Elemental Shaman DPS Stat Priority — Shadowlands 9.1.5

Last updated on Nov 01, 2021 at 15:10 by Stormy 52 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the optimal stat priority for your Elemental Shaman. We first present the stat priority, before delving into more complex explanations. Our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1.5.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Elemental Shaman stat priority.


The Basics of Stats for Elemental Shaman

In Shadowlands, Intelligence is the most important stat. This means you should most of the time equip your highest item level gear and sim yourself from there for adjustments that will be specific to your gear.


Generic Stat Priority

  1. Intellect;
  2. Versatility;
  3. Critical Strike;
  4. Haste;
  5. Mastery.

Currently in Shadowlands, Intelligence's value is even more than usual far above that of secondary stats, which means that item level will almost always trump any secondary stat combination. If non-jewelry gear is of higher item level, it is almost always going to be better. Moreover, secondary stats are at the moment fairly close in overall power and their relative value will almost entirely depend on your character.

The relative value of Critical Strike increases massively in multi-target scenarios, while it drops a lot when using Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence Icon Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence for single-target. If you are using this Legendary, prioritize Haste, then Versatility far above Mastery and Critical Strike.

For exact ratios, this will vary depending on your talents and other factors. To obtain the exact relative values for your character, we recommend simming your character.


Gems, Enchants, and Consumables

The gems, enchants, and consumables you will use are directly derived from your stat priority and you can find our advice on this topic in our dedicated page.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using SimulationCraft.


Statistics Explanations for Elemental Shaman

Mastery, through Mastery: Elemental Overload Icon Mastery: Elemental Overload, causes some of your spells to have an additional chance to deal additional damage and generate extra Maelstrom.

Haste increases the speed of your casts as well as the tick rate of your damage over time effects.

Critical Strike increases the damage of your spells.

Versatility is a flat-out damage done increase and damage taken reduction.



  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 29 Jun. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 13 Mar. 2021: Updated stat priority for generic builds, along with adjustments for AoE and Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 02 Dec. 2020: Updated Stat recommendations, added comment on the value of Intelligence.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Updated Stat recommendations to mention differences between single-target and multi-target. Adjusted the description of mastery to be clearer.
  • 21 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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