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.

Weapons

Scorch

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

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

Gandalf

No, IF you use ps pants lose t10 bonuses

Kryštof Hák

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

DarkKiller

Phylactery, by far…

Chorice

Why no wand mentioned in the BiS list? Should be Corpse-Impaling Spike HC, right?

Austin Insess

Which professions should i choose for a beginner mage player

Demetri

Tailoring then Enchating

Azure Orc

Must be mentioned that Improved Scorch doesn’t stack with Improved Shadow Bolt of affli/demo warlocks and with Winter’s Chill of frost mages.
In other words, if you have a warlock (affli or demo) in the raid group or (suddenly) a frost mage, you should not use Scorch. If you do only 25ppl raids you can probably forget about that talent at all and spend those points anywhere else.

Kreature

whats BiS wand?

Agarash

Hi, Torment the Weak is indeed a great talent, but with which debuff does it work ? Are we in the obligation to cast a frostfire bolt before spamming with our fireballs to make it work ?

Tzevy

This is mainly a raid spec and in order for the TTW to take effect, you need a “slow” debuff on the target and any will do. Rogue’s poisons have slow effects and many other abilities from the raid have that so you won’t be needing to apply this effect yourself unless you are soloing some mob on your own. If that’s the case, I still prefer my PvP frost spec even if it takes longer to kill…

Agarash

Ok, I was wandering about the slow effect, if it had to be on speed or attack speed but it seems that any of that will do it.. so great news, thank you !

mmd

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

asd

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

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

Catarang

Id say just thinking about what you are actually doing helps instead of mindlessly reading guide. If you want to really play fire, gem crit and focus only on crit. Is it ideal? Big no by far but there is difference between enjoying what you play and forcing yourself to do “right thing”. Its the same thing on low levels. What you doing there is probably not ideal, but it might be right thing for you. I have 4.1k fire mage rn and hes doign 7k in ToC. Also dont blame everything on gear, due to slow cast fire mage has huge emphasis on positioning and active cast time.

Dessu

7k? Aoe or single target?

Lestra

just lucky for procs.

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