Classic Elemental Shaman DPS Spell Summary
On this page, we present you with all spells and procs that you need to understand as a Elemental Shaman DPS in WoW Classic.
If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Elemental Shaman spells.
This page will list the relevant skills for an Elemental Shaman, and explain what they do. It is recommended that you read through this page in order to have a basis for the various topics that are discussed throughout the rest of this guide.
Totems for Elemental Shamans
A Totem is instantly placed on the ground near you when you cast it, it does not move and generally has single digits of health, allowing it to be destroyed by your enemies with any single-target ability. Their effects only apply to your group or 5 player group, even when you are in a raid group.
Every Shaman Totem has a specific niche role to fill and a distinct ability. There are four types of Totems: Air, Earth, Water and Fire, and you can have only one Totem of each element placed at a time, which will be replaced if you cast a new Totem of the same element.
Air Totems for Elemental Shamans
Windfury Totem is the largest DPS increase a Shaman can provide to its group, assuming it has Warriors and Rogues in it. It grants a temporary weapon enchant to your group, allowing them to sometimes do multiple auto attacks with extra attack power whenever they hit the enemy with melee abilities. Warriors are a particularly good target for this effect, due to the extra Rage gained by the extra auto attacks, especially while using two-hand weapons which hit harder.
Grace of Air Totem boosts the Agility of group members. While not as high of a DPS increase as Windfury Totem for Warriors and Rogues, it provides a higher benefit to Hunters and Druids, who cannot make use of Windfury with their forms and ranged attacks, and should thus be used whenever you are in the Hunter or Druid group.
Tranquil Air Totem lowers threat caused by group members by 20%. This allows tanks to be more defensive and still keep aggro on the enemies, and as such is a great tool when threat is the limiting factor, but do keep in mind it does not provide a direct DPS increase.
Grounding Totem will redirect to itself any harmful spell cast at a nearby group member, which is great to handle problematic spells in PvP, such as Counterspell.
Nature Resistance Totem increases the Nature Resistance of your group, allowing them to survive Nature-based attacks better.
Sentry Totem grants vision over an area when the buff it leaves on the casting Shaman is right-clicked, which causes your vision to swap to the Totem's. It also gives warnings to you when it is being attacked, which is useful when exerting control over an area, especially in PvP.
Windwall Totem lowers ranged damage taken by your group by a small amount per hit. This can be useful when dealing with Hunters, but for the most part, incoming ranged damage will rarely warrant using this Totem.
Earth Totems for Elemental Shamans
Strength of Earth Totem grants extra Strength to your group and is the only DPS-increasing Earth Totem, making it the general go-to in groups with melee players.
Tremor Totem removes Fear, Charm, and Sleep effects from your group every 5 seconds, and is the only effect of its kind for the Horde. This makes it invaluable in fights with Fear effects, such as Onyxia or Nefarian or in PvP. Make sure to drop it when slightly under 5 seconds are left for the Fear effect to hit the group, so that it is removed almost instantly.
Earthbind Totem slows nearby enemies, allowing for kiting. By running around the Totem you can keep this effect active while only going into melee range whenever your swing timer is ready, avoiding a lot of damage in the process if you are using a slow two-hander.
Stoneskin Totem lowers melee damage taken by your group by a small amount per hit. This makes it useful against Rogues or other fast-hitting enemies, or when supporting a tank against multiple enemies.
Stoneclaw Totem taunts enemies, serving as a distraction for a short period with its small health pool. It is mostly of use while leveling or soloing.
Water Totems for Elemental Shamans
Fire Resistance Totem increases the Fire Resistance of your group, allowing them to survive Onyxia and Molten Core's Fire-based attacks better.
Mana Spring Totem regenerates the Mana of your group for a small amount every 2 seconds. This improves your group's Mana sustainability, and you should aim to always have this Totem active while in a caster or healer group.
Healing Stream Totem heals your group for a small amount every 2 seconds. While its healing is low, it is still usually worth keeping it out as it also has a long duration.
Disease Cleansing Totem cures diseases from your group every 5 seconds.
Poison Cleansing Totem cures poisons from your group every 5 seconds.
Fire Totems for Elemental Shamans
Searing Totem deals a small amount of single-target damage to nearby enemies. If you can spare the Mana, keep it up for the added damage.
Fire Nova Totem deals a large amount of area of effect damage to nearby enemies a few seconds after it is placed, on a 15-second cooldown. Its burst damage can be helpful, especially when facing multiple enemies.
Magma Totem deals small amounts of area of effect damage to nearby enemies periodically. Since it has no cooldown, you can use it to help deal with multiple enemies when Fire Nova Totem is not available.
Frost Resistance Totem increases the Frost Resistance of your group, allowing them to survive Frost-based attacks better.
Flametongue Totem, just like Windfury Totem, enchants your group's weapons to cause extra Fire damage on hit. Since Windfury Totem is more powerful and its effect does not stack with Flametongue, this Totem goes mostly unused.
Damage Spells for Elemental Shamans
Lightning Bolt deals damage to a single-target from range. This will be your main damage spell in PvE due to having the best damage to Mana ratio in our kit and no cooldown.
Chain Lightning deals damage to three targets from range. It does more damage than Lightning Bolt, even to its primary target, and has a lower cast time, but it also has a 6-second cooldown and a huge Mana cost. Use it for area of effect damage or when bursting down an enemy.
Earth Shock deals damage and interrupts its target for 2 seconds. While the damage increases with ranks, the interrupt effect does not, making it a good spell to downrank if you are mostly interested in the interrupt.
Frost Shock deals damage and slows its target by 50% for 8 seconds. This makes it useful when chasing, or fleeing from enemies.
Flame Shock deals damage over time to its target. This can contribute a small, but consistent chunk of damage in a fight, and has the added usefulness of preventing Rogues and Druids from staying in stealth while it is active.
Healing Spells for Elemental Shamans
Lesser Healing Wave casts much faster than Healing Wave but also heals for much less baseline, and it also gains less benefit from your gear's Spell Healing as a result of its fast casting speed. Use it in PvP or as an emergency heal.
Healing Wave is a strong but slow single-target heal. This makes it likely to overheal, so be prepared to stop casting at the last moment, if it looks like that will be the case.
Chain Heal is the best area of effect heal in the game due to its high healing relative to cost and smart heal properties, which will cause it to jump to the most injured targets in range, regardless of the group they are on.
Utility Spells for Elemental Shamans
Lightning Shield grants you a buff that causes damage to melee attackers when they hit you. While not the most useful spell, there is no harm in having it up, either.
Rockbiter Weapon enchants your weapon, granting additional melee attack power and causing your melee attacks to generate extra threat. This will be your first weapon enchant, which you will use until you have Windfury Weapon, and even afterwards when soloing, as it deals more overall damage than Windfury Weapon, at the cost of pulling significant threat and lacking burst damage potential.
Windfury Weapon enchants your weapon, granting your melee abilities a 20% chance to activate two extra auto attacks with added attack power instantly. This is a sizable, unpredictable damage boost which you should aim to have active whenever you are in a group.
Flametongue Weapon enchants your weapon, causing each hit to deal additional Fire damage. This is a generally inferior choice compared to the alternatives, but could be worth it with a fast weapon, once you have a lot of Spell Damage gear.
Ghost Wolf boosts your running speed by 40% but can only be used outdoors. You can learn it at an early level, making this is a very important movement skill for leveling Shamans.
Reincarnation allows you to return to life after dying, as long as its 30-minute cooldown is ready. You can use it to recover from mistakes.
Ancestral Spirit brings the target back to life, but can only be used while out of combat.
Purge removes two buffs from its (enemy) target. You will typically be using it to remove heals over time, shields, and buff effects.
Cure Poison cures a poison effect from its (friendly) target. Use it to remove Rogue poisons or dangerous PvE debuffs.
Cure Disease cures a disease effect from its (friendly) target. Use it to remove Devouring Plague or dangerous PvE debuffs.
Astral Recall recalls you to your set Hearthstone location, with a cooldown of 15 minutes. This is pretty handy for quickly traveling the world.
Water Walking allows you, or another friendly player, to move over water for 10 minutes. Taking any damage will cancel the effect, but you can still use it to quickly move through certain parts of the world.
Water Breathing allows you, or another friendly player, to have unlimited breath while underwater for 10 minutes. Generally useless, but can save you sometimes when doing underwater quests or gathering.
Far Sight grants you vision over an area, allowing you to detect enemy players without actually putting yourself in danger.
- 24 Aug. 2019: Reworked spell structure to place the critical spells on the start and make a generic section out of the rest.
- 19 Aug. 2019: Page added.
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