Fire Mage PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.0.5)

Last updated on Mar 19, 2021 at 11:57 by Pherix 13 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 to ensure success.

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
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

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

Firestarter Icon Firestarter is the best choice in this tier. Fire Mage teams will likely try to go for a big kill, killing the enemy from 50% to 0% health in one stun. This will make the initial damage to the target much stronger. It will also make it easier to generate Heating Up Icon Heating Up procs against enemies at high health. However, Searing Touch Icon Searing Touch also provides guaranteed crits below 30% on a kill target, making it easy to execute the enemy.


Tier 2 (Level 25) 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 30) 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. If you are opting for a large damage burst, Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power can provide a large spell damage increase. With the new change where Combustion Icon Combustion now instantly drops a Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power at your feet, this is viable.


Tier 4 (Level 35) 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 have more instant cast damage.


Tier 5 (Level 40) 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 45) 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 50) 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. Try to position the meteor so that it hits as few enemies as possible to assure maximum damage on one single-target.


PvP Talents for Fire Mages

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

Pyrokinesis Icon Pyrokinesis reduces the cooldown of your primary burst cooldown, Combustion Icon Combustion, every time you deal damage with Fireball Icon Fireball. This is important because this will make Combustion a shorter cooldown than the enemy trinket. Meaning if an enemy does not have a trinket when you have Combustion, you can kill them in a stun.

If you are able to stand still throughout an arena match, Flamecannon Icon Flamecannon another great choice. 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. You will also be able to cast fire spells from further away.


Situational PvP Talents

Tinder Icon Tinder causes your next Fireball Icon Fireball to deal 25% 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.

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 Tinder Icon Tinder with this if you are playing against a team with two spell casters on it.

Netherwind Armor Icon Netherwind Armor reduces the chance you will suffer a critical strike by 15%. This is very good into melee cleave teams that have very powerful spells that if they crit, you could lose a large amount of health from.

Kleptomania Icon Kleptomania makes Spellsteal Icon Spellsteal have a 30-second cooldown, but steals all spells from the target. This is useful against Restoration Druids or other Fire Mages, you could use this to take their Combustion Icon Combustion. You can replace Tinder Icon Tinder with Kleptomania Icon Kleptomania.



  • 19 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 10 Dec. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands Season 1.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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