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WoW Mage Guide: Equipment - Armor/Weapons

Updated Wed, Dec 23, 2009 by Messiah

Mage Equipment

Mage’s can only wear cloth armor which has an extremely lower armor value. This makes them, defensive wise, very squishy. So with only one armor type and with no need for...

Mage Equipment

Mage’s can only wear cloth armor which has an extremely lower armor value. This makes them, defensive wise, very squishy. So with only one armor type and with no need for multiple sets (since Mage’s will always be in a DPS/utility role and nothing else) they will just need two sets. They will need one for Player vs. Player (PvP) and one for Player vs. Environment (PvE).

For leveling up all you need is intellect and stamina. Anything else is just icing on the cake. Every quest reward that grants cloth with intellect and stamina is obviously going to be the better reward if it’s an upgrade. Although, if it’s not an upgrade, seek out the weapons, shields, mail, and plate which will generally sell for more to the vendor than the cloth.

PvE gear at level 80 is simple. On the way to 80 is simple too. That's why we have the Gearing Up guide that goes into everything about gearing yourself up as a Mage. That's where you'll want to go to learn about the ins and outs of stats good for leveling and at level 80!

We also have a raid gear guide that goes over an example of good raid gear from patch 3.2. It's a bit old, but it's a good starting point.

PvP gear at level 80 is also simple. Get the PvP set. It has all of the stats you need for PvP. Which, interestingly enough is resilience followed by stamina, damage, and spell crit.

Since the first expansion gear has been simplified. For PvE you can get the PvE sets which give you all of the attributes you need for PvE. For PvP you can get the PvP sets which give you all of the attributes you need for PvP. Some of the pieces can mix and match, but generally each set is good in one field or the other.

For weapons you’re going to want to follow the above formula, although most weapons are going to be loaded down with spell damage/hit/crit. The PvP weapons are really good for PvP for mages and the PvE weapons can work in PvP too.

Weapons

Mage's have a few weapon options available to them. They cannot however just pick up anything and fight with it. They can use:

  • Staves (two handed)
  • One Handed Weapons & Off handed weapons
  • Wands

On all weapons for mages you will be looking for +Intellegence and + Spell Damage as a minimum. These are your most important stats. Spell Critical Strike is also very important when you're level 80.

Armor

Mages are strictly allowed to wear cloth armor, which for the most part is something that needs to be adapted to. Thankfully, there are lots of tailoring players out there who can make good cloth equipment, as well as the occasional good drop of magical cloth items should keep the mage in good stead with his armor. Don’t forget that mages also get a Frost Armor that allows for even more protection than standard cloth armor provides.

New Tier Gear

Tier gear for Northrend is listed below. They come in 10 and 25 man versions.

Name (Tier) Description
Frostfire Garb (Tier 7)

Comes from "... of the Lost Vanquisher", can be bought with Emblems of Heroism or Emblems of Valor and drops from Naxxramas.

10 Man Stats:
284 Stamina, 293 Intellect, 120 Spirit
1 Meta, 4 Red, 3 Yellow Sockets
388 Spell Power, 69 Hit Rating, 190 Critical Strike rating, 66 Haste Rating

Kirin Tor Garb (Tier 8)

Comes from "... of the Wayward Vanquisher" which drop in Ulduar or the BP and Crown can come from 58 Emblems of Conquest.

10 Man Stats:
305 Stamina, 350 Intellect, 137 Spirit
1 Meta, 2 Red, 2 Yellow, 2 Blue Sockets
528 Spell Power, 181 Hit Rating, 144 Critical Strike Rating, 101 Haste Rating

Khadgar's/Sunstrider's Regalia of Conquest/Triumph (Tier 9)

Tier 9 is fun. There is three versions. Conquest level (bought with emblems of triumph) or Triumph level (10man/25man). The 25 man version is vastly superior to the emblem version, but also much more difficult to get. Comes from "Realia of the Grand Vanquisher".

10 Man Stats:
463 Stamina, 463 Intellect, 164 Spirit
1 Meta, 2 Red, 2 Yellow, 3 Blue
629 spell power, 208 hit rating, 184 haste rating, 216 critical strike rating

 

Older Tiered Gear

Each class has a different set of gear that is specifically for them and has some of the best stats in the game. Here are the names of each set and where most of the parts are located. If you’re interested in the details of each set then have a look at our Ten Ton Hammer’s Database where you can search and find any item you’re looking for.

Legend:

  • DS: Dungeon Set (Rare to Epic Quality)
  • Tier: Tiered Set (Epic Quality)
  • Arena: PvP Sets
Set Title Drop Locations Related Guides and Notes
DS 1 Magister's Regalia Found in various original high level instances throughout Azeroth as detailed in our DS 1 Drop Location Chart.
DS 2 Sorcerer's Regalia Obtained by upgrading your DS 1 set through a long serious of quests as outlined here: DS 2 set upgrade quest guide.  
Tier 1 Arcanist Regalia Drops from the various Bosses in the Molten Core, as shown in this chart: Raid Tier 1 Drop Locations.
Tier 2 Netherwind Regalia Drops from the various bosses in Blackwing Lair and from Onyxia and Ragnaros as shown in this chart: Raid Tier 2 Drop Locations.
Tier 3 Frostfire Regalia Obtained by collecting various drops in Naxxramas. The items required are found here: Raid Tier 3 Set Information.
DS 3 Incanter's Regalia Found in various Outlands Level 70 instances as detailed in our DS 3 Drop Location Chart
DS 3.5 Mana-Etched Regailia Found in various Outlands Level 70 and Heroic instances as detailed in our 3.5 Drop Location Chart
Tier 4

Scryer / Aldor Armor Set

Obtained by gaining tokens from the various bosses in Karazhan, Gruuls Lair and Magtheridon's Lair as shown here: Raid Tier 4 Set Information.

Tier 5 Tirisfal Regalia

Obtained by gaining tokens from various bosses in Serpentshrine Cavern and The Eye as shown here: Raid Tier 5 Set Information.

 
Tier 6 Tempest Regalia

Obtained by gaining tokens from the various bosses in the Battle of Mount Hyjal and Black Temple raids as shown here: Raid Tier 6 Set Information.

 
PvP Gladiator's Regalia Arena Season 1  
PvP Merciless Gladiator's Regalia Arena Season 2  
PvP Vengeful Gladiator's Regalia Arena Season 3  

You can find a list of all the items in the set at Blizzards set item site here: High Level Armor Sets . That goes up to tier 6.

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