Enhancement Shaman Dragonflight Leveling Guide From 1 to 60 (Dragonflight 10.0.2)

Last updated on Nov 28, 2022 at 16:10 by Wordup 10 comments

On this page, you will find our Level by Level Enhancement Shaman leveling guide for Dragonflight Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. For more general leveling information, please refer to our Shaman leveling guide.

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Gear Options

When leveling up, you should always choose the piece of loot with the highest item level. You will often be replacing these gear pieces very quickly, so just equip whatever comes to you without worrying about secondary stats.

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Level by Level Rotation and Talents

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Level: 60
2.1.

Talents to Level Up as an Enhancement Shaman

During levels 1 to 9, you will have very few abilities to fight with, notably Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt, Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock and Primal Strike Icon Primal Strike. This will change at level 10, when you can select Enhancement as your specialization and begin to unlock additional abilities in the talent tree. You will additionally start with Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield

In Dragonflight, your talents can be changed anywhere in the world as long as you are out of combat. Be sure to explore various combinations of talents at will while leveling to best combat a variety of encounters and use it as an opportunity to familiarize yourself with what the spec is capable of. We have included a sample leveling path through the Class and Enhancement skill below. This is an easy to learn but still effective leveling experience that forges a middle path between introducing complex mechanics without delving into some of the more complex aspects that need to be managed.

Immediately at level 10 you will gain access to Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning and Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon. Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon is the cornerstone of the entire Enhancement spec and it will both reduce the cast time of your spells and increase their damage. It is important that you practice only using your offensive spells when you have at least 5 stacks of Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon, but at lower levels this is less critical. Use Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning while fighting at least 3 targets.

Additionally unlocked at level 10 is Mastery: Enhanced Elements Icon Mastery: Enhanced Elements, increasing your Fire, Frost and Nature damage dealt and increasing the chance to trigger Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon/Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer. Each point of Mastery you find on equipment will improve this effect.

The first 10 points you spend in each tree will be by far the most impactful choices you make and will define your gameplay all the way until level 70. Short descriptions of these important talents are included below:

  • Make sure to have Flametongue Weapon Icon Flametongue Weapon imbued on your off-hand weapon at all times and Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield active.
  • Level 10: Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst - This will be your primary Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon spender until you reach max level. Be sure to cast Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock first to ensure it deals critical damage.
  • Level 11: Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike - A massive upgrade over Primal Strike Icon Primal Strike, begin using this attack on cooldown.
  • Level 12: Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock - Another spell to fill in between your other attacks - having more things to cast will reduce downtime.
  • Level 13: Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash - This will deal increased damage so long as you keep your off-hand weapon imbued with Flametongue Weapon Icon Flametongue Weapon. Be sure to re-apply it once per hour.
  • Level 14: Earth Elemental Icon Earth Elemental - An extremely effective defensive tool - use it any time you fight multiple enemies or against dangerous Elite targets and feel at risk of dying.
  • Level 15: Ice Strike Icon Ice Strike - More attacks, this will begin to round out your core rotation. Be sure to use Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock at least once between each Ice Strike Icon Ice Strike cast to take advantage of its damage buff.
  • Level 16: Flurry Icon Flurry - A critical strike from any spell or weapon attack will increase your passive attack speed for a few hits, helping increase resource generation.
  • Level 17: Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon - Your second weapon imbue, except for your mainhand weapon. Be sure to cast at least once per hour.
  • Level 18: Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear - An extremely effective interrupt. Practice using this against enemies you fight now so interrupting becomes second nature by later levels.
  • Level 19: Improved Maelstrom Weapon Icon Improved Maelstrom Weapon - The first of several enhancements to Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon, this will improve the damage scaling it gives by 10% per stack.
  • Level 20: Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem - A potent AoE stun.
  • Level 21: Improved Maelstrom Weapon Icon Improved Maelstrom Weapon - Rank 2 increases the total benefit per stack to 20%.
  • Level 22: Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield - A "set and forget" self-heal, use this regularly between enemies to reduce time spent during combat healing yourself. Does not stack with Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield until Elemental Orbit Icon Elemental Orbit is also learned.
  • Level 23: Raging Maelstrom Icon Raging Maelstrom - This is where Enhancement starts to get interesting - the ability to hold up to 2 instant spells at once is extremely powerful and introduces a lot of nuance to your rotation.
  • Level 24: Elemental Orbit Icon Elemental Orbit - You can now run Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield and Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield together. This makes for a nice combination of offense and defense while leveling.
  • Level 25: Molten Assault Icon Molten Assault - Improves Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash by allowing it to spread your target's Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock to nearby enemies. Free AoE!
  • Level 26: Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift - Your first major defensive cooldown. Use when fighting multiple enemies or elites.
  • Level 27: Molten Assault Icon Molten Assault - Further reduces the cooldown of Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash and Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock now spreads to 4 targets.
  • Level 28: Guardian's Cudgel Icon Guardian's Cudgel - Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem now stuns twice, further increasing your defenses.
  • Level 29: Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm - Even further improve your Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock casts and add some much needed cleave to your toolkit!

From this point on your gameplay loop will remain about the same - cycle through your various short cooldown spells and attacks while casting high powered Lava Burst Icon Lava Bursts, Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning, and Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolts while mowing through enemies with little downtime thanks to a robust healing kit.

Notable talents you may want to aim for now that you are in the middle of each tree include:

  • Shaman Tree:
  • Enhancement Tree:
    • Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning - Further improves your AoE potential and adds another short cooldown to reduce downtime.
    • Swirling Maelstrom Icon Swirling Maelstrom - Generates a ton of Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon in all scenarios, letting you cast even more spells.
    • Sundering Icon Sundering - A powerful burst tool when fighting large groups of enemies.
    • Doom Winds Icon Doom Winds - the earliest accessible major cooldown, very useful for dealing with large groups of enemies or powerful elites.
    • Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast - Supercharge your Lava Burst Icon Lava Bursts into an even stronger spell.
    • Overflowing Maelstrom Icon Overflowing Maelstrom - For when you eventually feel like you are gaining more Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks than you can reasonably spend, pick this up to start dealing devastating damage, at the cost of more stacks per cast.

Now that you have reached the final tier of talents in the Enhancement tree, you have a choice between 3 very powerful cooldowns:

  • Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave - Buffs your next Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt, causing it do deal increased damage and strike every target afflicted by your Flame Shock Icon Flame Shocks. This is a potent burst AoE damage ability.
  • Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit - Summons 2 spirit wolves to assist you. They will attack your target and buff all of your physical damage, or can be upgraded to buff your fire, lightning and nature damage instead. With Witch Doctor's Ancestry Icon Witch Doctor's Ancestry this ability is available extremely often.
  • Ascendance Icon Ascendance - Has a very long cooldown, but deals high AoE damage on activation and can be upgraded to automatically cast Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt and Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning on each Windstrike Icon Windstrike. Very strong when fighting against elite enemies.
2.2.

War Mode Talents to Level Up as an Enhancement Shaman

If you are willing to take the risk and utilize War Mode, the following PvP talents are recommended during leveling or for other open-world content. There may be times where you would like to use other options, and are encouraged to experiment! PvP talents can be freely changed at any time.

Your first PvP talent slot will unlock at Level 20, your second at Level 30, and the final at Level 40.

2.2.1.
  • Level 20:Ride the Lightning Icon Ride the Lightning adds additional damage to your Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike casts, helping you to dispatch groups of enemies quicker so is the most universal pick
  • Level 30:Swelling Waves Icon Swelling Waves adds a massive amount of extra healing output to your Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge casts, allowing you to stay healthy even in bad situations.
  • Level 40:Counterstrike Totem Icon Counterstrike Totem lets you pull aggressively and deal the damage back to enemies, using your own Health as a resource!
3.

Congratulations!

Congratulations on reaching Level 70! Now that you have reached end game, we recommend looking at our Easy mode page and Talents section to learn how to play at max level.

4.

Changelog

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