WoW Classic Mage Weapons Guide

Last updated on Feb 19, 2020 at 18:02 by Seksixeny 1 comment

Weapons, especially Wands early on, can be significant upgrades for a Mage, magnified if you play Arcane for Wand Specialization Icon Wand Specialization. You will still gain a large benefit from them if you play any of the other specs we cover, Frost AoE, Frost Single Target or Fire, regardless. For the other weapon types, you will mostly be looking for stats, as you are unlikely to be hitting things in melee with them after your first few levels. Luckily, weapons tend to have higher stats than most pieces of gear, making them important slots to keep upgraded, while leveling and also in the end game.


Mage Weapon Skills in WoW Classic

Mages start their journey through Azeroth knowing how to use Staves and Wands. They can also learn Daggers and one-handed Swords from Weapon Masters around the world.

Weapon Master location Weapon Skills available
Learned by default Staves, Wands
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

Being able to use Staves from the start will be quite useful, as it means your melee damage will be higher than that of most classes, allowing you to finish off enemies that you previously weakened with your spells easily, conserving Mana in the process.

Once you get your first Wand, start using it to finish off enemies, instead. Because you will not be using your weapon to melee hit once you get your Wand, it will only serve you as a stat stick, which makes it less impactful than that of physical damage dealing classes that rely on their auto-attacks for most of their damage.

You can still expect to upgrade your weapon a few times during your journey, and your weapon will typically represent your main source of spell damage and other important stats. Remember that no matter how good a weapon is at a given level, it will quickly be outclassed by common weapons of higher level, so don't bother chasing the perfect low level weapon unless you are making a twink character or enjoy doing so for the sake of it.

There are many weapons you could use during your journey in Azeroth. Because listing all of them would be confusing, we will focus on the most notable ones, for their power and ease of obtaining. Some notable weapons of each type you might want to be looking out for along the way are listed below.


Wands for WoW Classic Mages

Wands are very important for Mages who are leveling, before level 35 or so, at which point their damage starts to fall off greatly compared to your spells. They will always be useful when finishing targets off or while regenerating Mana / waiting for the tank to build up threat, regardless.


Staves for WoW Classic Mages

Staves are powerful two-handed weapons which you can use from your character's creation. This allows them to contribute from the get go towards you finishing melee hits. Later on, they have some of the best caster stats you can find on weapons, and do not require a compatible off-hand to be used, making them easy to use options.


Daggers for WoW Classic Mages

While good Mage daggers are relatively rare, there are a few notable ones, such as Hypnotic Blade Icon Hypnotic Blade, Witchblade Icon Witchblade and Claw of Chromaggus Icon Claw of Chromaggus.


Swords for WoW Classic Mages

While there are not many Swords Mages can use, as they mostly have physical damage stats, there are a few great Mage Swords, such as Azuresong Mageblade Icon Azuresong Mageblade.


Off-Hands for WoW Classic Mages

Off-hands are not, technically, weapons, but they occupy a weapon slot, so we will be listing them anyway! There are quite a few off-hands in the game, and many sport high amounts of Spell Damage, such as Spirit of Aquementas Icon Spirit of Aquementas and Tome of the Ice Lord Icon Tome of the Ice Lord, which is great for Mages!


Fist Weapons for WoW Classic Mages

Mages cannot use Fist Weapons.


Axes for WoW Classic Mages

Mages cannot use Axes.


Maces for WoW Classic Mages

Mages cannot use Maces.


Polearms for WoW Classic Mages

Mages cannot use Polearms.


Crossbows for WoW Classic Mages

Mages cannot use Crossbows.


Bows for WoW Classic Mages

Mages cannot use Bows.


Guns for WoW Classic Mages

Mages cannot use Guns.


Thrown Weapons for WoW Classic Mages

Mages cannot use Thrown Weapons.


Weapons for Leveling Mages in WoW Classic

You will want to search for of the eagle weapons while leveling, with spirit gear also being welcomed, as a swap-to whenever you leave combat, preferably. Eagle weapons have 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.


Leveling Wands for Mages in WoW Classic

Your wand, as a Mage, is the most impactful piece of your gear while leveling until around level 35, 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, in this bracket.


End-Game Weapons for Mages in WoW Classic

Mages have some end-game weapons at their disposal. The best ones come from raiding, but there are also good options in dungeons and the occasional quest reward.


PvP Weapons for Mages in WoW Classic

While Rank 14 weapons (High Warlord's Spellblade Icon High Warlord's Spellblade) are among the best currently in game for Mages, as they are for most classes, there are also a few notable reputation rewards you can chase.


Complete Weapon Listings for Mages in WoW Classic

You can find a complete weapon (and armor) list for Mages at, including filter options that allow you to restrict and / or order your search by phase, class, slot and other parameters.

For more end-game gearing information, please refer to our BiS gear guides for Mages:



  • 19 Feb. 2020: Added World Boss and Blackwing Lair weapons.
  • 02 Feb. 2020: Added Glowing Brightwood Staff to the leveling weapon list and a PvP and Reputation weapon section.
  • 22 Dec. 2019: Reworked the complete BiS weapon listing at the end of the guide.
  • 25 Sep. 2019: Page added.
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