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Elemental Shaman DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 09, 2017 at 19:38 by Furty 122 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Elemental Shamans in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1.5. 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 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. 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 Aftershock Aftershock Ancestral Swiftness Ancestral Swiftness Elemental Mastery Elemental Mastery
75 Elemental Fusion Elemental Fusion Primal Elementalist ? Primal Elementalist Elemental Blast Elemental Blast
90 Liquid Magma Totem ? Liquid Magma Totem Storm Elemental Storm Elemental Echo of the Elements Echo of the Elements
100 Ascendance Ascendance Lightning Rod ? Lightning Rod Icefury Icefury

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. Icefury Build

This is the best build if you are using Eye of the Twisting Nether Icon Eye of the Twisting Nether or any combination of legendaries that does not include Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle Icon Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle. Also the go to if you have no legendaries at all.

2.2. Ascendance Build

This is the best build if you are using Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle Icon Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle.

2.2.1. Single Target

2.2.2. Multi Target (Council Style)

2.3. Mythic+ Build

This build is ideal if clearing Mythic+ is your primary endgame.

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.

Earthen Rage Icon Earthen Rage is the best choice for single target when not using an Ascendance Icon Ascendance build. Path of Flame Icon Path of Flame is the best option for an Ascendance Icon Ascendance build. Totem Mastery Icon Totem Mastery is the best option for sustained AoE and cleave when not using an Ascendance Icon Ascendance build, making it a good choice for Mythic+. Also very strong on low movement in general.

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.

Gust of Wind Icon Gust of Wind should be taken any time the raid cannot benefit from an additional movement speed cooldown. If the raid will benefit from the use of Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem, it should be used instead.

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

Aftershock Aftershock Ancestral Swiftness Ancestral Swiftness Elemental Mastery Elemental Mastery

Tier 4 talents offer a minor damage increase.

Ancestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral Swiftness is the best option for all situations. Elemental Mastery Icon Elemental Mastery can also be considered if a tight damage check needs to be pushed and your group is struggling.

7. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Elemental Fusion Elemental Fusion Primal Elementalist ? Primal Elementalist Elemental Blast Elemental Blast

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

  • Elemental Fusion Icon Elemental Fusion grants Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock an additional 5% chance to proc Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge.
  • Primal Elementalist Icon Primal Elementalist grants your elementals 80% increased damage, new abilities, and the ability to control them directly.
  • Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast deals hefty damage and increases either your Crit, Haste, or Mastery by 2400 for 10 seconds. It has a 2-second cast time and a 12-second cooldown.

Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast is the best choice for all situations when not using an Ascendance Icon Ascendance build. It is also the best option for 1-2 targets when using an Ascendance Icon Ascendance build.

Elemental Fusion Icon Elemental Fusion is the best option for Ascendance Icon Ascendances when dealing with 3+ targets.

Primal Elementalist Icon Primal Elementalist should used in Mythic+ during Tyrannical weeks to help improve boss damage when using the listed Mythic+ talent build.

8. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Liquid Magma Totem ? Liquid Magma Totem Storm Elemental Storm Elemental Echo of the Elements Echo of the Elements

Tier 6 talents focus on providing large power increases.

  • Liquid Magma Totem Icon Liquid Magma Totem summons a totem at the target location for 15 seconds that hurls liquid magma at a random nearby target every 1 sec, dealing (110% of Spell power) Fire damage to all enemies within 8 yards. 60 second cooldown.
  • Storm Elemental Icon Storm Elemental replaces your Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental, deals damage from ranged, and generates Maelstrom Power while active for 30 seconds. 2.5 minute cooldown.
  • Echo of the Elements Icon Echo of the Elements grants Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst 2 charges.

Echo of the Elements Icon Echo of the Elements is the best choice for all builds in all single target scenarios. Liquid Magma Totem Icon Liquid Magma Totem is a viable alternative for dealing more AoE damage, and can be used in Mythic+ dungeons in place of Echo. Storm Elemental Icon Storm Elemental should not be considered in its current state.

9. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Ascendance Ascendance Lightning Rod ? Lightning Rod Icefury Icefury

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

Icefury Icon Icefury is the best talent when using Eye of the Twisting Nether Icon Eye of the Twisting Nether or any combination of legendaries that does not include Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle Icon Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle. This is also the best talent if you have no legendary items at all. The additional mobility gained when using this talent is also not to be underestimated. Refer to the Icefury Icon Icefury build "Cheat Sheet" at the top of the page for complimentary talents.

Ascendance Icon Ascendance is the best talent if you have Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle Icon Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle. It is also a good choice if you need to push a tight damage check.

Note. If you have both Eye of the Twisting Nether Icon Eye of the Twisting Nether and Ascendance Icon Ascendance, then we advise to use the Ascendance build (even though Icefury theoretically gives a bit more DPS). This is because the gains of using Icefury are minimal and are so dependent on perfect play that the great majority of players are better off with Ascendance.

Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod is a viable option in Mythic+ dungeons as it can provide strong sustained multi target damage through the interaction of Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning and Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod. It can also be a good option for encounters that are very add heavy

10. ChangeLog

  • 09 Jan. 2017: Fully updated talents page for 7.1.5. Also added separate builds to accommodate Legendary items.
  • 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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