Level 90 Arcane Mage Guide [PvE]

A World of Warcraft Class Guide, Updated to Patch 6.0.2

DPS Rotation & Cooldowns for Arcane Mage in PvE | Latest Patch 6.0.2

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The following rotation guide was developed through extensive simulations and play testing with the goal of keeping the guide as simple as possible without sacrificing performance. This guide also included AoE rotations and provides details on when to use special talents and cooldowns.

Single Target Rotation

DPS Priority: Execute the following priority for optimal DPS.

  1. Arcane Missiles with 4 Arcane Charge and 3 Arcane Missiles charges.
  2. Arcane Missiles with 4 Arcane Charge.
  3. Arcane Barrage with 4 Arcane Charge.
  4. Arcane Blast to build Arcane Charge.

The goal of the Arcane Mage DPS rotation is to stay above 90% mana as much as possible for the damage buff from Mastery Mana Adept. Your top DPS priority is to cast Arcane Missiles whenever you have a 3rd charge stored to prevent wasting additional charges. After that, use Arcane Missiles and Arcane Barrage when you have 4 Arcane Charge. Build Arcane Charge by casting Arcane Blast as a filler ability.

Arcane Power: Use Arcane Power on cooldown and stack with as many trinkets and buffs as possible. With Arcane Power active, spam Arcane Blast and Arcane Missiles. When Arcane Power ends, follow the normal priority.

AoE Rotation

At <= 4 enemies, continue with the single target rotation. With > 4 enemies, switch to a full AoE rotation where you consume Arcane Charge with Arcane Barrage and cast Cone of Cold on cooldown. Build Arcane Charge with Arcane Explosion.


Below is advice on how to use the performance-enhancing talents that were selected in this guide.

Effective Cooldowns

These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.

  • Arcane Power Use as directed in the single target DPS section.
  • Evocation Use as needed to regain mana. Interrupt the delayed recovery if your mana goes above 90%.
  • Presence of Mind Use on cooldown and continue with your rotation as normal.
  • Time Warp Use as directed by your raid or party leader.
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