Elemental Shaman PvP Talents and Builds (Dragonflight / 10.0.7)

Last updated on Mar 21, 2023 at 19:43 by Tiqqle 7 comments

Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as a Elemental Shaman and gives you the best combinations you can take.

This page is part of our Elemental Shaman PvP Guide.


Talent Choices for Elemental Shamans

While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.


Talents Summary


Shaman Tree Talent Highlights


Elemental Shaman Tree Talent Highlights


PvP Talents for Elemental Shaman

You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents, each has uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful but can be replaced with other PvP talents, depending on your team's goal.

  • Grounding Totem Icon Grounding Totem is a default selection against caster or Hunter teams. This can stop crowd-control from the enemy team, and large damaging spell casts from casters.
  • Control of Lava Icon Control of Lava is a default pick. This provides dispel protection for Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock, enabling Elemental Shaman to have consistent pressure and Maelstrom generation. This talent is one of the default choices for Elemental Shaman, due to the impressive damage and the disruption that comes when a Flame Shock is dispelled.
  • Unleash Shield Icon Unleash Shield provides significant utility for the Elemental Shaman to benefit from pushing enemy teammates off ledges and rooting. When using Elemental Orbit Icon Elemental Orbit both knockback and root effects are applied.
  • Skyfury Totem Icon Skyfury Totem is a default pick. This talent increases the critical damage by 20% of only spell casts or heals. Although this is highly dependent on how often your spells critically hit, if a critical strike happens, the damage is significantly greater due to the multipliers of Master of the Elements Icon Master of the Elements, and the combination of Surge of Power Icon Surge of Power and Stormkeeper Icon Stormkeeper. This also affects Lightning Lasso Icon Lightning Lasso now.
  • Static Field Totem Icon Static Field Totem has only around 5K HP but can be an important factor when going for burst or saving your teammates. This will allow you to get off your damage without being kited. This traps the enemy team within the circle, and they cannot escape using Blink Icon Blink or Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield.
  • Seasoned Winds Icon Seasoned Winds provides 15% damage reduction against possibly multiple schools of magic when interrupting the enemy. This promotes the use of Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear which is critical to the utility of the Elemental Shaman. This is a solid choice against any teams with casters. When interrupting some casters like a Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt the Shaman will gain a 15% damage reduction for all schools of magic, which is a significant defensive to maintain throughout the match.
  • Spectral Recovery Icon Spectral Recovery can be useful. This can be a strong talent as it provides healing while in Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf, but also raises the ghost wolf speed to 110% of movement speed even when slows are applied. This can be taken if you know you are against heavy melee teams and will need to kite for a considerable portion of the match. This can also be useful in battlegrounds for more mobility and works well with Spirit Wolf Icon Spirit Wolf for mobility and defensives.
  • Swelling Waves Icon Swelling Waves is a great talent for passive healing. This is also increased through the 20% benefit if Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield is on the target will provide significant side healing.
  • Traveling Storms Icon Traveling Storms is not taken in any circumstance in arena, as there are better selections to increase pressure on the other team. This can be taken in Eye of the Storm battleground if you will be sitting in the middle defending the flag and want to knock off opponents.
  • Counterstrike Totem Icon Counterstrike Totem is a situational talent. This can be useful as a small peel for your teammates or as a surprise against enemies in arena. In battlegrounds, this can be used as a considerable damage option but will not lead to kills. Generally, teams are aware of this Shaman ability to use this totem. They will stop attacking once it is on the ground.


  • 21 Mar. 2023: Updated for Dragonflight 10.0.7.
  • 04 Feb. 2023: Updated for 10.0.2 updates.
  • 12 Jan. 2023: Updated for mid-season changes.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight post-launch.
  • 22 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 31 Jul. 2022: Updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 27 Feb. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2 of Shadowlands
  • 17 Nov. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5 of Shadowlands.
  • 04 Jul. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1 of Shadowlands.
  • 19 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 02 Dec. 2020: Updated in preparation for first PvP season of Shadowlands.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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