Fire Mage DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 25, 2021 at 08:03 by Dutchmagoz 33 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 9.0.5.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS 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.

Legendaries for Fire Mage

Generally speaking, Disciplinary Command Icon Disciplinary Command is the best Legendary for all situations, and should be crafted for the Ring slot. 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.

After crafting and upgrading Disciplinary Command Icon Disciplinary Command, 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.

5.

Conduits for Fire Mage

5.1.

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)
5.2.

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.

6.

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 Sinful Aspirant's Badge of Ferocity Icon Sinful Aspirant'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 Sinful Aspirant's Badge of Ferocity Icon Sinful Aspirant's Badge of Ferocity.
  2. Depraved Physician's Mask Icon Depraved Physician's Mask (if using Disciplinary Command Icon Disciplinary Command): This helm is BiS and slightly better than any other helm from raid content.
  3. Any weapon if you have a weapon below 220 item level: Although the BiS weapon comes from raid content, a weapon is generally going to be the biggest short-term upgrade. Use the droptimizer link above to find which weapon works best for your character.
7.

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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For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com
7.1.

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. Sinful Aspirant's Badge of Ferocity Icon Sinful Aspirant'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
8.

Best in Slot Gear for Raiding

Keep in mind the below gear is just an example of strong set of end-game gear. Depending on your current gear, the items below might not be the best items to equip for each slot. As always, to determine your own gear, use Raidbots Top Gear.

Slot Item Source
Helm Depraved Physician's Mask Icon Depraved Physician's Mask Great Vault Mythic+ Slot (Original source: Doctor Ickus in Plaguefall)
Neck Charm of Eternal Winter Icon Charm of Eternal Winter Huntsman Altimor in Castle Nathria
Shoulder Shawl of the Penitent Icon Shawl of the Penitent Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Cloak Crest of the Legionnaire General Icon Crest of the Legionnaire General General Kaal in Castle Nathria
Chest Robes of the Cursed Commando Icon Robes of the Cursed Commando General Kaal in Castle Nathria
Wrists Acolyte's Velvet Bindings Icon Acolyte's Velvet Bindings Trash in Castle Nathria (Bind on Equip, can be bought from Auction House / other players)
Gloves Impossibly Oversized Mitts Icon Impossibly Oversized Mitts Sludgefist in Castle Nathria
Belt Shadewarped Sash Icon Shadewarped Sash Artificer Xy'Mox in Castle Nathria
Legs Leggings of Lethal Reverberations Icon Leggings of Lethal Reverberations Sludgefist in Castle Nathria
Boots Sparkling Glass Slippers Icon Sparkling Glass Slippers Council of Blood in Castle Nathria
Ring #1 Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Icon Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Ring #2 Shadowghast Ring Icon Shadowghast Ring (Disciplinary Command Icon Disciplinary Command) Crafted Legendary, with Disciplinary Command Icon Disciplinary Command using Missive of Haste Icon Missive of Haste and Missive of Versatility Icon Missive of Versatility
Main-hand + Off-hand Spire of the Long Dark Icon Spire of the Long Dark Trade in Mystic Anima Spherule Icon Mystic Anima Spherule at your Covenant Weaponsmith, dropped from Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Trinket 1 Soul Igniter Icon Soul Igniter Sun King's Salvation in Castle Nathria
Trinket 2 Dreadfire Vessel Icon Dreadfire Vessel Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
9.

Changelog

  • 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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