Ragnaros Talents

Last updated on Apr 11, 2021 at 17:00 by Elitesparkle 12 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Talents page for Ragnaros. Here, we give you an overview of how strong each of Ragnaros's talents is. Then, we present several viable builds, before analyzing each talent row separately, so that you can make informed decisions.

1.

Ragnaros's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Sulfuras Hungers Shifting Meteor ? Engulfing Flame ?
4 Fire Ward ? Slow Burn Catching Fire ?
7 Hand of Ragnaros ? Molten Power ? Blistering Attacks
10 Sulfuras Smash Lava Wave ?
13 Cauterize Wounds ? Tempered Flame ? Resilient Flame
16 Giant Scorcher Meteor Bomb ? Blast Echo ?
20 Flames of Sulfuron ✘︎ Lava Surge ? Heroic Difficulty Submerge ?
2.

Ragnaros's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Basic Attacks Build

Recommended
Level 1 Sulfuras Hungers Icon
Level 4 Slow Burn Icon
Level 7 Blistering Attacks Icon
Level 10 Sulfuras Smash Icon Lava Wave Icon ?
Level 13 Resilient Flame Icon Cauterize Wounds Icon ?
Level 16 Giant Scorcher Icon
Level 20 Heroic Difficulty Icon Lava Surge Icon ? Submerge Icon ?

Ragnaros's Basic Attacks Build can deal a high amount of burst damage and provides a great amount of self-sustain while laning.

The burst damage comes from Blistering Attacks Icon Blistering Attacks at Level 7 and Giant Scorcher Icon Giant Scorcher at Level 16.

The additional survivability, especially while laning, comes from Sulfuras Hungers Icon Sulfuras Hungers at Level 1 that, after completing its Quest, will allow you to get more healing while hitting a full wave of Minions using Empower Sulfuras Icon Empower Sulfuras.

Blast Wave Build

Beginner
Level 1 Engulfing Flame Icon
Level 4 Slow Burn Icon
Level 7 Blistering Attacks Icon
Level 10 Lava Wave Icon Sulfuras Smash Icon ?
Level 13 Tempered Flame Icon
Level 16 Blast Echo Icon
Level 20 Heroic Difficulty Icon Lava Surge Icon ? Submerge Icon ?

Ragnaros's Blast Wave Build can deal a high amount of burst damage and provides a fair amount of survivability and mobility during team fights.

The burst damage comes from Blistering Attacks Icon Blistering Attacks at Level 7 and Engulfing Flame Icon Engulfing Flame at Level 1, amplified by Blast Echo Icon Blast Echo at Level 16.

The additional survivability while fighting enemy Heroes comes from Tempered Flame Icon Tempered Flame at Level 13, in synergy with Engulfing Flame Icon Engulfing Flame at Level 1, and Blast Echo Icon Blast Echo at Level 16.

Empower Sulfuras Build

Situational
Level 1 Sulfuras Hungers Icon
Level 4 Catching Fire Icon
Level 7 Hand of Ragnaros Icon
Level 10 Sulfuras Smash Icon Lava Wave Icon ?
Level 13 Resilient Flame Icon Cauterize Wounds Icon ?
Level 16 Giant Scorcher Icon
Level 20 Heroic Difficulty Icon Lava Surge Icon ? Submerge Icon ?

Ragnaros's Empower Sulfuras Build can deal a high amount of sustain damage against team with multiple melee Heroes and provides a great amount of self-sustain while laning.

The additional survivability, especially while laning but not only, comes from Sulfuras Hungers Icon Sulfuras Hungers at Level 1 that, after completing its Quest, will allow you to get more healing while hitting a full wave of Minions using Empower Sulfuras Icon Empower Sulfuras.

Living Meteor Build

Situational
Level 1 Shifting Meteor Icon
Level 4 Fire Ward Icon
Level 7 Molten Power Icon
Level 10 Sulfuras Smash Icon Lava Wave Icon ?
Level 13 Resilient Flame Icon Cauterize Wounds Icon ?
Level 16 Meteor Bomb Icon
Level 20 Heroic Difficulty Icon Lava Surge Icon ? Submerge Icon ?

Ragnaros's Living Meteor Build is a decent alternative to other Builds for when you cannot afford to step up in melee range as it allows you to safely poke enemy Heroes from the distance.

The majority of your damage will come from the combination of Shifting Meteor Icon Shifting Meteor at Level 1 after completing its Quest, Molten Power Icon Molten Power at Level 7, and Meteor Bomb Icon Meteor Bomb at Level 16.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Ragnaros

Ragnaros Sulfuras Hungers
Sulfuras Hungers (Level 1) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

Quest: Every time Empower Sulfuras kills a Minion, its damage is increased by 1, up to 25.

Reward: After killing 25 Minions, increase its damage by an additional 100.

Sulfuras Hungers Icon Sulfuras Hungers is a strong Quest-based Talent that adds a hefty amount of damage to Empower Sulfuras Icon Empower Sulfuras, which, in turn, increases your waveclear and survivability.

Contrary to the damage coming from other sources, the bonus damage provided by Sulfuras Hungers Icon Sulfuras Hungers does not scale, meaning that it will stay the same for the whole game. As a consequence, quickly completing the Quest will result in a significant boost during the early game that will slowly fall off while transitioning into the late game.

In order to complete the Quest, you must drastically reduce the Health of enemy Minions by using Living Meteor Icon Living Meteor and Basic Attacks, so that Empower Sulfuras Icon Empower Sulfuras will be enough to finish them off. Using your Basic Attack on the Wizard Minion in the middle of the wave of Minions will result into Empower Sulfuras Icon Empower Sulfuras hitting all of them.

Ragnaros Shifting Meteor ?
Shifting Meteor (Level 1) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

Each time an enemy is hit by the same Living Meteor, they take 6% increased damage from it.

Quest: Hit 75 Heroes with Living Meteor.

Reward: After hitting 75 Heroes with Living Meteor, its duration is increased to 2.25 seconds, and it can be reactivated to change its direction once per use.

Shifting Meteor Icon Shifting Meteor is a decent Quest-based Talent that empowers Living Meteor Icon Living Meteor by increasing its damage as soon as you pick it. Upon completing its Quest, this Talent provides a hefty 30% duration increase to Living Meteor Icon Living Meteor, which translate into an equivalent range and damage potential increase.

Although the damage increase is notable, the true power of this Talent lies in the ability to redirect Living Meteor Icon Living Meteor, making the Ability much more difficult for opponents to avoid.

Thanks to its redirect effect, Shifting Meteor synergizes with other Living Meteor Icon Living Meteor-based Talents: Molten Power Icon Molten Power at Level 7, Meteor Bomb Icon Meteor Bomb at Level 16.

Ragnaros Engulfing Flame ?
Engulfing Flame (Level 1) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

Increase Blast Wave's damage by 75% and its radius by 15%.

Engulfing Flame Icon Engulfing Flame is a good Talent that heavily increases the damage of Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave and slightly increases its radius.

Thanks to the additional damage provided, Engulfing Flame Icon Engulfing Flame has strong synergy with Tempered Flame Icon Tempered Flame at Level 13 and Blast Echo Icon Blast Echo at Level 16.

4.

Level 4 Talents for Ragnaros

Ragnaros Fire Ward ?
Fire Ward (Level 4) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

When Living Meteor hits an enemy Hero, gain a charge of Spell Armor, reducing damage from the next enemy ability by 50%.

Stores up to 2 charges.

Fire Ward Icon Fire Ward provides you with an excellent way of mitigating Ability-based damage that scales directly with how many Heroes—and for how long—you can successfully hit with Living Meteor Icon Living Meteor.

Ragnaros Slow Burn
Slow Burn (Level 4) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

Blast Wave slows enemies hit by 40% for 2 seconds.

Slow Burn Icon Slow Burn is Ragnaros's only form of crowd control besides his Sulfuras Smash Icon Sulfuras Smash Heroic Ability, making it quite unique in this aspect.

The Movement Speed reduction is particularly useful for keeping opponents within the area of effect of Living Meteor Icon Living Meteor, or simply for keeping them around for subsequent Empower Sulfuras Icon Empower Sulfuras hits.

Ragnaros Catching Fire ?
Catching Fire (Level 4) World of Warcraft Ragnaros
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases Ragnaros' Health Regeneration by 1.25 per second, up to 18.75.

Reward: After gathering 15 Regeneration Globes, activate Catching Fire to gain 25 Armor for 3 seconds, reducing damage taken by 25%.

Catching Fire Icon Catching Fire is a Quest Talent that provides you with a respectable amount of self-sustain. The activated effect is particularly useful against burst damage, but takes longer to kick in than the Fire Ward Icon Fire Ward alternative.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Ragnaros

Ragnaros Hand of Ragnaros ?
Hand of Ragnaros (Level 7) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

If Empower Sulfuras hits at least 2 enemy Heroes, refund 10 Mana and its cooldown recharges 100% faster for 4 seconds.

Hand of Ragnaros Icon Hand of Ragnaros is a good Talent that provides a significant amount of cooldown reduction to Empower Sulfuras Icon Empower Sulfuras, the area of effect nature of which makes it particularly effective against team compositions featuring multiple melee Heroes.

With Hand of Ragnaros, you should see to always try and hit as many Heroes as possible so as to always trigger the cooldown reduction effect to greatly increase your sustained damage and survivability.

Ragnaros Molten Power ?
Molten Power (Level 7) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

If Living Meteor hits enemy Heroes at least 5 times, reduce its cooldown by 7 seconds, and refund 30 Mana.

Molten Power Icon Molten Power is a good Talent that, when hitting enemy Heroes 5 times with a single cast of Living Meteor Icon Living Meteor, refunds 30 Mana and reduces its cooldown by 7 seconds, so you will be able to cast it again within 4 seconds.

When going for Molten Power Icon Molten Power, your goal becomes to hit at least 2 enemy Heroes with most of your casts of Living Meteor Icon Living Meteor, better if with the help of a fully stacked Shifting Meteor Icon Shifting Meteor at Level 1.

Ragnaros Blistering Attacks
Blistering Attacks (Level 7) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

Every 10 seconds, Ragnaros's next Basic Attack against a Hero deals 60% bonus damage. Hitting enemies with Basic Abilities reduces this cooldown by 1 second.

Blistering Attacks Icon Blistering Attacks focuses on improving Ragnaros's single-target damage output against Heroes. Making the best out of this Talent may be tricky, as it requires you to change the way in which you use your Abilities. In general, however, the goal becomes to alternate between delivering Basic Attacks against Heroes and using Abilities in a way that they hit as many targets as possible to significantly reduce the cooldown of Blistering Attacks.

While the bonus damage coming from Blistering Attacks only works on enemy Heroes, any enemy unit can be used for the purpose of reducing its cooldown. Living Meteor Icon Living Meteor is particularly good for the task because it delivers quick packets of damage in an area of effect. All of Ragnaros's Abilities, however, deal damage in an area of effect, meaning that hitting a Minion wave is generally enough to reset the cooldown of Blistering Attacks.

6.

Level 10 Talents for Ragnaros

In this section we discuss when and why to pick a given Heroic Ability. If you want to read how they work and/or you are looking for some tips on how to use them, check the dedicated section in the Abilities and Strategy page.

Ragnaros Sulfuras Smash
Sulfuras Smash (Level 10) World of Warcraft Ragnaros
  • Mana: 70
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Hurl Sulfuras at the target area, landing after 0.75 seconds, dealing 250 (+4% per level) damage. Enemies in the center take 594 (+4% per level) damage instead and are Stunned for 0.5 seconds.

Sulfuras Smash Icon Sulfuras Smash is a strong Heroic Ability that deals a huge amount of burst damage and also Stuns, with increased effectiveness at its center.

If your team has access to some crowd control effects, you can easily land it from the distance as a follow up to them.

Slow Burn Icon Slow Burn at Level 4 can be used right before Sulfuras Smash Icon Sulfuras Smash to Slow enemy Heroes who are in melee range, increasing your chances to him them with your most powerful Ability.

Ragnaros Lava Wave ?
Lava Wave (Level 10) World of Warcraft Ragnaros
  • Mana: 80
  • Cooldown: 120 seconds

Release a wave of lava from Ragnaros's Core that travels down the targeted lane, dealing 240 (+4% per level) damage per second to non-Structure enemies in its path and instantly killing enemy Minions. Damage increased by 100% versus Heroes.

Lava Wave Icon Lava Wave is a situational Heroic Ability that allows Ragnaros to soak Experience without actually being near enemy Minions, making it an interesting tool on bigger Battlegrounds (such as Blackheart's Bay) because it indirectly gives global value to your team.

7.

Level 13 Talents for Ragnaros

Ragnaros Cauterize Wounds ?
Cauterize Wounds (Level 13) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

Empower Sulfuras heals for an additional 45% of damage dealt to Heroes over 2 seconds.

Cauterize Wounds Icon Cauterize Wounds significantly increases your combat survivability, especially when coupled with the cooldown reduction to Empower Sulfuras Icon Empower Sulfuras.

Ragnaros Tempered Flame ?
Tempered Flame (Level 13) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

When Blast Wave damages an enemy Hero, gain a Shield equal to 100% of the damage dealt for 3 seconds.

Tempered Flame Icon Tempered Flame has the potential of granting you an impressive Shield, for some welcome survivability against burst damage. The caveat is that you must see to have Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave detonate near as many opposing Heroes as possible.

Tempered Flame synergises with multiple Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave-based Talents: Engulfing Flame Icon Engulfing Flame at Level 1 that increases its damage, and Blast Echo Icon Blast Echo at Level 16 that duplicates its effect.

Ragnaros Resilient Flame
Resilient Flame (Level 13) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

When Ragnaros is Stunned, he gains 40 Armor for 3 seconds, reducing damage taken by 40%.

This effect has a 15 second cooldown.

Resilient Flame Icon Resilient Flame provides an impressive amount of survivability when matched up against team compositions featuring Stuns.

8.

Level 16 Talents for Ragnaros

Ragnaros Giant Scorcher
Giant Scorcher (Level 16) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

Empower Sulfuras burns enemy Heroes for 9% of their maximum Health over 3 seconds. This additional damage does not heal Ragnaros.

Giant Scorcher Icon Giant Scorcher is specifically designed to punish team compositions with two or more Tanks, or otherwise very Healthy Heroes, such as Azmodan. This Talent synergises well with Hand of Ragnaros Icon Hand of Ragnaros; just see to hit as many targets as possible, as always.

Ragnaros Meteor Bomb ?
Meteor Bomb (Level 16) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

Living Meteor explodes at the end of its path, dealing 220 (+4% per level) damage. Enemies at its center take 30% increased damage.

Meteor Bomb Icon Meteor Bomb adds a considerable amount of damage to Living Meteor Icon Living Meteor, especially if you manage to hit enemy Heores with the center of the explosion.

This damage, however, only happens when Living Meteor Icon Living Meteor ends, making it really hard to get value from this Talent without the help of Shifting Meteor Icon Shifting Meteor at Level 1 that gives you the ability to redirect Living Meteor Icon Living Meteor.

Ragnaros Blast Echo ?
Blast Echo (Level 16) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

After Blast Wave explodes, another Blast Wave is created on Ragnaros.

Blast Echo Icon Blast Echo repeats the effect of Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave, which doubles the benefits of Tempered Flame Icon Tempered Flame and Engulfing Flame Icon Engulfing Flame, granted you self-cast Blast Wave.

This Talent can be exploited to double the duration of the Movement Speed increase provided by Blast Wave, or to apply it to an ally and then to Ragnaros. This Movement Speed increase is useful for positioning to ensure that the second Blast Wave hits enemy Heroes.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Ragnaros

Ragnaros Flames of Sulfuron
Flames of Sulfuron (Level 20) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

Sulfuras Smash Slows enemies by 50% for 2.5 seconds, and the Stun duration of enemies hit in the center is increased by 1 second.

Flames of Sulfuron Icon Flames of Sulfuron is particularly useful for combo-centric team compositions, as the Stun duration increase and significant area of effect Movement Speed reduction can help keep opponents within your team's grasp. There is notable synergy between this Talent and Living Meteor Icon Living Meteor.

Ragnaros Lava Surge ?
Lava Surge (Level 20) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

Lava Wave gains an additional charge and its cooldown is reduced by 30 seconds.

Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge is as useful as Lava Wave Icon Lava Wave would be. The second Charge might surprise opponents and otherwise provides additional Map control.

Ragnaros Heroic Difficulty
Heroic Difficulty (Level 20) World of Warcraft Ragnaros

Molten Core has 25% increased Health and Damage, and its cooldown is reduced by 50 seconds.

Heroic Difficulty Icon Heroic Difficulty's Health increase incidentally improves Molten Core Icon Molten Core's duration, on top of the large damage increase the Talent also provides. The massive cooldown reduction also permits a much more liberal use of the Ability. Combined together, these effects make it very difficult to end a match through typical pushing means against Ragnaros or greatly help his team to end the game at the first chance they get.

After picking Heroic Difficulty Icon Heroic Difficulty, Sulfuras Smash Icon Sulfuras Smash deals 25% more damage when being cast during Molten Core Icon Molten Core.

Ragnaros Submerge ?
Submerge (Level 20) World of Warcraft Ragnaros
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Ragnaros submerges below, entering Stasis and healing for 600 (+4% per level) Health over 3 seconds.

Submerge Icon Submerge is your answer to being the target of your opponents' undesired attention. The Stasis effect provided by this Talent is long enough to avoid many dangerous Abilities, and may even be used as a tool to draw important cooldowns, only to see them go to waste.

The healing effect it provides is respectable as well, and may help you fight back upon emerging. Remember that your cooldowns continue to progress as you are Submerged, perhaps allowing for another round of Abilities in an otherwise dire situation.

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Changelog

  • 11 Apr. 2021: Builds updated.
  • 24 Mar. 2021: Builds updated.
  • 12 Mar. 2021: Builds fixed.
  • 03 Mar. 2021: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 20 Jan. 2021: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Talent Build partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • New layout to improve readability.
  • 22 Sep. 2020: Builds updated.
  • 19 Jul. 2020: Talents reviewed and updated; Sulfuras Smash recommended.
  • 11 Oct. 2019: Talent builds and recommendations reviewed and updated.
  • 14 Jan. 2018: Updated Sulfuras, Blast, and Meteor builds.
  • 12 Aug. 2017: Updated Talents and builds to reflect the August 8 patch and metagame changes.
  • 26 Jun. 2017: Updated the amount of bonus damage from Sulfuras Hungers to 120.
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