Arcane Mage DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2.5

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

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.

1.

Gearing a 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.

2.

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.

2.1.

General Simulations

While we heavily recommend simming yourself, you can find some of our general simulations on the dedicated page below.

3.

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.

4.

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:

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.

4.1.

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 Icon 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.

5.

Legendaries for Arcane Mage

If you are a Kyrian Mage, Arcane Harmony Icon Arcane Harmony (on Gloves) is the best Legendary for all situations. You should craft it with a Missive of Critical Strike Icon Missive of Critical Strike and a Missive of Mastery Icon 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, after 5 weeks of 9.2, you can get Unity Icon Unity to get your Covenant specific Legendary alongside the Legendary above.

As Venthyr, Siphon Storm Icon Siphon Storm is the best Legendary for single-target, however, this is only slightly behind Temporal Warp Icon 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 Icon Arcane Bombardment is best.

Otherwise, generally speaking, both Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp (Ring) and Arcane Bombardment Icon Arcane Bombardment (Boots) are needed for Raiding and Mythic+. These should be crafted with a Missive of Critical Strike Icon Missive of Critical Strike and a Missive of Mastery Icon Missive of Mastery.

Which one you craft first depends on the type of damage you find more important, and your Time Warp Icon Time Warp usages in raids and dungeons. In general, Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp should be crafted first for single-target and Arcane Bombardment Icon Arcane Bombardment for cleave and AoE.

After crafting and upgrading either Arcane Harmony Icon Arcane Harmony (if Kyrian) or both Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp and Arcane Bombardment Icon Arcane Bombardment, we suggest crafting for more utility or niche Legendaries, like the ones below:

  • Grisly Icicle Icon Grisly Icicle (Head) - Amazing for soloing Torghast and solo content in general.
  • Triune Ward Icon 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.

6.

Conduits for Arcane Mage

6.1.

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. Ire of the Ascended Icon Ire of the Ascended (Kyrian-only)
  4. Discipline of the Grove Icon Discipline of the Grove (Night Fae-only)
  5. Arcane Prodigy Icon Arcane Prodigy (when not Night Fae)
  6. Siphoned Malice Icon Siphoned Malice (Venthyr-only)
  7. Nether Precision Icon Nether Precision
6.2.

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. Ire of the Ascended Icon Ire of the Ascended (Kyrian-only)
  4. Discipline of the Grove Icon Discipline of the Grove (Night Fae-only)
  5. Siphoned Malice Icon Siphoned Malice (Venthyr-only) / Gift of the Lich Icon Gift of the Lich (Necrolord-only)

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

7.

Domination Sockets for Arcane Mages

Shards of Domination will not work in any content that is relevant for 9.2 raiding or Mythic+.

Domination Sockets are a type of socket introduced in Patch 9.1. These sockets appear on specific items dropped from bosses in Sanctum of Domination, with each armor type having a maximum of 5 slots available. You can find more general information regarding Domination Sockets on our general guide, linked below.

8.

Upgrading Gear with Valor Points

Patch 9.0.5 reintroduced the Valor currency. For more information on where to get Valor from, how it works, weekly caps and more, see our Valor page.

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.

  1. Soulletting Ruby Icon Soulletting Ruby: This is the strongest trinket for Arcane Mages. We strongly suggest upgrading this first.
9.

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 Icon Touch of the Magi, Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power and Arcane Power Icon 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.

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10.

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 very important to realise that due to the randomness of what tier set pieces you obtain, the ability to craft Legendaries in specific slots, and the vast amount of items available in The Great Vault from Mythic+, that a best-in-slot list is purely theoretical, and items listed below might not be the best items for you, depending on the items you have available. As always, to determine your own gear, use Raidbots Top Gear.

Slot Item Source
Helm Erudite Occultist's Hood Icon Erudite Occultist's Hood Anduin Wrynn in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Neck Worldkiller Iris Icon Worldkiller Iris The Jailer in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Shoulder Erudite Occultist's Mantle Icon Erudite Occultist's Mantle Lords of Dread in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Cloak Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Icon Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Lords of Dread in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Chest Erudite Occultist's Robes Icon Erudite Occultist's Robes Rygelon in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Wrists Cuffs of the Covert Commander Icon Cuffs of the Covert Commander Lords of Dread in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Gloves Grim-Veiled Mittens Icon Grim-Veiled Mittens with Arcane Harmony Icon Arcane Harmony and Missive of Critical Strike Icon Missive of Critical Strike and Missive of Mastery Icon Missive of Mastery Crafted Legendary
Belt Cord of Unity 9.2 Campaign
Legs Erudite Occultist's Leggings Icon Erudite Occultist's Leggings Halondrus the Reclaimer in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Boots Boots of Ceaseless Conflict Icon Boots of Ceaseless Conflict Prototype Pantheon in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Ring #1 Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Icon Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Rygelon in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Ring #2 Modified Defense Grid Icon Modified Defense Grid Vigilant Guardian in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Main-hand + Off-hand Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos Icon Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos + Forbidden Truth Icon Forbidden Truth Rygelon + The Jailer in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Trinket 1 Elegy of the Eternals Icon Elegy of the Eternals Prototype Pantheon in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Trinket 2 Soulletting Ruby Icon Soulletting Ruby The Great Vault or upgrading via Valor. (original source: Kul'tharok in Theater of Pain)
11.

Changelog

  • 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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