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Enhancement Shaman DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:36 by Furty 101 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for Enhancement Shamans in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3. We detail what each of the talents do and in which situations they should be taken.

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

About Our Author and Reviewer

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 Wordup, the main Enhancement Shaman theorycrafter. You can find many resources on his YouTube channel.

1. Talent Choices

Level Choices
15 Windsong Windsong Hot Hand Hot Hand Boulderfist Boulderfist
30 Rainfall Rainfall Feral Lunge ? Feral Lunge Wind Rush Totem Wind Rush Totem
45 Lightning Surge Totem Lightning Surge Totem Earthgrab Totem Earthgrab Totem Voodoo Totem Voodoo Totem
60 Lightning Shield Lightning Shield Ancestral Swiftness Ancestral Swiftness Hailstorm Hailstorm
75 Tempest Tempest Overcharge Overcharge Empowered Stormlash Empowered Stormlash
90 Crashing Storm Crashing Storm Fury of Air Fury of Air Sundering Sundering
100 Ascendance ? Ascendance Landslide Landslide Earthen Spike Earthen Spike

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

Optimizing talents on a contextual basis is the highly recommended method of setting up your build, as many talents offer unique strengths in the right situation. I have decided to list a "cheat sheet" of sorts below, however, to help with a quick set up that should be just fine for most encounters. If you want to fully optimize your ability to play this specialization, I recommend reading the entire talents section here to gain additional insight on when swapping your talents would be beneficial.

2.1. Raid Encounters

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

2.1.1. Heavy Cleave/AOE

2.2. General Use

These talents provide good quality of life and do not require much set up or ramp up, making them solid choices for leveling up, powering through daily hubs, and efficiently completing world content.

3. Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Windsong Windsong Hot Hand Hot Hand Boulderfist Boulderfist

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

  • Windsong Icon Windsong is a new ability that increases your attack by speed by 35% for 15 seconds, on a 45-second cooldown.
  • Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand gives a chance for attacks, while Flametongue Icon Flametongue is active, to proc an empowered Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash that costs no Maelstrom and deals 100% increased damage.
  • Boulderfist Icon Boulderfist replaces Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter. It has 2 charges, a short recharge time, and increases your Critical Strike by 5% along with all damage dealt by 5%.

Boulderfist Icon Boulderfist should be your default talent for all situations. A permanent damage and Critical Strike increase is too sweet to pass up. The extra Maelstrom from Boulderfist Icon Boulderfist over Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter is great as well, given you only have a limited number of globals to spend on Maelstrom generation anyway.

Windsong Icon Windsong is not far behind Boulderfist Icon Boulderfist, but it falls a little short to be a competitive option. Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand is too weak and unreliable to displace either of the other talents, particularly on multiple targets. Windsong Icon Windsong and Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand also both have inferior scaling to Boulderfist Icon Boulderfist.

4. Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Rainfall Rainfall Feral Lunge ? Feral Lunge Wind Rush Totem Wind Rush Totem

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

  • Rainfall Icon Rainfall places down a Healing Rain Icon Healing Rain that lasts 10 seconds, but can be increased by an additional 30 seconds by landing attacks with Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike and Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash.
  • Feral Lunge Icon Feral Lunge is a medium range charge that also does minor damage.
  • 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. Feral Lunge Icon Feral Lunge adds a little bit of engage and additional mobility to the specialization, and is an excellent choice for solo content and dungeons, or any situation where an amazing raid cooldown is unnecessary.

Rainfall Icon Rainfall is currently so weak that it is never justified to take this talent.

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

Lightning Shield Lightning Shield Ancestral Swiftness Ancestral Swiftness Hailstorm Hailstorm

Tier 4 talents offer a minor damage increase.

Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm is the best choice for single target damage. It is easy to maintain, and deals strong damage while active. It also makes maintaining the buff necessary from Akainu's Absolute Justice Icon Akainu's Absolute Justice much easier, if you have it. Ancestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral Swiftness is very slightly weaker on average length single target encounters, but pulls ahead for speed kills as there is no maintenance or ramp up built in. Ancestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral Swiftness also pulls ahead on sustained cleave and AoE, making it an especially good choice in Mythic+ dungeons.

Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield is too weak currently to be considered as a viable alternative to either talent.

7. Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Tempest Tempest Overcharge Overcharge Empowered Stormlash Empowered Stormlash

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

Tempest Icon Tempest is the best talent in all situations, as there is a ton of bonus Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike damage in our  Icon Doomhammer.

Empowered Stormlash Icon Empowered Stormlash is alright in grouped content, though there is no reason to take it over Tempest Icon Tempest. Overcharge Icon Overcharge has counter synergy with Boulderfist Icon Boulderfist, and comes in a little behind our other options.

8. Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Crashing Storm Crashing Storm Fury of Air Fury of Air Sundering Sundering

Tier 6 talents focus on providing additional cleave and AoE damage.

  • Crashing Storm Icon Crashing Storm causes Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning to also leave an electrified zone on the ground for 6 seconds which damages enemies.
  • Fury of Air Icon Fury of Air creates a vortex 8 yards around you, which damages and slows enemies. This can be maintained for as long as you have Maelstrom to sustain it.
  • Sundering Icon Sundering does massive physical damage in a line and knocks enemies to either side, however, it has a 40-second cooldown.

Crashing Storm Icon Crashing Storm is currently the best option for all situations. It is strong for both single and multi target and scales well with Mastery and Haste.

Fury of Air Icon Fury of Air and Sundering Icon Sundering are both too undertuned to be viable competitors, and are outscaled by Crashing Storm Icon Crashing Storm.

9. Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Ascendance ? Ascendance Landslide Landslide Earthen Spike Earthen Spike

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

  • Ascendance Icon Ascendance transforms you for 15 seconds, generating 4 Maelstrom per second and allowing your autoattacks and Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike to attack from up to 30 yards away and bypass armour.
  • Landslide Icon Landslide causes Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter and Boulderfist Icon Boulderfist to increase Agility by 8% for 10 seconds.
  • Earthen Spike Icon Earthen Spike deals moderate damage and increases the Physical and Nature damage you do by 10% for 10 seconds.

Landslide Icon Landslide is currently a very strong choice. This talent provides you with a permanent 8% increase to Agility, which is head and shoulders above the alternatives. Ascendance Icon Ascendance is noticeably weaker, but could be considered if stronger burst was needed to push an important damage check.

Earthen Spike Icon Earthen Spike is very weak currently and should never be talented.

10. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 24 Jul. 2016: Improved clarity and updated talent balance.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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