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Elemental Shaman DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on May 15, 2018 at 09:26 by Furty 185 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Elemental Shamans. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Elemental Shaman guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewers

This guide has been written by Furty, who has an illustrious history in the World of Warcraft raiding scene and race for World First. He has been a member of guilds such as Serenity, Midwinter, and many more, and is currently raiding in Future. He plays most classes at the highest level. You can follow him on Twitter and watch him play on Twitch.

This guide has been written in collaboration with the team at Storm Earth and Lava, a group of Elemental theorycrafters that includes top players and prominent theorycrafters such as Stormy, Sadozai from Wizards IRL, and Gistwiki from Indestructible.

1. Tier Set Bonuses for Elemental Shaman

1.1. Tier 21 Set Bonus for Elemental Shaman

The Tier 21 set bonuses are slightly weaker than the Tier 20 equivalent. We want to look to replace our Tier 20 4-piece bonus when we have acquired a full Tier 21 4-piece bonus that is at least 15 item levels higher. There is no point at which we want to use double 2-piece or Tier 20 2-piece + Tier 21 4-piece, as we want to be using Smoldering Heart Icon Smoldering Heart at all times. Do not get rid of your Tier 20 4-piece bonus. On 2-3 target encounters, such as Felhounds and Coven in Antorus, we have found that even the 930 Tier 20 4-piece bonus can sometimes outperform full 960 T21 4-piece, particularly when the targets are spread out. It is recommended to sim your gear to determine the best possible setup for your character.

1.2. Tier 20 Set Bonus for Elemental Shaman

  • 2-piece bonus: Reduce the cooldown of Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental by 3.0 seconds when Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock periodic damage deals a critical strike. This effect may occur once every 1.0 seconds.
  • 4-piece bonus: When Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental is active, your Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock deals 40% more increased damage over time and always critically strikes.

You should be using Tier 21 over Tier 20 in most situations. Using 2-piece Tier 20 is only good if you do not have Smoldering Heart Icon Smoldering Heart. Even then, it is a weak bonus. 4-piece Tier 20 is strong on some encounters with spread targets.

1.3. Tier 19 Set Bonus for Elemental Shaman

There is currently no reason to equip Tier 19 unless you somehow have an extremely high item level titanforged set.

2. Trinket Notes for Elemental Shaman

Due to the prevalence of high item level trinkets and titanforged rewarded from Mythic+ dungeon grinding there are a variety of suitable options when it comes to trinkets. Using the list below you should be able to extrapolate whether or not something is an upgrade for you. Trinkets at equal item level, in order of priority, are as follows:

  1. Aman'Thul's Vision Icon Aman'Thul's Vision
  2. Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal
  3. Acrid Catalyst Injector Icon Acrid Catalyst Injector
  4. Norgannon's Prowess Icon Norgannon's Prowess
  5. Whispers in the Dark Icon Whispers in the Dark
  6. Charm of the Rising Tide Icon Charm of the Rising Tide
  7. Dreadstone of Endless Shadows Icon Dreadstone of Endless Shadows
  8. Stat Stick (Critical Strike)
  9. Erratic Metronome Icon Erratic Metronome
  10. Padawsen's Unlucky Charm Icon Padawsen's Unlucky Charm
  11. Stat Stick (Haste)
  12. Stat Stick (Mastery)

For more in-depth trinket simulations, visit Bloodmallet's site.

3. Legendary Items for Elemental Shaman

Smoldering Heart Icon Smoldering Heart grants a 0.10% chance per Maelstrom spent to grant Ascendance Icon Ascendance for 10 seconds. It is currently the best legendary for single-target despite the variance in uptime.

Eye of the Twisting Nether Icon Eye of the Twisting Nether causes damage from an element to increase damage 1.5% per stack for 8 seconds. Strong legendary overall. Should be used in combination with Icefury Icon Icefury.

Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle Icon Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle is the best legendary for the Ascendance Icon Ascendance build. If this is one of your 2 legendaries you should talent Ascendance Icon Ascendance, unless the second legendary is Eye of the Twisting Nether Icon Eye of the Twisting Nether. Very strong.

Uncertain Reminder Icon Uncertain Reminder is a strong DPS increase overall, allowing for greater synergy with Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental and Potion of Prolonged Power Icon Potion of Prolonged Power. A good choice after the aforementioned choices.

Soul of the Farseer Icon Soul of the Farseer grants Echo of the Elements Icon Echo of the Elements passively. Okay legendary but nothing special overall.

Echoes of the Great Sundering Icon Echoes of the Great Sundering gives Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock a 50% chance to cause Earthquake Icon Earthquake to be free. The proc is only above Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt in priority, as you do not Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock enough to be in danger of overriding procs often. Always use the proc before casting another Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock. Always cast Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock over Earthquake Icon Earthquake even on 3 targets.

The Deceiver's Blood Pact Icon The Deceiver's Blood Pact has a 20% chance to refund the Maelstrom spent by Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock. Second best legendary for single target and has amazing synergy with Echoes of the Great Sundering Icon Echoes of the Great Sundering.

Al'Akir's Acrimony Icon Al'Akir's Acrimony is an okay legendary for situations where sustained cleave and cleave damage is the priority. Not quite as strong as the shoulders/boots combo, but still good in Mythic+.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish can be a very strong DPS increase on AoE if these opportunities present themselves. While it is overall a fairly weak choice for single target, it could be a contender for parsing due to its "padding" potential on manufactured mass AoE scenarios. You should treat the effect like  Icon Stormkeeper; use it on cooldown, unless there is an opportunity for cleave or AoE in the near future.

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret gives 2% passive haste and 10% movement speed, and more importantly provides 25% haste and 70% movement speed after a successful interrupt, dispel or using a crowd control spell. This is a fantastic legendary for dungeons, world content, and raid encounters with consistent add spawns.

Roots of Shaladrassil Icon Roots of Shaladrassil are legguards that heal you for 3% of your maximum health every 1 second when you are standing still. Essentially no DPS gain and occupies a tier slot, but potentially useful for survivability.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus is a neck that grants a shield for 30% of your maximum health for 30 seconds, every 30 seconds. This legendary will never provide the highest DPS, but will often save your life. Worth considering on fights where you are taking high burst damage.

4. Best legendary combos for Elemental Shaman

4.1. Single-target combos

  1. Smoldering Heart Icon Smoldering Heart and The Deceiver's Blood Pact Icon The Deceiver's Blood Pact — the current best "gambling" combo. It has an extremely high variance which can be frustrating but it averages out the best for pure single-target DPS. In fact, Smoldering Heart Icon Smoldering Heart with just about any other legendary will beat other combos, the gloves are just that powerful.
  2. The Deceiver's Blood Pact Icon The Deceiver's Blood Pact and Echoes of the Great Sundering Icon Echoes of the Great Sundering — an "old" combo, decent synergy with T21 with added mobility and AoE.
  3. Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle Icon Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle and Eye of the Twisting Nether Icon Eye of the Twisting Nether — another "old" combo, still strong and very consistent.

4.2. AoE combo

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret and Al'Akir's Acrimony Icon Al'Akir's Acrimony.

4.3. Survavibility combo

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus and Roots of Shaladrassil Icon Roots of Shaladrassil.

5. Loot Competition for Elemental Shaman

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Hunters, Monks, Enhancement/Restoration Shamans, and Warriors
Mail Armor Hunters and Enhancement/Restoration Shamans
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Everyone
Trinkets Balance Druids, Mages, Shadow Priests, and Warlocks

6. ChangeLog

  • 15 May 2018: Updated Tier 20 section to be more currently useful, added Tier 19 section, reorganized legendary section, added information on Sephuz's Secret, Prydaz, Roots of Shaladrassil, added "best combos"section , changed some wording, added link to https://bloodmallet.github.io/#shaman_elemental_patchwerk
  • 03 Jan. 2018: Updated Smoldering Heart discussion.
  • 20 Dec. 2017: Fixed a typo referencing a pair of shoulders instead of the correct trinket.
  • 30 Nov. 2017: Updated trinket list, added Tier 21, and legendaries. Removed BiS for now.
  • 12 Sep. 2017: Updated trinket list.
  • 20 Jun. 2017: Added Tomb of Sargeras best in slot and Tier 20 section, updated trinket list.
  • 14 Jun. 2017: Added Smoldering Heart and Soul of the Farseer to Legendary items section.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 20 Jan. 2017: Full update to BiS and legendaries.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated trinket and legendary rankings. Will update BiS list later.
  • 01 Dec. 2016: Fully updated Legendary rankings.
  • 21 Oct. 2016: Added trinket rankings to help with Mythic+ trinket determinations.
  • 08 Oct. 2016: Updated BiS.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket sims and added trinket recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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