Elemental Shaman Frequently Asked Questions — Shadowlands 9.2.5

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

On this page, we go over several of the most frequently asked questions regarding Elemental Shaman in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth Shadowlands 9.2.5. This will be updated as more common repeated questions surface over the course of the expansion.


What Piece is Better, X or Y?

The answer to this question in any context will always be to simulate it. This is because what is an upgrade for you may not be an upgrade for someone else. In other words, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all answer, even when talking about 2 completely identical comparisons from you to another person. Everything in your gear has an effect on everything else.

This applies to gear, set bonuses, trinkets, legendaries, and even talents in certain situations.

The only exception to this rule is when a specific fight dictates a certain set of optimal talents, for example. If you are curious about what kind of setup to go for a specific fight, WarcraftLogs.com's rankings and statistics are a good place to see what others are doing.

We have a guide on how to sim yourself here:


How much Haste should Elemental Shamans use? Is there a Haste cap?

There is no specific cap for any secondary stat. It is very common for people to overestimate the importance of having the "right" secondaries, when in reality, having a higher quantity of stats will almost always beat having "better" stats. Having 120 of your worst stat is often better than having 100 of your best stat, as the differences are not as big as many people think.

For more detailed information about stats, please visit our dedicated Stats guide.


What Talents Do I Use in Dungeons?

What is best depends on a lot of factors — the other specs in your group, the dungeon you are doing, the affixes in play and so on. That being said, the following talent list should be a good baseline.

For better and more detailed information, please visit our Talent guide below.


What Talents Do I Use in Raids?

Unless the fight is good for the "machine gun" build and you have the various prerequisites, you should use the following talents.

For better and more detailed information, please go to our Talents section.


Which Race is Best for Elemental Shaman?

From a pure Patchwerk-DPS point of view, the best race for Elemental Shaman is Tauren for Horde and Dwarf for Alliance. However, I would not recommend picking a race based strictly on current Patchwerk-DPS.

You can see more detailed information in our Simulations section


What Trinkets Am I Looking to Get for Raiding?

You can find this information in our Gear section.


How good is Elemental in 9.1.5?

Elemental is in a very good spot for any kind of content, although it may not necessarily be optimal with every party composition or on every boss. Regardless, there is no content at any level where Elemental Shaman will be unwelcome.


What Flasks/Pots/Food/Enchants/Gems Should I Use?

You can find this information in our Gems, Enchants and Consumables section.


How Many Targets Should I Cast Flame Shock On?

You should cast Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock on up to 4 targets, assuming they will live for most of the DoT's duration.


Should I use Lava Burst During Storm Elemental?

Only instant casts with Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge procs, and during Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust you only cast those when you need to move.

For better and more detailed information, please go to our Rotation, Cooldown and Abilities section.


Do Multiple Earthquakes Stack?



How many targets make Earthquake worth using over Earth Shock?

You should use Earthquake Icon Earthquake with as few as 2 stacked targets.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 07 Mar. 2022: Removed mentions of the now defunct "machine gun" build.
  • 27 Feb. 2022: Some rewording on the FAQ about the new build.
  • 22 Feb. 2022: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated raiding talents, best Patchwerk-DPS race
  • 02 Dec. 2020: Updated "best races" question.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands release, updated recommended talents, race, and the Lava Burst during Storm Elemental answer.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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