Arcane Mage DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2.5
On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Arcane Mage in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.2.5.
If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Arcane Mage gear and best in slot.
Gearing an Arcane Mage
Welcome to our Gearing Page for Arcane Mage, this section will cover everything you need to know about equipping your character correctly.
If you have a new piece of gear that you need gems and enchants advice for, you can find everything you need on our dedicated page below.
The Importance of "Simming Yourself" as a Arcane Mage
At this stage in the game, and despite the stat priority, there are so many variables and so many layers of optimization that you can apply to your character, that there is no way for a guide or anything else to tell you exactly what gear you should wear. This is why we always recommend simulating your own character using Raidbots. The website can help you choose set bonuses, Conduits, Legendaries, trinkets and combinations thereof in a way that is tailored completely to your specific character. Learning to use this tool is essential to maximizing your potential, as there is simply no other way to take all the variables into account.
While we heavily recommend simming yourself, you can find some of our general simulations on the dedicated page below.
The easiest way, and also the method we suggest, to compare multiple items is to use Raidbots' Top Gear. Here you can input an export from the Simcraft AddOn, select the items to compare, and it will find out which of the items are best.
Tier Set for Arcane Mage
With 9.2, every spec now gets a set of gear that gives you additional special powers unique to your spec. For Arcane, these are the following:
- Arcane Mage 2-Piece — Increases your Arcane damage dealt to enemies affected by Touch of the Magi.
- Arcane Mage 4-Piece — Touch of the Magi's duration is increased by 4 seconds and grants 25% Mana regeneration for 12 seconds.
Wearing this 4-set will be very important for Arcane, as both the 2 and 4 set are large dps increases.
The tier pieces can drop from raid bosses in Sepulcher of the First Ones, alongside the Great Vault. One final way to obtain tier set pieces, is via Creation Catalyst. This can be used to turn any non tier item into a tier item. For example, you can get a 265ilvl non-set chest piece from the Great Vault, and turn it into a 265 ilvl tier chest, keeping its upgrade path, sockets and tertiary stats.
What slots to equip the Tier Set in For Arcane Mage
There are 5 possible pieces tier sets can drop for, but to activate the bonus power you will only need to equip 4 of them. This means you have some flexibility in what slots to equip the tier pieces in.
Optimising what slot to equip the tier set pieces in is a relatively minor improvement compared to actually getting the 4-set bonus. Never give up the 4-set bonus because it is not in the "perfect" 4 slots.
For Kyrian Arcane Mages specifically, you have to equip your Arcane Harmony in either Shoulders or Hands, which means one of those two slots will not be a Tier set piece. This will primarily come down to which items you manage to loot, but if you have all 5 tier set pieces, you should ignore the Hands slot, as it is lower item level than Shoulders.
Legendaries for Arcane Mage
If you are a Kyrian Mage, Arcane Harmony (on Gloves) is the best Legendary for all situations. You should craft it with a Missive of Critical Strike and a Missive of Mastery. However, depending on your luck with tier pieces, it might be better to craft it on the Shoulders slot, if it enables you to equip 2 or 4 pieces of the set.
Additionally, you should use Unity to get your Covenant specific Legendary alongside the Legendary above.
As Venthyr, Siphon Storm is the best Legendary for single-target, however, this is only slightly behind Temporal Warp (around 1%), so if you have this already, you can consider just using that instead of crafting Siphon Storm. For cleave and AoE, Arcane Bombardment is best.
Otherwise, generally speaking, both Temporal Warp (Ring) and Arcane Bombardment (Boots) are needed for Raiding and Mythic+. These should be crafted with a Missive of Critical Strike and a Missive of Mastery.
Which one you craft first depends on the type of damage you find more important, and your Time Warp usages in raids and dungeons. In general, Temporal Warp should be crafted first for single-target and Arcane Bombardment for cleave and AoE.
- Grisly Icicle (Head) - Amazing for soloing Torghast and solo content in general.
- Triune Ward (Neck) - Great defensive option when DPS is not relevant or as important.
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.
Conduits for Arcane Mage
Best Single-Target Potency Conduits for Arcane Mage
- Arcane Prodigy (when Night Fae)
- Magi's Brand
- Ire of the Ascended (Kyrian-only)
- Discipline of the Grove (Night Fae-only)
- Arcane Prodigy (when not Night Fae)
- Siphoned Malice (Venthyr-only)
- Nether Precision
Best Cleave / AoE Potency Conduits for Arcane Mage
- Artifice of the Archmage
- Magi's Brand
- Ire of the Ascended (Kyrian-only)
- Discipline of the Grove (Night Fae-only)
- Siphoned Malice (Venthyr-only) / Gift of the Lich (Necrolord-only)
For more info regarding what Conduits to pick for what situation, check our full Covenants, Soulbinds & Conduits page.
Domination Sockets for Arcane Mages
Upgrading Gear with Valor Points
There are a couple of items we strongly suggest to prioritize when it comes to upgrading your Mythic+ gear via Valor points. Below we have listed them in order of importance. However, the below items are general suggestions. Depending on your available gear, the list below might not be accurate. For example, if you already have really good trinkets, upgrading Mythic+ trinkets with Valor points is probably not going to be the best choice. The easiest way to figure out what is best for your specific character, is by using Raidbots' Droptimizer. You can select "+10 Weekly Chest" as a stand-in for the highest item level Valor upgrade.
Keep in mind, that in 9.2.5, there is no more weekly cap on Valor, meaning you can "waste" some Valor on suboptimal choices as you can just farm more when you need them.
- Soulletting Ruby: This is the strongest trinket for Arcane Mages. We strongly suggest upgrading this first.
Trinket Notes for Arcane Mage
Due to the prevalence of high item level trinkets via Mythic+, raiding, and PvP, there are a variety of suitable options when it comes to trinkets. It is always best to use Raidbots Top Gear to determine what your optimal trinkets are.
You should always try to aim for one on-use trinket that gives a lot of stats, and one passive trinket. This is because Arcane relies a lot on burst DPS, due to cooldown stacking with Touch of the Magi, Rune of Power and Arcane Power.
You can use the trinket list below as a reference of potential trinkets to aim for. The link at the bottom can be used to view a list of all trinkets.
Shadowlands Season 4 introduced Fated Raids, which is a mechanic that marks one of the three raid tiers of the expansion as "Fated" for a week, causing that raid to drop higher item level loot, up to 304 or 311 item level depending on the item. Which raid is Fated rotates every week.
Due to this, your goal in Season 4 is to collect a full set of Fated gear, as this is higher level than the previously best available gear.
Puzzling Cartel Dinar
With the new Fated Raids, a new "currency" is also added: Puzzling Cartel Dinar. This new item can be obtained from a quest chain that requires you to kill a specific amount of bosses. You can only get 3 of these Dinars for the entirety of Season 4, with the first one obtainable after 3 weeks at the earliest, and the last one after 6 weeks at the earliest. These Dinars let you buy a variety of trinkets, weapons and other special items from any of the Shadowlands raids. As you can only get 3 of these in total, it is important to only spend these on strong items, and to only spend them on items that do not have a wide variety of alternative items.
Which items exactly you want to do will depend on your level of patience, which raid content your group is clearing, your luck, etc. Below we have listed some good candidates:
Upgrading Normal/Heroic items to Mythic
Lastly, since Season 4, you can upgrade your Normal and Heroic items to Mythic items. For exactly how this works, please see our Fated Raids page. However, the important thing to keep in mind with this system is, if you loot a very good item at a lower difficulty than what you are able to do, do not throw away the item just because it is too low item level, as you can upgrade it to Mythic item level eventually.
Best in Slot Gear for Raiding
Below we have an example of a set of endgame gear, based around how realistic it is to obtain these items. It is more important than ever to realise that due to the extremely large pool of available items due to Fated Raids and Mythic+, that a best-in-slot list is practically impossible to be computed, and due to the randomness of what you might obtain, items listed below might not be the best items for you, depending on the items you have available. Especially Mythic+ items listed might be nearly impossible to obtain from The Great Vault due to the vast amount of possible items from the Great Vault. Due to this, it is generally more feasible to get them via upgrading with Valor. However, items upgraded with Valor might not be best in slot anymore due to their slightly lower item level. All of this is to say, it is much more reliable to sim yourself using Raidbots Top Gear instead of trying to follow a predetermined best in slot list.
- 30 Jul. 2022: Updated gear recommendations and bis list based on Fated raids and season 4 M+ cycle.
- 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.
- 13 Jul. 2021: Removed PTR disclaimer.
- 28 Jun. 2021: Updated domination socket suggestions based on last minute PTR changes.
- 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
- 13 Jun. 2021: Updated BiS for new Kyrian build.
- 09 Mar. 2021: Updated for 9.0.5 by adding Valor upgrade suggestions.
- 02 Mar. 2021: Updated BiS list for Empyreal Ordnance and added description on how to use Empyreal Ordnance.
- 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands launch. Updated BiS list for season 1 of Shadowlands, added Legendaries, Conduits and early Shadowlands gearing sections. Removed mentions of BfA mechanics like Azerite and Essences.
- 21 Oct. 2020: Updated Best in Slot for newly-found strong items.
- 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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