Frost Mage Essences — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5

Last updated on Jul 21, 2019 at 01:00 by Kuni 129 comments
General Information

On this page, we go over the new Essence system in Patch 8.2 of World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth, and we tell you which are the best essences to use as Frost Mage, both for minor and major powers. Please refer to our Patch 8.2 Guide to Essences for more information about the Essence system and where Essences can be obtained from.


Azerite Essences for Frost Mages

Introduced in Patch 8.2, Essences are unique items that drop from various forms of content. They are activated through your Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, and they buff your character in various ways, depending on the Essences that are currently active.

Our Essence Guide has a full list of all the Essences, together with their descriptions and explanations on how they work.

What follows on this page will relate directly to how Essences affect this spec, since generic information is beyond the scope of this guide.

Disclaimer: Please note that at the moment, simulations and general theorycrafting around Essences is a work in progress, and as a result, most of the recommendations made here are subject to change.


Essence Choices for Frost Mage

Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force is by far the best Major trait and you should be using this at Rank 3 as soon as possible. There is not really any room to argue this, as it has a good 50% lead on the next Major trait. Even in AoE, this trait is still in the top rankings.

Minor traits can be pretty flexible, although without PVPing to get Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife, you are basically locked into some combination of The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame, Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams, and Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris. See below for all minor combinations with each Major selection.

Due to the above the best options are Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force Major, with Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams as Minor. When your second Minor opens up, add Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris, as seen below in the simulations.

Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance deserves special mention. The Major version is nigh-useless. Yet, with even just a few members of your raid using it as a Minor trait, there is an incredibly high uptime on all four Lifeblood Shards. At five stacked members of your raid, it surpasses most other Minor options, and it only gets better with more members providing more coverage area for fights where you do not want to be stacked.


Essence Simulations and Notes

The simulations in this section are all Minor variants for each given Major. The top 3 will be displayed, though clicking through to the full link will show all combinations available.

It should be noted that this is using the base T24 simulation profile, which is no-Ice Lance and using all Rank 3 Essences. These will not be accurate for all characters and should only be used as a guideline. Using a Rank 1 or Rank 2 Essence will, sometimes drastically, change the outcome of any given comparison.

Simulate your own character for accurate results.


Condensed Life-Force

This is by far the best Major trait. Unlike the others, it should be used as a top priority, even above Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins. You want the Elemental to put the 5% damage buff and begin stacking the Haste buff on you before your cooldown GCD begins.

Condensed Life-Force/Focusing Iris/Lucid Dreams50598+20.71%
Condensed Life-Force/Lucid Dreams/Conflict and Strife50552+20.6%
Condensed Life-Force/Focusing Iris/Conflict and Strife50487+20.44%
The original results can be found on

Worldvein Resonance

This trait is in a strange spot. While the Major component is vastly out-stripped by most others, the Minor component is actually fairly good if most of your raid is also running it. Having multiple Lifeblood Shards active at all times is great value, easily the best option for Frost, but depends on your teammates being willing to help. Otherwise, it is not worth using.

Worldvein/Lucid Dreams/Conflict and Strife46174+10.18%
Worldvein/Focusing Iris/Lucid Dreams46110+10.03%
Worldvein/Focusing Iris/Conflict and Strife46015+9.8%
The original results can be found on

Essence of the Focusing Iris

A fairly strong AoE Major, although it requires you to be fairly close to your targets. Due to this, it is generally unsuited for raid combat. The Minor, on the other hand, is fantastically powerful in single-target combat, or multi-target as long as you can continue AoEing the primary target.

Focusing Iris/Lucid Dreams/Conflict and Strife48101+14.78%
Focusing Iris/Crucible of Flames/Lucid Dreams47758+13.97%
Focusing Iris/Crucible of Flames/Conflict and Strife47710+13.85%
The original results can be found on

Purification Protocol

Another fairly strong AoE Major, but usable from range. Has a low chance to instantly kill a "specimen deemed unworthy by MOTHER", which can seemingly proc on trash mobs in Mythic+, making it a fairly powerful dungeon running Essence.

Purification Protocol/Lucid Dreams/Conflict and Strife46471+10.81%
Purification Protocol/Focusing Iris/Lucid Dreams46433+10.72%
Purification Protocol/Focusing Iris/Conflict and Strife46289+10.38%
The original results can be found on

The Crucible of Flames

A solid option in both Major and Minor slots and the first Essence you obtain. Try and utilize the double charge as a large burst for vulnerability windows when you do not have, or are not running, Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike or Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb is down.

Crucible of Flames/Lucid Dreams/Conflict and Strife47958+14.48%
Crucible of Flames/Focusing Iris/Lucid Dreams47923+14.4%
Crucible of Flames/Focusing Iris/Conflict and Strife47875+14.28%
The original results can be found on

Ripple in Space

Largely a utility trait, it is not useful for a caster in most combat scenarios, due to forced movement breaking your casts. The Minor power is 25 yards, farther than a single Blink Icon Blink will take you. You also need to move 25 yards away from your original position, so you cannot simply Shimmer Icon Shimmer out and back to trigger it. Best avoided unless you really like the utility more than the potential DPS.

Ripple in Space/Lucid Dreams/Conflict and Strife46181+10.24%
Ripple in Space/Focusing Iris/Lucid Dreams46162+10.19%
Ripple in Space/Focusing Iris/Conflict and Strife46015+9.84%
The original results can be found on

Visions of Perfection

While this can trigger Frigid Grasp Icon Frigid Grasp when Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins activates, Frigid Grasp is not that great of a trait in comparison to Flash Freeze Icon Flash Freeze, and Icy Veins is one of the weakest cooldowns in the game.

Vision of Perfection/Lucid Dreams/Conflict and Strife47529+13.49%
Vision of Perfection/Focusing Iris/Lucid Dreams47497+13.41%
Vision of Perfection/Focusing Iris/Conflict and Strife47308+12.96%
The original results can be found on

Blood of the Enemy

While in melee range, this is another great AoE Major. The Critical Strike chance will only be applied to targets actually in range of the damage component. The Critical Strike damage bonus will be applied to the player instead. While seemingly a ridiculously strong option with how much Frost Critically Strikes, 5 seconds means you are only going to get one Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike into it.

Blood of the Enemy/Lucid Dreams/Conflict and Strife48308+15.29%
Blood of the Enemy/Focusing Iris/Lucid Dreams48275+15.21%
Blood of the Enemy/Focusing Iris/Conflict and Strife48137+14.88%
The original results can be found on

Memory of Lucid Dreams

The extra Mastery: Icicles Icon Mastery: Icicles make this a fairly strong option at first glance, but considering that Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike is only cast with Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze up, this in effect means you need to gain Brain Freeze in 2 casts, rather than 4.

Lucid Dreams/Focusing Iris/Conflict and Strife48596+16.08%
Lucid Dreams/Focusing Iris/Crucible of Flames48232+15.21%
Lucid Dreams/Crucible of Flames/Conflict and Strife48211+15.16%
The original results can be found on

The Unbound Force

A low-average single-target Essence. The Major is out-shined by easier to obtain Essences, and the Minor's duration is not long enough to really matter to Frost in most scenarios outside of AoE.

Unbound Force/Lucid Dreams/Conflict and Strife47095+12.46%
Unbound Force/Focusing Iris/Lucid Dreams47011+12.26%
Unbound Force/Focusing Iris/Conflict and Strife46875+11.94%
The original results can be found on

Conflict and Strife

The Major allows the use of Temporal Shield Icon Temporal Shield, which automatically disqualifies it for almost all PVE scenarios. As a Minor, stacking Versatility is actually rather good, and you can see it ranks highly as a Minor on other trait simulations.

Conflict and Strife/Focusing Iris/Lucid Dreams47462+13.26%
Conflict and Strife/Crucible of Flames/Lucid Dreams47144+12.5%
Conflict and Strife/Condensed Life-Force/Lucid Dreams47065+12.31%
The original results can be found on


  • 20 Jul. 2019: Added a quick note for which Essence is best.
  • 08 Jul. 2019: Updated with simulations and notes on each Essence.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: Added page.
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