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Frost Mage DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Dec 02, 2017 at 20:19 by Furty 312 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Frost Mages. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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. Tier 21 Set Bonuses for Frost Mage

The Tier 21 Set bonuses improve the damage of our instant cast procs.

  • 2-piece bonus: Each successive ice bolt of a cast of Flurry Icon Flurry deals 15% more damage.
  • 4-piece bonus: When you consume Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze, the damage of your next Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance is increased by 20%.

The Tier 21 bonuses are very strong, however, we want to keep our 2-piece Tier 20 bonus. The ideal combination of gear is the Crown of the Arcane Tempest Icon Crown of the Arcane Tempest and the Gloves of the Arcane Tempest Icon Gloves of the Arcane Tempest while using the remaining Tier slots for your Tier 21 4-piece bonus. It is worth breaking your Tier 20 4-piece bonus even for the Normal version of the Tier 21 4-set.

2. Tier 20 Set Bonuses for Frost Mage

The Tier 20 set piece bonuses improve the functionality of your Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb.

  • 2-piece bonus: Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb increases your Critical Strike damage by 20% for 10 seconds.
  • 4-piece bonus: The cooldown of Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb is reduced by 5.0 seconds whenever you gain Brain Freeze Icon Brain Freeze.

Both of the Tier 20 bonuses are very valuable pickups, and should be acquired as soon as possible. The 2-piece bonus greatly enhances your burst damage, while the 4-piece allows us to burst more frequently. Both bonuses are worth using even at the expense of higher item level offpieces due to their power.

3. Best in Slot List for Frost Mage

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Crown of the Arcane Tempest Icon Crown of the Arcane Tempest Demonic Inquisition
Neck Chain of the Unmaker Icon Chain of the Unmaker Argus the Unmaker
Shoulders Runebound Mantle Icon Runebound Mantle The Coven of Shivarra
Chest Runebound Tunic Icon Runebound Tunic Eonar the Life-Binder
Cloak Runebound Cape Icon Runebound Cape Antoran High Command
Wrists Magtheridon's Banished Bracers Icon Magtheridon's Banished Bracers Various
Gloves Gloves of the Arcane Tempest Icon Gloves of the Arcane Tempest Harjatan
Belt Cord of Blossoming Petals Icon Cord of Blossoming Petals Eonar the Life-Binder
Legs Runebound Leggings Icon Runebound Leggings Imonar the Soulhunter
Boots Lady Dacidion's Silk Slippers Icon Lady Dacidion's Silk Slippers Portal Keeper Hasabel
Ring #1 Shard of the Exodar Icon Shard of the Exodar Various
Ring #2 Zealous Tormentor's Ring Icon Zealous Tormentor's Ring The Coven of Shivarra
Trinket #1 Aman'Thul's Vision Icon Aman'Thul's Vision Argus the Unmaker
Trinket #2 Acrid Catalyst Injector Icon Acrid Catalyst Injector Kin'garoth

4. Trinket Advice for Frost Mage

Priority order of trinkets (at equivalent item level) is:

  1. Aman'Thul's Vision Icon Aman'Thul's Vision
  2. Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal
  3. Acrid Catalyst Injector Icon Acrid Catalyst Injector
  4. Norgannon's Prowess Icon Norgannon's Prowess
  5. Tarnished Sentinel Medallion Icon Tarnished Sentinel Medallion
  6. Terror From Below Icon Terror From Below
  7. Brinewater Slime in a Bottle Icon Brinewater Slime in a Bottle (Haste or Critical Strike)
  8. Whispers in the Dark Icon Whispers in the Dark
  9. Spectral Thurible Icon Spectral Thurible
  10. Charm of the Rising Tide Icon Charm of the Rising Tide
  11. Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard
  12. Infernal Writ Icon Infernal Writ
  13. Erratic Metronome Icon Erratic Metronome
  14. Swarming Plaguehive Icon Swarming Plaguehive
  15. Oakheart's Gnarled Root Icon Oakheart's Gnarled Root
  16. Naraxas' Spiked Tongue Icon Naraxas' Spiked Tongue
  17. Star Gate Icon Star Gate

5. Evaluating Upgrades Using Stat Weights

You can evaluate upgrades side by side using a simple napkin math formula:

DPS Value = Σ Stat weight × Amount of Stat

For example, using the stat weights from our Stats page, a pair of boots with 380 Mastery, 1150 Haste, and 976 Intellect, we can calculate a DPS value of:

380×0.69 + 1150×0.99 + 976×1 = 2376.7

This does not give an exact DPS value, but can be used to calculate the relative value versus another piece. For example, if we have a second pair of boots with 450 Haste, 970 Versatility, and 976 Intellect, we can compute the DPS value for that second item using the same formula, before comparing the results:

450×0.99 + 970×0.93 + 976×1 = 2323.6

We can clearly see that 2376.7 > 2323.6, and therefore, the first pair of boots are the stronger upgrade. This is the quickest, best, and most reliable way of determining whether or not you should use one upgrade or another, despite the fact that stats weights are very approximate and change with respect to fight type, fight length, and the values of your other stats (synergetic scaling).

6. Racial Bonuses for Frost Mage

Sims done in pre-raid gear (840 ilvl).

Racial Simulations

Racial benefit is pretty minimal for Frost (currently), so it is recommended you just play whatever makes you happiest.

7. Legendaries for Frost Mage

Shard of the Exodar Icon Shard of the Exodar causes your Time Warp Icon Time Warp to not give you Temporal Displacement Icon Temporal Displacement, and you can also use your Time Warp Icon Time Warp while affected by Temporal Displacement Icon Temporal Displacement and benefit from the active effect. Basically, you get an extra Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism once every 5 minutes. Overall, this is generally the best legendary.

Shattered Fragments of Sindragosa Icon Shattered Fragments of Sindragosa is a head slot that causes every 15 Frostbolt Icon Frostbolts or Flurry Icon Flurrys to automatically activate a Comet Storm Icon Comet Storm on your target. This is a strong option, likely second best, for single target when using Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike, and excellent for light cleave.

Magtheridon's Banished Bracers Icon Magtheridon's Banished Bracers causes your Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance to increase the damage of your Ice Lance Icon Ice Lances by 3% for 8 seconds, stacking up to 6 times. Overall, this is the second best legendary for Frost when combined with Thermal Void Icon Thermal Void.

Lady Vashj's Grasp Icon Lady Vashj's Grasp causes you to gain 1 charge of Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost every 10 seconds while Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins is active. A strong option if the above options are not available.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish is a trinket with an on use effect that launches a meteor dealing a powerful critical strike once every 75 seconds. A strong option for Frost, due to the passive stats provided, and has very strong potential on cleave and AoE.

Soul of the Archmage Icon Soul of the Archmage is a ring that grants the talent Frozen Touch Icon Frozen Touch passively. Generally, this is the weakest legendary for single target, even when compared to indirect stat sticks such as Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus.

Ice Time Icon Ice Time causes your Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb to explode into a Frost Nova that deals damage. Very weak for single target, but only slightly behind Zann'esu Journey for AoE. This is a good choice for Mythic+ farming.

Zann'esu Journey Icon Zann'esu Journey causes Flurry Icon Flurry to increase the damage of your next Blizzard Icon Blizzard by 35%, stacking up to 5 times. This is easily the strongest choice for AoE when combined with Arctic Gale Icon Arctic Gale, but not very useful for single target. If this is the only legendary you have you should still use the stacks on Blizzard Icon Blizzard for single target, but talenting into Arctic Gale Icon Arctic Gale is a DPS loss on single-target.

8. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Death Knights, Druids, Arcane/Fire Mages, and Rogues
Cloth Armor Arcane/Fire Mages, Priests, and Warlocks
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Balance Druids, Arcane/Fire Mages, Shadow Priests, Elemental Shamans, and Warlocks

9. ChangeLog

  • 02 Dec. 2017: Added Tier 21, updated best in slot for Antorus, and updated trinket list.
  • 28 Aug. 2017: Further updates to legendary section.
  • 17 Aug. 2017: Updated legendaries.
  • 19 Jun. 2017: Tier 20 explanation and Tomb of Sargeras best in slot added.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 02 Mar. 2017: Updated upgrade calculator with new stat weights.
  • 21 Jan. 2017: Fully updated BiS list and legendary section.
  • 17 Oct. 2016: Added more detail to the trinket section.
  • 04 Sep. 2016: Updated item comparison example, following a change in stat weights.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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