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Elemental Shaman Frequently Asked Questions — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 13, 2020 at 17:00 by Stormy 58 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 Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. 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?

It depends, but you generally want about 30% of your secondary stats to be Haste. There is no specific cap for any secondary stat, however. 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. For more information, please go to our Stats section.


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.


What Talents Do I Use in Raids?

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. You can see more in our Simulations section.

However, I would not recommend picking a race based strictly on current Patchwerk DPS.


What Trinkets Am I Looking to Get for Raiding?

You can find this information in our Gear section.


How good is Elemental in 8.3?

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. Elemental has been a strong DPS since BfA's second raid and still is now.


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 if you have at least 2 Igneous Potential Icon Igneous Potential. In this case, you should cast Lava Bursts as they become available even during Storm Elemental.

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.



  • 13 Jan. 2020: Updated "viability" section, added section on Lava Burst during Storm Elemental.
  • 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.
  • 31 Jan. 2019: Updated multiple sections.
    • Updated Recommended talents.
    • Updated Haste levels.
    • Updated Best race choices.
    • Updated State of Elemental in current patch.
  • 21 Jan. 2019: Updated recommended talents.
  • 18 Dec. 2018: Added information about Haste, Races and viability in current patch.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated talent recommendations for 8.1.
  • 11 Aug. 2018: Page added.
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