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Enhancement Shaman DPS Spell Summary (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:36 by Furty 169 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we list the spells that you will often use as an Enhancement Shaman.

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. Spell Summary

If you are new to Enhancement, it is recommended you read this before proceeding! In this section we will discuss what abilities you have, what they are used for within the specialization, and how they interact with important cooldowns. If you have played this spec before or have already achieved a level of comfort playing this spec in a practical environment, it is recommended you skip this section and move on to the rest of the guide.

2. Main Resource

Maelstrom Power is the primary resource of Enhancement Shamans. Maelstrom is essentially a clone of the Rage resource Warriors use. It is generated by Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon and using specific abilities, while other abilities convert Maelstrom into powerful damage. Maelstrom is generated and consumed very quickly, which contributes to a very fast pace of play. Maelstrom can also be used to help with personal survivability via Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge.

3. Basic Abilities

These abilities are available no matter what talents you chose, and form the bread and butter of this specialization.

Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter is your main filler. Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter has no cooldown, can deal damage from up to 10 yards away, and generates 15 Maelstrom on cast. Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter deals mild damage.

Boulderfist Icon Boulderfist is a talented ability that replaces Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter, and you will be playing with this more often than not. Boulderfist Icon Boulderfist has 2 charges, generates 28 Maelstrom on cast, and enhances your weapons for 10 seconds, increasing all damage by 5% and your Critical Strike rating by 5%. Boulderfist Icon Boulderfist deals strong damage, and like Rockbiter Icon Rockbiter, can deal damage from up to 10 yards away.

Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike is a powerful Maelstrom consuming ability, and your main source of damage. It costs 40 Maelstrom to cast, and deals Physical damage. Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike has a 16-second cooldown, which can be further reduced through Haste. This ability is used on cooldown.

Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning is a Maelstrom consuming ability that deals damage in front of you. If Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning hits 2 or more targets, it also empowers Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike and Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash for 10 seconds to deal additional nature damage to targets in front of you. This ability is used on cooldown during cleave and when Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning is talented.

Flametongue Icon Flametongue does not generate or consume any Maelstrom, can hit enemies from up to 10 yards away, and empowers your weapons to deal additional Fire damage for 16 seconds. The cooldown of Flametongue Icon Flametongue is further reduced by Haste. This ability is only used to maintain the buffs on your auto attacks.

Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash is a Maelstrom consuming ability that deals moderate damage and deals Fire damage. Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash has no cooldown, and costs 30 Maelstrom to cast. This ability is primarily used to spend extra Maelstrom when you are in danger of capping.

4. Important Procs

Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer periodically procs off of main hand strikes, which include auto attacks, Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike itself, and Windfury Icon Windfury. Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer resets the current cooldown of Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike, and causing your next cast of Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike to trigger no cooldown and cost 50% less Maelstrom. Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer chance is increased by Mastery and can be further enhanced by the Tempest Icon Tempest talent.

Windfury Icon Windfury periodically procs off of main hand strikes, generating additional Maelstrom and dealing bonus Physical damage. Windfury Icon Windfury cannot proc off of itself.

Stormlash Icon Stormlash causes your enhanced auto attacks to periodically grant up to 2 party or raid members Stormlash Icon Stormlash, causing their spells and attacks to deal additional Nature damage. This damage is attributed to the Shaman.

5. DPS Cooldowns

Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit summons two wolves to fight for you for 15 seconds. They generate 5 Maelstrom each time they attack, and are completely immune to crowd control and movement impairing effects. This ability is used on cooldown for damage and increased Maelstrom generation.

Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust and Heroism Icon Heroism increase Haste by 30% for 40 seconds for all party and raid members within 100 yards. This ability debuffs everyone with a debuff that prevents the possibility of benefiting from Time Warp Icon Time Warp, Ancient Hysteria Icon Ancient Hysteria, Netherwinds Icon Netherwinds, Heroism Icon Heroism, and Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust for the next 10 minutes.

6. ChangeLog

  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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