PvE Arcane Mage Addons & Macros

PvE Arcane Mage Addons & Macros
  • Author: Luxrah
  • Date: May 9, 2024
  • Updated: May 9, 2024
  • Expansion: Cataclysm

Once you have your character set up with gear, enchants, and so on, and you’ve learned your rotation, there are a couple of ways you can really take your gameplay to the next level, and that’s with addons and macros. These tools can enhance your performance by making it easy to track and perform actions that might be much more complicated with only hotkeys and the default interface. This guide will get you started with some of the best addons and macros to use as an Arcane Mage in Cataclysm Classic.


Addons are direct quality-of-life improvements to the existing game features. They can range from User Interface modifications to simple tools such as a Damage Meter or Threat Meter. Addons can also be used to generate text notifications or even in-game vocal notifications to keep better track of your buffs and procs. They can also be used to display boss tactics and notify you of impending threats.

  • DeadlyBossMods – Allows you to track boss abilities. A must-have for raiding.
  • Details – Shows you how much damage, healing, and threat everyone in your raid is doing. Flex on your friends!
  • WeakAuras – Extremely versatile addon that can be used to track buffs, debuffs, or create audio notifications.


Here are a few macros that can improve your effectiveness as an Arcane Mage by combining actions so you can focus on other things.

Presence of Mind Macro

This macro will attempt to use your Presence of Mind ability whenever it’s available so you don’t have to think about it. Use this in place of Arcane Blast. The script portions will prevent error messages popping up when the spell is not usable, but you may still hear the error sound.

#showtooltip Arcane Blast
/script UIErrorsFrame:Hide()
/cast Presence of Mind
/script UIErrorsFrame:Clear()
/script UIErrorsFrame:Show()
/cast Arcane Blast

Burn Phase Cooldown Macro

You’ll want to use many of your cooldowns at the same time in order to maximize their combined effects for your burn phase. This macro will do just that with one key press. It will use your Arcane Power, your two trinkets (slots 13 & 14), your Volcanic Potion, and your gloves if you have Synapse Springs from Engineering (slot 10).

/cast Arcane Power
/use [combat] 13
/use [combat] 14
/use [combat] Volcanic Potion
/use [combat] 10

Ice Block + Cancel Macro

This macro instantly uses Ice Block. If you tap it a 2nd time, it will cancel it. Make sure you don’t button mash it if you want to stay Ice Blocked!

/cancelaura Ice Block
/cast Ice Block

One-Click AoE

This macro will cast Blizzard in the location of your mouse cursor, saving you an extra click.

/cast [@cursor] Blizzard

You can do the same thing with Flamestrike .

/cast [@cursor] Flamestrike


About the Author


I've been playing World of Warcraft on and off since vanilla, usually as a healer or caster and often as a guild leader. I play both retail and classic. I also love RPGs, sandboxes, and sims.
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