Season of Discovery Mage: Rune Slots and Rune Locations

Last updated on Feb 15, 2024 at 00:00 by Seksixeny 5 comments

On this page, you will find all information about the Mage Runes in WoW Classic - Season of Discovery.

1.

Overview

The single largest new feature of Season of Discovery is the addition of Rune Engravings for your gear. Runes will allow you access to new abilities, the ability to augment your current spells, and in some case unlock entirely new possibilities for your class, such as being able to Heal as a Mage.

When we list specific races for the unlocks below, they are the races most commonly associated with the area the Rune is found in, rather than hard requirements for the Rune unlock. If you are someone of another race (and often even of a different faction) you can still use the listed method to unlock if you follow the listed steps.

2.

Quality of Life Skill Locations

Starting in Phase 2, you can also find extra base skills and quality of life improvements to existing skills in consumable items dropping around the world, which do not count as a Rune but still need to be discovered in order to be learned.

Mages can currently obtain:

  • Tome of Expanded Intellect  Icon Tome of Expanded Intellect — can drop from any boss in Scarlet Monastery Graveyard wing.

Listed below are all of the currently available Rune Engravings for Mage.

3.

Rune Engravings

Gloves Pants Chest Belt Boots
Rewind Time Living Bomb Arcane Blast Ice Lance
Mass Regeneration Living Flame Arcane Surge Icy Veins
Regeneration Burnout Enlightenment Fingers of Frost
Frostfire Bolt Hot Streak Missile Barrage Spellfrost Bolt
Brain Freeze Chronostatic Preservation Spell Power
3.1.

Rune Description

Rewind Time Icon Rewind Time — Your current target with your Temporal Beacon instantly heals all damage taken over the last 5 seconds. Ineffective on targets that did not have a Temporal Beacon 5 seconds ago. This is meant to be one of Mage Healer's cooldowns, and currently has a short cooldown of 30 seconds.

3.2.

Unlock Information

You will need to be at least level 20 and maybe also have a decent amount of gold on you to get Grizzby, found in Ratchet in the Barrens to talk to you and offer three quests: turn in 24 Fish Oil  Icon Fish Oil , looted from fish and Murloc enemies, 20 Dark Iron Ordinance  Icon Dark Iron Ordinance looted from Dark Iron Dwarves in Dun Morogh or north Wetlands, and 16 Shredder Turbocharger  Icon Shredder Turbocharger obtained by using Shredder Autosalvage Unit  Icon Shredder Autosalvage Unit on Shredder NPCs in Ashenvale. The pattern for this Engineering craft drops from Sneed in Deadmines. Once the quests are finished, you can buy the Rewind Time Icon Rewind Time Rune for 5 gold.

3.3.

Rune Description

Living Bomb IconLiving Bomb — Causes the target to become a Living Bomb, taking moderate Fire damage over 12 seconds. After 12 seconds or when the spell is dispelled, the target explodes dealing high Fire damage to all enemies within 10 yards. This is a new core Fire damage over time and area effect spell.

3.4.

Unlock Information

Horde players can obtain this by completing the Wand to Bethor quest and A Token of Gratitude follow-up. You can start this quest by going to Fenris Isle in Silverpine Forest and farming Rot Hide Brutes for the item A Talking Head which starts the quest. You can also obtain it by completing the Blink Icon Blink puzzle Path of no steps in Southern Barrens, around the 45,80 map coordinates.

For Alliance Mages, this was reported as dropping from Stonesplinter Seer enemies in Loch Modan, and alternatively you can combine Elemental Core  Icon Elemental Core from Dust Devil with Spare Reaper Parts  Icon Spare Reaper Parts from Harvest Golem in order to create Prototype Engine  Icon Prototype Engine which can be used on an inactive reaper in the southwest corner of Saldean's Farm to spawn a mob that drops the Rune when killed.

Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast — Blasts the target with energy, dealing high Arcane damage. Each time you cast Arcane Blast, the damage and healing of all other Arcane spells is increased by 15% and mana cost of Arcane Blast is increased by 175%. This effect stacks up to four times and lasts 6 seconds or until any other Arcane damage or healing spell is cast. This will be a new core Arcane spell which is useful for single-target damage.

3.5.

Unlock Information

In the Zoram Strand, killing Nagas will eventually drop a Naga Manuscript. In order to get the Rune and solve the manuscript's riddle, move from crystal location to crystal location as shown in the manuscript, south to north, and cast Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion next to each crystal.

Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance — Deals low Frost damage to an enemy target, but also causes triple damage against Frozen targets. This is a great instant cast which can be used alongside Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt for a shatter combo where both of your spells hit as if the target was frozen, even though the first cast is already likely to remove the freezing effect.

3.6.

Unlock Information

You can learn the Engrave Gloves - Ice Lance Icon Engrave Gloves - Ice Lance as all Mage races by picking up the Level 2 quest, Spell Research, in the starting zone and completing it. For Orc and Troll players, inside the Burning Blade cave, look deep inside the big pools of water at the bottom of the cave for it!

Mass Regeneration Icon Mass Regeneration — Heals all of target player's party members within 15 yards of target player for a moderate health amount over 3 seconds and applies Temporal Beacon to each target for 15 seconds. After casting this spell, you will also suffer from Tangled Causality for 5 minutes, reducing your Fire and Frost spell damage done by 50% and preventing the use of Ice Block. This is an area healing spell for the new Mage healing spec.

3.7.

Unlock Information

Head to the Raven Hall Cemetery and enter the Crypt at 23.5,35. Turn left and look to your right inside the room to find a Decrepit Phylactery  Icon Decrepit Phylactery .

Now head to the Crypt at 15.5,38 and go right at the end of the path. You will find a skeleton which you can click to spawn a Lich enemy. Kill it and loot it for the Mass Regeneration Icon Mass Regeneration Rune!

Living Flame Icon Living Flame — Summons a spellfire flame that moves toward the target, leaving a trail of spellfire. This trail deals high Spellfire damage every second to nearby enemies. Lasts 20 seconds. This is a powerful area damage ability if the targets do not move away from it.

3.8.

Unlock Information

For Undead players, Living Flame Icon Living Flame is looted off Scarlet Warriors in Tirisfal Glades. Troll Mages were reported looting it from Burning Blade enemies inside Skull Rock in Durotar.

Humans get it from killing Kobold Geomancer enemies in the Jasperlode Mine, while Gnomes get it from killing Frostmane Shadowcaster or Frostmane Seer enemies at the Frostmane Hold area in Dun Morogh, 25,50 map coordinates.

Arcane Surge Icon Arcane Surge — Unleashes all of your remaining Mana in a surge of energy focused at the target dealing very high Arcane damage, increased by up to 300% based on your Mana remaining. Afterward, your normal Mana regeneration is activated and increased by 300% for 8 seconds. This is the new Arcane damage cooldown.

3.9.

Unlock Information

Reach Friendly reputation with the new Durotar Supply and Logistics faction on Horde, or equivalent Azeroth Commerce Authority in the Alliance and buy the rune for 2 gold.

You can increase your reputation with these factions by turning in Supply Shipment  Icon Supply Shipment green items randomly looted from world content, preferably after combining them with the profession materials requested in their description in order to increase the reputation and amount of currency awarded.

Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins — Hastens your spellcasting, increasing spell casting speed by 20% and reduces the pushback suffered from damaging attacks while casting by 100%. Lasts 20 seconds. This is the new Frost damage cooldown.

3.10.

Unlock Information

You need to collect 10 out of the many books listed below and return them to a NPC marked as a Librarian, such as Owen Thadd at 73,33 in the Undercity and Garion Wendell at 38,81 in Stormwind.

Horde location books:

  • Inside Brill's Alchemy Shop, The Apothecary's Metaphysical Primer (Tirisfal Glades 59,52)
  • Inside the Sepulcher, Ataeric: On Arcane Curiosities (Silverpine Forest 40,39)
  • In the Valley Of Spirits, The Lessons Of Ta'zo (Orgrimmar 38,80)

Books both factions have similar ease in obtaining:

  • At the top of a Barrens Oil Rig, Arcanic Systems Manual (Barrens 56,8)
  • Outside Wailing Caverns portal, Secrets Of The Dreamers (Barrens 53,55)
  • Small hut near Kaya Flathoof, Fury Of The Land (Stonetalon Mountains 74,86)
  • Inside Ratchet house near Gazlowe, Baxtan: On Destructive Magics (Barrens 63,35)
  • Inside Ambermill main building, Dalaran Digest (Silverpine Forest 63,63)
  • Inside an urn at the excavation site, Goaz Scrolls (Wetlands 34,48)
  • Inside main cave in elite ogre area, Runes Of The Sorcerer Kings (hug left side inside cave, Loch Modan)
  • Inside the ruins, Nar'thalas Almanac (Darkshore 58,22 down the stairs)
  • Inside a Raven Hill Crypt, Crimes Against Anatomy (Duskwood inside left crypt, go straight and check the table at 16,35)
  • In Moonbrook on a small house near town's east entrance, Bewitchments And Glamours (Westfall 45,71)
  • Defensive Magics 101 can be found in 49,58 Alterac Mountains
  • Geomancy: The Stone-Cold Truth can be found in 34,41 Thousand Needles
  • RwlRwlRwlRwl can be found in 57,21 Dustwallow Marsh
  • Demons and You can be found in 54,29 Desolace
  • A Web of Lies: Debunking Myths and Legends can be found in 72,65 Arathi Highlands
  • Basilisks: Should Petrification be Feared? can be found in 41,51 Stranglethorn Vale

Alliance location books:

  • Tower Of Azora, Archmage Theocritus (Elwynn Forest 65,70)
  • Thelsamar Or Westfall Inn, Rumi Of Gnomeregan (Loch Modan 36,49 or Westfall 53,54)
  • Ironforge library, Archmage Antonidas (Ironforge 76,11)

Regeneration Icon Regeneration — Heals the target for a moderate amount of Health over 3 seconds and applies Temporal Beacon for 30 sec. After casting this spell, you will suffer from Tangled Causality for 5 min, reducing your Fire and Frost spell damage done by 50% and preventing the use of Ice Block. This is the critical spell of a Mage healer and main way to apply Temporal Beacon to the targets for damage to healing conversion.

3.11.

Unlock Information

The closest acquisition source for Undead players are the Dalaran Apprentices in Silverpine Forest. Horde players going into the Barrens reported finding it inside Kolkar's Booty chests, also.

For Humans, the closest drop source are the Defias Pillagers in Westfall, while Gnomes can find it in a hut on the northern island in Loch Modan, specifically the South Hut on the top island; make sure to look for stack of books inside.

Burnout Icon Burnout — Increases your spell critical strike chance with all spells by 15%, but your non-periodic spell critical strikes now have an additional Mana cost of 1% of your base Mana. This is a nice damage increase, especially for Fire which values critical strikes highly due to Ignite Icon Ignite.

3.12.

Unlock Information

Kill a frozen mob with Fire spells and abilities from multiple players who don't all need to be Mages: can use Warlock Imps and Immolate Icon Immolate, Shaman Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock, and other Fire abilities.

Trolls can get it from a Frozen Makrura, found around the 58,44 map coordinates in Durotar. Undead players can get it from a Frozen Murloc, around the 66,41 coordinates on Tirisfal Glades, instead.

Gnomes kill the Frozen Trogg at the Dun Morogh 69,58 map coordinates, in the middle of Gol'Bolar Quarry, while Humans get it from a Frozen Murloc on the east side of Stone Cairn Lake in Elwynn Forest.

Enlightenment Icon Enlightenment — You deal 10% more damage while you have more than 70% Mana. While below 30% Mana 10% of your Mana regeneration continues while casting. This is a damage increase for Arcane.

3.13.

Unlock Information

Horde Mages can get this in Solliden Farmstead in Tirisfal, by using Polymorph Icon Polymorph on the odd melons spawning in it and looting the notes left behind six times.

Alliance Mages get this in Elwynn Forest, by using Polymorph Icon Polymorph on critters that don't belong in the zone and have a Wild Polymorph debuff. Again, loot six of the notes in order to get the Rune.

Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost — gives your Chill effects a 15% chance to grant you the Fingers of Frost effect, which treats your next two spells cast as if the target were Frozen. Lasts 15 seconds. This is an increase in damage for Frost due to Shatter Icon Shatter and Ice Lance allowing you to get a lot of extra damage on Frozen targets.

3.14.

Unlock Information

Drops from rare or named mobs in the leveling areas immediately past the starting 1-6 leveling zones. Confirmed drop from Warlord Kolkanis, but there's also reports of drops from Goldtooth, Hogger, Timber, and Zalazane.

3.15.

Rune Description

Frostfire Bolt Icon Frostfire Bolt — Launches a bolt of Frostfire at the enemy, causing Frostfire damage, slowing movement speed by 40% and causing additional Frostfire damage over 9 sec. This spell will be checked against the lower of the target's Frost and Fire resists and counts as both Frost and Fire damage. This is a great talent for builds wishing to specialize deeply into both the Fire and Frost trees.

3.16.

Unlock Information

Drops randomly as the Spell Notes: TROFF IRESTBOL  Icon Spell Notes: TROFF IRESTBOL item from Skullsplitter Mystic NPCs found around 45,34 in Strangethorn Vale. Use a Comprehension Charm  Icon Comprehension Charm (sold at reagent vendors or awarded as a quest reward) to learn the rune.

3.17.

Rune Description

Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak — Any time you score 2 non-periodic spell criticals in a row using Fireball Icon Fireball, Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast, Scorch Icon Scorch, or Living Bomb IconLiving Bomb, your next Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast spell cast within 10 sec will be instant cast. This rune allows you to occasionally mix in high damage instant Pyroblasts, although its reliability heavily depends on your total critical strike chance.

3.18.

Unlock Information

Go near 60,47 in Alterac Mountains and use Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike on the forge bellows outside the blacksmith building until they are glowing. That will summon an Ancient Fire Elemental which you can kill for the Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak rune.

3.19.

Rune Description

Missile Barrage Icon Missile Barrage Gives your Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast a 40% chance, and your Fireball Icon Fireball and Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt spells a 20% chance to reduce the channeled duration of your next Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles spell by 50%, reduce the Mana cost by 100%, and missiles will fire every 0.5 secs. This is a fantastic rune for most Mages, saving Mana and increasing DPS in a single package!

3.20.

Unlock Information

Begin by traveling to Deadwind Pass and interact with the Dalaran Agent NPC near 52,35 to obtain Ariden's Sigil  Icon Ariden's Sigil . By wearing and using this trinket you can make 7 Dark Rider enemies show themselves at certain spots in the world, which you must kill and loot to receive the rune. You will know the Dark Rider is close enough to be revealed when you gain the Dark Presence Icon Dark Presence buff.

  • The closest rider can be found near 42,30 in Deadwind Pass;
  • Next, go towards nearby Swamp of Sorrows, where a rider can be found around 69,29;
  • Trace back your steps and head towards 23,48 in Duskwood, where a rider awaits;
  • Head south towards Booty Bay and take the boat to the Barrens, where you will find another rider around 52,36;
  • Move towards nearby Desolace where a rider patrols around 65,26;
  • Change continent and head to 60,40 in Arathi Highlands where another rider can be found;
  • Finally, head towards the Badlands, where the final rider can be found around 58,53.

Once you finally take down the final rider, return to the Dalaran Agent and turn all relics to obtain the Missile Barrage Icon Missile Barrage rune!

3.21.

Rune Description

Spellfrost Bolt Icon Spellfrost Bolt — Launches a bolt of Spellfrost at the enemy, causing Spellfrost damage and slowing movement speed by 40% for 9 sec. This spell will be checked against the lower of the target's Frost and Arcane resists and counts as both Frost and Arcane damage. Essentially Frostfire Bolt Icon Frostfire Bolt but with Arcane instead of Fire. Arcane talents tend to be much weaker than Fire for DPS, and Missile Barrage is incredible for Arcane, making this a weak-looking rune.

3.22.

Unlock Information

Drops randomly as the Spell Notes: PELFRB STOLLOTS  Icon Spell Notes: PELFRB STOLLOTS item from Skullsplitter Mystic NPCs found around 45,34 in Strangethorn Vale. Use a Comprehension Charm  Icon Comprehension Charm (sold at reagent vendors or awarded as a quest reward) to learn the rune.

3.23.

Rune Description

Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze — Your Frost damage spells with chilling effects have a 15% chance to cause your next Fireball, Spellfrost Bolt, or Frostfire Bolt spell to be instant cast and cost no Mana. Assuming this can proc off itself, it can be a nice way to get more casts in for no Mana, making it fairly decent.

3.24.

Unlock Information

Once you are Level 30 or higher, find the extinguished campfire on a hill northwest of the kodo graveyard in Desolace, around the 47,55 map coordinates. Follow up by talking to Bibbly F'utzbuckle around 62,39, by Kormek's hut.

Travel to Booty Bay and speak to Tokal in the Salty Sailor Tavern, at the 27,77 coordinates in Stranglethorn Vale and buy cherry grog from the Food and Drink vendor next to her.

Follow up by traveling to Arathi Highlands, where you should head to the broken bridge, go down to the water and click the rowboat at 53,91. Head north after traveling in the rowboat to find Illari Duskfeather at 94,71. Loot a key from her bag to open a cache by the shack on dock for the Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze rune!

3.25.

Rune Description

Chronostatic Preservation Icon Chronostatic Preservation — Fuses Arcane, Fire, and Frost magic to freeze chronomantic energy into a stored state for later use. You can hold this energy for up to 15 sec before it combusts and expires. When unleashed, heals a friendly target. This spell is considered Arcane, Fire, and Frost for interactions with other spells, talents, and effects. Essentially this rune allows you to store some of your damage dealt and be able to unleash it as a big single target heal. While the concept sounds promising, the initially data mined 2-second cast time and whooping 43% base Mana cost for a single target heal are huge limiters on its practical effectiveness.

3.26.

Unlock Information

You need to have at least two players using frost school spells on three NPCs found in these Thousand Needles map locations. Take note that one of them is in a cage that requires a key, but luckily you can get the key as a drop from a nearby Galak Mauler NPC.

3.27.

Rune Description

Spell Power Icon Spell Power — Increases the critical strike damage bonus of all spells by 50%. This allows for more (burst) damage without any drawbacks, making it a fairly useful rune for most Mages, and especially so for Fire users.

3.28.

Unlock Information

You need to collect 20 out of the many books listed below and return them to a NPC marked as a Librarian, such as Owen Thadd at 73,33 in the Undercity and Garion Wendell at 38,81 in Stormwind.

Horde location books:

  • Inside Brill's Alchemy Shop, The Apothecary's Metaphysical Primer (Tirisfal Glades 59,52)
  • Inside the Sepulcher, Ataeric: On Arcane Curiosities (Silverpine Forest 40,39)
  • In the Valley Of Spirits, The Lessons Of Ta'zo (Orgrimmar 38,80)

Books both factions have similar ease in obtaining:

  • At the top of a Barrens Oil Rig, Arcanic Systems Manual (Barrens 56,8)
  • Outside Wailing Caverns portal, Secrets Of The Dreamers (Barrens 53,55)
  • Small hut near Kaya Flathoof, Fury Of The Land (Stonetalon Mountains 74,86)
  • Inside Ratchet house near Gazlowe, Baxtan: On Destructive Magics (Barrens 63,35)
  • Inside Ambermill main building, Dalaran Digest (Silverpine Forest 63,63)
  • Inside an urn at the excavation site, Goaz Scrolls (Wetlands 34,48)
  • Inside main cave in elite ogre area, Runes Of The Sorcerer Kings (hug left side inside cave, Loch Modan)
  • Inside the ruins, Nar'thalas Almanac (Darkshore 58,22 down the stairs)
  • Inside a Raven Hill Crypt, Crimes Against Anatomy (Duskwood inside left crypt, go straight and check the table at 16,35)
  • In Moonbrook on a small house near town's east entrance, Bewitchments And Glamours (Westfall 45,71)
  • Defensive Magics 101 can be found in 49,58 Alterac Mountains
  • Geomancy: The Stone-Cold Truth can be found in 34,41 Thousand Needles
  • RwlRwlRwlRwl can be found in 57,21 Dustwallow Marsh
  • Demons and You can be found in 54,29 Desolace
  • A Web of Lies: Debunking Myths and Legends can be found in 72,65 Arathi Highlands
  • Basilisks: Should Petrification be Feared? can be found in 41,51 Stranglethorn Vale

Alliance location books:

  • Tower Of Azora, Archmage Theocritus (Elwynn Forest 65,70)
  • Thelsamar Or Westfall Inn, Rumi Of Gnomeregan (Loch Modan 36,49 or Westfall 53,54)
  • Ironforge library, Archmage Antonidas (Ironforge 76,11)
4.

Changelog

  • 15 Feb. 2024: Clarified location and level 30 requirement for Campfire rune.
  • 10 Feb. 2024: Added Missile Barrage rune location.
  • 09 Feb. 2024: Added Frostfire Bolt, Hot Streak, Spell Power, and Brain Freeze rune locations.
  • 08 Feb. 2024: Added Chronostatic Preservation rune location.
  • 06 Feb. 2024: Added Spellfrost Bolt location and a new section with quality of life skill locations.
  • 05 Feb. 2024: Updated with new Level 40 Rune information.
  • 04 Jan. 2024: Adjusted Brill Icy Veins book location.
  • 15 Dec. 2023: Added the cost of bought runes.
  • 13 Dec. 2023: Runes coming from the new reputation vendors can now be bought at Friendly.
  • 02 Dec. 2023: Updated with the final rune locations!
  • 25 Nov. 2023: Guide added.
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