Frost Mage DPS Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Oct 16, 2018 at 10:15 by Kuni 99 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Frost Mage DPS guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Frost Mage in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author

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

1. Class Overview

Frost has always excelled at limiting enemy movement while dealing reliable and predictable damage output. Frost has always been a very potent choice for leveling and world content given you can endlessly kite enemies, with a multitude of snares and roots combined with damage on the move. Frost is great at quickly bursting down priority adds, either by holding onto Mastery: Icicles Icon Mastery: Icicles for Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike or by holding procs for a quick burst. Like all Mage specializations, Frost has high mobility and is fantastic at doing encounter-specific jobs and baiting mechanics. Between Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes, Shimmer Icon Shimmer, and a variety of instant cast spells, high movement encounters have minimal impact on Frost's overall output.

2. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Frost Mage

3. Frost Mage Strengths

  • Strong single target and cleave damage
  • Great mobility and kiting
  • Good at killing fragile targets quickly
  • Fairly steady damage output

4. Frost Mage Weaknesses

  • Overly reliant on procs outside of Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike sets
  • Relatively weak burst single target, despite high single spell impacts
  • Cleave has to be talented for

5. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 14 pages:

6. Changelog

  • 16 Oct. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated with some notes on Splitting Ice vs Comet Storm, and details on Frost vs Spawn of G'huun.
  • 16 Oct. 2018 (rotation page): Updated Rune of Power, Glacial Spike's Ebonbolt logic.
  • 16 Oct. 2018 (bosses page): Updated a few talent suggestions after having actually done the raid.
  • 16 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Winter's Reach details with multiple traits.
  • 15 Oct. 2018 (stats page): Attempt to clarify Shatter cap weight oddity, and clean up misconception of ignoring sims.
  • 26 Sep. 2018 (addons page): Added Decursive to suggested addons, and a Blizzard macro.
  • 20 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Expanded upon Battle Potion of Intellect use.
  • 18 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Updated with talent selection tick boxes.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Uldir launch and Bloodmallet charts.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Uldir launch and Bloodmallet charts.
  • 01 Sep. 2018 (FAQ page): Added Frostbolt cancelling information.
  • 01 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Uldir launch.
  • 01 Sep. 2018 (bosses page): Added Uldir advice.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added FAQ page for Frost Mage.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated with hotfix to Darkmoon Faire food.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Corrected Glacial Spike mechanic misunderstanding, added stat stacking examples, corrected false information regarding Crit weights.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated with preliminary BfA tips.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated descriptions for hotfixes.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Corrected Glacial Spike mechanic misunderstanding, updated Concentrated Coolness.
  • 06 Aug. 2018 (this page): Frost Mage AoE is not a weakness anymore.
  • 27 Jul. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Azerite page.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Clarified an edge case with Brain Freeze/Glacial Spike interaction.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Added a description to the core of the spec.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (stats page): Updated for recent hotfix buffs.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated for recent hotfix buffs.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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