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Elemental Shaman DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 20, 2017 at 23:39 by Furty 148 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Elemental Shamans. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Elemental Shaman guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewers

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Myst. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been written in collaboration with the team at Storm Earth and Lava, a group of Elemental theorycrafters that includes top players and prominent theorycrafters such as Stormy from Consequence, Sadozai from Wizards IRL, Gistwiki from Indestructible, and Booze from Entropy (world #5 guild).

1. Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Architect's Coif of Despair Icon Architect's Coif of Despair Krosus
Neck Beleron's Choker of Misery Icon Beleron's Choker of Misery Krosus
Shoulders Pauldrons of Warped Memory Icon Pauldrons of Warped Memory Chronomatic Anomaly
Chest Raiment of Shackled Elements Icon Raiment of Shackled Elements Krosus
Cloak Cloak of Shackled Elements Icon Cloak of Shackled Elements Trilliax
Wrists Thistle-Proof Thorngrabbers Icon Thistle-Proof Thorngrabbers High Botanist Tel'arn
Gloves Gauntlets of Shackled Elements Icon Gauntlets of Shackled Elements Star Augur Etraeus
Belt Belt of Celestial Alignment Icon Belt of Celestial Alignment Grand Magistrix Elisande
Legs Leggings of Shackled Elements Icon Leggings of Shackled Elements Gul'dan
Boots Sabatons of Burning Steps Icon Sabatons of Burning Steps Spellblade Aluriel
Ring #1 Spellblade's Gemmed Signet Icon Spellblade's Gemmed Signet Spellblade Aluriel
Ring #2 Ring of the Scoured Clan Icon Ring of the Scoured Clan Gul'dan
Trinket #1 Whispers in the Dark Icon Whispers in the Dark Gul'dan
Trinket #2 Erratic Metronome Icon Erratic Metronome Chronomatic Anomaly

1.1. Trinket Notes

Due to the prevalence of high item level trinkets and titanforged rewarded from Mythic+ dungeon grinding there are a variety of suitable options when it comes to trinkets. Using the list below you should be able to extrapolate whether or not something is an upgrade for you. Trinkets at equal item level, in order of priority, are as follows:

  1. Whispers in the Dark Icon Whispers in the Dark
  2. Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard (with Court of Stars set bonus)
  3. Stat Stick (Critical Strike)
  4. Padawsen's Unlucky Charm Icon Padawsen's Unlucky Charm
  5. Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal
  6. Stat Stick (Mastery)
  7. Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard
  8. Eyasu's Mulligan Icon Eyasu's Mulligan
  9. Infernal Writ Icon Infernal Writ
  10. Portable Manacracker Icon Portable Manacracker
  11. Deteriorated Construct Core Icon Deteriorated Construct Core
  12. Star Gate Icon Star Gate
  13. Stormsinger Fulmination Charge Icon Stormsinger Fulmination Charge
  14. Swarming Plaguehive Icon Swarming Plaguehive
  15. Horn of Valor Icon Horn of Valor
  16. Devilsaur Shock-Baton Icon Devilsaur Shock-Baton
  17. Naraxas' Spiked Tongue Icon Naraxas' Spiked Tongue
  18. Oakheart's Gnarled Root Icon Oakheart's Gnarled Root
  19. Twisting Wind Icon Twisting Wind
  20. Wriggling Sinew Icon Wriggling Sinew
  21. Any of the other dungeon trinkets (all roughly equal in value, or lack of)

2. Legendaries

Eye of the Twisting Nether Icon Eye of the Twisting Nether causes damage from an element to increase damage 1.5% per stack for 8 seconds. Best legendary overall. Should be used in combination with Icefury Icon Icefury.

Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle Icon Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle is the best legendary for the Ascendance Icon Ascendance build. If this is one of your 2 legendaries you should talent Ascendance Icon Ascendance, unless the second legendary is Eye of the Twisting Nether Icon Eye of the Twisting Nether. Second best overall for either build.

Uncertain Reminder Icon Uncertain Reminder is a strong DPS increase overall, allowing for greater synergy with Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental and Potion of Prolonged Power Icon Potion of Prolonged Power. Third best overall.

Echoes of the Great Sundering Icon Echoes of the Great Sundering gives Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock a 50% chance to cause Earthquake Icon Earthquake to be free. The proc is only above Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt in priority, as you do not Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock enough to be in danger of overriding procs often. Always use the proc before casting another Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock. Always cast Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock over Earthquake Icon Earthquake even on 3 targets.

The Deceiver's Blood Pact Icon The Deceiver's Blood Pact has a 20% chance to refund the Maelstrom spent by Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock. Second best legendary for single target and has amazing synergy with Echoes of the Great Sundering Icon Echoes of the Great Sundering.

Al'Akir's Acrimony Icon Al'Akir's Acrimony is an okay legendary for situations where sustained cleave and cleave damage is the priority. Not quite as strong as the shoulders/boots combo, but still good in Mythic+.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish can be a very strong DPS increase on AoE if these opportunities present themselves. While it is overall a fairly weak choice for single target, it could be a contender for parsing due to its "padding" potential on manufactured mass AoE scenarios. You should treat the effect like  Icon Stormkeeper; use it on cooldown, unless there is an opportunity for cleave or AoE in the near future.

3. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Hunters, Monks, Enhancement/Restoration Shamans, and Warriors
Mail Armor Hunters and Enhancement/Restoration Shamans
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Balance Druids, Mages, Shadow Priests, and Warlocks

4. ChangeLog

  • 20 Jan. 2017: Full update to BiS and legendaries.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated trinket and legendary rankings. Will update BiS list later.
  • 01 Dec. 2016: Fully updated Legendary rankings.
  • 21 Oct. 2016: Added trinket rankings to help with Mythic+ trinket determinations.
  • 08 Oct. 2016: Updated BiS.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket sims and added trinket recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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