Frost Mage Shadowlands Leveling Guide From 1 to 60

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Kuni 6 comments

On this page, you will find our Level by Level Frost Mage leveling guide for Shadowlands Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. For more general leveling information, please refer to our Mage leveling guide.


Gear Options

When leveling up, you should always choose the piece of loot with the highest item level.


Level by Level Rotation and Talents

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Level: 1

Talents to Level Up with as a Frost Mage

Your first talent row unlocks at Level 15.

Your talent set up should be as such:


Rotation to Level Up as a Frost Mage

Starting at Level 1, you only have one main attack ability: Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt.

  1. Cast Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast on cooldown.
  2. Use your Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins cooldown when possible for more damage.
  3. Cast Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb, preferably into multiple mobs.
  4. Cast Flurry Icon Flurry only when you have Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze.
  5. Cast Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance any time the target is frozen, such as after a Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova if the mob gets too close.
  6. Cast Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance to spend your Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost charges.
  7. Cast Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance to spend your Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost charges, or directly after casting a Flurry Icon Flurry empowered by Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze.
  8. Cast Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt.

Summary of Unlocked Abilities for Frost Mage

You unlock your first ability of interest at Level 3.

  • At Level 10 Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance is an instant cast that gains significant damage against frozen targets. It should only be cast against said frozen targets, or if you have nothing else to cast but have to move.
  • Also at level 10, Mastery: Icicles Icon Mastery: Icicles. This will generate an Icicle above your head when you cast certain spells. This can be ignored as it is entirely passive.
  • At Level 11, you unlock Ice Barrier Icon Ice Barrier. It provides a shield that will hold 22% of your max Health for a minute, on a 25-second cooldown.
  • At Level 12, you unlock Summon Water Elemental Icon Summon Water Elemental, which allows you to summon your Water Elemental pet. It will fire Waterbolt Icon Waterbolt at whatever you are attacking, allowing you to get a bit more damage if you have to kite.
  • At Level 13, you unlock Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost, your first proc. Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt will now generate Fingers of Frost, which empowers your Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance, granting the triple damage bonus and benefit from Shatter Icon Shatter.
  • At Level 14, you unlock Blizzard Icon Blizzard. It is your primary AoE damage spell, and should be cast when you are fighting multiple enemies.
  • At Level 17, you unlock Shatter Icon Shatter. It causes any spell that hits a target considered frozen to gain increased Critical Strike chance.
  • At Level 18, you unlock Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold, a powerful close-range AoE slow.
  • At Level 19, you unlock Flurry Icon Flurry. It is a powerful damage spell with a 3-second cast time. It has a 50% slow attached to it, but the duration is not long enough to cover casting it again.
  • At Level 23, you unlock Freeze Icon Freeze, granting your Water Elemental the ability to cast a ranged, damageless Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova at the target location.
  • At Level 27, you gain the second rank of Shatter Icon Shatter, adding an extra 25% chance to Critically Strike against frozen targets.
  • At Level 29, you unlock Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins, your 3-minute DPS cooldown. It increases your Haste by 30% for 20 seconds, and damage taken will not push back your cast timer.
  • At Level 32, you unlock Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze. It is your second proc, allowing Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt to make your next Flurry Icon Flurry instant cast and deal extra damage.
  • At Level 33, you gain a second rank to Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance, increasing its damage by 10%.
  • At Level 37, you gain the second rank of Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze, which makes the instant Flurry Icon Flurry apply Winter's Chill to the target, letting any spells impacting while afflicted benefit from frozen status.
  • At Level 38, you unlock Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb. This is a 1-minute cooldown that deals a fair bit of damage in single target, and an absolute ton in AoE. The initial impact will generate one Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost, and each tick every half-second has a 10% chance for another.
  • At Level 41, you gain a second rank to Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt, increasing its damage by 15%.
  • At Level 42, you unlock Cold Snap Icon Cold Snap. This is a 5-minute cooldown that resets a handful of defensive and utility abilities, but is mostly utilized to reset Ice Block Icon Ice Block so you may immune something twice in quick succession.
  • At Level 43, you gain a second rank to Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold, increasing its slowing effect by by 20%.
  • At Level 46, you gain a second rank to Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova, increasing its freeze duration by 2 seconds.
  • At Level 47, you gain a second rank to Blizzard Icon Blizzard, allowing each tick on each mob to reduce the cooldown of Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb by 0.5 seconds, making Frozen Orb and Blizzard a very powerful AoE combo.
  • At Level 52, you gain a third rank to Blizzard Icon Blizzard, increasing its damage by 15%.
  • At Level 54, you gain a second rank to Cold Snap Icon Cold Snap, reducing its cooldown by 30 seconds.
  • At Level 56, you gain a second rank to Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins, increasing its duration by 3 seconds.
  • At Level 58, you gain Alter Time Icon Alter Time. This is a very powerful cooldown that will let you take as much damage as you can without dying, and return that health when pressed a second time. It will also return you to the location it was activated at, making it a potential positional tool.

Frost Mage War Mode Talents for Leveling

In this section we will rank the PvP talents best for leveling and doing solo / small group PvE content.

  1. Concentrated Coolness Icon Concentrated Coolness increases Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb's damage by 10%, and allows it to be placed on the cursor. This allows you to place it in such a way it will tick on all mobs you are fighting, and significantly increases your AoE output.
  2. Burst of Cold Icon Burst of Cold causes your Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova to increase your next Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold's damage by 400%. Another significant AoE output increase, at the cost of playing fairly close to mobs you can likely lock down with slows from a distance.
  3. Deep Shatter Icon Deep Shatter makes your Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt hit significantly harder against frozen targets.
  4. Frostbite Icon Frostbite is a useful kiting option, causing every chill effect potentially freeze the target in place, allowing for a Shatter Icon Shatter off of it.
  5. Ice Form Icon Ice Form changes your Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins into a 1-minute cooldown that only improves your Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt damage. If specced into Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power, this will significantly increase Rune of Power's uptime.

Chilled to the Bone Icon Chilled to the Bone, Dampened Magic Icon Dampened Magic, Kleptomania Icon Kleptomania, Netherwind Armor Icon Netherwind Armor, and Prismatic Cloak Icon Prismatic Cloak have limited use in PvE content in terms of increasing your damage in the open world, but they can be situationally useful if you wish for defensive bonuses.



Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you have hit Level 60 we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 28 Dec. 2020: Fixed the level at which Brain Freeze is used in rotation, and fixed the level at which Ice Barrier is learned, now 11.
  • 09 Nov. 2020: Ice Barrier level was hotfix changed to level 21.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Guide added.
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