Elemental Shaman DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 26, 2020 at 16:44 by Stormy 10 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Elemental Shaman guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2. 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.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Elemental Shaman DPS guide.

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.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Current best single-target talent build is very fun and mobile.
  • +Some talent builds are very straightforward to play.
  • +Potential for massive burst damage for single-target and Cleave/AoE.
  • +Excellent utility outside of Raids.
  • +Talent choices allow for excellent flexibility and varied playstyles.
X Weaknesses
  • -Most survivability tools are talent-related and can be awkward to use properly.
  • -Tends to be outclassed by other specializations outside of specific situations.
3.

Shadowlands Changes for Shamans

We are maintaining a list of changes for Shamans for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below. We also have pages for the new Covenant abilities and Anima Powers.

Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock now only lasts for 18 seconds.

Totem Mastery is gone, and you should now mainly use the new Echoing Shock Icon Echoing Shock instead. This is a major rotational change.

Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast is now on the second row of talents, and generates 30 Maelstrom.

Spiritwalker's Grace Icon Spiritwalker's Grace is back, and you should make sure to take full advantage of your new mobility. This is especially powerful in solo play and paired with Ascendance Icon Ascendance, or when you have to move for a long time during a fight.

Overall, Elemental Shaman remains fairly similar to how it was in BfA gameplay-wise. It should not be problematic at all for Elemental Shaman players to adjust to the Shadowlands changes.

4.

Leveling an Elemental Shaman

If you want to play an Elemental Shaman, but currently do not have one at max level, you can check out our leveling guide for tips on your journey.

After the leveling phase, you may want to optimize your performance by using one or several addons. In order not to be overwhelmed, we recommend you start using at least some of our recommended addons during the leveling of your Shaman, so you can get acquainted with them and configure/customize them to your liking.

5.

Basics of Elemental Shaman Gameplay

Elemental Shaman is a spec with simple fundamentals for both single-target and AoE, with a wide array of customization available from your talents. Some talents allow for Elemental to be very easy to play, or very complex and rewarding.

Most of your time will be spent casting Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt and Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst, while maintaining Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock and casting Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock once you have enough Maelstrom. Beyond these fundamentals, gameplay largely depends on your talent choices.

If you are just starting as an Elemental Shaman and are interesting in learning the basics of the spec, visit the Spell Summary first, then the Easy Mode page below.

If you already know how Shamans work, head directly to the Talents and Rotation pages in order to find out more detailed information.

6.

How to Gear Up as an Elemental Shaman

Gearing is not as simple as it once was, although the easy access to simulations are extremely helpful. Our gearing page will help you learn about how best to gear your Elemental Shaman.

After you have acquired some gear, you must then use the right enchants, gems and consumables. Visit our dedicated page, as well as our stats page so you get a better idea which stats you should look for.

7.

Elemental Shaman in Shadowlands

Shadowlands introduces 4 Covenants, new unique "factions" that do not like each other, so much so that you can only join one of them! They are core to the Shadowlands experience and which Covenant you join is one of the biggest decisions you can make in World of Warcraft.

Shadowlands also introduces an arsenal of Legendary Powers, but you can only have one at a time, and crafting them takes time and money, choose wisely! Legendary Powers are to be acquired from the new end-game activity, Torghast.

8.

End-Game as an Elemental Shaman

While your core gameplay loop is accessible early on, max level gameplay can be wildly different than during leveling. Our Torghast, Mythic+, Raiding, and PvP guides will help you fine tune your gameplay in any end-game content.

9.

Improving as an Elemental Shaman

If you are struggling with doing good DPS and are unsure what you are doing wrong, visit the pages below in order to find answers and advice.

10.

Changelog

  • 26 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Fixed an issue with the legendary power/per week breakdown (impossible to get a legendary on the first week).
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Removed a mention of Azerite Traits.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for Shadowlands release. Removed the Azerite Traits section, updated talent recommendation and advice for dealing with different affixes. Added sections for Covenant and Legendary Power choice.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Updated Stat recommendations to mention differences between single-target and multi-target. Adjusted the description of mastery to be clearer.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Updated gem & food choice.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (this page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, added information on Covenants, Legendary Powers and Torghast, consolidated Pre-patch changes into the Shadowlands change section.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Added legendary power & covenant recommendations.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, updated recommended talents, race, and the Lava Burst during Storm Elemental answer.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, updated information on Astral Shift and Fire Elemental.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, cleaned up a couple things and updated advice to be more accurate for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for Shadowlands release. Removed references to Azerite traits and essences, updated talent recommendations.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Adjustements to rotations & opener, split AoE rotations into 2, 3 and 4+ targets, updated Master of the Elements section.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, added a section on early Shadowlands gearing and one on Legendary Powers. Added a comment on trinkets, removed a lot of BfA-specific information.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Added a warning on Windspeaker's availability.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Fixed a few things. Adjusted Windspeaker's and Elemental Equilibrium's descriptions.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Adjusted some descriptions and recommendations on soulbinds and some conduits.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page added.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, updated Horde recommendation to Goblin.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for Shadowlands Release, added new enchants and oil.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for Shadowlands release. Opener, several sections on talents and all rotations have been updated.
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, updated talents, stats, added a mention of Covenant abilities in the spell priorities, removed BfA-specific sections
  • 21 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 15 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated some talent recommendations, adjusted the description of lvl 35 talents.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (The Eternal Palace page): This page has been reviwed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviwed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviwed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Filled guide with boss by boss recommendations.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Guide added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (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.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (Uldir page): Updated talent recommendations.
  • 31 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated talent recommendations, added a couple more tips.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Battle of Dazar'alor advice for Elemental Shaman.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated talent recommendations for 8.1 changes.
  • 31 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added Uldir guide.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Added placeholder page for now.
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