Fire Mage Best Legendaries in Shadowlands — Shadowlands 9.0.2
Legendary Powers are targetable, unique effects that you can imbue certain base items with through the Runecarving system. In Shadowlands, these enable you to customize your Fire Mage, drastically improving your performance, and are arguably the most important aspect of your gear.
The purpose of this page is to help you pick the right legendary powers (and item slots for them) for your character, depending on the content you are interested in.
Introduction: Legendaries in Shadowlands
By doing Torghast, you can craft legendary items through the new Runecarving system. Many of these powers are large DPS boosts, or contain strong defensive effects. However, you are only able to wear one of these at a time, and you are gated in how many you can craft over time, so it is important to know which Legendary to use in which situation. Below we go over the best legendary effects for each situation.
Best Legendaries for Fire Mage
|Raiding||Fevered Incantation||Head or Waist||Oranomonos (World Boss)|
|Mythic+||Fevered Incantation||Head or Waist||Oranomonos (World Boss)|
|Torghast||Grisly Icicle||Shoulder or Head||Honor PvP Vendor|
Below we go into more detail regarding the best legendary for each situation. If a legendary effect is not listed, you can assume it is worse than all other options that are listed.
Best Overall Legendary for Fire Mage
Fevered Incantation is generally the best choice for most situations, so for someone only crafting one Legendary, it is generally the best option.
Best Raiding Legendaries for Fire Mage
Raiding usually has tight DPS checks, and Fire has multiple Legendaries very close in DPS to each other. These include Disciplinary Command, Firestorm, Fevered Incantation and Temporal Warp. All of these are within 0.5% of each other, so picking between these largely comes down to the type of damage required and the strategy of the raid boss. Firestorm and Fevered Incantation are generally the most flexible options, so picking either of these is usually the best, with Fevered Incantation usually winning out if there are multiple targets. Firestorm is more random though, which means it has both higher highs and lower lows, so if you are looking for a specific lucky pull, Firestorm is better.
The other potential DPS alternative is Temporal Warp. This can be used if the fight has a specific moment in time where extra DPS is needed, and this moment in the fight is later in the fight than when your group uses Time Warp, or during Time Warp. This Legendary is especially good if your group uses Time Warp (or a similar effect) right at the start of the fight, so you can use your own Time Warp together with the Time Warp of the group (they stack) and the fight then lasts more than 5 minutes so you can get at least 1 additional usage out of it. If you are the only person in the group who can supply the Time Warp (or similar) effect, this Legendary loses a lot of power and is not worth picking.
The final alternative legendary option is Triune Ward, which can boost your survivability significantly. This is only an option when DPS is not a relevant requirement but you feel you really need more survivability.
Best Mythic+ Legendaries for Fire Mage
Mythic+ tends to have more AoE damage requirements than raiding, which Fire has multiple Legendaries for that are very close in DPS. Just like with raiding, Fevered Incantation is a bit ahead in Aoe situations (around 2%), while doing the same single target damage, so is generally preferred.
The other main DPS alternative is Temporal Warp, however, this is only good if your group has someone else who can supply the Time Warp (or similar) as well, and you use that other effect early on in the dungeon. If both of those conditions are met, Temporal Warp is the best option for Mythic+.
The final alternative legendary option is Triune Ward, which can boost your survivability significantly. This is only an option when DPS is not a relevant requirement but you feel you really need more survivability. Especially in very high keys, you can get 1-shot by some mechanics, where Triune Ward can help you survive these 1-shots.
Best Torghast Legendaries for Fire Mage
Grisly Icicle is a great option when soloing Torghast, as the enemies will remain frozen for the entire duration of Frost Nova even when you are DPSing them, making it very easy to kite enemies and still do damage to them. When doing Torghast as a group, this effect is mostly useless because your group will break your freezes instantly, in which case Firestorm or Fevered Incantation is the best option. Additionally, if you have no issues surviving, you can also pick one of these DPS Legendaries.
If you need extra survivability against ranged/caster enemies, Triune Ward is a great choice.
What Slot Should Legendaries by Crafted For?
Generally speaking, you will want to craft legendaries for slots with the highest "stat budget", to maximize the stats you get from legendaries reaching the highest item level available. Below we have listed the items in order of stat budget:
- Helm, Chest, Legs
- Gloves, Belt, Boots, Shoulders
- Cloak, Bracers
- Neck, Rings
For people that actively clear Raiding, there are some situations where you might not want to do this. Since the last 2 bosses in Raiding drop higher item level loot, you will want to avoid crafting items for the slots dropped by these bosses. These slots are:
The last 2 bosses also drop a Ring and Trinkets, but this is not relevant for legendary crafting, as you have 2 ring slots, and there are no legendaries for the Trinket slots.
This reaches the following list of legendaries and what slot to craft them in:
- 02 Dec. 2020: Updated suggestions for Fevered Incantation bugfix (buff in practice) changing the legendary priority, and removed Arcane-only crafting condition for Temporal Warp due to hotfix removing this requirement.
- 26 Nov. 2020: Updated suggestions for Firestorm nerf.
- 20 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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