Arcane Intellect
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  • Arcane Intellect
  • Level 8 mage ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 4% of base mana
  • Instant
  • Infuses the target with brilliance, increasing their Intellect by 5% for 1 hour.

    If target is in your party or raid, all party and raid members will be affected.
Usable by
Class Mage
School Arcane
Cooldown None
Other information
Level learned 8
Improvements None
Related buff
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  • Magic
  • Arcane Intellect
  • Intellect increased by 5%.
  • Duration: 1 hour
Knowledge is power.[1]

Arcane Intellect is a Mage buff spell that increases the player's Intellect from all sources by 5%. It is learned automatically at level 8, and can be cosmetically altered by  [Glyph of Dalaran Brilliance].

Arcane Intellect in the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

Old version

Removed from game The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 4.0.1.

Like all buff spells, casting this on a PvP enabled player or an NPC in combat with an opposing-faction player will flag your character for PvP if not already flagged.

Each rank has a minimum level limit for players that can receive the buff. If the target's level is too low to receive the rank cast on him, the highest rank possible will automatically be cast in its place.

According to the RPG, the spell requires a hair or dung sample from a fox to cast.


Inv glyph minormage.png [Glyph of Arcane Brilliance]

Tips and tactics

This spell used to be more expensive, but as of Patch 2.3.0, the mana cost of casting it has been reduced. The relatively long duration of this buff allows you to "stagger" your castings. Cast it on yourself, wait 5 minutes; cast on party member 2, wait 5 minutes; cast on party member 3, etc. With the new lower mana costs, the need to stagger this is greatly reduced, however this technique can be used to reduce the "downtime" associated with buffing the entire party at once.

Higher level mages (level 56+) can also use the spell [Arcane Brilliance] to cast an equivalent effect on all party members at once. The duration of the Arcane Brilliance spell is 60 minutes, compared to 30 minutes for Arcane Intellect, Arcane Brilliance, however, uses more than twice as much mana and requires a reagent. The extra duration is a great help during long instances.

All classes except warrior, death knight and rogue use mana and therefore benefit from the increased mana pool this buff provides.

Intellect increases the rate at which you learn weapon skills. Should you have a friend who is practicing weapon skills, this will help out.


  • Arcane Intellect is a basic Mage spell in Hearthstone. The flavor text reads: "Playing this card makes you SMARTER. And let's face it: we could all stand to be a little smarter."
  • Although it is rarely shown in the lore, it can apparently actually enhance intelligence, and master works of literature have purportedly been written while their authors were under its influence.[2]

Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now gives 5% bonus to Intellect (was 10%).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Re-added.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Removed.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): The buff will be stored in a Consolidation Box when received. It will come out when 3 min is left.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Mana cost reduced.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): When casting a higher rank spell on a lower level friendly player it will automatically cast the highest possible rank of the spell. Previously, this had to be done with a macro that picked the proper rank based on the target's level.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.1.1 (2004-11-17): Reagent requirements have been removed.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Ranks 4 and 5 now require reagents.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.10 (2004-09-18): INT boost decreased to offset the increased mana pool per INT point. (Effectiveness will remain the same.)

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