Elemental Shaman Torghast Guide and Best Anima Powers — Dragonflight 10.2.5

Last updated on Jan 15, 2024 at 15:00 by Stormy 61 comments
General Information

On this page, we tell you all you need to know to prepare your Elemental Shaman before entering Torghast and then how to pick up the right Anima Powers once you are inside!


Elemental Shaman Torghast Guide

While this guide focuses on Torghast, Tower of the Damned, its lessons can be applied to any solo content, including world questing and leveling.

Elemental Shamans have an incredible toolkit at their disposal, and we highly recommend you familiarize yourself with it by reading our section on Elemental Utility.

Elemental's flexibility comes in handy in Torghast, as do its powerful cooldowns. As there is no time limit on Torghast pulling small and steadily to avoid deaths is a very viable way to progress. Alternatively, you could wait between pulls for your various cooldowns to be available (and pick talents, Legendary and anima powers to boost this "patient man" strategy). This might be handy as Elemental is a fairly fragile class without its cooldowns, although its self-sustain is quite reasonable. This weakness largely goes away if multiple players are present, but a solo Elemental has to play cautiously and will likely need to kite a lot.


Best Torghast Talents for Elemental Shamans

The talents recommended below apply to Torghast / general soloing. If you are looking for a general overview of Elemental talents, check our main page below:

You can easily import the talent tree below into the game with the following string:


This uses the Elemental Equilibrium Icon Elemental Equilibrium legendary.

As a variant you can essentially get the generic single-target build and use the Echoes of Great Sundering Icon Echoes of Great Sundering legendary. Note that the Echoes of Great Sundering Icon Echoes of Great Sundering legendary does NOT work with Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast, unlike the talent.

You can also try a fire-focused multiDoT build but it is not going to beat the Lightning builds currently. There are many variants, but generally something like what is below is used. You can also import it directly into the game using the following string:


A few of these talent choices will depend on whether you want to wait (and how much) between pulls in order to do every pull with massive cooldowns. If you just want to move forward without waiting and are confident you should not need these additional cooldowns to survive, you should probably avoid Storm Elemental Icon Storm Elemental and Ascendance Icon Ascendance.


Best Torghast Covenant / Soulbind / Conduits for Elemental Shamans

While the recommendations here apply to Torghast / general soloing, feel free to check the Covenant page for full details on everything this system has to offer.

Our suggested Soulbinds and trees are assuming solo play. If you are going in with a full party, these may change significantly. Moreover, the value of different Conduits varies wildly depending on Conduit rank. These trees currently assume low Conduit ranks.

Your options vary between Covenants:

Covenant Soulbind Recommended Tree
Necrolord Bonesmith Heirmir Heirmir Tree
Venthyr Theotar the Mad Duke Theotar Tree
Kyrian Pelagos Pelagos Tree
Night Fae Korayn Korayn Tree

As a solo player, Refreshing Waters Icon Refreshing Waters is very handy and what we personally recommend using as a non-Potency Conduit if at all possible. Call of Flame Icon Call of Flame is fantastic in Torghast, especially if you are willing to wait between pulls. You lose its value once you get double Deadened Earth Icon Deadened Earth however so alternatively, use your Covenant Conduit.


Best Torghast Legendaries for Elemental Shamans

  1. Echoes of Great Sundering Icon Echoes of Great Sundering
  2. Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence Icon Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence
  3. Skybreaker's Fiery Demise Icon Skybreaker's Fiery Demise
  4. Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure

Echoes of Great Sundering Icon Echoes of Great Sundering is the best "brute force" option for stacked AoE. Big pulls where you can chaincast without interruption and the enemies are stacked together will greatly benefit from this Legendary, although this might mean you have to tank the enemies so they stay in the earthquakes.

Skybreaker's Fiery Demise Icon Skybreaker's Fiery Demise is a good alternative for multidotting and kiting, especially if you use Primal Elementalist Icon Primal Elementalist.

Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence Icon Windspeaker's Lava Resurgence is the best single-target damage option for continuous fighting, and the added mobility is quite helpful as well.

Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone (does not stack with the Anima Power) and Ancestral Reminder Icon Ancestral Reminder are fantastic options for single pulls, especially if you are able and willing to wait between pulls to ensure a clean run.

Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure is a specialized Torghast Legendary that increases your Phantasma gains when used. While this does not increase your damage or survivability directly, it allows you to buy more (or better) Anima Powers throughout your run; these are your biggest power source while in Torghast, especially towards the end of a run.

For extra alternatives and full descriptions, be sure to check out all the Legendaries on our guide below!


Best Anima Powers for Elemental Shaman

Anima Powers are only available inside Torghast and need to be found or bought with Phantasma. You can accumulate and stack multiple of these (including copies of the same power), and pairing them together synergistically is a big part of what makes Torghast fun!

While this also means that the value of each Anima Power can only be evaluated in the context of the powers you already have, we will try to give you an idea of the potential behind each of them in the S - C tier list below.

Due to the complexity of ranking so many powers which can synergize with each other, consider this list very provisional, although it should still give you useful pointers. Only class Anima powers are on this guide so far, it will be updated with all the general Anima powers shortly.

  1. S Tier: the strongest and most generally useful powers; these are always good choices.
  2. A Tier: these powers are either slightly weaker than S Tier powers or more situational, but are still solid choices.
  3. B Tier: below-average powers that should be picked only when you have strong synergies with them already set up, or in the absence of S or A Tier powers.
  4. C Tier: weak powers that have little impact on your Torghast outcome and should be avoided whenever possible.

For a complete list of Anima Powers available to Shamans, please refer to the pages linked just below.


The "Easy Win" combo

With Primal Elementalist Icon Primal Elementalist, if you can get Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor Stone and two Deadened Earth Icon Deadened Earth you can have your Primal Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental permanently up, which should make it impossible to die unless you pull half a floor, and it will do constant high damage around itself. This is not foolproof in high level Twisting Corridors where things hit extremely hard. There, you will want to get some max-Health related anima powers to help, as this scales your elemental's Health as well.


S Tier

  • Deeptremor Stone Icon Deeptremor StoneEarth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental has a permanent Earthquake Icon Earthquake attached to it.
  • Deadened Earth Icon Deadened Earth — Cooldown of Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental reduced by 40%.
  • Storm Conduit Icon Storm Conduit — Nature and Frost damage increased by 50%.
  • Deathseer's Whip Icon Deathseer's Whip — Dropping a totem grants your party 15 sec of Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism. This can only occur once every 30 sec.
  • Depleted Tesla Coil Icon Depleted Tesla Coil — Gain the effect of Stormkeeper Icon Stormkeeper every 15 seconds.

A Tier

  • Bottle of Swirling Maelstrom Icon Bottle of Swirling Maelstrom — Increases Earthquake Icon Earthquake and Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock damage. Stacks up to 3 times.
  • Elemental Core Icon Elemental Core — Each Lava Surge Icon Lava Surge buff you consume increases the damage of Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst by 1%. After generating 50 stacks, the cooldown of Lava Burst is reduced by 50%. (The value of this Anima Power is highly dependent on how early you get it)
  • Flames of the Cauldron Icon Flames of the CauldronFlame Shock Icon Flame Shock's damage over time effect now happens 20% more frequently.
  • Wailing Winds Icon Wailing WindsWind Shear Icon Wind Shear's cooldown is reduced by 3 seconds.
  • Elemental Conduit Icon Elemental Conduit — Targets hit by Chain Harvest Icon Chain Harvest have Riptide Icon Riptide (allies) or Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock (enemies) applied to them.
  • Crystallized Elemental Heart Icon Crystallized Elemental HeartChain Harvest Icon Chain Harvest doubles the damage of your next 5 Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightnings and the healing of your next 5 Chain Heal Icon Chain Heals.
  • Hourglass of Soul Dust Icon Hourglass of Soul DustPrimordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave has 2 additional charges.
  • Farseer's Gift Icon Farseer's Gift — Gain an additional Level 25 talent
  • Farseer's Invocation Icon Farseer's Invocation — Gain an additional Level 35 talent
  • Vial of Soothing Waters Icon Vial of Soothing WatersHealing Stream Totem Icon Healing Stream Totem healing amount increased by 100%.
  • Guardian's Cudgel Icon Guardian's CudgelCapacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem's stun duration increased by 100%, and when Capacitor Totem fades, another Capacitor Totem is automatically dropped in the same place.
  • Shake the Foundations Icon Shake the Foundations — Casting Earthquake Icon Earthquake automatically casts Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning at 1 random enemy in the Earthquake
  • Seeds of Rampant Growth Icon Seeds of Rampant GrowthFae Transfusion Icon Fae Transfusion resets the cooldown of Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental.
  • Blood of Heroes Icon Blood of Heroes — Your first Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism on a floor does not cause its cooldown or the Exhausted/Sated effect, and will apply even if Exhausted/Sated.
  • Vesperwind Bit Icon Vesperwind BitVesper Totem Icon Vesper Totem will work on 1 additional damage and 1 additional healing event.

B Tier

  • Flowing Streams Icon Flowing Streams — When Healing Stream Totem Icon Healing Stream Totem heals a target, you also cast a free, instant Chain Heal Icon Chain Heal at the same target.
  • Leeching Lilypad Icon Leeching LilypadHex Icon Hex drains 2% of the target's maximum health every 2 sec, healing you for the amount drained. This damage will not break Hex.
  • Generosity of the Winged Seer Icon Generosity of the Winged SeerVesper Totem Icon Vesper Totem's damage or healing is increased by 50% for each respective charge consumed.
  • Splintered Elemental Rod Icon Splintered Elemental Rod — Each Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst generated by Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave increases your Haste by 10% for 10 sec.
  • Spike of the Ice Guardian Icon Spike of the Ice GuardianFrost Shock Icon Frost Shock instantly kills targets below 10% Health.
  • Farseer's Cypher Icon Farseer's Cypher — Gain an additional Level 15 talent
  • Farseer's Legacy Icon Farseer's Legacy — Gain the Nature's Guardian Icon Nature's Guardian talent
  • Astral Bulwark Icon Astral BulwarkAstral Shift Icon Astral Shift duration increased by 10 sec.
  • Ancestral Fury Icon Ancestral FuryBloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism grants an additional 10% Haste.
  • Tsunami Relic Icon Tsunami Relic — While below 50%, your healing spells heal for 50% more.
  • Ignan Oblation Icon Ignan Oblation — Summoning your Storm Elemental Icon Storm Elemental/Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental causes you to gain Ascendance Icon Ascendance for 10 sec.

C Tier

  • Pure Elemental Core Icon Pure Elemental Core — Increases the duration of your Fire Elemental Icon Fire Elemental or Storm Elemental Icon Storm Elemental by 50%. Stacks up to 2 times.
  • Wildzeal Wraps Icon Wildzeal Wraps — Reduce the cooldown of Vesper Totem Icon Vesper Totem by 5 seconds.
  • Heart of the Deathseer Icon Heart of the DeathseerChain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning hits 3 additional targets and damage increases by 20% per jump.
  • Deathseer's Satchel Icon Deathseer's Satchel — Placing a totem causes you to drop another, random totem.
  • By Fire Be Purged Icon By Fire Be Purged — Successfully Purging an enemy casts Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst at them.
  • Blood Stained Gauntlet Icon Blood Stained Gauntlet — Critical Strike chance of Chain Harvest Icon Chain Harvest increased by 10%.
  • Magma Fist Icon Magma FistLava Burst Icon Lava Burst knocks the target away from you.
  • Fossilized Bone Fragments Icon Fossilized Bone FragmentsPrimordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave increases the damage of your next Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst by 25%.
  • Bloody Thorn Stalk Icon Bloody Thorn StalkFae Transfusion Icon Fae Transfusion channel duration and periodic damage frequency reduced by 15%.
  • Crystalline Leaf Icon Crystalline LeafFae Transfusion Icon Fae Transfusion cooldown reduced by 15 sec.
  • Rimeblood Icon RimebloodFrost Shock Icon Frost Shock reduces all damage the target deals by 25% for 10 sec.
  • Mawrats on Ice Icon Mawrats on IceFrost Shock Icon Frost Shock freezes Mawrats in a block of ice, killing them instantly.
  • Deathseer Choker Icon Deathseer Choker — Each active totem increases your damage and healing by 10%.
  • Farseer's Lesson Icon Farseer's Lesson — Gain an additional Level 30 talent
  • Farseer's Ultimatum Icon Farseer's Ultimatum — Gain an additional Level 50 talent.


  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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