Frost Mage Best Legendaries in Shadowlands — Shadowlands 9.1.5

Last updated on Nov 01, 2021 at 14:40 by Kuni 85 comments
General Information

Legendary Powers are targetable, unique effects that you can imbue certain base items with through the Runecarving system. In Shadowlands, these enable you to customize your Frost Mage, drastically improving your performance, and are arguably the most important aspect of your gear.

The purpose of this page is to help you pick the right legendary powers (and item slots for them) for your character, depending on the content you are interested in.

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Introduction: Legendaries in Shadowlands

By doing Torghast, you will obtain Soul Ash Icon Soul Ash, which can be combined with crafted base items and Runecarving to produce a legendary item of your choosing. Due to the time-gated nature of Soul Ash, and the limit of one equipped legendary, you should know which to craft for your chosen content. For more information about the systems involved, please refer to the Runecarving and Legendary Powers pages:

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Best Legendaries for Frost Mage

Focus Legendary Slots Source
Single Target Slick Ice Icon Slick Ice Waist or Legs Torghast, Mort'regar, layer 3 or higher
Multi-target Glacial Fragments Icon Glacial Fragments Legs or Back Torghast, Coldheart Interstitia, layer 3 or higher.
Cleave, Burst, or Funnel Damage Freezing Winds Icon Freezing Winds Head or Hands Sire Denathrius
Solo Grisly Icicle Icon Grisly Icicle Shoulder, Head, or Neck Honor PvP Vendor

The reason this table is split like this, and not by Raiding and Mythic+, is that Glacial Fragments Icon Glacial Fragments is so ridiculously good on any form of multi-target, while basically being as though you are not even wearing a legendary while on single target. Likewise, Slick Ice Icon Slick Ice is entirely useless on multi-target. Your decisions will be related to what type of content you are doing, and in the case of M+, what type of damage your group needs more of.

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Best Single Target Legendaries for Frost Mage

Slick Ice Icon Slick Ice is the best raw single target legendary. Contrary to the tooltip, this increases Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt's damage by 3% per stack, and has a hidden effect of reducing Frostbolt's global cooldown by the same amount of cast speed increase. This allows for it to not hit the GCD hard cap while under other effects, such as Time Warp Icon Time Warp.

While Slick Ice Icon Slick Ice is the best in pure single target, very few fights are purely single target. It may be advisable to instead craft Freezing Winds Icon Freezing Winds, which is a fair drop on single target, for a sizable 2-target gain. Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp is another option, although it skews more towards single target performance than cleave.

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Best Multi-Target Legendaries for Frost Mage

Glacial Fragments Icon Glacial Fragments is the best on any form of multi-target, at the cost of being functionally useless on single target. This AoE burst cannot Shatter, and Splitting Ice Icon Splitting Ice will trigger it off both targets.

Like single target, Freezing Winds Icon Freezing Winds is not a terrible option for multi-target. However, Glacial Fragments Icon Glacial Fragments will pull drastically ahead as you add targets. Your decision between them all is a matter of trade-offs, and personal decisions as to what sort of content you wish to be proficient at quickest.

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Best Torghast Legendaries for Frost Mage

Any of the above will be suitable for Torghast if you are only able to craft one legendary. However, Grisly Icicle Icon Grisly Icicle is very likely one of the best due to the fact that it grants you unbreakable Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova for 10 full seconds of Shatter Icon Shatter on entire packs of mobs. This can be broken by party members, so is best used while solo only. It can mean that with Ice Ward Icon Ice Ward or Tundrid Phial Icon Tundrid Phial, you can hold down an absurd amount of mobs for an extremely long time, or even indefinitely should you have enough stacks of Tundrid Phial, however.

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What Slot Should Legendaries by Crafted For?

In Season 2, Domination Shards limit the slots you can practically craft legendary pieces in. While in Season 1, it was preferred to aim for highest stat budget slots, such as helmets, Domination Shards are always in helmets, shoulders, chests, bracers, and belts. You should avoid crafitng a legendary in that slot, and should replace it if you did for Season 1.

To that end, the Season 2 legendary slot priority is thus:

  1. Legs
  2. Gloves, Boots
  3. Cloak
  4. Neck, Rings
7.

New Legendaries in Patch 9.1 for Frost Mage

Patch 9.1 brings Covenant-specific legendaries. Sadly, it would appear that these are completely useless. They all fall behind the current three suggested legendaries for their given niches. Avoid crafting them if you value your Soul Ash Icon Soul Ash.

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Changelog

  • 01 Nov. 2021: Glacial Fragments is no longer target capped.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 03 Dec. 2020: Grisly Ice has been hotfixed to break on other people's damage.
  • 21 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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