Enhancement Shaman DPS Guide — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Aug 16, 2022 at 08:28 by Wordup 25 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Enhancement Shaman guide for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5. 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 TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Enhancement Shaman guide.

1.

Enhancement Shaman Overview

Enhancement relies on juggling different ability cooldowns and the Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon effect while reacting to procs. This means you will often be cycling all of your abilities on cooldown in an order of priority, with some of them excelling in different scenarios. We can adapt well to different target counts and maintain the sustained single-target and funneling components from previous expansions as well. We also still have access to a solid utility toolkit for dungeons, and Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem as an extra boost to other melee players in our party, granting us unique damage-increasing utility.

2.

Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Very strong sustained single-target.
  • +Can funnel AoE and cleave into a single target, gaining priority-target damage.
  • +Different Talent, Legendary, and Covenant builds for different situations.
  • +Versatile group utility toolkit for dungeons.
  • +Good mobility via Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk and Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf.
  • +Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem boosts other melee in your group.
X Weaknesses
  • -Can have high variance, due to Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer, Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand, and Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon proc rates.
  • -AoE toolkit requires you to build toward it but is still only average, and can be quite punishing.
  • -Reliant on uptime, and is very heavily punished by high movement encounters and intermissions.
  • -Punishing playstyle that requires you to be on the ball at all times to manage cooldowns and react to procs.
3.

Patch 9.2.5 Changes for Shamans

We are maintaining a list of changes for Shamans, so you can see what changes with every patch of Shadowlands. Be sure to also check out Enhancement's specific changes from the previous patch, 9.2, to hear our thoughts on the tier set bonuses that arrived at that time.

3.1.

Mage Tower Challenge

From Patch 9.1.5 onward, both Legion Timewalking and the Mage Tower have returned. As such we have created a separate guide detailing what you can expect from the Mage Tower challenge available to Enhancement Shamans.

4.

Leveling an Enhancement Shaman

If you are interested in playing Enhancement, but do not yet have a Shaman at max level, we have a leveling guide with tips to help you along your journey.

After reaching max level, it can sometimes be difficult to immediately include new addons and UI elements you are not used to, and makes the transition to end-game play quite jarring. Due to that, we recommend grabbing some of the basic addons on our dedicated page when you are learning the spec, to make the transition smoother when learning to play Enhancement.

5.

Basics of Enhancement Shaman Gameplay

Enhancement in Shadowlands is focused around managing a number of individual spell cooldowns that, while they do not cost anything, have different timers that need to be used in varying orders to prevent downtime. This is paired with two proc effects - Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon and Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer, that provide a mix-up to your regular rotation cycles.

The core concept is to make sure that you keep Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike, Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash, Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning, and Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock/Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock on cooldown and make use of every Global Cooldown you can. You should also be weaving in casts of Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt/Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning whenever your Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks allow (making sure not to waste any by going over 10), as they are made instant whenever you have 5 available.

If you have never played Enhancement before or are new to the Shadowlands design, we recommend looking through our Spell Summary first, as that covers all of the individual abilities, alongside our Easy Mode page, which provides a quick primer to get you started.

6.

How to Gear Up as an Enhancement Shaman

While we always recommend simming yourself for ideal results, we do provide a dedicated Enhancement gearing page that lists some items to look out for alongside some Best in Slot picks for the first season of Shadowlands.

Once you have started to gear, you will need to make sure that you have the appropriate consumables, gems, enchants, and more. We have a dedicated page for exactly this, as shown below, as well as the stats page, where you can find more information on the possibility of a changing stat priority and the necessary changes you may need to make for consumables.

7.

End-Game as an Enhancement Shaman

The end-game playstyle of Enhancement will look very different from the one you use to level, due to the longer encounters you experience. Due to that, we provide Mythic+, Torghast, Raiding, and PvP focused guides that are aimed at each content type.

8.

Improving as an Enhancement Shaman

Sometimes it can be difficult to pin-point exactly what it is that is causing you to do poorly, but do not worry, many of these questions come up for players. Because of this, we have set up pages that cover common questions and target frequent mistakes below.

9.

Viability of Enhancement Shaman in the Current Patch

9.2 is looking very bright for Enhancement. A lot of the core issues specifically focused around its lack of AoE have been addressed with some extra tools allowing us to improve in this regard, and our Covenant balance opens up a lot of different options depending on the situation. We bring a very good sustained single-target profile which, while not as good as burst is strong enough to justify especially considering it also comes with Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem. While there may only be room in a raid composition for one, it is likely that the spec will perform very well in Sepulcher of the First Ones and also be more relevant (though not particularly strong) in Mythic+.

10.

Changelog

  • 16 Aug. 2022 (gear page): Removed Jeweled Signet for Legion Timewalking due to bugfix.
  • 30 Jul. 2022 (gear page): Updated for Season 4 release with gear recommendations for every raid.
  • 30 Jul. 2022 (Sepulcher of the First Ones page): Updated for Season 4.
  • 29 Jul. 2022 (Castle Nathria page): Updated for Season 4.
  • 29 Jul. 2022 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 4 and new Affix details.
  • 31 May 2022 (addons page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (gear page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Legendaries): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (talents page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (enchants page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (rotation page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (this page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (easy mode page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (FAQ page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (mythic+ page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (how to improve page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (spells page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (simulations page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (stats page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (Torghast): Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 24 Apr. 2022 (rotation page): Small change to AoE priority for Maelstrom spending.
  • 28 Feb. 2022 (Sepulcher of the First Ones page): Page added.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Cleaned up for Patch 9.2 release.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (FAQ page): Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (Legendaries): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (stats page): Updated for Patch 9.2 with notes about Mastery and Crit.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (spells page): Updated for Patch 9.2 changes.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (mythic+ page): Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (talents page): Updated for Patch 9.2 with new build sections.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (Torghast): Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (addons page): Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (easy mode page): Updated with Patch 9.2 recommendations.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (how to improve page): Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (simulations page): Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 9.2 to explain changes, add new rotation tool and AoE sections.
  • 21 Feb. 2022 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Patch 9.2 with new recommendations.
  • 15 Jan. 2022 (Patch 9.2 Analysis): Page added with initial thoughts and information.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Legendaries): Checked for 9.1.5, small adjustments to recommend Wolf Bones for raiding.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Patch 9.1.5 and free Covenant swaps.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (FAQ page): Reviewed for Patch 9.1.5, small extra note regarding Vital Accretion.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (how to improve page): Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (simulations page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (gear page): Checked for Patch 9.1.5, small touch ups regarding Domination Shards.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 9.1.5 — small note about secondary suppression on gems.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (stats page): Updated for Patch 9.1.5, added note regarding Frost Shard set.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Checked and cleaned up for accuracy for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 9.1.5, adjustments to Covenant section.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (talents page): Checked for Patch 9.1.5, removed Covenant note.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (easy mode page): Checked for Patch 9.1.5, no changes needed.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 01 Nov. 2021 (rotation page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 29 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Updated for Season 4.
  • 10 Jul. 2021 (Sanctum of Domination page): Page added.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (how to improve page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (simulations page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (addons page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (spells page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (FAQ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 17 May 2021 (Patch 9.1 Analysis): Page created with initial information.
  • 27 Apr. 2021 (addons page): Removed Pawn from generic Addon recommendations.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (stats page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5; added note regarding Doom Winds and Mastery.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Legendaries): Updated for patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (mythic+ page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5; small changes to soulbinds.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (rotation page): Page updated for Patch 9.0.5 with some small adjustments.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (enchants page): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5 — swapped off-hand enchant recommendations.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Updated for Patch 9.0.5 to reflect Stormkeeper changes.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Torghast): Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (spells page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.0.5 with new changes added.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (easy mode page): Reviewed for 9.0.5 — small shift on Sundering priority to align with main page.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Updated for Patch 9.0.5 with small note regarding Valor.
  • 09 Mar. 2021 (Covenants and Soulbinds): Updated for Patch 9.0.5 — Venthyr still ideal.
  • 21 Jan. 2021 (gear page): Updated item levels for rewards, removed trinket recommendations due to Bloodmallet support.
  • 21 Jan. 2021 (Castle Nathria page): Updated for more recent logs following settling of Nathria release.
  • 18 Jan. 2021 (easy mode page): Updated to align with talent updates.
  • 18 Jan. 2021 (talents page): Refined some selections and removed more niche options due to build dominance.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (gear page): Updated with Castle Nathria gear.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for Shadowlands Season 1.
  • 08 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added preliminary recommendations for Castle Nathria.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (Castle Nathria page): Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (how to improve page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (addons page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (Torghast): Page added.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (FAQ page): Updated for Shadowlands.
  • 24 Nov. 2020 (this page): Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 20 Nov. 2020 (Legendaries): Page added.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (mythic+ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (this page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (how to improve page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (rotation page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (FAQ page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (stats page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (spells page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (gear page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (easy mode page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (addons page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (simulations page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020 (enchants page): Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 25 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated for all bosses.
  • 08 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 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 (Uldir 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.
  • 01 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Updated with notes for each boss.
  • 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.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Preliminary update for Uldir launch week.
  • 11 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page created in preparation for the eventual Uldir release.
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