Sometimes it can be hard to find up to date information for WoW, but don’t worry; this is the best mage leveling spec for 3.3, and when another patch comes out we’ll update again! This article will be using a Frost spec, as it is still the undisputed king until the highest levels, where Arcane becomes a competitive rival.
Improved Frostbolt – 5/5 – Literally MUST-HAVE
Ice Floes – 3/3 – Nova every pull!
Frostbite – 3/3 – Slower foes=more time killing them instead of kiting
Ice Shards – 3/3 – Part of our biggest ‘talent combo’
Permafrost – 3/3 – Nice when it procs, especially when we have Shatter+Icy Shards
Icy Veins – 1/1 – Use it often, don’t let it sit unused
Arctic Reach – 2/2 – Same effect as snares; less time you need to kite
Frost Channeling – 3/3 – A bit more mana efficiency is nice
Shatter – 3/3 – Turns your damage from meh to awesome; rooted foes will almost definitely get critted, which means massive damage thanks to Icy Shards
Cold Snap – 1/1 – Great for all sorts of special situations and emergencies
Cold as Ice – 2/2 – Nice to get cooldowns more often!
Winter’s Chill – 3/3 – More damage
Ice Barrier – 1/1 – Don’t use it unless you need to, it wastes mana
Shattered Barrier – 2/2 – Turns Ice Barrier into Frost Nova 2.0
Arctic Winds – 1/5 – Filler point
Empowered Frostbolt – 2/2 – More Frostbolts, stronger Frostbolts!
Fingers of Frost – 2/2 – Even more chances to Shatter opponents!
Brain Freeze – 3/3 – Save some mana, and if you’re smart kite while you cast it!
Summon Water Elemental – 1/1 – Turns mage into one of the strongest leveling classes. Get Glyph of Eternal Water for leveling.
Enduring Winter – 3/3 – Replenishment is amazing for a mage; Int is worth having now
Chilled to the Bone – 3/5 – OK but don’t bother finishing it
Deep Freeze – 1/1 – A stun that activates Shatter for the duration. Awesome.
After Deep Freeze, move to Arcane for some survivability and utility talents, and a bit damage buff at the end:
Arcane Subtlety – 2/2
Arcane Focus – 3/3
Arcane Fortitude – 3/3
Magic Absorption – 2/2
Magic Attunement – 2/2
Spell Impact – 3/3
Improved Counterspell – 2/2
Torment the Weak – 3/3
Remember, time spent regening health and mana is just as wasted as time killing mobs; that’s why Frost beats out Fire and Arcane for leveling, so play smart!
Frost playstyle is simple for single targets: Frostbolt until you need to Nova and get some room, then Frostbolt some more. Despite the easy basic style, skilled players will find that Frost is actually the most skill-rewarding spec in the game at a high playing level!
There you have it; the best mage leveling spec for 3.3! Be sure to check back for a new article next patch, and have fun until then.