For the manga, see World of Warcraft: Mage.
ClassIcon mage.png
Mage Crest.png
Available to IconSmall BloodElf Male.png IconSmall BloodElf Female.png  Blood elf
IconSmall DarkIron Male.gif IconSmall DarkIron Female.gif  Dark Iron dwarf
IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif IconSmall Dwarf Female.gif  Dwarf
IconSmall Draenei Male.gif IconSmall Draenei Female.gif  Draenei
IconSmall Gnome Male.gif IconSmall Gnome Female.gif  Gnome
IconSmall Goblin Male.gif IconSmall Goblin Female.gif  Goblin
IconSmall Human Male.gif IconSmall Human Female.gif  Human
IconSmall Lightforged Male.gif IconSmall Lightforged Female.gif  Lightforged draenei
IconSmall KulTiran Male.gif IconSmall KulTiran Female.gif  Kul Tiran
IconSmall OrcBrown Male.gif IconSmall OrcBrown Female.gif  Mag'har orc
IconSmall Junker Male.gif IconSmall Junker Female.gif  Mechagnome
IconSmall NightElf Male.gif IconSmall NightElf Female.gif  Night elf
IconSmall Nightborne Male.gif IconSmall Nightborne Female.gif  Nightborne
IconSmall Orc Male.gif IconSmall Orc Female.gif  Orc
IconSmall Pandaren Male.gif IconSmall Pandaren Female.gif  Pandaren
IconSmall Troll Male.gif IconSmall Troll Female.gif  Troll
IconSmall Undead Male.gif IconSmall Undead Female.gif  Undead
IconSmall VoidElf Male.gif IconSmall VoidElf Female.gif  Void elf
IconSmall Vulpera Male.gif IconSmall Vulpera Female.gif  Vulpera
IconSmall Worgen Male.gif IconSmall Worgen Female.gif  Worgen
IconSmall Zandalari Male.gif IconSmall Zandalari Female.gif  Zandalari troll
Specializations Spell holy magicalsentry.png Arcane (ranged DPS)
Spell fire firebolt02.png Fire (ranged DPS)
Spell frost frostbolt02.png Frost (ranged DPS)
Resource(s) Mana, Arcane Charge
Primary attribute Intellect
Weapon skills Staves, Wands, Daggers, One-handed Swords and held in off-hand items excluding shields and weapons
Armor type Cloth
Signature abilities Spell mage conjuredmanapudding.png [Conjure Refreshment]
Spell arcane teleportdalaran.png [Teleport]
Spell nature polymorph.png [Polymorph]
Spell frost frostnova.png [Frost Nova]
Spell fire fireball02.png [Pyroblast]

“Bein' a mage means knowin' power can flow in more than one direction.”

Ganvar Singebeard[1]

The mage (or magician)[2] is a damage-dealing spell-caster that specializes in burst damage and area of effect spells. Mages are well known for their formidable damage output, as well as their range of crowd control abilities. Mages are also capable of performing a number of utility roles, from conjuring refreshments for their allies to teleporting or opening Portals to major cities.

Mages wear only cloth armor, but compensate for this with a range of armor spells, wreathing themselves in flame, frost or even arcane energies. Nonetheless, when fighting melee opponents, mages stay alive by incapacitating attackers and always keeping one step ahead - and well out of reach. Mages are quick and can Spell arcane blink.png [Blink] away from attackers, deploy a Spell frost frostnova.png [Frost Nova] to freeze whole groups in their tracks or even use Ability mage invisibility.png [Invisibility] to slip into the shadows. Mages are masters of kiting, and can use their enviable range of snares and crowd control abilities to defeat whole groups of opponents without putting a hair out of place.

Mages' primary role in groups at lower levels is damage dealing and crowd control through the use of Spell nature polymorph.png [Polymorph], temporarily changing humanoids and beasts into harmless critters. At end-game levels, mages' impressive damage output is supplemented with useful abilities such as Spell frost iceshock.png [Counterspell] and Spell arcane arcane02.png [Spellsteal].

In PvP, mages deal ranged damage while using snares, stuns and Spell nature polymorph.png [Polymorph] to control enemy players. Mages are the archetypal "glass cannons", capable of dealing an immense amount of damage if left uninterrupted, but vulnerable to attack. Mages compensate for this with a range of snares, stuns and incapacitation effects, and must keep on their toes if they are to survive.

Mages can be an extremely fun class to play, with enviable damage output, strong crowd control and some interesting utility spells. Whether blasting foes with Inv misc head dragon 01.png [Dragon's Breath] or freezing attackers in a Spell frost ring of frost.png [Ring of Frost], mages are a powerful presence on the battlefield. Masters of the arcane, mages can use their mental powers to alter the very fabric of reality, turning snarling attackers into harmless sheep or even altering time itself. Quick of mind and fleet of foot, mages stay one step ahead of their enemies, summoning frost and ice to entrap their assailants, and great fireballs and walls of flame to decimate their foes. Undisputed masters of the very fabric of reality, only the foolish do not fear the coming of a mage.

Class overview

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Jaina Proudmoore one of the finest mages in all Azeroth.
Students gifted with a keen intellect and unwavering discipline may walk the path of the mage. The arcane magic available to magi is both great and dangerous, and thus is revealed only to the most devoted practitioners. To avoid interference with their spellcasting, magi wear only cloth armor, but arcane shields and enchantments give them additional protection. To keep enemies at bay, magi can summon bursts of fire to incinerate distant targets and cause entire areas to erupt, setting groups of foes ablaze. Masters of ice can command blizzards that tear into flesh and limit movement. Should enemies manage to survive this assault, the mage can shrink them into harmless sheep in the blink of an eye.

Powerful magi can even generate enhancements and portals, assisting allies by sharpening their minds and transporting them instantly across the world.[3]

Creation screen description

Magi are wizards of immense knowledge and skill. Their obvious physical frailty is deceptive, for they can call upon the cosmic energies of the Twisting Nether. Rarely do magi engage in melee combat. Instead, they prefer to attack from a distance, hurling powerful bolts of frost and flame at their unsuspecting enemies.[4]

Mages are the iconic magic-users of Azeroth who learn their craft through intense research and study. They make up for their light armor with a potent array of offensive and defensive spells.

Classic guide

Mages are spellcasting savants, flinging fire, frost, and arcane sorcery at their foes from afar.[5]


A blood elf mage.
Early kaldorei civilization was defined by direct manipulation of magic drawn from the Well of Eternity to create and sustain their society. Their constant use of the Well attracted attention from Sargeras and the Burning Legion, who manipulated the Highborne Queen Azshara into using the Well as a gateway, granting the Legion entry into Azeroth. The Legion's arrival sparked a massive conflict which would later be known as the War of the Ancients. The war had grave consequences, for even though the combined might of Azeroth's mortal races were victorious, the continent of Kalimdor was shattered, and a swirling, raging miasma of sea storms flowed into the vacant area where the Well of Eternity used to reside. This Great Sundering caused the Well's energies to permeate the atmosphere and spread magic all over the world.

This event convinced the majority of night elves to reject arcane magic and embrace Malfurion Stormrage's call for druidism. Many of the surviving Highborne could not endure this lifestyle, suffering as they were from withdrawal now that they could no longer draw on the Well's arcane energies. Their leader, Dath'Remar Sunstrider, called the druids cowards for refusing to use the magic he considered their birthright. In spite of Malfurion's warning that any use of magic would be punishable by death, Dath'Remar led his fellow Highborne in revolt, conjuring a giant magical storm in Ashenvale in an attempt to convince the druids to suspend the law. Unwilling to execute so many of their fellow elves, Malfurion and the druids instead exiled the Highborne from their lands. Dath'Remar and his followers chose to set sail from Kalimdor, eventually landing in Lordaeron where they would ultimately found the kingdom of Quel'Thalas and call themselves high elves. When their kingdom came under siege by the trolls of Zul'Aman the high elves agreed to teach one hundred humans the arts of magic in exchange for military aid from the human nation of Arathor. From these two races, the arcane arts have spread to various races all over Azeroth.

In Warcraft II

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Main article: Mage (Warcraft II)

Mages first appeared as a unit of the Alliance of Lordaeron in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness. They were described as such:

Once students of the Conjurers of Azeroth, this new order of Mages have been forced to discover untapped magical forces to command in their war against the ruthless Orcs. Although masters of their arts, the Conjurers who fell during the First War were unprepared for the rigors of warfare. Determined to avoid a similar fate, the Mages have undertaken a regimen equally demanding on body and soul, thus dedicating themselves to the command of more aggressive and destructive magiks. Whether in their sanctum at the Violet Citadel in Dalaran or on the many battlefields of Lordaeron, the Mages are resolute in their efforts to defend the people.[6]


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Khadgar with the staff Atiesh.
See also: List of mages
Name Role Affiliation Status Location
Neutral 15.png   IconSmall Aegwynn.gif  Aegwynn Second-to-last Guardian of Tirisfal, mother of Medivh New Council of Tirisfal Deceased Buried at Morgan's Plot, Deadwind Pass
Alliance 15.png   IconSmall Antonidas.gif  Antonidas Former leader of the Kirin Tor Kirin Tor, Alliance of Lordaeron Deceased Unknown
Horde 15.png   IconSmall Aethas.gif  Archmage Aethas Sunreaver Leader of the Sunreavers, former member of the Council of Six Sunreavers, Kingdom of Quel'Thalas, Kirin Tor Alive Various
Neutral 15.png   IconSmall Ansirem.gif  Archmage Ansirem Runeweaver Member of the Council of Six Kirin Tor Alive Various
Neutral 15.png   IconSmall Karlain.gif  Archmage Karlain Member of the Council of Six Kirin Tor Alive Various
Neutral 15.png   IconSmall Modera.gif  Archmage Modera Member of the Council of Six Kirin Tor Alive Various
Neutral 15.png   IconSmall Vargoth.gif  Archmage Vargoth Member of the Council of Six, master of Kirin'Var Village Kirin Tor Alive Various
Horde 15.png   IconSmall Rommath.gif  Grand Magister Rommath Grand Magister of Quel'Thalas Kingdom of Quel'Thalas, Magisters Alive Various
Horde 15.png   IconSmall Thalyssra.gif  First Arcanist Thalyssra First Arcanist of Suramar The Nightfallen, Suramar City, Duskwatch Alive Various
Neutral 15.png   IconSmall Illidan.gif  Illidan Stormrage Lord of the Illidari, former Lord of Outland Illidari Alive Various
Alliance 15.png   IconSmall Jaina3.gif  Jaina Proudmoore Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras, former ruler of Theramore, former leader of the Council of Six and the Kirin Tor Alliance Alive Various
Neutral 15.png   IconSmall Kael'thas.gif   IconSmall KaelWretched.gif  Kael'thas Sunstrider Last scion of the Sunstrider dynasty, former lieutenant of Illidan Stormrage His forces, Burning Legion Deceased-Killable Buried on the Isle of Quel'Danas
Neutral 15.png   IconSmall Kalec.gif  Kalec Humanoid form of Kalecgos the Spell-Weaver, member of the Council of Six Blue dragonflight, Kirin Tor Alive Various
Neutral 15.png   IconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif  Kel'Thuzad Lich Lord of the Plaguelands, founder of the Cult of the Damned Scourge, Cult of the Damned Undead Various
Alliance 15.png   IconSmall Khadgar.gif  Khadgar Leader of the Kirin Tor and the Council of Six, former apprentice of Medivh Kirin Tor, Sons of Lothar Alive Various
Neutral 15.png   IconSmall Krasus.gif  Krasus Humanoid form of Korialstrasz, prime consort of Alexstrasza, former member of the Council of Six Red dragonflight, Kirin Tor Deceased Various
Neutral 15.png   IconSmall Medivh.gif  Medivh Last Guardian of Tirisfal Council of Tirisfal Active Various
Alliance 15.png   IconSmall Highborne Male.gif  Mordent Evenshade Leader of the Shen'dralar Highborne that have reintegrated into night elven society. Highborne, Darnassus Alive Howling Oak, Darnassus
Alliance 15.png   IconSmall Umbric.gif  Magister Umbric Co-Leader of the Void elves Void elves Alive Telogrus Rift
Neutral 15.png   IconSmall Nielas.gif  Nielas Aran Court conjurer of Stormwind, father of Medivh Stormwind, Tirisgarde Deceased-Killable Guardian's Library, Karazhan
Neutral 15.png   IconSmall Azshara.gif   IconSmall AzsharaQ.gif  Queen Azshara Empress of the naga, former ruler of the night elves Empire of Nazjatar Alive Various
Neutral 15.png   IconSmall Rhonin.gif  Rhonin Former leader of the Kirin Tor Kirin Tor Deceased Various


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The Crest of the Kirin Tor


Kallipssa, a draenei mage.
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Karina of Silvermoon, another blood elf mage.
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Zi'mo the Empowered, a troll mage.
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Exaura the Cryptkeeper, a forsaken mage.
Main article: Mage races

The mage class can be played by the following races:

Strength Agility Stamina Intellect Spirit Armor Health Mana
Alliance 15.png Alliance IconSmall Draenei Male.gif IconSmall Draenei Female.gif  Draenei Bc icon.gif 21 17 20 23 24 34 52 165
IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif IconSmall Dwarf Female.gif  Dwarf Cata-Logo-Small.png 22 16 23 22 21 33 62 150
IconSmall Gnome Male.gif IconSmall Gnome Female.gif  Gnome WoW Icon update.png 15 22 20 27 22 44 52 225
IconSmall Human Male.gif IconSmall Human Female.gif  Human WoW Icon update.png 20 20 20 23 22 40 52 165
IconSmall NightElf Male.gif IconSmall NightElf Female.gif  Night elf Cata-Logo-Small.png 17 25 19 23 22 N/A
IconSmall Worgen Male.gif IconSmall Worgen Female.gif  Worgen Cata-Logo-Small.png 23 22 20 19 21 N/A
IconSmall VoidElf Male.gif IconSmall VoidElf Female.gif  Void elf Legion-Logo-Small.png N/A
IconSmall Lightforged Male.gif IconSmall Lightforged Female.gif Lightforged Legion-Logo-Small.png N/A
IconSmall DarkIron Male.gif IconSmall DarkIron Female.gif Dark Iron BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small.png N/A
IconSmall KulTiran Male.gif IconSmall KulTiran Female.gif Kul Tiran BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small.png N/A
IconSmall Junker Male.gif IconSmall Junker Female.gif  Mechagnome BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small.png N/A
Neutral 15.png Neutral IconSmall Pandaren Male.gif IconSmall Pandaren Female.gif  Pandaren Mists-Logo-Small.png 20 18 21 22 24 37 113 50
Horde 15.png Horde IconSmall BloodElf Male.png IconSmall BloodElf Female.png  Blood elf Bc icon.gif 17 22 20 26 20 44 52 210
IconSmall Goblin Male.gif IconSmall Goblin Female.gif  Goblin Cata-Logo-Small.png 17 22 20 26 20 N/A
IconSmall Orc Male.gif IconSmall Orc Female.gif  Orc Cata-Logo-Small.png 23 17 22 20 25 24 62 120
IconSmall Troll Male.gif IconSmall Troll Female.gif  Troll WoW Icon update.png 21 22 20 19 23 44 52 119
IconSmall Undead Male.gif IconSmall Undead Female.gif  Undead WoW Icon update.png 19 18 20 21 27 36 52 135
IconSmall Nightborne Male.gif IconSmall Nightborne Female.gif  Nightborne Legion-Logo-Small.png N/A
IconSmall OrcBrown Male.gif IconSmall OrcBrown Female.gif Mag'har BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small.png N/A
IconSmall Zandalari Male.gif IconSmall Zandalari Female.gif Zandalari BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small.png N/A
IconSmall Vulpera Male.gif IconSmall Vulpera Female.gif  Vulpera BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small.png N/A

Mage Beneficial Racial Abilities:

Alliance 15.png Draenei

Alliance 15.png Dwarf

  • Inv gauntlets 03.png [Stoneform] is a minor defence trait which can be used in PvP and PvE.

Alliance 15.png Gnome

Alliance 15.png Human

  • Spell shadow charm.png [Every Man for Himself] is another beneficial trait enabling players to remove all incapacitating effects on the character (Slow, stun, fear, immobilize effects)
  • Inv misc note 02.png [Diplomacy] grants a 10% extra reputation gains for every faction.

Alliance 15.png Night Elf

  • Ability racial shadowmeld.png [Quickness] mainly useful in PvP, gives a slight advantage over receiving damage.
  • Ability ambush.png [Shadowmeld] acts as a minor and temporary focus distraction from PvE encounters. However, the player is still vulnerable (in contrast with Spell frost frost.png [Ice Block]), does not reduce threat (unlike Ability mage invisibility.png [Invisibility] but it removes Combat status (similar to Ability vanish.png [Vanish]). Shadowmeld can also be used when an enemy is casting a spell on the mage, forcing the enemy to lose their target and acting as an interrupt.

Alliance 15.png Worgen

Horde 15.png Blood Elf

Horde 15.png Goblin

Horde 15.png Orc

  • Racial orc berserkerstrength.png [Blood Fury] gives an increase in spell power whenever activated.
  • Inv helmet 23.png [Hardiness] a reduction in the total time of stun effects.

Horde 15.png Troll

  • Racial troll berserk.png [Berserking] has similar effects to Ability mage timewarp.png [Time Warp], has 10 seconds duration, 3 minutes cooldown but the most important is that unlike Spell nature bloodlust.png [Bloodlust] does not place a 10 minutes debuff thus making it an extremely beneficial racial ability.
  • Spell nature regenerate.png [Regeneration] is useful as an additional health regeneration effect, especially beneficial on long encounters.
  • Inv misc idol 02.png [Da Voodoo Shuffle] has use in both PvE and PvP.

Horde 15.png Undead

  • Spell shadow raisedead.png [Will of the Forsaken] is usable in all cases in PvP and PvE when losing control of character (does not include slow or immobilize effects)

The above list includes only the abilities that interact directly with the mage abilities, playstyle and needs over specific situations. Other traits are available and are usable as to what a player wishes to do with the character.


The mage is a pure DPS class, with all mage specializations focusing on dealing damage, and as such is capable of enviable damage output, whether launching an Spell frost frostblast.png [Ice Lance] against a frozen target or invoking a Spell frost icestorm.png [Blizzard] to decimate whole groups of opponents. However, mages also have an extremely diverse selection of crowd control and utility abilities, making them far more than just damage-dealers. From Spell arcane arcane02.png [Spellsteal] and Spell magic featherfall.png [Slow Fall] to Spell frost frost.png [Ice Block] and Spell magic lesserinvisibilty.png [Mirror Image], mages have some fun and interesting spells at their disposal.


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Jubilee Arcspark, a female gnome mage.
For a full list, see Mage abilities

Mages have a wide variety of spells which fall into three schools of magic: arcane, fire and frost. All spell schools include damage spells. Arcane includes some crowd control and utility, and most Frost spells provide a movement-slow effect supplementing their damage.

  • Fire spells are primarily damage-dealing spells, including direct single-target damage and area of effect damage. Many Fire spells include damage over time effects. Fire mages trust heavily on RNG in raid situations.
  • Frost spells are primarily single-target and area of effect damage-dealing spells, but with more emphasis on chilling effects. Nearly every frost spell has a chill or freeze effect that fully or partially immobilizes an enemy. This includes freezing it in place (called a root) or slowing its movement speed (called a snare). Frost specialized mages can further improve these chilling effects and increase frost damage output to respectable levels. Frost spells help the mage use kiting as a combat tactic.
  • Arcane spells include single-target damage spells and utility. Arcane spells allow the mage to remove curses, provide crowd control, absorb damage, Spell arcane teleportdalaran.png [Teleport] himself or others to major capital cities, Spell magic featherfall.png [Slow Fall], Spell frost iceshock.png [Counterspell], buff players' spell power and mana pools, save mana for later use in the form of mana gems, conjure food for himself or others, and provide many other conveniences.

Mages' in-combat mana regeneration is provided by abilities such as Inv elemental mote mana.png [Nether Attunement] and Spell nature purge.png [Evocation], and the use of low-mana casting cycles (such as Spell fire soulburn.png [Scorch] for fire mages or heavy use of Spell nature starfall.png [Arcane Missiles] for arcane mages).


See also: Mage sets

A mage can only wear cloth armor.

A mage is able to wield staves, wands, daggers, one-handed swords, and can use items with the slot "Held in Off-hand" if using a dagger or one-handed sword in the main hand. Wands go in the main hand slot and will continue to shoot once manually started.


As a spell-caster, a mage's primary stat is intellect, which directly increases the mage's spell power and spell critical strike chance. Secondary stats beneficial to mages are hit rating (until reaching the hit cap), critical strike rating, haste rating and mastery rating. Stamina also benefits mages, but should not be focused on at the expense of other stats unless gearing for PvP. Agility, strength, spirit, and the other secondary stats should be ignored completely.


For a full list of specialization abilities, see Mage abilities

Mages can choose one of three specializations, gaining access to unique abilities and bonuses. Mage specializations focus on enhancing individual schools of magic – quick, aggressive Fire spells; efficient, controlling Frost spells and punishing Arcane spells.


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Manipulates the arcane, destroying enemies with overwhelming power.

Arcane mages' damage focuses on Spell arcane blast.png [Arcane Blast] and Spell nature starfall.png [Arcane Missiles]. The Arcane specialization includes Spell nature slow.png [Slow], a powerful instant single-target slowing effect, and Ability mage arcanebarrage.png [Arcane Barrage], an instant-damage ranged attack. Arcane mages can provide substantial burst damage with Spell nature lightning.png [Arcane Power] and Spell nature enchantarmor.png [Presence of Mind]. Leveling as an arcane mage was once very difficult, but with the signature arcane spells ( Ability mage arcanebarrage.png [Arcane Barrage], Spell nature starfall.png [Arcane Missiles], and Spell arcane blast.png [Arcane Blast]) learned much earlier it is now a far more feasible leveling build.

Mages of the arcane are diviners of secrets, balancing the ebb and flow of incredible mystic energies. Unparalleled skill is required to manipulate the volatile forces of the universe. These practitioners push their magical knowledge to its very limits—often to the brink of their own exhaustion, and at great risk to the world around them. Those who master this craft are capable of releasing a barrage of unrelenting power upon their enemies, drawing upon replenishing energies to maintain their assault for as long as the battle demands.[7]


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Spell fire firebolt02.png
Ignites enemies with balls of fire and combustive flames.

Fire mages' damage output is oriented around Spell fire fireball02.png [Pyroblast] procs; whenever a Fire mage deals two critical strikes in a row, their next Spell fire fireball02.png [Pyroblast] spell is instant. Fire is very strong in AoE where Spell fire sealoffire.png [Combustion], Spell fire fireball02.png [Pyroblast], and Ability mage livingbomb.png [Living Bomb] can be spread via Spell mage infernoblast.png [Inferno Blast]. Fights in which players are forced to move frequently can also benefit Fire mages, as Spell fire soulburn.png [Scorch] and instant Pyroblasts can fill the movement time which Arcane mages can only use Ability mage arcanebarrage.png [Arcane Barrage]. The Fire spec provides few survival tools. This has historically made Fire a good choice for high-end raiders who seek to maximize damage output, but poor in PvP due to Arena's survival requirements.

While any worthy mage is an unparalleled expert in the use of magic and heavily dedicated to their craft, those who master the forces of fire tend to be a little more audacious than their peers. If a threat stands before them, the answer is always to neutralize it in a glorious blaze. A lifetime dedicated to the study of fiery forces only fuels their pyromania, and these mages take pride—even pleasure—in igniting their enemies in wild bursts of flame. Mistake their affinity for watching things burn as a lack of self-control at your own peril.[7]


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Spell frost frostbolt02.png
Freezes enemies in their tracks and shatters them with Frost magic.

Frost mages specialize in crowd control and snaring foes with their various chills, allowing for powerful kiting, and providing good AoE capability. Frost mages also learn Spell frost summonwaterelemental 2.png [Summon Water Elemental], gaining a pet which has a Freeze ability similar to Spell frost frostnova.png [Frost Nova]. Frost's AoE makes it the spec best suited to five-player dungeons.

Frost mages stand apart from their colleagues, in that their chosen school of magic focuses on maintaining supreme control over the capabilities of their enemies. Mages who command frost perform chilling displays on the battlefield, rendering foes immobile as they bombard them with ice. Often, the blade never reaches the caster before the bitter cold takes hold. The frost mage exudes frigid power as icicles form around them, foreshadowing the wintry demise of those who stand opposed on the field of battle.[7]

Endgame expectations

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In a group or raid environment, mages are usually tasked with ranged DPS, AoE, Spell frost iceshock.png [Counterspell], Spell arcane arcane02.png [Spellsteal], crowd control and finally providing food.

A human mage in art.
With the introduction of patch 1.11, mages enjoyed a high degree of flexibility in the endgame. Previous to patch 1.11, it was expected that most mages would spend at least 11 talent points in the arcane tree for Spell nature purge.png [Evocation], as it is a quite powerful mana-regenerative spell. It was given free without the use of talent points. New changes to all three trees also made investing points into both the fire and the frost trees much more viable. This still holds true with the release of Bc icon.gif Burning Crusade. It should be mentioned that a build predominantly using the fire tree will usually contribute greater DPS in multiple-target encounters; those using a predominantly arcane tree will usually contribute greater DPS in single-target encounters; and finally, those using a predominantly frost tree will contribute a fair amount of control.

The endgame mage also acts as a utility class, providing drink, food, buffs and portals. Originally, when it came to providing drink and food, mages were by some considered equal to "vending machines" due to their unique ability to create food and drink and provide them with no cost except mana and time. In Wrath-Logo-Small.png Wrath of the Lich King, Refreshment Tables may also be created at level 80 at the cost of five Inv misc dust 01.png  [Arcane Powder]; the table lasts for three minutes or 50 charges of Ability mage conjurefoodrank10.png  [Conjured Mana Strudel], whichever comes first. It is expected that a mage provides his party or raid with food and drink for free. A second (or third) table can sometimes be called for while mustering players at the beginning of a raid if the first expires before everyone has received their strudel.


PvP-wise, mages are considered "glass cannons" - a design philosophy which gives mages generous burst damage at the cost of generally low health and armor values. Aided by talents such as Spell nature enchantarmor.png [Presence of Mind] and Spell nature lightning.png [Arcane Power], they are one of the classes with the potential for dealing out the greatest amount of damage in the shortest amount of time. In group PvP, mages will stay back and focus on crowd control with Spell nature polymorph.png [Polymorph] and pick off targets from range. Depending on the Battleground and the situation, mages typically AoE to prevent node captures or nuke flag carriers as fast as possible. In solo PvP, a skilled frost mage is a formidable opponent. Fire mages are in PVP well known for their burst damage, and arcane mages are known as venerable supporters.

In the RPG

Icon-RPG.png This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

Mages, the most common of arcanists, are found all over Azeroth. They focus on magic that creates and that changes things, most often with the purpose of damaging their enemies and boosting the power of their allies.[8] Such beings can obtain a familiar, which is a normal animal that gains new powers and becomes a magical beast when summoned to service by a mage,[8] while others choose to become focused mages.[9] Mages also understand the workings of arcane energy so well that they can counter most magic with great effectiveness. An adept mage who has dedication to and natural predilection for one of the schools of specialization becomes more entrenched. At this point the mage chooses either evocation or transmutation as a preferred school, and casts spells from his chosen school. The mages of the Kirin Tor first mastered the arts of casting spells using the elements of ice and fire. Mages are also known for being able to summon elementals, usually water elementals, but can also summon air, earth and fire elementals as well.[8][10] The greatest mortal mage ever to live is the Naga Queen Azshara, who still lives. In fact, she may no longer be mortal.[11]

The first known mages on Azeroth were elves, before the breaking of the Well of Eternity and the Achievement boss pathaleonthecalculator.png  [Exile of the High Elves], who lived on the shores of the Well of Eternity and wielded its powers.



  • The Wrath of the Lich King faction of Dalaran, the Kirin Tor, start with a neutral reputation standing with all other classes. Mages, however, are automatically friendly with the Kirin Tor, making it possible to purchase and wear the Inv shirt guildtabard 01.png  [Tabard of the Kirin Tor] at level 1. However, reputation cannot be gained in non-level 80 dungeons.
  • Dr. Bill Lee, a re-occurring character from the TV Series 'Stargate SG-1' and 'Stargate Atlantis,' states that he plays a mage, and makes multiple references to the game, including Elwynn Forest. While his character's race is not explicitly stated, it's assumed from that statement that he plays a human.
  • Mages who developed their powers outside of conventional, Dalaran-approved teachings are called hedge mages.

Patch changes

  • Mists-Logo-Small.png Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Updated rotations. Fire mages control the random nature of spells. Frost mages made stronger, viable in PvE. Crowd control and survivability that was unique to Frost transferred to the whole class.
  • Cata-Logo-Small.png Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): There is now a new spell fly-out UI feature for mage portals. Clicking on the [Teleport] or Portal buttons will expand the list of choices available.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Conjured mana gems no longer disappear from your backpack after being logged out for more than 15 minutes.

See also

Game mechanics:



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