WotLK Classic Fire Mage Stat Priority

Last updated on Sep 24, 2023 at 02:27 by Wrdlbrmpft 3 comments

On this page, you will find out the optimal PvE stat priority for your Fire Mage in WotLK Classic. We first present the stat priority, before delving into more complex explanations.


Stat Priority for Fire Mage

Stat values for Fire Mages depend on your playstyle, boss kill times, raid setup, and support, so it is not easy to give a definite answer on this topic. The best way to find out your stat weights for a specific fight is to use Osthyvel's Mage Sim. If you do not want to go through the trouble of simming, the stat priority below has been proven to be correct for most scenarios.

  1. Hit rating to cap
  2. Spell Power
  3. Critical Strike rating;
  4. Haste rating;
  5. Spirit;
  6. Intellect;
  7. Stamina;
  8. MP5;

Stats explained for Fire Mage


Hit rating

In TBC, the Hit cap was 16%, but you always had a 1% chance to miss spells that could not be avoided. The Hit cap in WotLK is 17% and once you have reached it, you will not miss spells on bosses any more. All your spells except Arcane spells, will not gain any Hit bonus in the meta Fire spec. Arcane Spells, such as Arcane Explosion IconArcane Explosion gain 3% from Arcane Focus IconArcane Focus. The Elemental Precision IconElemental Precision talent from the Frost tree would still give you 3% Hit for all spells, but the meta Fire spec does not go into the Frost tree. However, in any standard raid composition you gain 3% either from a Balance Druid's Improved Faerie Fire IconImproved Faerie Fire or from a Shadow Priest's Misery IconMisery. This puts you at 3 out of 17% hit in the default case, which means you need 14% more Hit from gear for the Fire Torment the Weak IconTorment the Weak spec and 8/11% for the Frostfire Bolt IconFrostfire Bolt spec. For Frostfire, the 8% cap is for Frostfire Bolt (this spell benefits twice from Precision IconPrecision, providing 6% hit for it), 11% is for Pyroblast IconPyroblast and Living Bomb IconLiving Bomb (these spells benefit only once from Precision IconPrecision, providing only 3% hit for them). Alliance Mages can benefit from the Draenei Racial Heroic Presence IconHeroic Presence, gaining 1% more Hit, but only if that Draenei is in their group, as the buff is not raid-wide. In this case you would be at 4 out of 17% Hit, requiring you to get 13% more Hit. In any case, should you lack either the Druid's or the Priest's hit debuff, you need 3% more Hit from gear. The lack of hit gear is also what makes Fire Mages in particular scale rather poorly in the beginning of the expansion. In later phases, the best gear automatically has some hit added to it, but in the beginning it is mostly either hit or another offensive stat, not both.

At Level 80, for each 1% hit, you need 26.23 hit rating. The table below shows you how much hit % and hit rating you need at Level 80 with our recommended Fire Mage PvE Talents, depending on your debuff situation.


Hit Table For Fire Torment The Weak

Hit debuffs Lvl 80 Lvl 81 Lvl 82 Lvl 83 (Boss)
Hit % Rating Hit % Rating Hit % Rating Hit % Rating
No buffs/debuffs 4 104,92 5 131,15 6 157,38 17 445.91
Improved Faerie Fire IconImproved Faerie Fire/Misery IconMisery 1 26,23 2 52,46 3 78,69 14 367.22
Heroic Presence IconHeroic Presence 3 78,69 4 104,92 5 131,15 16 419.68
Improved Faerie Fire IconImproved Faerie Fire/Misery IconMisery+Heroic Presence IconHeroic Presence 0 0 1 26,23 2 52,46 13 340.99

Hit Table For Fire Frostfire Bolt

Hit debuffs Lvl 80 Lvl 81 Lvl 82 Lvl 83 (Boss)
Hit % Rating Hit % Rating Hit % Rating Hit % Rating
No buffs/debuffs 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 288.53
Improved Faerie Fire IconImproved Faerie Fire/Misery IconMisery 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 209.84
Heroic Presence IconHeroic Presence 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 262.30
Improved Faerie Fire IconImproved Faerie Fire/Misery IconMisery+Heroic Presence IconHeroic Presence 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 183.61

Spell Power

Any increase in this stat increases the damage all your spells do. This stat scales even better in WotLK with the Empowered Fire IconEmpowered Fire talent, giving Fireball IconFireball and Frostfire Bolt IconFrostfire Bolt 15% more damage from the Spell Power stat.


Critical Strike Rating

Critical Strikes from Fireball IconFireball do 216.3% damage with Chaotic Skyflare Diamond Icon Chaotic Skyflare Diamond, or 210% damage without the Skyflare Diamond (including Ignite damage). Under the same conditions Frostfire Bolt IconFrostfire Bolt does 330.75% times Critical Strike damage and Blizzard IconBlizzard crits for 195.375%/236.25% (TTW/FFB) times normal damage. Further, Hot Streak IconHot Streak is your bread and butter talent for Fire DPS. Therefore Crit is pretty good for Fire Mages. However, the 45.91 Critical Strike rating required to increase your Critical Strike chance by 1% leaves a bitter taste, as it makes it the most "expensive" stat in terms of rating to % conversion. Nevertheless, Critical Strike rating is still a great overall stat to have.



At Level 80, a Mage needs 32.79 haste rating for 1% increased casting speed. The reason why Haste is so valuable is that it helps to boost instant-cast spells such as Arcane Explosion IconArcane Explosion more than the Spell power stat, as you can simply cast Arcane Explosion more often rather than slightly empowering it.



Spirit increases your Mana regeneration and with Pyromaniac IconPyromaniac + Mage Armor IconMage Armor you can have 100% of your out of combat-regeneration while casting. In Wrath of the Lich King, Molten Armor IconMolten Armor also turns 35% of your total Spirit into Critical Strike rating. This effect can be increased by 20% with Glyph of Molten Armor Icon Glyph of Molten Armor and by another 15% with the 2-set bonus of the Tier 9 set later in the expansion. It does not matter if in longer fights with no downtimes, where the Mana regeneration from Mage Armor IconMage Armor and Arcane Meditation IconArcane Meditation can restore significant amounts of Mana, or if in shorter fights where the Critical Strike rating bonus from Molten Armor IconMolten Armor comes out on top, Spirit is a decent passive stat.

While in TBC Spirit massively boosted a Druid's Innervate IconInnervate, the Mana restored from Innervate is now based on the Druid's base Mana, and Spirit also does nothing for your Evocation IconEvocation.



Intellect increases your Mana pool, your Mana regeneration, and Critical Strike chance with spells slightly. At Level 80, you need 166.667 Intellect for 1% Critical Strike chance. Paired with Blessing of Kings IconBlessing of Kings (BoK) for any Mage race, and Expansive Mind IconExpansive Mind for Gnomes, the amount of Intellect needed for a 1% increased Critical Strike goes down. Nevertheless, you should never actively gear for Intellect as a Fire Mage, but simply take the Intellect that naturally comes with gear.



1 Stamina increases your Health by 10, which makes you more likely to survive, if you get damaged. The rule is simple: Stamina is no stat you should actively gear for, but it never hurts to have some. Fire Mages typically have enough Stamina on their gear anyways.


MP5 — Mana per 5 Seconds

MP5 increases your Mana regeneration, but can considered as unimportant. Fire Mages will sometimes experience Mana issues; however, stacking this stat will not solve the issue.



  • 06 Jan. 2023: Updated for Frostfire spec.
  • 30 Dec. 2022: Added link to the Mage Sim guide.
  • 06 Oct. 2022: Fixed hit tables not displaying information depending on spec.
  • 14 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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