Frost Mage

Patch 9.0

Written by Nova 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.

Recommended Talents

Recommended Raiding Build

Recommended Mythic+ Build

Boss specific recommendations and strategy:

Raid Bosses

Talents Discussion

Tier 1 (15)

Bone ChillingPassive
Lonely WinterPassive
Ice NovaInstant

Lonely Winter truly triumphs here. It gives you a flat out 25% damage boost on your 3 main abilities: Frostbolt, Ice Lance and Flurry (we mainly care about the increased damage on Ice Lance since our build is based around spamming that ability as often as possible).

Tier 2 (25)

Glacial InsulationPassive
ShimmerInstant
Ice FloesInstant

Without Shimmer mage-mobility is weak, with it, you’re golden. It has a semi-short cooldown, usable while casting and also affected by the Night Fae covenant ability Shifting Power which will reduce its cooldown by 12 seconds every 45 seconds. Ice Floes and Glacial Insulation simply pales in comparison to the freedom Shimmer will give you.

Tier 3 (30)

Incanter's FlowPassive
Focus MagicInstant
Rune of Power1.5 sec cast

This tier (level 30) is interesting. Mirror Image is now a baseline defensive ability for mages. Instead of that, we’ve now got Focus Magic. However, there’s no question about it, Rune of Power is the choice to go with. Previously, Rune of Power was 10 seconds, and now it’s 15. So that’s a 50% uptime buff. Secondly, Icy Veins, Arcane Power or Combustion will now also create a Rune of Power at your location.

Tier 4 (35)

Frozen TouchPassive
Chain ReactionPassive
Ebonbolt2.5 sec cast

Ebonbolt was the main pick back in BFA because of the Glacial Spike build. But since this build is based around Ice Lance damage, the ability to go for is Chain Reaction.

Tier 5 (40)

Frigid WindsPassive
Ice WardPassive
Ring of Frost2 sec cast

This tier is a “control” row, and therefore optional since none of the abilities will increase your damage output. Frigid Winds is most often picked here. Ice Ward and Ring of Frost is mainly for PvP.

Tier 6 (45)

Freezing RainPassive
Splitting IcePassive
Comet StormInstant

Comet Storm recently got a 5% damage buff and Splitting Ice got a damage nerf. Speculation goes around whether Comet Storm is best on entirely single target fights and if you should go Splitting Ice with the slightest cleave or AoE. I would, for now, still go with Splitting Ice due to the static 5% Ice Lance buff.

Tier 7 (50)

Thermal VoidPassive
Ray of FrostChanneled
Glacial Spike3 sec cast

This tier is straightforward. Ray of Frost has been, and still is, very weak in the PvE environment. We won’t be using Glacial Spike because we are building around optimizing our Ice Lance damage. That leaves us with Thermal Void which is a strong pick. Icy Veins duration is increased by 10 seconds, and for every Ice Lance you cast you prolong the duration of your Icy Veins by 1 second.