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Elemental Shaman DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Dec 01, 2016 at 09:37 by Furty 91 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Elemental Shamans in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

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. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Path of Flame Path of Flame Earthen Rage ? Earthen Rage Totem Mastery Totem Mastery
30 Gust of Wind Gust of Wind Ancestral Guidance Ancestral Guidance Wind Rush Totem Wind Rush Totem
45 Lightning Surge Totem Lightning Surge Totem Earthgrab Totem Earthgrab Totem Voodoo Totem Voodoo Totem
60 Elemental Blast Elemental Blast Ancestral Swiftness Ancestral Swiftness Echo of the Elements Echo of the Elements
75 Elemental Fusion Elemental Fusion Primal Elementalist Primal Elementalist Icefury ? Icefury
90 Elemental Mastery Elemental Mastery Storm Elemental Storm Elemental Aftershock ? Aftershock
100 Ascendance Ascendance Lightning Rod Lightning Rod Liquid Magma Totem ? Liquid Magma Totem

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Tranquil Mind Icon Tome of the Tranquil Mind and Codex of the Tranquil Mind Icon Codex of the Tranquil Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2. Talent Cheat Sheets

While optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, the talent builds listed below work great for specific purposes.

2.1. Raid Encounters

This build is an excellent starting point as a standard raid setup.

2.1.1. Heavy Cleave/AoE

2.2. For General Use

This build is an excellent starting point for questing, dungeons, or general purpose usage.

3. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Path of Flame Path of Flame Earthen Rage ? Earthen Rage Totem Mastery Totem Mastery

Tier 1 talents offer a variety of buffs to help increase your combat effectiveness.

Totem Mastery Icon Totem Mastery is overall the best choice on this tier, as it gives a multitude of benefits that outweigh the competition. Earthen Rage Icon Earthen Rage is a close alternative which is a little stronger for bursting down the important targets quickly while just falling behind in overall DPS. It always pulls ahead on fights with heavy movement. Also a great option for world content and questing.

Path of Flame Icon Path of Flame is not used in any situation, currently.

4. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Gust of Wind Gust of Wind Ancestral Guidance Ancestral Guidance Wind Rush Totem Wind Rush Totem

Tier 2 talents offer an increase to raid utility and personal mobility.

  • Gust of Wind Icon Gust of Wind lets you dash forward 20-yards on a short cooldown.
  • Ancestral Guidance Icon Ancestral Guidance converts 20% of damage and healing into healing on up to 3 nearby party and/or raid members. Lasts 10-seconds, on a 2-minute cooldown.
  • Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem summons a totem for 15 seconds that increases the speed of allies within 10 yards by 60% for 5 seconds. The speed buff is continually refreshed as long as they are within range.

Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem is the default choice on this tier. It is great on raid encounters and to help speed through dungeons, and since the speed buff can be refreshed it has a unique power that is not present with similar effects, such as Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar. Gust of Wind Icon Gust of Wind can be helpful for extra mobility during dungeons, questing, and world content. It is also a great alternative on fights where taking full advantage of Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem is not possible. Ancestral Guidance Icon Ancestral Guidance is currently too weak to be considered.

5. Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Lightning Surge Totem Lightning Surge Totem Earthgrab Totem Earthgrab Totem Voodoo Totem Voodoo Totem

Tier 3 talents offer a variety of totem choices that increase your ability to control mobs.

  • Lightning Surge Totem Icon Lightning Surge Totem explodes after 2 seconds to stun all enemies within 8 yards for 5 seconds. This is an upgraded version of the old Capacitor Totem from previous expansions.
  • Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem pulses a root effect to all enemies within 10 yards for 5 seconds. If the roots are broken, the next pulse will instead slow the targets.
  • Voodoo Totem Icon Voodoo Totem summons a totem for 10 seconds that Hex Icon Hexes all targets within 8 yards.

Lightning Surge Totem Icon Lightning Surge Totem is the default choice for this tier. It provides a lengthy 5-second stun with only a short charge time and has the widest variety of use out of the 3 totems. Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem and Voodoo Totem Icon Voodoo Totem could see very specific use on fights that require AoE roots or crowd control, but should be avoided for general usage.

6. Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Elemental Blast Elemental Blast Ancestral Swiftness Ancestral Swiftness Echo of the Elements Echo of the Elements

Tier 4 talents offer a minor damage increase.

Ancestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral Swiftness is the best option for all situations. Echo of the Elements Icon Echo of the Elements is close behind on single target, and helps the rotation feel a bit smoother overall.

7. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Elemental Fusion Elemental Fusion Primal Elementalist Primal Elementalist Icefury ? Icefury

Tier 5 talents augments some of your basic abilities to grant significant bonus damage.

Primal Elementalist Icon Primal Elementalist is the default choice for raiding, as it offers unparalleled burst. It has the highest overall damage by a noticeable option and should be taken wherever possible. Icefury Icon Icefury, however, allows you to apply a lot more instant pressure every 30 seconds, offering you another potent Maelstrom spender to help burst down high priority targets. Icefury Icon Icefury can also be a great boon in easing the amount of downtime on high mobility fights, as it gives you strong instant cast dumps frequently. Elemental Fusion Icon Elemental Fusion is fairly worthless in its current state.

8. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Elemental Mastery Elemental Mastery Storm Elemental Storm Elemental Aftershock ? Aftershock

Tier 6 talents focus on providing large power increases.

  • Elemental Mastery Icon Elemental Mastery grants you 25% Haste on demand. It lasts 20 seconds and has a 2-minute cooldown.
  • Storm Elemental Icon Storm Elemental replaces your Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental, deals damage from ranged, and generates Maelstrom Power while active for 60 seconds.
  • Aftershock Icon Aftershock refunds 25% of all Maelstrom Power you spend.

Elemental Mastery Icon Elemental Mastery is a fantastic cooldown that offers huge burst output and great synergy with our kit. Aftershock Icon Aftershock can be viable if the situation is correct, especially when cleave and AoE are a concern (due to the high cost of Earthquake Icon Earthquake). Storm Elemental Icon Storm Elemental is currently too weak to be considered.

9. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Ascendance Ascendance Lightning Rod Lightning Rod Liquid Magma Totem ? Liquid Magma Totem

Tier 7 talents add new abilities and major damage increases to your kit.

Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod is the best option for single target and cleave. It excels on fights where you can maintain a high uptime on the buff and potentially use it to deal incidental damage to nearby targets.

Ascendance Icon Ascendance is a good talent for any situational, as offers unparalleled burst damage. If damage checks are an issue, this is your go-to talent. It is also a good choice on fights where your uptime on Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod might suffer due to in-fight mechanics, like Elerethe Renferal's Dark Storm. Ascendance also favors particularly quick kills, with the ideal kill time being around 3:20, allowing you to get 2 Ascendance usages. In such situations it will be stronger on pure single target than Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod, but as the fight drags longer it falls below Lightning Rod again.

Liquid Magma Totem Icon Liquid Magma Totem is behind both talents in single target damage, but can perform well on fights with periodic AoE (for example Il'gynoth).

10. ChangeLog

  • 01 Dec. 2016: Updated Lightning Rod/Ascendance description for additional clarity. Also removed a few talents that were close contenders but did not see much practical use (e.g. Echo).
  • 21 Oct. 2016: Updated talent balance based on practical results in Emerald Nightmare.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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