Presence of Mind
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Usable by
Class Mage
School Arcane
Cooldown 1 minute
Other information
Level learned 42
Affects [Arcane Blast]
Related buff
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  • Presence of Mind
  • Arcane Blast is instant cast.

Presence of Mind is a level 42 Arcane mage ability. When activated, causes the next two [Arcane Blast] to be instant cast.


  • After activating Presence of Mind, a buff appears indicating the next cast will be instant. This buff will remain indefinitely until the effect is used. The cooldown will not begin until this current buff is consumed.
  • Activating this ability does not trigger the global cooldown.

Tips and tactics

Once Presence of Mind is activated, the next instant spell can be cast while on the move, where it would normally require the mage to stop and cast. Thus, it can be used to cast large nukes while jumping or falling.

This ability is popular with the so-called Three-Minute Mage, a play style that gets its name from this ability and [Arcane Power], which both originally had a 3-minute cooldown.


Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Now available at level 30, and is no longer a talent.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Changed into a level 10 spell to level 15 talent. Now only affects [Arcane Blast].
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.1.0 (2015-02-24): Can once again be used with [Polymorph].
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now a spell available only to the Arcane specialization. No longer works on Polymorph.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now available to all specializations as a talent.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): This talent is now a Tier 3 talent, down from Tier 5.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.9 (2009-02-10): Arcane Power and 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.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.9 (2009-02-10): Presence of Mind: The cooldown has been reduced to 2 minutes, (down from 3.)
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Reduced cooldown. Now only works on Mage spells with a cast time of less than 10 seconds.

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