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Fireball is a Fire mage ability, learned at level 10. It deals direct damage, and is one of the primary damage spells for Fire mages.



A gnome mage casting Fireball.

This spell was one of the Warlock's abilities in Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, before Mages started learning how to use a version of it in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness:

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.[1]
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.[2]


  • Fireball is a basic Mage spell in Hearthstone. The 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."

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-26): "Fireball (Fire) now deals 75% additional damage in PvP (was 150%)."
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Damage increased by 30%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-17): "Damage reduced by 20%."
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now a Fire specialization ability.
  • 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): DoT effect removed. No longer uses spell ranks.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Periodic damage from this spell can no longer trigger Combustion.
  • The Burning Crusade 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.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Added a small damage over time effect.

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