Classic Elemental Shaman DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents

Last updated on Aug 19, 2019 at 14:34 by Seksixeny 5 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the best PvE talent choices and builds for your Elemental Shaman DPS in WoW Classic.

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Talent Builds for Elemental Shamans

Elemental Shaman talent builds vary in focus between maximizing damage throughput, maximizing group utility and the infamous 30-0-21 PvP burst damage / burst healing build which is good at everything.

1.1.

Leveling Builds

If you were looking for leveling builds, please refer to our leveling guide for Shamans.

1.2.

Elemental Shamans Talent Builds: Elemental Mastery

Elemental Mastery Talent Build for Elemental Shamans

This build's namesake, Elemental Mastery Icon Elemental Mastery is a powerful talent that guarantees that your next spell will be a 0-Mana cost critical strike. This has great synergy with the Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning / Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock combo, as often you can land a critical strike on both and one shot someone.

Because we want to focus on ranged DPS with this build, there are not many good options for point swaps, as all of the remaining Restoration talents are healing focused and the Elemental talents that were not taken are less than ideal for our Mana conscious rotation.

1.3.

Elemental Shaman Talent Builds: Nature's Swiftness

Nature's Swiftness Talent Build for Elemental Shamans

While this build's damage potential is slightly under an Elemental Mastery Icon Elemental Mastery build, it more than makes up for it by picking up Nature's Swiftness Icon Nature's Swiftness and the flexibility it provides. You can use Nature's Swiftness Icon Nature's Swiftness defensively, with Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave, or offensively with Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt.

Compared to the previous build, we are taking more PvP / soloing oriented talents here such as Eye of the Storm Icon Eye of the Storm and Ancestral Healing Icon Ancestral Healing. Feel free to swap them to Totemic Focus Icon Totemic Focus and Elemental Warding Icon Elemental Warding if you only want to focus on raiding.

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Elemental Shamans Talent Builds: Melee Hybrid

Melee Hybrid Talent Build for Elemental Shamans

This build is a full Elemental / Enhancement hybrid which picks Flurry Icon Flurry alongside Elemental Devastation Icon Elemental Devastation and the maximum damage Elemental talents, capping at Elemental Mastery Icon Elemental Mastery.

By picking up Flurry Icon Flurry and Two-Handed Axes and Maces Icon Two-Handed Axes and Maces, you gain better soloing abilities and, especially, the capacity to efficiently keep up the weapon debuffs of Nightfall Icon Nightfall and Annihilator Icon Annihilator.

With this sort of build you can afford to just dish out as much damage as you can with your maximum rank spells, as you will be able to regenerate Mana when swapping to melee attacks during Elemental Devastation Icon Elemental Devastation procs.

Keep in mind that casting most spells will reset your swing timer, and as such you should always wait until your next melee swing before resuming your spell casting after Elemental Devastation Icon Elemental Devastation wears off.

The only arguable talent in this build is Guardian Totems Icon Guardian Totems, which can be swapped to Improved Ghost Wolf Icon Improved Ghost Wolf if you prefer.

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Notable Elemental Shamans Talents

2.1.

Elemental Tree

The Elemental Tree has several useful ranged damage-oriented talents and some PvP utility, which you can learn more about in our Classic Shaman PvP guide.

Earth's Grasp Icon Earth's Grasp increases the health of your Stoneclaw Totem Icon Stoneclaw Totem and the radius of your Earthbind Totem Icon Earthbind Totem. While this can occasionally be useful, the other options are generally more impactful.

Call of Flame Icon Call of Flame increases your Fire Totem damage by 15%. Since you will want to have your Fire Totems out in most fights, this can contribute a small amount of damage to your rotation.

Elemental Focus Icon Elemental Focus causes you to have a 10% chance to make your next damaging spell cost no Mana whenever you cast a spell. You can easily fish for these procs with lower rank shocks and Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt if needed, and every time this procs you get to use a maximum rank spell for free!

Reverberation Icon Reverberation reduces the cooldown on your shocks. This allows you to interrupt / slow / DoT enemies more often and to proc Elemental Focus Icon Elemental Focus / Elemental Devastation Icon Elemental Devastation more often, but Elemental Shamans should rely more on their Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt / Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning spells than on shocks.

Eye of the Storm Icon Eye of the Storm is a great talent for PvP, as it will allow you to cast all of your spells without interruption when you really need it, because you were just hit by a critical strike!

Elemental Devastation Icon Elemental Devastation increases your critical strike chance by up to 9% after you deal a spell critical strike. This can easily be activated as an Elemental Shaman, but it is generally not worth swapping to melee attacks unless you are using the hybrid Enhancement build with Flurry Icon Flurry.

Elemental Fury Icon Elemental Fury is a great burst damage increase, as it doubles the bonus damage you get whenever you critical strike with your spells.

Elemental Mastery Icon Elemental Mastery allows you to deal massive damage on demand, and also makes the spell free. This has great synergy with Elemental Fury Icon Elemental Fury and Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning's status as a very High Mana, high damage spell. Try to use an Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock immediately after the Chain Lightning for even more burst damage!

2.2.

Enhancement Tree

The Enhancement Tree is your main tree for melee damage increases and offensive totem boosting talents.

Guardian Totems Icon Guardian Totems increases the damage reduction of Stoneskin Totem Icon Stoneskin Totem by up to 20%, which is a small boost to your tanking support capabilities. It also reduces Grounding Totem Icon Grounding Totem's cooldown, which is situationally useful.

Improved Ghost Wolf Icon Improved Ghost Wolf reduces Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf's cast time heavily, which is great for quickly moving around when outdoors.

Enhancing Totems Icon Enhancing Totems increases the Strength and Agility granted by Strength of Earth Totem Icon Strength of Earth Totem and Grace of Air Totem Icon Grace of Air Totem by up to 15%, making them stronger DPS increases for the melee players in your group.

Two-Handed Axes and Maces Icon Two-Handed Axes and Maces allows you to use its namesake's weapons. Besides the high damage boost it brings to a Shaman, it allows you to use Nightfall Icon Nightfall, which is one of the best raid boosting tools in WoW Classic.

Flurry Icon Flurry increases your attack speed by up to 30% whenever you land a critical strike. This allows you to keep your weapon debuffs more reliably, and is a significant damage increase.

Improved Weapon Totems Icon Improved Weapon Totems increases the melee attack power granted by your Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem, which makes it even stronger at boosting your melee group's damage. While you will generally leave this talent to Enhancement or Restoration Shamans, it can be difference between in the raid or the bench.

2.3.

Restoration Tree

The Restoration Tree is where much of your Mana sustainability and healing power comes from, and as such you will almost always want at least some points into it.

Improved Healing Wave Icon Improved Healing Wave decreases your Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave's cast time by up to 0.5 seconds. This is typically not impactful enough to warrant being taken as an Elemental Shaman.

Ancestral Healing Icon Ancestral Healing increases your target's armor significantly after you land a critical heal. While a niche talent for us, it can help stabilize an ally in danger.

Totemic Focus Icon Totemic Focus reduces the Mana cost of your Totems significantly. This is generally not that useful for an Elemental Shaman, as you will not have enough Mana / time to Totem Twist while performing your spell rotation.

Healing Focus Icon Healing Focus lowers the chance of suffering spell pushback on heals from taking damage. This is useful when you need to heal yourself or others under pressure, but Eye of the Storm Icon Eye of the Storm is generally a superior talent and only takes 3 talent points!

Totemic Mastery Icon Totemic Mastery increases the range of your totems to 30 yards, allowing them to affect targets that are further away. While this talent does not stack with our Tier 1's 3-piece bonus (Increased Totem Radius Icon Increased Totem Radius), it is generally a good talent to use, ensuring maximum uptime on your Totem's effects.

Tidal Mastery Icon Tidal Mastery increases your critical strike chance with heals and lightning spells. This has great synergy with Elemental Fury Icon Elemental Fury and is a nice reason to go deep into the Restoration tree as an Elemental Shaman.

Nature's Swiftness Icon Nature's Swiftness causes your next Nature spell to become instant. This is great when trying to land an emergency Healing Wave Icon Healing Wave on a struggling ally, when trying to finish off a running enemy with Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning or as part of the Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt into Nature's Swiftness Lightning Bolt into Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning and Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock one shot combination.

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Changelog

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