Guide to Frost PvE: Glyphs

With the release of the latest Patch 3.3 – Fall of the Lich King, many Mages are going the trying out the new changes to Frost PvE. Permanent Water Elemental and using Deep Freeze on bosses were reason enough to give Frost a shot again in a raiding environment. Is it enough to hang with Fire and Arcane yet? We’ll see.

This guide will cover the essentials Glyphs of going the way of the Frost Mage. If you missed what the new changes are to the Frost glyphs, you can catch up on them here:

Frost Glyphs


Minor Glyphs:

There is pretty much only three “useful” Minor Glyphs for a PvE Frost Mage. This would free up an inventory slot so you won’t have to hold any [Light Feather] for Slow Fall, and have a 5% chance to reflect any Frost or Fire damage with your Wards.

Yep… that is pretty much it for Minor Glyphs.

Major Glyphs:

Glyph of the Eternal Water is a new Glyph that was released with this patch, and the [Technique: Glyph of Eternal Water] can be bought at the Inscription Vendor in Dalaran. If you are an Inscriptionist, you will need to camp this NPC for a few times, because the Technique is sold in limited quantities.

This Glyph will make your Water Elemental a permanent pet. Just like before, your Water Elemental will be a good portion of your DPS, and having it out indefinitely will be a big boost in your DPS. Just make sure to keep your pet alive! The pet will lose the ability to cast Freeze, but you won’t need that for PvE.

Glyph of Frostbolt will lose the slow effect associated with the spell, but increase the damage it does by 5%. The slow effect won’t affect any of the bosses in dungeons and raids anyway, so it doesn’t matter. You can still proc Frostbite with this glyph on.

Glyph of Molten Armor will make your Molten Armor buff give you 55% of your Spirit as Critical Strike Rating. In your Arcane talent tree, you will have Student of the Mind, which will make this glyph even better!

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