Season of Discovery Frost Mage DPS Leveling

Last updated on Apr 02, 2024 at 15:00 by Seksixeny 5 comments

Welcome to our leveling guide for Frost Mage. Here, you will learn how to efficiently level your Mage in Classic - Season of Discovery.



This guide will aim to provide you with a clear skill and gear path to level 50 as a Frost Mage in WoW Classic Season of Discovery Phase 3. We will focus on talents, skills to buy and spell rotation, as well as leveling gear and the class specific quests you will find along the way.


Frost Mage Talents for Leveling in WoW Classic

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.

You can play it with a focus on single targeting enemies one by one, which is maybe one of the easiest specializations to play in WoW Classic SoD, and extremely safe. The main downside is that it can be slow to level with, relative to the alternative.

You can also throw caution to the wind and specialize in pulling and killing 5+ enemies at once. In order to do this you will require a specialized talent tree focused on Improved Blizzard Icon Improved Blizzard and a lot of skill to consistently pull it off. It will also be required that you farm relatively uncontested spots, as otherwise you will not have enough enemies to pull in order to make the AoE Grinding worth it.

In the short trek to level 50 we recommend the following talents for Frost Mages.

Frost Talent Build

You can also learn about more specialized ST / AoE builds for Frost Mage in WoW Classic and where to AoE grind / what spells to buy on our level-by-level WoW Classic leveling guides listed below.


Leveling Runes for Frost Mage in WoW Classic

The best runes for leveling a Frost Mage, considering the earliest level at which you can obtain them efficiently are:

  • Gloves — Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb
  • Pants — Living Flame Icon Living Flame
  • Chest — Burnout Icon Burnout (early) or Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost (with Improved Blizzard)
  • Waist — Frostfire Bolt Icon Frostfire Bolt
  • Feet — Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze
  • Head — Deep Freeze Icon Deep Freeze
  • Wrist — Molten Armor Icon Molten Armor

Living Flame Icon Living Flame deals massive area damage on a short cooldown and is obtainable early in your journey for all races. Burnout Icon Burnout is also both easy and early to acquire and gives a large passive damage benefit until you can start using Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost with Improved Blizzard Icon Improved Blizzard.

Improved Blizzard Icon Improved Blizzard will all but ensure you obtain both Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost and Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze procs after using Blizzard Icon Blizzard on multiple enemies. With both procs available, you can get an instant Frostfire Bolt Icon Frostfire Bolt critical strike and a follow up cast still benefiting from the Fingers of Frost effect, dealing large single target damage perfect against high health targets, enemy casters mixed in the pull, or to finish stragglers after a successful AoE pull.

Make sure to check our Mage Rune Guide, which has all Runes you can obtain at Level 50 and their locations.


Cozy Sleeping Bag

The Cozy Sleeping Bag  Icon Cozy Sleeping Bag is a new item in Season of Discovery that you can use to gain extra experience and rested experience, for yourself and any nearby party members, even if they do not have it themselves! It has a lengthy unlock process that will take you all around the world.

  1. Horde starts at a charred body near 46,74 in the Barrens, and then goes to the charred body at 37,50 in Westfall, while Alliance does the same in opposite order.
  2. Afterwards, head to 40,52 in Stonetalon Mountains and look for a box next to a tent with a red cross on it. Click the nearby item to turn in the quest and proceed to a pile of dirt nearby at 40,50 for the next part of the quest.
  3. Head to 49,13 in Loch Modan to turn in the next step at the top of the dam, to a eagle statue. Finish by going up the Thoradin Wall at 87,49 in Hillsbrad Foothills using a nearby cart to climb up the wall. Inside you will find the final turn in spot (bag and note) to receive Cozy Sleeping Bag  Icon Cozy Sleeping Bag. Make sure to use it on cooldown to speed up your leveling!

Frost Mage Macros and Addons

By setting yourself up with an upgraded user interface and macros from the get go, you will make your leveling process much easier. Check out our Mage Macros and Addons guide in the link below for the full list.


Frost Mage 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.


Gear Options for Frost Mage

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.


Best Weapons for Leveling Frost Mages in WoW Classic

All gear is relevant while leveling, but weapons can give you an extra spike of power as you go. Thus, knowing which weapons are the best and how to acquire them is an important part in the path to maximum level. Read our full guide on weapons below.


Continuing the Grind with your Level 50 Frost Mage

Once you grind your way to 50, browse through our Mage PvE Guide in order to learn all the tricks and tips relative to the current maximum level Mage gameplay.

Enjoy Azeroth!



  • 02 Apr. 2024: Updated talents, runes and explanation text for Phase 4.
  • 09 Feb. 2024: Added Cozy Sleeping Bag discovery method.
  • 08 Feb. 2024: Updated talents, runes and explanation text for Phase 2.
  • 19 Dec. 2023: Clarified that Living Flame post-hotfix can now consume Arcane Blast stacks.
  • 15 Dec. 2023: Revamped rune section now that all runes are known.
  • 09 Dec. 2023: Added text to explain talent picking order and new talent recommendation making use of Elemental Precision.
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