Fire Mage DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 25, 2020 at 11:45 by Dutchmagoz 20 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Fire Mage in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. We also have default talent lists for various types of content, such as raiding or Mythic+. If you play with Warmode on, we have your PvP talents covered as well.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Mage talents.

1.

Talent Choices for Fire Mage

Level Choices
15 Firestarter ? Firestarter Pyromaniac Pyromaniac Searing Touch Searing Touch
25 Blazing Soul Blazing Soul Shimmer Shimmer Blast Wave Blast Wave
30 Incanter's Flow ? Incanter's Flow Focus Magic Focus Magic Rune of Power Rune of Power
35 Flame On Flame On Alexstrasza's Fury Alexstrasza's Fury From the Ashes From the Ashes
40 Frenetic Speed Frenetic Speed Ice Ward Ice Ward Ring of Frost Ring of Frost
45 Flame Patch Flame Patch Conflagration Conflagration Living Bomb Living Bomb
50 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 Still Mind Icon Tome of the Still Mind and Codex of the Still Mind Icon Codex of the Still 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.

2.1.

Raiding

The builds suggested above do not account for specific fights in the current raid tier. If you wish to have a boss-by-boss breakdown of talent choices, you should check out our dedicated page below.

2.2.

Mythic+

Mythic+ can potentially require a mix of certain AoE and Single-Target talents, depending on affixes and other variables. If you want advice that is specific to Mythic+, you should check out our page below.

2.3.

How To Use Fire Mage Talents

There are multiple talents that require a change to your rotation in order to use them optimally. You can find more information on how your rotation will look after selecting your talents on our rotation page below.

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.

Pyromaniac Icon Pyromaniac can be used when the boss spends a disproportionate amount of time between 30% and 90% Health, but this is almost never the case.

4.

Tier 2 (Level 25) 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 25-second cooldown instead of 15, does not interrupt spellcasting, and it does not break stuns. This spell has 2 charges.
  • 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. It is also worth noting that Shimmer has 2 charges, as opposed to Blink's single charge.

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 30) Talents for Fire Mage

Incanter's Flow ? Incanter's Flow Focus Magic Focus Magic 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.
  • Focus Magic Icon Focus Magic can be used to put a buff on a friendly player that will cause that player to have 5% increased critical strike chance. Whenever they critically strike, your own critical strike will also be increased by 5% for 10 seconds.
  • Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power places a small zone on the ground, which increases the damage you do by 40% for 10 seconds. This ability has a 40-second cooldown. Additionally, it also drops automatically when you cast Combustion Icon Combustion.

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.

Focus Magic Icon Focus Magic is never the best option for your personal DPS, but can in certain situations cause slightly more raid DPS when playing with very geared other classes that benefit from critical strike a lot, especially if your character is very undergeared compared to the person you put Focus Magic on.

6.

Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents for Fire Mage

Flame On Flame On Alexstrasza's Fury Alexstrasza's Fury From the Ashes From the Ashes

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. It not much worse than Flame On Icon Flame On, but it does make the rotation considerably slower paced.

From the Ashes Icon From the Ashes is the best option when there is a constant stream of additional targets that you can spread Mastery: Ignite Icon Mastery: Ignite to.

7.

Tier 5 (Level 40) 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 causes Scorch Icon Scorch to increase movement speed by 30% for 3 seconds when cast.
  • Ice Ward Icon Ice Ward gives Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova 2 charges.
  • Ring of Frost Icon Ring of Frost places a ring that can freeze up to 10 targets for 10 seconds at the targeted location, broken by damage. When the freeze ends, the targets will be slowed by 65% for 4 seconds.

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

8.

Tier 6 (Level 45) 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 all AoE situations for maximum DPS.

Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb never does more DPS (outside of extremely high target counts) than Flame Patch Icon Flame Patch, however, Flame Patch requires you to use Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike to get any use out of it, which is not always what you want to be doing. Namely, in a lot of scenarios with multiple targets, you want to focus down a specific priority target instead of getting all targets down equally. Living Bomb can be picked for such situations, where you can still focus your rotation on single-target priority damage, but getting some free AoE damage via Living Bomb.

9.

Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents for Fire Mage

Kindling Kindling Pyroclasm Pyroclasm Meteor Meteor

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

  • Kindling Icon Kindling reduces the cooldown of Combustion Icon Combustion by 1 second every time Fireball Icon Fireball, Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast, and Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast critically strike.
  • Pyroclasm Icon Pyroclasm gives you a 15% chance to cause your next non-instant Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast to do 225% extra damage after consuming Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak. It can stack up to 2 times.
  • Meteor Icon Meteor summons a meteor to fall from the sky after a short delay, dealing large initial damage and leaving a burning patch on the ground for 8 seconds.

Kindling Icon Kindling is the best option for Night Fae Fire Mages for all situations.

Meteor Icon Meteor is the best option for single-target for non-Night Fae Fire Mages, assuming it is possible to always hit the target with Meteor.

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

10.

PvP Talents (War Mode)

Since Battle for Azeroth, there is 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. Pyrokinesis Icon Pyrokinesis 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.
11.

Changelog

  • 25 Nov. 2020: Fixed incorrect tooltip.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: 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.
  • 20 Oct. 2020: Removed reference to Temporal Shield since it got moved to Arcane only.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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