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Fire Mage DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated Yesterday at 14:04 by Furty 77 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Fire Mages in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

The other pages of our Fire Mage guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, one of the top World of Warcraft guilds. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

1. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Pyromaniac Pyromaniac Conflagration Conflagration Firestarter Firestarter
30 Shimmer Shimmer Cauterize Cauterize Cold Snap Cold Snap
45 Mirror Image Mirror Image Rune of Power Rune of Power Incanter's Flow ? Incanter's Flow
60 Blast Wave Blast Wave Flame On Flame On Controlled Burn Controlled Burn
75 Ice Floes Ice Floes Ring of Frost Ring of Frost Ice Ward Ice Ward
90 Living Bomb Living Bomb Unstable Magic Unstable Magic Flame Patch Flame Patch
100 Kindling Kindling Cinderstorm ? Cinderstorm Meteor Meteor

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Talent Cheat Sheets

While optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, the talent builds listed below work great for specific purposes.

2.1. Raid Encounters

This build is an excellent starting point as a standard raid setup.

2.1.1. Heavy Cleave/AOE (Stacked)

2.2. For General Use

This build is an excellent starting point for questing and general purpose usage.

3. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Pyromaniac Pyromaniac Conflagration Conflagration Firestarter Firestarter

Tier 1 talents offer a minor boost to sustained damage.

Pyromaniac Icon Pyromaniac is a good choice for primarily single target encounters, and gets better with gear, as you will be casting less and less Fireball Icon Fireballs. Conflagration Icon Conflagration is not far behind on single target, and pulls ahead noticeably when several targets are stacked that are damaged by the flare procs.

Firestarter Icon Firestarter is not quite as useful, as you have Combustion Icon Combustion on the opener which guarantees criticals. Since the 100-85% phase of most bosses is typically quite short this talent is a little lacklustre currently.

4. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Shimmer Shimmer Cauterize Cauterize Cold Snap Cold Snap

Tier 2 talents offer a boost in defensive utility.

  • Shimmer Icon Shimmer replaces your Blink Icon Blink ability. It functions exactly the same as Blink Icon Blink except it is off the Global Cooldown and does not interrupt spellcasting.
  • Cauterize Icon Cauterize causes fatal damage to instead bring you to 35% of your maximum health, then burn you for 28% of your maximum health over 6 seconds and reducing movement speed while burning by 150%. This ability has a 2-minute internal cooldown.
  • Cold Snap Icon Cold Snap gives Ice Block Icon Ice Block a second charge and causes Ice Block Icon Ice Block to heal you for 3% max health per second while blocked.

Shimmer Icon Shimmer should be your go-to talent in most situations, as it gives you more mobility and the ability to Blink Icon Blink without triggering a Global Cooldown. Not only does this result in a noticeable damage gain, but should also allow for better survivability on high movement fights and put less reliance on your Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes.

Cauterize Icon Cauterize is an extremely useful alternative for soaking mechanics that would otherwise instantly kill you. Cauterize Icon Cauterize can also be useful for farm kills where you want to maximize DPS without moving out of mechanics. If you are not used to a new encounter yet, Cauterize Icon Cauterize will also be your best choice as it will reduce the amount of random deaths as you learn the fight.

Cold Snap Icon Cold Snap is not really useful unless you require two charges of Ice Block Icon Ice Block to deal with a specific mechanic.

5. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Mirror Image Mirror Image Rune of Power Rune of Power Incanter's Flow ? Incanter's Flow

Tier 3 talents are focused on providing the player a consistent damage increase.

  • Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image creates 3 copies of yourself which damage enemies and last 40 seconds.
  • Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power places a small zone which increases the damage you do by 50% for 10 seconds. This ability has a 45-second cooldown, with 2 charges.
  • Incanter's Flow Icon Incanter's Flow increases your damage between 4% and 20%, cycling every 10 seconds.

Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power should be your go-to talent any time you are confident you will be able to take full advantage of the full 10-second buff reliably. It provides enormous burst potential and the predictable cooldown makes it easy to line up with cooldowns, procs, and fight mechanics.

Incanter's Flow Icon Incanter's Flow is good for situations where you want a stable and sustained damage increase. If there are multiple targets with equal priority that are stacked, this talent can be a good option as your Ignite Icon Ignite will be doing a larger percentage of damage. This is also a good option for dungeons.

Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image is currently not very useful for Fire.

6. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Blast Wave Blast Wave Flame On Flame On Controlled Burn Controlled Burn

Tier 4 talents are focused on providing unique damage utility.

Flame On Icon Flame On should be your go-to choice on raid bosses, as it has great synergy with Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power and Combustion Icon Combustion, giving you the freedom to line up a ton of Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast casts just when you need them. Given its relatively short cooldown this talent excels on most boss fights.

Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave could be used for dungeons for its utility slow, or for its instant burst of AoE, but it fails to outshine Flame On Icon Flame On in overall damage. Controlled Burn Icon Controlled Burn is unreliable and fails to live up to the damage provided by Flame On Icon Flame On.

7. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Ice Floes Ice Floes Ring of Frost Ring of Frost Ice Ward Ice Ward

Tier 5 talents focus primarily on providing utility.

  • Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes has 3 charges and each usage allows a spell to be cast while moving.
  • Ring of Frost Icon Ring of Frost places a ring that can freeze up to 10 targets for 10 seconds at the targeted location, broken by damage.
  • Ice Ward Icon Ice Ward gives Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova 2 charges.

Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes is your go-to talent for all situations. Ring of Frost Icon Ring of Frost may have extreme situational use, such as the strength it displayed on the Will of the Emperor encounter in Mists of Pandaria, however, it currently has no known usage in PvE. Ice Ward Icon Ice Ward should not be used.

8. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Living Bomb Living Bomb Unstable Magic Unstable Magic Flame Patch Flame Patch

Tier 6 talents add various cleave and AoE utility to your kit.

  • Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb applies a bomb to the target which explodes after a delay and spreads itself to nearby targets.
  • Unstable Magic Icon Unstable Magic grants Fireball Icon Fireball a 30% chance to explode for 50% additional damage to nearby targets.
  • Flame Patch Icon Flame Patch adds a burning ground effect to Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike that lasts for 8 seconds.

Unstable Magic Icon Unstable Magic is the choice for single target encounters. Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb is the best choice for cleave and AoE damage. Flame Patch Icon Flame Patch is not quite as dominant after the hotfixes and should generally be avoided, though it could see use on sustained 3-target cleave if all 3 targets have equal priority.

9. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Kindling Kindling Cinderstorm ? Cinderstorm Meteor Meteor

Tier 7 talents add new abilities and major playstyle shifts to your kit.

  • Kindling Icon Kindling reduces the cooldown of Combustion Icon Combustion by 1 second every time Fireball Icon Fireball, Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast, and Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast critically strike.
  • Cinderstorm Icon Cinderstorm is a short cooldown conal spray that deals extra damage to targets afflicted by Ignite Icon Ignite.
  • Meteor Icon Meteor summons a meteor to fall from the sky after a short delay, dealing large initial damage and leaving a burning patch on the ground for 8 seconds.

Kindling Icon Kindling is the go-to talent for raiding. A large percentage of Fire damage derives from your Combustion Icon Combustion, making this talent an imperative for maximizing ouput. Cinderstorm Icon Cinderstorm is strong on fights where you can regularly hit many targets, or where you would not net an extra Combustion from Kindling Icon Kindling. Meteor Icon Meteor is not quite as good as Cinderstorm Icon Cinderstorm for reliable AoE so it is generally avoided.

10. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Tweaked Level 100 talent advice.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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