Classic Mage Leveling Guide 1-60

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General Information

Welcome to our Classic leveling guide for Mages. Here, you will learn how to efficiently level your Mage all the way to Level 60.

1. Introduction

This guide will aim to provide you with a clear skill and gear path to max level in WoW Classic. While detailing every single quest and the optimal leveling routes is beyond its scope, we will provide some information on your class-specific quests and some general leveling tips, as well as links to some of the best exhaustive questing guides available.

2. Leveling 1-60 as a Mage

2.1. General Leveling Tips

Because travel times between quests can be long, and the experience gained by doing quests alone is not always enough to get you to the next zone, you should aim to kill enemies close to your level that you travel by. Do so until your Mana runs low, at which point you can resume travel towards your destination, while waiting for it to recharge.

The experience you get for each kill quickly, and drastically, drops as you level past the enemies you are killing. It is also much more difficult to kill enemies higher than your level because your spells miss much more often on them.

Also, to reduce travel times as much as possible, you should aim to save enough gold to buy your first mount right after you hit level 40. To help towards this goal, you want to buy only the most impactful skills from your trainer (we will provide a list ahead).

Finally, as WoW Classic leveling can be long and arduous, we would like to recommend that you befriend people who are also leveling in your zone as you go by, as leveling in a pair (large groups are not advised due to problems with quest item drop rates and experience splitting) can not only make things faster and safer, but will also provide you with someone to chat with.

2.2. Recommended Questing Guides

We recommend Joana's Guide, or Judgement's Guide if you are Alliance, for their attention to questing detail, maps and optimized routes.

2.3. Professions

Learning professions early on is very useful, as you can naturally level them as you go, avoiding extra work at max level. This is especially true for gathering professions, but crafting professions compensate your efforts by giving you extra tools to level with.

We recommend that you learn First Aid as soon as possible for easy self-healing. Skinning, Herbalism, and Mining are great primary professions for a leveling Mage, allowing you to make extra gold, or accumulate materials that you can use to level crafting professions later. There is also a case to be made for leveling Engineering early on, since its crafts can make your leveling much easier, such as Iron Grenade Icon Iron Grenade.

2.4. Gear Options

While Mages are quite gear independent while leveling, you should still aim to gather items with as much Intellect as possible, making your Mana pool last longer before you have to drink or wait for regeneration.

Spirit is also a useful stat for leveling, as it increases your Health and Mana regeneration rates, but keep in mind you can only regenerate Health outside combat unless you are a Troll, and Mana will not regenerate if you cast a spell in the past 5 seconds, making this stat mostly useful while traveling.

Spell Damage will be very useful at maximum level, but its impact on the spells you will be using while leveling is low, and it has no effect whatsoever on wand damage, which you will be using often to finish enemies off, so do not go out of your way to get it on your gear.

Stamina allows you to live for longer and can be useful in PvP situations, but for the most part, you should aim to kill enemies from a distance, taking little damage in return.

2.5. Spec Options

Mages have three talent trees: Arcane, Fire and Frost

Frost is the recommended leveling build due to its consistency and flexibility when dealing with World PvP, as well as the strong defensive power of Frost's chill and freeze effects, which will render most enemies unable to attack you back.

Another advantage of leveling as Frost, is that it gets you acquainted with the spells and talents you will be using during the first raids of WoW Classic: Molten Core and Blackwing Lair, where most bosses are fire immune. Finally, if you talent in a specific way, Frost talents enable AoE grinding, which is one of the fastest ways to level, as long as you are not interrupted by other players. This method will be discussed in its own section below.

2.6. Dungeon Leveling as a Mage - Spell Cleave

Leveling with a premade group in dungeons has been popularized in the WoW Classic Beta, including experiments on pulling as much as possible, made possibly by Improved Blizzard Icon Improved Blizzard based kiting strategies such as the ones we list in the AoE Grinding section below.

While leveling this way will not be for everyone, as it requires a group of people of specific classes doing specific pulls for maximum efficiency, feel free to give it a try with your friends, in which case we recommend following Hakurai's video guide. While this video was made for a melee cleave group, its quest / dungeon path can easily be adopted by a spell cleave group as well.

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

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3.1. Talent Tree for leveling up as a Single Target Frost Mage

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

Your talents should roughly look like this, but keep in mind there are plenty of individual points that can be swapped around based on preference. For example, you can consider removing the points in Winter's Chill Icon Winter's Chill and going deeper into the Arcane tree instead, placing points into Arcane Resilience Icon Arcane Resilience, Improved Arcane Explosion Icon Improved Arcane Explosion and Arcane Meditation Icon Arcane Meditation, or even Improved Counterspell Icon Improved Counterspell if you are PvP oriented:

Frost Single Target Mage Talents Level 10 to 19 Frost Single Target Mage Talents Level 20 to 29 Frost Single Target Mage Talents Level 30 to 39 Frost Single Target Mage Talents Level 40 to 49 Frost Single Target Mage Talents Level 50 to 60

3.2. Rotation for leveling up as a Single Target Frost Mage

  1. Cast Arcane Intellect Icon Arcane Intellect and Frost Armor Icon Frost Armor if you miss their buffs.
  2. Cast Arcane Intellect Icon Arcane Intellect and Mage Armor Icon Mage Armor if you miss their buffs.
  3. Cast Fireball Icon Fireball as your main attack.
  4. Cast Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt as your main attack. We will be skipping Fireball Icon Fireball ranks to save gold, as their damage contribution to your rotation is not worth the investment, on a first character.

Utility skills, such as Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova, and AoE skills, such as Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion should be used to keep enemies away from you or finish off packs of enemies, as required.

Since you can make your own food and water with Conjure Food Icon Conjure Food and Conjure Water Icon Conjure Water, you will be able to more than make up the gold spent on these skills, by saving on vendor food and water. It is also possible to gain some gold on the side by selling your conjured supplies to other players.

3.3. Summary of Trainer Skills for Single Target Frost Mage

  • At Level 1, as soon as you have the copper, buy Arcane Intellect Icon Arcane Intellect. It provides a significant Intellect boost, that lasts for 30 minutes.
  • At Level 4, buy Conjure Water Icon Conjure Water and Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt. Conjure Water allows you to create free water, to use while leveling up. Frostbolt deals strong single-target damage and slows the target by 40%.
  • At Level 6, buy Conjure Food Icon Conjure Food. Conjure Food allows you to create free food, to use while leveling up.
  • At Level 8, buy Polymorph Icon Polymorph and Rank 2 Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt. Polymorph allows you to take one enemy out of combat for 20 seconds, which is handy when dealing with multiple enemies. Keep in mind only one enemy can be polymorphed at a time.
  • At Level 10, buy Rank 2 Conjure Water Icon Conjure Water and Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova. Frost Nova freezes nearby enemies for 8 seconds, allowing you to regain distance on them, and to gain a damage bonus, through Shatter Icon Shatter, when re-engaging.
  • At Level 12, buy Rank 2 Conjure Food Icon Conjure Food and Slow Fall Icon Slow Fall. Slow Fall slows your falling speed, which is handy to avoid fall damage, enabling shortcuts that would lead to death, otherwise.
  • At Level 14, buy Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion, Rank 2 Arcane Intellect Icon Arcane Intellect and Rank 3 Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt. Arcane Explosion will be your main AoE spell with the single-target spec, since it is instant you can also use it to finish off weakened enemies, but beware its high Mana cost.
  • At Level 18, buy Remove Lesser Curse Icon Remove Lesser Curse. Remove Lesser Curse is a niche, yet sometimes invaluable spell that will allow you to remove curse effects.
  • At Level 20, buy Blink Icon Blink, Rank 3 Conjure Water Icon Conjure Water, Evocation Icon Evocation and Rank 4 Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt. At this level, you can also start to buy the teleport spells for each major city, such as Teleport: Stormwind Icon Teleport: Stormwind (Alliance) or Teleport: Orgrimmar Icon Teleport: Orgrimmar (Horde), at their respective portal trainers. Blink allows you to teleport forward every 15 seconds, which can be useful in a variety of situations. It also clears stun and root effects. Evocation rapidly regenerates your Mana over 8 seconds, with an 8-minute cooldown.
  • At Level 22, buy Rank 2 Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion and Rank 3 Conjure Food Icon Conjure Food
  • At Level 24, buy Counterspell Icon Counterspell. Counterspell instantly interrupts and prevents spells of the interrupted school from being cast for 10 seconds, with a 30-second cooldown. Very useful to disable caster enemies or in the occasional PvP situation.
  • At Level 26, buy Rank 5 Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt.
  • At Level 28, buy Rank 3 Arcane Intellect Icon Arcane Intellect and Conjure Mana Agate Icon Conjure Mana Agate. Conjure Mana Agate is the first of four spells that create Mana Gems that you can use during combat to instantly replenish part of your Mana pool. These items share a 2-minute cooldown, and are consumed on use.
  • At Level 30, buy Rank 3 Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion, Rank 4 Conjure Water Icon Conjure Water and Teleport: Darnassus Icon Teleport: Darnassus (Alliance) or Teleport: Thunder Bluff Icon Teleport: Thunder Bluff (Horde) at each respective city's portal trainers.
  • At Level 32, buy Rank 4 Conjure Food Icon Conjure Food and Rank 6 Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt.
  • At Level 34, buy Mage Armor Icon Mage Armor. Mage Armor allows 30% of your Mana regeneration to continue while casting, and gives you some general magic resistance. Considering you should not be getting hit by enemy melee attacks, this will be more helpful than Rank 1 Frost Armor Icon Frost Armor.
  • At Level 38, buy Rank 4 Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion, Conjure Mana Jade Icon Conjure Mana Jade and Rank 7 Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt.
  • At Level 40, buy Rank 5 Conjure Water Icon Conjure Water. At this level, you can also start to buy the portal spells for each major city, such as Portal: Stormwind Icon Portal: Stormwind (Alliance) or Portal: Orgrimmar Icon Portal: Orgrimmar (Horde), at their respective portal trainers.
  • At Level 42, buy Rank 4 Arcane Intellect Icon Arcane Intellect, Rank 5 Conjure Food Icon Conjure Food.
  • At Level 44, buy Rank 8 Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt .
  • At Level 46, buy Rank 5 Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion and Rank 2 Ice Barrier Icon Ice Barrier.
  • At Level 48, buy Conjure Mana Citrine Icon Conjure Mana Citrine.
  • At Level 50, buy Rank 6 Conjure Water Icon Conjure Water, Rank 9 Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt and Portal: Darnassus Icon Portal: Darnassus (Alliance) or Portal: Thunder Bluff Icon Portal: Thunder Bluff (Horde) at each respective city's portal trainers.
  • At Level 52, buy Rank 6 Conjure Food Icon Conjure Food and Rank 3 Ice Barrier Icon Ice Barrier.
  • At Level 54, buy Rank 6 Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion.
  • At Level 56, buy Rank 5 Arcane Intellect Icon Arcane Intellect and Rank 10 Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt.
  • At Level 58, buy Conjure Mana Ruby Icon Conjure Mana Ruby and Rank 4 Ice Barrier Icon Ice Barrier.

3.4. Congratulations!

Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you are max level, we recommend looking at our Talents section and the rest of the guide, to learn how to play at max level.

4. AoE Grinding Frost Mage Level by Level Rotation, Talents and Trainer Skills

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4.1. Talent Tree for leveling up as an AoE Grinding Frost Mage

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

Unlike the single-target talents, AoE grinding requires very precise talents and there is little space for leeway. Improved Blizzard Icon Improved Blizzard receives the full three points because, at that point, you are able to keep enemies inside its damage zone for the whole channel duration, and typically also have time to use two full Blizzard Icon Blizzards before they reach you.

What you need to take into account, is that because Improved Blizzard Icon Improved Blizzard's slow is more powerful than Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold's with three points, you must wait for Blizzard Icon Blizzard's slow to fade before using Cone of Cold, if you want to slow the enemies with it. This should not be a major problem, as you can simply run around for a little bit while enemies are slowed to a crawl.

Also, Arcane Concentration Icon Arcane Concentration is not rushed for because Clearcasting's proc chance does not seem to increase with the amount of targets hit in WoW Classic.

Frost AoE Grinding Mage Talents Level 10 to 19 Frost AoE Grinding Mage Talents Level 20 to 29 Frost AoE Grinding Mage Talents Level 30 to 39 Frost AoE Grinding Mage Talents Level 40 to 49 Frost AoE Grinding Mage Talents Level 50 to 60

4.1.1. Rotation for leveling up as an AoE Grinding Frost Mage

  1. Cast Arcane Intellect Icon Arcane Intellect and Frost Armor Icon Frost Armor if you miss their buffs.
  2. Cast Arcane Intellect Icon Arcane Intellect and Mage Armor Icon Mage Armor if you miss their buffs.
  3. Cast Mana Shield Icon Mana Shield before pulling, to prevent being dazed.
  4. Cast Mana Shield Icon Mana Shield and Ice Barrier Icon Ice Barrier before pulling, to prevent being dazed or dismounted.
  5. Use your mount to aggro packs of melee enemies, while staying away from their attack range as much as possible.
  6. Body pull packs of melee enemies, while taking care not to overextend (pull only 2-3 enemies simultaneously before you have Improved Blizzard Icon Improved Blizzard).
  7. Cast Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion to DPS the enemies down.
  8. Cast Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova to root enemies in place and walk or Blink Icon Blink to gain distance from them.
  9. Cast Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova to root enemies in place (use Cold Snap Icon Cold Snap if some resist the Frost Nova) and walk or Blink Icon Blink to gain distance from them.
  10. Cast Blizzard Icon Blizzard to DPS the enemies down, taking care not to start casts before the previous one is finished, and ensuring enemies will not reach you during the full cast.
  11. Cast Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold when enemies are close enough to all be hit by it, and kite away until Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova is ready again, at which point you should repeat the rotation from Frost Nova's point onward.
  12. Wand down the last remaining bits of health on any remaining enemy.
  13. Cast Fireball Icon Fireball as your main attack.
  14. Cast Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt as your main single-target attack, whenever required.

The notable absence of Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike as the spell to use after enemies are rooted by Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova, is simply due to its redundancy with Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion and significant spell training costs. Feel free to buy its ranks if you wish, in which case you should use it as a, roughly, double-power Arcane Explosion opener on rooted enemies that you do not plan to Blizzard Icon Blizzard, due to space concerns for kiting.

Since you can make your own food and water with Conjure Food Icon Conjure Food and Conjure Water Icon Conjure Water, you will be able to more than make up the gold spent on these skills, by saving on vendor food and water. It is also possible to gain some gold on the side by selling your conjured supplies to other players.

If you want to see this rotation in action in some of the best AoE Grinding spots for leveling in WoW Classic, check out this awesome video, by k4li in 2006.

4.2. Summary of Trainer Skills for AoE Grinding Frost Mage

4.3. Best AoE Grinding Spots for Frost Mages

Most, if not all places in WoW Classic could be used to AoE Grind, as long as you keep your pulls to melee enemies without dangerous abilities. Still, some tend to be better than others, assuming equal levels of competition and ganking involved.

  • At this point, even if you are already pulling two enemies at once with Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion, it is best to quest normally, as it will be faster and safer than AoE Grinding with your small toolkit.
  • Level ~22 Gnolls around the 62, 60 map coordinates in the Wetlands. Alliance favored spot.
  • Level ~22 Humans around 33, 42 in Hillsbrad Foothills. Horde-only spot as enemies are Alliance-friendly.
  • Level ~24 Skeletons and Spiders around 24, 41 in Duskwood. Alliance favored spot.
  • Level ~26 Humans around 27, 56 in Hillsbrad Foothills. Horde-only spot as enemies are Alliance-friendly.
  • Level ~28 Worgen around the 70, 71 map coordinates in Duskwood. Alliance favored spot.
  • Level ~33 Silithid around 68, 83 in Thousand Needles. Typically Horde favored spot.
  • Level ~34 Humans around 57, 37 in Arathi Highlands. Horde-only spot as enemies are Alliance-friendly.
  • Level ~34 Orcs around 59, 54 in Arathi Highlands. Alliance-only spot as enemies are Horde-friendly.
  • Level ~36 Murlocs around the 56, 15 map coordinates in Dustwallow Marsh.
  • Level ~38 Raptors spread out across Stranglethorn Vale. Try between 31, 23 and 37,19, or between 23,48 and 33,37.
  • Level ~40 Birds around 16, 60 in Badlands.
  • Level ~41 Humans around 59, 24 in Tanaris.
  • Level ~42 Murlocs around 85, 80 in Swamp of Sorrows.
  • Level ~45 Humans around the 72, 46 map coordinates in Tanaris.
  • Level ~47 Snakes and Turtles inside Maraudon. Requires invisibility potions and Scepter of Celebras Icon Scepter of Celebras. Check out our goldmaking page for details and a video example.
  • Level ~51 Undead around 37, 56 and 49, 77 in Western Plaguelands.
  • Level ~53 Undead around the 47, 53 map coordinates in Western Plaguelands.
  • Level ~56 Humans in Hearthglen, around 46, 15 in Western Plaguelands. Check out our Gold Making page for details and a video example.

4.4. Congratulations!

Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you are max level, we recommend looking at our Gold Making section and the rest of the guide, to learn how to put your hard-earned AoE Grinding skills to use, so you can get your epic mount in less than a week at max level.

5. Frost Mage Leveling Weapons and Gear

You will be looking out for of the eagle gear while leveling, with spirit gear also being welcomed, as a swap-to whenever you leave combat, preferably. Eagle gear has Intellect and Stamina, which are the most important stats while leveling because they allow you to stay in the fight longer, and you can always eat and drink to full between fights, if needed.

Also, keep in mind that, in WoW Classic, each race has different weapon skills learned when they are created. Classic Mages, specifically, can only use Staves and Wands from the start. You will have to learn how to use One-Hand Swords and Daggers from one, or multiple, of the following Weapon Masters around the world:

Weapon Master location Weapon Skills available
Darnassus (around 57,46) Daggers
Ironforge (around 62,89) Daggers
Stormwind (around 57,57) Daggers, Swords
Orgrimmar (around 81,19) Daggers
Undercity (57,32) Daggers, Swords

Your wand, as a Mage, is the most impactful piece of your gear while leveling, as you will often be using it to finish low-health enemies off, saving Mana in the process. As such, looking for wand upgrades is the main thing to look out for, gear-wise.

While the list of wands you will wear during your journey in Azeroth is potentially vast, some notable wands you might want to be looking out for along the way are:

6. Notable Mage Quests

There are a few Mage specific quests, started by your trainer, which send you across the world and, typically, reward new pieces of gear. Because most of these reward weak gear for the effort required, we will focus on only the most relevant of Mage quests in this guide.

6.1. Mage's Wand

This quest rewards strong wands for the level at which you can first complete it. It begins at level 30, when your class trainer gives you the Journey to the Marsh quest, leading you to Tabetha in Dustwallow Marsh, around the 43,57 map coordinates.

Tabetha will set you on the Hidden Secrets quest, which requires you to go to The Shimmering Flats in Thousand Needles and talk to Magus Tirth, around the 77,76 coordinates. Grab Get the Scoop from Magus, and search for a chicken named Plucky Johnson nearby. Use the /beckon emote on him to transform him back into Magus' assistant, allowing you to complete the quest and receive the next step, Rituals of Power.

This step requires you to go grab the Rituals of Power Icon Rituals of Power item from the Scarlet Monastery's Library wing, which you can find in a bookshelf to your left, just as you enter the Athenaeum section of the dungeon. With the book in your inventory, return to Tabetha and start the Items of Power quest, which requires you to get a Jade Icon Jade and a Bolt Charged Bramble Icon Bolt Charged Bramble. Get the Jade from Mining or the auction house, and 10 Witherbark Totem Stick Icon Witherbark Totem Sticks from killing Witherbark Trolls in Arathi Highlands, around the 65,65 coordinates. These are used at the Circle of Outer Binding, around 51,48, to create the Bolt Charged Bramble. Finally, return to Tabetha to receive Icefury Wand Icon Icefury Wand in the final quest, Mage's Wand.

6.2. Polymorph: Pig

This variant of Polymorph Icon Polymorph is obtained through a short quest, Warlord Krellian, which is given by Archmage Xylem. You can teleport to him by going to the 28,50 map coordinates in Azshara. Find and kill Warlord Krellian, around 41,53. Return to Archmage Xylem and pick up Fragmented Magic, where you will have to polymorph Spitelash Naga, and kill the resulting critters. Finally, return to Archmage Xylem to receive Polymorph: Pig Icon Polymorph: Pig!

7. Changelog

  • 19 Aug. 2019: Added a spell cleave dungeon leveling section.
  • 03 Aug. 2019: Added useful questing guides to follow.
  • 16 Jul. 2019: Fixed the headings of Mage gear and Mage quests.
  • 01 Jul. 2019: Fixed some typos and added more leveling slider-specific tags.
  • 30 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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