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Arcane Mage Quick Start Guide
This Arcane Mage guide is intended for new players just trying out the spec, casually raiding or working on max-level quests like class mounts, or for someone who hasn't played the spec in awhile and wants a quick brush up on what to do. If you're looking for more in-depth information, check out the other guide sections listed on the right-hand side of this page, or the
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Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Tips & Tricks
Here are some simple builds for new Arcane Mages. These are solid all-around builds, but for a more in-depth look at talents, as well as more niche recommendations for advanced situations, visit the
Arcane Talent Guide
This build is focused primarily on raiding and high-level Mythic+ dungeons.
Mythic+ / Questing
This build is focused on open world content, heroic and low-level Mythic+ dungeons.
More in-depth information about stats can be found
Between World Quests; Dauntless and Relinquished Tokens from Nethershards; Heroic Dungeons; and PvP, new level 110s can gear up (to around ilvl 880) pretty fast in Legion. Give our
Legion Gearing Before Raids
guide a read to learn which avenue most suits your playstyle.
gear can proc Warforged or Titanforged ilvl gains, so gear from any source can be a huge upgrade for new players.
Legendaries are difficult to distill into a simple recommendation, and multiple items are useful, so check out the
Arcane Mage Gear Guide
for more details. I would recommend the
Shard of the Exodar
as an excellent all-round Mage Legendary; Arcane has a lot of choice in the spec-specific Legendaries that it uses.
Thanks to Artifact Knowledge catch-up mechanisms added in 7.2, you'll be able to empower your artifact fairly quickly, even if this is your first 110.
For Arcane Mages the current recommended artifact path is:
empower your weapon
(requires unlocking the Broken Shore, reaching AK 26, and completing a short questline):
Learn about the catch-up mechanisms in our
Tips for Alts Guide
. If you already have a main at 110 and AK 30 or higher, just send the BoA Artifact book (
Artifact Research Compendium: Volumes I-V
) over to your alt, bringing them straight to AK 25.
Don't forget to complete the Class Hall questline for the
third Artifact Relic
. The requirements were nerfed in Patch 7.2, so this should go quickly. Acquiring the third relic will greatly increase the item level of your weapon and give you another free trait rank.
Arcane revolves around burning and conserving mana. We begin with a burn phase, depleting mana to 0%, and then enter the conserve phase until we can next burn. Below is a basic priority list (note: not a rotation). More information about the rotation, as well as an explanation of important abilities and advanced tips, can be found on the
Arcane Rotation Guide
(at three stacks)
Mark of Aluneth
Build to four Arcane Charges (
(at four Arcane Charges)
After your burn phase is over (0% mana), use
to return to 100% and enter your conserve phase:
Stay between 50% and 100% mana; begin to burn again when
is almost off cooldown.
(at four Arcane Charges or three
(at four Arcane Charges)
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