Elemental Shaman DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018 at 15:35 by Stormy 43 comments

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Elemental Shaman in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.

1. The Importance of "Simming Yourself"

At this stage in the game, there are so many variables and so many layers of optimization that you can apply to your character, that there is no way for a guide or anything else to tell you exactly what gear you should wear. This is why we always recommend simulating your own character using Raidbots. The website can help you choose set bonuses, Azerite traits, trinkets and combinations thereof in a way that is tailored completely to your specific character. Learning to use this tool is essential to maximizing your potential, as there is simply no other way to take all the variables into account.

2. Evaluating Upgrades

The easiest way, and also the method we suggest, to compare multiple items is to use Raidbots Top Gear. Here you can input an export from the Simcraft AddOn , select the items to compare, and it will find out which of the items are best.

3. Azerite Gear for Elemental Shaman

Because the Azerite Traits scale in strength with the item level of the item equipped, and with the possibility of Titanforging items, an exact list of best items is impossible to make. Azerite gear can drop from loads of content, like World Quests, Dungeons, Warfronts, PvP, reputations, etc, so you should try to do all possible content. Below we have listed some good items to look for based on how to obtain them and the Azerite Traits they have on them. The listed items are all pre-raid, as in, before the first raid opens. After that, most of your gear will come from the first raid (Uldir) and Mythic+.

3.1. Helms

3.2. Shoulders

3.3. Body Armors

4. Trinkets for Elemental Shaman

Due to the prevalence of high item level trinkets and Titanforged rewards from Mythic+ dungeon grinding, there are a variety of suitable options when it comes to trinkets.

Visit Bloodmallet's site for in-depth trinket simulations.

Many trinkets are currently very close and their actual value will greatly depend onthe situation. On-use trinkets giving a 10- to 15-second stat boost are very good with Ascendance Icon Ascendance, for example.

5. Pre-Raid Best in Slot Items for Elemental Shaman

This is a list of some of the best available items for Elemental Shamans at the current stage of the game, outside of Uldir. This can vary with different talent setups, Azerite traits and so on. If you could have the gear you wanted on a whim, this is what you should choose. Note that Azerite Gear and Trinkets are absent, they have their own sections above.

Slot Item Source
Cloak Cloak of Questionable Intent Icon Cloak of Questionable Intent Rixxa Fluxflame (The MOTHERLODE!!)
Wrists Raoul's Barrelhook Bracers Icon Raoul's Barrelhook Bracers Captain Eudora (Freehold)
Gloves Water Shapers Icon Water Shapers Aqu'sirr (Shrine of the Storm)
Belt Waistguard of Sanguine Fervor Icon Waistguard of Sanguine Fervor Elder Leaxa (The Underrot)
Legs Mistscale Leggings Icon Mistscale Leggings Leatherworking Craft
Boots Mistscale Boots Icon Mistscale Boots Leatherworking Craft
Ring #1 Seal of Questionable Loyalties Icon Seal of Questionable Loyalties Captain Eudora (Freehold)
Ring #2 Ritual Binder's Ring Icon Ritual Binder's Ring Mchimba the Embalmer (King's Rest)
Staff Seabreeze Icon Seabreeze Galecaller Faye (Shrine of the Storm)
Main Hand Galvanized Stormcrusher Icon Galvanized Stormcrusher Galvazzt (Temple of Sethraliss)
Off Hand G0-4W4Y Crowd Repeller Icon G0-4W4Y Crowd Repeller Coin-Operated Crowd Pummeler (The MOTHERLODE!!)

6. Changelog

  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Sep. 2018: Updated trinket section, removed pre-raid "BiS" list.
  • 31 Aug. 2018: Updated trinket section (hotfix reverted).
  • 29 Aug. 2018: Updated trinket section.
  • 20 Aug. 2018: Updated trinket section.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2018: Trinket section now links to Bloodmallet's site instead of having a partial list.
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