Elemental Shaman Best Legendaries in Shadowlands — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Dec 15, 2020 at 13:17 by Stormy 33 comments
General Information

Legendary Powers are targetable, unique effects that you can imbue certain base items with through the Runecarving system. In Shadowlands, these enable you to customize your Elemental Shaman, drastically improving your performance, and are arguably the most important aspect of your gear.

The purpose of this page is to help you pick the right legendary powers (and item slots for them) for your character, depending on the content you are interested in.

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Introduction: Legendaries in Shadowlands

Torghast is a new fun activity which will, among other things, allow you to create gear with Legendary Powers via Runecarving. These powers give you unique perks that can be game-changing, although you can only ever use one at a time. In this guide, we will list and rank all those powers so you can understand which ones you should be using in different situations.

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Best Legendaries for Elemental Shaman

Bolded slots are preferable due to carrying more stats than the alternative options, thus making better use of the higher item budget and customized stats of legendaries.

Focus Legendary Slots Source
Raiding Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence Icon Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence Feet or Back Valinor, World Boss
Mythic+ Echoes of Great Sundering Icon Echoes of Great Sundering Shoulder or Hands Mueh'Zala, Dungeon Boss, De Other Side
Torghast Echoes of Great Sundering Icon Echoes of Great Sundering Shoulder or Hands Mueh'Zala, Dungeon Boss, De Other Side

I personally recommend using the shoulder slot to craft Echoes of Great Sundering Icon Echoes of Great Sundering for several reasons. First, thematically, this legendary effect came on a shoulder piece. You probably do not care though, so the real reason is because there is a good variety of gloves with decent stats that are easily available, while shoulders are unfortunately lacking. World Bosses drop no shoulder pieces and the shoulders from Castle Nathria have bad stats. I recommend crafting this legendary with Critical Strike and Haste.

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Best Overall Legendary for Elemental Shaman

Overall, Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence Icon Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence is going to be the pick for most raiders, although Echoes of Great Sundering Icon Echoes of Great Sundering is not too far behind and overtakes it when there is some stacked AoE involved.

Skybreaker's Fiery Demise Icon Skybreaker's Fiery Demise is also fairly close and shines in split multi-DoTting situations. Nothing else realistically competes across the board, although some other legendaries have strong niches.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence Icon Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence drops from a World Boss, which start appearing in the same week as Castle Nathria, there is only a 50% chance of it being available when Mythic Castle Nathria is released, with a worst case scenario of it only being available on the third week of Mythic.

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Best Raiding Legendaries for Elemental Shaman

Raiding is largely about single-target damage, so this ranking will primarily be about how much added single-target damage legendaries grant you.

Legendaries not in this list are not worth considering.

  1. Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence Icon Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence is by far the strongest single-target legendary for Elemental. For the majority of raid fights this is your legendary of choice, especially since it also makes you more mobile.
  2. Echoes of Great Sundering Icon Echoes of Great Sundering is second-best in pure single-target and as soon as you can stack multiple targets regularly, its value skyrockets. It is a great pick on fights with any kind of AoE.
  3. Skybreaker's Fiery Demise Icon Skybreaker's Fiery Demise is right behind the two previous legendaries for single-target purposes, and its value increases significantly whenever multi-DoTting is involved. For fights where you will have multiple split targets to DoT regularly, this becomes the strongest legendary.
  4. Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone's overall single-target value is surprisingly decent, and it brings incredible AoE for 60 seconds, which may well lead it to being the strongest legendary by far on a few fights.
  5. Elemental Equilibrium Icon Elemental Equilibrium has a niche if you need high damage for a few seconds after twice as much downtime, or to do massive damage right as you pull. For general use, it is decent at everything but most likely not worth picking over better legendary powers.
  6. Ancestral Reminder Icon Ancestral Reminder brings a potentially strong niche for very specific circumstances, but unless you really want that minute-long damage phase once in a fight, the overall DPS gain is mediocre.
  7. Judgment of the Arbiter Icon Judgment of the Arbiter could have some use for heavy AoE encounters if your tank also uses it and makes the enemies stand between you both, but this is very niche and a dubious reason to choose this legendary for raiding.
  8. Echo of Eonar Icon Echo of Eonar has the advantage of being usable in Restoration spec, and is a decent damage boost in group settings, but overall just does not do enough. It is a conceivable pick if you intend to switch back and forth between both specs a lot and are okay with a legendary power that is mediocre for both.
  9. Deeply Rooted Elements Icon Deeply Rooted Elements forces you to actively change your rotation and constantly pay attention to the possibility of it proccing, and even so its gains are quite small. It is an annoying legendary, and is never worth picking.
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Best Mythic+ Legendaries for Elemental Shaman

Mythic+ emphasizes area of effect damage, so this ranking will primarily be about how much added AoE damage legendaries grant you.

Legendaries not in this list are not worth considering.

  1. Echoes of Great Sundering Icon Echoes of Great Sundering is easily the best legendary for Mythic+. It allows you to focus down a priority target while doing strong AoE damage. It is almost a no-brainer for people focused on doing Mythic+ dungeons.
  2. Skybreaker's Fiery Demise Icon Skybreaker's Fiery Demise is a bit of an in between and has a strong emphasis on multi-DoTting, which might be the way to go for higher level Mythic+ and dungeons without swarms of mobs but strong elite mobs instead.
  3. Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence Icon Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence is not good at dealing with packs, but if you believe boss DPS to be a potential wall, this will be the best legendary to deal with that.
  4. Elemental Equilibrium Icon Elemental Equilibrium allows you to start pulls with a significant burst, although Elemental would ideally want some time to ramp up depending on the pack. Overall, it is decent but probably not worth picking over stronger legendary powers.
  5. Chains of Devastation Icon Chains of Devastation enables a potential hybrid playstyle, which can help on dungeons where your party will constantly take a lot of damage on packs. Combined with other things and in a set group with a strong tank, this might even allow you to run with 4 DPS, especially on lower-end dungeons. It is something to keep an eye on. As a bonus, picking this legendary is a great idea if you play Restoration a lot, because it is a good legendary for them, especially in Mythic+.
  6. Ancestral Reminder Icon Ancestral Reminder brings a strong niche if a specific pull or boss is particularly tricky. This should allow you to make that pull significantly easier, at the cost of gimping you for the rest of the dungeon.
  7. Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone is an extremely strong cooldown in Mythic+, and is a massive help on big pulls, assuming the Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental actually survives for most of the pull. This is similar to Ancestral Reminder, but less reliable if the Elemental can die, and with half the cooldown.
  8. Judgment of the Arbiter Icon Judgment of the Arbiter could be pretty good IF your tank also uses it and makes the enemies stand between you both, especially on larger packs.
  9. Echo of Eonar Icon Echo of Eonar has the advantage of being usable in Restoration spec, but overall just does not do enough. It is a conceivable pick if you intend to switch back and forth between both specs a lot and are okay with a legendary power that is mediocre for both. If that is the case, however, and you do not care about raids, pick Chains of Devastation Icon Chains of Devastation instead.
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Best Torghast Legendaries for Elemental Shaman

If you plan on running Torghast with a group of people, consider referring to the Mythic+ recommendations. Otherwise, the recommendations below assume you are running solo.

Legendaries not in this list are not worth considering.

  1. Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure is a special legendary that increases the Torghast-only currency you get by a significant amount. While the value of this currency can vary wildly between runs, depending on your build and what is available from the vendors, buying powers is still one of the best ways to complete a synergistic build on a Torghast run, and this legendary will help you get there faster.
  2. Echoes of Great Sundering Icon Echoes of Great Sundering is a bit slow, but will overall give you the best bang for your buck on packs.
  3. Skybreaker's Fiery Demise Icon Skybreaker's Fiery Demise is a bit of an in-between and has a strong emphasis on multi-DoTting, which will be quite strong on some Torghast pulls.
  4. Elemental Equilibrium Icon Elemental Equilibrium allows you to start pulls with a significant burst, although Elemental would ideally want some time to ramp up depending on the pack. Overall a decent choice.
  5. Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence Icon Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence is not good at dealing with packs, but single-target DPS is still important in Torghast, and this is the best legendary for that.
  6. Chains of Devastation Icon Chains of Devastation could be usable (mostly if you do not have anything better), but the damage of its "playstyle" can be lackluster.
  7. Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone / Ancestral Reminder Icon Ancestral Reminder give you very powerful cooldowns every 5 or 10 minutes. If you are okay with waiting around for them to come back, these are probably the strongest legendaries you can pick. If you want to pull continuously, however, their value decreases.
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Availability of Legendaries in Shadowlands

Because we are limited by the amount of Soul Ash Icon Soul Ash we can obtain from Torghast, it is recommended you focus on the legendary that is most important to your goals early on.

Below is a quick break-down of when you can expect to upgrade your legendary, or acquire a second legendary, based on the Soul Ash income.

  1. Week 1 — No item
  2. Week 2 — One Rank 1 item
  3. Week 3 — One Rank 2 item OR Two Rank 1 items
  4. Week 4 — One Rank 3 item OR One Rank 2 item + One Rank 1 item
  5. Week 5 — One Rank 4 item OR One Rank 3 item + One Rank 2 item OR Two Rank 2 items + One Rank 1 item
  6. Week 6 — One Rank 4 item + One Rank 1 item OR Two Rank 3 items OR Three Rank 2 items
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Changelog

  • 15 Dec. 2020: Added a recommendation for which stats to use when crafting Echoes of Great Sundering.
  • 08 Dec. 2020: Recommending the Shoulder slot for Echoes of Great Sundering, added reasoning.
  • 26 Nov. 2020: Fixed an issue with the legendary power/per week breakdown (impossible to get a legendary on the first week).
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Added a warning on Windspeaker's availability.
  • 22 Nov. 2020: Fixed a few things. Adjusted Windspeaker's and Elemental Equilibrium's descriptions.
  • 21 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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