  3. Level 50 unlocks your second Minor Glyph;
  4. Level 70 unlocks your third Minor Glyph;
  5. Level 80 unlocks your third Major Glyph.

As an Frost Mage you will want to be using Glyph of Evocation Icon Glyph of Evocation and Glyph of Ice Lance Icon Glyph of Ice Lance. The final major glyph is only unlocked at Level 80, at which point you should swap to an end-game build.

For minor glyphs, Glyph of Arcane Intellect Icon Glyph of Arcane Intellect, Glyph of Frost Armor Icon Glyph of Frost Armor and Glyph of Slow Fall Icon Glyph of Slow Fall are fine quality of life options.

4.

Rotation for leveling up as a Single-Target Frost Mage

  1. Cast Arcane Intellect IconArcane Intellect and Frost Armor IconFrost Armor if you are missing their buffs.
  2. Cast Arcane Intellect IconArcane Intellect and Frost Armor IconFrost Armor if you are missing their buffs. Use Mana Shield IconMana Shield in any situation where you could die.
  3. Cast Arcane Intellect IconArcane Intellect and Ice Armor IconIce Armor if you are missing their buffs. Use Mana Shield IconMana Shield in any situation where you could die.
  4. Cast Arcane Intellect IconArcane Intellect and Mage Armor IconMage Armor if you are missing their buffs. Use Mana Shield IconMana Shield in any situation where you could die.
  5. Cast Arcane Intellect IconArcane Intellect and Mage Armor IconMage Armor if you are missing their buffs. Use Ice Barrier IconIce Barrier and Mana Shield IconMana Shield in any situation where you could die.
  6. Cast Arcane Intellect IconArcane Intellect and Molten Armor IconMolten Armor if you are missing their buffs. Use Ice Barrier IconIce Barrier and Mana Shield IconMana Shield in any situation where you could die.
  7. Cast Fireball IconFireball as your main attack.
  8. Cast Frostbolt IconFrostbolt as your main attack.
  9. Cast Fireball IconFireball as your main attack.
  10. Cast Frostbolt IconFrostbolt as your main attack.
  11. Use Icy Veins IconIcy Veins when it is available.
  12. Make use of Cold Snap IconCold Snap in order to reset the cooldown of Icy Veins IconIcy Veins, Frost Nova IconFrost Nova or Ice Barrier IconIce Barrier when needed.
  13. Summon Water Elemental IconSummon Water Elemental as often as possible and use it's Freeze IconFreeze ability to freeze mobs.
  14. When Brain Freeze IconBrain Freeze procs, cast an instant Fireball IconFireball.
  15. When Brain Freeze IconBrain Freeze procs, cast an instant Frostfire Bolt IconFrostfire Bolt.
  16. Freeze mobs with Deep Freeze IconDeep Freeze, if needed.
  17. If Fingers of Frost IconFingers of Frost procs, cast 2x Frostbolt IconFrostbolt and spam press the Ice Lance IconIce Lance button, so Ice Lance also benefits from Fingers of Frost.

Shield skills, such as Mana Shield IconMana Shield, can be kept up during battle in order to minimize the cast time lost to enemy attacks, thus allowing you to finish them faster. However, Mana Shield also takes Mana from you so you might have to spend more time drinking after using it. Generally it is recommended to use them only as an emergency tool for survival or if you notice that you spend more time regenerating health than regenerating Mana. Use Evocation IconEvocation whenever possible in order to restore mana (and health with Glyph of Evocation Icon Glyph of Evocation).

Utility skills, such as Frost Nova IconFrost Nova, should be used to keep enemies away from you or to freeze and finish them off.

Utility skills, such as Frost Nova IconFrost Nova, and AoE skills such as Cone of Cold IconCone of Cold should be used to keep enemies away from you or finish off packs of enemies as required.

You can make your own food and water with Conjure Food IconConjure Food and Conjure Water IconConjure Water. These spells should definitely be learned, as water and food from vendors will cost you far more gold than these spells do. Sometimes other players even want to buy conjured water and you can gain a little extra gold. Conjured items disappear after 15 minutes of being logged out.

You can make your own food and water with Conjure Refreshment IconConjure Refreshment. This spell should definitely be learned, as water and food from vendors will cost you far more gold than this spell does. Sometimes other players even want to buy conjured water and you can gain a little extra gold. Conjured items disappear after 15 minutes of being logged out.

Even though this is a Frost-ST guide, from Level 70 on solo Dungeon leveling with a Living Bomb IconLiving Bomb Fire build becomes a very, if not the most viable leveling strategy for Mages. In addition, consider taking a look at the AoE leveling locations in the Frost Mage AoE Leveling Guide (make sure to set the slider to Level 70 so you see the leveling locations there). Most AoE farming cannot or can only hardly be pulled off with the Frost ST spec. If you want to AoE level from this point on, now is the best time to respec into Fire.

4.1.

Summary of Trainer Skills for Single-Target Frost Mage

  • At Level 1, buy Arcane Intellect IconArcane Intellect as soon as you can afford it. It provides a significant boost to your Intellect which lasts for 30 minutes.
  • At Level 4, buy Conjure Water IconConjure Water and Frostbolt IconFrostbolt. Conjure Water creates free water you can use while leveling and to sell to others. Frostbolt deals strong single-target damage and slows the target by 40%.
  • At Level 6, buy Conjure Food IconConjure Food. Conjure Food creates free food, you can use while leveling and sell to others.
  • Also buy Fireball IconFireball at Level 6, as it does more damage than a Frostbolt IconFrostbolt without talents.
  • At Level 8, buy Polymorph IconPolymorph and Frostbolt IconFrostbolt. Polymorph Rank 1 allows you to take one humanoid or beast enemy out of combat for 20 seconds, which is very useful for looting quest items guarded by a single enemy or when dealing with several enemies. Only one enemy at a time can be Polymorphed and, in WotLK, crowd control effects can break at any time with an increasingly-higher chance to break toward the end of the effect.
  • At Level 10, learn Conjure Water IconConjure Water, Frost Armor IconFrost Armor, and Frost Nova IconFrost Nova. Frost Nova freezes nearby enemies for 8 seconds, allowing you to regain distance on them and to gain a damage bonus through Shatter IconShatter when re-engaging. In these low levels, the damage component of Frost Nova can also be used to finish one enemy off and freeze another enemy to engage them with Frostbolt IconFrostbolt if you are fighting multiple enemies.
  • At Level 12, buy Conjure Food IconConjure Food and Slow Fall IconSlow Fall. Slow Fall slows your falling speed at the cost of a Light Feather Icon Light Feather. This comes in handy to avoid fall damage and enable shortcuts that would otherwise lead to death.
  • At Level 14, buy Arcane Explosion IconArcane Explosion, Arcane Intellect IconArcane Intellect and Frostbolt IconFrostbolt. Arcane Explosion is your main AoE spell with the single-target spec. It is an instant-cast ability and can also be used to finish off low-health enemies, but it has high Mana cost. When you learn Icy Veins IconIcy Veins, which reduces your global cooldown while active from its normal 1.5 seconds, you will be able to deal damage faster with Arcane Explosion even faster.
  • At Level 18, buy Tome of Remove Lesser Curse Icon Tome of Remove Lesser Curse. Remove Curse IconRemove Curse is a bit niche for leveling since you will only rarely get cursed. However, the ability of this spell to remove curses from yourself or friends is very valuable later on in the game and you will definitely use it.
  • At Level 20 in Wrath of the Lich King you can also buy your 60% mount.
  • At Level 20, buy Blink IconBlink, Frost Armor IconFrost Armor, Conjure Water IconConjure Water, Evocation IconEvocation, Mana Shield IconMana Shield, Polymorph IconPolymorph and Frostbolt IconFrostbolt.
  • In Stormwind, Ironforge, Exodar (Alliance) and Orgrimmar, Undercity, Silvermoon (Horde) you can now buy the teleport spells for each city.
    • Alliance: Teleport: Stormwind IconTeleport: Stormwind, Teleport: Ironforge IconTeleport: Ironforge, Teleport: Exodar IconTeleport: Exodar
    • Horde: Teleport: Orgrimmar IconTeleport: Orgrimmar, Teleport: Undercity IconTeleport: Undercity, Teleport: Silvermoon IconTeleport: Silvermoon
  • Each Teleport spell requires you to use one Rune of Teleportation Icon Rune of Teleportation, which can be bought at any reagent vendor. You can find reagent vendors by clicking the magnifier button on the mini map and they will be automatically displayed there when you are close to one. The Teleport spells can save a lot of travel time and makes learning new spells from your Mage trainers very convenient. Evocation IconEvocation is another great spell you will never want to miss. It restores 60% of your total Mana within 8 seconds. Use this ability as often as you can, as this will also increase your leveling speed by not having to drink. Blink IconBlink is a utility spell that allows you to travel 20 yards instantly. It removes rooting effects and most stuns from you; you can use it together with Frost Nova IconFrost Nova to get away from enemies and you can use it as a tactical spell in dungeons to move out of AoE effects or to reposition yourself instead of walking to a new position for several seconds. Other applications of Blink are to skip enemies and to prevent death from falling — when falling down from somewhere, Blink can be used shortly before hitting the ground to avoid fall damage. Mana Shield IconMana Shield will avoid cast time pushback and will absorb damage in dangerous situations. However, it costs Mana, so it is advised to be used only when needed as you will have to regenerate that Mana again.
  • At Level 22, buy Arcane Explosion IconArcane Explosion and Conjure Food IconConjure Food
  • At Level 24, buy Counterspell IconCounterspell. Counterspell instantly interrupts enemy casts and prevents spells of the interrupted school from being cast for 10 seconds. This ability has a 30-second cooldown and finds a variety of applications in PvP and PvE.
  • At Level 26, buy Frostbolt IconFrostbolt, Frost Nova IconFrost Nova, and Cone of Cold IconCone of Cold. Cone of Cold slows enemies in front of you with a frontal cone. In conjunction with the Shatter IconShatter talent and a Frost Nova IconFrost Nova, it can deal severe damage to groups of enemies or finish them off. It can also be used defensively to flee from a dangerous situation, since it is instant-cast and slows enemies for 8 seconds. If you use it as a defensive ability, always use rank 1 to save mana.
  • At Level 28, buy Arcane Intellect IconArcane Intellect, Mana Shield IconMana Shield, and Conjure Mana Gem IconConjure Mana Gem. This is the first out of six spells that create Mana Gems, which can be used in and out of combat to instantly restore Mana. These gems do not share a cooldown with Mana Potion Icon Mana Potions, have a 2-minute cooldown, and are consumed on use. Except for the last rank of this spell, these gems cost more Mana to make than they restore, so only use the first four ranks if really needed.
  • At Level 30, buy Ice Armor IconIce Armor, Ice Block IconIce Block, Arcane Explosion IconArcane Explosion, Conjure Water IconConjure Water, and Teleport: Darnassus IconTeleport: Darnassus (Alliance) or Teleport: Thunder Bluff IconTeleport: Thunder Bluff (Horde) at the respective city's portal trainers. You now stop using Frost Armor IconFrost Armor and use the slightly-better Ice Armor instead. Ice Block IconIce Block is very useful if you get into hairy situations and can be used to remove debuffs on you, avoid any kind of damage, and to buy time when you are waiting for another cooldown or a healing spell to land on you in group content. This spell is very versatile and it is recommended to get a feeling of when to use it. Now that you have Shatter IconShatter maxed out, it makes sense to learn Fire Blast IconFire Blast Ranks 1-4 to "Shatter Combo" enemies. Shatter Combo means that the rotation against frozen targets changes to Frostbolt IconFrostbolt, followed by a Fire Blast IconFire Blast, as both spells will benefit from the increased Critical Strike chance of Shatter. This "trick" will be used later-on with Ice Lance IconIce Lance as well and is also useful for quickly finishing weakened enemies.
  • At Level 32, buy Conjure Food IconConjure Food and Frostbolt IconFrostbolt.
  • At Level 34, buy Mage Armor IconMage Armor and Cone of Cold IconCone of Cold. With Mage Armor, 30% of your Mana regeneration continues while casting. This may not sound like much, but it makes a significant difference for leveling speed. Further, it gives a small amount of magic resistance. At this point you should not get hit by too many physical attacks any more, so Mage Armor is preferred over Ice Armor IconIce Armor.
  • At Level 35 Portal: Theramore IconPortal: Theramore and Teleport: Theramore IconTeleport: Theramore is available to learn for Alliance players in Theramore while Horde players can learn Portal: Stonard IconPortal: Stonard/ Teleport: Stonard IconTeleport: Stonard in Stonard. The Stonard portal is useful later on to get to Karazhan fast.
  • At Level 36, buy Mana Shield IconMana Shield.
  • At Level 38, buy Arcane Explosion IconArcane Explosion, Conjure Mana Gem IconConjure Mana Gem, Frostbolt IconFrostbolt, and Fire Blast IconFire Blast.
  • At Level 40, buy Conjure Water IconConjure Water, Frost Nova IconFrost Nova and Polymorph IconPolymorph. At Level 40, you can also start to buy the portal spells for each major city, except for Darnassus and Thunder Bluff which become trainable at level 50. Portals use a Rune of Portals Icon Rune of Portals from a reagent vendor and can be used by anyone in your group.
  • At Level 40 in Wrath of the Lich King you can also buy your 100% mount.
  • At Level 42, buy Arcane Intellect IconArcane Intellect, Conjure Food IconConjure Food, and Cone of Cold IconCone of Cold.
  • At Level 44, buy Frostbolt IconFrostbolt and Mana Shield IconMana Shield.
  • At Level 46, buy Arcane Explosion IconArcane Explosion, Ice Barrier IconIce Barrier, and Fire Blast IconFire Blast.
  • At Level 48, buy Conjure Mana Gem IconConjure Mana Gem.
  • At Level 50, buy Conjure Water IconConjure Water, Frostbolt IconFrostbolt, Cone of Cold IconCone of Cold, and Portal: Darnassus IconPortal: Darnassus (Alliance) or Portal: Thunder Bluff IconPortal: Thunder Bluff (Horde) at each respective city's portal trainers.
  • At Level 52, buy Conjure Food IconConjure Food, Mana Shield IconMana Shield, and Ice Barrier IconIce Barrier.
  • At Level 54, buy Arcane Explosion IconArcane Explosion, Frost Nova IconFrost Nova, Fire Blast IconFire Blast and all ranks of Fireball IconFireball.
  • At Level 56, buy Arcane Intellect IconArcane Intellect, Arcane Brilliance IconArcane Brilliance, and Frostbolt IconFrostbolt. Arcane Brilliance buffs your whole group with Arcane Intellect and requires one charge of Arcane Powder Icon Arcane Powder from reagent vendors per cast.
  • At Level 58, buy Conjure Mana Gem IconConjure Mana Gem, Cone of Cold IconCone of Cold, and Ice Barrier IconIce Barrier.
  • At Level 60, buy Conjure Food IconConjure Food, Conjure Water IconConjure Water, Frostbolt IconFrostbolt, Fireball IconFireball, Fireball IconFireball, Blizzard IconBlizzard, Polymorph IconPolymorph, Mana Shield IconMana Shield, and Teleport: Shattrath IconTeleport: Shattrath in the middle of Shattrath (Alliance and Horde). In Outland you can buy better Filtered Draenic Water Icon Filtered Draenic Water at Level 60 and Purified Draenic Water Icon Purified Draenic Water at Level 65, which are both better than the conjured Level 60 water. The Level 65 food Clefthoof Ribs Icon Clefthoof Ribs is also better than the conjured Level 60 food.
  • At Level 60 in Wrath of the Lich King you can also buy your 150% flying mount.
  • At Level 61, buy Fire Blast IconFire Blast.
  • At Level 62, buy Molten Armor IconMolten Armor and Arcane Explosion IconArcane Explosion. From now on Molten Armor is the suggested Armor type since it adds 3% crit chance and damages mobs when they hit you. It also decreases the chance to be critically hit with Physical attacks.
  • At Level 63, buy Frostbolt IconFrostbolt.
  • At Level 64, buy Ice Barrier IconIce Barrier.
  • At Level 65, buy Conjure Water IconConjure Water, Cone of Cold IconCone of Cold and Portal: Shattrath IconPortal: Shattrath in the middle of Shattrath (Alliance and Horde).
  • At Level 66, buy Ice Lance IconIce Lance and Fireball IconFireball. Ice Lance is your new Shatter Combo spell to use in conjunction with Frostbolt IconFrostbolt and has a range that is 10 yards longer than Fire Blast IconFire Blast.
  • At Level 67, buy Frost Nova IconFrost Nova.
  • At Level 68, buy Invisibility IconInvisibility, Mana Shield IconMana Shield, Blizzard IconBlizzard and Conjure Mana Gem IconConjure Mana Gem. Invisibility is a new spell that takes 3 seconds to make you invisible. During that time, you fade, which is useful in dungeon groups, as it reduces your threat against all targets each second until you finally become invisible and drop combat. This spell can also be used to sneak by enemies and reach a quest spot earlier, or to flee and avoid death. The new Mana Emerald contains 3 charges and restores more Mana than it takes to conjure, so you can both use it like the old gems and also use it in between too for a net Mana regeneration.
  • At Level 69, buy Frostbolt IconFrostbolt.
  • At Level 70, buy Ice Barrier IconIce Barrier, Arcane Intellect IconArcane Intellect, Frostbolt IconFrostbolt, Fireball IconFireball, Arcane Explosion IconArcane Explosion, Spellsteal IconSpellsteal, Arcane Brilliance IconArcane Brilliance, Conjure Food IconConjure Food and Conjure Water IconConjure Water. Learning Rank 9 of Conjure Water and Rank 8 of Conjure Food is most important, because these two spells unlock Ritual of Refreshment IconRitual of Refreshment at your trainer. Ritual of Refreshment uses two Arcane Powder Icon Arcane Powders per cast and summons a table which gives everyone who uses it up to 80 Conjured Mana Biscuits. Most Innkeepers now also offer you Pungent Seal Whey Icon Pungent Seal Whey at Level 70 and Honeymint Tea Icon Honeymint Tea at Level 75, which are both better than the conjured Level 70 water. Spellsteal steals one beneficial magic effect from your target, which you can benefit from for a maximum of two minutes. There are a few, but not too many good spells you can steal. Choose between Glyph of Arcane Intellect Icon Glyph of Arcane Intellect, Glyph of Frost Armor Icon Glyph of Frost Armor and Glyph of Slow Fall Icon Glyph of Slow Fall.
  • At Level 77 in Wrath of the Lich King you can also buy your Cold Weather Flying ability for Northrend and buy a book for your alts that can be used at Level 68 to allow flying in Northrend.
  • At Level 71, buy Molten Armor IconMolten Armor. Teleport: Dalaran IconTeleport: Dalaran becomes available from the Mage trainers in Dalaran.
  • At Level 72, buy Cone of Cold IconCone of Cold and Ice Lance IconIce Lance.
  • At Level 73, buy Mana Shield IconMana Shield.
  • At Level 74, buy Fireball IconFireball, Fire Blast IconFire Blast and Blizzard IconBlizzard. Portal: Dalaran IconPortal: Dalaran becomes available from the Mage trainers in Dalaran.
  • At Level 75, buy Conjure Refreshment IconConjure Refreshment, Frostbolt IconFrostbolt, Ice Barrier IconIce Barrier, Frostfire Bolt IconFrostfire Bolt and Frost Nova IconFrost Nova.
  • At Level 76, buy Arcane Explosion IconArcane Explosion.
  • At Level 77, buy Conjure Mana Gem IconConjure Mana Gem.
  • At Level 78, buy Fireball IconFireball and Ice Lance IconIce Lance
  • At Level 79, buy Molten Armor IconMolten Armor, Cone of Cold IconCone of Cold, Frostbolt IconFrostbolt, and Mana Shield IconMana Shield.
  • At Level 80, buy Mirror Image IconMirror Image, Frostfire Bolt IconFrostfire Bolt, Ice Barrier IconIce Barrier, Blizzard IconBlizzard, Fire Blast IconFire Blast, Arcane Intellect IconArcane Intellect, Arcane Brilliance IconArcane Brilliance, Conjure Refreshment IconConjure Refreshment, Ritual of Refreshment IconRitual of Refreshment, and Arcane Explosion IconArcane Explosion. Your third Major Glyph will be available at Level 80. If you plan to play PvE, check the talents guide in link below for more Glyph information.
5.

Additional Frost Mage Information After Reaching Level 80

After you reached Level 80, there is still a lot to learn. Our Frost Mage PvE Guide covers the most relevant and up-to-date information about your Frost Mage spells, talents, rotation, gear, and much more.

6.

Changelog

  • 22 Sep. 2022: Added level 70-80 top leveling strategies.
  • 19 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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