Elemental Shaman PvP Rotation and Playstyle (Dragonflight 10.2.7)

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Tiqqle 10 comments

PvP requires you to perform various actions in the course of a duel, match, or battleground: interrupting/silencing enemies, damaging them, bursting them down, defending yourself, keeping yourself alive, etc.. It is a game mode that fully utilises your kit, especially spells that are rarely used in PvE. On this page, we go through all the spells you need to use in PvP as a Elemental Shaman, how you should use them, and we explain what your playstyle should be.

This page is part of our Elemental Shaman PvP Guide.


Playstyle for Elemental Shaman

Elemental Shaman are dependent on combining the benefits of multiple talents to kill their opponents, which requires Maelstrom and preparation. Elemental Shaman will either be one of three states during PvP:

  1. Sustaining damage and generating Maelstrom.
  2. Dealing large amounts of damage by using Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock, Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave, Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst, Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental and Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock on cooldown, Lightning Lasso Icon Lightning Lasso when you are able to line up crowd-control.
  3. Playing defensively.

Sustained Damage

This is done through spreading damage and disrupting the enemy team.

  1. Maintain Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock on up to 4 enemies on cooldown (including pets), using Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave to help spread Flame Shocks. This helps generate Maelstrom if talented into Searing Flames Icon Searing Flames.
  2. Cast Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental for high sustained damage.
  3. Use Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst on cooldown as soon as possible if you have a Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge proc on a target with Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock active to guarantee a critical strike.
  4. Cast Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock if Maelstrom is above 80, and you do not have Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge proc available.
  5. Cast Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst, which will reduce the cooldown on Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental.
  6. Cast Icefury Icon Icefury, and empowered Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock, and Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt as fillers.
  7. Cast Purge Icon Purge or Greater Purge Icon Greater Purge as a filler.
  8. Cast Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear on the healer or enemy casters.
  9. Cast Hex Icon Hex on enemy melee to reduce incoming damage, or on enemy healers.

The burst of Elemental Shaman is relatively consistent compared to other classes.


Burst Damage with Lava Burst Build

  1. Ensure Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock is on your kill target and, as many other enemy team members as possible.
  2. Ensure you have 80 or more Maelstrom to be able to use Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock.
  3. Use Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental.
  4. Use Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock, to be buffed with Flux Melting Icon Flux Melting.
  5. Use Skyfury Totem Icon Skyfury Totem, if talented.
  6. Use Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave.
  7. Cast Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst, along with Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental's Meteor Icon Meteor.
  8. Use Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock.
  9. Use Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst with Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge procs from Primordial Surge Icon Primordial Surge.
  10. Use Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock.
  11. Fill with Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst.

Playing Defensively


Healing or Crowd-Controlling the Opposing Team

Healing Stream Totem Icon Healing Stream Totem should be used on cooldown to provide moderate amounts of passive healing, further buffed by Swirling Currents Icon Swirling Currents. This is also increased through the 20% benefit if Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield is on the target will provide significant side healing.

Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge is a spammable heal which provides significant side-healing. This should be used if your healer is stunned or crowd-controlled.

Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield maintain this on yourself and one teammate, due to talent Elemental Orbit Icon Elemental Orbit to provide side-healing to your team.

Hex Icon Hex is a curse 7-second crowd-control which can be broken by damage. In general, you do not want to damage a target that has been hexed. That player does still have control of their character to move out of line of sight. This is best used on the enemy team when they have used an offensive or defensive cooldown or the healer as part of a crowd-control chain.

Earthbind Totem Icon Earthbind Totem is a placed totem which slows any enemies within the radius. This totem is incredibly useful and should be used on cooldown. This helps your team's positioning. This totem can also help you land Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem.

Thunderstorm Icon Thunderstorm knocks back all enemies around the Elemental Shaman as long as they are not rooted or have an immunity to knock-backs or magic effects active like Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell from Death Knights. This is incredibly useful and can be used to save your teammates on arena maps with ledges, Dalaran Sewers, and Blades Edge Arena. This is also a great ability for battlegrounds in Eye of the Storm or certain areas of Twin Peaks and Arathi Basin, which can kill the enemies from fall damage in these cases.

Purge Icon Purge or Greater Purge Icon Greater Purge can be used defensively to purge off your opponent's offensive cooldowns or Mana back cooldowns, which are purgeable. One very important use is during a Priest's Mind Control Icon Mind Control of your teammate. When a Priest does this, it is better to use purge on your Mind Controlled teammate and not use your Wind Shear interrupt. This is because purge has no cooldown, while Wind Shear is on a 12-second cooldown.


Defensives Abilities

Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift is the main defensive for Elemental Shaman, which is on a 1.5-minute cooldown. This ability decreases damage taken by 40% for 12 seconds and is not usable while stunned. It is best to communicate with your healer and use this cooldown at high health when your opponents are using their offensive cooldowns and your healer needs help keeping you alive.

Burrow Icon Burrow an immunity, similar to Dispersion Icon Dispersion from a Shadow Priest. While under the ground, you can be healed and can move at full movement speed. This is particularly useful if your healer gets crowd-controlled and the Shaman does not have Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift available.

Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf is an underrated ability; it allows the Shaman to stay at 100% movement speed with any slowing debuff active. This is the way Elemental Shaman can kite melee opponents and stay very mobile. If you are moving beyond a very short distance, Ghost Wolf is worth the global cooldown it incurs. Ghost wolf can be purged, which is one of the reasons why the Spirit Wolf Icon Spirit Wolf talent is not as good as it could be.



It is advised to use Macros to use abilities on enemies or allies without having to target them. For this reason, we have a page dedicated to them.



  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
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  • 17 Jul. 2021: Removed optional rotation references.
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