Arcane Mage PvE Guide

PvE Guide
Patch: 8.3.7
Author: Wowmeta
Class: Mage
Specialization: Arcane
Last updated on: Aug 20, 2020

Welcome to our World of Warcraft Arcane Mage DPS Guide for Battle of Azeroth Patch 8.3 and latest Raid - Ny'alotha. Here you can explore the optimal choices of Talents, Stats, Gear (BiS), Gems, Azerite Powers & Azerite Essences, Races, Consumables, Rotation. We constantly check our guides to be up-to-date and make changes if needed.

You can use this guide as a solid starting point for building your character, while eventually, you might tweak things according to your gameplay preferences.

1. Talents

15
Amplification
Rule of Threes
Arcane Familiar
30
Mana Shield
Shimmer
Slipstream
45
Incanter's Flow
Mirror Image
Rune of Power
60
Resonance
Charged Up
Supernova
75
Chrono Shift
Ice Ward
Ring of Frost
90
Reverberate
Touch of the Magi
Nether Tempest
100
Overpowered
Time Anomaly
Arcane Orb

2. Stats

Critical Strike > Mastery > Versatility > Haste

3. Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

Back
Feet
> >
Head
> >
Legs
> >
Neck
Ring
> >
Chest
>
Hands
> >
Waist
> >
Wrist
> >
Trinket
> >
Main Hand
> >
Shoulders
> >

4. Azerite essence

Azerite Essence
> >

5. Gem

Gem
> >

6. Azerite powers

Azerite Power
> >

7. Races

Race
Troll > Blood Elf > Human

8. Consumables

Food
Rune
Flask
Potion
Ring enchant
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Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

9. Rotation

Note: Question marks should be tapped/hovered over with mouse.

? Use Potion
? Except during Arcane Power
? Just before Arcane Power. Also when 60+ seconds remain before your next Arcane Power. This keeps mana high for when you use Arcane Power.
? Use Arcane Power at 4 Arcane Charges
? Use Potion: Use Potion during Arcane Power
? Use Racial Active Buff: During Arcane Power
? Use Trinkets: Try to use trinkets with buffs during Arcane Power
? If you are at max Arcane Charges with a Rule of Three proc, use Arcane Blast instead of Arcane Missiles. This could come from using Charged Up, Time Anomaly procs, or Galvanizing Spark procs.
? With Clearcasting if Arcane Power is down. Only use if there are less than 3 targets in range of Arcane Explosion.
? Whenever you can get at least 3 Arcane Charges from it
? At the end of Arcane Power or Rune of Power to squeeze in a couple extra Arcane Blasts.
? When there are less than 3 targets to hit with Arcane Explosion
? When you don't have enough mana to cast Arcane Blast/Explosion. You don't need to channel it until you have 100% mana. Getting to around 85% will still be optimal.
? If you used Arcane Power at low mana and run out of mana for Arcane Blast before Arcane Power fades, use Arcane Missiles if possible. The rotation generally avoids this situation but it can happen sometimes depending on the fight.
? With Rule of Threes and less than 3 targets in range of Arcane Explosion
? If you are above 85% mana, burn off some mana to avoid capping
? At 4 Arcane Charges
? When there are less than 3 targets
? Arcane Power up, Rune of Power up, Evocation ready or fight ending in 30 secs?
No
? With Rule of Threes and less than 3 targets in range of Arcane Explosion
? If you are above 85% mana, burn off some mana to avoid capping
? At 4 Arcane Charges
? When there are less than 3 targets
Yes
? At the end of Arcane Power or Rune of Power to squeeze in a couple extra Arcane Blasts.
? When there are less than 3 targets to hit with Arcane Explosion
? When you don't have enough mana to cast Arcane Blast/Explosion. You don't need to channel it until you have 100% mana. Getting to around 85% will still be optimal.
? If you used Arcane Power at low mana and run out of mana for Arcane Blast before Arcane Power fades, use Arcane Missiles if possible. The rotation generally avoids this situation but it can happen sometimes depending on the fight.

Frequently Asked Questions

🧐 How is this Guide useful?

The goal of our guides is to show you the overall "optimal" options for building your character. If you do not wish to dig through walls of text then you may like our visual "cut to the chase" approach.

📚 Where do you get this data from?

We use algorithms to parse big data chunks from Top 1% Raiders using various public World of Warcraft sources such as the official Blizzard API and WarcraftLogs. We believe that statistics is a very reliable method for determining solid choices for end-game optimization.

😸 Why do you show different recommendations for each boss?

There is usually a slight divergence in optimal choices for each given boss, so we decided to cover that in our guides. However, we also provide you with the 'All Stars' option which is the summary of most popular choices for all bosses together, in case you want the 'set it and forget it' approach (even though in some cases you might end up sacrificing a bit of your performance).