Season of Discovery Elemental Shaman DPS Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities

Last updated on Apr 07, 2024 at 20:00 by Seksixeny 6 comments

On this page, you will learn how to optimize the rotation of your Elemental Shaman, in WoW Classic - Season of Discovery. We also have advanced sections about cooldowns, procs, and others in order to minmax your damage efficiency.



We will present the skill rotation of an Elemental Shaman as a priority list. This is not the exact sequence in which abilities should be cast. but rather the skills that are most important to press as soon as they come out of cooldown, followed by less important skills as the list goes down.

While they are extraordinarily powerful, explosives such as Heavy Dynamite Icon Heavy Dynamite will not be detailed in the rotation. Usually, you will want to use them as soon as the tank has solid threat on the target. The main exception is when you are facing multiple or particularly dangerous (such as enraged) enemies at some point in the fight. Saving explosives to carry you and your group through these moments (and possibly do a ton of AoE damage in the process) is probably worth it.


Single-Target Rotation

  1. Whenever possible, stand within melee range of the boss and make sure to swing at it between casts for extra damage and to activate Mental Dexterity Icon Mental Dexterity;
  2. Keep your group-buffing Totems and Searing Totem Icon Searing Totem active and in range of their respective targets at all times;
  3. Use Shamanistic Rage Icon Shamanistic Rage on cooldown once you lose enough Mana to make it worthwhile;
  4. Keep Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield active;
  5. Keep Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock active on your target to make Lava Burst always crit;
  6. Discharge Rolling Thunder Icon Rolling Thunder once at 8+ stacks with Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock;
  7. Use Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst on cooldown provided Flame Shock is also on target;
  8. Use Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt (with Elemental Mastery Icon Elemental Mastery whenever possible) as the main filler;
  9. Cast Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock if you need to move.

Multi-Target Rotation

Follow the single target rotation with the following adjustments: use Elemental Mastery Icon Elemental Mastery on Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning and immediately Fire Nova IconFire Nova for a guaranteed crit on both, use Chain Lightning and Fire Nova on cooldown, drop Magma Totem Icon Magma Totem at 3+ targets instead of Searing Totem Icon Searing Totem, and spread Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock to multiple targets.

Against moving targets, remember to use the new Totemic Projection Icon Totemic Projection to move your Fire Totem near the intended Fire Nova IconFire Nova targets before using it for maximum effect!


Mastering Your Shaman

In this section, we will dive deeper into the core mechanics and various abilities of Elemental Shamans. Understanding these topics is an important step to truly mastering the specialization. Expect this section to expand as we get more situational tools in future phases!


Advanced Totem Usage

Tremor Totem Icon Tremor Totem and Poison Cleansing Totem Icon Poison Cleansing Totem should be dropped when slightly less than 5 seconds remains until the Fear or Poison application. As they remove effects every 5 seconds, this will ensure that these harmful effects are removed as soon they are applied, which is of particular importance for Fears, so that allies do not have time to run out of the Totem's radius.



  • 07 Apr. 2024: Updated rotation for Phase 3.
  • 03 Mar. 2024: Adjusted Shamanistic Rage explanation after its rework.
  • 23 Feb. 2024: Added Totemic Projection tips to help with Fire Nova AoE.
  • 19 Feb. 2024: Further Phase 2 specific rotation updates.
  • 12 Feb. 2024: Updated rotation for Phase 2.
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