Fire Mage DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 16, 2020 at 17:17 by Dutchmagoz 56 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Fire Mage guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. Here, you will learn how to play as a Fire Mage in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

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

1.

Fire Mage Overview

The Fire specialization is fantastic at delivering both burst and sustained damage on a variety of fight types. Fire cleaves extremely efficiently on stacked targets, gaining overall damage without sacrificing any single target damage at all. Fire really shines on fights where a multitude of stacked targets all have equal or high priority. Like all Mage specializations, Fire has high mobility and is fantastic at doing encounter specific jobs and baiting mechanics. Between Blink Icon Blink, Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak, and Scorch Icon Scorch, high movement encounters have minimal impact on Fire's overall output.

2.

Patch 8.3 Changes for Fire Mages

Despite no spec-specific changes for Fire Mages in Patch 8.3, you can check out the changes for the other specs on our Mage Changes page.

In addition, we have:

3.

Fire Mage Strengths

  • Great cleave damage without giving up any single target damage
  • Great burst DPS, making it great at nuking down high priority adds quickly
  • Loses very little DPS from movement
  • Good execute DPS
4.

Fire Mage Weaknesses

  • No spread cleave or multidot capability
  • Cleave is automatic, making damage stops on stacked targets impossible without fully stopping dps.
5.

Fire Mage Viability in the Current Patch

In Ny'alotha, Fire Mages are looking to perform very well. Fire Mages can deal with almost every single mechanic on every fight with relative ease, which allows the player more time to focus on optimizing DPS. Fire is also great at doing free DPS to adds, due to Mastery: Ignite Icon Mastery: Ignite, which is great in Nyalotha, as a lot of the adds do not have to die very quickly. The great execute DPS Fire has (due to Searing Touch Icon Searing Touch) is also very beneficial on a lot of fights.

In Mythic+, Fire can perform reasonably well in random groups, but it truly excels in pre-planned runs, where the great burst AoE DPS from Combustion Icon Combustion can shine. Fire is, however, lacking some utility compared to a lot of other specs.

Overall, Fire is performing very well in a lot of situations, which makes it a great choice to play in all content.

Keep in mind, it is very likely that there will be some class tuning that will happen in the first couple of weeks of 8.3.

6.

Changelog

  • 16 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated incorrect boss for a BiS item.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for season 4.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated to different essences after essence buffs/nerfs, and add 8.3 essences. Updated rotation accordingly for the new essences.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (simulations page): Added simulations for corruption effects.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (this page): Added 8.3 changes, updated viability section for Nyalotha and 8.3.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): Updated essence priority for 8.3 buffs/nerfs, and added new essences.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Added BiS List, corruption section, and updated other sections for changed in 8.3.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (The Eternal Palace page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for 8.3 buffs/nerfs.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2019 (rotation page): Updated Flamestrike usage to allow hard-casting Flamestrike in specific situations, and updated Meteor usage.
  • 01 Aug. 2019 (Essences page): Updated Lucid rotation to no longer reference delaying Meteor, since it is no longer worth delaying.
  • 01 Aug. 2019 (enchants page): Added Unbridled Fury potion.
  • 01 Aug. 2019 (rotation page): Updated opener for rotation changes with Lucid essence, Mechagon wrists, and updated rotation for usage of both as well.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added Azshara tips.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Removed disclaimer.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Clarified section on Azerite gear.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (stats page): Rephrased wording of Intellect description.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Changed trait priority slightly and added further explanations.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Updated the format to better guide people in picking Essences.
  • 14 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added Mechagon items.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Changed benthic belt to a belt which works on every boss.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added tips for every boss except for Azshara, updated talent recommendations, and split essence recommendations into 2 categories.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (simulations page): Added more simulations.
  • 12 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added caveat to Eternal Palace trait.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Changed Essence priority based on new findings and hotfixes.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Added note about PvP talent Essence.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (this page): Expanded on Patch 8.2 changes, updated viability section.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated Azerite suggestions and added gear from The Eternal Palace.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Added Essence and trait recommendations. Expanded stats to include both single-target and multiple targets.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Updated recommendations to Haste, since it is often the best stat instead of Mastery.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (stats page): Moved Intellect down and split stats into 2 sections, AoE and single-target.
  • 11 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Eternal Palace traits and updated rankings.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Changed weapon enchants to torrents since it is equal on single target and ahead on aoe.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added initial talent recommendations.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added Benthic gear info.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Added season 3 affix descriptions.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (rotation page): Updated opener for new potion, and added Meteor usage since it is the most picked talent.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Added simulations for Essences.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 04 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Further expanded on essence rotation usage.
  • 29 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Expanded on essence rotation usage.
  • 26 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Updated essences after hotfixes and confirming strengths on live servers.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (this page): Added Patch 8.2 changes.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 12 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added more tips.
  • 26 Apr. 2019 (talents page): Added note to Shimmer talent description.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (this page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 21 Mar. 2019 (rotation page): Formatted the rotation to be clearer during AoE rotations and added more Pyroclasm information.
  • 03 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added tips for Opulence.
  • 03 Feb. 2019 (mythic+ page): Slightly tweaked Reaping affix recommendation.
  • 01 Feb. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 30 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated for Jaina stun hotfixes.
  • 28 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added more Jaina info and suggestions.
  • 23 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Fixed a section containing Arcane Mage info.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Battle of Dazar'alor guide for Fire Mages.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added information about Battle of Dazal'alor traits.
  • 17 Dec. 2018 (this page): Made spec viability section a bit more thorough.
  • 17 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Added race simulations and used bloodmallet sims for azerite to keep them automatically up-to-date.
  • 17 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Added questions about haste caps, spec viability and best race.
  • 13 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Blaster Master nerfs to changes of 8.1 now that it is confirmed on live servers.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for 8.1.
  • 09 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for 8.1
  • 09 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Nov. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Blaster Master information.
  • 13 Nov. 2018 (this page): Updated viability to be complete with current information and added a balance changes section.
  • 31 Oct. 2018 (spells page): Rewrote Ignite description to be more precise.
  • 29 Oct. 2018 (Uldir page): Removed potential usage for Firestarter on Taloc.
  • 17 Oct. 2018 (rotation page): Improved Pyroclasm usage for latest findings.
  • 03 Oct. 2018 (rotation page): Updated the rotation switches to show talents more precisely.
  • 01 Oct. 2018 (talents page): Updated talents to show use cases for Phoenix Flames and correct Flame Patch usage based on new findings.
  • 29 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Added switches to enable or disable talents from the rotation.
  • 27 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Changed layout of the page and added more details to assist in picking traits.
  • 26 Sep. 2018 (addons page): Added Decursive to the addon list.
  • 06 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated traits to use bloodmallet to automatically stay up-to-date.
  • 30 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated viability for Uldir.
  • 30 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added talent suggestions and boss guides for Uldir.
  • 23 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Traits for hotfixes, gear changes, etc.
  • 23 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated Tier 1 talents to suggest Firestarter when running Duplicative Incineration.
  • 21 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Added Dragon's Breath to Combustion rotation, and updated AoE target counts.
  • 21 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Removed reference to a legendary and updated description for level 120 values.
  • 19 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for expected stats for a pre-raid character.
  • 19 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for expected stats for a pre-raid character.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 12 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated for Level 120.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added Fire Mage Boss by Boss empty page for now.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added Fire Mage Mythic+ page.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Added Flame Patch condition to Flamestrike usage.
  • 07 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 31 Jul. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added generic traits and AoE ranks, and updated ranks for latest findings.
  • 31 Jul. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added a disclaimer.
  • 31 Jul. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket list for latest hotfixes and findings.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Changed Pyroclasm usage because of nerfs.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 29 Jan. 2018 (this page): Added pre-Mythic Battle of Dazar'alor tuning notes.
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