WoW Classic Mage Weapons Guide
Weapons, especially Wands early on, can be significant upgrades for a Mage, magnified if you play Arcane for 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
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.
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, but most are not that good. The most notable exception is Spirit of Aquementas and Fire Runed Grimoire.
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.
- Try to get an early green Staff with Intellect on it as soon as you can.
- Crescent Staff (Horde) and Staff of Westfall (Alliance) are dungeon quest rewards, from Leaders of the Fang and The Defias Brotherhood respectively. Because they are quest rewards, you are guaranteed to get them from your first full dungeon run, and they can last you for a while.
- Illusionary Rod or Hypnotic Blade (combined with Orb of the Forgotten Seer from Scarlet Monastery: Graveyard) in Scarlet Monastery: Library are very strong options, and relatively easy to farm in Scarlet Monastery.
- Zum'rah's Vexing Cane, from Zul'Farrak is a great staff, having all the stats you need while leveling up, and it can be used while you are farming your pre-raid best in slot.
- Spirit of Aquementas comes from the Linken Un'Goro quest chain. While it is a hard quest chain to do solo, even at 60, this item is the best off-hand available until raiding, so it will probably end up being worth the effort!
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.
- Enchanting Wands, such as Lesser Magic Wand (crafted at Enchanting Level 10) and Greater Magic Wand (crafted at Enchanting Level 70) are great for the level at which you can use them, but it can be hard to craft them yourself early on.
- One of the first wands you can get as an alliance player, Elven Wand, is a reward from the Bashal'Aran quest. Horde players can get an early wand, Flaring Baton, from The Escape. Once you reach the endgame, one of the best easily-obtainable wands is Stormrager, from Order Must Be Restored (Alliance) or The Scarlet Oracle, Demetria (Horde).
- White wands sold by NPCs range between the low-level Smoldering Wand, and the high-level Blackbone Wand. These can be purchased easily, if there are no better options for cheaper on the auction house.
- Gravestone Scepter, from the Blackfathom Deeps dungeon quest Blackfathom Villainy, and Icefury Wand, from the Mage Class quest Mage's Wand, are all guaranteed rewards from doing their respective quests, and quite strong for the level at which you can obtain them.
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.
- Bonecreeper Stylus is the best Phase 1 Wand, and you can find it in Scholomance, from Darkmaster Gandling.
- Trindlehaven Staff is the best staff available before raiding. Use Witchblade instead, if you wish to pair with it with Spirit of Aquementas.
- When you begin raiding, try to get Sorcerous Dagger / Azuresong Mageblade and pair them with Fire Runed Grimoire, or simply get Staff of Dominance, all of which come from Molten Core.
For more information about end-game gearing for Mages in general, please refer to our gearing guide.
Complete Weapon Listings for Mages in WoW Classic Phase One
You can check a list for each type of Mage weapon below:
- You can find most of Phase 1's wands, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
- You can find most of Phase 1's staves, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
- You can find most of Phase 1's daggers, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
- You can find most of Phase 1's caster swords, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
- You can find most of Phase 1's off-hands, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
- 25 Sep. 2019: Page added.
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