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Spell fire flamebolt.png
Class Mage
School Fire
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 10
Improvements [Critical Mass], [Firestarter], [Tinder]

Fireball is a level 10 Fire mage ability.


A gnome mage casting Fireball.


  • Fireball is...
    • One of the Warlock's abilities in Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. Its description in the game manual reads: "The basic fire spell which all followers of the Orcish cults (the underworld) first learn. It channels the flames of Hades through the caster's body, allowing the wielder to direct it as a missile at anyone he chooses. It is a dangerous magik to employ, but the effects seem to delight even the lowest circle of Warlock to no end."
    • One of the Mage's abilities in Warcraft II. Its description in the Tides of Darkness game manual reads: "Magiks involving the cardinal elements of the universe are favorites of the Mages. The Fireball is launched from the palms of the Mage and streaks like a comet blazing across the battlefield - slamming its fiery bulk into whatever stands in its path."
    • An uncommon mage ability in the Trading Card Game.
    • A basic mage spell in Hearthstone. Its flavor text reads: "This spell is useful for burning things. If you're looking for spells that toast things, or just warm them a little, you're in the wrong place."


Patch changes

  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2024-03-12): Damage increased by 35% (was 18%) in PvP combat.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-12-19): Damage increased by 10%. Does not apply to PvP.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-11-21): Damage increased by 30% (was 12%) in PvP combat.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.1.5 (2023-07-11): Damage increased by 3%.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-06-05): Damage increased by 10% (does not apply in PvP combat).
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.1.0 (2023-05-02):
    • Damage increased by 15%.
    • Damage increased by 12% in PvP combat.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2022-12-19): Damage increased by 12%.
  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2022-12-05): Damage increased by 10%.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.2 (2022-11-15): No longer deals 15% increased damage in PvP combat.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Rank 2 converted into [Pyrotechnics]. Rank 3 removed.
  • Shadowlands Hotfix (2022-04-04): Damage increased by 20%. This change does not apply to PvP combat.
  • Shadowlands Hotfix (2021-07-12): Damage increased by 20%.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13):
    • Enhanced Pyrotechnics is now Rank 2 of Fireball at level 33: Each time your Fireball fails to critically strike a target, it gains a stacking 10% increased critical strike chance. Effect ends when Fireball critically strikes.
    • Rank 3 added at level 41: Increases Fireball damage by 15%.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-01-23): Increased the damage of Fireball by 3%.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-26): Fireball now deals 75% additional damage in PvP (was 150%).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage increased by 30%. Now learned at level 10 (was 12). No longer replaces [Frostfire Bolt].
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.1.0 (2015-02-24): Now replaces Frostfire Bolt for Fire mages.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-17): Damage reduced by 20%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now a level 12 Fire specialization ability (was a level 1 ability for all mages). Cast time reduced to 2.25 sec (was 2.5 sec).
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.2 (2012-01-31): Fireball damage has been reduced by roughly 6%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Damage increased by approximately 17%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Mana cost has been reduced to 9% of base mana.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2011-01-18): The mana costs of the following mage spells have been reduced, but they still require the previous percentage of base mana in order to be cast: [Arcane Barrage] (11% of base mana), [Arcane Blast] (7% of base mana), and Fireball (12% of base mana). As an example, Fireball requires 16% base mana to cast, but only consumes 12% of base mana.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): No longer causes additional damage over time. Base cast time reduced to 2.5 sec (was 3.5 sec). Range increased to 40 yards (was 35 yards).
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Periodic damage from this spell can no longer trigger Combustion.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Reduced the mana cost of Fireball.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Rank 12 can now be purchased from trainers at level 62.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): Pyroblast and Fireball damage over time will now stack together.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Added a small damage over time effect.

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