Arcane Mage DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jul 13, 2021 at 13:14 by Dutchmagoz 44 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 9.1.

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.

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

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.

5.

Conduits for Arcane Mage

5.1.

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
5.2.

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.

6.

Domination Sockets for Arcane Mages

Domination Sockets are a new 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.

For Arcane Mages, the following slots are available for Domination Sockets:

  • Helm
  • Shoulders
  • Chest
  • Bracers
  • Belt

As an Arcane Mage, you will want the following 5 Domination Shards:

This gives you all 3 damage Shards, and the Unholy 3-piece bonus.

7.

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.
  2. >Any weapon if you have a weapon below 220 item level: Although the BiS weapon comes from raid content, a weapon is generally going to be the biggest short-term upgrade. Use the droptimizer link above to find which weapon works best for your character.
8.

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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For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com
9.

Best in Slot Gear for Raiding

Keep in mind the below gear is just an example of strong set of end-game gear. Depending on your current gear, the items below might not be the best items to equip for each slot. As always, to determine your own gear, use Raidbots Top Gear.

Slot Item Source
Helm Veil of the Banshee Queen Icon Veil of the Banshee Queen Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination
Neck Interplanar Keystone Icon Interplanar Keystone Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Shoulder Frame of the False Margrave Icon Frame of the False Margrave Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Cloak Cloak of Scarred Honor Icon Cloak of Scarred Honor Soulrender Dormazain in Sanctum of Domination
Chest Diviner's Draped Finery Icon Diviner's Draped Finery Fatescribe Roh-Kalo in Sanctum of Domination
Wrists Desecrator's Keening Wristwraps Icon Desecrator's Keening Wristwraps Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination
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 Sash of Duplicitous Magics Icon Sash of Duplicitous Magics Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Legs Leggings of the Screaming Flames Icon Leggings of the Screaming Flames Painsmith Raznal in Sanctum of Domination
Boots Sandals of Sacred Symmetry Icon Sandals of Sacred Symmetry Guardian of the First Ones in Sanctum of Domination
Ring #1 Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Icon Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination
Ring #2 Oscillating Ouroboros Icon Oscillating Ouroboros Fatescribe Roh-Kalo in Sanctum of Domination
Main-hand + Off-hand Maledict Opus Icon Maledict Opus Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Trinket 1 Forbidden Necromantic Tome Icon Forbidden Necromantic Tome Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Trinket 2 Soulletting Ruby Icon Soulletting Ruby The Great Vault or upgrading via Valor. (original source: Kul'tharok in Theater of Pain)
10.

Changelog

  • 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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