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Enhancement Shaman DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (BfA 8.0.1)

Last updated Yesterday at 20:30 by Wordup 1 comment

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Enhancement Shamans. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Enhancement Shaman guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About our Author

This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

1. Raid Best in Slot List for Enhancement Shaman

Due to the existence of Warforging/Titanforging, it is not realistic to compile a true "best in slot" list anymore. Instead, the following list has the assumed ideal pieces to chase within the current raid tier, and unless otherwise stated are exclusively sourced from raids. If you are actively spending time doing Mythic+, this list may not apply to you as you will have a wider pool of available items at a competitive item level to acquire.

Slot Item Source
Helm Helm of the Awakened Soul Icon Helm of the Awakened Soul Argus the Unmaker
Neck Chain of the Unmaker Icon Chain of the Unmaker Argus the Unmaker
Shoulders Pauldrons of Venerated Spirits Icon Pauldrons of Venerated Spirits Coven of Shivarra
Cloak Drape of Venerated Spirits Icon Drape of Venerated Spirits Antoran High Command
Chest Robes of Venerated Spirits Icon Robes of Venerated Spirits Eonar the Life-Binder
Wrists Reality-Splitting Wristguards Icon Reality-Splitting Wristguards Portal Keeper Hasabel
Gloves Smoldering Heart Icon Smoldering Heart Legendary
Belt World-Ravager Waistguard Icon World-Ravager Waistguard Aggramar
Legs Leggings of Venerated Spirits Icon Leggings of Venerated Spirits Imonar the Soulhunter
Boots Deft Soulhunter's Sabatons Icon Deft Soulhunter's Sabatons Imonar the Soulhunter
Ring #1 Zealous Tormentor's Ring Icon Zealous Tormentor's Ring The Coven of Shivarra
Ring #2 Soul of the Farseer Icon Soul of the Farseer Legendary
Trinket #1 Golganneth's Vitality Icon Golganneth's Vitality Argus the Unmaker
Trinket #2 Shadow-Singed Fang Icon Shadow-Singed Fang Felhounds of Sargeras

During the pre-patch, with the increased access to legendaries this list now assumes optimal legendaries and attempts to optimize both accessing your 4-piece bonus and secondaries that are currently showing as ideal. As always, Titanforging can alter this result so you may need to tailor your results accordingly based on what gear you have available.

1.1. Trinkets

Currently, the pre-patch simulations are not fully implemented for Legion trinkets, which prevents access to a comprehensive and accurate list, but it is assumed very little will change from the Legion options. Stat sticks and consistent choices may rise in value, but due to the squish there may be some small deviations.

You should still be making sure that you have access to a Pantheon trinket (either Golganneth's Vitality Icon Golganneth's Vitality or Aman'Thul's Vision Icon Aman'Thul's Vision, in particular during Antorus) due to their item level advantage and bonus effects inside the raid.

1.2. Evaluating Upgrades with dynamic Item Levels

Due to the Warforging/Titanforging system, having a full comprehensive list of gear ranked against each other would be far too elaborate and confusing to compile, and as such it is recommended instead to evaluate upscaled items using rough stat weights. As always with weights, they can change depending on your gear and to get them perfectly accurate for your character, and it is always advised to simulate it yourself, however, for the purpose of this, we will use example Enhancement stat weights:

The below values were calculated using 240 gear with T21 4-piece bonus, and a full set of ideal mythic gear. These values will change significantly based on your own gear and it is recommended to simulate your own weights to judge it, as secondaries fluctuate significantly for Enhancement at this gear level, and serve only as an example.

  • Agility: 1.99
  • Haste: 1.86
  • Critical Strike: 1.80
  • Versatility: 1.76
  • Mastery: 1.25

If we then compare two belts, we can get a rough evaluation of which to use. Starting with World-Ravager Waistguard Icon World-Ravager Waistguard, this comes with 48 Agility, 37 Haste, and 20 Critical Strike, so we can use this to calculate a relative value:

37×1.86 + 20×1.80 + 48×1.99 = 5142.48

Then comparing to Depraved Tactician's Waistguard Icon Depraved Tactician's Waistguard, this comes with 48 Agility, 25 Haste, and 32 Mastery, which can be evaluated in a similar way:

25×1.86 + 32×1.25 + 48×1.99 = 5009.59

Through this we can see that the value of World-Ravager Waistguard Icon World-Ravager Waistguard is higher than Depraved Tactician's Waistguard Icon Depraved Tactician's Waistguard, and is the better choice to use. As said though, these weights can differ depending on the content you are doing, your talent selections, and the other gear you are currently wearing. This is caused by many stats synergising with others and scaling exponentially, increasing their value. This is especially true for Enhancement, given that many stats are so close in value.

2. Enhancement Shaman Legendaries

Smoldering Heart Icon Smoldering Heart grants a chance to trigger the Ascendance Icon Ascendance effect for 10 seconds when Maelstrom is spent. This has a 0.12% chance per Maelstrom to activate, so for example, a full cost Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike cast will have a 3.6% chance to cause this. This can refresh and extend its duration if it triggers again whilst active. This is a really powerful choice due to how impactful Ascendance is while active, and is exceptional in single target. This also extends to being a competitive choice in AoE via an additional short burst of Windstrike Icon Windstrike casts to trigger Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning in a short window.

Soul of the Farseer Icon Soul of the Farseer grants the Landslide Icon Landslide talent, allowing you to take an additional choice on the level 30 Talent tier. This allows for either Forceful Winds Icon Forceful Winds or Totem Mastery Icon Totem Mastery, making it a predominantly single target option. The value of Forceful Winds without having to sacrifice Landslide is extremely strong, and is a top tier legendary during the pre-patch.

Eye of the Twisting Nether Icon Eye of the Twisting Nether causes Fire, Nature, and Frost damage dealt to each apply a separate 1.5% damage increase, with separate applications for a total of 4.5%. This provides a consistent flat 3% damage boost, but due to there being no Frost damage source to capitalize upon without taking a significant damage loss, it struggles to open up its full potential compared to the class ring and gloves but is still a good, consistent choice.

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret grants a passive 10% movement speed and an additional 2% Haste bonus whilst equipped, alongside granting 25% Haste and 70% movement speed if you successfully interrupt, crowd control, or dispel a target, lasting for 10 seconds. This is a conditional legendary, but when effectively capitalized upon is very strong. In Mythic+ situations, this is excellent because of how easy this condition is to meet, however in raids will require more foresight. Effects that can trigger the effect include Hex Icon Hex, Purge Icon Purge, Cleanse Spirit Icon Cleanse Spirit, Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem, and Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear.

Emalon's Charged Core Icon Emalon's Charged Core grants 10% increased damage if your Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning hits 3 or more targets. This is the default legendary for sustained cleave and AoE, as it essentially amounts to a permanent 10% damage increase in these situations.

Uncertain Reminder Icon Uncertain Reminder is a helm that increases the duration of any Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism effects by 75%. This increases the duration up to 70 seconds, which can be very useful for extended burn periods on a boss, but as it is a one-time effect, is useless for the remainder of a fight. It serves as a great choice for high damage periods during certain fights, and in shorter fights can excel far past expectations.

Storm Tempests Icon Storm Tempests cause enemies struck by your Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike to deal low Nature damage to a nearby target every second for 15 seconds. This has its uses if you have access to 2 consistently active targets that will remain in range of each other, but if this condition is not met can quickly fall off. When additional targets are added, this also becomes very difficult to maintain effectively and falls off compared to alternatives.

Akainu's Absolute Justice Icon Akainu's Absolute Justice increases Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash damage by 50% when the Flametongue Icon Flametongue and Frostbrand Icon Frostbrand buffs are both active. Whilst this has synergy with Eye of the Twisting Nether Icon Eye of the Twisting Nether, it remains a weak choice in the pre-patch due to it being very focused on single target, requiring the use of Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm which is currently extremely weak, lacking synergy with high value targets and being impacted more by the loss of certain artifact traits.

Spiritual Journey Icon Spiritual Journey causes your Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit cooldown to recharge 500% faster whilst in Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf. This can have a lot of power in fights that have high movement and downtime, as any time spent in Ghost Wolf will recharge 6 seconds of our main cooldown per second spent inside. Due to the high damage loss spent inside Ghost Wolf however, it is heavily relegated to situations that force this downtime to make use of the effect.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus serves as a great stat stick, granting additional secondary stats over other legendary options, alongside providing an absorb shield for 25% of your maximum health every 30 seconds, with the same internal cooldown. This increases personal survivability significantly and is excellent in raids with frequent high burst periods; making it a good choice if additional defense is required.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish provides a significant chunk of passive Agility and secondary stats, alongside a powerful on-use AoE effect on a 1.15-minute cooldown. This can be useful for timed AoE burst but as it scales with no secondaries it remains relegated to specific situations due to it eating up a valuable trinket slot.

Vigilance Perch Icon Vigilance Perch are a pair of gloves that come with 3 sockets to add additional stats of your choice in, but mostly serve as a utility item for the out of combat speed increase, so remain oriented toward solo content instead of for raiding and group content.

Insignia of the Grand Army Icon Insignia of the Grand Army grants an additional 2% damage and healing during the pre-patch due to the removal of the Netherlight Crucible. This is a serviceable free damage boost, but is not ideal.

2.1. Recommended Choices

With the pre-patch, you now have free reign over which legendaries you use due to the vendor now granting access to all options at the cost of Waking Essence. Below has a brief list of options that are ideal to purchase in different situations in descending order:

Single Target:

Multiple Target:

Note that in the event you can trigger Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret, this is the ideal pick.

3. Enhancement Shaman Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Hunters, Monks, Elemental/Restoration Shamans, and Warrior
Mail Armor Hunters and Elemental/Restoration Shamans
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Havoc Demon Hunters, Feral Druids, Windwalker Monks, Hunters, and Rogues
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