Fire Mage DPS Guide — Dragonflight 10.1

Last updated on May 25, 2023 at 12:25 by Dutchmagoz 59 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Fire Mage guide for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.1. 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 WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Fire 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 any single-target damage. It can also do good AoE damage on stacked enemies and has uncapped AoE DPS, however ,comes at a significant loss in single target, and popular builds focus more on cleave 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
  • +Good execute DPS.
  • +Good at both single-target and AoE damage.
X Weaknesses
  • -No spread cleave or multidot capability
  • -Struggles doing AoE damage when targets do not live long.
  • -Has long burst windows, which can be detriminental when enemies do not live long enough.
  • -Suffers from downtime significantly when it happens at the wrong time.
3.

Fire Mage Changes in Patch 10.1

In 10.1, Fire Mage did not get any mechanical changes to its core abilities. The primary change in 10.1 is the new 2- and 4-set bonuses. Additionally, Fire got a bunch of damage buffs to all of its single target abilities, which in turn also buff its cleave damage. Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike damage was untouched, making it an even worse choice than before, and basically not picked for any situation at all.

For a full breakdown of all Class Changes in Patch 10.1, check out our dedicated page below.

4.

Guide Updates for Patch 10.1

Although none of the core abilities of Fire Mages had mechanical changes in 10.1, 10.1 has caused quite some changes to how Fire Mage plays and gears. The biggest changes come from the new tier set bonuses, but changes to crafted gear have also caused some changes. Below we list the major changes that have happened to the guide due to 10.1.

4.1.

Fire Mage Talent Changes in 10.1

Due to the new 2- and 4-set, Alexstrasza's Fury Icon Alexstrasza's Fury is now generally preferred over From the Ashes Icon From the Ashes. Additionally, Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath should also be taken for DPS reasons alongside the crowd-control it provides. Keep in mind that this has rotational changes as well. To see how this looks in its entirety, and for more context to help you decide what talents to pick, we suggest reading our updated Talents Page.

4.2.

Fire Mage Rotational changes in 10.1

The new tier set (combined with different talents) impacts the rotation in multiple ways. We strongly suggest reading the updated Rotation Page to see the new rotation in its entirety. Below we have listed some of the key changes if you just want to get up and running quickly:

  • With 2-set equipped: You will want to use Phoenix Flames Icon Phoenix Flames at least once every 10 seconds to keep the Charring Embers (2-set) debuff up on your target. You will want to do this in such a way that you either convert an existing Heating Up Icon Heating Up into Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak or that you have a way to convert the generated Heating Up into Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak. Generally, this simply means that you only use it when you either have a Heating Up or when you have a charge of Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast ready.
  • With 4-set equipped: You want to use Phoenix Flames Icon Phoenix Flames whenever you have Flame's Fury Icon Flame's Fury (the buff you get when you hit Charring Embers 20 times), and you do not currently have a Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak. This is to ensure you do not waste the Heating Up proc from Phoenix Flames.
  • Since Alexstrasza's Fury Icon Alexstrasza's Fury is now the preferred talent, you will want to use Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath to generate Heating Up Icon Heating Up and Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak. You should only do this outside of Combustion Icon Combustion and try not to let Feel the Burn Icon Feel the Burn drop off by using Dragon's Breath.
4.3.

Fire Mage Gearing Changes in 10.1

As with every new tier, 10.1 comes with many different new items. On top of the standard new gear from Mythic+ and the new Raid, various crafted items have also been added or changed. Our best-in-slot advice has been updated to reflect the optimal pieces to equip your tier set bonus in, what items to craft, trinkets to look for, etc. Check out the updated Gearing Page to see all the details. Below we have listed some of the highlights of the changes made to the gearing page:

  • The new tier pieces should always be equipped at any item level if it helps you get to either the 2- or 4-set bonus. In an ideal scenario, Chest is the tier slot that you skip, but getting to 2- or 4-set is a much higher priority than getting it in the ideal slots.
  • Shadowflame-Tempered Armor Patch Icon Shadowflame-Tempered Armor Patch is the new best Embellishment and should be crafted on 2 items as your 2 Embellishments. Ideally, you craft Chest and Waist.
  • As always, there are a significant amount of available trinkets at many different available item levels due to Mythic+, The Vault, and different Raid difficulties, some of them being very difficult to obtain at maximum item level (Mythic+ trinkets in the Vault). We highly suggest checking out the gear page for the full context on what trinkets are good for what situations.
  • The best-in-slot Rings from Season 1 are still currently very strong. (Eranog Ring + Onyx Annulet) Although technically not best-in-slot, they are the best available rings until you can acquire 440+ socketed rings, which is most likely going to be late into the Season for most people.
  • The very rare drop Voice of the Silent Star Icon Voice of the Silent Star is the best available Cloak, but this item is most likely very difficult to obtain as it is both very rare and wanted by practically every class and spec in the game. A decent alternative is to craft a Cloak with Haste and Versatility.
4.4.

Pending Guide Changes

As with every brand-new patch, all the information in the guides is updated based on public test realm information. However, often things change right before or right after a patch. Due to this, in the first couple of days of the patch, it is very likely that things will change often. Additionally, there are currently still some open items that are extra likely to change the first couple of days of the patch:

  • Rotation: There is still active theorycrafting being done on the optimal rotation with the new optimal talents and set bonuses, and newly available items. Every day minor optimizations are still being discovered, and it is likely that this will continue at least for the first week or so of the patch.
  • Talents: Just like with talents, when the rotation is improved, often new optimal talents are discovered, especially when a brand new tier set also has a significant impact on the relative strength of certain talents.
  • Raid tips: Tips for the new raid bosses will be added throughout the first week of the patch and then improved further during the first few weeks of the raid being out.
5.

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.

6.

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 will be spent 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.

If you are an absolute beginner to the spec but would like to learn the basic fundamentals of the class, I 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.

7.

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 part of these aspects.

8.

Fire Mage in Dragonflight

Since the launch of the Dragonflight pre-patch (10.0), all classes have access to the newly revamped Talent system. For the most common and strongest builds, we strongly suggest checking out the talent page.

9.

End-Game as a Fire Mage

Starting as a Fire Mage is very different from end-game progression content. Because of this, we have dedicated pages that guide you on how to play optimally in Mythic+ and PvP. We will also give raiding tips closer to the release of the first raid.

10.

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.

11.

Fire Mage Viability in the Current Patch

Fire Mage has gotten large buffs with 10.1 while also getting a relatively strong new tier set, setting it up to be a strong overall spec in 10.1.

In a raiding environment, it is likely that for optimal performance, you will want to play multiple specs, including Fire on some bosses and other specs on other bosses. However, with current tuning, it looks like Fire can perform quite well on all bosses if you only want to play one spec, although it most likely Fire will be slightly worse than Arcane on a large chunk of the bosses.

It is currently looking very likely that Fire is going to be the best Mythic+ spec amongst Mages. Fire does still struggle with short-lived enemies, so it will most likely struggle to pull good numbers in lower Mythic+ keys where enemies die quickly, but at the higher end, it is looking to be a very strong spec.

12.

Changelog

  • 25 May 2023 (gear page): Added Timwalking section.
  • 22 May 2023 (enchants page): Updated leg enchant suggestions.
  • 08 May 2023 (gear page): Updated trinket suggestions based on improved sims and further theorycrafting.
  • 07 May 2023 (Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible page): Added tips based on PTR.
  • 06 May 2023 (FAQ page): Further Updated viability question based on item hotfixes impacting spec balance.
  • 06 May 2023 (this page): Updated viability section based on item hotfixes impacting spec balance.
  • 03 May 2023 (talents page): Added note about the suggested talents being based on having 2 and 4 set.
  • 01 May 2023 (FAQ page): Updated viability question based on 10.1 tuning.
  • 01 May 2023 (how to improve page): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.
  • 01 May 2023 (simulations page): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.
  • 01 May 2023 (gear page): Updated best in slot, crafting suggestions, embellishments and replaced valor description to the new crest system and updated Onyx Annulet section based on new 10.1 gear.
  • 01 May 2023 (enchants page): Updated Onyx Annulet suggestions based on new 10.1 gear.
  • 01 May 2023 (stats page): Updated suggested stats based on 10.1 changes.
  • 01 May 2023 (Vault of the Incarnates page): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.
  • 01 May 2023 (mythic+ page): Updated talents based on new optimal talents and removed mentions to the Flamestrike build as it is now too behind to consider, and removed mentions about thundering.
  • 01 May 2023 (rotation page): Updated rotation pased on new tier set bonuses and new optimal talents.
  • 01 May 2023 (talents page): Updated suggested talents based on 10.1 changes and cleaned up some talent advice.
  • 01 May 2023 (spells page): Cleaned up some descriptions to be more clear.
  • 01 May 2023 (easy mode page): Updated the suggested talents and rotation for the 10.1 set bonus.
  • 01 May 2023 (this page): Added 10.1 changes, added a section pointing out the major changes to the guide made for 10.1 and updated viability section for 10.1 tuning.
  • 28 Apr. 2023 (addons page): Added a generic weakaura pack containing all neccesary WeakAuras for all specs.
  • 28 Apr. 2023 (Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible page): Page created.
  • 25 Mar. 2023 (gear page): Updated Onyx ring suggestions based on hotfixes.
  • 25 Mar. 2023 (enchants page): Updated Primordial Stone Gem suggestions based on hotfixes.
  • 22 Mar. 2023 (gear page): Updated bis to include Onyx Annulet due to new gem combinations being found.
  • 22 Mar. 2023 (enchants page): Update Primordial Stone Gem suggestions due to Desirious Blood Stone combinations being very strong.
  • 21 Mar. 2023 (enchants page): Updated Primordial Stone gem suggestions based based on Obscure Pastel Stone being Arcane instead of Shadow on live servers.
  • 20 Mar. 2023 (Legendaries): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 20 Mar. 2023 (FAQ page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 20 Mar. 2023 (how to improve page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 20 Mar. 2023 (simulations page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 20 Mar. 2023 (gear page): Added Onyx Annulet information and reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 20 Mar. 2023 (addons page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 20 Mar. 2023 (enchants page): Added Primordial Stone gem suggestions and reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 20 Mar. 2023 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7 and switched mastery to above versatility.
  • 20 Mar. 2023 (Vault of the Incarnates page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 20 Mar. 2023 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7 and provided some small phrasing tweaks.
  • 20 Mar. 2023 (rotation page): Rewrote parts of the rotation to be easier to follow, and split the SKB/Pyroclasm into its own section. Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 20 Mar. 2023 (talents page): Updated for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 20 Mar. 2023 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 20 Mar. 2023 (easy mode page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 20 Mar. 2023 (this page): Added link to enchants and gems page for Primordial gems.
  • 16 Feb. 2023 (talents page): Removed old note.
  • 24 Jan. 2023 (FAQ page): Updated viability section due to 10.0.5 buffs and slightly altered RoP section.
  • 24 Jan. 2023 (how to improve page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 24 Jan. 2023 (simulations page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 24 Jan. 2023 (gear page): Updated best in slot advice based on updated theorycrafting.
  • 24 Jan. 2023 (addons page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 24 Jan. 2023 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 24 Jan. 2023 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 24 Jan. 2023 (Vault of the Incarnates page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 24 Jan. 2023 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 24 Jan. 2023 (rotation page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 24 Jan. 2023 (talents page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 24 Jan. 2023 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 24 Jan. 2023 (easy mode page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 24 Jan. 2023 (this page): Updated viability section for the 10.0.5 buffs.
  • 13 Jan. 2023 (enchants page): Added leg enchant.
  • 26 Dec. 2022 (Vault of the Incarnates page): Removed disclaimer about tips as tips remained relevant on live servers.
  • 17 Dec. 2022 (gear page): Updated crafted gear due to bronzed grip changes.
  • 17 Dec. 2022 (Vault of the Incarnates page): Updated bosses with more tips due to changes from beta to live.
  • 14 Dec. 2022 (enchants page): Added weapon imbuement advice.
  • 13 Dec. 2022 (gear page): Further updated crafted gear info with latest theorycrafting knowledge.
  • 13 Dec. 2022 (enchants page): Updated phial advice.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (FAQ page): Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (how to improve page): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (simulations page): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (gear page): Updated for season 1, including crafted gear, m+ gear and raid gear.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (gear page): Updated trinket recommendations on further theorycrafting, and added more info for crafted gear.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (addons page): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (enchants page): Updated phial advice.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (enchants page): Updated gems advice based on better simulations.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (stats page): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (Vault of the Incarnates page): Page added.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (rotation page): Added section explaining rotational changes due to the tier set.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (rotation page): Update AoE rotation to more clearly explain the AoE rotation when you are not talented into Flamestrike/Flamepath.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (talents page): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (spells page): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (easy mode page): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (FAQ page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (how to improve page): Reviewed for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (simulations page): Reviewed for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (gear page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (addons page): Reviewed for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (enchants page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (stats page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (mythic+ page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (rotation page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (talents page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (spells page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (easy mode page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 28 Nov. 2022 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2022 (talents page): Split talent suggestions up into Night Fae and non Night Fae section.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Legendaries): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Torghast): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (FAQ page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (how to improve page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (simulations page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (gear page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (addons page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (enchants page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (stats page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Castle Nathria page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Sanctum of Domination page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (Sepulcher of the First Ones page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (mythic+ page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (rotation page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (talents page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (spells page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (easy mode page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 24 Oct. 2022 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 26 Jan. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Updated tier set section for nerfs applied to it.
  • 22 Jan. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 15 Jan. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Page added with initial thoughts and information.
  • 03 Jan. 2022 (rotation page): Add Shifting Power to the rotation.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Updated for Patch 9.1 raid release.
  • 25 Apr. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page Created.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha 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 (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.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (The Eternal Palace 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 (Uldir 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.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 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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