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Enhancement Shaman DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Dec 12, 2017 at 08:53 by Wordup 393 comments

Table of Contents

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

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Helm of the Awakened Soul Icon Helm of the Awakened Soul Argus the Unmaker
Neck Riveted Choker of Delirium Icon Riveted Choker of Delirium Varimathras
Shoulders Pauldrons of Colossal Burden Icon Pauldrons of Colossal Burden Argus the Unmaker
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 Scalding Shatterguards Icon Scalding Shatterguards Kin'garoth
Gloves Gloves of Venerated Spirits Icon Gloves of Venerated Spirits Kin'garoth
Belt Depraved Tactician's Waistguard Icon Depraved Tactician's Waistguard Antoran High Command
Legs Leggings of Venerated Spirits Icon Leggings of Venerated Spirits Imonar the Soulhunter
Boots Greatboots of the Searing Tempest Icon Greatboots of the Searing Tempest Aggramar
Ring #1 Sullied Seal of the Pantheon Icon Sullied Seal of the Pantheon Argus the Unmaker
Ring #2 Loop of the Life-Binder Icon Loop of the Life-Binder Eonar the Life-Binder
Trinket #1 Golganneth's Vitality Icon Golganneth's Vitality Argus the Unmaker
Trinket #2 Shadow-Singed Fang Icon Shadow-Singed Fang Felhounds of Sargeras

These choices assume you have no access to legendaries. Since you are very likely to be using the legendary gloves, you should ideally replace the gloves in your Tier 21 4 set with the Shoulders, to go with the Legs, Chest and Cloak.

With the trinkets listed, this assumes that you are comparing against equal item level pieces at Item Level 945, therefore in some cases due to the scaling effect, this list can be inaccurate. They are also selected based on consistency and realistic performance within raid situations, which hurts some other choices. Due to that, there is a simulation of all trinkets against each other listed here; but note this list has been generated assuming the use of the Tier 21 4-piece bonus due to its impact:

Trinket Simulations

One trinket slot should be locked into a pantheon trinket, and below shows how much of a gap there is between different choices depending on what you have available. Note that the (10) choices involve 10 additional pantheon trinket wearing players in a raid, which profoundly alters the value of them, using Cradle of Anguish as a litmus test to show their general value:

Pantheon Simulations

This shows that you should heavily lean toward getting Golganneth's Vitality Icon Golganneth's Vitality as soon as possible, and will remain the ideal trinket for the remainder of Antorus.

Stat sticks and conditional stat sticks such as Chaos Talisman Icon Chaos Talisman / Cradle of Anguish Icon Cradle of Anguish are a great choice if you can get hold of them, and are generally a priority alongside Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal, meaning that Relinquished Trinket token gambling is a good source of upgrades for Enhancement in Antorus.

Bloodthirsty Instinct Icon Bloodthirsty Instinct still remains a great trinket option if you can acquire a high Item Level, but this is not realistic now with the Titanforging required. Aside from that, secondary proc trinkets have a good use such as Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard, Memento of Angerboda Icon Memento of Angerboda and Entwined Elemental Foci Icon Entwined Elemental Foci if you have these choices. Eye of Command Icon Eye of Command also plays well assuming you do not target switch, but if the stacks are consistently lost it becomes a lot weaker.

7.3.2 has brought a 20% nerf to the effectiveness of the Convergence of Fates Icon Convergence of Fates cooldown reduction effect, compensated by a 10% increase to Agility. It still remains a solid choice at a high enough item level as a way to line Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit casts up with required burst windows due to it reducing the cooldown by up to 40%, but is no longer as powerful outside of that situation.

1.1. Tier Bonus Combinations

Tier 20 2-piece has a solid value in single and multi target situations if you have acces to it, but has less value than a full Tier 21 set and combining the two interferes with ideal legendaries (in particular Smoldering Heart Icon Smoldering Heart) meaning that it is not advised to aim for set combinations.

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, it is always advised to simulate it yourself, however for the purpose of this I will use example Enhancement stat weights:

The below values were calculated using 960 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.

  • Haste: 1.48
  • Mastery: 1.48
  • Versatility: 1.44
  • Critical Strike: 1.33
  • Agility: 1.48

If we then compare two belts, we can get a rough evaluation of which to use. Starting with Pauldrons of the Soulburner Icon Pauldrons of the Soulburner, this comes with 2847 Agility, 964 Haste, and 587 Mastery, so we can use this to calculate a relative value:

964×1.48 + 587×1.48 + 2847×1 = 5142.48

Then comparing to Pauldrons of Venerated Spirits Icon Pauldrons of Venerated Spirits, this comes with 2847 Agility, 631 Critical Strike, and 919 Versatility, which can be evaluated in a similar way:

631×1.33 + 919×1.44 + 2847×1 = 5009.59

Through this we can see that the value of Pauldrons of the Soulburner Icon Pauldrons of the Soulburner is higher than Pauldrons of Venerated Spirits Icon Pauldrons of Venerated Spirits, 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, as many stats synergise with others and scale exponentially, increasing their value. This is especially true for Enhancement given that stats are so close in value.

2. Racial Bonuses

Racial Simulations

Generally you should pick your race based on preference, as the increase any gives is up to chance due to the way thh spec works. However, in a pure min/max scenario, Troll is the clear winner.

3. Legendaries

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%. With 7.2 re-introducing Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm to the talent pool if you are using Akainu's Absolute Justice Icon Akainu's Absolute Justice, this goes from solid to very strong as you can now effectively trigger all 3 buffs without any loss. Even without considering Akainu's however, this is a great catch all choice and is almost always a solid equip.

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.

Storm Tempests Icon Storm Tempests causes enemies struck by your Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike to deal low Nature damage to a nearby target every second for 15 seconds. This is a strong legendary for 2 consistently active targets, though you need to tab Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike between the targets to maximise it. This starts to fall off quickly with extra targets due to the high maintenance, and unless two targets are always active can be very lackluster.

Akainu's Absolute Justice Icon Akainu's Absolute Justice increases Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash damage by 50% when Flametongue Icon Flametongue and Frostbrand Icon Frostbrand are both active. With this receiving a buff in 7.2, this is now a strong choice and necessitates using Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm alongside it, pairing very well with Eye of the Twisting Nether Icon Eye of the Twisting Nether because of this. When using this legendary, you should be switching to Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand and Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm in single target situations, and is a very competitive option in those fight archetypes.

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 does not have a universal impact so requires extra play to make use of.

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 successfully triggered by an interrupt, crowd control, or dispel on a target for 10 seconds. This is a conditional legendary, but when effectively capitalised 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. Despite this, however, this is still a great choice all around currently.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus serves as a great stat stick, granting additional secondary stats over the regular legendary option, and 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; it is a solid item to equip in raids.

3.1. 7.1.5 Legendaries

7.1.5 introduces a new Legendary helm Uncertain Reminder Icon Uncertain Reminder, that increases the duration of any Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust 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. Serves as a great choice for high damage periods during certain fights, and is a consistent and reliable increase assuming uptime is high.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish is a newly added trinket, providing significant passive Agility and secondary stats, alongside a powerful on use AoE effect on a 1.15-minute cooldown. This can be very useful for timed AoE burst that Enhancement is lacking, but as it scales with no secondaries may be relegated to specific situations rather than an auto-equip given how powerful alternative trinkets are.

3.2. 7.2 Legendaries

7.2 only adds one new legendary in the form of the crafted item Vigilance Perch Icon Vigilance Perch. These gloves come with ideal stats and 3 sockets to add additional items in, but mostly serve as a utility item for the out of combat speed increase, so is not an ideal choice for raiding and group content.

3.3. 7.2.5 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 4.8% 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 the new Ascendance design, and is exceptional in single target, whilst still being a competitive choice in AoE by allowing for a short burst of Windstrike Icon Windstrike casts.

Soul of the Farseer Icon Soul of the Farseer grants the Tempest Icon Tempest talent, allowing you to take an additional choice on the level 75 Talent tier. This allows for either Overcharge Icon Overcharge or Empowered Stormlash Icon Empowered Stormlash, limiting it mostly to a single target option. Both other talent choices can fit in when used, and this is a respectable choice.

3.4. 7.3.2 Legendaries

Insignia of the Grand Army Icon Insignia of the Grand Army increases the effect of the Light/Shadow effects on your relics from the Netherlight Crucible. This is not an ideal choice and should be avoided unless you have no other choice from the selection below.

3.5. Recommended Choices

Generally, you cannot choose which legendary you get but now as the expansion moves on people have a much wider choice of items to choose from. If you find yourself wondering what to use, some good choices are as follows (in no particular order):

Single Target:

Multiple Target:

Combinations:

Enhancement is somewhat unique in that there are two combinations of Legendaries that accentuate each other very well in single target, and as such if you are using one you should strongly consider using the other.

4. 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
Everyone
Trinkets Havoc Demon Hunters, Feral Druids, Windwalker Monks, Hunters, and Rogues

5. ChangeLog

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  • 12 Dec. 2017: Updated Trinket & Pantheon value images.
  • 05 Dec. 2017: Changed recommended bracers to Kin'garoth.
  • 27 Nov. 2017: Updated for Antorus release.
  • 25 Oct. 2017: Updated to account for Convergence of Fates nerf.
  • 18 Jul. 2017: Re-added Sephuz/Prydaz to legendary list.
  • 14 Jun. 2017: Added note regarding Tier 19/20 2/4pc combinations.
  • 12 Jun. 2017: Updated for new Patch 7.2.5 Tier 20 gear and additional Legendary options available.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Updated 7.2 Legendary changes.
  • 25 Jan. 2017: Updated for Nighthold trinket changes with new recommendations.
  • 09 Jan. 2017: Updated for 7.1.5 and added in trinket simulations.
  • 28 Oct. 2016: Added Spontaenous Appendages as a Best-in-Slot trinket.
  • 14 Oct. 2016: Updated BiS.
  • 26 Sep. 2016: Updated trinkets.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket sims and added trinket recommendations.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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