Enhancement Shaman Essences — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5

Last updated on Jun 25, 2019 at 01:23 by Wordup 53 comments
General Information

On this page, we go over the new Essence system in Patch 8.2 of World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth, and we tell you which are the best essences to use as Enhancement Shaman, both for minor and major powers. Please refer to our Patch 8.2 Guide to Essences for more information about the Essence system and where Essences can be obtained from.


Azerite Essences for Enhancement Shamans

Introduced in Patch 8.2, Essences are unique items that drop from various forms of content. They are activated through your Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, and they buff your character in various ways, depending on the Essences that are currently active.

Our Essence Guide has a full list of all the Essences, together with their descriptions and explanations on how they work.

What follows on this page will relate directly to how Essences affect this spec, since generic information is beyond the scope of this guide.

Disclaimer: Please note that at the moment, simulations and general theorycrafting around Essences is a work in progress, and as a result, most of the recommendations made here are subject to change.


Notable Major Essence Powers for Enhancement Shamans

Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force performs the best in single target situations, providing a strong burst cooldown that synergizes well with the Minor power when it reaches Rank 3. This has not got any strong AoE implications however, so it may fall off compared to other choices if extra targets are present.

Blood of the Enemy Icon Blood of the Enemy serves as a good catch-all Essence, with strong Major and Minor powers that work in any situation. By Rank 3, the Major provides a significant boost to your cooldown window (although brief) and a small burst of AoE damage on top when activated. The Minor also gives a solid boost of free Critical Strike rating that culminates in a burst of Haste, which works great for us.

The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame is the easiest Essence to acquire, and provides a good single target boost with the Major active ability. This can be used to fill empty GCDs with a high damage cast when nothing else is available, dealing heavy damage that can also be pooled for a burst window at Rank 3, when the second charge is unlocked. The Minor power is a purely passive damage proc that deals solid damage, but you cannot play around this effect outside of doing your normal rotation.

Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris gives a huge burst AoE tool for its Major power that also does solid damage even in single target, making it a good pick. Note however that it is channelled, so it comes with a higher opportunity cost than any other power on the list. It also comes with one of the strongest Minor powers, giving a constant boost to your Haste rating (but is lost on target swaps). Given that we mostly deal our AoE damage while splashing from an anchor target, this is not as punishing as it may appear in many situations making this Essence a great pick.

Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection unfortunately is very weak for Enhancement, unless you are making use of Elemental Spirits Icon Elemental Spirits. This means that it has some very niche uses with Primal Primer Icon Primal Primer, but is otherwise something to avoid. The Minor power is also extremely weak due to how low the cooldown reduction is, meaning that it is not only unlikely to help it line up with moments in encounters, but also will not usually grant an extra use.

Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams gives a Major that is a 100% boost to ALL Maelstrom generation for 12-15 seconds, on a 2-minute cooldown. Due to how low value Maelstrom usually is for Enhancement, this relegates it to a Primal Primer Icon Primal Primer-only option. Even then, due to the desynchronized cooldown caused by Elemental Spirits Icon Elemental Spirits, it is not recommended. The Minor power again only works with Primal Primer, but is more usable due to the constant requirement for additional resource to fuel your Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash casts.


Notable Minor Essence Powers for Enhancement Shamans

Worldvein Resonance Icon Worldvein Resonance can be useful if you use it exclusively in a Minor-only slot (due to the relatively weak Major), assuming there are at least 4 other players in your group making use of this. With this number, you should realistically expect to maintain the Agility buff at maximum stacks, assuming there is not too much movement.

Conflict and Strife Icon Conflict and Strife provides a near constant boost to your Versatility that can be treated as a free secondary stat bump, and slots in well as a Minor.


Essence Rankings

Currently, Essences are being hotfixed quite frequently, so this is only a cursory look at the power of each Essence in each of the slots. This will likely change over the coming weeks, especially as simulations are more readily available.


Major Powers

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Good Tier:

Weak/Niche Tier:


Minor Powers

Best Tier:

Good Tier:

Weak/Niche Tier:


Essence Comparison Simulations

As with all simulations provided in our guides, they only provide a very rough guideline, and you should not rely on them for making decisions on your own gear. Always use Raidbots.com to sim your own character.

This section will be updated in the future when more robust simulations are available for essence rankings.



  • 25 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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