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Fire Mage DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 12, 2018 at 23:55 by Dutchmagoz 24 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Fire Mages in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

The other pages of our Fire Mage guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Dutchmagoz. Dutchmagoz is a Mythic raider in UnknownError, owner of the Mage theorycrafting website Altered Time, and an admin of the Mage Discord server, Halls of the Guardian.

1. Talent Choices for Fire Mage

Level Choices
15 Firestarter Firestarter Pyromaniac ? Pyromaniac Searing Touch Searing Touch
30 Blazing Soul Blazing Soul Shimmer Shimmer Blast Wave Blast Wave
45 Incanter's Flow Incanter's Flow Mirror Image Mirror Image Rune of Power Rune of Power
60 Flame On Flame On Alexstrasza's Fury Alexstrasza's Fury Phoenix Flames Phoenix Flames
75 Frenetic Speed Frenetic Speed Ice Ward Ice Ward Ring of Frost Ring of Frost
90 Flame Patch Flame Patch Conflagration Conflagration Living Bomb Living Bomb
100 Kindling ? Kindling Pyroclasm ? Pyroclasm Meteor Meteor

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Talent Cheat Sheets for Fire Mage

While optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, the talent build listed below works great for general purposes.

3. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents for Fire Mage

Firestarter Firestarter Pyromaniac ? Pyromaniac Searing Touch Searing Touch

Tier 1 talents offer a minor boost to sustained damage.

Searing Touch Icon Searing Touch is the best option if the boss loses Health at a steady rate throughout the fight. It also gives you a lot of flexibility by turning your main filler spell into Scorch Icon Scorch, (while the boss is below 30%) which can be cast while moving. It is also the best talent for AoE situations.

Firestarter Icon Firestarter is the best option if the boss remains above 90% Health for a disproportionate amount of time, for example due to healing to full Health multiple times.

Pyromaniac Icon Pyromaniac can be used when the boss spends a disproportionate amount of time between 30% and 90% Health.

4. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents for Fire Mage

Blazing Soul Blazing Soul Shimmer Shimmer Blast Wave Blast Wave

Tier 2 talents offer a boost in defensive utility.

  • Blazing Soul Icon Blazing Soul causes Blink Icon Blink to apply Blazing Barrier Icon Blazing Barrier.
  • Shimmer Icon Shimmer replaces your Blink Icon Blink ability. It functions exactly the same as Blink Icon Blink, except it is off the Global Cooldown, is a 20-second cooldown instead of 15, does not interrupt spellcasting, and it does not break stuns.
  • Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave causes an explosion around yourself, dealing Fire damage to all enemies within 8 yards and knocking them back and then reducing their movement speed by 70% for 4 seconds.

Shimmer Icon Shimmer should be your go-to talent in most situations, as it gives you more mobility and the ability to Blink Icon Blink without triggering a Global Cooldown. Not only does this result in a noticeable damage gain, but should also allow for better survivability on high movement fights.

Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave can be useful for Mythic+ if you need the additional control for kiting.

Blazing Soul Icon Blazing Soul gives you extra survivability when you blink. It can be useful in some situations, but is not an advised pick over Shimmer Icon Shimmer.

5. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents for Fire Mage

Incanter's Flow Incanter's Flow Mirror Image Mirror Image Rune of Power Rune of Power

Tier 3 talents are focused on providing the player a consistent damage increase.

  • Incanter's Flow Icon Incanter's Flow increases your damage between 4% and 20%, cycling every 10 seconds.
  • Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image creates 3 copies of yourself which damage enemies and last 40 seconds.
  • Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power places a small zone which increases the damage you do by 40% for 10 seconds. This ability has a 40-second cooldown, with 2 charges.

Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power is the best DPS talent. However, due to its restrictive nature, it may be not be practical to use on all encounters. Incanter's Flow Icon Incanter's Flow is a bit weaker numerically, but is usable on all types of fight encounters.

Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image is close to the above 2 talents on pure single target encounters. However, it loses a lot of value if at any point there are multiple targets available, so it is not used in general.

6. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents for Fire Mage

Flame On Flame On Alexstrasza's Fury Alexstrasza's Fury Phoenix Flames Phoenix Flames

Tier 4 talents are focused on providing unique damage utility.

Flame On Icon Flame On should be your go-to choice on raid bosses, as it allows for the most Hot Streak Icon Hot Streaks throughout a fight, for both single target and AoE.

Alexstrasza's Fury Icon Alexstrasza's Fury can be used in situations where snap AoE damage is required, or there is a constant stream of 5+ targets available.

Phoenix Flames Icon Phoenix Flames is not used.

7. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents for Fire Mage

Frenetic Speed Frenetic Speed Ice Ward Ice Ward Ring of Frost Ring of Frost

Tier 5 talents focus primarily on providing utility.

Frenetic Speed Icon Frenetic Speed is the only talent with a benefit in raids.

8. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents for Fire Mage

Flame Patch Flame Patch Conflagration Conflagration Living Bomb Living Bomb

Tier 6 talents add various cleave and AoE utility to your kit.

  • Flame Patch Icon Flame Patch adds a burning ground effect to Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike that lasts for 8 seconds.
  • Conflagration Icon Conflagration cases Fireball Icon Fireball to apply a small damage over time (DoT) effect to your primary target. Any targets affected by either this small DoT or Mastery: Ignite Icon Mastery: Ignite can flare up to deal AoE damage.
  • Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb applies a bomb to the target which explodes after a delay and spreads itself to nearby targets.

Conflagration Icon Conflagration is the best choice for single target.

Flame Patch Icon Flame Patch is the best talent for 5+ targets as long as the targets remain inside the burning area for the entire duration.

Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb is the best choice for 3-4 targets, and it also results in a single-target damage increase in such situations. It is worth noting that even though Flame Patch Icon Flame Patch is technically better on 5+ targets, it does lose a lot of damage to the priority target because Flame Patch requires you to use your Hot Streak Icon Hot Streaks on Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike, whereas with Living Bomb you can continue to throw out Pyroblast Icon Pyroblasts on the primary target and still do plenty of AoE damage.

9. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents for Fire Mage

Kindling ? Kindling Pyroclasm ? Pyroclasm Meteor Meteor

Tier 7 talents add new abilities and major playstyle shifts to your kit.

Meteor Icon Meteor is the best option for single target, assuming it is possible to always hit the target with Meteor. It is also the best talent for AoE as long as the targets remain in the burning area for most of its duration.

Pyroclasm Icon Pyroclasm is slightly behind Meteor Icon Meteor on single target, so it can be used on encounters where the target moves a lot, and landing Meteor Icon Meteor is difficult.

Kindling Icon Kindling is an option on heavy cleave where the targets do not remain inside Meteor Icon Meteor's burn effect, or where the reduced Combustion Icon Combustion cooldown allows you to use Combustion for certain raid mechanics which require a DPS boost, and Combustion would not be available without Kindling.

10. PvP Talents (War Mode)

In Battle for Azeroth, there will be the option to enable "War Mode". Enabling War Mode grants the following benefits:

  • PvP talents enabled in the outdoor world.
  • 10% increase in World Quest rewards at max level.
  • 10% more experience gained while leveling.
  • Earn Conquest Points which can reward gear every week.

With the benefits of enabling War Mode for leveling and PvE content, it is recommended to enable the feature to maximize your leveling and rewards at max level. However, doing so will enable PvP combat, and the possibility of being attacked by members of the opposite faction while leveling or doing World Quests exists.

10.1. Fire Mage War Mode Talents

In this section we will rank the War Mode talents for leveling and outdoor content.

  1. Tinder Icon Tinder is great because there are often times where you are not casting Fireball Icon Fireball for prolonged periods of time due to moving from area to area. This talent will make your first Fireball on almost every new encounter do more damage, and be extremely quick. Combined with Firestarter Icon Firestarter it is a guaranteed Critical Strike, giving you Heating Up Icon Heating Up, which you can then follow up with a Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast giving you a Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak instantly on almost any new target you fight.
  2. Firestarter Icon Firestarter is great for giving you Combustion Icon Combustion much quicker than otherwise possible. It allows you to use Combustion very often, giving you a huge damage increase over the course of leveling / world content.
  3. Temporal Shield Icon Temporal Shield is off the Global Cooldown, so it can be used without sacrificing any damage, and is very strong for when you know damage is incoming. You can simply tank the damage and heal back to full Health when the shield ends.

11. ChangeLog

  • 12 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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