Frost Mage Torghast Guide and Best Anima Powers — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 13:00 by Kuni 83 comments
General Information

On this page, we tell you all you need to know to prepare your Frost Mage before entering Torghast and then how to pick up the right Anima Powers once you are inside!

1.

Torghast as a Frost Mage

On this page we will guide you on how to perform the best in Torghast, Tower of the Damned as a Frost Mage. If you are looking for generic Torghast information, check out the pages below.

1.1.

Frost Mage Talents for Torghast

Level Choices
15 Bone Chilling ? Bone Chilling Lonely Winter Lonely Winter Ice Nova Ice Nova
25 Glacial Insulation Glacial Insulation Shimmer Shimmer Ice Floes Ice Floes
30 Incanter's Flow ? Incanter's Flow Focus Magic ? Focus Magic Rune of Power Rune of Power
35 Frozen Touch ? Frozen Touch Chain Reaction Chain Reaction Ebonbolt Ebonbolt
40 Frigid Winds Frigid Winds Ice Ward Ice Ward Ring of Frost Ring of Frost
45 Freezing Rain Freezing Rain Splitting Ice Splitting Ice Comet Storm Comet Storm
50 Thermal Void Thermal Void Ray of Frost Ray of Frost Glacial Spike Glacial Spike

Torghast is the only place where Frost Mage talents can differ from the norm, primarily due to Freeze Icon Freeze being an incredibly useful extra utility.

1.1.1.

Level 15 Talent Row for Frost Mage in Torghast

Bone Chilling ? Bone Chilling Lonely Winter Lonely Winter Ice Nova Ice Nova

Lonely Winter Icon Lonely Winter is the usual pick, and likely the pick if you are either comfortable with the tower, or if you are joining with a group. However, there is an argument to be made for Bone Chilling Icon Bone Chilling to keep the Water Elemental's Freeze Icon Freeze utility. Early parts of later layers can be fairly difficult without Anima powers, and the extra root can be the difference between life and death.

1.1.2.

Level 25 Talent Row for Frost Mage in Torghast

Glacial Insulation Glacial Insulation Shimmer Shimmer Ice Floes Ice Floes

As with most talent lines, this does not differ from any other situation. Both Shimmer Icon Shimmer and Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes are valid options, and will largely come down to which you feel more comfortable with. It should be noted that Shimmer being off the global cooldown will mean that certain Anima powers relating to Blink Icon Blink can be spammed without issue, and make you incredibly difficult to hit.

1.1.3.

Level 30 Talent Row for Frost Mage in Torghast

Incanter's Flow ? Incanter's Flow Focus Magic ? Focus Magic Rune of Power Rune of Power

This talent line will depend greatly on how fast you intend to clear, and if you're solo or grouped. Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power is amazing burst damage, but restricts your mobility a lot. Incanter's Flow Icon Incanter's Flow is entirely passive, and has no mobility restrictions on it, so may end up being the better choice when you have the confidence to run through the corridors quickly. Focus Magic Icon Focus Magic is an amazing talent if your group can keep it procced, as it grants you the mobility of Incanter's Flow with a significantly higher DPS throughput.

1.1.4.

Level 35 Talent Row for Frost Mage in Torghast

Frozen Touch ? Frozen Touch Chain Reaction Chain Reaction Ebonbolt Ebonbolt

Chain Reaction Icon Chain Reaction is great for extra Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance damage in other content, and remains so here. Frozen Touch Icon Frozen Touch can also be potentially useful, as the extra procs could prove to be more useful than sustained damage in later layers.

1.1.5.

Level 40 Talent Row for Frost Mage in Torghast

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

Frigid Winds Icon Frigid Winds allows you to kite things even better than you already do. Ice Ward Icon Ice Ward, combined with Grisly Icicle Icon Grisly Icicle or Grisly Icicle Icon Grisly Icicle allows for an extra 10 seconds of keeping mobs still. If you have access to either the legendary, or are betting on seeing the Anima power, pick Ice Ward.

1.1.6.

Level 45 Talent Row for Frost Mage in Torghast

Freezing Rain Freezing Rain Splitting Ice Splitting Ice Comet Storm Comet Storm

Splitting Ice Icon Splitting Ice is the only suggested option here. While burst AoE would be very nice, the cooldown nature of the other two talents means that the steady cleave from Splitting Ice is usually the winner in clearing out packs of mobs.

1.1.7.

Level 50 Talent Row for Frost Mage in Torghast

Thermal Void Thermal Void Ray of Frost Ray of Frost Glacial Spike Glacial Spike

While realistically any talent could work in Torghast, anything that is not Thermal Void Icon Thermal Void is looking at multiple downsides. Ray of Frost Icon Ray of Frost is hindered by being single target, a relatively long cooldown, and overall poor damage. Glacial Spike Icon Glacial Spike can be useful in taking a large chunk out of the health of certain mobs, you lose the passive Mastery: Icicles Icon Mastery: Icicles launches from casting Ice Lance Icon Ice Lance, which acts as a nice way to take out the last bit of health that you would otherwise have to Frostbolt Icon Frostbolt down.

2.

Best Frost Mage Anima Powers

Rating Anima powers is an incredibly difficult thing to do. There are a lot of seemingly bad powers that will suddenly become fantastic when combined with certain other powers. Others will feel fairly useless when grouped up. Yet still more others will be dependent on how you are playing through the tower. Higher layers may necessitate more defensive utility to survive, although that will also be dependent on how well you can kite and abuse line of sight. In addition, since you cannot anticipate what you are going to get in any given run, giving a stack rank tier list seems a bit odd. Instead, this section will call attention to some potentially very powerful combinations, and the situations in which they thrive.

Grisly Icicle Icon Grisly Icicle is probably one of the most powerful Anima powers. This can entirely cut enemy movement to 0, and if no ranged mobs are in combat, damage taken to 0 as well. This will also grant you 10 seconds of Shatter Icon Shatter on everything caught by your Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova. This is very powerful in all solo and group runs, as nothing your teammates do will break Frost Nova either. It cannot be overstated how strong this is for Frost Mages.

Related to the above, Tundrid Phial Icon Tundrid Phial reduces the cooldown of Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova, and it stacks as you find more of them. It is a fairly common power too, and when combined with Grisly Icicle Icon Grisly Icicle it means that you can take literally no damage from melee mobs for the entire run.

Additionally, Gravity Dynamo Icon Gravity Dynamo adds even more damage to Grisly Icicle Icon Grisly Icicle.

Highly-Polished Handmirror Icon Highly-Polished Handmirror combined with Clouded Diamond Icon Clouded Diamond and multiple Spaceweaver's Thread Icon Spaceweaver's Threads mean that you can Blink Icon Blink or Shimmer Icon Shimmer around the entire level, while throwing Mirror Image Icon Mirror Images that do formidable damage. This can be enhanced even further by Sapphire Prism Icon Sapphire Prism, where your manually-cast Mirror Image will summon more copies, who are also empowered in the same way.

Seeker's Scroll Icon Seeker's Scroll is a great passive damage increase if you can get it early.

Triune Ward Icon Triune Ward is one of the most ridiculously-powerful defensive powers in the tower. This will functionally take your Ice Barrier Icon Ice Barrier's usual 22% Max Health barrier, and turn it into a 62% Max Health barrier that also reduces magical damage taken by 15%. This can be further empowered with Resolute Medallion Icon Resolute Medallion, where even one stack of it takes you to 105.4% Maximum Health when combined with Triune Ward. These two are very likely mandatory if you see them on higher layers, as the amount of damage reduction afforded by them is simply unmatched. These can also be combined with Incanter's Ward Icon Incanter's Ward so that absorbing damage buffs your output further.

Frostbite Wand Icon Frostbite Wand halving the health of a mob means that if you can kill it in those 4 seconds, you've saved yourself a ridiculous amount of time. This is generally paired with large scale AoE damage, such as Chaos Invitation Icon Chaos Invitation.

Likewise, Frostchipper Icon Frostchipper will permanently reduce a mob's health by 5% if it procs. Since it procs from frost damage, this is a fairly nice power for Frost Mage.

Lens of Elchaver Icon Lens of Elchaver is fantastic on Frost Mage as most of your damage will critically strike due to Shatter Icon Shatter.

Chronomancer's Hourglass Icon Chronomancer's Hourglass combined with multiple stacks of Bottled Tesseract Icon Bottled Tesseract can give you a very short cooldown on Time Warp Icon Time Warp. This can be further combined with Timeweaver's Needle Icon Timeweaver's Needle, which reduces Alter Time Icon Alter Time's cooldown while active.

If you have managed to find a bunch of Bloating Fodder Icon Bloating Fodder, Dimensional Blade Icon Dimensional Blade can be fairly effective if you grab giant sections of the floor and simply Blink Icon Blink through, usually killing enough Mawrats to set off a chain reaction and destroy the entire pack. This is not a recommended combo due to the damage being low until you obtain a lot of Bloating Fodder powers, but it is definitely a funny combo.

For a complete list of Anima Powers, please refer to the following pages.

3.

Frost Mage Play Tips for Torghast, Tower of the Damned

In a group, you simply play as you would in any other content, adjusting as you gain Anima powers that could impact your playstyle. Obviously, spamming Shimmer Icon Shimmer without cooldown while it spawns a ton of drastically empowered Mirror Image Icon Mirror Images is not exactly standard gameplay, so use your best judgment for how to play in a party with Anima powers that are out of the norm.

Solo, this is more of a test of your ability to keep things slowed and rooted, until you have enough Anima powers to become functionally immortal. Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold's powerful AoE slow gets a nice amount of usage in Torghast. Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova also likewise gets an abnormal amount of use here. Learning how to kite melee mobs while focusing down the ranged/caster mobs in the rear is something you will need to work on. Utilizing line of sight is also another underutilized skill.

Consider, mobs have run through your Blizzard Icon Blizzard and Frozen Orb Icon Frozen Orb and are dangerously close to you. They mostly have about half health left, so you are going to need time and room. You could Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova, move away, and drop Blizzard on them again to keep them slowed. You could also Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold for the powerful slow, functionally holding them in place for 5 seconds, and Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes a Blizzard where they will be in a couple seconds. You could also Blink Icon Blink through them, especially if Frozen Orb's still active behind them. Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image could also be dropped, buying you a bit of time as enemies go for the Images instead of you. Or, you could Invisibility Icon Invisibility out of combat, maybe this was a bad pull or you are low health and wish to reset combat.

Most trash packs will be fairly easy with the amount of slows at your disposal, just be aware of your ways out of a bad scenario.

4.

Changelog

  • 09 Mar. 2021: Added some information on strong and interesting Anima Powers added in 9.0.5.
  • 16 Dec. 2020: Seeker's Scroll and Runecloth Wrappings nerfed, Resolute Medallion buffed.
  • 12 Dec. 2020: Frostchipper nerfed to 5%.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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