PVE Arcane Mage DPS Guide WotLK 3.3.5a


In this guide we’ll be going over the Arcane mage specialization. We’ll be covering everything from best races, to the amount of haste before you change cooldown timings.

Unlike the Fire specialization, Arcane is viable in all PvE content, both dungeons and raids. Arcane mages have a lot of burst damage but suffer if the fights go for a long duration due to how mana hungry the spec is.


While race is considered an aesthetic difference to many people, it will have a substantial impact on your DPS, particularly during end game content. It is therefore important to know what each race brings, and choose accordingly.


  1. Troll: Berserking, a 20% cast speed buff lasting 10 seconds with a 3 minute cooldown.
  2. Blood Elf: Arcane Torrent regenerates 6% of your mana once every 2 minutes, and has the highest base Intellect stat, giving a little extra crit and mana.
  3. Undead: Will of the Forsaken breaks fear, mind control and sleep effects once every 2 minutes, which will situationally be useful on some bosses.

Troll will be the best race for Horde players.


  1. Gnome: Expansive Mind increases your Intellect stat by 5%, giving a modest amount of bonus crit and mana.
  2. Human: The Human Spirit increases your Spirit stat by 3%, giving a little bit more crit when using Molten Armor. Additionally, Every Man for Himself can remove any crowd control effect on you once every 2 minutes, which will be useful on specific bosses.
  3. Draenei: Heroic Presence increases the hit chance of every party member within 30 yards of you by 1%. That’s a powerful effect, but does not stack, so if there is another Draenei in your party, your racial will grant no benefit and thus you won’t need to be Draenei.

Gnome will be the best race for Alliance players.


Tailoring is must for every caster due to its extremely potent Spell Power proc.

Engineering will be your second best profession, thanks to the invaluable movement speed and haste use effect it provides.

  • Tailoring: Offers the Lightweave Embroidery, a 295 Spell Power proc lasting 15 seconds with a 50% proc chance. Assuming it procs right after its 45 second Internal Cooldown finishes, it will will provide a massive 98 Spell Power on average throughout an entire fight.
  • Engineering: Offers the Hyperspeed Accelerators glove enchant, an active effect giving 340 Haste rating (~10% spell casting speed) for 12 seconds with a 1 minute cooldown, for a 20% uptime resulting in 68 Haste rating on average. Additionally offers the Nitro Boosts boot enchant, giving 24 Crit rating and an active effect which gives you a massive movement speed bonus for 5 seconds, which will often be extremely useful.
  • Mining: +60 Stamina from the Toughness passive buff — not worth it.
  • Herbalism: Gives Lifeblood, a spell which heals for 3600 over 5 seconds with a 3 minute cooldown — not worth it.


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