Fire Nova
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  • Fire Nova
  • Level 44 Enhancement shaman ability
  • 100 yd range
  • 13.7% of base mana
  • 4.5 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Ignites your Flame Shock spell on up to 6 nearby enemies, causing each of them to emit a wave of flames that deals (48.07% of spell power) Fire damage to every other enemy within 10 yards.
Usable by
Class Shaman
School Fire
Cooldown 4.5 seconds
Radius 10 yards
Other information
Level learned 44
Improvements  [Glyph of Fire Nova], [Flurry]

Fire Nova is an Enhancement shaman ability, available at level 44.

This addition to the Shaman's array of damaging attacks now gives the high potential for the Shaman to be considered an AoE farming class. With [Magma Totem] and [Chain Lightning], the shaman now has an impressive array of multi-target damaging spells.



Tips and tactics

  • Highly useful in raid situations usually involving lots of trash mobs. Shamans can run cast Flame Shock on one mob, use [Lava Lash] on that target to spread FS to other enemies, and then cast Fire Nova.


Fire Nova was added in patch 3.3.0 to replace [Fire Nova Totem]. While the prior Fire Nova Totem was considered a pet and thus would potentially disallow typical kill rewards (loot, exp), the new Fire Nova is a direct AoE attack, bypassing any prior pet restrictions. The Shaman [Magma Totem] and [Searing Totem] are still considered pets.

Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Removed.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-01-12): Fire Nova now causes up to 6 novas (down from 7).
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-30): Now has a maximum of 7 novas that can be triggered if more than 7 targets are affected by [Flame Shock].
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now has a cooldown of 4.5 second (up from 4.0 seconds).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Damage has been increased by 83%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): Has been redesigned and decoupled from shaman Fire totems. Instead, it now pulses the Fire Nova effect from each target that is afflicted by the shaman's own [Flame Shock] debuff. It now damages all enemies except the target hit by Flame Shock. The ability's cooldown has been reduced to 4 seconds, down from 10.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Added, replacing [Fire Nova Totem].

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