Fire Mage DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Aug 04, 2022 at 10:30 by Dutchmagoz 47 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Fire Mage in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.2.5.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Fire Mage gear and best in slot.

1.

Gearing a Fire Mage

Welcome to our Gearing Page for Fire Mage, this section will cover everything you need to know about equipping your character correctly.

If you have a new piece of gear that you need gems and enchants advice for, you can find everything you need on our dedicated page below.

2.

The Importance of "Simming Yourself" as a Fire Mage

At this stage in the game, and despite the stat priority, there are so many variables and so many layers of optimization that you can apply to your character, that there is no way for a guide or anything else to tell you exactly what gear you should wear. This is why we always recommend simulating your own character using Raidbots. The website can help you choose set bonuses, Conduits, Legendaries, trinkets and combinations thereof in a way that is tailored completely to your specific character. Learning to use this tool is essential to maximizing your potential, as there is simply no other way to take all the variables into account.

2.1.

General Simulations

While we heavily recommend simming yourself, you can find some of our general simulations on the dedicated page below.

3.

Evaluating Upgrades

The easiest way, and also the method we suggest, to compare multiple items is to use Raidbots' Top Gear. Here you can input an export from the Simcraft AddOn, select the items to compare, and it will find out which of the items are best.

4.

Tier Set for Fire Mage

With 9.2, every spec now gets a set of gear that gives you additional special powers unique to your spec. For Fire, these are the following:

The 2-set bonus is pretty very small for Fire, but the 4-set bonus is very important and should always be equipped.

The tier pieces can drop from raid bosses in Sepulcher of the First Ones, alongside the Great Vault. One final way to obtain tier set pieces, is via Creation Catalyst. This can be used to turn any non tier item into a tier item. For example, you can get a 265ilvl non-set chest piece from the Great Vault, and turn it into a 265 ilvl tier chest, keeping its upgrade path, sockets and tertiary stats.

4.1.

What slots to equip the Tier Set in For Fire Mage

There are 5 possible pieces tier sets can drop for, but to activate the bonus power you will only need to equip 4 of them. This means you have some flexibility in what slots to equip the tier pieces in.

Optimising what slot to equip the tier set pieces in is a relatively minor improvement compared to actually getting the 4-set bonus. Never give up the 4-set bonus because it is not in the "perfect" 4 slots.

In a perfect world, with all 5 set pieces available, you would want to craft Sun King's Blessing Icon Sun King's Blessing in the Gloves slot, as this allows you to get slightly more stats out of it. However, it is very likely that you will also need to craft it for Wrists, to allow tier flexibility.

5.

Legendaries for Fire Mage

Generally speaking, Sun King's Blessing Icon Sun King's Blessing is the best Legendary for all situations, and should be crafted for the Gloves slot, however, depending on your luck with tier pieces, you might want to craft it on Wrists instead. You will want to craft it with a Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste and a Missive of Versatility Icon Missive of Versatility. However, you might have to use other stat missives depending on your personal stat weights. We strongly suggest simming this yourself via Raidbots Top Gear. Generally speaking though, Haste and Versatility are going to be good choices.

Additionally, after 5 weeks of 9.2, you can get Unity Icon Unity to get your Covenant specific Legendary alongside the Legendary above.

After crafting and upgrading Sun King's Blessing Icon Sun King's Blessing, we suggest crafting for more utility or niche Legendaries, like the ones below:

If you are looking for an in-depth explanation on what Legendary to pick for what situation and how to obtain them, read our Legendary page below.

6.

Conduits for Fire Mage

6.1.

Best Single-Target Potency Conduits for Fire Mage

  1. Infernal Cascade Icon Infernal Cascade
  2. Controlled Destruction Icon Controlled Destruction
  3. Discipline of the Grove Icon Discipline of the Grove (Night Fae only) / Siphoned Malice Icon Siphoned Malice (Venthyr only) / Ire of the Ascended Icon Ire of the Ascended (Kyrian only)
  4. Flame Accretion Icon Flame Accretion
  5. Gift of the Lich Icon Gift of the Lich (Necrolord only)
6.2.

Best Cleave / AoE Potency Conduits for Fire Mage

  1. Infernal Cascade Icon Infernal Cascade
  2. Master Flame Icon Master Flame
  3. Discipline of the Grove Icon Discipline of the Grove (Night Fae only) / Siphoned Malice Icon Siphoned Malice (Venthyr only) / Ire of the Ascended Icon Ire of the Ascended (Kyrian only) / Gift of the Lich Icon Gift of the Lich (Necrolord only)
  4. Controlled Destruction Icon Controlled Destruction
  5. Flame Accretion Icon Flame Accretion

For more info regarding which Conduits to pick for each situation, check our full Covenants, Soulbinds & Conduits page.

7.

Domination Sockets for Fire Mages

Shards of Domination do not work in Shadowlands Mythic+ Season 4 or Sanctum of Domination. You may safely ignore them.

8.

Upgrading Gear with Valor Points

Patch 9.0.5 reintroduced the Valor currency. For more information on where to get Valor from, how it works, weekly caps and more, see our Valor page.

Fire Mages do not have any key items from Mythic+ like some other specs do. So, what is best to upgrade will mostly be determined by what item slots are currently the worst. The easiest way to figure out what is best for your specific character is by using Raidbots' Droptimizer. You can select "+10 Weekly Chest" as a stand-in for the highest item level Valor upgrade. The only exception is for trinkets. If you cannot or do not want to do PvP for Unchained Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity Icon Unchained Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity, we strongly suggest upgrading an on-use trinket from Mythic+. Below we have listed some suggested items you might consider upgrading first, however, as written earlier, it is strongly suggested to use simulations to figure out what to upgrade.

  1. Inscrutable Quantum Device Icon Inscrutable Quantum Device if you do not plan to get Unchained Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity Icon Unchained Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity.
9.

Hyperthread Wristwraps in Shadowlands Season 4

With season 4 of Shadowlands, Hyperthread Wristwraps Icon Hyperthread Wristwraps are returning. This gives you 10 seconds worth of Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast cooldown back, buffed to 15 seconds if you are using the Fiery Rush Icon Fire Mage 4-Piece bonus.

The effect is very strong, however, it is a bit weaker than it was in Battle For Azeroth, as instead of having it buffed 100% (via Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams), it is "only" buffed 50% by the Fiery Rush Icon Fire Mage 4-Piece. Additionally, Sun King's Blessing Icon Sun King's Blessing means we have more bursts of power than just every two minutes. Lastly, since it occupies the Wrist slot, it means Sun King's Blessing must be crafted on Gloves to be able to use both. This causes you less flexibility with where to put your Tier pieces, and ends up with worse itemisation than possible if you use Sun King's Blessing on Wrists.

The conclusion: Hyperthread Wristwraps Icon Hyperthread Wristwraps are a tiny DPS increase over an otherwise optimal setup, but depending on your available gear it can actually be a small DPS decrease as well. Make sure you sim yourself to figure out if it is a DPS upgrade for you. Additionally, you could also just pick whether or not you prefer the playstyle of having an additional item to use in your rotation.

10.

Trinket Notes for Fire Mage

Due to the prevalence of high item level trinkets from Raiding, World bosses, Mythic+ and PvP, there are a variety of suitable options when it comes to trinkets. It is always best to use Raidbots Top Gear to determine what your optimal trinkets are.

You should generally try to aim for one on-use trinket that gives a lot of stats, and one passive trinket. This is because Fire relies a lot on burst DPS, due to cooldown stacking with Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power and Combustion Icon Combustion. This is less important when running Night Fae and Kindling Icon Kindling, as you will be bursting much more often and your trinket will most likely be desynced from your cooldowns.

You can use the trinket list below as a reference of potential trinkets to aim for. The link at the bottom can be used to view a list of all trinkets.

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10.1.

Double on-use Trinkets for Fire Mage

Soul Igniter Icon Soul Igniter is a trinket that works slightly differently from other trinkets. Unlike other trinkets, it can be used immediately after another trinket. This allows you to use the trinket right after you use a different on-use trinket, e.g. Unchained Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity Icon Unchained Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity. Due to this, you can activate your other on-use trinket first, and immediately after activate Soul Igniter. It is worth noting that the cooldown of Soul Igniter does not begin until you re-activate it, or it expires. Due to this, if you are running 1-minute Mage (via Kindling Icon Kindling + being Night Fae), you will want to re-activate Soul Igniter immediately to trigger the cooldown so the cooldown stays synced with Combustion Icon Combustion.

The macro below will first activate Soul Igniter Icon Soul Igniter, and on a second press fire it. Since you want to shoot it very quickly upon activating it, you can use this macro to quickly cast and shoot it.

  • #showtooltip
  • /use soul igniter
  • /cancelaura soul ignition
11.

Fated Raids

Shadowlands Season 4 introduced Fated Raids, which is a mechanic that marks one of the three raid tiers of the expansion as "Fated" for a week, causing that raid to drop higher item level loot, up to 304 or 311 item level depending on the item. Which raid is Fated rotates every week.

Due to this, your goal in Season 4 is to collect a full set of Fated gear, as this is higher level than the previously best available gear.

11.1.

Puzzling Cartel Dinar

With the new Fated Raids, a new "currency" is also added: Puzzling Cartel Dinar Icon Puzzling Cartel Dinar. This new item can be obtained from a quest chain that requires you to kill a specific amount of bosses. You can only get 3 of these Dinars for the entirety of Season 4, with the first one obtainable after 3 weeks at the earliest, and the last one after 6 weeks at the earliest. These Dinars let you buy a variety of trinkets, weapons and other special items from any of the Shadowlands raids. As you can only get 3 of these in total, it is important to only spend these on strong items, and to only spend them on items that do not have a wide variety of alternative items.

Which items exactly you want to purchase will depend on your level of patience, which raid content your group is clearing, your luck, etc. Below we have listed some good candidates:

11.2.

Upgrading Normal/Heroic items to Mythic

Lastly, since Season 4, you can upgrade your Normal and Heroic items to Mythic items. For exactly how this works, please see our Fated Raids page. However, the important thing to keep in mind with this system is, if you loot a very good item at a lower difficulty than what you are able to do, do not throw away the item just because it is too low item level, as you can upgrade it to Mythic item level eventually.

12.

Best in Slot Gear for Raiding

Below we have an example of a set of endgame gear, based around how realistic it is to obtain these items. It is more important than ever to realise that due to the extremely large pool of available items from Fated Raids and Mythic+, a best-in-slot list is practically impossible to be computed, and due to the randomness of what you might obtain, items listed below might not be the best items for you, depending on the items you have available. Mythic+ items listed especially might be nearly impossible to obtain from The Great Vault due to the vast amount of possible items from the Great Vault. Due to this, it is generally more feasible to get them via upgrading with Valor. However, items upgraded with Valor might not be best in slot anymore due to their slightly lower item level. All of this is to say, it is much more reliable to sim yourself using Raidbots Top Gear instead of trying to follow a predetermined best in slot list.

Slot Item Source
Helm Erudite Occultist's Hood Icon Erudite Occultist's Hood Anduin Wrynn in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Neck Worldkiller Iris Icon Worldkiller Iris The Jailer in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Shoulder Erudite Occultist's Mantle Icon Erudite Occultist's Mantle Lords of Dread in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Cloak Crest of the Legionnaire General Icon Crest of the Legionnaire General Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria
Chest Erudite Occultist's Robes Icon Erudite Occultist's Robes Rygelon in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Wrists Hyperthread Wristwraps Icon Hyperthread Wristwraps (or: Grim-Veiled Bracers Icon Grim-Veiled Bracers with Sun King's Blessing Icon Sun King's Blessing) Operation: Mechagon - Junkyard Mythic+ (or: Crafted Legendary, with Sun King's Blessing Icon Sun King's Blessing using Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste and Missive of Versatility Icon Missive of Versatility)
Gloves Grim-Veiled Mittens Icon Grim-Veiled Mittens with Sun King's Blessing Icon Sun King's Blessing (or: Bindings of the Banished One Icon Bindings of the Banished One if using Sun King's Blessing on Wrists) Crafted Legendary, with Sun King's Blessing Icon Sun King's Blessing using Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste and Missive of Versatility Icon Missive of Versatility (or: The Jailer in Sepulcher of the First Ones)
Belt Erudite Occultist's Cord Icon Erudite Occultist's Cord Crafted via Creation Catalyst in Zereth Mortis
Legs Erudite Occultist's Leggings Icon Erudite Occultist's Leggings Vigilant Guardian in Sepulcher of the First Ones
Boots Grim-Veiled Sandals Icon Grim-Veiled Sandals with Unity Icon Unity Crafted Legendary, with Unity Icon Unity using Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste and Missive of Versatility Icon Missive of Versatility
Ring #1 Logic Loop of Division Icon Logic Loop of Division The Great Vault (or Valor upgraded from Operation: Mechagon - Junkyard Mythic+)
Ring #2 Overclocking Bit Band Icon Overclocking Bit Band The Great Vault (or Valor upgraded from Operation: Mechagon - Workshop Mythic+)
Main-hand + Off-hand Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos Icon Antumbra, Shadow of the Cosmos + Forbidden Truth Icon Forbidden Truth Rygelon + The Jailer in Sepulcher of the First Ones (or Puzzling Cartel Dinar Icon Puzzling Cartel Dinar)
Trinket 1 Elegy of the Eternals Icon Elegy of the Eternals Prototype Pantheon in Sepulcher of the First Ones (or Puzzling Cartel Dinar Icon Puzzling Cartel Dinar)
Trinket 2 The First Sigil Icon The First Sigil Prototype Pantheon in Sepulcher of the First Ones (or Puzzling Cartel Dinar Icon Puzzling Cartel Dinar)
13.

Changelog

  • 04 Aug. 2022: Updated bis list based on optimisations found.
  • 03 Aug. 2022: Added Mechagon wrists as a suggested item as it double dips with tier set, which was previously unexpected.
  • 30 Jul. 2022: Updated gear recommendations and bis list based on Fated raids and season 4 M+ cycle.
  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 04 Apr. 2022: Updated for Fire tier set buffs.
  • 22 Jan. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 19 Aug. 2021: Updated best Legendary to Sun King's Blessing due to buffs.
  • 13 Jul. 2021: Removed PTR disclaimer.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated domination socket suggestions based on last minute PTR changes.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 25 Mar. 2021: Added macro for Soul Igniter.
  • 10 Mar. 2021: Removed Disciplinary Command disclaimer.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Added Valor upgrade suggestions.
  • 06 Mar. 2021: Updated Legendary section and BiS list due to Disciplinary Command buffs in 9.0.5.
  • 24 Dec. 2020: Added a note on Soul Igniter usage.
  • 23 Dec. 2020: Updated suggested Missives to match stat weights page.
  • 08 Dec. 2020: Updated to be more informative in what missives to use for your Legendary.
  • 02 Dec. 2020: Updated page for Fevered Incantation bugfix (buff), causing it to become BiS.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands Launch. Removed sections for Azerite and Essences, added sections for Legendaries, Conduits and early Shadowlands gearing. Updated Trinket and Best in Slot section for Shadowlands gear.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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