Frost Mage DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Apr 03, 2020 at 11:00 by Kuni 135 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Frost Mage in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Mage gear and best in slot.


Best in Slot for Frost Mage

With the advent on Corrupted gear, a best in slot list is all but impossible to compile. Simply put, get as many pieces with Masterful Icon Masterful as possible, along with three Flash Freeze Icon Flash Freeze traits.


Corruptions and Corrupted Items

For more information about the best Corruptions and corrupted items you can get, please refer to our dedicated page.


Azerite Gear for Frost Mage

Since Azerite gear cannot be Corrupted, below are charts of relative strengths for the three Azerite slots. The key Azerite Trait to look for on your gear is Flash Freeze Icon Flash Freeze in most scenarios. Azerite gear can drop from loads of content, like World Quests, Warfronts, PvP, and some of the highest non-raid pieces can be bought using a currency from your weekly Mythic+ chest, so you should try to do all possible content. Below we have listed some good items to look for based on how to obtain them and the Azerite Traits they have on them. The listed items are from all locations, including raids, dungeons, and world quests.

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Adding Sockets to Gear

Patch 8.3 added the Gouged Eye of N'Zoth Icon Gouged Eye of N'Zoth as a reward from Corrupted Mementos Icon Corrupted Mementos, after you have finished the We Have the Technology Icon We Have the Technology achievement. Once finished, you should get a Gouged Eye about once every two weeks, assuming you are doing all of your Horrific Visions with 5 masks active. Your best candidate would be a very powerful Corrupted item, or trinket.

More information about Corrupted Mementos Icon Corrupted Mementos can be found at our Horrific Visions Hub.


Evaluating Upgrades

The easiest way, and also the method we suggest, to compare multiple items is to use Raidbots Top Gear. Here you can input an export from the Simcraft AddOn , select the items to compare, and it will find out which of the items are best.


Trinket Notes for Frost Mage

Due to the prevalence of high item level trinkets from various sources, it is always best to use Raidbots Top Gear to determine what your optimal trinkets are.


Single Target Trinket Simulations

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AoE/Cleave with Prioritized Single Target

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  • 03 Apr. 2020: Added a note on BiS being impossible to compile.
  • 01 Apr. 2020: Split Corruption to its own page.
  • 28 Jan. 2020: Added notes about how Frost can escape Corruption's negative effects.
  • 13 Jan. 2020: Added information about Corrupted effects, as well as the item to add sockets.
  • 12 Jul. 2019: Added a Benthic belt option.
  • 11 Jul. 2019: Punchcards did indeed get nerfed, removed warning about that.
  • 08 Jul. 2019: Added Benthic and Mechagon gear due to relevance to raid equipment.
  • 24 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed and no major changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 03 Sep. 2018: Updated for Uldir launch and Bloodmallet charts.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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