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Frost Mage DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Mar 05, 2018 at 11:55 by Furty 312 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Frost Mages. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5.

The other pages of our Frost Mage guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Future. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Kuni, one of the best Frost Mages in the world, who raids in Midnight Sanctuary.

1. Artifact Progression for Frost Mage — First 35 Points

Artifact Progression

1.1. Early Point Investment

After acquiring the starting point,  Icon Shattering Bolts, take a small foray into the left path and acquire  Icon Let It Go, an essential basic trait. Backtrack through  Icon The Storm Rages and get  Icon Chain Reaction, another power point. Move up into  Icon Jouster, which offers some nice damage reduction, and grab your first Golden Trait.  Icon It's Cold Outside offers a nice passive damage boost, making it a good place to start.

1.2. Second Golden Trait

Continue upwards into  Icon Frozen Veins, an overall potent trait which further enhances the value of crit.  Icon Clarity of Thought is next, offering additional chances to cast Flurry Icon Flurry. Take a detour to the right and put a point into  Icon Icy Hand, an amazing power point which allows for up to 3 charges of Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost. Continue upward into  Icon Ice Age for some free damage and acquire your second Golden Trait,  Icon Chilled to the Core, which is exceptional for burst.

1.3. Final Point Investment

Go down into  Icon Icy Caress for some free filler damage. Return to the beginning of the tree, following up the left path, and grab the  Icon Ice Nine passive.  Icon Shield of Alodi makes for some great defensive utility before snagging your final Golden Trait,  Icon Black Ice, which is even more passive damage. Your final trait will be the extra critical damage from Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb via  Icon Orbital Strike.

2. Patch 7.2: 35+ Trait Path for Frost Mage

Artifact Progression Above Level 35

Patch 7.2 has replaced the 35-54 Paragon system with several additional new traits becoming available upon acquisition of the 35th point. All of the previous Relic traits will also unlock a 4th rank, along with a new Paragon system becoming available after all traits have been filled (via Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall) which all additional Artifact Power will be spent on.

Detailed below is our suggested maxing order after 35 traits:

  1. Frigidity of the Tirisgarde Icon Frigidity of the Tirisgarde
  2. Obsidian Lance Icon Obsidian Lance
  3. Freezing Rain Icon Freezing Rain
  4. Glacial Eruption Icon Glacial Eruption
  5. Fourth rank of  Icon Frozen Veins
  6. Fourth rank of  Icon Let It Go
  7. Fourth rank of  Icon Ice Age
  8. Fourth rank of  Icon Clarity of Thought
  9. Fourth rank of  Icon Icy Caress
  10. Fourth rank of  Icon The Storm Rages
  11. Fourth rank of  Icon Orbital Strike
  12. Fourth rank of  Icon Jouster
  13. Fourth rank of  Icon Shield of Alodi
  14. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall

3. Relic Priority for Frost Mage

  1. +4 Weapon Item Level
  2.  Icon Clarity of Thought (with T21 4-piece bonus)
  3.  Icon Let It Go
  4. +3 Weapon Item Level
  5.  Icon Ice Age
  6. Obsidian Lance Icon Obsidian Lance
  7. +2 Weapon Item Level
  8.  Icon Icy Caress
  9.  Icon Frozen Veins
  10. +1 Weapon Item Level
  11.  Icon Clarity of Thought

Players with the Tier 21 4-piece bonus should aim to secure 3  Icon Clarity of Thought relics, if at all possible. The other listed traits all fall within very small margins of each other, and item level should be considered before the traits themselves.

4. ChangeLog

  • 05 Mar. 2018: Updated relic priority, added weapon item levels.
  • 25 Nov. 2017: Updated relic priority.
  • 06 Jul. 2017: Updated relic priority.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Updated for Patch 7.2.
  • 13 Feb. 2017: Updated Relic priority.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated description of It's Cold Outside.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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