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Fire Mage DPS Spec, Builds, Talents, and Glyphs (WoW 4.3.4)

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In this article, we present you with various talent trees for Fire Mages (WoW 4.3) that you can use in specific situations. We also explain in detail what the talents do, how they work together, and how you can customise your talent tree in order to adapt it to a particular boss. The other articles of our Fire Mage guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the left.

1. A Unique Talent Tree↑top

Mana management as a Fire Mage has been made easy with the recent changes (decrease in spell costs). As a consequence, it is no longer necessary to use different talent trees that only differ in their impact on your mana preservation and the AoE abilities they enable. These days, Fire Mages use a general purpose talent tree that provides both excellent single and multiple target DPS.

2. Customising Your Build↑top

There is usually no need to customise your Fire Mage build. If you really have to, then you will find here all the information you need on the talents and the glyphs at your disposal.

2.1. Talents

  • 2/2 Master of Elements Icon Master of Elements: even if mana management is no longer important to Fire Mages, this talent is still helpful.
  • 3/3 Burning Soul Icon Burning Soul: it is necessary to take this talent in order to gain access to the next tier of talents. The other possible talent is Improved Fire Blast Icon Improved Fire Blast, but it is very situational (see below).
  • 3/3 Ignite Icon Ignite: that particular talent is one of the most important in the tree. It enables you to deal additional damage over time for every critical strike you score. This damage over time component is one of your main source of damage.
  • 3/3 Fire Power Icon Fire Power: this talent is really worth taking for the additional damage it gives on Fire spells. The Flame Orb Icon Flame Orb improvement is also nice.
  • 2/2 Impact Icon Impact: this talent unlocks a very powerful AoE ability which, when used properly, is currently one of the strongest in the game.
  • 1/1 Blast Wave Icon Blast Wave: this ability is best used for dealing with ads in a fight, when they need to be slowed down.
  • 2/2 Cauterize Icon Cauterize: this basically enables you to cheat death every minute. It is vitally important.
  • 1/1 Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak: this talents gives a (small) chance to proc the Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak effect every time you do a critical hit with Fireball Icon Fireball, Frostfire Bolt Icon Frostfire Bolt, Scorch Icon Scorch, Pyroblast! Icon Pyroblast!, and Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast. While the Hot Streak effect is up, your next cast of Pyroblast will be instant and have no mana cost. Note that a critical hit with a free Pyroblast will not trigger the Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak effect.
  • 2/2 Improved Scorch Icon Improved Scorch: this is one of our most important talents. By removing the mana cost of Scorch Icon Scorch, we can still continue casting, even if we are totally out of mana (after a combat resurrection or when Evocation Icon Evocation is interrupted).
  • 1/1 Combustion Icon Combustion: this is an instant cast spell that can deal quite a lot of damage if cast when high damage Dots are ticking on the target. In multiple target situations, Combustion can have tremendous effects when spread by Impact Icon Impact.
  • 2/2 Improved Hot Streak Icon Improved Hot Streak: this talent improves Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak so that the Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak effect will also trigger whenever you score two critical hits in a row with Fireball Icon Fireball, Frostfire Bolt Icon Frostfire Bolt, Scorch Icon Scorch, Pyroblast! Icon Pyroblast!, and Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast. Note that a critical hit with a free Pyroblast will not count.
  • 1/1 Firestarter Icon Firestarter: this talent will let you sustain a large portion of your DPS while moving.
  • 2/2 Improved Flamestrike Icon Improved Flamestrike: this transforms your Blast Wave into a very powerful AoE ability. From now on, casting it on a group of two or more targets will also cast a free Flamestrike Icon Flamestrike on that group (for no additional cooldown).
  • 1/1 Dragon's Breath Icon Dragon's Breath: this talent could be skipped, but it is necessary to unlock our finishing talent.
  • 3/3 Molten Fury Icon Molten Fury: the increased end-of-fight damage that this talent gives cannot be overlooked.
  • 2/2 Pyromaniac Icon Pyromaniac: it has its uses but they are mostly situational, for instance, when a boss spawns adds on which you can cast Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb or spread your DoTs with Impact.
  • 3/3 Critical Mass Icon Critical Mass: this talent is mandatory because of the increased damage on Living Bomb and Flame Orb, two of our main spells. The debuff it leaves on the target does not stack with Shadow and Flame Icon Shadow and Flame from Warlocks.
  • 1/1 Living Bomb Icon Living Bomb: our last tier talent gives us access to an ability that will, in most fights, be our second most important source of damage.
  • 3/3 Piercing Ice Icon Piercing Ice: this talent from the Frost tree gives an additional 3% critical strike chance with all spells.
  • 3/3 Netherwind Presence Icon Netherwind Presence: this talent from the Arcane tree increases our spell haste, with every spell, by 3%.

2.1.1. Improved Fire Blast

Improved Fire Blast Icon Improved Fire Blast is a highly situational talent. In fights with a lot of movement and little to no AoE damage, you can trade a talent like Improved Flamestrike Icon Improved Flamestrike or Impact Icon Impact for Improved Fire Blast Icon Improved Fire Blast. This enables you to use Fire Blast Icon Fire Blast to fish for free Pyroblast! Icon Pyroblast! (through Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak and Improved Hot Streak Icon Improved Hot Streak) while on the move.

2.2. Glyphs

Choosing the correct glyphs as a Fire Mage is very straightforward. The only choices you have to make are more based on convenience than utility.

2.2.1. Prime Glyphs

Your prime glyphs should be set as follows.

  • Glyph of Fireball: it increases the critical strike chance of your main nuke, increasing in turn the chances that Hot Streak Icon Hot Streak will proc.
  • Glyph of Pyroblast: it increases the critical strike chance of Pyroblast! Icon Pyroblast!, increasing in turn the chances that you will get an Ignite Icon Ignite from Pyroblast, which is what you need for Combustion Icon Combustion.
  • Glyph of Molten Armor: it increases the critical strike bonus of Molten Armor Icon Molten Armor by another 2% which means that you will get more chances to proc Hot Streak and more chances to get Ignites from Pyroblast.

2.2.2. Major Glyphs

The only mandatory major glyph is Glyph of Evocation because it allows you to relieve some stress from your healers while regenerating your mana.

The optional major glyphs should be chosen from among the following, either because you like what they offer or because they can be of use to you during an encounter on which you are are currently progressing:

  • Glyph of Blast Wave: the increase on the slowing effect is recommended in fights where adds need to be slowed down.
  • Glyph of Dragon's Breath: the reduced cooldown on that ability can be useful in fights where adds need to be disrupted or interrupted at a higher pace than what the unglyphed version of the ability can keep up with.
  • Glyph of Blink: this glyph increases the travel distance of Blink by 5 yards. In fights where you need to move out of stuff quickly, it can be very useful.

2.2.3. Minor Glyphs

We recommand you the following minor glyphs:

  • Glyph of Arcane Brilliance: the mana cost reduction is very useful during an encounter, should you have to rebuff someone, or yourself, having just been resurrected with little mana.
  • Glyph of Conjuring: the mana cost reduction can prove useful if you have just been resurrected with little mana after a wipe and need to re-conjure mana food.
  • Glyph of Slow Fall: because always keeping reagents in your bags can become quite annoying.



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