Arcane Mage DPS Gems, Enchants, and Consumables — Dragonflight 10.1

Last updated on May 01, 2023 at 21:40 by Dutchmagoz 50 comments
General Information

On this page, we list the best gems, enchants, flasks, potions, and food you can get for your Arcane Mage, based on your stat priority. We also give budget alternatives. This page is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.1.

If you were looking for WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Arcane Mage gems and enchants.


Item Quality Ranks


Profession Consumable Ranks

As part of Dragonflight's overhaul of Professions, many crafted items and consumables may have multiple ranks of quality that impact their effects. For consumables, there are potentially three ranks of an item that may be used, with Rank 3 items (shown as item level 415 in-game and with three gold stars) providing the most powerful bonuses. However, higher quality consumables will generally be more expensive and not always necessary depending on the content you are doing. You should be willing to use whatever rank of an item is most within your budget, and save higher-quality consumables for content where you will really need the extra boost!

If you would like to learn more about quality ranks on profession items, or the overhaul to professions as a whole, please see our overview below.

We suggest you always take the highest rank available to you.


Enchants, Gems and Consumables for Arcane Mage

This section specifically covers the optimal gems, enchants, food, and flasks to use for your character. To get a more detailed rundown of the different stats for Arcane Mage, please visit our dedicated Stats page.


Best Gems for Arcane Mage

You should use Inscribed Illimited Diamond Icon Inscribed Illimited Diamond in one socket, and Sensei's Alexstraszite Icon Sensei's Alexstraszite in all other sockets, unless a different secondary gem sims better. You should always run a gem with high critical strike and a lower other secondary stat.


Best Enchants for Arcane Mage

Slot Enchantment
Weapon Enchant Weapon - Sophic Devotion Icon Enchant Weapon - Sophic Devotion
Chest Enchant Chest - Waking Stats Icon Enchant Chest - Waking Stats
Rings Enchant Ring - Devotion of Critical Strike Icon Enchant Ring - Devotion of Critical Strike
Boots Enchant Boots - Watcher's Loam Icon Enchant Boots - Watcher's Loam
Legs Temporal Spellthread Icon Temporal Spellthread (maximum DPS) or Frozen Spellthread Icon Frozen Spellthread (tiny DPS loss but better survivability)
Cloak Personal preference
Bracers Personal preference

Consumables for Arcane Mage


Best Phials and Potions for Arcane

We suggest Phial of Tepid Versatility Icon Phial of Tepid Versatility as your go-to Phial. There are some other Phials you could consider in some specific content, but they generally come with significant drawbacks, or are too difficult to maintain properly and you end up being worse off than going with Tepid Versatility. Below we list the alternative Phials that can be used if you are very comfortable their drawbacks can be avoided.

Phial of Static Empowerment Icon Phial of Static Empowerment is the best theoretical Phial. However, it requires you to stand still a significant amount of time. If the content you are doing allows you to stand still most of the time, you should use this Phial. Otherwise, Phial of Charged Isolation Icon Phial of Charged Isolation can be used when you are able to stay away from all allies almost the entire time.

Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power Icon Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power is the best potion to use. Elemental Potion of Power Icon Elemental Potion of Power can be used as a cheaper alternative.

Refreshing Healing Potion Icon Refreshing Healing Potion or Potion of Withering Vitality Icon Potion of Withering Vitality should be used alongside Healthstone Icon Healthstones for emergency healing. Potion of Withering Vitality heals for about twice as much as Refreshing Healing Potion, but you will also get a damage over time effect equal to the healing amount. Using Alter Time Icon Alter Time right after getting the heal is a great way to counteract this negative effect, but generally speaking the safer choice is to go with Refreshing Healing Potion.


Best Food for Arcane

Revenge, Served Cold Icon Revenge, Served Cold is the best food option, followed by Filet of Fangs Icon Filet of Fangs, and then the Grand Banquet of the Kalu'ak Icon Grand Banquet of the Kalu'ak. The difference is about 1% between them, but the personal food is best. The feast simply giving half the stats of the personal food is why it is the worst of the bunch.


Best weapon Imbuement

We suggest using the Buzzing Rune Icon Buzzing Rune weapon Imbuement. If a different stat sims the best for you, use that Rune instead.


Augment Runes for Arcane

In addition, if you can afford it, you should use Draconic Augment Rune Icon Draconic Augment Runes to increase your primary stat. Since there is a finite amount of the consumable runes available, you should make sure to use them wisely and to stock up on them for when you need them.


Swapping Talents in Dragonflight

As of patch 10.0, you no longer need to use any item to change your talents. You can freely change your talents any time you are out of combat.


Primordial Stone Gems

Primordial Stone Gems are a new type of gem added in Patch 10.0.7 that can only be put into Primordial Sockets, which only exist on the new Onyx Annulet Icon Onyx Annulet ring.

For more information regarding the Onyx Annulet, the Primordial Gemstones, and how to obtain them, check out our dedicated guide for it below.

The Onyx Annulet ring does not have secondary stats, which makes it a unique ring that is quite weak unless specific combinations of stones are used. As always, sim your own character to figure out if the ring is an upgrade for the type of content you plan to do.


Best Single Target Primordial Stone Gems for Arcane Mage

  1. Desirous Blood Stone Icon Desirous Blood Stone
  2. Prophetic Twilight Stone Icon Prophetic Twilight Stone
  3. Freezing Ice Stone Icon Freezing Ice Stone

Best AoE Primordial Stone Gems for Arcane Mage

  1. Storm Infused Stone Icon Storm Infused Stone
  2. Desirous Blood Stone Icon Desirous Blood Stone + Prophetic Twilight Stone Icon Prophetic Twilight Stone or Pestilent Plague Stone Icon Pestilent Plague Stone + Obscure Pastel Stone Icon Obscure Pastel Stone

For Aoe, you should always run Storm Infused Stone Icon Storm Infused Stone, and then either Desirous Blood Stone Icon Desirous Blood Stone + Prophetic Twilight Stone Icon Prophetic Twilight Stone or Pestilent Plague Stone Icon Pestilent Plague Stone + Obscure Pastel Stone Icon Obscure Pastel Stone. Generally, I suggest Desirous Blood Stone + Prophetic Twilight Stone, as although it is (~0.1% dps) worse than the other combination on pure Aoe, it is significantly better (3%+) damage to priority targets and single target damage.



  • 01 May 2023: Moved Primordial Stone information and updated advice based on 10.1 changes.
  • 25 Mar. 2023: Updated Primordial Stone Gem suggestions based on hotfixes.
  • 22 Mar. 2023: Update Primordial Stone Gem suggestions due to Desirious Blood Stone combinations being very strong.
  • 21 Mar. 2023: Updated Primordial Stone gem suggestions based based on Obscure Pastel Stone being Arcane instead of Shadow on live servers.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Added Primordial Stone gem suggestions and reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 12 Jan. 2022: Added spellthreads advice.
  • 14 Dec. 2022: Added weapon imbuement advice.
  • 13 Dec. 2022: Updated phial advice.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Updated gems advice based on better simulations.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Updated phial advice.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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