Elemental Shaman Leveling Guide from 1 to 70 — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Stormy 61 comments

On this page, you will find our Level by Level Elemental Shaman leveling guide for Dragonflight. Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. For more general leveling information, please refer to our Shaman leveling guide.

1.

Gear Options

When leveling up, always choose the piece of loot with the highest item level. The only exception to this rule is if you have a Ring or Necklace with a slightly lower item level but 2 secondary stats on it instead of 1.

2.

Talents to Level Up as an Elemental Shaman

3.

Level by Level Rotation and Talents

Move the slider below to make the guide update to your level!

Level: 60

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

This is an example setup; it is difficult to go wrong while leveling. I would encourage experimenting with the feel of different talents. Note that the value of some talents/talent combos can change significantly depending on your secondary stats. This assumes no particular stat is heavily favored. This guide chooses to skip Icefury Icon Icefury as you already have a lot of buttons, especially if you pick a lot of active talents on the class tree, and Icefury can be overwhelming for newer players. It is a healthy option for leveling. You may want to grab Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock at any point to help with movement and kiting.

  • Level 11 and 12: Get Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift then Astral Bulwark Icon Astral Bulwark on your class tree and Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock on your elemental tree. If you would prefer a higher Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift uptime at the cost of a significantly lower damage reduction, you can spec into either Planes Traveler Icon Planes Traveler instead, or take Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear early to deal with pesky spellcasters.
  • Level 13 to 18: Get Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear then Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental and Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem on your class tree and Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental, then Refreshing Waters Icon Refreshing Waters and Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge on your elemental tree.
  • Level 19 to 24: Get Guardian's Cudgel Icon Guardian's Cudgel, Fire and Ice Icon Fire and Ice and Healing Stream Totem Icon Healing Stream Totem from the class tree, then path to Call of Thunder Icon Call of Thunder on the elemental tree, grabbing Inundate Icon Inundate.
  • Level 25 to 34: Get Hex Icon Hex, Nature's Guardian Icon Nature's Guardian and Thunderstorm Icon Thunderstorm from the class tree and Elemental Fury Icon Elemental Fury, then Unrelenting Calamity Icon Unrelenting Calamity, Stormkeeper Icon Stormkeeper, Call of Fire Icon Call of Fire then Echo of the Elements Icon Echo of the Elements.
  • Level 35 to 44 Get Swirling Currents Icon Swirling Currents, Spiritwalker's Grace Icon Spiritwalker's Grace, Brimming with Life Icon Brimming with Life and Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Furyfrom the class tree and Surge of Power Icon Surge of Power, Master of the Elements Icon Master of the Elements then Eye of the Storm Icon Eye of the Storm from the elemental tree.
  • Level 45 to 50: Get Winds of Al'Akir Icon Winds of Al'Akir and Gust of Wind Icon Gust of Wind from the class tree and Focused Insight Icon Focused Insight, Flow of Power Icon Flow of Power and Swelling Maelstrom Icon Swelling Maelstrom from the elemental tree.
  • Choices!: At this level, you can pick Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave, Ascendance Icon Ascendance and either Primal Elementalist Icon Primal Elementalist or Liquid Magma Totem Icon Liquid Magma Totem. You may want three of those. Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave will help kill spread-out mobs faster and is also a nice single-target boost. The others give you strong DPS cooldowns, although apart from Liquid Magma Totem Icon Liquid Magma Totem, they can be pretty overkill. Alternatively, you could skip 2 of the "choice" talents and a path directly to Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence Icon Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence.
  • Level 51 to 56: Get Ancestral Guidance Icon Ancestral Guidance, Graceful Spirit Icon Graceful Spirit and Surging Shields Icon Surging Shields from the class tree and the 2 previous talents, you did not get to level 51 on the elemental tree.
  • Level 57 to 62: Finish Surging Shields Icon Surging Shields, then get Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield. On the spec tree, grab Magma Chamber Icon Magma Chamber and Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence Icon Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence.
  • Level 63 to 70: Get Elemental Orbit Icon Elemental Orbit, then depending on preferences, any/all of Lightning Lasso Icon Lightning Lasso, Earthgrab Totem Icon Earthgrab Totem Nature's Swiftness Icon Nature's Swiftness, you could also take 2 points into Elemental Warding Icon Elemental Warding, Ancestral Defense Icon Ancestral Defense or Go with the Flow Icon Go with the Flow. There are no wrong options, depending on what you are struggling with. You can also pick any of those earlier during the leveling process; it is largely personal preference, how fast you want to go, whether you take pauses or grind non-stop... The elemental tree picks are also down to preference and what you feel you need more. You can get Oath of the Far Seer Icon Oath of the Far Seer to have a stronger Ascendance Icon Ascendance you can use much more often. You can get Rolling Magma Icon Rolling Magma for more Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Waves along with Primordial Surge Icon Primordial Surge for more single-target (generally overkill), or Splintered Elements Icon Splintered Elements if you also use Liquid Magma Totem Icon Liquid Magma Totem if you do big pulls, Searing Flames Icon Searing Flames to get more Earth Shock Icon Earth Shocks, Flames of the Cauldron Icon Flames of the Cauldron and Improved Flametongue Weapon Icon Improved Flametongue Weapon for some basic damage increases. I even skip Ascendance Icon Ascendance for those, as I feel it is overkill for leveling.
3.1.

Suggested Rotation

  1. Start by casting Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental when a fight is going to last a while.
  2. Cast Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock when engaging enemies , with Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave when it is available. If engaging multiple enemies, cast Primordial Wave on one and Flame Shock on another.
  3. Cast Liquid Magma Totem Icon Liquid Magma Totem when multiple enemies will be hit by it.
  4. Cast Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave on cooldown. Aim to hit a target not affected by Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock.
  5. Cast Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt if Surge of Power Icon Surge of Power is active (or Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning if fighting at least 6 enemies that are close together)
  6. Cast Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst whenever it is available.
  7. Cast Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock or Earthquake Icon Earthquake if multiple enemies will be hit by it.
  8. Cast Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt or Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning if multiple enemies will be hit by it.
  9. Cast Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock when you need to move and the enemy will live for a while yet. Otherwise, if you opted to select Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock, you can cast that.
3.2.

War Mode Talents to Level Up as an Elemental Shaman

If you are willing to take the risk and utilize War Mode, the following PvP talents are recommended during leveling or for other open-world content. There may be times when you would like to use other options and are encouraged to experiment! PvP talents can be freely changed at any time.

Your first PvP talent slot will unlock at Level 20, your second at Level 30, and the final at Level 40. The following is a curated list of PvP talents that we consider good for leveling.

  1. Skyfury Totem Icon Skyfury Totem increases the critical effect of spells of allies within 40 yards by 20% for 15 seconds, 40-second cooldown. Good for solo play and excellent if you are doing outdoor content with others.
  2. Volcanic Surge Icon Volcanic Surge increased the damage of Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt and Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning by 25% and the damage of Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst by 45% Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge has an additional 100% chance to proc, and now, instead of its normal effect, reduces the cast time of your next Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt or Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning by 25%, stacking up to 2 times.
  3. Static Field Totem Icon Static Field Totem summons a totem at a target location that creates a circle of terrain that enemies cannot move through. It is extremely handy, versatile crowd control with a 1-minute cooldown.
  4. Burrow Icon Burrow Burrow beneath the ground, becoming unattackable, removing movement-impairing effects, and increasing your movement speed by 50% for 5 seconds. When the effect ends, enemies within 6 yards are knocked in the air and take Physical Damage. This ability has a 2-minute cooldown.
  5. Counterstrike Totem Icon Counterstrike Totem replicates and reflects damage you take for 15 seconds on a 45-second cooldown. This can be really strong when in a high-damage area to deal some chip damage to targets around you and convert your health pool into additional damage.
  6. Seasoned Winds Icon Seasoned Winds is mostly nice when facing a bunch of enemies doing similar damage types, and it is one of the few useful PvP talents that are not active, so it can be a good pick-up if you are not finding yourself use the active talents much.

We recommend picking 3 of the above talents, depending on what you value most. Personally, I would recommend the following picks:

3.2.1.
  • Level 20:Volcanic Surge Icon Volcanic Surge
  • Level 30:Skyfury Totem Icon Skyfury Totem or Burrow Icon Burrow if you prefer a "get out of jail" card
  • Level 40:Whichever talent you did not pick at level 30, Counterstrike Totem Icon Counterstrike Totem or Static Field Totem Icon Static Field Totem, depending on personal preferences. I would get the leftover level 30 talent.
4.

Changelog

  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Reviewed for Season 4.
  • 06 Feb. 2024: Fixed an oversight.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.5.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.2
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Re-added rotation tool, added PvP talents.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5.
  • 02 May 2023: Modified a setting to make things clearer for people leveling from 60.
  • 01 May 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Updated for the class talent overhaul of Patch 10.0.7.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 18 Nov. 2022: Updated with a new build order. People who want to know in advance where to go from level 60 to 70 can now see my recommendations.
  • 07 Nov. 2022: Talent pick order in calculator should be fixed. .
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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