Enhancement Shaman DPS Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor — Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1

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General Information

The information on this page contains the best choices for Azerite traits in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, Patch Pre-9.0.1, for an Enhancement Shaman. Before you are able to use the traits, you must first obtain the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth. Our Heart of Azeroth guide shows how to do so.

For more information about how the new Essence system introduced in Patch 8.2 affects you, please refer to our Enhancement Shaman essence page.


Choosing Azerite Gear as an Enhancement Shaman

Your choice of Azerite options will usually come down to a combination of item level versus the value of Outer Ring traits, with other Ring traits often taking a back foot due to how even they are. It is hard to pin a rule on this value due to swings in gains both in single target and AoE situations, and as such simulations and tools such as Bloodmallet, linked below, are the preferred way of navigating this, as it will often be personal to your character. With this in mind, we still always recommend using a tool like Raidbots to make sure that our recommendations are applicable.

Bear in mind that the additional Stamina can be beneficial for survival if you feel you are lacking in this regard. In the same vein, if survival is what you need and upgrading based on item level will prevent you from reaching an Inner Ring defensive trait due to your Heart of Azeroth level, this is likely a poor trade-off unless you are gaining a significant amount of damage in the process.


Choosing Azerite Traits as a Enhancement Shaman

In the sections that follow, we will look at the best traits to choose. Note that these traits are not strictly ordered by power, but rather, we simply note which traits are good choices to aim for. If you are primarily playing in Mythic+, then we advise you to check out the Azerite section of our Enhancement Shaman Mythic+ guide.


Azerite in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch

For the few weeks that the Shadowlands pre-patch is active, you will still have access to all of the Azerite traits previously available during Battle for Azeroth. In many cases, nothing has changed compared to the expansion and what was best then remains best now. These will be deactivated when Shadowlands launches and you begin your journey to level 60. Ideally, you should be aiming for the following setup:

  1. Natural Harmony Icon Natural Harmony — x3
  2. Roiling Storm Icon Roiling Storm — x1
  3. Thunderaan's Fury Icon Thunderaan's Fury — x1
  4. Ancestral Resonance Icon Ancestral Resonance — x1

Outer Ring

Enhancement has a very firm priority in what is best, and an ideal setup that can be obtained within Ny'alotha. The main traits to aim for are:

Natural Harmony Icon Natural Harmony — this increases your Haste, Critical Strike and Mastery temporarily when you deal different schools of Elemental damage. With the Shadowlands toolkit all three of these are kept at full uptime without much difficulty, and you should aim to stack three points of this trait at all times.

Thunderaan's Fury Icon Thunderaan's Fury — increases the damage of your Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike, and grants it an 8% chance to spawn a totem, doubling the chance to trigger your Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon effect for 6 seconds. This is a potent one point trait due to the totem spawn that stays strong even with the reduced power of Windfury in Shadowlands, but should not be stacked.

Roiling Storm Icon Roiling Storm — increases the damage of your Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer empowered Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike casts, and automatically triggers Stormbringer every 20 seconds. This is an extremely strong one point trait due to the increased consistency through the extra procs, but the passive value is not enough to warrant stacking.

Ancestral Resonance Icon Ancestral Resonance — increases the duration of Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust effects by 10 seconds, and grants a chance to gain additional Mastery for 15 seconds with an increased proc chance during Bloodlust windows. Another very strong one point trait due to how high impact these windows are for us, but the Mastery proc is not enough to warrant stacking.

Heart of Darkness Icon Heart of Darkness serves as a backup trait that can fill in any gaps if you cannot get the above combo. This is the best alternative stacking trait, granting additional secondary stats passively.


Middle Ring

Middle Ring traits are all fairly low impact, and your decision on which piece you use will generally be dictated by the Outer Ring options instead. Strong picks to aim for if available are:

Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power provides the highest DPS output but with some downsides if there is consistent damage intake in an encounter. Due to how strong Haste is for Enhancement however, it is often worth the investment.

Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames is another strong choice that has volatility just like Overwhelming Power due to the proc rate. Critical Strike is still a strong stat in the pre-patch however, so a good pickup.

Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl provides the biggest variance and is weaker than both above options, but still contributes a decent proc that serves as a pick if you do not have the above options available.


Inner Ring

The traits in this Ring are situational and mostly about your survival rather than about your DPS; this means that ranking them precisely is difficult. Just try to decide, based on the content you are doing, which traits are most likely to be useful.


Azerite Trait Simulations


Outer Ring Simulations

Here are the simulation results for the best Outer Ring traits (both Shaman-specific and generic).

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

Middle Ring Simulations

Here are the simulation results of the best Middle Ring traits (even though this Ring is less important).

For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com

Find Azerite Armor By Trait/Power

In the table below, you can see all of the Azerite gear available to your Enhancement Shaman. By using the + button located next to each item, you can expand the list of Azerite powers that this item possesses (to collapse the list, simply click the - button).

If you want to filter items according to the powers that they offer, you can use the filters below.

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