Fire Mage DPS Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Nov 13, 2018 at 18:27 by Dutchmagoz 38 comments

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General Information

This page contains all information required to choose the best Azerite traits for a Fire Mage in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, Patch 8.0.1. You will need to have collected the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth before you can choose any traits, so make sure to consult our Heart of Azeroth guide for more information, if you have not done so yet.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Dutchmagoz. Dutchmagoz is a Mythic raider in UnknownError, owner of the Mage theorycrafting website Altered Time, and an admin of the Mage Discord server, Halls of the Guardian.

1. Choosing Azerite Gear as a Fire Mage

Your choice of Azerite Gear pieces will almost always come down to the item level first, and the traits that it has second. Note that the traits you will look at when choosing gear are the Outer Ring traits, as these are the ones with the biggest impact on your gameplay.

The general rule is that if an item is a 15+ item level upgrade over another item, you should use it. If the difference between the two items is less than 15 item levels, then you should choose the one with the better Outer Ring trait. As we said, though, this is a general rule and there are exceptions; for example, if you are comparing an extremely bad trait (Blood Rite Icon Blood Rite) to a good one (Tidal Surge Icon Tidal Surge). It is nearly impossible to take every single variable into account without using a tool like Raidbots to simulate the difference for yourself.

It is worth noting that if the difference between the traits is very small, then the higher item level pick will be more desirable. Azerite pieces have a high amount of Stamina, increasing your maximum health. A tiny difference in that regard can be the difference between dying and surviving, so item level is almost always king.

2. Choosing Azerite Traits as a Fire Mage

In the sections that follow, we will look at the best traits to choose. While the traits are ordered by power, this order is not a very strict priority, but more of a guideline.

2.1. Outer Ring

The Outer Ring traits are the first ones you unlock, and they are by far the most important from a DPS perspective. You can see the simulation comparison of these traits below.

Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix and Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans are essentially mandatory traits to have on your gear when raiding in Uldir on any difficulty. This is because having at least one of these traits will activate Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array, a passive effect that vastly increases your highest secondary stat each week. Archive of the Titans is generally the best one, but it is not very important which one you have, as long as you have at least one in Uldir.

Outside of having at least one of the above two traits, Blaster Master Icon Blaster Master is the best trait. With standard usage, Blaster Master is only slightly better than other traits, so if you do not plan to use the Blaster Master combo described in the rotation changes below, Raidbots top gear is adviced to help you pick your best traits. For a rough outline on what traits are good, check out the simulations below.

A note on Dagger in the Back Icon Dagger in the Back: it does well in simulations, but the numbers shown in the simulations assume that you are always hitting the boss from behind. This is not always practical, so the trait is actually a bit worse than shown in the simulations on almost every raid encounter.

2.2. Middle Ring

The Middle Ring traits are all fairly close, and they will rarely affect your choice of Azerite Gear. You can see the simulation comparison of these traits below.

Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power has the highest DPS potential of the traits in this ring, but it will lose efficiency whenever you take damage, which can be very often in some raid encounters.

Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call is almost as good as Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power, but it does not have the caveat of losing efficiency when you take damage.

Azerite Globules Icon Azerite Globules is generally not worth choosing. Its main value comes from AoE damage, but the debuff has to actually stack up 3 times before it does damage. In Mythic+ where AoE is the most prevalent, targets die constantly, meaning that many stacks of this debuff will get lost.

2.3. Inner Ring

Since the Inner Ring Traits are all defensive Traits, they are mostly up to personal preference, and depend a lot on the raid encounter.

Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection is an absorb shield that automatically gets applied every 30 seconds. This is one of the best defensive traits to have, as you will always be able to benefit from it.

Cauterizing Blink Icon Cauterizing Blink is a great choice, especially when you are talented into Shimmer Icon Shimmer, as Shimmer also procs it. Over the course of a fight, the healing done by Cauterizing Blink is quite significant.

Eldritch Warding Icon Eldritch Warding increases your shielding significantly. It is a good trait if you find yourself having to use shields a lot.

Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage is a nice passive heal to have. It will not do enormous amounts of healing, but it is applied automatically and it will help your healers out a bit.

3. Azerite Traits Rotation Changes and Details for Fire Mage

Some of your Azerite Traits in Battle For Azeroth can have a small effect on your rotation. They generally do not change the fundamentals, but they allow you to use their effects to squeeze just a little bit more damage out than your competition.

3.1. Blaster Master

Blaster Master Icon Blaster Master when used perfectly, can allow you to extend the buff for prolonged periods of time, and allows you to keep high stacks relatively long, allowing huge burst potential.

Blaster Master Icon Blaster Master can be maximised during Combustion Icon Combustion by only using Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast when the Blaster Master buff has minimal time remaining. Doing the standard Combustion rotation will not allow you to use Fire Blast at the end of the Blaster Master buff, which is why you should instead use a combination of Scorch Icon Scorch and Fire Blast to allow more control over exact Fire blast timings without giving up any potential Hot Streak Icon Hot Streaks. During Combustion, you should enter a scorch and Fire Blast with as little time as possible left on the buff before firing off a double Pyroblast and entering another Scorch. The above can be a bit confusing, so below are 2 images showing the exact rotation in actual play. (timestamps will vary a bit depending on haste)

If your pre-cast Fireball Icon Fireball crits:

Fire Mage Azerite Rotation 1

If your pre-cast Fireball Icon Fireball does not crit:

Fire Mage Azerite Rotation 2

3.2. Other Traits

  • Preheat Icon Preheat is worth to keep up. This means you should cast Scorch Icon Scorch at least once every 30 seconds if you have this trait at least once.
  • Trailing Embers Icon Trailing Embers does not directly impact your rotation, but in AoE/cleave situations you should try to position yourself in such a way that Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast travels over as many targets as possible.

4. Single Target Azerite Traits Simulations for Fire Mage

4.1. Outer Ring Trait Simulations for Fire Mage on Single Target

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4.2. Middle Ring Trait Comparisons for Fire Mage on Single Target

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5. AoE/Cleave Azerite Traits Simulations for Fire Mage

5.1. Outer Ring Trait Simulations for Fire Mage on AoE/Cleave

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5.2. Middle Ring Trait Simulations for Fire Mage on AoE/Cleave

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6. Outer Ring Traits for Fire Mage

6.1. Generic Outer Ring Traits

  • Anduin's Dedication Icon Anduin's Dedication / Sylvanas' Resolve Icon Sylvanas' Resolve causes your spells to have a chance to increase your primary stat for 10 seconds. If an ally dies nearby you also instantly gain this effect. Note that this is a PvP trait.
  • Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans is an Uldir-specific trait. It gives you a small primary stat buff every 5 seconds which stacks up to 20 times. Stacks only decay when out of combat. It also gives the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array buff, which you should always aim to have active while raiding in Uldir.
  • Barrage Of Many Bombs Icon Barrage Of Many Bombs gives you a chance to fire a clusterbomb at your current target. When the bomb gets close, it explodes into smaller bombs which do AoE damage when they hit the ground.
  • Battlefield Focus Icon Battlefield Focus / Battlefield Precision Icon Battlefield Precision gives your abilities a chance to apply stacks of a debuff to the target. This debuff causes them to take more damage from all raid members. Note that this is a PvP trait.
  • Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Critical Strike for 14 seconds.
  • Blood Rite Icon Blood Rite causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Haste for 15 seconds. Killing enemies refreshes this effect.
  • Champion of Azeroth Icon Champion of Azeroth gives your abilities a chance to increase all your secondary stats for a minute, stacking up to 4 times. Getting a new proc will refresh the duration, so you will keep this at 4 stacks throughout an entire fight.
  • Collective Will Icon Collective Will / Stand As One Icon Stand As One causes your spells to have a chance to increase your primary stat and maximum health. This effect is also applied to up to 4 nearby allies. Note that this is a PvP trait.
  • Combined Might Icon Combined Might / Stronger Together Icon Stronger Together gives you and 4 allies a bonus to one of your secondary stats or to your Spellpower / Attackpower (depending on your role), chosen at random, for 10 seconds. Note that this is a PvP trait.
  • Dagger in the Back Icon Dagger in the Back gives your abilities a chance to shoot a dagger at your target, applying a damage over time effect for 12 seconds, stacking up to 4 times. If you shoot this dagger when behind the target, it will apply 2 stacks.
  • Filthy Transfusion Icon Filthy Transfusion gives your damaging ability a chance to do damage over 6 seconds to the target, healing you for the damage done.
  • Glory in Battle Icon Glory in Battle / Liberator's Might Icon Liberator's Might causes your spells to have a chance to grant Critical Strike and Haste for 10 seconds. Note that this is a PvP trait, and attacking a member of the opposing faction significantly increases this chance, making these traits are much stronger in PvP content.
  • Incite the Pack Icon Incite the Pack causes you to occasionally increase your Mastery and that of up to two nearby allies for 20 seconds.
  • Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix causes your spells to have a chance to unleash a barrage of lasers which deal damage and heal injured allies for a small amount which is further split among them. It also gives the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array buff, which you should always aim to have active while raiding in Uldir.
  • Last Gift Icon Last Gift / Retaliatory Fury Icon Retaliatory Fury causes your spells and abilities to have a chance to grant Mastery and an absorb shield . Note that this is a PvP trait; also, taking damage from a member of the opposite faction has a chance to activate this effect, making these traits much strong in PvP content.
  • Liberator's Might Icon Liberator's Might gives your abilities a chance to give you Haste, and even more Critical Strike for 10 seconds.
  • Meticulous Scheming Icon Meticulous Scheming causes you to gain a buff for 8 seconds that transforms into a 20-second Haste buff after you cast 3 different spells while it is active.
  • Relational Normalization Gizmo Icon Relational Normalization Gizmo causes your spells to have a chance to grant you a primary stat and maximum health buff or Haste and 50% movement speed for 10 seconds. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340.
  • Retaliatory Fury Icon Retaliatory Fury gives your abilities a chance to give you a Mastery buff and a shield for 10 seconds.
  • Rezan's Fury Icon Rezan's Fury causes your damaging abilities to have a chance to summon a Child of Rezan, which deals Physical damage to your target and causes them to bleed for additional damage over 12 seconds.
  • Ricocheting Inflatable Pyrosaw Icon Ricocheting Inflatable Pyrosaw causes your spells to have a chance to heal up to 4 allies for a large amount. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340.
  • Ruinous Bolt Icon Ruinous Bolt gives your abilities a chance to summon a Soul (pet) by your side for 14 seconds. The Soul deals Shadow damage to a random nearby target.
  • Secrets of the Deep Icon Secrets of the Deep causes your spells to have a chance to spawn a Surging Droplet nearby, which you can collect to increase your primary stat for 18 seconds. Rarely, a Void Droplet will be created instead, which increases your primary stat for twice as much as Surging Droplet's when collected.
  • Swirling Sands Icon Swirling Sands causes your spells to have a chance to increase your Critical Strike for 12 seconds. This duration can be extended by landing Critical Strikes up to a maximum of 18 seconds.
  • Synaptic Spark Capacitor Icon Synaptic Spark Capacitor gives your abilities a chance to put a debuff on your target. This debuff will deal damage to enemies within 8 yards of the target with the debuff, and causes them to do 5% less damage to you. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340.
  • Thunderous Blast Icon Thunderous Blast gives your damaging abilities a chance blast the target for extra Nature damage, and cause the target to take 20% more damage from your next blast. When the bonus damage reaches 100%, the next blast will Critically Strike, and reset the bonus damage back to 0%.
  • Tidal Surge Icon Tidal Surge gives your damaging abilities a chance to deal some Frost damage to the target and slow it by 20%.
  • Tradewinds Icon Tradewinds causes your spells to have a chance to grant you Mastery for 15 seconds. When this buff expires, it jumps once to a nearby ally at half duration and amount.
  • Unstable Catalyst Icon Unstable Catalyst causes your spells and abilities to have a chance to create a zone standing in which increases your primary stat.

Note that when using at least 1 Uldir trait inside Uldir, Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array grants you a buff that increases your highest secondary stat every 5 seconds, stacking up to 10. This power increases over time, in order to make Uldir raiding easier.

6.2. Fire Mage specific Outer Ring Traits

  • Blaster Master Icon Blaster Master makes Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast increase your Mastery for 3 seconds.
  • Duplicative Incineration Icon Duplicative Incineration makes Fireball Icon Fireball do a bit more damage, but more importantly, it has a 5% chance to shoot an additional Fireball. This Fireball can proc Heating Up Icon Heating Up or convert an existing Heating Up to Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak. The Fireball coming from this trait can actually proc another Fireball as well, which in turn can also proc Heating Up and Hot Streaks (and even more Fireballs!). The Fireball from this trait is not supposed to remove Heating Up if it lands and does not critically strike when you have Heating Up, but on the current version of the BfA Beta this is not the case. We do, however, expect this to be fixed before BfA launches.
  • Firemind Icon Firemind gives you an Intellect bonus after consuming Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak that can stack up to 3 times, lasting 12 seconds.
  • Flames of Alacrity Icon Flames of Alacrity causes Enhanced Pyrotechnics Icon Enhanced Pyrotechnics to give some Haste as well.
  • Preheat Icon Preheat causes Scorch Icon Scorch to increase the damage the target takes from Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast by a significant amount, lasting 30 seconds.
  • Trailing Embers Icon Trailing Embers causes there to be a line of fire between yourself and the target of your Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast, dealing damage over 6 seconds. It also hits the target of your Pyroblast.

7. Middle Ring Traits for Fire Mage

  • Azerite Globules Icon Azerite Globules gives your damaging abilities a chance to apply a debuff to your target. This debuff stacks up to 3 times, and when it reaches 3, the target explodes, doing AoE damage.
  • Blood Siphon Icon Blood Siphon passively increases your Mastery and Leech.
  • Earthlink Icon Earthlink increases your primary stat, with the exact amount cycling between a minimum value and maximum value every 6 seconds.
  • Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl causes your damaging spells to have a chance to increase one of your secondary stats for 10 seconds.
  • Gutripper Icon Gutripper gives your damaging abilities a chance to deal additional Physical damage. This bonus damage occurs more often when the target is below 30% Health.
  • Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call gives your damaging abilities a chance to deal additional Nature damage to the target, and a smaller amount of damage to nearby targets.
  • Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power causes your damaging spells to have a chance to increase your Haste. The amount of Haste granted decreases every second or whenever you take damage.
  • Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames causes your damaging spells to have a chance to grant a Critical Strike buff for 5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.

8. Inner Ring Traits for Fire Mage

  • Auto-Self-Cauterizer Icon Auto-Self-Cauterizer grants you a chance, when taking damage, to self-heal for a large amount and remove most bleed effects as well as slowing nearby enemies by 30% for 5 seconds. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340 .
  • Azerite Fortification Icon Azerite Fortification heals you when you are stunned, immobilized, or knocked back.
  • Bulwark of the Masses Icon Bulwark of the Masses causes you to gain a moderate absorb shield when surrounded by 4 or more enemies, but can only occur once every 15 seconds.
  • Cauterizing Blink Icon Cauterizing Blink heals you for a small amount over 4 seconds. Also works with Shimmer Icon Shimmer when talented.
  • Eldritch Warding Icon Eldritch Warding makes Blazing Barrier Icon Blazing Barrier stronger by absorbing more damage before breaking.
  • Gemhide Icon Gemhide causes you to gain Avoidance and Armor for 10 seconds when you take damage that exceeds 10% of your maximum health.
  • Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage heals you when you take damage. It can not occur more often than every 6 seconds.
  • Longstrider Icon Longstrider increases your movement speed by a percentage of your highest secondary stat, with a maximum movement speed gain limit.
  • Personal Absorb-o-Tron Icon Personal Absorb-o-Tron grants you a chance, when taking damage, to gain a large absorb shield for up to 1 minute. This trait is only obtainable through crafting Engineering goggles (AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Icon AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles) that cannot be upgraded past item level 340.
  • Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection causes you to gain an absorb shield every 30 seconds.
  • Self Reliance Icon Self Reliance causes you to be healed every 3 seconds while no enemies are within 20 yards of you.
  • Vampiric Speed Icon Vampiric Speed causes you to self-heal and gain Speed for 6 seconds whenever an enemy you damaged dies.

9. Find Azerite Armor By Trait/Power

In the table below, you can see all of the Azerite gear available to your Fire Mage. By using the + button located next to each item, you can expand the list of Azerite powers that this item possesses (to collapse the list, simply click the - button).

If you want to filter items according to the powers that they offer, you can use the filters below.

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