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Enhancement Shaman DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on May 23, 2020 at 07:48 by Wordup 55 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Enhancement Shaman guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. Here, you will learn how to play as an Enhancement Shaman in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Enhancement Shaman DPS guide.

1.

Enhancement Shaman Overview

Enhancement Shaman has remained largely intact in Battle for Azeroth, with the core abilities carrying over a lot of the same design from Legion. It still keeps a focus on single target tools with some easy access into additional sustained cleave and AoE without it altering the rotation significantly. Losing the artifact has diluted some parts of what made Enhancement strong within the Legion landscape, however its ability to maintain a strong sustained damage package should not be underestimated. It can feel quite susceptible to damage however with a lack of strong defensive tools, so requires a good amount of awareness to stay safe. It also still keeps the large package of flexible small utility tools that are useful in a variety of situations, but largely remains as a specialization that does not provide anything truly unique.

2.

Shadowlands Changes for Shamans

We are maintaining a list of changes for Shamans for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below. We also have pages for the new Covenant abilities and Anima Powers.

3.

Patch 8.3 Changes for Enhancement Shaman

3.1.

February 25th Changes:

Enhancement has received a 3% buff to all damaging abilities. This does not include Essences, Corruptions, Auto Attacks or procs, so sits somewhere in the 1.5-2.3% range depending on gear.

There are no changes for Enhancement in Patch 8.3, but we do have:

4.

Enhancement Shaman's Strengths

  • Strong sustained single target damage.
  • Flexible, can mesh with a number of different encounter styles.
  • Able to funnel AoE and cleave into single target, gaining a large amount of priority target damage.
  • Potential to do extremely high burst damage to targets with RNG at your side.
  • Versatile group utility toolkit for both dungeons and raids.
  • Azerite opens up a lot of talent options to customize your build depending on encounter.
5.

Enhancement Shaman's Weaknesses

  • High variance in burst due to Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer.
  • Reliant on uptime, so can be punished in very high movement encounters.
  • Relies heavily on gear to enable certain damage profiles, which can be restrictive.
  • Weak defensives, so cannot take a lot of punishment.
6.

Viability of Enhancement Shaman in the Current Patch

Enhancement in The Eternal Palace fared better than it was perhaps expected to, due to certain items such as Diver's Folly Icon Diver's Folly existing alongside some good trinkets. However, these are going away and will have to rely on Corruption effects that, while they do look strong, are not outliers for the specialization. That means it is at the mercy of how many melee spots are actually available in raids, making the future unclear in Ny'alotha.

7.

Changelog

  • 23 May 2020 (Corruption page): Added MOTHER purchase recommendations.
  • 24 Apr. 2020 (Corruption page): Page added (moved from Gear section).
  • 24 Apr. 2020 (gear page): Moved Corruption to a separate page.
  • 25 Feb. 2020 (talents page): No changes necessary as of the February 24 patch.
  • 25 Feb. 2020 (FAQ page): No changes necessary as of the February 24 patch.
  • 25 Feb. 2020 (Essences page): Moved The Formless Void minor up to S tier.
  • 25 Feb. 2020 (rotation page): No changes necessary as of the February 24 patch.
  • 25 Feb. 2020 (this page): Updated for Feb 25th, no changes to viability as of hotfix.
  • 25 Feb. 2020 (gear page): Adjusted for some recent changes with performance on corruptions.
  • 25 Feb. 2020 (stats page): No changes necessary as of the February 24 patch.
  • 02 Feb. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Added all talent recommendations and tips.
  • 21 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated with BiS from Ny'alotha, and some note tweaks for other notable pieces.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.3, no changes needed aside from Potion switch.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.3 with new Essence choices and the Awakened affix.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated with Patch 8.3 to account for new Essences.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.3, removing some older legacy data for different builds.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.3 - added notes regarding Primer/Strength of Earth builds being obsolete but remaining for those interested.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (stats page): Removed some excess information regarding different builds, updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): Updated for Patch 8.3 with new Essences and adjusted rankings.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page added.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated with Corruption notes for Patch 8.3, and adjustments for Azerite. BiS will be updated soon.
  • 05 Aug. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 3 Beguiling.
  • 25 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Changed Hailstorm to ? to avoid confusion.
  • 25 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated for all bosses.
  • 14 Jul. 2019 (stats page): Removed Strength of Earth stats due to dated list, confirmed for consistency with current Season 3 values.
  • 14 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Added note about Conflict and Strife Thundercharge talent.
  • 14 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated notes regarding Mechagon gear.
  • 14 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Confirmed for validity with Season 3 launch.
  • 14 Jul. 2019 (this page): Added notes about extra Season 3 content paths.
  • 10 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Made another pass to further update the page, adding additional details about Force Multiplier and food.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Reviewed and updated with Eternal Palace and Benthic items.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 01 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Updated with notes for each boss.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release with small tweaks to recommendations around Roiling Storm.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): Reviewed for Crucible release, added Bloodmallet race sims and viability notes.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (this page): Updated to reflect Crucible of Storms predictions and current state of the spec in viability section.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (stats page): Reviewed for Crucible release, added small disclaimer regarding weights and simming.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and no changes are necessary.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Crucible of Storms release and a small disclaimer was added regarding secondaries and simulations.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 28 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Enhancement Shaman tips for Battle of Dazar'alor.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for season 2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (easy mode page): Small update for stat recommendations to account for secondary values.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (stats page): Updated for season 2 to cover different weights depending on specific Azerite builds.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Season 2 Primal Primer optimisation with Mastery.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for season 2 gear, updated item levels and recommended Azerite.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Season 2 Azerite to cover significant changes to Azerite and builds.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (how to improve page): Updated for Season 2 notes, with specific notes regarding different build playstyles.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (this page): Updated for Season 2 Battle of Dazar'alor release.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (talents page): Updated for season 2 deviations depending on Azerite gear available.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (rotation page): Updated for Season 2 with extra Azerite related build notes.
  • 17 Jan. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated for season 2 changes including notes regarding different builds.
  • 14 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3 with new trait and small tweaks.
  • 20 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated with additional notes.
  • 14 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Small updates for Boulderfist/Landslide checkmarks, and explanations underneath.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (spells page): Updated range of Capacitor and Earthbind Totems.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added in new upcoming trait additions.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for patch 8.1 talent changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for patch 8.1 with additional talent choices.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for 8.1 to indicate Crash Lightning as a filler with Crashing Storm.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for patch 8.1 with Landslide notes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for new talent changes in 8.1.
  • 06 Oct. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated page format.
  • 15 Sep. 2018 (stats page): Added note regarding Mastery being strong in AoE.
  • 12 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated with gearing paths and Uldir item recommendations.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Preliminary update for Uldir launch week.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Switched to Bloodmallet charts for Azerite rankings.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated to remove references to Landslide rotation changes due to simulation updates.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Added note regarding Gale-Force Striking following the buff.
  • 26 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Gale-Force Striking buff.
  • 25 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated to account for simulation changes revealing Landslide weakness.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page created in preparation for the eventual Uldir release.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Edited talent choices to shift to the easier to use Spirit Wolf.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page created.
  • 10 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page created.
  • 28 Jul. 2018 (addons page): Added Hekili to the list as a regularly updated rotation aid tool.
  • 22 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Altered trinket section to indicate direct damage trinkets are performing better.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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