Elemental Shaman DPS Easy Mode — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Stormy 52 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Elemental Shaman in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5, 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.

If you are completely new to Elemental and need more information on the abilities available to you, you can check out our Spell Summary page.


Talent Choice for Elemental Shaman

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

If you are looking for the absolute best talents for Elemental, which do not compromise on performance for ease of use, you can find a more in-depth analysis on our full talents page below.


Stat Priority for the "easy" Elemental Shaman build

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

While the stat priority for classes is usually the same for both the Easy Mode page and our full guide, differences can still occur. If you want to see the full explanation of the stat priority, as well as the absolute top choices for the priority, head to our full stats page below.


Legendary Powers for Elemental Shaman

This is a shortlist of the best Legendary Powers, in order of overall strength and usefulness.

  1. Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence Icon Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence (best for pure single-target)
  2. Echoes of the Great Sundering Icon Echoes of the Great Sundering (best for stacked AoE)
  3. Skybreaker's Fiery Demise Icon Skybreaker's Fiery Demise (best for split AoE)
  4. Deeply Rooted Elements Icon Deeply Rooted Elements (potentially strong with the new set)

With Patch 9.2 you can now have a second Legendary power once you reach Revered reputation with the new faction, The Enlightened. This only allows you to use your chosen Covenant's Legendary power however; you do not get a pick of any two Legendaries you want. We recommend using the Night Fae Legendary Seeds of Rampant Growth Icon Seeds of Rampant Growth.


Covenants for Elemental Shaman

Covenants for Elemental Shamans are very close in strength and we highly recommend you do not pick your Covenant because of fleeting differences in optimization. If you really want to know the safest pick, it is Night Fae.


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. Use your Covenant ability.
  7. Cast Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt as a filler to generate Maelstrom on a single target.
  8. Cast Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock as much as necessary when you need to move.

For a more detailed and optimized version of the priority list, you can find that on the rotation page.


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. Use your Covenant ability.
  5. Cast Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning to generate Maelstrom.


  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 07 Mar. 2022: Removed mentions of the now defunct "machine gun" build.
  • 22 Feb. 2022: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated Legendary ranking.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Added Legendary Power & Covenant recommendations.
  • 21 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands release, updated talents, stats, added a mention of Covenant abilities in the spell priorities, removed BfA-specific sections
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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