Frost Mage

Patch 9.0

Last Updated: 12th Dec, 2020

Some content in this guide is based on beta or early data

Updates will be made after raid progress is finished and more accurate information is available.


It might be cool to have your own Steward from the Kyrians Summon Steward or to look like a powerful skeletal mage for 20 seconds Deathborne from the Necrolords. But, as a Mage you don’t want any of that macabre stuff. You want the fairy tale stuff. Yes, Night Fae. Shifting Power is your main covenant ability from the Night Fae, and Soulshape is your second “defensive/convenient” covenant ability.

Shifting Power does a bit of AoE damage 18 yards around you. But we don’t use it for damage purposes. We use it to reduce the cooldown of all our abilities. When used, it reduces the cooldown of all your abilities by 12 seconds when used for 4 seconds (amplified by haste). This is very strong when combined and used around your main abilities: Frozen Orb, Icy Veins, and Rune of Power.

Soulshape is like a third Blink. When used, you Blink forward by 15 yards and increase your movement speed by 50%. This is handy when your Shimmer is on cooldown or if you need to travel far it can be combined with:

  1. Shimmer
  2. Shimmer
  3. Soulshape

Soulbinds and Conduits

In Shadowlands every covenant has 3 soulbind options. We already know we’ll be picking Night Fae as our covenant because of Shifting Power and Soulshape.

Night Fae has these three soulbind options:

  • Niya
  • Dreamweaver
  • Korayn

You should always go for a potency conduit (damage) when possible. This is the top 4 list you should go for:

  1. Ice Bite (with the recent damage nerf this is very close to the second pick)
  2. Icy Propulsion. Together with talent: Thermal Void and covenant: Shifting Power there will be occasions where you are able to have 100% uptime on your Icy Veins.
  3. Unrelenting Cold
  4. Shivering Core

For now, Dreamweaver seems to be the go-to pick in terms of conduits.


With more testing and experience during the Heroic raiding week of Castle Nathria I now believe these are the best legendaries to go for are: