Imp’s Firebolt Currently Bugged

Dark Arts is a talent that reduces your imp’s firebolt by 0.75seconds.

Your imp’s firebolt is affected by your haste.

There is a bug in which the imp will not cast firebolt faster than every 1.5 seconds.


Depending on your haste, you may be putting points into Dark Arts uselessly since anything that brings your imp’s firebolt below 1.5s is wasted.

Here’s some math I stole from ElitistJerks:

In the following, DA stands for Dark Arts, h for your haste rating, and p for points in dark arts.

p/3 DA:  2.50 / ((1+(h/3279)) * 1.05) = imp’s firebolt cast time

I will take my own haste rating which is 1292.

0/3 DA: 2.5 / ((1+(1292/3279)) * 1.05) = 1.70
1/3 DA: 2.25 / ((1+(1292/3279)) * 1.05) = 1.53
2/3 DA: 2.00 / ((1+(1292/3279)) * 1.05) = 1.36
3/3 DA : 1.75 / ((1+(1292/3279)) * 1.05) = 1.19

There is absolutely no reason for me to go further than 1/3 into Dark Arts until this bug is fixed, because my imp would cast his firebolt and then sit there doing nothing until 1.5s elapsed anyways.

As a quick reference guide for how many points you should put into dark arts based on your haste (until this bug is fixed):

You should put 3 points into Dark Arts if you have less than 900 haste.
You should put 2 points into Dark Arts if you are between 900 and 1400 haste.
You should put 1 point into Dark Arts if you are above 1400 haste.

Also, if you are above 1400 haste, I dislike you. Greatly.


If you are saving any talent points from this, good for you, throw a dart at your talent screen and put a point wherever it lands, it’s really up to you.  I’m putting mine into the thing that heals my pet and turning Soul Link on every fight.  Healers will love me.


5 Responses to “Imp’s Firebolt Currently Bugged”

  1. 1 Pedro Castro October 19, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for this!

    I can now put 1 point in another place!

    Thank god there are ppl that can read elitist jerk’s posts and translate into an understandable language! =D

    Keep up the good work!

  2. 2 Glaaki November 13, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Just curious… i haven’t heard anyone talking about this lately. Is it fixed yet?

  1. 1 Destruction Warlock Raiding in 4.0.1 « Cynwise's Battlefield Manual Trackback on October 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm

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