Fire Mage PvE Guide - Cataclysm Classic

These guides are based on simulation data, tools, and theorycrafting from original Cataclysm. We'll be sure to update them when modern sims are finished. Rotations are likely to get optimized via sims, but it should already give you a very strong starting point.

Introduction

    Fire Mages bring 5% Critical Strike Chance for spells with
    Critical Mass
    . Mages now have their own version of
    Bloodlust
    with
    Time Warp
    , and bring a 6% Spell Power and Max Mana buff with
    Arcane Brilliance
    .

Cataclysm Classic Fire Mage Rotation

    Fire Mages deal additional damage to targets below 35% health because of
    Molten Fury
    . Managing your
    Hot Streak
    procs correctly, as well as correct usage of
    Combustion
    will be extremely important to maximize your DPS.

Single Target

  1. Use
    Molten Armor
    .
  2. Maintain
    Critical Mass
    This will happen automatically with your
    Pyroblast
    casts, but you should open the fight with a
    Scorch
    if you are the only one providing the debuff.
  3. Cast
    Combustion
    when
    Ignite
    ,
    Living Bomb
    and
    Pyroblast
    DoT are on the target.
  4. Cast
    Flame Orb
    .
  5. Cast
    Pyroblast
    when
    Hot Streak
    procs.
  6. Maintain
    Living Bomb
    . Let it expire before you re-apply it.
  7. Cast
    Mirror Image
    .
  8. Cast
    Fireball
    .
  9. Cast
    Fire Blast
    if the target will die before your next
    Fireball
    cast finishes or while moving.
  10. Cast
    Scorch
    while moving.
  11. Cast
    Evocation
    when you run out of mana.

AoE

    Low ceiling damage, consistent AoE:

  1. Cast
    Living Bomb
    on 3 targets as long as they won't die before it explodes.
  2. Cast
    Blast Wave
    which will cast
    Flamestrike
    because of
    Improved Flamestrike
    .
  3. Cast
    Dragon's Breath
    .
  4. Cast
    Flamestrike
    .
  5. High ceiling damage, rng AoE:

  6. Cast
    Living Bomb
    on 3 targets as long as they won't die before it explodes.
  7. Cast
    Blast Wave
    which will cast
    Flamestrike
    because of
    Improved Flamestrike
    .
  8. Cast
    Scorch
    to look for
    Impact
    and
    Hot Streak
    procs.
  9. Cast
    Pyroblast
    when
    Hot Streak
    procs.
  10. Cast
    Combustion
    if
    Pyroblast
    crit.
  11. Cast
    Fire Blast
    with
    Impact
    to ideally spread
    Ignite
    ,
    Pyroblast
    DoT, and
    Combustion
    .
  12. Cast
    Dragon's Breath
    .
  13. Cast
    Flamestrike
    .

Cataclysm Classic Fire Mage Talents

Standard Build

0
Arcane
0
Fire
0
Frost

Cataclysm Classic Fire Mage Glyphs

  1. Prime:
    PyroblastPyroblast
    ,
    FireballFireball
    ,
    Molten ArmorMolten Armor
  2. Optional: For AoE replace
    FireballFireball
    with
    Living BombLiving Bomb
  3. Major:
    Dragon's BreathDragon's Breath
    ,
    EvocationEvocation
    ,
    BlinkBlink
  4. Minor:
    ArmorsArmors
    ,
    Arcane BrillianceArcane Brilliance
    ,
    Slow FallSlow Fall

Cataclysm Classic Fire Mage Best Consumables

Flasks and Elixirs

    Best:
  • Flask of the Draconic Mind

Food

    Best:
  • Seafood Magnifique Feast
    ,
  • Severed Sagefish Head
    ,
  • Fortune Cookie
    Alternatives:
  • Broiled Dragon Feast
    ,
  • Pickled Guppy

Potions

    Best:
  • Volcanic Potion

Cataclysm Classic Fire Mage Best Races

Alliance

  1. Worgen:
    Viciousness
    and
    Darkflight
  2. Draenei:
    Heroic Presence
  3. Gnome:
    Expansive Mind
  4. Human:
    The Human Spirit

Horde

  1. Troll:
    Berserking
  2. Goblin:
    Time is Money
    ,
    Rocket Barrage
    , and
    Rocket Jump
  3. Orc:
    Blood Fury
  4. Blood Elf:
    Arcane Torrent

Cataclysm Classic Fire Mage Best Professions

  1. Engineering:
    Synapse Springs
    .
  2. The rest of the professions are very close in power, with Blacksmithing becoming better with epic gems in T13.