Arcane Mage DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2
On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Arcane Mage in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.
1. Patch 8.2 Outdoor Gearing for Raid
Nazjatar has a new currency called Prismatic Manapearl. This currency can be used to purchase potentially powerful Benthic gear. This gear starts at 385 and can be upgraded to 425 using these pearls, and may also roll sockets and tertiary stats when first opened up. Benthic gear has effects that are only active inside Nazjatar and The Eternal Palace. Notable pieces include the following.
- Benthic Girdle — Vim's Scalecrusher Belt provides a damage proc.
- Benthic Bracers — Most pieces have some form of damage proc, but the best of the bunch is Waveblade Farseer's Bindings.
- Benthic Treads — Akana's Reefstrider Soles is a flat 3% Critical Strike damage. Although not as good as for the other specs, Arcane can still benefit a lot from these boots.
- Benthic Gloves — Poen's Deepsea Gloves are the best of the proc effects on the glove token.
2. Patch 8.2 Operation: Mechagon gearing for Raid
Operation: Mechagon has a couple of interesting items for an Arcane Mage.
- Logic Loop of Division is the best of the "if" rings from Mechagon.
- Shorting Bit Band or Overclocking Bit Band should be used alongside the Logic Loop of Division. They are both very close in strength, so pick the one which you have higher item level, or with a socket.
3. Azerite Gear for Arcane Mage
Some of the key Azerite Traits to look for on your gear are Equipoise or Galvanizing Spark for single-target and Arcane Pressure or Explosive Echo for AoE. Azerite gear can drop from loads of content, like World Quests, Dungeons, Warfronts, PvP, reputations, etc., so you should try to do all possible content. Below, we have listed some good items to look for, based on how to obtain them and the Azerite Traits they have on them.
- Head: Incubator's Bellcap — Orgozoa, The Eternal Palace
- Shoulders: Fathom-Feeder's Mantle — Blackwater Behemoth, The Eternal Palace
- Chest: Siren Mystic's Vestments — Abyssal Commander Sivara, The Eternal Palace
4. Evaluating Upgrades
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.
5. Trinket Notes for Arcane Mage
Due to the prevalence of high item level trinkets and Titanforged rewarded from Dungeons, World Quests, etc, 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 Rune of Power and Arcane Power. A key trinket that is very easy to get, and extremely powerful, is Highborne Compendium of Storms. This trinket can simply be bought on the auction house for a couple thousand gold, and is among the best trinkets in the game.
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.
- 16 Jul. 2019: Updated and clarified Azerite gear section.
- 14 Jul. 2019: Added Mechagon items.
- 13 Jul. 2019: Changed benthic belt to a belt which works on every boss.
- 11 Jul. 2019: Updated Azerite suggestions and added gear from The Eternal Palace.
- 09 Jul. 2019: Added Benthic gear info.
- 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
- 15 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
- 17 Mar. 2019: Updated the Azerite BiS pieces.
- 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
- 19 Aug. 2018: Updated for hotfixed traits.
- 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
- 19 Jul. 2018: Updated trinket list for latest hotfixes and findings.
- 19 Jul. 2018: Updated legendaries and Best in Slot for nerfed Archmage.
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