PVE Fire Mage DPS Guide WotLK 3.3.5a

Game: Wrath of the Lich King
Content Type: Gaming Guides

Welcome to the Fire Mage DPS guide for World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King 3.3.5a. In this guide, you will learn about playing a Fire Mage in a raid. The guide includes Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchantments, BiS Gear, Add-ons, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips.

The first build uses Frostfire Bolt spell as main source of damage. It is more suitable for new players with lower gear level.

Fire Mage Frostfire Talent Tree Wow 3.3.5a

The second build uses Fireball as main damaging spell. It is more suitable for players with higher gear level. Torment of the Weak is a great talent to boost your damage. Bosses can’t be snared, but the talent requires only the debuff to be present on the target to work.

Fire Mage Fireball Talent Tree Wow 3.3.5a

Both builds can redistribute one point from Master of Elements into Blast Wave for increased utility.

The last glyph is depending on the build you use.

Gems are situational and depend on the build and equipment. They are used to reach the required stat caps.



Living Bomb →  spam Fireball or Frostfire BoltPyroblast

Hit -> Spell Power & Crit -> Haste -> Spirit -> Intellect 

It’s worth mentioning that Fire specs have higher stat requirements than Arcane regarding Hit and Crits ratings.  

Mages require 17% of Hit (446 rating) to always hit the target. Precision lowers the requirement by 3%, leaving 14% (368 rating). You will get the last 14% of Hit through gear, buffs, and debuffs on the target. [1% Hit = 26.23 rating]  

  • Target debuffs like Improved Faerie Fire (Moonkin) and Misery (Shadow Priest) increases the chance to hit with spells by 3%  
  • Heroic Presence is a Draenei racial aura which only affects the group and increases the hit chance by 1%  

Spell Power and Critical Strike Rating are the primary stats for this spec. As a Fire Mage, the more crits you do, the more consistent the DPS is. The spec heavily relies on Hot Streak talent, so it only makes sense to have frequent and powerful crits. This spec requires a minimum amount of 45% crit to be viable. 71% of Crit is required to have a 50% chance to proc Hot Streak after casting a Fireball. Increase Haste with gear upgrades, as it is a secondary stat for this build. Spirit is another useful stat for this build. Molten Armor converts Spirit into Critical Strike Rating:  

  • Standard Molten Armor converts 35% 
  • Glyphed Molten Armor converts 55% 
  • Glyphed & 2t9 set bonus (Khadgar’s Regalia) converts 70% 

Tip: You can use the 2t9 set bonus to buff an improved Molten Armor, and then switch to your regular items while still preserving the improved effect. 

Last on the list is Intellect, which can also be useful in the beginning to reduce the potential mana problems. 


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marco ocampo
marco ocampo

1 question , can i change sanctified pants for armor ? then look for plage scientist pants?


No, IF you use ps pants lose t10 bonuses

Kryštof Hák
Kryštof Hák

hi, wich of the 2 trinket would you say is better? Thanks


i have a 4.4k gs and i do the rotation but i steel dont deal much dameg
what am i doing wrong?


4.4k gs is what you are doing wrong, you usually need WAY more better gear in order to make fire spec work, I’d suggest going arcane for a little bit longer.

marco ocampo
marco ocampo

yep he need at least 45% crit rate to do fire spec

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