Fire Mage DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 26, 2020 at 07:37 by Dutchmagoz 1 comment
General Information

Welcome to our Fire Mage guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. 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 can cleave on stacked targets, gaining overall damage without sacrificing much single target damage. It can also do good AoE damage on stacked enemies and has uncapped AoE DPS. 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.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Great burst damage, making it great at nuking down (groups of) priority targets
  • +Very mobile and loses relatively little DPS from movement
  • +Good execute DPS.
  • +Good at both single-target and AoE damage.
X Weaknesses
  • -No spread cleave or multidot capability
  • -Has no good way to do consistent cleave damage.
3.

Shadowlands Changes for Mages

We are maintaining a list of changes for Mages for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below. We also have pages for the new Covenant abilities and Anima Powers.

The biggest change for Fire is around the new Covenant system. The Night Fae and their class ability Shifting Power Icon Shifting Power has an especially large impact on how Fire plays and changes it from a relatively long-cooldown, high-burst spec into a lower-cooldown, more consistent damage spec. On the Covenants, Soulbinds and Conduits page, we go in-depth into this new system and what to pick.

Additionally, Legendaries were introduced, which have various gameplay altering effects. On our Legendaries page, we go into which Legendary to pick for each situation. To be able to create these new Legendaries, you will have to do Torghast. On our Torghast page, we guide you on picking the best Anima Powers and how to play optimally in Torghast.

4.

Leveling a Fire Mage

If you want to play a Fire Mage, but currently do not have one at max level, you can check out our leveling guide for tips on your journey.

Once you reach max level, it can be somewhat overwhelming to completely change the way you play by suddenly implementing a large number of addons in a short space of time, especially if they have a heavy visual impact on your UI. We recommend using some of the more basic addons recommended on our Addons page below while leveling, so that you have more time to get used to them during the easier phases of playing your class.

5.

Basics of Fire Mage Gameplay

Fire Mage is all about chaining critical strikes to trigger Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak. The main way to do this is by converting Heating Up Icon Heating Ups into Hot Streak via Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast. Most of your time spent will be casting Fireball Icon Fireball and converting the critical strikes from that via Fire Blasts into Hot Streaks, and using those on Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast.

Fire Mages are one of the few specs in the game that have spells that can be cast during other casts. Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast is the main spell you will be casting during other spells, but Fire's main DPS cooldown, Combustion Icon Combustion can also be cast during other spells.

Combustion Icon Combustion is Fire's major DPS cooldown, which allows for a period of heavy burst by making all your spells critically strike, causing a large amount of Hot Streak Icon Hot Streaks in a short period of time.

If you are an absolute beginner to the spec, but would like to learn the basic fundamentals of the class, recommend looking through the Spell Summary first, as well as the Easy Mode page linked below.

If you are already somewhat familiar with Fire Mages, you can head straight to the Talents and Rotation pages to jump right into the more complex, detailed information.

6.

How to Gear Up as a Fire Mage

There are a lot of different factors to gearing a Fire Mage in the current patch, and we go over all of these factors in the gear page below, including a Best in Slot list for the current tier.

When gearing your character, it is important to also use the best consumables, gems, enchants, and more. This goes hand in hand with knowing the best stats for your Fire Mage. In the pages below we go over path of these aspects.

7.

Fire Mage in Shadowlands

With the launch of Shadowlands, Mages get access to various new systems that are very important to master to be able to perform well.

The most important new system is the Covenant system, which comes with the new Soulbind and Conduit systems. These systems have enormous impact on your DPS, and are hard to change between, so picking the correct one is a big choice. Go to our Covenant, Soulbinds and Conduit page below to read which of each to pick.

Fire Mage Best Covenants, Soulbinds, and Conduits

Another important system that was added was the Legendary system. You can only equip one Legendary at a time, and the amount of Legendaries you can get is gated, so making the correct one for the content you are doing is important. On the page below we go over what Legendaries to craft for what situation, and for what item slot to craft them, and in what order.

Fire Mage Best Legendaries
8.

End-Game as a Fire Mage

Starting out as a Fire Mage is very different from end-game progression content. Because of this, we have dedicated pages that guide you how to play optimally in Mythic+, Raiding, Torghast, and PvP.

9.

Improving as a Fire Mage

If you are looking for ways to improve, or how to avoid common mistakes, we have some pages below that will give you potential tips and answers to questions you might have.

10.

Fire Mage Viability in the Current Patch

With the current tuning, Fire is looking to be arguably the best Mage spec during Season 1 of Shadowlands. It has great single-target and AoE damage, a lot of mobility, and great defensive options for the type of damage in Castle Nathria. However, especially during the early weeks of an expansion, many changes are often happening, so the viability might change before the raid and Mythic+ are released. If this happens, we will update this section.

11.

Changelog

  • 26 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Updated suggestions for Firestorm nerf.
  • 25 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Fixed incorrect tooltip.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Updated for Shadowlands launch. Changed the suggested talents based on new optimal builds for level 60 and removed references to level 50 effects like Azerite traits and essences.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Updated for Night Fae nerf. Changed rotation to no longer use Shifting Power in Combustion.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (this page): Updated viability section.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands launch. Changed viability question to the expected viability in season 1.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Reviewed the page for Shadowlands and no changes were necessary.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (gear page): 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.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch. Added Weapon Oils suggestion and changed all other suggestions to new max level consumables.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Updated for Shadowlands launch. Changed stat priority and descriptions for the new priority at level 60.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch. Removed references to Azerite and Essences, added Covenant, Soulbind and Legendary sections. Updated rotation, talents & stats sections for the new optimal choices for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Updated night Fae class ability description for the cooldown reduction nerf.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated page with more information regarding multi-speccing.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated page due to Night Fae nerfs, moving Pelagos up in the priority and adding a note on what Renown level Pelagos is better than Night Fae
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Updated for Shadowlands launch. Changed the single target rotation to the new optimal rotation for Shadowlands, added covenant and legendary usage to the rotation, updated Flamestrike/AoE priority and made it more clear when to cast Flamestrike, removed Essence / Wrist usage, updated opener.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (simulations page): Removed sims from mechanics removed in Shadowlands.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (this page): Updated for Shadowlands launch. Added sections for Legendaries, Torghast and Covenants, and updated strengths and weaknesses to match the changes in Shadowlands.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Updated for Shadowlands launch. Added Covenant spells.
  • 21 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated the balance question now that prepatch has been out for a week.
  • 20 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Removed reference to Temporal Shield since it got moved to Arcane only.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 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 (The Eternal Palace 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 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 18 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added Azshara tips.
  • 16 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Removed disclaimer.
  • 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.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added initial talent recommendations.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 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.
  • 12 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added more tips.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 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.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 03 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added tips for Opulence.
  • 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.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 29 Oct. 2018 (Uldir page): Removed potential usage for Firestarter on Taloc.
  • 30 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added talent suggestions and boss guides for Uldir.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added Fire Mage Boss by Boss empty page for now.
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