Arcane Mage DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Dutchmagoz 46 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Arcane Mage in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.


The Basics for Arcane Mage

Arcane is a great Swiss Army Knife that has a complete toolkit to approach any situation. It provides great burst as well as impressive AoE. It is also hyper mobile and comes equipped with a variety of defensive spells and cooldowns. In this section we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the amount of buttons and reactivity necessary without unduly compromising overall damage output.

If you are completely new to Arcane and need more information on the abilities available to you, you can check out our Spell Summary page.


Covenant Choice for Arcane Mage

The best Covenant choice is Kyrian. Pelagos is the best Soulbind in all situations, using this tree.

If you want to go more indepth, we suggest you check out the Covenant page below for what Covenant to play for what situation.


Conduit Choice for Arcane Mage


Best Single-Target Potency Conduits for Arcane Mage

  1. Arcane Prodigy Icon Arcane Prodigy (when Night Fae
  2. Magi's Brand Icon Magi's Brand
  3. Discipline of the Grove Icon Discipline of the Grove (Night Fae only)
  4. Arcane Prodigy Icon Arcane Prodigy (when not Night Fae)
  5. Ire of the Ascended Icon Ire of the Ascended (Kyrian only) / Siphoned Malice Icon Siphoned Malice (Venthyr only)
  6. Nether Precision Icon Nether Precision

Best Cleave / AoE Potency Conduits for Arcane Mage

  1. Artifice of the Archmage Icon Artifice of the Archmage
  2. Magi's Brand Icon Magi's Brand
  3. Discipline of the Grove Icon Discipline of the Grove (Night Fae only)
  4. Siphoned Malice Icon Siphoned Malice (Venthyr only) / Ire of the Ascended Icon Ire of the Ascended (Kyrian only) / Gift of the Lich Icon Gift of the Lich (Necrolord only)

For more info regarding what Soulbind and Conduits to pick for what situation, check our full Covenants, Soulbinds & Conduits page.


Talent Choice for Arcane Mage

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in damage losses when utilized by many players. These talents aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

If you are looking for the absolute best talents for Arcane, which do not compromise on performance for ease of use, you can find a more in-depth analysis on our full talents page below.


Gearing an Arcane Mage


Stat Choice for Arcane Mage

You will want to prioritize secondary stats as follows:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Versatility;
  5. Haste.

We recommend you prioritize item levels over specific stats, as they are all very close in value.

While the stat priority for classes is normally the same for both the Easy Mode page and our full guide, subtle differences can still occur. If you want to see the full explanation of the stat priority, as well as the absolute top choices for the priority, head to our full stats page below.


Legendary Choice for Arcane Mage

With 9.2, you are able to equip 2 Legendaries. Your first standard Legendary to equip should be Arcane Harmony Icon Arcane Harmony. Then additionally, you can equip Unity Icon Unity, which will grant you the Covenant specific Legendary, which is Harmonic Echo Icon Harmonic Echo when playing Kyrian.

If you are looking for in-depth explanation on what Legendary to pick for what situation and how to obtain them, read our Legendary page below.

If you are interested in finding out about the specific best in slot items from the current tier, or want more information on how to gear, we suggest reading the full gearing page below.


Basic Rotation for Arcane Mage

The Arcane rotation consists of 2 priority lists, the Burn Phase and the Conserve Phase. The concept is to maintain a high and stable Mana pool during your "Conserve" phase, biding time until your cooldowns are available. As soon as your cooldowns are ready, you enter the "Burn" phase where you siphon all your Mana into damage. Then when you run out of Mana, you use Evocation Icon Evocation to return back to full Mana.


The Burn Phase

You can enter the Burn Phase when the following is true:

Below we have listed the order in which you should perform your spells during the Burn Phase.

  1. If Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power is not available, cast Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power, if available;
  2. Cast Radiant Spark Icon Radiant Spark;
  3. Cast Touch of the Magi Icon Touch of the Magi;
  4. Cast Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power (if ready) and any other cooldowns, like Racial abilities and on-use trinket, if available;
  5. Cast Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast 5 times
  6. Cast Arcane Barrage Icon Arcane Barrage immediately after finishing the 5th Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast. As long as you ensure you cast Arcane Barrage together with the 5th Arcane Blast, both will fire at the same time and both will benefit from the final charge of Radiant Spark Icon Radiant Spark.

The Conserve Phase

You should enter the Conserve Phase any time you are not in the Burn Phase. The goal of the Conserve Phase is to ensure you do not go out of Mana, while trying to get in as many Arcane Barrage Icon Arcane Barrages with high stacks of Arcane Harmony Icon Arcane Harmony as possible.

  1. Cast Arcane Barrage Icon Arcane Barrage with more than 15 stacks of Arcane Harmony Icon Arcane Harmony, and 4 OR 0 Arcane Charges (not 1-3)
  2. Cast Arcane Orb Icon Arcane Orb when you are on 0 or 1 Arcane Charges
  3. Cast Arcane Blast Icon Arcane Blast when you have 1, 2, or 3 Arcane Charges (generally only happens after using Arcane Orb Icon Arcane Orb)
  4. Cast Arcane Missiles Icon Arcane Missiles as your filler to generate Arcane Harmony Icon Arcane Harmony stacks

The above rotation should get you started on performing well on your Arcane Mage. However, there are many small optimisations you can make in your rotation, which can be found in the full detailed rotation guide.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 22 Jan. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Changed suggested Covenant to Necrolord due to 9.0.5 buffs.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands Launch. Removed BfA sections like essences and azerite, and added Shadowlands sections like Legendaries and Covenants. Updated talents and rotation for new optimal play.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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