Mage abilities are abilities used by mages. Most abilities are shared between all specializations, while some are only specific to one (or two) specializations. Mage abilities use three schools of magic: Arcane, Fire, and Frost.


All mages automatically learn the following spells at the specified level, regardless of specialization. Portals and teleports are listed in another section of this article.

Spell Level
[Frostbolt] 1
[Fire Blast] 2
[Frost Nova] 3
[Blink] 4
[Conjure Refreshment] 5
[Arcane Explosion] 6
[Counterspell] 7
[Arcane Intellect] 8
[Slow Fall] 9
[Polymorph] 10/Quest
[Teleport] 21
[Ice Block] 22
[Portal] 24
[Remove Curse] 28
[Invisibility] 34
[Spellsteal] 39
[Mirror Image] 44
[Time Warp] 49


The three mage specializations are Arcane, Fire, and Frost (all caster DPS).

For a summary of the character and strengths of each spec, see Mage specializations.

Mage spell specializations
Level Arcane Fire Frost
10 [Arcane Barrage] [Fireball] [Ice Lance]
10 [Arcane Blast] [Mastery: Ignite] [Mastery: Icicles]
10 [Mastery: Savant]
11 [Prismatic Barrier] [Blazing Barrier] [Ice Barrier]
12 [Slow] [Pyroblast] [Summon Water Elemental]
13 [Arcane Missiles] [Scorch] [Fingers of Frost]
14 [Clearcasting] [Hot Streak] [Blizzard]
17 [Conjure Mana Gem] [Flamestrike] [Shatter]
18 [Cone of Cold]
19 [Alter Time] [Phoenix Flames] [Flurry]
23 [Critical Mass] [Freeze]
27 [Evocation] [Dragon's Breath]
29 [Arcane Power] [Combustion] [Icy Veins]
32 [Brain Freeze]
33 [Touch of the Magi]
38 [Frozen Orb]
42 [Presence of Mind] [Cauterize] [Cold Snap]
47 [Greater Invisibility]
58 [Alter Time] [Alter Time]


Talents become available at level 15. Only one talent can be chosen from each tier.

They can be swapped out any time outside of a rested area using  [Tome of the Tranquil Mind].

Mage talents
Level Choices
15 Arcane [Amplification] [Rule of Threes] [Arcane Familiar]
Fire [Firestarter] [Pyromaniac] [Searing Touch]
Frost [Bone Chilling] [Lonely Winter] [Ice Nova]
25 Arcane [Master of Time] [Shimmer] [Slipstream]
Fire [Blazing Soul] [Blast Wave]
Frost [Glacial Insulation] [Ice Floes]
30 [Incanter's Flow] [Focus Magic] [Rune of Power]
35 Arcane [Resonance] [Arcane Echo] [Nether Tempest]
Fire [Flame On] [Alexstrasza's Fury] [From the Ashes]
Frost [Frozen Touch] [Chain Reaction] [Ebonbolt]
40 Arcane [Chrono Shift] [Ice Ward] [Ring of Frost]
Fire [Frenetic Speed]
Frost [Frigid Winds]
45 Arcane [Reverberate] [Arcane Orb] [Supernova]
Fire [Flame Patch] [Conflagration] [Living Bomb]
Frost [Freezing Rain] [Splitting Ice] [Comet Storm]
50 Arcane [Overpowered] [Time Anomaly] [Enlightened]
Fire [Kindling] [Pyroclasm] [Meteor]
Frost [Thermal Void] [Ray of Frost] [Glacial Spike]

PvP talents

PvP talents become available at level 20. Up to 3 PvP talents may be active at any given time (with additional slots becoming available at levels 30 and 40).

These talents are active in the open world with War Mode turned on, as well as during instanced PvP. They have no effect in dungeons and raids.


Glyphs are items that can change a spell or ability's visual appearance. Most glyphs are crafted by scribes, are color-coded by class, and can be applied as early as level 11. They can be removed at any time outside of combat using  [Vanishing Powder].

Glyph Used on
 [Glyph of Crittermorph] [Polymorph]
 [Glyph of Dalaran Brilliance] [Arcane Intellect]
 [Glyph of Evaporation] [Summon Water Elemental]
 [Glyph of Lavish Servings] [Conjure Refreshment]
 [Glyph of Polymorphic Proportions] [Polymorph]
 [Glyph of Smolder] [Combustion]
 [Glyph of Sparkles] [Slow Fall]
 [Glyph of Steaming Fury] [Summon Water Elemental]
 [Glyph of Storm's Wake] [Summon Water Elemental]
 [Glyph of the Cold Waves] [Summon Water Elemental]
 [Glyph of the Dark Depths] [Summon Water Elemental]
 [Glyph of the Tides] [Summon Water Elemental]
 [Glyph of the Unbound Elemental] [Summon Water Elemental]


Mages can learn to teleport themselves and open up portals for their party members for instant travel to friendly capital cities by visiting a portal trainer. Portal trainers are typically found nearby the mage trainers in each capital city. Since patch 5.0.4, neither teleports nor portals require reagents.

Extra spells

These spells are alternate versions of trainable spells, with some functionally identical, but possessing a different icon or other cosmetic difference. There are also several other miscellaneous spells which provide other effects. They are learned through books, items, or given as quest rewards.

Ability Min Level Taught by
Polymorph: Polar Bear Cub 11  [Tome of Polymorph: Polar Bear Cub] drops from polar bears, notably the Arctic Grizzly in Dragonblight.
Polymorph: Porcupine 11  [Tome of Polymorph: Porcupine] drops from porcupines on Pandaria.
Polymorph: Monkey 11  [Tome of Polymorph: Monkey] drops from hozen and monkey mobs.
Polymorph: Pig 25 Taught by Neutral The Amazing Zanzo in Dalaran for 3g.
Polymorph: Rabbit 25  [Tome of Polymorph: Rabbit] from the Noblegarden event.
Polymorph: Turtle 25  [Tome of Polymorph: Turtle] from high level Cataclysm fishing pools.
Polymorph: Black Cat 25  [Tome of Polymorph: Black Cat] for 2500g from Neutral Endora Moorehead in Dalaran at neutral Kirin Tor reputation.
Polymorph: Bumblebee 25 Tome of Polymorph: Bumblebee for 1800g from Alliance Sister Lilyana in Stormsong Valley at revered Storm's Wake reputation.
Polymorph: Direhorn 25 Tome of Polymorph: Direhorn for 1800g from Horde Natal'hakata in Dazar'alor at revered Zandalari Empire reputation.


Ability Min Level Taught by
[Arcane Momentum] 4 Almost any Mage Trainer
[Dalaran Brilliance] (cosmetic) 8 Taught by  [Glyph of Dalaran Brilliance]
[Arcane Linguist] 10  [Mystical Tome: Arcane Linguist]
[Illusion] 10  [Mystical Tome: Illusion]

All mages can also purchase and use the  [Familiar Stone] exclusive to their class at Level 11, which summons a non-combat familiar which follows them around.

See also