Classic Mage DPS Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Oct 13, 2019 at 19:30 by Seksixeny 8 comments
General Information

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

1.

Gearing Strategy for Mages

While a clear best in slot (BiS) list is always available in WoW Classic, the items contained might be extremely hard or expensive to get. Thus, we will try to give at least one alternative, for most slots in the list, so that you can pick where and how to farm them.

2.

WoW Classic Phases

As stated by Blizzard, WoW Classic will have six phases, starting with Molten Core, Onyxia's Lair, and Maraudon, and ending with Naxxramas and the Scourge Invasion. This guide currently contains information relevant to Phase 1.

3.

Mage Pre-Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List

This is the gear we recommend for Frost Mages (as Arcane is too weak by itself, and most bosses in early raids are Fire immune), before setting foot in Molten Core or Onyxia's Lair. We recommend a lot "of Frozen Wrath" gear because Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt scales well with Spell Damage, making that type of gear worth it even if it has little, or no other stats at all!

Slot Item Source
Helm
Neck
Shoulder
  • Warder Stilgiss in Blackrock Depths
  • World drop BoE
  • Side bosses in Scholomance
Cloak
Chest
Wrists
Gloves
Belt
Legs
Boots
Rings
Trinkets
Two-Hand
One-Hand
Off-hand
Ranged

*These items have random suffixes. You will be looking for of Frozen Wrath, which gives +Frost Spell Damage. Since you need both the item and the correct suffix to drop, these are often hard to farm, so make sure you have reasonable alternatives until you can get the correct drop.

4.

Mage Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List

This is the (Frost) gear we recommend you to chase in the current end game: Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair.

Mages Tier 1, Arcanist Regalia has some nice perks, the 3 set bonus gives you a Spell Damage boost, the 5 set is mostly forgettable and the 8 set bonus reduces your threat generation by 15%, which is really nice, but not enough to warrant using the full set, as there are much more powerful alternatives to most pieces.

We will be recommending the strongest pieces below, with the weaker ones having a remark that you should only use them if they will allow you to get an extra set bonus.

Slot Item Source
Helm
Neck Choker of the Fire Lord Icon Choker of the Fire Lord Ragnaros in Molten Core
Shoulder
Cloak
Chest
Wrists
  • Molten Core drop BoE
Gloves
Belt
  • Various Bosses in Molten Core
Legs
Boots
Rings
  • Flamewalker Bosses in Molten Core
Trinkets
Two-Hand
One-Hand
Off-hand
Ranged

*These items have random suffixes. You will be looking for of Frozen Wrath, which gives +Frost Spell Damage. Since you need both the item and the correct suffix to drop, these are often hard to farm, so make sure you have reasonable alternatives until you can get the correct drop.

5.

Mage Weapons

For more information about Mage weapons, please refer to our dedicated guide.

6.

Fire Resistance Gear for Mages

While doing Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair, it is possible you will need some Fire Resistance gear, especially for Ragnaros. The pieces we list below are the ones that grant significant Fire Resistance and do not drop from Molten Core itself. For damage dealers, it is not advisable to use resistance gear that hurts your damage potential too much, so we will only list easily accessible gear, that you might even already have for other purposes. Depending on your buffs and consumables, you might not even need any of this gear. If you loot powerful gear with Fire Resistance on it during your Molten Core clears, replace whatever pieces you are still wearing of the following.

Slot Item Source
Helm Starfire Tiara Icon Starfire Tiara Jed Runewatcher in Upper Blackrock Spire
Neck Drakefire Amulet Icon Drakefire Amulet Onyxia's Lair Attunement Quest
Cloak Cape of the Fire Salamander Icon Cape of the Fire Salamander Ambassador Flamelash in Blackrock Depths
Wrists Flameweave Cuffs Icon Flameweave Cuffs Lord Incendius in Blackrock Depths
Two-Hand Kindling Stave Icon Kindling Stave Pyromancer Loregrain in Blackrock Depths
Off-hand Skull of Burning Shadows Icon Skull of Burning Shadows Maleki the Pallid in (side-entrance) Stratholme

Finally, do not forget you can also complement your Fire Resistance gear with consumables such as Greater Fire Protection Potion Icon Greater Fire Protection Potion, Juju Ember Icon Juju Ember, the Libram of Resilience leg and head enchant, the Enchant Cloak - Fire Resistance Icon Enchant Cloak - Fire Resistance cloak enchant, and the Flame Mantle of the Dawn Icon Flame Mantle of the Dawn shoulder enchant.

7.

Special gear for Mages

Some items, which are not powerful enough to be in the best in slot list, have special properties that make them very valuable to acquire for specific encounters or as a weapon swap mid-fight. We will list the most notable special items for the current phase, and their effects and application below.

  • Gnomish Battle Chicken Icon Gnomish Battle Chicken summons a chicken that attacks your enemies for 1.5 minutes, with a cooldown of 30 minutes. The chicken scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill), and buffs your group with 5% increased Attack Speed through Battle Squawk. This is what makes it well worth using while grouped.
  • Arcanite Dragonling Icon Arcanite Dragonling summons a dragon that attacks your enemies for up to 1 minute, with a cooldown of one hour. The dragon scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill) and causes a stacking debuff that increases Fire damage taken, which makes it worth using in later raids to boost Fire Mage damage.
  • Skull of Impending Doom Icon Skull of Impending Doom is given as a quest reward from completing Forbidden Knowledge in the Badlands. While generally undesirable, if you need to run somewhere fast, it can be a useful item to have.
  • Furbolg Medicine Pouch Icon Furbolg Medicine Pouch is sold by Gorn One Eye when you reach Honored status with Timbermaw Hold. This is a great item that you can swap during combat to provide you with a significant 1000 heal over 10 seconds. For comparison's sake, Heavy Runecloth Bandage Icon Heavy Runecloth Bandage heals you for 2000 over 8 seconds, but requires you to channel it, and you cannot take any sort of damage in the channel duration.
  • Tidal Charm Icon Tidal Charm allows you to instantly stun an enemy for 3 seconds. It has a 50% drop chance from Prince Nazjak, who spawns around 25,84 in Arathi Highlands. Due to his very high respawn timer it might be hard to get this trinket, but the stun it provides is a life saver and duel winner.
  • Linken's Boomerang Icon Linken's Boomerang allows you to potentially disarm or stun an enemy when used, which makes it useful in certain scenarios, especially in PvP. Its rewarded from the Un'Goro Crater quest It's Dangerous to Go Alone.
  • Luffa Icon Luffa removes a bleed effect, such as Garrote Icon Garrote, from yourself when used. You get this item from the Searing Gorge quest Incendosaurs? Whateverosaur is More Like It.
  • Crystal of Zin-Malor Icon Crystal of Zin-Malor allows you to kill yourself easily, and you do not get durability loss if you die from its effect. This can occasionally be useful, such as when you regret getting on a fly path after you are already flying or if you need to talk with the Blackrock Depths key ghost NPC. You get it from starting the quest Tormented By the Past.
8.

Changelog

  • 13 Oct. 2019: Added Dire Maul gear to the BiS list.
  • 29 Sep. 2019: Added Phase One Molten Core / Onyxia gear BiS list.
  • 19 Sep. 2019: Changed some gear slots due to powerful gear that was confirmed to be available in Phase 1, when it was previously not thought to be the case.
  • 16 Aug. 2019: Added new special gear to the list and changed its position to the bottom of the guide.
  • 30 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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