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Classic Mage DPS Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Mar 11, 2020 at 10:23 by Seksixeny 25 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 Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Blackwing Lair

This is the (Frost) gear we recommend you to chase in the Blackwing Lair.

Mage's Tier 2, Netherwing Regalia has some nice perks, the 3 set bonus reduces your threat, allowing you to deal damage freely without the risk of pulling aggro from the tank. The 5 set increases the radius of your AoE spells by 25%, which is nice when trying to kill many spread out enemies. Finally, the 8 set bonus grants you a 10% chance to make your next spell instant when casting your main spells, which is a decent damage boost for Frost and even stronger for Fire builds in later tiers.

We will be recommending only the strongest tier pieces below, with the weaker ones only being recommended in case you need them to hit a set bonus or if your current item is weak. Because the 8 piece bonus is good, using the full set is a decent option, although you will lose on some of the most powerful off-pieces in the game, such as Mish'undare, Circlet of the Mind Flayer Icon Mish'undare, Circlet of the Mind Flayer.

While the main focus is on Blackwing Lair gear, the list below also contains some gear from older raids, epic PvP sets (above rank 11) and world bosses, when warranted, in order to create a good list for players who regularly clear the raids up to Tier 2.

Also, while we are only listing the Horde versions of these quests / PvP sets and PvP reputation gear, equivalent versions can be found on the Alliance side, with the same requirements, cost and stats.

Slot Item Source
Helm
Neck
Shoulder
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.

Best in Slot for Mages Pre-Blackwing Lair

4.1.

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!

4.2.

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.

4.3.

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!

5.

Mage PvP Best in Slot Gear

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

6.

Mage Weapons

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

7.

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!

8.

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.
9.

Changelog

  • 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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