Level 90 Frost Mage Guide [PvE]

A World of Warcraft Class Guide, Updated to Patch 6.0.2

DPS Rotation & Cooldowns for Frost 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. Ice Lance with 2 Fingers of Frost.
  2. Frostfire Bolt with Brain Freeze.
  3. Frozen Orb to proc Fingers of Frost.
  4. Frostbolt as a filler spell and to proc Brain Freeze.

The key to the Frost DPS rotation is to properly manage two procs: Fingers of Frost and Brain Freeze. Fingers of Frost is your top priority and should be consumed with Ice Lance when you have 2 Fingers of Frost. After that, consume your Brain Freeze procs with Frostfire Bolt as soon as possible. Use Frozen Orb on cooldown to proc Fingers of Frost while using Frostbolt as a filler spell and to proc Brain Freeze.

AoE Rotation

To execuse the Frost Mage AoE rotation, cast Frozen Orb on cooldown to proc Fingers of Frost. Consume Fingers of Frost with Ice Lance and cast Cone of Cold on cooldown. Use Blizzard as a filler ability when Frozen Orb and Cone of Cold are on cooldown.


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

  • Unstable Magic is entirely passive and does not require any changes to your rotation.
  • Mirror Image should be used as often as possible for burst damage. Try to stack with other major DPS cooldowns.

Effective Cooldowns

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

  • Deep Freeze Use on non-boss targets to increase the damage of Ice Lance.
  • Icy Veins Use as often as possible. Stack with other DPS buffs.
  • Time Warp Use as directed by your raid or party leader.
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