Fire Mage PvP Talents and Builds (BfA / Patch 8.3)

Last updated on Jun 23, 2020 at 06:36 by Mysticall 7 comments

Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Fire Mage and gives you the best combinations you can take.

This page is part of our Fire Mage PvP Guide.


Talent Choices for Fire Mages

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

While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.


Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Pyromaniac Icon Pyromaniac is the best choice in this tier. Having the change to get a Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak proc after using Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast can significantly increase your damage. If you find that your team has a hard time killing an enemy when they are low, Searing Touch Icon Searing Touch can help generate more Hot Streak Icon Hot Streaks and make it easier to land a kill.


Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Shimmer Icon Shimmer is the best choice in this tier. This is very strong when trying to get crowd control on the enemy team. If an enemy is trying to get out of line of sight of your Polymorph Icon Polymorph, for example, you can Shimmer Icon Shimmer while casting it and avoid losing line of sight. This talent replaces Blink Icon Blink.


Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Incanter's Flow Icon Incanter's Flow is the best choice in this tier. Try to perform your burst damage rotation when you have 5 stacks of Incanter's Flow, for maximum damage.


Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Flame On Icon Flame On is the best choice in this tier. This talent will give you the highest amount of damage throughout an arena match. This talent will allow you to setup big burst damage more often and pairs well with the Blaster Master Icon Blaster Master trait. For more information about Azerite traits, please refer to our dedicated page on the subject.


Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Ring of Frost Icon Ring of Frost is the best choice in this tier. This is crucial for crowd control. If you get interrupted on Polymorph Icon Polymorph, you can still cast Ring of Frost Icon Ring of Frost. You can also do Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath into Ring of Frost Icon Ring of Frost.


Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb is the best choice in this tier. It helps with pressuring multiple enemies at the same time, something that Fire Mages are good at. One thing to note, is that it can break crowd control, so try to crowd control the enemy far from their teammates with this debuff.


Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Meteor Icon Meteor is the best choice in this tier, providing good single-target and AoE burst. Set it up by having a teammate stun the kill target. If there is no stun, you can use Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath and then cast Meteor on the target.


PvP Talents for Fire Mages

The first PvP talent tier is will give you a choice between Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion, Relentless Icon Relentless, and Adaptation Icon Adaptation. Gladiator's Medallion Icon Gladiator's Medallion is the best choice in this tier. It is great for removing crowd control on you that your healer cannot dispel.

You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents depending on your team's goal.


Mandatory PvP Talents

Temporal Shield Icon Temporal Shield creates a shield around you for 6 seconds. Once it expires, you will instantly be healed for 100% of the damage you took while it was active. This is a great defensive tool and should be used when the enemy team is using their burst cooldowns. If you are using the Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife Major Power, you get this ability baseline. Continue down the list of PvP talents for other options.


PvP Talents for Builds Without Greater Pyroblast

Firestarter Icon Firestarter reduces the cooldown of your primary burst cooldown, Combustion Icon Combustion, every time you deal damage with Fireball Icon Fireball.

If you are playing against a team with melee on it and you will kiting most of the time, Controlled Burn Icon Controlled Burn is a great choice. This causes Mastery: Ignite Icon Mastery: Ignite to deal its full damage 100% faster, but it no longer spreads to nearby enemies unless Combustion Icon Combustion is active. This is a very strong damage talent if you find yourself kiting throughout an arena match.

If you are able to stand still throughout an arena match, Flamecannon Icon Flamecannon is the best choice in this tier. This talent can also help with dealing with melee due to it increasing your maximum health, but will primarily be used when you can free-cast Fireball Icon Fireballs.


PvP Talents for Builds With Greater Pyroblast

Greater Pyroblast Icon Greater Pyroblast has a long cast time and deals 35% of the target's maximum health. This is a hit or miss PvP talent, as it is very difficult to complete the cast without being interrupted. However, if you are able to complete the cast, you can easily kill an enemy from 100%. Quick note: this is a percentage-based attack, so the damage is not affected by abilities that increase health. A good example is when a Druid enters Bear Form Icon Bear Form. Although they have more health, Greater Pyroblast will still deal 35% of their total health.

Tinder Icon Tinder causes your next Fireball Icon Fireball to deal 30% increased damage with a 50% reduced cast time, if you have not cast a Fireball Icon Fireball for 8 seconds. This is a good talent versus teams with a melee on it and you will only be able to cast at certain times. This helps with your sustained damage and with generating Heating Up Icon Heating Up procs.


Situational PvP Talents

Prismatic Cloak Icon Prismatic Cloak reduces magical damage you take by 50% for 2 seconds after you Blink Icon Blink or Shimmer Icon Shimmer. This talent is great against teams with magical spells that deal large amounts of damage. You can replace Controlled Burn Icon Controlled Burn with this if you are playing against a team with two spell casters on it.

Kleptomania Icon Kleptomania makes Spellsteal Icon Spellsteal have a 30-second cooldown, but steals all spells from the target. This is only useful against Restoration Druids. If you want to have the option to steal all of the Restoration Druids HoTs, you can replace Controlled Burn Icon Controlled Burn with Kleptomania Icon Kleptomania.



  • 23 Jun. 2020: Updated Tier 1 Regular talent.
  • 20 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
  • 30 Oct. 2019: Page added.
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