Fire Mage PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.2.5)

Last updated on Jul 31, 2022 at 19:22 by Pherix 14 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. Blazing Soul Icon Blazing Soul is also an extremely strong talent, and while you lose mobility, you gain a lot of durability throughout the game. Being able to Blink Icon Blink stuns and also obtain a free Blazing Barrier Icon Blazing Barrier can help you survive for a substantial amount of time.


Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents

Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power is the best choice in this tier. With the new Combustion Icon Combustion changes, and having Rune of Power drop instantly on the Combustion, it makes it very easy to set up large damage on your Combustions. Incanter's Flow Icon Incanter's Flow is also strong, however Rune of Power provides too much value to not take, especially when Fire Mage is heavily based around Combustion.


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. The other talents often can break Crowd Control, and Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb is a great ability to apply a DoT to stop players from leaving combat, preventing Stealth or even drinking.


Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents

Kindling Icon Kindling is the best choice in this tier, even with the nerf to it in Patch 9.1. It still holds strong as the top choice, further shortening the cooldown on Combustion and making it so enemies will eventually not have defensive cooldowns to trade out with yours. Meteor Icon Meteor is a decent choice, especially if you are Kyrian.


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 30% increased damage with a 30% 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 10%. 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.

Ring of Fire is a new PvP Talent for Mages, and can provide high sustained damage if enemies are stuck in it. Typically, pairing this ability with a stun to get maximum value is where this ability shines.



  • 31 Jul. 2022: Updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
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  • 17 Nov. 2021: Page updated for Patch 9.1.5.
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