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Elemental Shaman DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Dec 01, 2016 at 10:07 by Furty 92 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

This guide has been written by Furty who raids in Serenity, one of the top World of Warcraft guilds. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Nàsty, one of the top parsing Elemental Shamans.

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 Greyed Dragonscale Coif Icon Greyed Dragonscale Coif Nythendra
Neck Blackened Portalstone Necklace Icon Blackened Portalstone Necklace Xavius
Shoulders Matted Fur Pauldrons Icon Matted Fur Pauldrons Ursoc
Chest Patient Ambusher's Hauberk Icon Patient Ambusher's Hauberk Elerethe Renferal
Cloak Evergreen Vinewrap Drape Icon Evergreen Vinewrap Drape Cenarius
Wrists Manacles of the Nightmare Colossus Icon Manacles of the Nightmare Colossus Xavius
Gloves Gauntlets of the Demented Mind Icon Gauntlets of the Demented Mind Dragons of Nightmare
Belt Laughing Sister's Pouch-Chain Icon Laughing Sister's Pouch-Chain Cenarius
Legs Disjointed Linkage Leggings Icon Disjointed Linkage Leggings Xavius
Boots Malignant Sabatons Icon Malignant Sabatons Dragons of Nightmare
Ring #1 Twice-Warped Azsharan Signet Icon Twice-Warped Azsharan Signet Xavius
Ring #2 Grubby Silver Ring Icon Grubby Silver Ring Nythendra
Trinket #1 Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal Withered J'im
Trinket #2 Naraxas' Spiked Tongue Icon Naraxas' Spiked Tongue Naraxas

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. Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal
  2. Naraxas' Spiked Tongue Icon Naraxas' Spiked Tongue
  3. Devilsaur Shock-Baton Icon Devilsaur Shock-Baton
  4. Oakheart's Gnarled Root Icon Oakheart's Gnarled Root
  5. Swarming Plaguehive Icon Swarming Plaguehive
  6. Portable Manacracker Icon Portable Manacracker
  7. Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard
  8. Eyasu's Mulligan Icon Eyasu's Mulligan
  9. Infernal Writ Icon Infernal Writ
  10. Stormsinger Fulmination Charge Icon Stormsinger Fulmination Charge
  11. Horn of Valor Icon Horn of Valor
  12. Twisting Wind Icon Twisting Wind
  13. Wriggling Sinew Icon Wriggling Sinew
  14. Any of the other dungeon trinkets (all roughly equal in value, or lack of)

2. Legendaries

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. Currently the best legendary for single target. 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 have a 30% 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.

Eye of the Twisting Nether Icon Eye of the Twisting Nether causes damage from an element to increase damage 2% per stack for 8 seconds. Third best for single target and does not affect talent choice at all (e.g. do not talent Icefury Icon Icefury) as the bonus is minor.

Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle Icon Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle is the worst legendary overall. Do not change your playstyle at all or bother optimizing for the DoT effect.

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+.

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
Trinkets Balance Druids, Mages, Shadow Priests, and Warlocks

4. ChangeLog

  • 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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