Elemental Shaman DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jul 13, 2021 at 20:55 by Stormy 51 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Elemental Shaman guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1. 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 TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Elemental Shaman 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, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands.

3.1.

Notable 9.1 Changes for Elemental Shaman

Blizzard is clearly satisfied with the 9.0.5. balance changes made to Elemental, since 9.1 brings very few changes for the spec: new PvP talents and new legendaries and that is it.

The only significant change to the spec is the removal of Elemental Attunement Icon Elemental Attunement, which frankly will be missed, as it was a strong and comfortable bonus for solo content in particular, although the new crowd-control oriented talents are also handy.

There is a possibility that the new Seeds of Rampant Growth Icon Seeds of Rampant Growth (note that for Elemental it reduces the cooldown of Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental) legendary sees some use in organized Mythic+, as the Critical Strike buff is not insignificant. None of the other Covenant Legendaries are worth touching at the moment however.

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

  • 13 Jul. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Removed PTR mentions, all 9.1 changes are now live.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Updated guide with many tips. Adjusted a couple recommendations.
  • 13 Jul. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Adjusted defensive conduit recommendations.
  • 09 Jul. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated covenant recommendations.
  • 09 Jul. 2021 (gear page): Removed warning about Unholy Domination Shards.
  • 06 Jul. 2021 (Legendaries): Fixed a small error (wrong legendary slot information for Torghast recommendation).
  • 04 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Guide added.
  • 03 Jul. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Updated with 9.1 live information.
  • 03 Jul. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated some recommended talents.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (simulations page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 14 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Fixed a typo that made the 4+ target rotation a little strange.
  • 25 Apr. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page created with initial information.
  • 14 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Fixed a link issue with the Heimir tree.
  • 13 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Updated stat priority for generic builds, along with adjustments for AoE and Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated some recommended talents & Legendaries.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Removed launch-specific information.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Updated War Mode talent recommendations.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (FAQ page): Updated raiding talents, best Patchwerk-DPS race
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Swapped Icefury for Primal Elementalist on the generic single-target recommendation.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (this page): Replaced Shadowlands changes with 9.0.5 changes.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Updated Legendary recommendation; added a link to the Valor page.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Changed Chain Lightning to be used on 2 targets following the 9.0.5 buff.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Made a slight adjustment to talent and Legendary recommendation.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated Legendary ranking.
  • 03 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated optimal Covenant recommendations and the commentary on many Covenant abilities. Removed obsolete paragraphs about early-expansion optimization.
  • 23 Feb. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Adjusted Heirmir & Niya's recommended trees.
  • 15 Jan. 2021 (rotation page): Fixed an outdated recommendation in the Ascendance subsection.
  • 21 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Fixed a tooltip issue, updated an outdated talent description.
  • 21 Dec. 2020 (rotation page): Reworded a line in the ST rotation.
  • 20 Dec. 2020 (rotation page): Reworked the section on Master of the Elements use to be clearer.
  • 17 Dec. 2020 (rotation page): Adjusted opener.
  • 15 Dec. 2020 (Legendaries): Added a recommendation for which stats to use when crafting Echoes of Great Sundering.
  • 15 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Updated potion section, added Celestial Guidance as alternative weapon enchant.
  • 15 Dec. 2020 (rotation page): Updated potion used in opener. Added more warnings about using 2 elementals with Primal Elementalist. Fixed typos on Echoes of Great Sundering lines.
  • 15 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Removed somewhat obsolete line on Darkmoon Card Putrescence.
  • 15 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Added warning about Primal Elementalist.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added Denathrius tips.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Updated page with tips for most bosses.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (Legendaries): Recommending the Shoulder slot for Echoes of Great Sundering, added reasoning.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (simulations page): Updated to reflect new sims.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated "best races" question.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Updated page with talent & preliminary Legendary Power recommendations.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (stats page): Updated Stat recommendations, added comment on the value of Intelligence.
  • 02 Dec. 2020 (enchants page): Added section on Augment Runes. Updated recommended enchants, gems and food.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 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 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 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 (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.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Removed a mention of Azerite Traits.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Updated gem & food 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 (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 (rotation page): Adjustements to rotations & opener, split AoE rotations into 2, 3 and 4+ targets, updated Master of the Elements section.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for Shadowlands release. Removed references to Azerite traits and Essences, updated talent recommendations.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, updated information on Astral Shift and Fire Elemental.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Added Legendary Power & Covenant recommendations.
  • 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 (how to improve page): Page updated for Shadowlands release, cleaned up a couple things and updated advice to be more accurate for Shadowlands.
  • 23 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Added a warning on Windspeaker's availability.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Adjusted some descriptions and recommendations on Soulbinds and some Conduits.
  • 22 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Fixed a few things. Adjusted Windspeaker's and Elemental Equilibrium's descriptions.
  • 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 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 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 (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
  • 15 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated some talent recommendations, adjusted the description of lvl 35 talents.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (addons 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 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 09 Mar. 2020 (Torghast): Updated recommended talents, best Covenants & Legendaries, and best Anima Powers. Removed some old powers & obsolete launch information. Updated some descriptions.
  • 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 (The Eternal Palace 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.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviwed 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 (Battle of Dazar'alor 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.
  • 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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