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In this article, we list your Frost Mage (WoW 4.3) core abilities and how they should be used together (rotation). We also explain when to use your various cooldowns. Then, we go deeper and present all the subtleties that playing a Frost Mage will face you with. The other articles of our Frost Mage guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the left.
1. Basic Single Target Rotation↑top
The rotation of a Frost Mage can be summed up by the following priority list:
1.1. Cooldown Usage
Icy Veins and Cold Snap are your two DPS cooldowns. Icy Veins should be used whenever possible. Cold Snap provides you with extreme burst damage once or twice per fight (depending on the duration of the fight).
Mirror Image provides you with a small DPS boost and should therefore be used on cooldown. It can also be used at the pull to lower the threat given by your first cast of Deep Freeze.
Evocation is your main mana regeneration ability and should be used whenever your mana drops below 35%. If glyphed (Glyph of Evocation) it will also regenerate your health. Similarly, Mana Gem should be used as soon as you are more than 12k mana below your maximum mana.
2. Basic Multiple Target Rotation↑top
Your two viable choices of armors are Molten Armor and Mage Armor. Ideally, you should keep Molten Armor up at all times. Mage Armor should only be used as a last resort means of replenishing your mana.
4. Optional Read: Mastering Your Frost Mage↑top
While the rotations we gave in the previous sections will yield very good results, there are many things you should be aware of, in order to play your Frost Mage to its full potential. In particular, we detail how Fingers of Frost, the central proc of a Frost Mage play style, works.
4.1. Abilities in Details
Frostbolt is your main spell and highest source of single target DPS.
Deep Freeze is an instant cast spell that deals a lot of damage to targets immune to stuns. It can only be cast on frozen targets; in a boss fight, it means it can only be cast when Fingers of Frost is up.
Ice Lance is an instant cast spell that should only be used on frozen targets, because in that case, the amount of damage it deals is doubled.
Your Water Elemental pet has two abilities that you will need to use:
4.2. Trash Mobs Inefficiency
Deep Freeze, your main nuke, only deals damage to targets immune to stuns (dungeon and raid bosses, as well as certain trash mobs). In most cases, it will simply stun trash mobs and deal no damage to them, greatly lowering your damage output outside boss encounters.
4.3. Procs: Brain Freeze and Fingers of Frost
Fingers of Frost is your most important proc. The idea is that most of your spells are more effective against frozen targets but bosses can unfortunately not be frozen. So Blizzard came up with a substitute: whenever Fingers of Frost is up, some spells act as if they were cast on a frozen target. These spells are:
Fingers of Frost stays up for 15 seconds. It is consumed whenever you cast one of the aforementioned spells.
To give you some flexibility in your usage of Fingers of Frost, it can stack up to two charges. This means that whenever you have accumulated two charges, further procs will only refresh the 15 second cooldown but will not give you additional charges.
4.3.1. Managing Charges of Fingers of Frost
You should not keep two charges of Fingers of Frost as subsequent procs will be lost. To remain at one charge only, simply use Ice Lance whenever you have two charges. The only exception to this rule is when you there is only one or two seconds left on the cooldown of Deep Freeze; in that case, you should wait for Deep Freeze to be up and use it to consume a charge.
If you only have one charge of Fingers of Frost and Brain Freeze is up, but Deep Freeze is almost off cooldown (a few seconds left), you should definitely wait a bit and consume that charge with Deep Freeze, hoping that a new charge of Fingers of Frost will come before Brain Freeze runs out or is refreshed. From a probabilistic point of view, it is the safer bet as Fingers of Frost procs more often than Brain Freeze.
The Freeze spell from your Water Elemental should be used whenever possible. You might have heard that it should be kept for Deep Freeze. The problem with that advice is that Deep Freeze has a 30 second cooldown while Freeze has a 25 second cooldown. If you are looking to maximise your DPS (we are talking of about 1 extra charge of Fingers of Frost every two minutes, so it is a small DPS gain), you need to use Freeze whenever possible. It also has the advantage to force you to properly manage your charges so that you always have one available for when Deep Freeze is up.
Your Flame Orb (now a Frostfire Orb) deals damage every second. These ticks behave like normal Frost spells regarding Fingers of Frost and Brain Freeze: each tick has a chance to trigger them. You should always expect these procs to happen when Flame Orb is up, and be ready to cast Ice Lance to avoid remaining at two charges of Fingers of Frost.
4.4. Brain Freeze Subtleties
Brain Freeze is usually consumed when one of the two following situations occur:
This gives very good results but the second situation (where you wait for Brain Freeze to be running out before using it) can be optimised. In this situation, you run the risk of wasting Brain Freeze if it procs again before you had a chance to use it.
What you should do is wait for a few casts of Frostbolt (about 4 or 5) and then consume Brain Freeze with a Frostfire Bolt.
4.5. Burst Damage: How to Make Good Use of Cold Snap
Frost Mages are very good when it comes to doing a great amount of damage in a very short time. This comes from Cold Snap which resets the cooldowns of your frost spells. Here is how you should proceed. Cast Deep Freeze and Flame Orb first, then pop Icy Veins. If you cast Cold Snap, you will be able to immediately recast Deep Freeze and Flame Orb and you will have Icy Veins ready to be popped again as soon as it runs out. To sum it up, in a burn phase, you should cast the following spells in the order given:
Note that Icy Veins, Freeze, and Cold Snap do not trigger the global cooldown.
Depending on the situation, you might want to simply cast two Deep Freeze in a row because the fight requires that you do a maximum amount of damage in a minimum amount of time:
Remember to use Mirror Image if doing burst damage causes you to gain aggro.
A great strength of Frost Mages is their almost unrivaled ability to kite a target (or a group thereof) around. Frost Mages have a whole arsenal of abilities to slow and freeze their targets:
Do not forget that Ice Shards adds a slowing effect to Blizzard, making it very efficient for kiting. Similarly, Improved Cone of Cold adds a freezing effect to Cone of Cold. If you want to spend points in either of these talents, make sure that you really need to do so since even without these talents, Frost Mages have a rather impressive list of kiting abilities.
When kiting, you should try to move in a circular manner. To achieve that, you should always be moving sideways (left or right) and use the camera control (by default, the mouse right button) to try and rotate around a fixed point. The idea is that it enables you to target the adds you are kiting and it makes it easier to group the adds together.
To get initial aggro on the adds, cast Ice Lance on them once or twice, that should be enough if no one else attacks them. While you are kiting them, the spells you will use should suffice to maintain aggro.
In theory, using only spells with freezing effects (Frost Nova, Freeze, and Ring of Frost), in combination with Blink to move away from the adds when they get too close, should be enough. If you are having trouble kiting the adds using only spells with freezing effects, you can always throw in a Cone of Cold to slow them down. Only when that last advice still is not enough should you consider investing talent points in Improved Cone of Cold or Ice Shards.
Finally, use Mage Armor when kiting. The amount of damage you do to the adds does not really matter. However, it is imperative that you do not run out of mana.
4.7. Tier 13 4-piece Set Bonus
With 4 pieces of the Mage Tier 13 set, each time you cast Frostbolt or Frostfire Bolt, you gain a stack of Stolen Time (up to 10 stacks). Whenever you use Tauri Veins, these stacks are removed. In addition, each stack of Stolen Time reduces the cooldown of Tauri Veins by 15 seconds.
Note that stacks of Stolen Time do not reduce the remaining cooldown of Tauri Veins, so if you cast Tauri Veins with no stacks of Stolen Time, you will have to wait for its full 3-minute cooldown. Therefore, you should always try to cast Tauri Veins with 10 stacks of Stolen Time.