Season of Discovery Arcane Mage DPS Guide

Last updated on Feb 15, 2024 at 20:00 by Seksixeny 1 comment

Welcome to our Arcane Mage guide for WoW Classic - Season of Discovery, tailored for PvE content. Here, you will learn how to play the Mage class as an Arcane Mage. Click the links below to navigate the guide or read this page for a short introduction.



Besides their traditional high damage, Mages in general are full of tricks, such as Polymorph Icon Polymorph and Blink Icon Blink, and in an emergency you can now even heal with the new spell Regeneration Icon Regeneration and resurrect allies out of combat with consumable Scroll of Reintegration  Icon Scroll of Reintegration !

They also have great convenience tools, such as Teleport: Stormwind Icon Teleport: Stormwind, Portal: Stormwind Icon Portal: Stormwind, Conjure Water Icon Conjure Water, and Conjure Food Icon Conjure Food.

Unfortunately, the lack of sustained slowing effects and reliance on long cast times makes Arcane a weak PvP option for Mage, although you can find some success against light pressure with self healing and the new damage to healing Temporal Beacon Icon Temporal Beacon mechanic applied by your heals!

Strengths icon Strengths
  • +Lowest threat generation out of all Mage specs
  • +Less gear dependent than other specs due to lower Hit requirement
  • +Easy to change between pure Arcane damage and healer with just rune swaps
Weaknesses icon Weaknesses
  • -Mana issues on longer fights
  • -Lower damage potential than the other specs
  • -Reliance on high cast time spells makes success in PvP difficult

Season of Discovery

Arcane Mage in Season of Discovery is finally a viable DPS option due to the introduction of Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast, the new cooldown Living Flame Icon Living Flame and powerful passives Burnout Icon Burnout or Enlightenment Icon Enlightenment, courtesy of the new Rune system. They also have excellent area damage with Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion, and benefit from great early talents such as Arcane Focus Icon Arcane Focus.

The new Missile Barrage Icon Missile Barrage and Spell Power Icon Spell Power runes bring even higher damage in Phase 2, rounding out the Phase 1 kit.

Last but not least, Arcane Mage is one of the few specializations that can fully swap into a healer specialization with just a few glyph changes, while using the same talents, giving it unmatched versatility as a swing healer!

Through the addition of entirely new abilities and runes, the rotation, gearing options, and talent decisions for Arcane Mage has changed drastically with the coming of Season of Discovery. Browse the guides in the Table of Content at the top of this page to find all the information you'll need to master this new game mode!


Profession Changes

Arcane Mages will still want to take Engineering, but with more of an emphasis on Tailoring rather than Mining. Tailoring is especially powerful in Season of Discovery due to special bind on pickup crafts such as Extraplanar Spidersilk Boots Icon Extraplanar Spidersilk Boots and Gneuro-Linked Arcano-Filament Monocle  Icon Gneuro-Linked Arcano-Filament Monocle , of which we expect there will be more of in the future!


Rune Engravings

The main feature of Season of Discovery is the new Rune Discovery system, which allows you to discover and attach special abilities to your gear slots after finding them across the world. We list all of Mage's runes and where they can be located in the guide below:



  • 15 Feb. 2024: Updated introduction for Phase 2.
  • 15 Dec. 2023: Removed mention of portals as they are beyond level 25.
  • 09 Dec. 2023: Typo fix with Regeneration icon.
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