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Elemental Shaman DPS Spell Summary — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 13, 2020 at 17:00 by Stormy 58 comments
General Information

On this page, we present you with all spells and procs that you need to understand as an Elemental Shaman in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

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


Elemental Shaman Spell Summary

If you are new to Elemental, it is recommended you read this before proceeding! In this section we will discuss what abilities you have, what they are used for within the specialization, and how they interact with important cooldowns. If you have played this spec before or have already achieved a level of comfort playing this spec in a practical environment, it is recommended you skip this section and move on to the rest of the guide.


Main Resource for Elemental Shaman

Maelstrom is the primary resource of Elemental Shamans. Maelstrom is essentially a clone of the Rage resource Warriors use. It is generated by casting spells and using specific abilities, while other abilities covert Maelstrom into powerful damage. Maelstrom is generated and consumed fairly slowly for Elemental, which makes the rotational priority very easy to predict and contributes to a fluid state of play.


Basic Abilities for Elemental Shaman

These abilities are available no matter what talents you chose, and form the bread and butter of this specialization.

Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt is your main filler. It deals weak damage and generates 8 Maelstrom.

Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst is your Maelstrom generating nuke. It deals strong damage, has a short cooldown, and is a guaranteed critical strike if your Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock is active on the target. Lava Burst generates 10 Maelstrom.

Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock is your Maelstrom consuming nuke. It deals powerful instant damage, has no cast time and costs 60 Maelstrom.

Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock is a damage over time spell you should keep applied to your primary target at all times. It deals weak damage over time but has an important interaction with your Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst. Not only does it guarantee that all Lava Burst casts will be critical hits, but each tick also has 15% chance to proc Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge (see next section). Flame Shock has no Maelstrom cost but has a 6-second cooldown.

Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock is your filler spell during movement. It also slows the target by 50% for 6 seconds. It deals a moderate amount of damage but does not generate Maelstrom unless empowered by Icefury Icon Icefury. You should only use this for movement, when you need the slow, or if you really need extra damage immediately.

Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning is your main Maelstrom generating nuke for AoE/Cleave. It deals weak damage and generates 4 Maelstrom per target hit. It can chain to up to 5 targets.

Earthquake Icon Earthquake is your main Maelstrom consuming nuke for AoE/Cleave. It deals good damage over 6 seconds in the targeted area, and can knock down enemies within.


Important Procs for Elemental Shaman

Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge is the main proc to watch out for. Your Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock has a 15% chance to activate Lava Surge, which resets the cooldown of your Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst and makes it an instant cast.


DPS Cooldowns for Elemental Shaman

Most Elemental DPS Cooldowns are gained through talents, and are covered in the Builds and Talents page.

Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental is a 2.5-minute cooldown that summons a powerful Fire Elemental for 30 seconds. You do not have control over it, but it deals significant damage and you usually want to pair it with Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism/Time Warp Icon Time Warp.

Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism is the signature shaman cooldown, increasing the haste of all your party and raid members by 30% for 40 seconds, with a 5-minute cooldown.


Defensive Abilities for Elemental Shaman

Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift is a 1.5-minute cooldown reducing your damage taken by 40% for 8 seconds. It is your main defensive cooldown and you should use it often.

Reincarnation Icon Reincarnation is a passive ability allowing you to raise from the dead with 20% of your Health and Mana. This has a 30-minute cooldown which does not reset on wipe. This is an incredibly powerful ability when it is available.

Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge heals for a moderate amount with a fast cast time. It costs 25% of your Mana pool. Do not hesitate to use it on yourself or others. Particularly useful for solo content, especially with the Swelling Waves Icon Swelling Waves War Mode talent.

Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental is a summon that is primarily used to help with tanking for 1 minute. It can taunt and, in Battle for Azeroth, can now take quite a bit of punishment before dying and also deals decent damage.


Crowd Control Abilities for Elemental Shaman

Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear is your "kick". It is fairly unique in that its 30 yards range and 12-second cooldown are shorter than most other ranged characters. This makes Wind Shear one of the best interrupts in the game, and you should use it a lot.

Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem is your only way to stun targets. You cast it at a target location and, after 2 seconds, it will stun enemies within 8 yards for 3 seconds. This ability has a 1-minute cooldown, which can be reduced by using the Static Charge Icon Static Charge talent.

Hex Icon Hex is the shaman equivalent of Polymorph Icon Polymorph. This spell transforms 1 enemy into a frog for 60 seconds, preventing it from attacking or casting spells as long as you do not attack it. It only works on humanoids and beasts.

Earthbind Totem Icon Earthbind Totem projects a totem that slows everything around it for 20 seconds. Very useful especially if you kite around the totem.

Thunderstorm Icon Thunderstorm does very little damage but knocks away enemies around you and slows them by 40% for 5 seconds. Quite useful, especially when you use it to displace an enemy in a specific direction.


Additional Utility abilities for Elemental Shaman

Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf transforms you into a wolf, preventing you from casting but increasing your movement speed by 30% as long as you stay in this form. In addition, your movement speed cannot go below 100% while in this form.

Tremor Totem Icon Tremor Totem summons a totem removing all Fear, Charm and Sleep effects on party and raid members within 30 yards every few seconds for 10 seconds.

Purge Icon Purge remove 1 beneficial effect from an enemy target.

Cleanse Spirit Icon Cleanse Spirit removes all curses from a friendly target.

Ancestral Spirit Icon Ancestral Spirit allows you to resurrect allies after a very long cast. It is not usable in combat.

Astral Recall Icon Astral Recall is essentially a second Hearthstone on a 10-minute cooldown.

Far Sight Icon Far Sight is one of the least useful spells in the game, allows you to see at a distance. You can safely remove this from your bars.

Water Walking Icon Water Walking allows you or whoever you target to walk on water as long as no damage is taken.



  • 13 Jan. 2020: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 15 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated description of Frost Shock for 8.1.
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