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The Mists of Pandaria Mage


Mage in PandariaWith Mists of Pandaria the talent system, as known in Cataclysm and earlier, has been flushed and replaced by a completely new system. Some of the old talents are dead, others have been rolled into the new talents and abilities. This will mean that your effectiveness will more due to your skills in using your abiltites rather than having the “best” talent build. Well, Ok, it was always that way, but now it’s more so.

Other changes: 

  • The ranged slot is gone. You can still use wands, just not equip them and your main weapon at the same time. On the other hand, it sounds like wands will be buffed.

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Mists of Pandaria Mage Talents

Any spec of mage can pick any one talent from any row, for six total talents at 90. Yes, this does mean that Frost Mages can have Living Bomb at 90. See the individual mage pages for actual builds. Talents can be changed, one at a time, just like glyphs. Click the talent you want to change, spend a dust/powder/tome, and pick the new talent. Or, your trainer can wipe the whole list for you (for a few gold pieces.)

This is now a build, those will be shown on the individual spec pages. This is just to give you a clear idea of what’s coming.

See below the image for talent descriptions.

Mists of Pandaria Mage Talents.

View wowhead talent thingie.

Mage Talent Descriptions.

As mentioned above, you can swap talents just like glyphs. Don’t like one? Play with another.

Level 15


Presence of Mind – Causes your next spell that has a cast time to be instant. Scorch zaps the enemy for some damage and can be cast while moving. Nice for fishing for Pyroblast procs. Ice Floes – Allows you to move while casting and channeling the next 2 Mage spells that have a base cast or channel time less than 4 sec. This spell may be cast while a cast time spell is in progress and is not on the global cooldown.
Level 30


Temporal Shield – Envelops you briefly in a temporal shield and damage taken while shielded will be healed back over a few seconds. This spell is usable while stunned, frozen, incapacitated, feared or asleep. Blazing Speed – Suppresses movement slowing effects and increases your movement speed for 1 sec. May only be activated after taking a melee or spell hit greater than 2% of your total health, or after you kill an enemy that yields experience or honor. This spell may be cast while a cast time spell is in progress and is not on the global cooldown. Ice Barrier – Instantly shields you, absorbing some damage and lasting for 1 min. While the shield holds, spellcasting will not be delayed by damage.
Level 45Control Ring of Frost – Summons a Ring of Frost at the target location. Enemies entering the ring will become frozen. 10 yd radius. Ice Ward – Places an Ice Ward on a friendly target. When an enemy strikes the target, all nearby enemies within will become frozen in place for a few seconds. Frostjaw – Silences and freezes the target in place for a few seconds. Lasts half as long versus Player targets.
Level 60


Greater Invisibility – Instantly makes the caster invisible, reducing all threat, and removing two damage over time effects. While invisible, you are untargetable by enemies. Lasts 20 sec. Invisibility is cancelled if you perform any actions. Damage taken is grealty reduced while invisible and for 3 sec after coming out of invisibility. Cauterize – An attack which would otherwise kill you will instead bring you to 50% of your maximum health, and you will burn for 40% of your maximum health over the next 6 sec. Cold Snap – When activated, this spell finishes the cooldown of your Ice Block, Frost Nova, and Cone of Cold spells. Instantly restores 30% of your health. This spell is usable while stunned, frozen, incapacitated, feared or asleep, and is not on the global cooldown.
Level 75


Nether Tempest – Places a DoT on the target which deals Arcane damage over several sec. Each time Nether Tempest deals damage, an additional 50% of that damage is also dealt to a random target within 10 yards. Living Bomb – The target becomes a Living Bomb, taking Fire damage over several sec. When this effect ends, or the target dies, it explodes to deal additional Fire damage to up to 3 enemies within 10 yards. Frost Bomb – Places a Frost Bomb on the target. After a few seconds the bomb explodes Frost damage to the primary target, and also some Frost damage to all other targets within 10 yds. All affected targets are greatly slowed for a brief time.
Level 90


Invocation – Reduces the cooldown of Evocation to 10 sec, but you passively regenerate 50% less mana. Completing an Evocation causes you to deal increased spell damage for 40 sec. Rune of Power – Replaces Evocation. Places a Rune of Power on the ground for 1 min. While standing in your own Rune of Power, your mana regeneration is increased by 100% and your spell damage is increased by 15%. Only 2 Runes of Power can be placed at one time. Incanter’s Ward– Places a magical ward on you, absorbing damage for 8 sec. Absorbed damage will restore a portion of your maximum mana. When this effect ends, you gain increased spell damage for 15 sec, based on the absorption used.Also passively increases spell damage by 6% and increases mana regeneration by 65%. This effect is deactivated while Incanter’s Ward is on cooldown.


Mage Abilities

These abilities are shared by all mages. Some of the old (Cataclysm) talents and glyphs have been rolled into these abilities, such as Improved Counterspell, at level 70. Other Mage abilities, glyphs, and talents are dead. Also note that the levels at which some abilities are obtained has been changed.

Symbiosis is a new Druidic ability. You gain a Druidic ability and the Druid gets one of yours.  (see video for more info.) All Mages will get Healing Touch from the Druid and the Druid Guardian spec gets Frost Armor, Feral gets Frost Nova, Balance gets Mirror Images, and Restoration gets Ice Block

Healing Touch should be rather nice in PvP and even in PvE, when aggro comes your way.

Frostfire Bolt – The basic bolt 1 Portal: Undercity 42
Mana Attunement (Passive) 1 Flamestrike – 2 sec. cast time. 44
Symbiosis – New 1 Conjure Mana Gem 48
Fire Blast 5 Mirror Image 50
Blink 7 Wizardry (Passive) 50
Frost Nova 8 Blizzard 52
Counterspell 9 Portal: Stonard 52
Polymorph 14 Teleport: Stonard 52
Shatter (Passive) Increased crit chance Vs frozen. 16 Frost Armor 54
Teleport: Darnassus 17 Invisibility 56
Teleport: Exodar 17 Arcane Brilliance 58
Teleport: Ironforge 17 Frost Bomb – New 60
Teleport: Orgrimmar 17 Nether Tempest – New 60
Teleport: Silvermoon 17 Polymorph Turtle 60
Teleport: Stormwind 17 Polymorph Black Cat 60
Teleport: Theramore 17 Polymorph Rabbit 60
Teleport: Thunder Bluff 17 Polymorph Turkey 60
Teleport: Undercity 17 Polymorph Pig 60
Arcane Explosion 22 Teleport: Shattrath 62
Ice Lance 22 Spellsteal 64
Cone of Cold 28 Deep Freeze 66
Ice Block 30 Portal: Shattrath 66
Remove Curse 30 Improved Counterspell (Passive) 70
Slow Fall 32 Teleport: Dalaran 71
Molten Armor 34 Nether Attunement (Passive) – New 74
Conjure Refreshment 38 Portal: Dalaran 74
Evocation 40 Mage Bomb – New 75
Portal: Darnassus 42 Conjure Refreshment Table 76
Portal: Exodar 42
Portal: Ironforge 42 Mage Armor 80
Portal: Orgrimmar 42 Burning Soul (Passive) 82
Portal: Silvermoon 42 Portal: Tol Barad 85
Portal: Stormwind 42 Teleport: Tol Barad 85
Portal: Theramore 42 Time Warp 85
Portal: Thunder Bluff 42 Alter Time – New 87


Mage Abilities by Specialization

Each spec of Mage (and the same with all other classes) gets several unique abilities as they level. Frostfire bolt is the basic bolt, other attacks are for the individual specialties. At this time it looks like Fire will still value Crit, for the free Pyroblasts while the others will probably value Haste over Crit. But, we’ll see as time goes on.

Arcane Blast 10 Pyroblast 10 Frostbolt 7
Arcane Charge 10 Fireball 12 Summon Water Elemental 10
Arcane Barrage 12 Inferno Blast 24 Fingers of Frost 24
Arcane Missiles 24 Critical Mass 36 Icy Veins 36
Slow 36 Dragon’s Breath 62 Frozen Orb 62
Arcane Power 62 Combustion 77 Brain Freeze 77
Mastery: Mana Adept 80 Mastery: Ignite 80 Mastery: Frostburn 80
Pyromaniac 85
Create and spend arcane charges to build more power and to drive Arcane Barrage. And there was much burnination. Crit happy. Chance for free Pyroblasts. Lots of Dots. Chance for free spells, lots of freezing and slowing, more damage against frozen.


Mage Glyphs

The prime glyphs, from Cataclysm, are now dead. Majors and Primes have been rolled into one category. In addition, the prime slot is also gone, so you will have six total glyphs at level 75. Three major and three minor. (One each at levels 25, 50, and 75.)

Majors cover all damage, cooldown, and other spell effect modifications.

Minor glyphs are now pretty much purely cosmetic, or teach minor stuff.

Hover over the links for descriptions. CD = CoolDown

Major Glyphs

Minor Glyphs

Glyph of Frostfire Bolt – reduced cast time Glyph of the Penguin – poly into penguin
Glyph of Remove Curse – increase damage Glyph of Arcane Language – comprehend allies racial languages
Glyph of Arcane Power – increased duration and CD Glyph of Illusion – look like someone else
Glyph of Water Elemental – improves elemental Glyph of Mirror Image – cast appropriate to spec
Glyph of Slow – Arc. Blast now slows. Glyph of Conjure Familiar – conjure a familar stone
Glyph of Deep Freeze – DF is off global CD Glyph of the Monkey – poly into monkey
Glyph of Counterspell – improves CS Glyph of Momentum – blink in the direction you’re moving
Glyph of Fire Blast – better detonations Glyph of Crittermorph – poly critters
Glyph of Armors – reduces cast time, better armor Glyph of the Porcupine – poly into porcupine
Glyph of Arcane Explosion – bigger radius Glyph of Loose Mana – restores mana over a few seconds
Glyph of Blink – more distance
Glyph of Evocation – restores health
Glyph of Combustion – better damage, longer CD
Glyph of Frost Nova – reduced CD
Glyph of Ice Block – free Frost Nova
Glyph of Ice Lance – hits additional target
Glyph of Cone of Cold – more damage
Glyph of Invisibility – faster movement
Glyph of Mana Gem – better mana gem
Glyph of Polymorph – removes DoTs
Glyph of Icy Veins – more damage
Glyph of Spellsteal – adds small heal


Gems and Enchants

Enchants require iLevel 372 items, so you will be able to enchant your better gear with the new stuff. Gems require iLevel 417, so you will not be able to put those yummy new M of P gems into your heroic raid/PvP gear.

Here are the M of P gems, you’ll find these gems and the Cata gems on the individual mage pages.

Spell Penetration is being changed into PvP Power.




Orange: Matches a Red or Yellow socket


Cogwheel: Cogwheels are loaded into sockets on Engie items, such as: Reinforced Bio-Optic Killshades and require you to maintain a 525 Engineeringskill.


Mage Enchants

Again, Cata enchants are shown on the spec pages. Min iLevel for the M of P enchants is 372. Upgrade your nice gear as soon as you can afford to do so.

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Main Hand/Two-Handed:


Helm enchants are going away










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