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For mage abilities and talents on Classic servers, see Mage abilities (Classic).

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.


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.


Talents become available at level 10. They can be changed at any time outside of combat, except during a PvP match or Mythic+ dungeon. A talented ability cannot be changed while it is on cooldown.

Row 5 is locked until 8 points are spent, and row 8 is locked until 20 points are spent.

Class talents[]

Row Talent Ranks Requirement
1 Spell magearmor [Prismatic Barrier] 1 Arcane only; automatic
Ability mage moltenarmor [Blazing Barrier] 1 Fire only; automatic
Spell ice lament [Ice Barrier] 1 Frost only; automatic
2 Spell frost frost [Ice Block] 1 Prismatic Barrier OR Blazing Barrier OR Ice Barrier
Spell arcane manatap [Overflowing Energy] 1 Prismatic Barrier OR Blazing Barrier OR Ice Barrier
Ability mage incantersabsorbtion [Incanter's Flow] 1 Prismatic Barrier OR Blazing Barrier OR Ice Barrier
3 Spell ice rune [Winter's Protection] 2 Ice Block
Spell arcane arcane02 [Spellsteal] 1 Ice Block
Inv shield 1h artifactstormfist d 04 [Tempest Barrier] 2 Ice Block
Rogue burstofspeed [Incantation of Swiftness] 2 Incanter's Flow
Spell nature removecurse [Remove Curse] 1 Incanter's Flow
Spell arcane arcaneresilience [Arcane Warding] 2 Incanter's Flow
4 Spell magic lesserinvisibilty [Mirror Image] 1 Winter's Protection OR Spellsteal OR Tempest Barrier
Ability ardenweald mage [Shifting Power] 1 Tempest Barrier OR Overflowing Energy OR Incantation of Swiftness
Spell mage altertime [Alter Time] 1 Incantation of Swiftness OR Remove Curse OR Arcane Warding
5 Spell frost icefloes [Cryo-Freeze] 2 Mirror Image
Ability mage massinvisibility [Reduplication]/
Spell arcane studentofmagic [Reabsorption]
1 Mirror Image
Ability priest surgeofdarkness [Quick Witted] 1 Mirror Image OR Shifting Power
Spell nature doublepolymorph1 [Mass Polymorph] 1 Shifting Power
Spell nature slow [Slow] 1 Shifting Power OR Alter Time
Inv belt armor waistoftime d 01 [Master of Time] 1 Alter Time
Inv soulbarrier [Diverted Energy] 2 Alter Time
6 Spell frost ring of frost [Ring of Frost] 1 Cryo-Freeze OR Reduplication/Reabsorption OR Quick Witted
Spell mage icenova [Ice Nova] 1 Quick Witted
Spell arcane massdispel [Shimmer]/
Spell mage iceflows [Ice Floes]
1 Quick Witted OR Mass Polymorph OR Slow
Inv enchant essencearcanelarge [Mass Slow] 1 Slow
Spell holy excorcism 02 [Blast Wave] 1 Slow OR Master of Time OR Diverted Energy
7 Spell frost frostnova [Improved Frost Nova] 1 Cryo-Freeze OR Ring of Frost
Spell hunter blackicetrap [Rigid Ice] 1 Ring of Frost OR Ice Nova
Inv misc book 04 [Tome of Rhonin] 1 Ice Nova OR Shimmer/Ice Floes
Inv misc book 18 [Tome of Antonidas] 1 Shimmer/Ice Floes OR Mass Slow OR Blast Wave
Spell fire burnout [Volatile Detonation] 1 Blast Wave
Spell mage temporalshield [Energized Barriers] 1 Blast Wave OR Diverted Energy
8 Ability mage deepfreeze [Frigid Winds] 2 Improved Frost Nova OR Rigid Ice OR Tome of Rhonin
Spell arcane blink [Flow of Time] 2 Tome of Rhonin OR Tome of Antonidas
Ability socererking arcaneacceleration [Temporal Velocity] 2 Tome of Antonidas OR Volatile Detonation OR Energized Barriers
9 Spell frost frostward [Ice Ward] 1 Frigid Winds
Spell frost glacier [Freezing Cold] 1 Frigid Winds
Spell nature timestop [Time Manipulation] 1 Frigid Winds OR Flow of Time
Ability hunter displacement [Displacement] 1 Flow of Time
Ability mage shattershield [Accumulative Shielding] 1 Flow of Time OR Temporal Velocity
Ability mage greaterinvisibility [Greater Invisibility] 1 Temporal Velocity
Inv misc head dragon 01 [Dragon's Breath] 1 Temporal Velocity
10 Spell fire bluefire [Ice Cold] 1 Ice Ward OR Freezing Cold
Ability mage timewarp [Time Anomaly]/
Ability bossmagistrix timewarp2 [Temporal Warp]
1 Time Manipulation OR Displacement OR Accumulative Shielding
Ability racial magicalresistance [Mass Barrier]/
Ability mage massinvisibility [Mass Invisibility]
1 Greater Invisibility OR Dragon's Breath

Specialization talents[]

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 Inv misc dust 02 [Vanishing Powder].

Glyph Used on
Inv glyph minormage [Glyph of Crittermorph] Spell nature polymorph [Polymorph]
Inv glyph minormage [Glyph of Dalaran Brilliance] Spell holy magicalsentry [Arcane Intellect]
Inv glyph minormage [Glyph of Evaporation] Spell frost coldhearted [Icy Veins]
Inv glyph minormage [Glyph of Lavish Servings] Spell mage conjuredmanapudding [Conjure Refreshment]
Inv glyph minormage [Glyph of Polymorphic Proportions] Spell nature polymorph [Polymorph]
Inv glyph minormage [Glyph of Smolder] Spell fire sealoffire [Combustion]
Inv glyph minormage [Glyph of Sparkles] Spell magic featherfall [Slow Fall]
Inv glyph minormage [Glyph of Steaming Fury] Spell frost coldhearted [Icy Veins]
Inv glyph minormage [Glyph of Storm's Wake] Spell frost coldhearted [Icy Veins]
Inv glyph minormage [Glyph of the Cold Waves] Spell frost coldhearted [Icy Veins]
Inv glyph minormage [Glyph of the Dark Depths] Spell frost coldhearted [Icy Veins]
Inv glyph minormage [Glyph of the Tides] Spell frost coldhearted [Icy Veins]
Inv glyph minormage [Glyph of the Unbound Elemental] Spell frost coldhearted [Icy Veins]

Variant spells[]

These spells are alternate versions of trainable spells, with identical functionality 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.


Spell Effect Source Notes
Spell magic polymorphpig Polymorph: Pig Pig The Amazing Zanzo in Dalaran Was learned from N Mage [60] Fragmented Magic before patch 4.0.3a.
Achievement halloween cat 01 Polymorph: Black Cat Black Cat Inv misc book 07 [Tome of Polymorph: Black Cat] 2,500g from Endora Moorehead in Dalaran at neutral Kirin Tor reputation.
Ability hunter aspectofthemonkey Polymorph: Monkey Monkey Inv misc book 07 [Tome of Polymorph: Monkey] Drops from hozen and monkey mobs.
Spell magic polymorphrabbit Polymorph: Rabbit Rabbit Inv misc book 07 [Tome of Polymorph: Rabbit] Found or purchased during Noblegarden.
Inv pet babyblizzardbear Polymorph: Polar Bear Cub Polar Bear Cub Inv misc book 07 [Tome of Polymorph: Polar Bear Cub] Drops from Arctic Grizzlies in the Dragonblight.
Inv pet porcupine Polymorph: Porcupine Porcupine Inv misc book 07 [Tome of Polymorph: Porcupine] Drops from porcupines in Pandaria.
Ability hunter pet turtle Polymorph: Turtle Turtle Inv misc book 07 [Tome of Polymorph: Turtle] Can be fished up from Cataclysm fishing pools.
Inv bee default Polymorph: Bumblebee Bee Tome of Polymorph: Bumblebee Alliance only. 1800g from Alliance Sister Lilyana in Stormsong Valley at revered Storm's Wake reputation.
Inv pet direhorn Polymorph: Direhorn Baby direhorn Tome of Polymorph: Direhorn Horde only. 1800g from Horde Natal'hakata in Dazar'alor at revered Zandalari Empire reputation.
Inv misc questionmark Polymorph: Duck Duck Inv misc book 07 [Tome of Polymorph: Duck] Reward from N Mage [65-68] Best Spell Ever at [66.4, 33.3]VZ-Azure SpanBlip inside the Duck Cave of Upper Frostlands, Azure Span


Ability Min Level Taught by
Spell arcane blink [Arcane Momentum] 4 Almost any Mage Trainer
Achievement dungeon theviolethold heroic [Dalaran Brilliance] 8 Inv glyph minormage [Glyph of Dalaran Brilliance]
Ability priest heavanlyvoice [Arcane Linguist] 10 Inv misc book 07 [Mystical Tome: Arcane Linguist]
Inv mask 01 [Illusion] 10 Inv misc book 07 [Mystical Tome: Illusion]

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