Arcane Mage Best Legendaries in Shadowlands — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 13:00 by Dutchmagoz 37 comments
General Information

Legendary Powers are targetable, unique effects that you can imbue certain base items with through the Runecarving system. In Shadowlands, these enable you to customize your Arcane Mage, drastically improving your performance, and are arguably the most important aspect of your gear.

The purpose of this page is to help you pick the right legendary powers (and item slots for them) for your character, depending on the content you are interested in.


Introduction: Legendaries in Shadowlands

By doing Torghast, you can craft legendary items through the new Runecarving system. Many of these powers are large DPS boosts, or contain strong defensive effects. However, you are only able to wear one of these at a time, and you are gated in how many you can craft over time, so it is important to know which legendary to use in which situation. Below, we go over the best legendary effects for each situation.


Best Legendaries for Arcane Mage

Focus Legendary Slots Source
Raiding Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp Chest or Ring Torghast (The Upper Reaches, Layer 3+)
Mythic+ Arcane Bombardment Icon Arcane Bombardment Feet or Back Torghast (Skoldus Halls, Layer 3+)
Torghast Grisly Icicle Icon Grisly Icicle Shoulder or Head Honor PvP Vendor

For more information regarding the best legendary for each situation, see below. If a legendary effect is not listed, you can assume it is worse than all other options that are listed.


Best Overall Legendary for Arcane Mage

There is no Legendary for Arcane which is best or almost best in all situations. The closest option to this is Arcane Bombardment Icon Arcane Bombardment, which is a couple of % (1-3%) behind the best single target option, but has no restrictions (like Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp), and is the best Legendary for any cleave/AoE situation.


Best Raiding Legendaries for Arcane Mage

Raiding usually has tight DPS checks, usually single target focused. The best option for this is generally Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp. However, Arcane Bombardment Icon Arcane Bombardment is suggested on fights with cleave or where execute DPS is important.

Worth noting when using Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp: Time Warp Icon Time Warp can be used during Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust (or similar effects) to stack both effects at the same time.

Triune Ward Icon Triune Ward is a defensive alternative, which can boost your survivability significantly. This is only an option when DPS is not a relevant requirement but you feel you really need more survivability.


Best Mythic+ Legendaries for Arcane Mage

Mythic+ tends to have more AoE damage requirements than raiding, which Arcane Bombardment Icon Arcane Bombardment is the best option for, while remaining relatively competitive on single target.

The only real DPS alternative is Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp, which can be useful if you need high burst damage on a specific pack or boss that comes after or when your group uses Time Warp Icon Time Warp.

The final alternative legendary option is Triune Ward Icon Triune Ward, which can boost your survivability significantly. This is only an option when DPS is not a relevant requirement, but you feel you really need more survivability. Especially in very high keys, you can get 1-shot by some mechanics, where Triune Ward can help you survive these 1-shots.


Best Torghast Legendaries for Arcane Mage

Grisly Icicle Icon Grisly Icicle is a great option when soloing Torghast, as the enemies will remain frozen for the entire duration of Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova even when you are DPSing them, making it very easy to kite enemies and still do damage to them. When doing Torghast as a group, this effect is mostly useless because your group will break your freezes instantly, in which case Arcane Bombardment Icon Arcane Bombardment is the best overall option.

If you need extra survivability against ranged/caster enemies, Triune Ward Icon Triune Ward is a great choice.


What Slot Should Legendaries by Crafted For?

Generally speaking, you will want to craft legendaries for slots with the highest "stat budget", to maximize the stats you get from legendaries reaching the highest item level available. Below we have listed the items in order of stat budget:

  1. Helm, Chest, Legs
  2. Gloves, Belt, Boots, Shoulders
  3. Cloak, Bracers
  4. Neck, Rings

For people that actively clear Raiding, there are some situations where you might not want to do this. Since the last 2 bosses in Raiding drop higher item level loot, you will want to avoid crafting items for the slots dropped by these bosses. These slots are:

  • Back
  • Chest
  • Shoulder

The last 2 bosses also drop a Ring and Trinkets, but this is not relevant for legendary crafting, as you have 2 ring slots, and there are no legendaries for the Trinket slots.

This leads us to the following list of legendaries and what slot to craft them in:



  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 16 Jan. 2021: Updated Temporal Warp suggestions and descriptions to also be included even when Time Warp is not used early on a fight.
  • 21 Nov. 2020: Updated some phrasing on Temporal Warp to be more informative.
  • 20 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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