Arcane Mage DPS Gear and Best in Slot in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 19, 2018 at 07:07 by Dutchmagoz 61 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Arcane Mages. It lists your best items, with an emphasis on trinkets, and gives you gearing advice.

The other pages of our Arcane Mage guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Dutchmagoz. Dutchmagoz is a Mythic raider in UnknownError, owner of the Mage theorycrafting website Altered Time, and an admin of the Mage Discord server, Halls of the Guardian.

1. Azerite Gear for Arcane Mage

Because the Azerite Traits scale in strength with the item level of the item equipped, and with the possibility of Titanforging items, an exact list of best items is impossible to make. Some of the key Azerite Traits to look for on your gear are Galvanizing Spark Icon Galvanizing Spark for single-target and Arcane Pressure Icon Arcane Pressure 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. The listed items are all pre-raid, as in, before the first raid opens. After that, most of your gear will come from the first raid (Uldir) and Mythic+.

2. 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.

3. 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 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.

For the complete simulation results, check out

4. Changelog

  • 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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