Enhancement Shaman DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Jan 21, 2019 at 22:08 by Wordup 51 comments

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Enhancement Shaman in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5.

1. How to Gear Before Raids in BfA

Gearing up to prepare to enter raids provides a lot of different options now that Battle for Azeroth has opened up the majority of different gear paths. You will ideally want to get yourself to a healthy item level before setting foot in either Uldir or Battle of Dazar'alor, and this can be done through a variety of different ways.

Remember to sim yourself a healthy amount when deciding on gear pieces to know what stats to aim for and which pieces to equip. The stats that you want to focus on will usually be decided by what build you are currently using (as defined by your Azerite), but Haste and Mastery are both safe choices for most content types.

  • World Quests will provide players with a variety of gear rewards for all slots, including Azerite. This will cap out at 340. Emissaries will also appear once a day and can potentially provide either an equipment piece or an Azerite piece, which will cap at item level 385 in Season 2.
  • Reputation gives out rewards based on your status with the faction. For most factions, Honored awards a 320 cloak, Revered a 335 item, and Exalted gives a 350 piece. Champions of Azeroth awards a 355 item level Azerite Chest with the Primal Primer Icon Primal Primer trait. Additionally, each reputation level grants additional item level boosts to your Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth.
  • Mythic+ rewards gear based upon the keystone level you complete:
    • 2-3: 375
    • 4: 380
    • 5-6: 385
    • 7: 390
    • 8-9: 395
    • 10: 400
  • World Bosses in Zandalar and Kul'Tiras spawn weekly, and killing this grants a once a week chance at a 355 item level piece of gear. There is also a cycling World Boss tied to each Warfront, with Arathi granting up to 370 item level gear, and Darkshore up to 400 item level.
  • Leatherworking can craft 355 item level Boots and Legs, which can be upgraded using Sanguicell Icon Sanguicells from Uldir up to 385 item level. Season 2 also adds new craftable versions of this item that require Breath of Bwonsamdi Icon Breath of Bwonsamdi that can be raised to 415 item level.
  • Engineering provides a craftable Azerite helm with unique traits, and can be upgraded in the same way as Leatherworking using Sanguicells and Breath of Bwonsamdi.
  • Warfronts can be repeated as many times as you want, each rewarding a random piece of gear. Arathi will be set at 340, and Darkshore will be 355. Each time the Warfront becomes available, a one time quest will reward a higher item level piece, with Arathi being set at 370, and Darkshore at 400. These can only be done when your faction has the siege event open for each respective warfront.

1.1. Weekly Mythic+ Chest

Along these same lines, you should be completing at least one keystone at a high item level each week to make use of the weekly chest. Each week you will receive one piece of loot and a fixed amount of Titan Residuum. The highest keystone you complete (up to a maximum of 10) will determine the final reward (current residuum values are estimates):

Keystone Level Weekly Chest Loot Residuum Awarded
Mythic 2 380 30
Mythic 3 385 40
Mythic 4 390 60
Mythic 5 390 90
Mythic 6 395 140
Mythic 7 400 210
Mythic 8 400 250
Mythic 9 405 300
Mythic 10 410 ~625

1.2. PvP Gearing Options

While not usually recommended, the additional route of gearing via PvP is very lucrative in Battle for Azeroth. You will gain a piece of high item level gear each week based upon your current maximum rating, dictated by the following brackets. You will also receive End of Match rewards at random, at a slightly reduced item level.

Rating Level End of Match Rewards Weekly Cache Loot Weekly Azerite Armor Loot
0-1399 370 385 385
1400-1599 380 395 385
1600-1799 390 400 400
1800-2099 395 405 400
2100-2399 400 410 415
2400+ 405 415 415

1.3. Notable Trinkets and Weapons

Trinkets and weapons are the two largest DPS increases available to any class in the game outside of Azerite pieces. Getting good pieces to fill these slots early allows you to perform incredibly well.

1.3.1. Weapons

There are a number of strong weapons for Enhancement Shaman, and note that they can all be used in either hand. Ideally you should be looking for Haste or Mastery weapons, such as:

There is also a unique proc effect Fist Weapon, Bile-Stained Crawg Tusks Icon Bile-Stained Crawg Tusks from The Underrot. This effect is relatively powerful for Enhancement in single-target situations, and can be used in place of the secondary stats on other weapons if you acquire one strong enough.

1.3.2. Trinkets

Thanks to Bloodmallet.com, a comprehensive list of available trinkets for Enhancement are listed against each other below.

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2. Azerite

You can check through the Enhancement Azerite page to look through the values of different traits and target different items. With each build however, there are ideal choices that can be acquired to enable each of them. Note that this does include dungeon looted items, so it requires a very high quantity of Residuum to fully activate.

2.1. Primal Primer

These pieces are ideal selections to maximise the build outlined on the talent page that requires stacking Primal Primer Icon Primal Primer traits.

Slot Item Trait 1 Trait 2 Trait 3
Helm Hood of the Dark Reaper Icon Hood of the Dark Reaper Primal Primer Icon Primal Primer Natural Harmony Icon Natural Harmony Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power
Shoulder Gaping Maw Shoulderguard Icon Gaping Maw Shoulderguard Primal Primer Icon Primal Primer Natural Harmony Icon Natural Harmony Earthlink Icon Earthlink
Chest Mistfire Raiment Icon Mistfire Raiment Primal Primer Icon Primal Primer Natural Harmony Icon Natural Harmony Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call

2.2. Strength of Earth

These pieces are assuming you are using the build outlined on the talent page that requires stacking Strength of Earth Icon Strength of Earth traits. Unlike Primal Primer, this just needs Strength of Earth to come online and is more flexible for supporting traits. Below outlines the ideal options currently available to flesh it out.

Slot Item Trait 1 Trait 2 Trait 3
Helm Soulscarred Headgear Icon Soulscarred Headgear Strength of Earth Icon Strength of Earth Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call
Shoulder Mantle of the Soulbinder's Caress Icon Mantle of the Soulbinder's Caress Ancestral Resonance Icon Ancestral Resonance Strength of Earth Icon Strength of Earth Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power
Chest Gonk's Scale Robes Icon Gonk's Scale Robes Strength of Earth Icon Strength of Earth Roiling Storm Icon Roiling Storm Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call

2.3. Universal Build

Finally, this build is much more flexible and can be interchanged depending on what you have available. This is currently the easiest to access series of pieces to enable the build in as many situations as possible.

Slot Item Trait 1 Trait 2 Trait 3
Helm Target-Tracking Headgear Icon Target-Tracking Headgear Ancestral Resonance Icon Ancestral Resonance Treacherous Covenant Icon Treacherous Covenant Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call
Shoulder Pauldrons of Ancestral Vengeance Icon Pauldrons of Ancestral Vengeance Roiling Storm Icon Roiling Storm Treacherous Covenant Icon Treacherous Covenant Earthlink Icon Earthlink
Chest Loa-Blessed Chestguard Icon Loa-Blessed Chestguard Thunderaan's Fury Icon Thunderaan's Fury Strength of Earth Icon Strength of Earth Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl

3. Recommended Battle for Dazar'Alor Gear

This list does not include items that are found outside of the raid, so this may be altered based on items you have available from outside sources. Note this also does not include trinkets as they are covered in the above chart. These gear choices are made assuming you are using a Primal Primer Icon Primal Primer build, due to its current expected performance. This can differ with different builds.

Slot Item Source
Helm Target-Tracking Headgear Icon Target-Tracking Headgear High Tinker Mekkatorque in Battle of Dazar'alor
Shoulder Pauldrons of Ancestral Vengeance Icon Pauldrons of Ancestral Vengeance Champion of the Light in Battle of Dazar'alor
Cloak Loa Exultant's Shroud Icon Loa Exultant's Shroud Conclave of the Chosen in Battle of Dazar'alor
Chest Mistfire Raiment Icon Mistfire Raiment Jadefire Masters in Battle of Dazar'alor
Wrists Ape Wrangler's Wristguards Icon Ape Wrangler's Wristguards Grong in Battle of Dazar'alor
Gloves Grips of Harmonious Spirits Icon Grips of Harmonious Spirits Jadefire Masters in Battle of Dazar'alor
Belt Goldenscale Girdle Icon Goldenscale Girdle Opulence in Battle of Dazar'alor
Legs Deathhunter's Legguards Icon Deathhunter's Legguards King Rastakhan in Battle of Dazar'alor
Boots Boots of the Gilded Path Icon Boots of the Gilded Path Opulence in Battle of Dazar'alor
Ring #1 Lord Admiral's Signet Icon Lord Admiral's Signet Lady Jaina Proudmoore in Battle of Dazar'alor
Ring #2 Seal of the Zandalari Empire Icon Seal of the Zandalari Empire King Rastakhan in Battle of Dazar'alor
Weapons Bonelash Paw Icon Bonelash Paw Grong in Battle of Dazar'alor
Alternative Storm-Toothed Kasuyu Icon Storm-Toothed Kasuyu Stormwall Blockade in Battle of Dazar'alor

3.1. Ideal Bosses to Coin

You should ideally be spending your Seal of Wartorn Fate Icon Seal of Wartorn Fate on a combination of Champion of the Light, Grong and Jadefire Masters. This is due to there being strong Azerite options and weapons available from the first 3 bosses, and are the quickest, strongest upgrades available.

4. Changelog

  • 21 Jan. 2019: Updated for season 2 gear, updated item levels and recommended Azerite.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 12 Sep. 2018: Updated with gearing paths and Uldir item recommendations.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 22 Jul. 2018: Altered trinket section to indicate direct damage trinkets are performing better.
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