Pyroblast

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Pyroblast
Spell fire fireball02.png
  • Pyroblast
  • Level 12 Fire mage ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 2% of base mana
  • 4.5 sec cast
  • Hurls an immense fiery boulder that causes (136.3% of spell power) Fire damage

    Rank 2 (Level 54):
    and an additional (18.6% of spell power) Fire damage over 6 sec.
Usable by
Class Mage
Properties
School Fire
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 12
Improvements [Alexstrasza's Fury], [Firestarter], [Hot Streak], [Kindling], [Mastery: Ignite], [Pyroclasm], [Pyromaniac]
Related debuff
Spell fire fireball02.png
  • Magic
  • Pyroblast
  • Suffering (6.2% of spell power) Fire damage every 2 sec.
  • Duration: 6 sec

Pyroblast is a level 12 Fire mage spell. It deals massive Fire direct damage, but with a longer cast time.

Improvements

Ranks

  • Rank 2 (Level 54) - Pyroblast deals additional fire damage over 6 seconds.

Specialization

Talents

Tips and tactics

  • In PvE situations, the best use of this spell is to use [Fire Blast] after gaining "Heating Up" to upgrade it to "Hot Streak!", immediately followed by your instant-cast Pyroblast.
  • Due to the somewhat long cast time, this can be used to open battles when soloing.
  • Polymorph/Pyroblast: this tactic is mostly seen in PvP. It works exactly as described: Polymorph the target, then cast Pyroblast. You Polymorph first so that the target cannot deal damage or interrupt you while you cast. Keep in mind that in PvP, many people will use various abilities to prevent Polymorph, so be ready to recast it. This is also useful in PvE questing where you pull two mobs: open on one mob with Pyroblast as normal, Polymorph the additional mob, finish off the first mob, and open on the sheeped second mob with Pyroblast.

History

Prior to the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, Pyroblast was a talent rarely taken by Fire mages due to its long 6-second cast time and poor damage. In order to incorporate Pyroblast into the rotation and make it an appealing talent for Fire mages, patch 3.0.2 introduced [Hot Streak]. This talent allowed the next Pyroblast to be an instant cast ability any time the mage scored two consecutive direct-damage critical strikes with certain fire spells.

Three Minute Mage

Main article: Three-minute mage

Prior to patch 3.0.9, this spell was part of a technique called the "three-minute mage". It combined three talented abilities, Pyroblast, [Presence of Mind], and [Arcane Power], into an instant attack that dealt massive damage, that could further be enhanced on critical strikes if the caster had also talented into Ignite. It was famous as a nuking trick, often used in PvP. Patch 3.0.9 forced a shared cooldown between Presence of Mind and Arcane Power, which somewhat diminished this technique. With the first talent system overhaul in patch 4.0.1, the ability to talent into this combination was made impossible.

Trivia

Patches and hotfixes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): New rank added that causes Pyroblast to deal additional damage over time.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-01-23): "Pyroblast's damage has been increased by 3% and its mana cost has been reduced by 20%."
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Damage increased by 27%.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Damage reduced by 6%. Now available at level 12, up from level 10.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Pyroblast no longer deals fire damage over time. Damage increased by 65%, cast time increased to 4.5 seconds (up from 3.5 seconds). New spell animation.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-01-12): "Pyroblast's damage has been reduced by 5%."
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-17): "Damage reduced by 20%."
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Direct damage reduced by 10%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-09-14): "Pyroblast and Combustion should combine to do the expected amount of damage and critical damage."
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): DoT duration increased from 12 to 18 sec, and is now considered a Magic effect.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.2 (2012-01-31): Pyroblast damage has been reduced by roughly 6%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Initial damage has been increased by approximately 26%, and damage over time has been increased by approximately 100%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Pyroblast cast when [Hot Streak] is not active was doing slightly less damage than the Hot Streak version. Its damage has been increased so that both versions of Pyroblast now do the same amount of damage.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Base mana cost is now 17%, down from 22%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Moved from Tier 3 to being a specialization ability.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Cast time has been reduced to 5 seconds.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-19): Cooldown removed.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.9.0 (2006-01-03): Damage bonus from + spell damage items increased.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): Pyroblast and [Fireball] damage over time will now stack together.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17):
    • Levels adjusted, damage reduced, mana cost increased, cooldown increased, range reduced.
    • 75% of the damage is now up-front, 25% of it is DOT.
    • Training costs added to ranks.

See also

External links

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