Frost Mage Best Legendaries in Shadowlands — Shadowlands 9.2

Last updated on Feb 22, 2022 at 06:07 by Kuni 96 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:

2.

Unity

Unity Icon Unity is unlocked during the 9.2 storyline. This grants you access to your Covenant's legendary power, and is equippable with a normal legendary. Wearing a piece with Unity on it will grant you Sinful Delight Icon Sinful Delight, Heart of the Fae Icon Heart of the Fae, Harmonic Echo Icon Harmonic Echo, or Death's Fathom Icon Death's Fathom depending on what Covenant you currently belong to, and will update as you swap between them. A piece with Unity on it should be equipped at all times.

To wear two legendaries, you must specifically wear Unity Icon Unity, and not the Covenant power legendary.

3.

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.

4.

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.

6.

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?

  • Head, chest, legs are the highest stat budget slots.
  • Shoulders, feet, hands, and waist are also identical, although lower budget items.
  • Cloak and wrists should never be made.
  • Jewelry has a unique stat budget, as it has no primary stat and is hard to slot into this chart.

This would mean that the optimal non-Mythic raider, or Mythic raider who does not have access to Rylegon's loot, should craft Slick Ice Icon Slick Ice on legs, Freezing Winds Icon Freezing Winds on a hat, and Unity Icon Unity on waist, as it should craft with a socket. This assumes you have all 5 Tier pieces to swap between, and should only be seen as a guideline because of that.

Grisly Icicle Icon Grisly Icicle should go on the head as well, if you are using it in solo content.

8.

Changelog

  • 22 Jan. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 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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