Fire Mage DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1

Last updated on Oct 12, 2020 at 17:24 by Dutchmagoz 1 comment
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Fire Mage in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.

This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.


The Basics for Fire Mage

Fire is a well rounded specialization that largely relies on planning windows of burst in advance. Generally speaking, it is not very keybind taxing, though the amount of actions executed in short succession can easily overwhelm less seasoned players. In this section we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the amount of buttons and reactivity necessary without unduly compromising overall damage output.

If you are completely new to Fire and need more information on the abilities available to you, you can check out our Spell Summary page.


Talent Choice for Fire Mage

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer marginally higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in damage losses when utilized by many players. The talents recommended here aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.

If you are looking for the absolute best talents for Fire, which do not compromise on performance for ease of use, you can find a more in-depth analysis on our full talents page below.


Gearing a Fire Mage


Azerite Traits Choice for a Fire Mage

There are multiple good Azerite Traits you can go for as a Fire Mage. Below we have listed some of the top choices.

  1. Blaster Master Icon Blaster Master
  2. Wildfire Icon Wildfire
  3. Firemind Icon Firemind

Considering the big impact Azerite Traits have on your damage, and how some traits are good in specific situations, we strongly recommend reading the full Azerite page below to learn more on what traits to use when.


Azerite Essence Choices for a Fire Mage

Below, we have listed the optimal essence choice for most situations:

A lot of essences can be better or worse depending on situation, and the above recommended essences should perform well in most situations. However, if you are interested in learning about the optimal essence for each situation, we suggest reading the page below.


Stat Choice for Fire Mage

You will want to prioritize stats as follows for single-target:

  1. Haste;
  2. Versatility;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Critical Strike;
  5. Intellect.

You will want to prioritize stats as follows for multiple targets:

  1. Mastery; (by far)
  2. Haste;
  3. Versatility;
  4. Critical Strike
  5. Intellect.

We recommend you prioritize item levels over specific stats, as they are all close in value.

While the stat priority for classes is normally the same for both the Easy Mode page and our full guide, subtle differences can still occur. If you want to see the full explanation of the stat priority, as well as the absolute top choices for the priority, head to our full stats page below.

If you are interested in finding out about the specific best in slot items from the current tier, or want more information on how to gear, we suggest reading the full gearing page below.


Basic Rotation for Fire Mage

Below we have outlined a basic priority list for Fire Mages.

  1. Use Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams when available, right before activating Combustion Icon Combustion.
  2. Use Combustion Icon Combustion when available. When Combustion is close to being ready, save your Fire Blast Icon Fire Blasts so you can alternate between Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast and Fire Blast for most of Combustion.
  3. During Combustion Icon Combustion, use Fire Blast Icon Fire Blasts to convert Heating Up Icon Heating Up to Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak until you are out of Fire Blasts, after which you should use Phoenix Flames Icon Phoenix Flames to convert Heating Up to Hot Streak.
  4. Cast Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast when you have Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak. Cast Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike instead if there are 5+ targets stacked.
  5. Use Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb if there are 3+ targets present.
  6. Cast Fireball Icon Fireball as a filler to generate Heating Up Icon Heating Up. When the enemy reaches 30% Health or lower, replace Fireball with Scorch Icon Scorch (because of Searing Touch Icon Searing Touch).
  7. Use Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast to get Hot Streak Icon Hot Streaks when you have Heating Up Icon Heating Up.

The above rotation should get you started on your Fire Mage. However, there are many optimisations you can make in your rotation, which can be found in the full detailed rotation guide.



  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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