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Frost Mage DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jul 06, 2017 at 14:05 by Furty 219 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Frost Mages in World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.5. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

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. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Ray of Frost ? Ray of Frost Lonely Winter Lonely Winter Bone Chilling ? Bone Chilling
30 Shimmer Shimmer Ice Floes Ice Floes Glacial Insulation Glacial Insulation
45 Mirror Image Mirror Image Rune of Power ? Rune of Power Incanter's Flow Incanter's Flow
60 Ice Nova ? Ice Nova Frozen Touch ? Frozen Touch Splitting Ice Splitting Ice
75 Frigid Winds ? Frigid Winds Ring of Frost ? Ring of Frost Ice Ward ? Ice Ward
90 Frost Bomb ? Frost Bomb Unstable Magic Unstable Magic Arctic Gale Arctic Gale
100 Thermal Void Thermal Void Glacial Spike Glacial Spike Comet Storm ? Comet Storm

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Talent Cheat Sheets

While optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, the talent builds listed below work great for specific purposes.

2.1. Raid Encounters

This build is an excellent starting point as a standard raid setup.

2.1.1. Heavy Cleave/AOE

2.2. For General Use

This build is an excellent starting point for questing and general purpose usage.

3. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Ray of Frost ? Ray of Frost Lonely Winter Lonely Winter Bone Chilling ? Bone Chilling

Tier 1 talents offer some passive damage and a powerful channel.

Lonely Winter Icon Lonely Winter is the go-to option for all situations.

Bone Chilling Icon Bone Chilling is still a solid talent, but falls just short of Lonely Winter Icon Lonely Winter.

Ray of Frost Icon Ray of Frost does good burst damage and can be recast if the channel is interrupted within the 10 second window. It has a fixed length of 10 seconds, but more Haste increases the number of ticks. Will always be an overall damage loss compared to the other options at the curret time, but could see use to burst down an important target or damage check.

4. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Shimmer Shimmer Ice Floes Ice Floes Glacial Insulation Glacial Insulation

Tier 2 talents offer a boost in defensive utility.

The choice here is between Shimmer Icon Shimmer and Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes. Fights with "bursty" and intermittent movement will favor Shimmer Icon Shimmer, due to the extra charge and the fact that it does not interrupt casting. A good example is Grand Magistrix Elisande. The sheer number of instant cast spells Frost has access to should allow you to easily cover small repositions.

Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes, on the other hand, favors fights with more regular movement. A good example is Star Augur Etraeus. Ultimately the choice is encounter dependent and also comes down to the preference and comfort level of the player with each talent.

5. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Mirror Image Mirror Image Rune of Power ? Rune of Power Incanter's Flow Incanter's Flow

Tier 3 talents are focused on providing the player a consistent damage increase.

  • Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image creates 3 copies of yourself which damage enemies and last 40 seconds.
  • Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power places a small zone which increases the damage you do by 40% for 10 seconds. This ability has a 45-second cooldown, with 2 charges.
  • Incanter's Flow Icon Incanter's Flow increases your damage between 4% and 20%, cycling every 10 seconds.

Incanter's Flow Icon Incanter's Flow is the best talent in virtually all situations.

Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power offers superior burst and almost equal overall output (with Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike), however, the margin for error and detriment of movement cause this talent to fall a little behind Incanter's in practice.

Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image should not be used.

6. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Ice Nova ? Ice Nova Frozen Touch ? Frozen Touch Splitting Ice Splitting Ice

Tier 4 talents are focused on providing unique damage utility.

Splitting Ice Icon Splitting Ice is the best option for either end tier talent and should be used in virtually all end game environments.

Frozen Touch Icon Frozen Touch is currently a little too undertuned to be a competitive option.

Ice Nova Icon Ice Nova is a solid choice for leveling if you feel the additional kiting utility will be beneficial to you. It can also be useful if you need a little extra burst AoE.

7. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Frigid Winds ? Frigid Winds Ring of Frost ? Ring of Frost Ice Ward ? Ice Ward

Tier 5 talents focus primarily on providing utility.

  • Frigid Winds Icon Frigid Winds causes all your chilling effects to reduce the target's movement speed by an additional 15%.
  • Ring of Frost Icon Ring of Frost places a ring that can freeze up to 10 targets for 10 seconds at the targeted location, broken by damage.
  • Ice Ward Icon Ice Ward gives Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova 2 charges.

None of these talents have use for raiding currently. Ice Ward Icon Ice Ward can be used for dungeons for the additional Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova to shatter off of. Frigid Winds Icon Frigid Winds is also an option, although you should only use this talent if slowing things further is beneficial, as there are many situations where additional slowing is detrimental (e.g. Il'gynoth).

8. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Frost Bomb ? Frost Bomb Unstable Magic Unstable Magic Arctic Gale Arctic Gale

Tier 6 talents add various cleave and AoE utility to your kit.

  • Frost Bomb Icon Frost Bomb applies a bomb to the target that explodes every time an Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance empowered with Fingers of Frost Icon Fingers of Frost strikes the target, dealing full damage to the target and ~62.5% damage to surrounding targets within 10uyards.
  • Unstable Magic Icon Unstable Magic grants Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt a 20% chance to splash for 50% additional damage to all targets within 8-yards of the target.
  • Arctic Gale Icon Arctic Gale causes Blizzard Icon Blizzard to deal 30% additional damage, and increases its area of effect by 20%.

Unstable Magic Icon Unstable Magic is the best option on single target encounters.

Frost Bomb Icon Frost Bomb should be avoided in its current state, as the playstyle has counter synergy with the competitive end tier talents.

Arctic Gale Icon Arctic Gale is the best choice for 2+ targets, as Blizzard Icon Blizzard ticks reduce the cooldown of Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb.

9. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Thermal Void Thermal Void Glacial Spike Glacial Spike Comet Storm ? Comet Storm

Tier 7 talents add new abilities and major playstyle shifts to your kit.

  • Thermal Void Icon Thermal Void extends your Icy Veins Icon Icy Veins by 10 seconds, and an addition 1 second every time you cast a frozen Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance while it is active.
  • Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike is an active ability that requires and consumes all 5 of your Mastery: Icicles Icon Mastery: Icicles to cast. It deals a powerful damage nuke, plus all the damage from your stored Icicles, however, Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance no longer passively triggers the Icicles effect. Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike also freezes the target in place for 4 seconds, but damage caused will break the effect.
  • Comet Storm Icon Comet Storm calls down 7 comets that deal each minor damage to all enemies within 6 yards of the impact. This ability has a 30-second cooldown.

Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike is the recommended talent for most situations for players using current gear. It has strong single target and great synergy with Splitting Ice Icon Splitting Ice, making it extremely effective on light cleave as well.

Thermal Void Icon Thermal Void can be a contender to Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike for single target, especially at lower item levels or depending on the length of the encounter. Thermal Void is a bit easier to play with and is the best option for overall damage on cleave and AoE, though Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike may still be a superior option in some situations due to the more frequent availability.

Comet Storm Icon Comet Storm is the best choice on mass AoE, such as the scorpids on Skorpyron.

10. ChangeLog

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  • 06 Jul. 2017: Updated several talent sections and cheat sheets.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated Tier 7 talent discussion for Patch 7.2.5 (Glacial Spike vs Thermal Void).
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 11 Jan. 2017: Post-7.1.5 updates to Tier 1, 3, 6, and 7 assessments.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated talents and descriptions for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 25 Oct. 2016: Updated the increased damage value of Lonely Winter (now 25%, up from 20%). This does not change the assessment of the talent.
  • 02 Sep. 2016: Added a mention that Comet Storm can be viable, as it is the best Level 100 talent in mass AoE situations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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