Elemental Shaman DPS Stat Priority (WoD 6.1.2)

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Elemental Shamans in World of Warcraft WoD 6.1.2, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

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

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Purge, a prominent Shaman theorycrafter, who often contributes to the Elemental Shaman section of Totem Spot.

1. Basics↑top

The stat priority for an Elemental Shaman is:

  1. Intellect;
  2. Multistrike;
  3. Haste = Critical Strike;
  4. Mastery;
  5. Versatility.

Haste is better for single-target DPS and Critical Strike is better for AoE DPS, so whichever stat you prioritise after Multistrike depends on the kind of fights you want to optimise your DPS for.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using Simulation Craft.

2. Getting a Better Understanding↑top

Intellect is your primary stat. You should look for this stat in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Spell Power, which increases the damage of your spells.

Multistrike causes abilities to have an increased chance to hit/heal a second and a third time, each time dealing 30% of the initial damage/heal.

Multistrike is your most important stat. Thanks to your Elemental Overload Icon Elemental Overload passive, you have a base amount of 20% multistrike and your multistrike damage is increased by 35%. It means that your multistrikes deal 40.5% of the damage of your attacks, instead of only 30% for other classes. Also, multistrikes with Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt and Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning grant charges of Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield, thanks to Fulmination Icon Fulmination. This explains why Multistrike is so important for Elemental Shamans.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities. Your Lava Burst also has a third multistrike chance, the third chance being equal to your critical strike chance

Haste influences the cast speed of your spells and the number of ticks of your Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock and Earthquake Icon Earthquake.

Mastery increases the damage that Mastery: Molten Earth Icon Mastery: Molten Earth and Earthquake Icon Earthquake do.

Versatility is a flat-out damage done increase and damage taken reduction.

3. Changelog↑top

  • 22 Jan. 2015: Added the third Multistrike for Lava Burst in the Multistrike stat description.
  • 14 Jan. 2015: Haste is now better for single-target DPS.
  • 16 Dec. 2014: Mastery is less valuable, after the recent changes. The stat priority has been updated to reflect that.
  • 27 Nov. 2014: Slightly adjusted rotation for the recent Lava Burst change (Lava Burst can generate an additional multistrike, based on your Critical Strike change).
  • 19 Nov. 2014: Updated for Level 100.