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For the Dragonflight talent, see Spell nature lightning [Arcane Power].
Arcane Power
Spell nature lightning
  • Arcane Power
  • Tier 7 Arcane mage talent
  • 3 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • When activated, your spells deal 30% more damage while costing 30% more mana to cast. This effect lasts 15 sec.
Class Mage
School Arcane
Cooldown 3 minutes
Talent required Spell shadow teleport [Arcane Instability]
Related buff
Spell nature lightning
  • Magic
  • Arcane Power
  • Increased damage and mana cost for your spells.
  • Duration: 15 seconds
Arcane energy surged through her as she drew deep from her own power.[1]

Arcane Power is an Arcane mage talent that increases spell damage by 30% but increases mana cost by 30% for a short period of time.

This ability is one of the mage's best burst damage tools, and it is often combined with other burst damage abilities and items.

Casting Arcane Power is affected by the global cooldown.


  • In PvP combat, Arcane Power's spell damage buff is reduced to 20%.
  • Arcane Power is dispelled as a magic buff.


  • Due to Arcane Power formerly having a 3 minute cooldown, a mage with Arcane Power was often referred to as a "Three-Minute Mage".

Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Removed.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.2 (2020-11-17): Rank 2 added at level 56: Duration increased by 5 sec.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 29 (was 40). Rank 2 added at level 41: Arcane Power reduces your spells cost by 30%.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Arcane Power is now affected by the Global Cooldown.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now available at level 40, down from level 44.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now increases spell damage by 30% (up from 20%) and reduces mana cost by 30% (formerly increased mana cost by 10%). Duration reduced to 10 seconds (down from 15 seconds). Now learned at level 44 (was 62).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Cooldown reduced to 1.5 minutes, down from 2 minutes. Now a level 62 Arcane ability (was a tier 7 Arcane talent).
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.9 (2009-02-10): Now increases damage and mana cost by 20% (down from 30%), cooldown reduced to 2 minutes (down from 3 minutes). Arcane Power and Spell nature enchantarmor [Presence of Mind] now share a category cooldown. Arcane Power causes a 15 second cooldown. Presence of Mind, once consumed, causes a 1.5 second cooldown.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.12.0 (2006-08-22): It is no longer possible to gain the benefit of this spell and Spell holy powerinfusion [Power Infusion] at the same time by careful timing.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.10.2 (2006-05-03): This ability will no longer stack with Power Infusion. If you gain both at the same time, Arcane Power will take precedence.
    This is also a listed change under Patch 1.11.0.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Mana penalty has been slightly reduced.

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