Master the efficient leveling and become a master of the frost tree for your Frost Mage in WoTLK Classic with our comprehensive leveling guide! From spell rotations to talent builds, gear recommendations, and leveling strategies, we provide everything you need to expand your arctic reach to the icy landscapes of Northrend. Learn to deep freeze your enemies in their tracks and rise through the ranks today!
As a beginner, if you’re starting off to train your Mage, then you should consider the following things; Speak to your Mage Trainer at levels 30 and 60 to begin the quest Mage’s Wand and a quest to obtain Polymorph: Pig, respectively. Wands play a vital role as a Mage, so there’s no doubt that you have to get one as soon as you start your excursion. Try to save up to 100 gold to learn the riding skill and purchase epic mounts at level 40-60. Once you’re close to level 50 or above, you can start investigating dungeons to obtain Pre-Raid BIS gears and at the same time, gain an insane amount of experience from it.
While you train your Mage to level 60, you have four optional builds to choose from: Frost Mage, which is known as the best leveling spec as it provides you access to damage and utility. AoE, which is another option for frost builds, but yet it’s completely different, as it targets grinding mobs for faster leveling. Arcane Mage, which is quite interesting because it equally supports both; fire and frost spells. Fire Mage, which provides the highest damage in terms of a single target.
Because of their sheer spell power and ability to kill mobs effortlessly for easy aoe grinding, a frost mage is considered a leveling spec for good reason in Wrath of the Lich King Classic. You should note the following before you journey out into the world of Warcraft, however to help your leveling speed:
It's important to focus on spell power to make your questing and leveling grind easier. The arcane tree coupled with the frost tree makes life much easier when you are leveling.
Always upgrade the following when available: Arcane Intellect, Frost Armor, Ice Armor and Ice Barrier.
AoE grinding spells: Arcane Explosion, Flamestrike, Blizzard and Cone of Cold
Always try to have Piercing Ice active which increases the damage done by your Frost spells by 4%. This coupled with Cold Snap (When activated, this spell finishes the cooldown on all of your Frost spells) allows you to almost always have your buffs active allowing you to kill enemies with ease.
Ice barrier and Frost armor are two important skills that will prolong your sustainability. Because you are in mage armor, you'll get hit quite hard when pulling multiple mobs while aoe grinding.
As a mage running the frost tree + arcane tree together, it may be a good idea to have slow fall on your hotbar to prevent any unexpected deaths. This will especially come in handy if you are playing a hardcore mode.
Ice Armor increases Armor by 380 and frost resistance by 9. If an enemy strikes the caster, they may have their movement slowed by 30% and the time between their attacks increased by 25% for 5 sec. Only one type of Armor spell can be active on the Mage at any time. Lasts 30 min.
Because questing is way more efficient at this level than grinding, it's advised to begin at Northrend and start tackling reputation on the way that you'll need later on anyways.
I think we all know how Mages are best known for their damage dealt on single targets, and likewise, how they have good AoE, the ability to provide utility through the spell Arcane Intellect and supply others with free drinks. However, when it comes to leveling in dungeons, there’s a specific strategy to be followed, so that Mages can completely benefit from the dungeons while grinding their levels.
Groups often spend a lot of time in dungeons, but your target should solely be on AoE-ing and providing utilities through Portals, Free Drinks etc. Keep these suggestions in mind and you’re good to go; To kite large packs, make use of spells like Blizzard, Cone of Cold, and Frost Nova. Rather than using other AoE abilities, use Arcane Explosion and Flamestrike. Always keep yourself out of melee range, and you can use the spell Ice Block to gain an advantage. Finally, never fall back and focus on providing the necessary supplies to your team members.
Mage Trainers are the only ones through whom you can train your abilities and ranks. The below section will show you where you can locate the best Mage Trainers in-game according to your respective factions.
Alliance Trainers: Northshire Abbey, located in Elwynn Forest: Khelden Bremen. Goldshire, located in Elwynn Forest: Zaldimar Wefhellt. Wizard's Sanctum, located in Mage Quarter, Stormwind: Jennea Cannon, Elsharin. Anvilmar, located in Dun Morogh: Marryk Nurribit. Kharanos, located in Dun Morogh: Magis Sparkmantle. Hall of Mysteries, located in The Mystic Ward, Ironforge: Bink, Dink, Juli Stormkettle, Nittlebur Sparkfizzle.
Horde Trainer: Deathknell, located in Tirisfal Glades: Isabella. Brill, located in Tirisfal Glades: Cain Firesong. Magic Quarter, located in Undercity: Anastasia Hartwell, Pierce Shackleton, Kaelystia Hatebringer. Valley of Trials, located in Durotar: Mai'ah. Sen'jin Village, located in Durotar: Un'Thuwa. Valley of Spirits, located in Orgrimmar: Uthel'nay, Deino, Enyo, Pephredo. Pools of Vision, located in Thunder Bluff: Ursyn Ghull, Thurston Xane, Archmage Shymm.
Portal Trainers: Wizard's Sanctum, located in Mage Quarter, Stormwind: Larimaine Purdue. Hall of Mysteries, located in The Mystic Ward, Ironforge: Milstaff Stormeye. Temple of the Moon, located in Darnassus: Elissa Dumas. Magic Quarter, located in Undercity: Lexington Mortaim. Valley of Spirits, located in Orgrimmar: Thuul. Pools of Vision, located in Thunder Bluff: Birgitte Cranston.
Whether it's the Human Race, Gnome Race, Troll Race, or Undead Race, you’ll start off with staves as a default weapon. However, as you level up to 10, you can visit the weapon trainers residing in the capital cities to learn additional skills. Ilyenia Moonfire can be found at the Warrior’s Terrace: Darnassus and she can teach you the dagger skill. Bixi Wobblebonk can be found at the Military Ward: Ironforge and she can teach you the dagger skill. Woo-Ping can be found at the Trade District: Stormwind and he can teach you the dagger, as well as the one-handed sword skills. Sayoc can be found at the Valley of Honour: Orgrimmar and he can teach you the dagger skill. Archibald can be found at the War Quarter: Undercity and he can teach you the dagger, as well as the one-handed sword skills.
In Mage class, there is nothing of sort that includes item upgrades, so you’ll basically have to figure out the best stat gears that go along with your levels and provides good benefits. The best suggestion for gears would be to look for pieces that help in increasing your Stamina, Health Regeneration, and Mana Pool.
Speaking in terms of Wands, you have two grades to choose from at the earliest; Lesser Magic wand and Greater Magic Wand. Even though you have only two grades available at first, you have a range of wands that you can obtain from quests as you reach from zone 10 to 19, such as Spark of the People's Militia, which is a reward from the quest The People's Militia and is available for the Alliance faction. Elven Wandwhich, which is a reward from the quest Bashal'Aran in Darkshorend and is available for the Alliance faction. Dwarven Flamestick, which is a reward from the quest Gathering Idols and is available for the Alliance faction. Flaring Baton, which is a reward from the quest The Escape and is available for the Horde faction. Wand of Decay, which is a reward from the quest Beren's Peril and is available for the Horde. Gravestone Scepter, which is a notable low-level wand obtained from the quest Blackfathom Villainy. Once you reach level 30 Mage, you can start the questline to obtain Icefury Wand at the Scarlet Monastery Dungeon.
As you level up, you’ll start to crave upgraded wands, as the lesser ones will no longer, please you, and that’s when you can start grinding dungeons, completing quests, or craft them through professions. From level 5 to level 51, you’ll have the options to obtain; Lesser Magic Wand, Spark of the people’s Militia, Greater Magic Wand, Smoldering Wand, Spellcrafter Wand, Cookie’s Stirring Rod, Consecrated Wand, Excavation Rod, Gravestone Sceptre, Dancing Flame, Rod of Sorrow, Icefury / Ragefire / Nether Force Wand, Burning Silver, Gnomish Zapper, Blackbone Wand, Cairnstone Silver, Smokey’s Fireshooter, Rod of Corrosion, and Serpentine Skuller.
You won’t have many options to choose from, but professions like Engineering and Tailoring get along well with Mage class. The reason is that you can craft gears that can benefit while leveling up, and likewise obtain recommended Pre-Raid BIS equipment, such as Green Lens through Engineering, and Robe of the Archmage from Tailoring.
When you start off in WoW Classic, you obtain a default backpack with 14 item slots, and it plays a vital role for Mages while levelling up. There are a few bags that you can easily obtain when you start as a beginner; Linen Bag, which requires level 45 in Tailoring, along with 6 Linen Cloth and 3 Coarse Thread to make. Small Brown Pouch, which can be obtained in the form of a drop from various humanoid mobs, or you can choose to purchase it from the early vendors for 5 silvers. Kodo Hide Bag, which requires level 40 in Leatherworking, along with a Pattern: Kodo Hide Bag from Horde Vendor.