Fire Mage DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Apr 05, 2021 at 09:52 by Dutchmagoz 33 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Fire Mage guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.5. 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, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands.

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

Fire Mages are currently the best performing Mage spec both in raiding and Mythic+. They have good single-target damage, with high burst on a relatively short one minute cooldown. Additionally, they have uncapped AoE damage, allowing them to do great AoE damage on bigger pulls, both in raids and Mythic+.

11.

Changelog

  • 05 Apr. 2021 (rotation page): Fixed an incorrect tooltip.
  • 25 Mar. 2021 (addons page): Added macro for Soul Igniter.
  • 25 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Updated Combustion usage to include Infernal Cascade usage and added Soul Igniter info to rotation.
  • 25 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Added macro for Soul Igniter.
  • 18 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Fixed incorrect link to Raiding page instead of Mythic+ page.
  • 12 Mar. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Added Disciplinary command tips to Sludgefist and optimized suggested Legendaries.
  • 12 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Added missing third PvP talent.
  • 12 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Added Disciplinary Command to advanced opener.
  • 10 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Removed Disciplinary Command disclaimer.
  • 10 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Removed Disciplinary Command disclaimer.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Changed BiS suggestion to Disciplinary Command due to buffs in 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Added Valor upgrade suggestions.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Added new Torghast Anima Powers to the tier list.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Added Disciplinary Command as BiS Legendary after the 9.0.5 buffs.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated multi-spec Covenant suggestions for buffed Necrolord.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 06 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Added section and rotation toggle checkbox for Disciplinary Command.
  • 06 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Updated Legendary section and BiS list due to Disciplinary Command buffs in 9.0.5.
  • 06 Mar. 2021 (addons page): Added WeakAura for Disciplinary Command.
  • 08 Feb. 2021 (rotation page): Updated advanced opener slightly to help with confusion regarding trinket usage, and made link to advanced opener more standout due to popular request for the opener.
  • 15 Jan. 2021 (Torghast): Updated Tier list based on Twisting Corridors difficulty.
  • 15 Jan. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated tips with more mythic tips and optimisations discovered.
  • 05 Jan. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated Soulbind URLs to contain conduits most logical for the given tree.
  • 30 Dec. 2020 (this page): Updated viability section after a couple of weeks of mythic data and tuning giving a more complete picture of class balance.
  • 28 Dec. 2020 (rotation page): Fixed advanced opener crit/non crit versions being in the wrong order.
  • 24 Dec. 2020 (rotation page): Added advanced opener for Infernal Cascade usage.
  • 24 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Added a note on Soul Igniter usage.
  • 23 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Updated suggested Missives to match stat weights page.
  • 23 Dec. 2020 (stats page): Updated stat weights slightly to stats more often correct for people with standard legendaries and trinkets.
  • 15 Dec. 2020 (Torghast): Updated tier list and rotation section for updated anima powers.
  • 14 Dec. 2020 (Torghast): Updated page for a better 1 shot combo and updated tier list.
  • 13 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Removed Alter Time cheese from Sire Denathrius as it was hotfixed to no longer work.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Updated to be more informative in what missives to use for your Legendary.
  • 04 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Shadowlands season 1.
  • 03 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Updated Page based on Beta information.
  • 03 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Updated potion to use int potion for all situations due to it being best above heroic dungeon gear.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated page for Fevered Incantation bugfix (buff), causing it to become BiS.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Updated page for Fevered Incantation bugfix (buff), causing it to become BiS.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (Legendaries): Updated suggestions for Fevered Incantation bugfix (buff in practice) changing the legendary priority, and removed Arcane-only crafting condition for Temporal Warp due to hotfix removing this requirement.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (rotation page): Updated Night Fae AoE rotation to include using Shifting Power during Combustion.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Updated suggested gems.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 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 (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 (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 (stats page): Updated for Shadowlands launch. Changed stat priority and descriptions for the new priority at level 60.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Reviewed the page for Shadowlands and no changes were necessary.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Updated night Fae class ability description for the cooldown reduction nerf.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands launch. Changed viability question to the expected viability in season 1.
  • 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 (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 (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.
  • 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 (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 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (simulations page): Removed sims from mechanics removed in Shadowlands.
  • 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 (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 (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 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells 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 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 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.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Uldir 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 (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.
  • 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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