Elemental Shaman DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Apr 15, 2019 at 08:00 by Stormy 50 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Elemental Shaman guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5. Here, you will learn how to play as an Elemental Shaman in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

1. Elemental Shaman Overview

Elemental Shaman is a damage dealing spellcaster with a rich and flexible toolkit. Elemental Shamans can approach a multitude of environments without feeling compromised. Through certain talents, Elemental can also provide very significant burst damage, allowing them to surge ahead during short damage checks or dungeon bosses. Overall, this specialization has a tool or talent for every scenario, although its sustained single target damage might be lacking.

2. Patch 8.1 Changes for Elemental Shaman

3. Elemental Shaman Strengths

  • Current best single-target talent build is very fun and mobile.
  • Some talent builds are very straightforward to play.
  • Potential for very good burst damage for Single Target and Cleave/AoE.
  • Excellent Utility outside of Raids.
  • Talent choices allow for excellent flexibility and varied playstyles.

4. Elemental Shaman Weaknesses

  • No burst mobility.
  • Most survivability tools are talent-related and can be awkward to use properly.
  • Tends to be outclassed by other specializations outside of specific situations.

5. Elemental Shaman Viability in the Current Patch

8.1 was a net buff for Elemental Shamans, for numbers, flexibility and fun. This version of Elemental Shaman is notably more viable for Raid content than the release version, in part because of the renewed viability of Icefury Icon Icefury. 8.1.5 enabled a new, more dynamic single-target build, that is also very strong.

6. Changelog

  • 15 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (this page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 14 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 05 Mar. 2019 (enchants page): Fixed Healthstone/Health Potion recommendation, updated all recommendations to be more in line with the best single-target build.
  • 05 Mar. 2019 (stats page): Added stat priority for the two commonly used builds, updated stat priority.
  • 05 Mar. 2019 (rotation page): Updated generic raid opener. Adjusted priority list to make better use of the MotE buff.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (enchants page): Updated recommended food/gems.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (rotation page): Updated generic raid opener.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (Uldir page): Updated talent recommendations.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (talents page): Updated talent recommendations.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated recommended Azerite Traits.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (simulations page): Updated paragraph about best races.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated recommended talents and traits.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated recommended Azerite Armor section.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (stats page): Updated stat priority.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated talent recommendations, added a couple more tips.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (this page): Updated comments on viability and strengths.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated multiple sections.
    • Updated Recommended talents.
    • Updated Haste levels.
    • Updated Best race choices.
    • Updated State of Elemental in current patch.
  • 29 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added warning section to the BiS list because of the tuning patch.
  • 29 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated recommended Azerite Traits, added warning about Echo of the Elementals and Igneous Potential.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (stats page): Updated stat priority.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Battle of Dazar'alor advice for Elemental Shaman.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (simulations page): Updated best race for Horde.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (talents page): Updated some talent information/recommendations.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated recommended talents.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated recommended Azerite Armor & Trinket sections. Removed obsolete BiS list, added a link to Raidbots' Droptimizer.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated recommended Azerite Traits, added the 4 new Azerite Traits.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (enchants page): Updated recommended food/gems.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated recommended talents, added information about the seasonal affix Reaping.
  • 03 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Fixed a couple comments about talent balance.
  • 03 Jan. 2019 (simulations page): Updated best race for each faction.
  • 18 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Ancestral Resonance description, some comments on trait power, updated links to Bloodmallet.
  • 18 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Fixed comments on Master of the Elements.
  • 18 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Added a link to Bloodmallet's simulations by race.
  • 18 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Added information about Haste, Races and viability in current patch.
  • 18 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated Master of the Elements priority. Added note about Meteor usage.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated talent recommendations for 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): Updated stat priority for 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated talent recommendations for 8.1 changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated talent recommendations for 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated priority lists for 8.1. Added paragraphs on advanced uses of Master of the Elements and Surge of Power.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Tectonic Thunder replaces Rumbling Tremors.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): Updated description of Frost Shock for 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated talent recommendations, stat priority & priority lists for 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Patch 8.1 changes and updated comments on viability and strengths.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Added new 8.1 talents and updated other changed talents. Updated comments on talent strengths and recommendations.
  • 27 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Reorganized and updated.
  • 10 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket section, removed pre-raid "BiS" list.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Updated generic opener.
  • 31 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added Uldir guide.
  • 31 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated recommended neutral traits.
  • 31 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket section (hotfix reverted).
  • 29 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket section.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket section.
  • 17 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Added sentence to explain ratios more clearly.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Fixed checkmarks on talent tree.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Added page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added placeholder page for now.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Added explanation for legendary boots/shoulders usage on 4-6 targets.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (enchants page): Reverted recommended flask (nerfed).
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (addons page): Added Elemental Prepull Macro.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Fixed Fire/Earth Elementals' priority in Openers.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (enchants page): Reverted recommended gems (nerfed).
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Trinket section now links to Bloodmallet's site instead of having a partial list.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (addons page): Added Earth Elemental Harden Skin macro. Added Primal Elementals AoE macro.
  • 19 Jul. 2018 (enchants page): Updated optimal flask and gem use.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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