Introduction to the Arcane Mage

Arcane provides impressive AoE. Its powerful cleave makes it a strong candidate in dungeons and raid encounters with multiple targets. The Arcane Mage is perfectly suited to nuking down high priority targets. It also provides some of the strongest instant pressure and burst damage out of all classes.

As with other Mage specialisations, Arcane is exceptional at doing encounter specific jobs like soaking mechanics. Arcane excels at pure single-target fights, where it can keep up with almost every class. 

Arcane is also the only Mage specialisation with access to Greater Invisibility IconGreater Invisibility, making it very strong to deal with heavy incoming damage.

Below you will find a beginners guide to the Arcane Mage, you can click on highlighted abilities, for a more in depth description of them.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Arcane Mage


  • High burst damage
  • Strong AoE
  • Exceptional mobility


  • Reliant on cooldowns for single-target damage
  • Lacks on multi-target fights
  • Gets punished hard by mechanics


15Amplification AmplificationRule of Threes Rule of ThreesArcane Familiar Arcane Familiar
30Mana Shield Mana ShieldShimmer ShimmerSlipstream Slipstream
45Incanter's Flow Incanter’s FlowMirror Image Mirror ImageRune of Power Rune of Power
60Resonance ResonanceCharged Up Charged Up Supernova Supernova
75Chrono Shift Chrono ShiftIce Ward Ice WardRing of Frost Ring of Frost
90Reverberate ReverberateTouch of the Magi Touch of the Magi Nether Tempest Nether Tempest
100Overpowered OverpoweredTime Anomaly Time AnomalyArcane Orb Arcane Orb

Rotation of the Arcane Mage

The basic rotation for the Arcane Mage is as follows:

  • Cast Charged Up Icon Charged Up if you have 1 or less Arcane Charge.


  • Time Warp IconTime Warp increases Haste by 30% for 40 seconds for all party and raid members within 100 yards.
  • Evocation IconEvocation restores 100% of your mana bar over a 6 second channelled time.

Stat Priority

  1. Critical Strike;
  2. Haste;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Versatility;
  5. Intellect.