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Arcane Intellect
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  • Arcane Intellect
  • 30 yds.  range
  • None cooldown
  • 31% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Increases the target's Intellect by X for 30 min.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Other information
Related buff
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  • Magic
  • Arcane Intellect
  • Increases Intellect by X.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
Knowledge is power.[1]

Prior to its removal in Patch 4.0.1, Arcane Intellect was a mage spell that granted a long-lasting intellect buff to any friendly target. The buff lasted 30 minutes. For high level mages, a related spell called Arcane Brilliance granted the buff to everyone in a party for a longer duration, but had a reagent cost. In Patch 4.0.1, the removal of Arcane Brilliance's reagent cost and reduction of its' mana cost made Arcane Intellect obsolete.

Rank table

Rank Intellect Level Cost
1 2 1 10c
2 7 14 9s
3 15 28 70s
4 22 42 1g 80s
5 31 56 3g 80s
6 40 70 12g
7 60 80 13g 50s


Like all buff spells, casting this on a PvP enabled player or an NPC in combat with an opposing-faction player will flag your character for PvP if not already flagged.

Each rank has a minimum level limit for players that can receive the buff. If the target's level is too low to receive the rank cast on him, the highest rank possible will automatically be cast in its place.

According to the RPG, the spell requires a hair or dung sample from a fox to cast.


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  • Glyph of Arcane Brilliance
  • Item Level 58
    Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Minor Glyph
  • Classes: Mage
  • Requires level 58
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.

    Reduces the mana cost of your Arcane Brilliance spell by 50%.
  • Sell Price: 1s

Tips and tactics

This spell used to be more expensive, but as of Patch 2.3.0, the mana cost of casting this spell has been reduced. The relatively long duration of this buff allows you to "stagger" your castings. Cast it on yourself, wait 5 minutes; cast on party member 2, wait 5 minutes; cast on party member 3, etc. With the new lower mana costs, the need to stagger this is greatly reduced, however this technique can be used to reduce the "Downtime" associated with buffing the entire party at once.

Higher level mages (Level 56+) can also use the spell Arcane Brilliance to cast an equivalent effect on all party members at once. The duration of the Arcane Brilliance spell is 60 minutes, compared to 30 minutes for Arcane Intellect, however Arcane Brilliance uses more than twice as much mana and requires a reagent. The extra duration is a great help during long instances.

All classes except warrior, death knight and rogue use mana and therefore benefit from the increased mana pool this buff provides.

Intellect increases the rate at which you learn weapon skills. Should you have a friend who is practicing weapon skills, this will help out.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King/ World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Removed from game.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): The buff will be stored in a Consolidation Box when received. It will come out when 3 min. is left.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Arcane Intellect and [Arcane Brilliance] mana costs reduced.
  • World of Warcraft/ World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.1 (05-Dec-2006): As of patch 2.0.1, when casting a higher rank spell on a lower level friendly player it will automatically cast the highest possible rank of the spell. Previously, this had to be done with a macro that picked the proper rank based on the target's level.

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