Classic Mage DPS Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Nov 12, 2020 at 22:21 by Seksixeny 29 comments

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.

We will be linking best in slot gear lists for every raid tier in this guide, which can be helpful in order to understand how to progress from hitting Level 60, to getting pre-raid best in slot and from then to clearing all raid tiers.

3.

Mage AoE Grinding / Farming Best in Slot (BiS) List

If you are in this Mage business to farm gold for your main, or simply because you feel that is the most fun thing to do in WoW Classic, this list has you covered! No need to do raids or cherry pick dungeon gear, there are plenty of easy to get options with high Intellect and Stamina (as well as "of the Eagle" gear) to get you ready almost as soon as you hit Level 60!

4.

Mage Pre-Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List

In order to get ready for raiding, it is recommended that you follow this guide in order to learn which gear to gather for maximizing DPS before ever setting foot in raids, and probably also before getting your first epic loot. Even so, expect to get a few pieces that you will have a hard time replacing, such as Briarwood Reed Icon Briarwood Reed and Tome of the Ice Lord Icon Tome of the Ice Lord.

Look out also for the Tailoring Bloodvine Set, which you can buy and is extremely powerful when compared to most other pre-raid BiS pieces!

5.

Mage Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Phase 5 (Ahn'Qiraj)

This is the gear we recommend for Mages in the AQ40 patch. The bosses you fight in this raid are vulnerable to Fire, which becomes the recommended specialization, and the one we will optimize the gear suggestions for. This implies the removal of Frost-specific options, such as Boreal Mantle Icon Boreal Mantle.

Mages' Tier 2.5, Enigma Vestments, is a generally weak set, and you will be using individual pieces for their stats, rather than aiming for specific set bonuses.

  • The 3-set bonus makes your Blizzard Icon Blizzard spell occasionally grant you a buff that causes it to not be affected by spell pushback for 8 seconds. You should never be using Blizzard when you are in risk of being hit, making this bonus useless.
  • The 5-set bonus gives you a 5% spell hit bonus for 20 seconds whenever one of your spells is resisted. This is a nice damage bonus when it procs, but is not generally used because the stats on the pieces themselves are not ideal compared to off-set options.

The only tier bonus worth using, overall, is the 2 piece blue PvP gear bonus, which increases your spell power, and allows the shoulder + boot combo to be slightly better than the alternative. We will list both options, regardless.

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • Mish'undare, Circlet of the Mind Flayer Icon Mish'undare, Circlet of the Mind Flayer
Neck
  • Amulet of Vek'nilash Icon Amulet of Vek'nilash
Shoulder
  • Champion's Silk Mantle Icon Champion's Silk Mantle (for set bonus)
  • Mantle of the Blackwing Cabal Icon Mantle of the Blackwing Cabal
Cloak
  • Cloak of the Devoured Icon Cloak of the Devoured
Chest
  • Enigma Robes Icon Enigma Robes
Wrists
  • Rockfury Bracers Icon Rockfury Bracers
  • Stalwart's Battlegear quest in Silithus
Gloves
  • Dark Storm Gauntlets Icon Dark Storm Gauntlets
Belt
  • Eyestalk Waist Cord Icon Eyestalk Waist Cord
Legs
  • Leggings of the Festering Swarm Icon Leggings of the Festering Swarm (Fire)
  • Leggings of the Black Blizzard Icon Leggings of the Black Blizzard (alternative)
Boots
  • Blood Guard's Silk Walkers Icon Blood Guard's Silk Walkers (for set bonus)
  • Enigma Boots Icon Enigma Boots
Rings
  • Ring of the Fallen God Icon Ring of the Fallen God
  • Ritssyn's Ring of Chaos Icon Ritssyn's Ring of Chaos
Trinkets
  • Mind Quickening Gem Icon Mind Quickening Gem
  • Neltharion's Tear Icon Neltharion's Tear
Two-Hand
  • Blessed Qiraji Acolyte Staff Icon Blessed Qiraji Acolyte Staff
One-Hand
  • Sharpened Silithid Femur Icon Sharpened Silithid Femur
Off-hand
  • Royal Scepter of Vek'lor Icon Royal Scepter of Vek'lor
Ranged
  • Wand of Qiraji Nobility Icon Wand of Qiraji Nobility
6.

Other Useful Phase 5 Gear for Mages

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • Enigma Circlet Icon Enigma Circlet
  • Spellweaver's Turban Icon Spellweaver's Turban
  • Eye of Flame Icon Eye of Flame (Fire)
Neck
  • Choker of the Fire Lord Icon Choker of the Fire Lord
  • Charm of the Shifting Sands Icon Charm of the Shifting Sands
  • Jeklik's Opaline Talisman Icon Jeklik's Opaline Talisman
Shoulder
  • Mantle of Phrenic Power Icon Mantle of Phrenic Power (Fire)
  • Enigma Shoulderpads Icon Enigma Shoulderpads
  • Abyssal Cloth Amice Icon Abyssal Cloth Amice of Sorcery
Cloak
  • Cloak of Consumption Icon Cloak of Consumption
  • Cloak of the Brood Lord Icon Cloak of the Brood Lord
  • Cloak of the Hakkari Worshipers Icon Cloak of the Hakkari Worshipers
Chest
  • Robe of the Archmage Icon Robe of the Archmage
  • Garb of Royal Ascension Icon Garb of Royal Ascension
  • Bloodvine Vest Icon Bloodvine Vest
Wrists
  • Bracers of Arcane Accuracy Icon Bracers of Arcane Accuracy
  • Burrower Bracers Icon Burrower Bracers
  • Black Bark Wristbands Icon Black Bark Wristbands
Gloves
  • Gloves of the Hypnotic Flame Icon Gloves of the Hypnotic Flame (Fire)
  • Inferno Gloves Icon Inferno Gloves (Fire)
  • Netherwind Gloves Icon Netherwind Gloves
Belt
  • Mana Igniting Cord Icon Mana Igniting Cord
  • Firemaw's Clutch Icon Firemaw's Clutch
  • Belt of Untapped Power Icon Belt of Untapped Power
Legs
  • Enigma Leggings Icon Enigma Leggings
  • Bloodvine Leggings Icon Bloodvine Leggings
  • Netherwind Pants Icon Netherwind Pants
Boots
  • Boots of Epiphany Icon Boots of Epiphany
  • Snowblind Shoes Icon Snowblind Shoes
  • Bloodvine Boots Icon Bloodvine Boots
Rings
  • Band of Forced Concentration Icon Band of Forced Concentration
  • Mindtear Band Icon Mindtear Band
  • Ring of Spell Power Icon Ring of Spell Power
Trinkets
  • Talisman of Ephemeral Power Icon Talisman of Ephemeral Power
  • Zandalarian Hero Charm Icon Zandalarian Hero Charm
  • Briarwood Reed Icon Briarwood Reed
Two-Hand
  • Staff of the Shadow Flame Icon Staff of the Shadow Flame
  • Staff of the Ruins Icon Staff of the Ruins
  • Ironbark Staff Icon Ironbark Staff
One-Hand
  • High Warlord's Spellblade Icon High Warlord's Spellblade
  • Claw of Chromaggus Icon Claw of Chromaggus
  • Fang of the Mystics Icon Fang of the Mystics
Off-hand
  • Tome of Fiery Arcana Icon Tome of Fiery Arcana (Fire)
  • Talon of Furious Concentration Icon Talon of Furious Concentration
  • Therazane's Touch Icon Therazane's Touch
Ranged
  • Touch of Chaos Icon Touch of Chaos
  • Pyric Caduceus Icon Pyric Caduceus
  • Bonecreeper Stylus Icon Bonecreeper Stylus
7.

Naxxramas Mage BiS

Naxxramas is the final destination of the original World of Warcraft, and as such carries the best gear and the most difficult bosses.

Mage Tier 3, Frostfire Regalia looks amazing and has great stats, but its set bonuses are, unfortunately, very weak. We will be listing multiple pieces of this set below, regardless, as their raw stats more than make up for the lack of useful set bonuses.

In Naxxramas, all bosses are undead except for Grand Widow Faerlina and Maexxna. This makes specialized anti-undead items such as Rune of the Dawn Icon Rune of the Dawn, Mark of the Champion Icon Mark of the Champion and the Regalia of Undead Cleansing set really effective. Consider any of these items and the full set of undead cleansing to be a top 3 piece of gear for its slot.

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • Frostfire Circlet Icon Frostfire Circlet
  • Mish'undare, Circlet of the Mind Flayer Icon Mish'undare, Circlet of the Mind Flayer
Neck
  • Gem of Trapped Innocents Icon Gem of Trapped Innocents
  • Amulet of Vek'nilash Icon Amulet of Vek'nilash
Shoulder
  • Rime Covered Mantle Icon Rime Covered Mantle
  • Champion's Silk Mantle Icon Champion's Silk Mantle (for set bonus)
  • Mantle of the Blackwing Cabal Icon Mantle of the Blackwing Cabal
Cloak
  • Cloak of the Necropolis Icon Cloak of the Necropolis
  • Cloak of the Devoured Icon Cloak of the Devoured
Chest
  • Frostfire Robe Icon Frostfire Robe
  • Enigma Robes Icon Enigma Robes
Wrists
  • The Soul Harvester's Bindings Icon The Soul Harvester's Bindings
  • Rockfury Bracers Icon Rockfury Bracers
  • Gothik the Harvester in Naxxramas
  • Stalwart's Battlegear quest in Silithus
Gloves
  • Dark Storm Gauntlets Icon Dark Storm Gauntlets
  • Gloves of the Hypnotic Flame Icon Gloves of the Hypnotic Flame (Fire)
  • Inferno Gloves Icon Inferno Gloves (Fire)
Belt
  • Eyestalk Waist Cord Icon Eyestalk Waist Cord
  • Mana Igniting Cord Icon Mana Igniting Cord
  • Firemaw's Clutch Icon Firemaw's Clutch
Legs
  • Leggings of Polarity Icon Leggings of Polarity
  • Leggings of the Festering Swarm Icon Leggings of the Festering Swarm (Fire)
  • Leggings of the Black Blizzard Icon Leggings of the Black Blizzard
Boots
  • Frostfire Sandals Icon Frostfire Sandals
  • Blood Guard's Silk Walkers Icon Blood Guard's Silk Walkers (for set bonus)
  • Enigma Boots Icon Enigma Boots
  • Gothik the Harvester, Instructor Razuvious or Gluth in Naxxramas
  • Bought from the PvP Vendor at Rank 7
  • Viscidus or Princess Huhuran in AQ40
Rings
  • Frostfire Ring Icon Frostfire Ring
  • Ring of the Eternal Flame Icon Ring of the Eternal Flame
  • Ring of the Fallen God Icon Ring of the Fallen God
  • Ritssyn's Ring of Chaos Icon Ritssyn's Ring of Chaos
  • Band of Forced Concentration Icon Band of Forced Concentration
  • Mindtear Band Icon Mindtear Band
  • Ring of Spell Power Icon Ring of Spell Power
Trinkets
  • Neltharion's Tear Icon Neltharion's Tear
  • The Restrained Essence of Sapphiron Icon The Restrained Essence of Sapphiron
  • Mind Quickening Gem Icon Mind Quickening Gem
  • Talisman of Ephemeral Power Icon Talisman of Ephemeral Power
  • Zandalarian Hero Charm Icon Zandalarian Hero Charm
Two-Hand
  • Soulseeker Icon Soulseeker
  • Brimstone Staff Icon Brimstone Staff
  • Blessed Qiraji Acolyte Staff Icon Blessed Qiraji Acolyte Staff
  • Staff of the Shadow Flame Icon Staff of the Shadow Flame
One-Hand
  • Wraith Blade Icon Wraith Blade
  • Sharpened Silithid Femur Icon Sharpened Silithid Femur
Off-hand
  • Sapphiron's Left Eye Icon Sapphiron's Left Eye
  • Royal Scepter of Vek'lor Icon Royal Scepter of Vek'lor
  • Tome of Fiery Arcana Icon Tome of Fiery Arcana (Fire)
Ranged
  • Doomfinger Icon Doomfinger
  • Wand of Qiraji Nobility Icon Wand of Qiraji Nobility
8.

Frost Resistance Gear for Mages

In order to smooth out the Sapphiron encounter, it is advised that DPS players, Mages included, use a good amount of Frost Resistance gear, in order to reduce the high raid damage intake to manageable levels. We made a list with good options for almost every slot, so that you can face down the undead dragon while prepared:

9.

Nature Resistance Gear for Mages

As a Mage, you should not be required to use Nature Resistance gear on Princess Huhuran, but can still benefit from it while trying to freeze Viscidus. Read this guide to figure out where to find such gear, and which pieces to wear!

10.

Mage PvP Best in Slot Gear

You can find our recommended gear for PvPing as a Mage in the link below.

11.

Mage Weapons

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

12.

Mage Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Molten Core / Onyxia's Lair

Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair are the first raids in WoW Classic, and will probably award you with your first pieces of epic gear! While most of the gear found here is easily replaceable later, there are a few pieces, such as Talisman of Ephemeral Power Icon Talisman of Ephemeral Power and Azuresong Mageblade Icon Azuresong Mageblade, which will last you for a very long time!

Make sure to complement this gear with Zul'Gurub items from the list in this page, which are also very powerful and relatively easy to get!

13.

Fire Resistance Gear for Mages

While not a massive concern for Mages, a little bit of Fire Resistance can sometimes be helpful. Read this guide to figure out where and which pieces to wear!

14.

Special Gear for Mages

Finally, some items have niche uses and do not belong in a best in slot list, but are still very valuable to acquire for specific encounters, or as a weapon swap mid-fight. We will list the most notable special items below, as well as their effects and common applications.

  • 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.
  • The Alliance-only 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.
15.

Changelog

  • 12 Nov. 2020: Added a Phase 6 gear best in slot list.
  • 05 Nov. 2020: Added a Frost Resistance gear list.
  • 06 Aug. 2020: Transferred the Ahn'Qiraj gear into the main guide.
  • 27 Jul. 2020: Added a link to the Nature Resistance gear guide.
  • 13 Jul. 2020: Added a link to Ahn'Qiraj gear suggestions.
  • 19 May 2020: Added Cloak of the Hakkari Worshipers and Sandworm Skin Gloves.
  • 15 May 2020: Added Silithus Twilight boss summonings gear.
  • 23 Apr. 2020: Added Bloodcaller and Zulian Ceremonial Staff.
  • 15 Apr. 2020: Added a few missing Zul'Gurub items.
  • 14 Apr. 2020: Updated with Zul'Gurub gear and some new PvP options.
  • 11 Mar. 2020: Updated with Arathi Basin gear.
  • 28 Feb. 2020: Added Flarecore Leggings.
  • 11 Feb. 2020: Transformed this page into a WoW Classic Mage gear hub and added Blackwing Lair BiS.
  • 04 Jan. 2020: Added PvP reputation gear and more ranked PvP gear.
  • 23 Nov. 2019: Separated the Horde / Alliance PvP gear into different lines.
  • 18 Nov. 2019: Updated the BiS list for Phase 2.
  • 04 Nov. 2019: Added an Area of Effect grinding BiS gear list.
  • 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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