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Fire Mage DPS Ny'alotha Raid Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Apr 18, 2020 at 11:51 by Dutchmagoz 56 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Fire Mage for each boss of the following raid: Ny'alotha. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

1.

Introduction

In this section, you will find information and guidance for each boss individually in Ny'alotha as a Fire Mage. These are not complete encounter guides, but rather provide specific tips for any Fire Mage on each boss.

2.

Talent and Essence Cheatsheet

Wrathion, the Black Emperor Maut The Prophet Skitra Dark Inquisitor Xanesh The Hivemind Shad'har the Insatiable Drest'agath Vexiona Ra-den the Despoiled Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn Carapace of N'Zoth N'Zoth the Corruptor

We advise to use the following talents on Wrathion, the Black Emperor.

We advise to use the following essences on Wrathion, the Black Emperor.

We advise to use the following talents on Maut.

We advise to use the following essences on Maut.

We advise to use the following talents on The Prophet Skitra.

We advise to use the following essences on The Prophet Skitra.

We advise to use the following talents on Dark Inquisitor Xanesh.

We advise to use the following essences on Dark Inquisitor Xanesh.

We advise to use the following talents on The Hivemind.

We advise to use the following essences on The Hivemind.

We advise to use the following talents on Shad'har the Insatiable.

We advise to use the following essences on Shad'har the Insatiable.

We advise to use the following talents on Drest'agath.

We advise to use the following essences on Drest'agath.

We advise to use the following talents on Vexiona.

We advise to use the following essences on Vexiona.

We advise to use the following talents on Ra-den the Despoiled.

We advise to use the following essences on Ra-den the Despoiled.

We advise to use the following talents on Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn.

We advise to use the following essences on Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn.

We advise to use the following talents on Carapace of N'Zoth.

We advise to use the following essences on Carapace of N'Zoth.

We advise to use the following talents on N'Zoth the Corruptor.

We advise to use the following essences on N'Zoth the Corruptor.

3.

Wrathion, the Black Emperor

We advise you to use the following talents against Wrathion, the Black Emperor.

We advise you to use the following essences against Wrathion, the Black Emperor.

If your group is struggling a lot with killing groups of Crackling Shard Icon Crackling Shards, you can opt into a more aggressive AoE build by taking Flame Patch Icon Flame Patch.

3.1.

Tips

Make sure you watch the boss mod timer for Smoke and Mirrors, and do not activate your cooldowns, like Combustion Icon Combustion or Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power, right before he casts it, as he becomes immune after the cast.

During the Smoke and Mirrors phase, prioritize groups of Crackling Shard Icon Crackling Shards, due to the great cleave capabilities of Fire.

3.1.1.

Mythic Tips

There are no Fire Mage tips on Mythic Difficulty.

For more information, please refer to our Wrathion, the Black Emperor guide.

4.

Maut

We advise you to use the following talents against Maut.

We advise you to use the following essences against Maut.

4.1.

Tips

During the second phase, you should watch your health carefully, since you will be reflecting all damage you do to the boss. You can use Ice Block Icon Ice Block to avoid this damage if your Ignite is ticking very hard after Combustion Icon Combustion. However, it is generally not adviced to use Combustion Icon Combustion during the second phase, unless you specifically coordinated this with your healers, as the spell reflect damage from Combustion is nearly unhealable, especially when using a double on-use gear set.

4.1.1.

Mythic Tips

You should Remove Curse Icon Remove Curse yourself when afflicted by Ancient Curse Icon Ancient Curse, rather than running into Devoured Abyss Icon Devoured Abyss.

For more information, please refer to our Maut guide.

5.

The Prophet Skitra

We advise you to use the following talents against The Prophet Skitra.

We advise you to use the following essences against The Prophet Skitra.

5.1.

Tips

You can use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to Shimmer through the Images of Absolution Icon Images of Absolution without taking any damage from them.

5.1.1.

Mythic Tips

There are no Fire Mage tips on Mythic Difficulty.

For more information, please refer to our The Prophet Skitra guide.

6.

Dark Inquisitor Xanesh

We advise you to use the following talents against Dark Inquisitor Xanesh.

We advise you to use the following essences against Dark Inquisitor Xanesh.

6.1.

Tips

We do not have any boss specific tips for this fight for Fire Mages.

6.1.1.

Mythic Tips

There are no Fire Mage tips on Mythic Difficulty.

For more information, please refer to our Dark Inquisitor Xanesh guide.

7.

The Hivemind

We advise you to use the following talents against The Hivemind.

We advise you to use the following essences against The Hivemind.

This fight has a lot of cleave and AoE, however, depending on the strategy used by your group, you can either focus on boss damage and stick with Conflagration Icon Conflagration, or you can pick either Flame Patch Icon Flame Patch or Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb, depending on the amount of movement of the adds with your strategy. If the adds are often standing still and you will be able to get good use out of Flame Patch, it will be better; otherwise, Living Bomb should be used.

7.1.

Tips

You can use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to avoid getting hit by the Aqir Drones, and kite them over other Drones, so they can be AoE'd down more efficiently.

7.1.1.

Mythic Tips

If you are using the double on-use build, you should use Azshara's Font of Power Icon Azshara's Font of Power around 15 seconds before the pull timer finishes, and then begin your Combustion Icon Combustion rotation around 5 seconds into the fight. This will cause you to have the biggest possible Ignite opener for when the Aqir Drones spawn.

Generally speaking, you will want to use later Combustion Icon Combustions on the boss that the Arqir Darters are crowd controlled near. However, if your group is struggling a lot on Darter damage, you can choose to focus your Pyroblast Icon Pyroblasts during Combustion on the Darters, but this is much less overall damage, so it is only recommended if the Darters are not crowd controlled properly on top of the bosses, and your group is struggling with them.

For more information, please refer to our The Hivemind guide.

8.

Shad'har the Insatiable

We advise you to use the following talents against Shad'har the Insatiable.

We advise you to use the following essences against Shad'har the Insatiable.

8.1.

Tips

Fire Mages are good at dealing with the Entropic Buildup Icon Entropic Buildup pools. You can not use Ice Block Icon Ice Block to remove the debuff from soaking the pool, however, you can use it to stop the damage from it while Ice Blocked.

To optimize DPS, you should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to Shimmer out of the raid to the edge of the room when you are fixated by the Living Miasma. Make sure to watch for the timer of the Miasma and to not use your cooldowns right before it spawns.

8.1.1.

Mythic Tips

There are no Fire Mage tips on Mythic Difficulty.

For more information, please refer to our Shad'har the Insatiable guide.

9.

Drest'agath

We advise you to use the following talents against Drest'agath.

We advise you to use the following essences against Drest'agath.

9.1.

Tips

When affected by Mutterings of Insanity Icon Mutterings of Insanity, you should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to get far away from the rest of the raid.

You should aim to have your cooldowns ready for most of the times you take the buff from a Void Infused Ichor Icon Void Infused Ichor, to maximize damage to the boss.

9.1.1.

Mythic Tips

Most strategies revolve around maximizing the amount of times Fire Mages can get the Void Infused Ichor Icon Void Infused Ichor buff together with Combustion Icon Combustion, since Fire Mages are the best burst in the game. If you are using double on-use, make sure you use it somewhere between 10 and 20 seconds before the target that drops the pool you are assigned to dies, so you can get a full Combustion (and the huge Ignite damage after it) on the boss.

You can use Ice Block Icon Ice Block to remove the debuff from Mutterings of Insanity Icon Mutterings of Insanity (or the stun if you do not remove the debuff before it expires) to avoid getting stunned altogether. This can be useful if you get it during Combustion Icon Combustion to ensure you spend as little time stunned as possible, especially if your healers usually take a couple of seconds to dispel the stun.

For more information, please refer to our Drest'agath guide.

10.

Vexiona

We advise you to use the following talents against Vexiona.

We advise you to use the following essences against Vexiona.

You should only consider using Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb if the adds in your raid group often live long enough that there are 5 adds or more up at any time. If this is the case, Living Bomb can be used to increase both your boss DPS and your add DPS, but otherwise, you should stick to Conflagration Icon Conflagration.

10.1.

Tips

When you get Encroaching Shadows Icon Encroaching Shadows, you should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to get away from the raid and use your second stack of Shimmer to get back into the raid.

You should try to align your cooldowns with the final phase starting to maximize DPS during the last phase.

10.1.1.

Mythic Tips

There are no Fire Mage tips on Mythic Difficulty.

For more information, please refer to our Vexiona guide.

11.

Ra-den the Despoiled

We advise you to use the following talents against Ra-den the Despoiled.

We advise you to use the following essences against Ra-den the Despoiled.

11.1.

Tips

11.1.1.

Phase 1

When affected by Unstable Vita Icon Unstable Vita, you will want to use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to Shimmer to one of the assigned locations to deal with Unstable Vita.

You can use Ice Block Icon Ice Block to solo soak the Void Collapse Icon Void Collapse, if you get affected by it.

11.1.2.

Phase 2

You should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to quickly break the Charged Bonds Icon Charged Bonds.

11.1.3.

Mythic Tips

You should use your first set of cooldowns around 25-30 seconds into the fight, so you can maximize the Ignite spread from your cooldowns to the adds that spawn around 35 seconds into the fight. When using double on-use, this means using Azshara's Font of Power Icon Azshara's Font of Power around 10 seconds into the fight.

You can use Ice Block Icon Ice Block to get rid of the Corrupted Existence Icon Corrupted Existence, so you can be healed to full health.

For more information, please refer to our Ra-den the Despoiled guide.

12.

Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn

We advise you to use the following talents against Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn.

We advise you to use the following essences against Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn.

12.1.

Tips

If you get mind controlled by Touch of the Corruptor Icon Touch of the Corruptor, you can use Ice Block Icon Ice Block to dispel it.

12.1.1.

Intermission Phase

When affected by Cursed Blood Icon Cursed Blood, you should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to quickly Shimmer out of the group.

12.1.2.

Mythic Tips

If your group uses the strategy where Cursed Blood Icon Cursed Blood does not get dispelled at all, make sure you do not use Ice Block Icon Ice Block while you have it, as it will instantly dispel it, and most likely cause a wipe.

For more information, please refer to our Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn guide.

13.

Carapace of N'Zoth

We advise you to use the following talents against Carapace of N'Zoth.

We advise you to use the following essences against Carapace of N'Zoth.

Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb can be a solid choice for Phase 3, as it increases your boss damage slightly, while increasing your damage on the adds throughout the fight as well. However, your overall boss DPS will be a bit lower, so it will depend on where your group is struggling.

13.1.

Tips

13.1.1.

Phase 1

You should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to quickly get away from other players when affected by Madness Bomb Icon Madness Bomb.

13.1.2.

Intermission to Phase 2

You should try to get yourself assigned to the right side pathway during this phase, so you can cleave one of the clumps of 3 Synthesis Growths in the back of the pathway with Ignite.

13.1.3.

Phase 2

Make sure to watch the timer for Occipital Blast Icon Occipital Blast to avoid using your cooldowns right before N'Zoth casts this spell, as you will very likely have to move.

13.1.4.

Phase 3

Just like in Phase 1, you should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to quickly get away from other players when affected by Insanity Bomb Icon Insanity Bomb. Most strategies involve not killing the Nightmare Antigen adds until they get shielded, at which point you can use Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb on them if you picked this talent. Additionally, if it lines up well with your Combustion Icon Combustion and Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power, you can use Living Bomb -> Rune of Power -> Combustion to deal a lot of damage to the Antigens, while also increasing your boss damage.

13.1.5.

Mythic Tips

In Phase 1, if you get assigned to the front side of the tentacles on the first wave of adds, you will want to hold Combustion Icon Combustion until around 25 seconds into the fight (which means using Azshara's Font of Power Icon Azshara's Font of Power around 5 seconds into the fight if using double on-use), so you can build a huge Ignite on the boss and have it spread to the Horrific Hemmorages. This requires the tanks to position the boss in such a way that Ignite will spread to the Hemmorages. If this is not the case, you should simply use cooldowns on the pull as normal.

During the intermission phase, you should try to get yourself assigned to the right side pathway. You can then use Combustion Icon Combustion on one of the sets of 3 Synthesis Growths in the back of the pathway.

For more information, please refer to our Carapace of N'Zoth guide.

14.

N'Zoth the Corruptor

We advise you to use the following talents against N'Zoth the Corruptor.

We advise you to use the following essences against N'Zoth the Corruptor.

14.1.

Tips

14.1.1.

Phase 1

Assuming your strategy involves dragging Psychus over the Exposed Synapses, you should focus Psychus and let your Ignite cleave to the Exposed Synapses to deal damage to them, especially later on when Psychus has multiple stacks of Synaptic Shock Icon Synaptic Shock, because Psychus will be taking bonus damage, which will increase your Ignite damage significantly. When the boss has a lot of these stacks is when you should use all your DPS cooldowns. What is considered "a lot" depends on your strategy. Generally speaking, 6 to 7 stacks is when you should use all your DPS cooldowns.

14.1.2.

Phase 2

When affected by Paranoia Icon Paranoia, you should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to get to your linked partner as quick as possible.

When you go back into the dream realm, you should play it the same as described in Phase 1.

14.1.3.

Phase 3

Since phase 3 is largely a DPS check phase, you should focus on optimizing your damage here. The main thing to look for is that you do not use Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power shortly before Evoke Anguish Icon Evoke Anguish as this will force you to move out of your Rune.

14.1.4.

Mythic Tips

Since this fight has some very strict DPS checks, and has very important timing windows, generally speaking you will get your Combustion Icon Combustion usage assigned based around your strategy. There are 2 main cooldown usage rotations on the fight, for, convenience listed, below, including Azshara's Font of Power Icon Azshara's Font of Power usage when using double on use.

  • Cooldown Usage Rotation 1 (Psychus 1 group)
    1. Right on the pull on one of the Bashers (use Azshara's Font of Power Icon Azshara's Font of Power 18 seconds before pull)
    2. ~2.03: On Psychus (Font of Power ~1.43 into the fight)
    3. ~4.13: On the Basher Tentacle (Font of Power ~3.53 into the fight)
    4. ~6.15: On N'Zoth, cleaving Ignite to the Thought Harvesters that follow shortly after (Font ~5.55 into the fight)
    5. ~8.25: On N'Zoth (Font ~8.05 into the fight)
    6. ~10.37: On N'Zoth (Font ~10.17 into the fight, right before leaving the Gateway phase)
    7. ~12.37: On N'Zoth (Font ~12.17)
  • Cooldown Usage rotation 2 (Psychus 2 group)
    1. Right on the pull on one of the Bashers (use Azshara's Font of Power Icon Azshara's Font of Power 18 seconds before pull)
    2. ~2.37: On N'Zoth (Font of Power ~2.17 into the fight)
    3. ~5.00: On Psychus (Font of Power ~4.40 into the fight)
    4. ~7.36: On N'Zoth, cleaving Ignite to the Thought Harversters that follow shortly after (Font ~7.12 into the fight, couple seconds before Mindgrasp Icon Mindgrasp channel begins)
    5. ~10.37: On N'Zoth (Font ~10.15 into the fight, right before leaving the Gateway phase)
    6. ~12.37: On N'Zoth (Font ~12.17 into the fight)

Generally speaking, Ice Block Icon Ice Block is assigned to soak 2 sets of Harvest Thoughts Icon Harvest Thoughts casts. If you are assigned to do this, simply use Ice Block shortly before the Harvest Thought casts finishes. On some of the Harvest Thought immunity assignments, it will be followed by a Evoke Anguish Icon Evoke Anguish shortly after. If this is the case on your Ice Block assignment, make sure you stay in Ice Block until the Evoke Anguish has finished casting as well, since if you are in an Ice Block before the casts finishes, you will not get the debuff at all.

A note on Ice Block Icon Ice Block usage: If you are assigned to use Ice Block during the Harvest Thoughts Icon Harvest Thoughts cast around 8 minutes, make sure you use it slightly early. (so around 8.04, instead of the 8.07 where the cast finishes), so you can use Ice Block again at 12.05 for the Evoke Anguish Icon Evoke Anguish that goes out at that point.

For more information, please refer to our N'Zoth the Corruptor guide.

15.

Changelog

  • 18 Apr. 2020: Expanded on some Mythic tips and improved formatting.
  • 11 Apr. 2020: Added Mythic specific tips for all bosses.
  • 06 Feb. 2020: Updated pages for more information from live servers.
  • 21 Jan. 2020: Page added.
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