Arcane Mage Pve Talents & Builds (wotlk)

Arcane Mages have essentially 1 primary talent build and one more build that can possibly see use in extremely quick encounters.

Notable Talents

Focus Magic: Increases the target’s chance to critically hit with spells by 3%. When the target critically hits the casters chance to critically hit with spells by 3% for 10 sec. This talent is incredibly strong when two mages trade it back and forth giving each other a total of 6% critical chance.

Torment the Weak: Frostbolt, Fireball, Frostfirebolt, Pyroblast, Arcane Missiles, Arcane Blast, and Arcane Barrage deal 12% more damage to snared or slowed targets. In raids Frost Death Knights will apply a constant slow to bosses making our spells do 12% more damage.

Icy Veins: Increases casting speed by 20% and prevents spell pushback.

Arcane Power: This is our big “nuke” cooldown. For the next 15 seconds, our spells deal 20% more damage, but also cost 20% more mana — this is when you really use all of your other cooldowns and do as much damage as possible. The 3 minute cooldown means that for most fights, you only get to use this once or twice.

Missile Barrage: Reduces channel time of Missiles by 2.5s and reduces mana cost by 100% when it procs from casting Arcane Blast.

Talent Builds

This is the “core” of the Arcane specialization, leaving you with 5 points to put into a talent of your choosing. Some noteworthy options include:

wotlk pve arcane mage standard build

This is a variation of the standard Arcane build featuring Cold Snap — sometimes known as 50/0/21.

This build is only really useful for quick fights, as it sacrifices sustainability and crit for Cold Snap, giving you an extra use of Icy Veins.

wotlk pve arcane mage cold snap build


wotlk pve arcane mage glyphs

Major Glyphs

Glyph of Arcane Blast

Glyph of Arcane Missiles

Glyph of Molten Armor

Minor Glyphs

Glyph of Arcane Intellect

Glyph of Slow Fall

You can use any Glyph in the last minor glyph slot — they’re not really that impactful.

Glyph of Fire Ward and Glyph of Frost Ward aren’t as useful if you run an Incanter’s Absorption build as the reflect doesn’t trigger the talent


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1 year ago

Thank you for this guide = )

Telas - Grobbulus
Telas - Grobbulus
1 year ago

this guide has the wrong stat prio. 0 spirit?

Reply to  Telas - Grobbulus
10 months ago

Spirit is a low priority stat for all mage specs

Reply to  Jamielolx
5 months ago

spirit= crit with molten armor

1 year ago

Doesn’t torment the weak NOT work on bosses? If it does, how? Id personally take 3/3 Arcane meditation over it

Last edited 1 year ago by illremainanonymous
11 months ago

Is Arcane Stability needed? in P1 raids, are there a lot of fights that would cause spell pushback?

Last edited 11 months ago by Fuzzums
Reply to  Fuzzums
10 months ago

Not really, it’s mostly get further in the tree – its not wasted however there are some bosses still.

Last edited 10 months ago by Jamielolx
9 months ago

So this guide starts out by explaining how wonderful Arcane Barrage is, and then proceeds to suggest two specs without Arcane Barrage.


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