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Elemental Shaman DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (BfA 8.0.1)

Last updated on Jul 19, 2018 at 08:20 by Stormy 5 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

This guide has been written by Stormy, Elemental main since Wrath of the Lich King and member of the Storm, Earth and Lava elemental theorycrafting team.

Artifacts are now normal weapons. Their item level is determined by their relics. The only thing you care about now is getting the highest item level relics for your weapon, regardless of the traits they previously provided.

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. Do not get rid of your Tier 20 4-piece bonus. 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 damage over time and always critically strikes.

You should be using Tier 21 over Tier 20 in most situations. 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.

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

3. Legendary Items for Elemental Shaman

Echoes of the Great Sundering Icon Echoes of the Great Sundering gives Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock a 50% c hance to cause Earthquake Icon Earthquake to be free. Always use the proc before casting another Earth Shock. This is overall the strongest legendary in pre-patch.

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. Good legendary that has amazing synergy with Echoes of the Great Sundering Icon Echoes of the Great Sundering.

Smoldering Heart Icon Smoldering Heart grants a 0.10% chance per Maelstrom spent to grant Ascendance Icon Ascendance for 10 seconds. This used to be the best legendary for single-target situations, it is now fairly mediocre.

Eye of the Twisting Nether Icon Eye of the Twisting Nether causes damage from an element to increase all damage done by 1.5% per element for 8 seconds. Strong legendary overall.

Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle Icon Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle synergies well with Ascendance Icon Ascendance. If this is one of your 2 legendaries you should talent Ascendance Icon Ascendance.

Uncertain Reminder Icon Uncertain Reminder is good on short fights, allowing for great synergy with Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental and Potion of Prolonged Power Icon Potion of Prolonged Power.

Soul of the Farseer Icon Soul of the Farseer grants Echo of the Elements Icon Echo of the Elements passively. Fairly weak legendary for pre-patch.

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 mass AoE scenarios. 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 often save your life. Depending on your personal stat weights, potentially very strong. Worth considering anyway 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's supremacy is over. Echoes of the Great Sundering Icon Echoes of the Great Sundering is now the overall best legendary for Elemental Shamans. However, many legendaries are very close in power and you should sim your character to see which combo is most powerful for your specific gear.
  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 that is coming back into favor. Decent synergy with T21 with added mobility and AoE. Very good default combo for pre-patch.
  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. Survivability 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

  • 19 Jul. 2018: Trinket section now links to Bloodmallet's site instead of having a partial list.
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