Elemental Shaman Frequently Asked Questions — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018 at 15:35 by Stormy 41 comments

On this page, we go over several of the most frequently asked questions regarding Elemental Shaman in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1. This will be updated as more common repeated questions surface over the course of the expansion.

1. 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:

2. How Much of X Stat Should I Have?

For the most part, there is no set "amount" of any stat that you should have. Nor are there stat goals or a particular distribution of stats that you want to go for. 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, the differences are not as big as many people think.

3. 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 go to our Talents section.

4. What Talents Do I Use in Raids?

Note that this is a very tentative list because some tuning will happen before the release of the Uldir raid.

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

5. What Trinkets Am I Looking to Get for Raiding?

You can find this information in our Gear section.

6. Is Elemental Viable?

Yes. Elemental is not the most desired spec if you are in a top 20 guild or want to push the highest Mythic+ keys. For 99,99% of players, it is perfectly fine. If you enjoy Elemental, do not let people's prejudices against the spec change your mind.

7. What Flasks/Pots/Food/Enchants/Gems should I use?

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

8. 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.

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

9. Do Multiple Earthquakes stack?


10. How many targets make Earthquake worth using over Earth Shock?

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

11. Changelog

  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated talent recommendations for 8.1.
  • 11 Aug. 2018: Page added.
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