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Elemental Shaman DPS Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 14, 2020 at 13:30 by Stormy 58 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Elemental Shaman in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.



This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.


The Basics for Elemental Shaman

Elemental is a straightforward specialization that can easily adapt to most situations comfortably. The amount of keybinds required to effectively play this specialization is relatively low, making it a great choice for less seasoned players. In this section we will be focusing on a setup that minimizes the amount of buttons and reactivity necessary without unduly compromising overall damage output.


Talent Choice for Elemental Shaman

These choices are optimized for ease of use. Although some talents might offer higher gains when played perfectly, these same talents often result in damage losses when utilized by many players. These talents aim to present the best setup that has very little punishment for unfamiliarity or mistakes.


Stat Priority for the "easy" Elemental Shaman build

  1. Intellect
  2. Critical Strike
  3. Haste
  4. Versatility
  5. Mastery

Single Target Priority List for Elemental Shaman

  1. Keep Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock applied.
  2. Use Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental whenever available.
  3. Use Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental whenever available.
  4. Spend Maelstrom on Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock if Maelstrom is 60 or greater.
  5. Cast Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst whenever available and Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock is applied to the target.
  6. Cast Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt as a filler to generate Maelstrom on a single target.
  7. Cast Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock as much as necessary when you need to move.

Multi-Target Priority List for Elemental Shaman

Note that the ideal Elemental Shaman priorities are different for 2-3 and 4+ targets. For actually accurate priority lists for every situation, please refer to the Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities page.

  1. Use Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental whenever available.
  2. Use Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental whenever available.
  3. Cast Earthquake Icon Earthquake whenever you have 60+ Maelstrom.
  4. Cast Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning to generate Maelstrom.

Azerite Traits

Azerite Traits play an important role for Elemental Shamans. This means you need to decide which Azerite items you should choose. The traits are very close to each other in power, though, so we recommend our //www.icy-veins.com/wow/elemental-shaman-pve-dps-azerite-traits-powers-and-armor page for more details. Generally, you want to get several Igneous Potential Icon Igneous Potential, then Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion or Natural Harmony Icon Natural Harmony as outer ring traits. As middle ring traits, you want Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames and, if you cannot get that, either Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power or Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call.


Azerite Essences

Azerite Essences grant significant DPS bonuses. You should get a major power essence slotted as soon as possible. We recommend using Worldvein Resonance as your major essence (Major: Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance / Minor: Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood), with the new Breath of the Dying (Lethal Strikes Icon Lethal Strikes, The Crucible of Flame (Ancient Flame Icon Ancient Flame), and Conflict and Strife (Strife Icon Strife) as minors (in order of importance).



  • 14 Jan. 2020: Updated recommended Essences.
  • 13 Jan. 2020: Updated recommended Azerite Traits and Essences.
  • 11 Jul. 2019: Added more details to the Azerite Traits section.
  • 09 Jul. 2019: Added a section about Azerite Essences.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 15 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated talent recommendations, stat priority & priority lists for 8.1.
  • 28 Jul. 2018: Fixed Fire/Earth Elementals' priority in Openers.
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