Arcane Mage DPS Gems, Enchants, and Consumables — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Dutchmagoz 52 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 10.2.7.

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

Arcane's stats fluctuate greatly, and the best gems depend a lot on your current gear. You should always sim for your own best gems, however, below we have a rough guideline that works for most gear sets.

Generally, running Inscribed Illimited Diamond Icon Inscribed Illimited Diamond in one socket, and Sensei's Alexstraszite Icon Sensei's Alexstraszite in all other sockets is a pretty safe strategy.


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
Head Incandescent Essence Icon Incandescent Essence

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.

Iced Phial of Corrupting Rage Icon Iced Phial of Corrupting Rage is the best theoretical DPS Phial. However, it comes with a pretty significant downside. Every 400% of your health taken in damage causes you to take significant damage damage over time. If you feel very safe in the content you are doing, this Phial is worth using it.

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

Sizzling Seafood Medley Icon Sizzling Seafood Medley is the best food option.


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.

Through the Patch 10.2 Emerald Dream Zone and its Dream Wardens Faction, you can also obtain the Dreambound Augment Rune Icon Dreambound Augment Rune, which is permanent!


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.



  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Added new head enchant (Incandescent Essence) and updated Phial suggestions
  • 19 Mar. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.6. and added explanation for best gems.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.5.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Removed references to Onyx Annulet and Primordial gems as they are no longer relevant for 10.2.
  • 01 Oct. 2023: Updated food buff suggestion.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Updated Onyx Annulet section for the 10.1.5 nerf and reviewed the rest for the Arcane rework in 10.1.5
  • 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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