Cataclysm Classic Fire Mage Leveling

Last updated on May 12, 2024 at 00:00 by Wrdlbrmpft

On this page, you will find our level-by-level Fire Mage leveling guide for WoW Cataclysm Classic.

1.

Fire Mage Level by Level Rotation and Talents

Fire is a great all-round leveling spec. Generally it is great at dealing single-target damage, later on, when you have access to instant-cast Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike, it is great for AoE leveling and soloing dungeons due to the high burst AoE potential of Fire. The mobility and Mana sustain from Mana-free Scorch Icon Scorch when you have Firestarter Icon Firestarter is great to avoid downtime.

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2.

Leveling Talents

Leveling has been greatly eased for casters in Cataclysm. Instead of visiting your class trainer every few levels for new spell ranks, spells automatically grow stronger with each level. Class trainers are only visited to learn spells. At level 10 your talent tree unlocks, giving you a talent tree to choose from, your talent tree specific ability (Pyroblast! Icon Pyroblast! for Fire) and the first talent point. The next talent point comes at level 11 and from then on every uneven level, until level 81. From level 81 on, you gain talent points every level again. If you can, use any heirloom you can get, for the reasons above.

From level 10 to 11, the first 2 points should go into Burning Soul Icon Burning Soul. If you use all the Intellect buffs and heirlooms stated in the preparation segment, going for Master of Elements first is better, because you crit more often and deal more damage, making spell interrupts less likely. Otherwise, start with Burning Soul.

From level 10 to 17, the first 2 points should go into Burning Soul Icon Burning Soul, followed by 3 points into Master of Elements Icon Master of Elements. If you use all the Intellect buffs and heirlooms stated in the preparation segment, going for Master of Elements first is better, because you crit more often and deal more damage, making spell interrupts less likely. Otherwise, start with Burning Soul.

From level 19 to 27, your next few points will either go into Ignite Icon Ignite or Fire Power Icon Fire Power (only 2 points!). If you level with heirlooms, consumables and Intellect enchants take Ignite first, otherwise you will want to take Fire Power first.

At level 29, if you have used the level preparations on this page, take Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak. Should you experience Mana issues while leveling, start off with Improved Scorch Icon Improved Scorch instead. For AoE leveling, start with Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave.

From level 29 to 31, if you have used the level preparations on this page, take Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak followed by Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave (strong AoE spell with a 3 seconds slow effect!). Should you experience Mana issues while leveling, start off with Improved Scorch Icon Improved Scorch instead. For AoE leveling, start with Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave.

From level 29 to 35, if you have used the level preparations on this page, take Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak followed by Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave (strong AoE spell with a 3 seconds slow effect!), then Improved Scorch Icon Improved Scorch. Should you experience Mana issues while leveling, start off with Improved Scorch Icon Improved Scorch instead. For AoE leveling, start with Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave.

From level 29 to 38, if you have used the level preparations on this page, take Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak followed by Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave (strong AoE spell with a 3 seconds slow effect!), then Improved Scorch Icon Improved Scorch. Should you experience Mana issues while leveling, start off with Improved Scorch Icon Improved Scorch instead. For AoE leveling, start with Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave. Finish this off by taking the final point in Fire Power Icon Fire Power, unlocking the next tier of talents.

At level 39 continue with Firestarter Icon Firestarter. This talent allows you to cast Scorch Icon Scorch while moving and for free (Improved Scorch Icon Improved Scorch), which is amazing!

From level 39 to 42, continue with Firestarter Icon Firestarter. This talent allows you to cast Scorch Icon Scorch while moving and for free (Improved Scorch Icon Improved Scorch), which is amazing! Combustion Icon Combustion is your big DPS cooldown if you need to nuke a target, based on all your damage over time effects on the target. Please note that at this level your crit rate will be quite low, making the Combustion talent weaker at this stage. However, you need this later anyways and there are no significantly better filler talents at this stage.

From level 39 to 46, continue with Firestarter Icon Firestarter. This talent allows you to cast Scorch Icon Scorch while moving and for free (Improved Scorch Icon Improved Scorch), which is amazing! Combustion Icon Combustion is your big DPS cooldown if you need to nuke a target, based on all your damage over time effects on the target. Continue with Improved Hot Streak Icon Improved Hot Streak. Please note that at this level your crit rate will be quite low, making the Combustion and Improved Hot Streak talents weaker at this stage. However, you need them later anyways and there are no significantly better filler talents at this stage.

From level 39 to 48, continue with Firestarter Icon Firestarter. This talent allows you to cast Scorch Icon Scorch while moving and for free (Improved Scorch Icon Improved Scorch), which is amazing! Combustion Icon Combustion is your big DPS cooldown if you need to nuke a target, based on all your damage over time effects on the target. Continue with Improved Hot Streak Icon Improved Hot Streak and Impact Icon Impact. Please note that at this level your crit rate will be quite low, making the Combustion, Improved Hot Streak and Impact talents weaker at this stage. However, you need them later anyways and there are no significantly better filler talents at this stage.

At level 49, Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath is your new frontal AoE spell.

At level 49, Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath is your new frontal AoE spell. From level 51 to 54, this is followed by Improved Flamestrike Icon Improved Flamestrike, which makes your Flamestrike an instant spell and creates a Flamestrike at your position for free whenever you hit 2 or more targets with Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave.

At level 49, Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath is your new frontal AoE spell. From level 51 to 54, this is followed by Improved Flamestrike Icon Improved Flamestrike, which makes your Flamestrike an instant spell and creates a Flamestrike at the Blast Wave position for free, whenever you hit 2 or more targets with Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave. From level 55 to 60, put 3 points in Molten Fury Icon Molten Fury. This gives you a 12% damage boost to all enemies below 35% health.

From level 61 to 68 spend 4 talent points in Critical Mass Icon Critical Mass, which is more of a single-target talent, and Pyromaniac Icon Pyromaniac, which is an AoE talent. If you do mostly questing and single-target damage, go for 3 points in Critical Mass and 1 point in Pyromaniac. Otherwise go with 2 points in Pyromaniac and 2 in Critical Mass.

At Level 69, start with Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb. This new DoT is strong for both single-target and AoE damage and works with Combustion Icon Combustion.

From level 69 to 72, start with Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb. This new DoT is strong for both single-target and AoE damage and works with Combustion Icon Combustion. Continue with completing Impact Icon Impact.

From level 69 to 74, start with Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb. This new DoT is strong for both single-target and AoE damage and works with Combustion Icon Combustion. Continue with completing Impact Icon Impact followed by Pyromaniac Icon Pyromaniac.

From level 69 to 79, start with Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb. This new DoT is strong for both single-target and AoE damage and works with Combustion Icon Combustion. Continue with completing Impact Icon Impact followed by Pyromaniac Icon Pyromaniac. Afterwards, we continue with the Frost tree. For single-target and questing, place 3 points in Piercing Ice Icon Piercing Ice. If you AoE level, place 2 points in Shatter Icon Shatter and use that threefold crit rate from freezing your foes with Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova.

From level 69 to 82, start with Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb. This new DoT is strong for both single-target and AoE damage and works with Combustion Icon Combustion. Continue with completing Impact Icon Impact and Pyromaniac Icon Pyromaniac. Afterwards, we continue with the Frost tree. For single-target and questing, place 3 points in Piercing Ice Icon Piercing Ice, then 2 points in Netherwind Presence Icon Netherwind Presence in the Arcane talent tree. If you AoE level, place 2 points in Shatter Icon Shatter and use that threefold crit rate from freezing your foes with Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova. Follow this up with 3 points in Piercing Ice Icon Piercing Ice.

From level 83 to 85, Improved Cone of Cold Icon Improved Cone of Cold is your first choice when AoE leveling for the extra freezing effect and Shatter Icon Shatter. Finish with Ice Floes Icon Ice Floes to reduce the cooldown of Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova and Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold. Should you mainly single-target level, finish Netherwind Presence Icon Netherwind Presence and continue with Arcane Concentration Icon Arcane Concentration.

3.

Leveling Glyphs

As your Prime Glyphs we recommend taking Glyph of Fireball Icon Glyph of Fireball, Glyph of Pyroblast Icon Glyph of Pyroblast and Glyph of Molten Armor Icon Glyph of Molten Armor. Glyph of Evocation Icon Glyph of Evocation, Glyph of Blink Icon Glyph of Blink and Glyph of Dragon's Breath Icon Glyph of Dragon's Breath are great Major Glyphs. For Minor Glyphs Glyph of Slow Fall Icon Glyph of Slow Fall, Glyph of Conjuring Icon Glyph of Conjuring and Glyph of Arcane Brilliance Icon Glyph of Arcane Brilliance are solid choices. Please note, that all of these Glyphs are also great for end-game content.

4.

If you prepare the following steps, you will zoom through levels. These preparations are not mandatory, but highly(!) recommended. The prep is absolutely worth the time spent, even if only for one alt. Furthermore, you can use them on any caster alt. First of all you want to start by using heirloom items, as well as enchants. For the first few levels, we also recommend white quality items with strong enchants on them, until you find better items. The enchanting part will give you an extreme time benefit while leveling. Of course you could go even crazier on enchants and prepare them for each level (there are even better enchants from TBC for level 35+ items), however, this guide will focus on the low hanging fruit. Especially in the lower levels, the benefits from preparation works wonders.

Item Source Enchant
Tattered Dreadmist Mask Icon Tattered Dreadmist Mask 1500 Gold, Guild bonus  
Tattered Dreadmist Mantle Icon Tattered Dreadmist Mantle 2175 Justice Points, Heirloom Vendors  
Tattered Dreadmist Robe Icon Tattered Dreadmist Robe 2175 Justice Points, Heirloom Vendors Enchant Chest - Greater Stats Icon Enchant Chest - Greater Stats
Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak Icon Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak 1200 Gold, Guild bonus  
Dread Pirate Ring Icon Dread Pirate Ring Win Kalu'ak Fishing Derby, Dalaran  
Dignified Headmaster's Charge Icon Dignified Headmaster's Charge 3500 Justice Points, Heirloom Vendors Enchant Weapon - Mighty Intellect Icon Enchant Weapon - Mighty Intellect
2x Discerning Eye of the Beast Icon Discerning Eye of the Beast 2725 Justice Points each, Heirloom Vendors  
Alliance: Thin Cloth Gloves Icon Thin Cloth Gloves Vinasia in Darnassus Enchant Gloves - Minor Haste Icon Enchant Gloves - Minor Haste
Alliance: Thin Cloth Shoes Icon Thin Cloth Shoes Vinasia in Darnassus Enchant Boots - Minor Speed Icon Enchant Boots - Minor Speed
Alliance: Thin Cloth Bracers Icon Thin Cloth Bracers Vinasia in Darnassus Enchant Bracer - Greater Intellect Icon Enchant Bracer - Greater Intellect
Horde: Tattered Cloth Gloves Icon Tattered Cloth Gloves Lauren Newcomb in Undercity Enchant Gloves - Minor Haste Icon Enchant Gloves - Minor Haste
Horde: Tattered Cloth Boots Icon Tattered Cloth Boots Lauren Newcomb in Undercity Enchant Boots - Minor Speed Icon Enchant Boots - Minor Speed
Horde: Tattered Cloth Bracers Icon Tattered Cloth Bracers Lauren Newcombin Undercity Enchant Bracer - Greater Intellect Icon Enchant Bracer - Greater Intellect

The heirlooms give you a total 40% bonus XP, which equals 40% less time spent leveling. For all enchants you will need only the following few materials and an enchanter (or you just buy the scrolls off the AH):

  • 1 Small Radiant Shard Icon Small Radiant Shard, Aquamarine Icon Aquamarine, Lesser Nether Essence Icon Lesser Nether Essence each
  • 2 Large Radiant Shard Icon Large Radiant Shard, Wildvine Icon Wildvine each
  • 6 Greater Eternal Essence Icon Greater Eternal Essence (transform one into 3 Lesser Eternal Essence Icon Lesser Eternal Essence)
  • 8 Large Brilliant Shard Icon Large Brilliant Shard
  • 26 Illusion Dust Icon Illusion Dust

For consumables you want to prepare Wizard oils, as they work on heirlooms in Cataclysm. Minor Wizard Oil Icon Minor Wizard Oil (Lvl 5+), Lesser Wizard Oil Icon Lesser Wizard Oil (Lvl 30+), Wizard Oil Icon Wizard Oil (Lvl 40+), Brilliant Wizard Oil Icon Brilliant Wizard Oil (Lvl 45+) and Superior Wizard Oil Icon Superior Wizard Oil (Lvl 58+), and are cheap to make. They persist through death as well, should you die while leveling.

Furthermore, Elixirs are also easy to come by and have a great effect. We recommend: Elixir of Wisdom Icon Elixir of Wisdom (Lvl 10), Elixir of Greater Intellect Icon Elixir of Greater Intellect (Lvl 25), and Flask of Distilled Wisdom Icon Flask of Distilled Wisdom (Lvl 50), Flask of the Frost Wyrm Icon Flask of the Frost Wyrm (Lvl 75), Flask of the Draconic Mind Icon Flask of the Draconic Mind (Lvl 80+). Feasts, such as Seafood Magnifique Feast Icon Seafood Magnifique Feast can be used by level 1 characters. If you have a good friend or a second account to place a feast for you, harness this power. This buff is extremely strong, giving you 90 Stamina and Intellect for an hour. Apart from feasts, buffs from cooking are generally rather weak.

Another tip for leveling is to level Engineering, but this takes a bit more time than the other steps do. It is one of the two best professions a MageMage can get and you need it for your endgame content anyways. Furthermore, it gives you access to Iron Grenade Icon Iron Grenades (Lvl 20), Thorium Grenade Icon Thorium Grenades (Lvl 35), Saronite Bomb Icon Saronite Bombs (Lvl 50) and other useful stuff. Make sure to always max out your Engineering Skill while leveling, especially since you plan on AoE leveling.

Having First Aid as a helping leveling profession goes without saying. Do not sleep on this, you can use high level bandages early (see the "Requires ..." tooltip), as you can learn high ranks of First Aid early on. For instance, Expert First Aid - Under Wraps Icon Expert First Aid - Under Wraps does not have a level requirement, only a First Aid skill requirement, making Heavy Runecloth Bandage Icon Heavy Runecloth Bandage usable at level 10. At level 35, when you do the First Aid quest for the skill of 300 (Triage), you can use Master First Aid - Doctor in the House Icon Master First Aid - Doctor in the House afterwards, level to 350 skill and use Frostweave Bandage Icon Frostweave Bandage. At level 65 you can visit the Northrend/WotLK tailoring trainers to skill up to 450 and use Heavy Frostweave Bandage Icon Heavy Frostweave Bandages and Embersilk Bandage Icon Embersilk Bandages. Level 75 is required to finish your First Aid training and to use Heavy Embersilk Bandage Icon Heavy Embersilk Bandage and Dense Embersilk Bandage Icon Dense Embersilk Bandage.

5.

Class Trainer Spells

Please visit the class trainer from time to time to learn the highlighted core-spells. Learning all the other spells not mentioned here is optional, but does not hurt.

  • Levels 1-4 — It is not worth learning spells yet, just level.
  • Level 5 — Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast
  • Level 10 — Pyroblast! Icon Pyroblast! and Counterspell Icon Counterspell
  • Level 12 — Evocation Icon Evocation
  • Level 14 — Polymorph Icon Polymorph
  • Level 16 — Blink Icon Blink
  • Level 18 — Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold (AoE ability)
  • Level 22 — Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion (AoE ability)
  • Level 24 — Self-Teleports to major cities
  • Level 26 — Scorch Icon Scorch
  • Level 30 — Ice Block Icon Ice Block and Remove Curse Icon Remove Curse.
  • Level 34 — Molten Armor Icon Molten Armor
  • Level 38 — Conjure Refreshment Icon Conjure Refreshment
  • Level 42 — Group-Portals to major cities.
  • Level 44 — Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike
  • Level 48 — Conjure Mana Gem Icon Conjure Mana Gem
  • Level 52 — Blizzard Icon Blizzard (AoE ability)
  • Level 58 — Arcane Brilliance Icon Arcane Brilliance
  • Level 66 — Teleport and Portal to Shattrath (Iorioa in the middle of Shattrath).
  • Level 74 — Teleport and Portal to Dalaran (Archmage Celindra in Dalaran).
  • Level 81 — Flame Orb Icon Flame Orb
  • Level 83 — Ring of Frost Icon Ring of Frost
  • Level 85 — Please visit your class trainer to learn all spells!
6.

Leveling Rotation

First of all, there is no real rotation, as the best spell used often depends on the situation you are facing while leveling. Thus, this guide provides a rough guideline of when which spell is smart to use:

For single-target combat, Fireball Icon Fireball is your main spell for leveling FireFire Mage. At level 26, you can start adding Scorch Icon Scorch to your repertoire. If you want to have an additional DoT, or have 3 points in Critical Mass Icon Critical Mass, you may also consider opening a fight with Pyroblast! Icon Pyroblast!. Combustion Icon Combustion can help you finishing high-health enemies quickly, if the Pyroblast dot, Ignite Icon Ignite and Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb are on your target. This can also deal massive AoE damage, used with an Impact Icon Impact Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast. With Scorch Icon Scorch, Firestarter Icon Firestarter and Improved Scorch Icon Improved Scorch, you can kite enemies for an eternity, while continiously doing damage at 0 mana cost. This is a great feature of the Fire talent tree and minimizes your downtimes. Remember to always use your Pyroblast! Icon Pyroblast! when the talent activates from a crit, it is free damage.

In AoE combat, you can be very creative with Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb, Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike, Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave, Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath and the Combustion Icon Combustion combo mentioned in the single-target rotation. At later levels, you can make use of the Shatter Icon Shatter and Improved Cone of Cold Icon Improved Cone of Cold talents. Cone of Cold Icon Cone of Cold does damage and freezes your enemies for 4 seconds, Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova does the same, just for longer. While frozen, your spells have a 3x higher crit chance against those targets. As a last resort, you may also use Blizzard Icon Blizzard and Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion for AoE damage.

In both AoE and single-target situations, make sure to always have a Mage Armor (Molten Armor Icon Molten Armor from level 34 on) and your Arcane Brilliance Icon Arcane Brilliance (Level 58+) up. At level 81, learn Flame Orb Icon Flame Orb and use it on cooldown! Ring of Frost Icon Ring of Frost is learned at level 83 and is a great tool for CCing mobs and for AoE, too. Blink Icon Blink, Slow Fall Icon Slow Fall, Polymorph Icon Polymorph and Ice Block Icon Ice Block can be life-savers. Evocation Icon Evocation can be used every 4 minutes to restore 45% of your mana. Teleport spells to the major cities of your faction can be learned at each citie's Mage trainer from level 24 on. These can greatly reduce your travel time.

7.

Continue Improving at Level 85

Congratulations on hitting Level 85 in Cataclysm! Now that your leveling process is over, you can learn more about Level 85 Fire Mage gameplay by reading our fully detailed guide below.

8.

Changelog

  • 12 May 2024: Guide added.
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