Enhancement Shaman DPS Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Wordup 34 comments
General Information

On this page, you will learn how to optimize the rotation of your Enhancement Shaman in both single-target and multiple-target situations. We also have advanced sections about cooldowns, procs, etc. in order to minmax your DPS. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.2.7.

If you were looking for WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Enhancement Shaman rotation.

1.

Enhancement Shaman Rotation

Welcome to the Rotation section of our Enhancement Shaman guide. If you came here without first checking over the Spell List/Glossary page, we recommend that you do so if you are new to the specialization. Understanding what your spells and abilities do will make it much easier to understand what is discussed on this page.

If you are looking for an introductory primer to get started and find the full breakdowns overwhelming, you can always start with our Easy Mode page to get yourself started with a more straightforward breakdown. While the recommendations on the page below are not strictly optimal for endgame; they provide an excellent springboard to get to grips with the core gameplay Enhancement focuses on:

In addition to your rotation in general content, there is also a separate section of this guide devoted to how your playstyle may change in Mythic+ as situations are often less scripted and more hectic. Please take a look at the page below if you are looking for more tailored information for that content:

1.1.

PvP

The content on this page is purely PvE-related. If you are looking for PvP Rotation Tips, visit our PvP page below.

2.

Enhancement Shaman Rotations

Each of the sections below explain the rotation for Enhancement at different target counts. Click the boxes to switch to the desired damage type.

3.

Enhancement Shaman Rotation

The buttons below can be used to select between curated Elementalist and Storm loadouts. You can also use the switches below to add or remove individual talents you may also be using:

Elementalist ST Storm ST Elementalist AoE Storm AoE
Talent Selections
Ascendance Icon Ascendance Ashen Catalyst Icon Ashen Catalyst Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning
Crashing Storms Icon Crashing Storms Deeply Rooted Elements Icon Deeply Rooted Elements Doom Winds Icon Doom Winds
Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast Elemental Spirits Icon Elemental Spirits Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit
Fire Nova Icon Fire Nova Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand
Ice Strike Icon Ice Strike Lashing Flames Icon Lashing Flames Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave
Static Accumulation Icon Static Accumulation Sundering Icon Sundering Thorim's Invocation Icon Thorim's Invocation
Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem Season 2 Set Season 4 Set
Single Target AoE Opener
3.

Enhancement Shaman Single Target Rotation

Enhancement Shaman plays with a priority list that focuses on managing your Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks and keeping your abilities on cooldown as often as possible. In between that, there are some procs to manage, but after playing for a while, you will gain the muscle memory to predict your next few globals fairly consistently. Learning this skill is invaluable to maximizing your performance when playing Enhancement.

  1. Cast Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst with 5+ Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks.
  2. Cast Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt if at 10 Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks.
  3. Cast Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock if it is not currently active on your target.
  4. Cast Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike.
  5. Cast Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike.
  6. Cast Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock to fill.
  7. Refresh Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock to fill.

The more that you play with Enhancement, the more you will adjust to the ebb and flow of each ability cooldown and know when you need focus on Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon management. Making sure that you react to quick bursts of stack generation alongside Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer / Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand procs, all while keeping yourself active with every Global cooldown. Important quick notes are:

  • The Season 4 set bonus significantly reduces the cooldown of Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave and makes it a mandatory pickup. While it is the most valuable to get CDR on, due to Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit's variable cooldown due to Witch Doctor's Ancestry Icon Witch Doctor's Ancestry you should just cast when ready rather than trying to game it and lose uses.
4.

Enhancement Shaman AoE Rotation

AoE has a variety of different delivery methods for Enhancement dictated by the build you are currently playing. Predominantly, though, its goal is to maintain Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning to convert single-target abilities into AoE, and use Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning to spend Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon.

  1. Cast Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash with Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock present on your target and less than 6 total active Flame Shock Icon Flame Shocks.
  2. Cast Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock on an unaffected target if you have less than 6 active.
  3. Cast Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning if at 10 Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks.
  4. Cast Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike.
  5. Cast Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning at 5+ Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks.
  6. Cast Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock to fill
  7. Cast Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock to fill.

While it can be overwhelming at first glance to look at all of the different components in Enhancement's AoE toolkit, many things are dictated by how you have built your talent tree. In Dragonflight, there are two different archetypes, each with some choices regarding how you approach AoE delivery, each with their own strengths and weaknesses in encounters. This has created more nuance in managing your buffs, procs, and resources, but the main cornerstone remains — avoid wasting Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon by casting Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning and maintain Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning to make your single-target strikes splash. This is capped off by a suite of powerful cooldowns used as often as we can. Some notes are:

  • Your main Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon is Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning, which you should spend aggressively, as resource generation is much higher and it activates a number of effects. With Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast, on the other hand, it remains the best spender until there are 4 or more targets.
  • Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit CDR is particularly strong here due to all the extra generation, so watch for them becoming available. Likewise, with the Season 4 bonus, you will be cycling Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave much more frequently, and is your highest priority to complete these combos.
4.1.

Enhancement Funnel as Elementalist

A brief note for Enhancement is that it is also one of the last remaining powerful funnel specs when playing Elementalist due to a number of effects:

  • The additional resources allow for much more access to Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon spenders and Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit activations. We then use this to prioritize single-target spenders such as Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast on key targets.
  • Ashen Catalyst Icon Ashen Catalyst stacks ramp much faster for stronger and more frequent Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash casts on priority targets.
  • Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning converts pure single-target buttons into additional AoE, allowing us to still deal relevant multi-target damage from an anchor target.
  • Splintered Elements Icon Splintered Elements grants additional bonus Haste when you trigger additional Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt echoes on secondary targets.

All of these combine to significantly increase our single-target damage so long as we have access to secondary targets in an encounter. This requires a slight playstyle adjustment of removing some of the exclusively AoE-focused gameplay portions such as Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning and cycling Lashing Flames Icon Lashing Flames to instead go all-in on something that needs to die quickly.

5.

Enhancement Shaman Opening Rotation

Our opener differs slightly depending on if we are in single-target or AoE situations. This is caused by some additional effects we need to set up before we get started, so select below:

Encounter Type
Single-target AoE
  1. Warning - please select an encounter style!
  2. Cast Primordial Wave Icon Primordial WaveFlame Shock Icon Flame Shock on the way into melee to get Flame Shock Icon Flame Shockit active.
  3. Cast Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst as soon as you reach 5+ Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks.
  4. Continue with the normal priority list.

Where you go from here depends entirely on your resource state with Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon, if Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer or other procs have activated, and what other talents you have selected. You will often go down the priority list, get your cooldowns cycling, and building up a pool of resources. Quick notes are:

  • The Season 4 set bonus shifts the priority to Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave first over Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit, as the guaranteed 14-second cooldown reduction is generally more valuable here. On some encounters it can be worthwhile to flip this for a higher chance at double Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit overlap, or for more favorable timers. The rule is not set in stone.
6.

Tier Set Bonus for Enhancement Shaman

With Season 4 consolidating the set bonuses into one chosen set, Enhancement has received an increased item level version of the Season 3 set from Amirdrassil. The Vision of the Greatwolf Outcast focuses on Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave, and grants the following bonuses:

  • Shaman Enhancement 10.2 Class Set 2pc Icon Shaman Enhancement 10.2 Class Set 2pc casting Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave summons a Lightning Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit that increases your Nature damage dealt by 20% for 15 seconds.
  • Shaman Enhancement 10.2 Class Set 4pc Icon Shaman Enhancement 10.2 Class Set 4pc causes each individual Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit Wolf spawned to reduce the cooldown of Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave by 7 seconds.

Both of these bonuses require you to play at least base Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave to get any value. Some notes about how the bonuses work:

  • The 2-piece activates an individual Lightning imbued Elemental Spirits Icon Elemental Spirits wolf and activates the 15-second trickling Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon buff. It also triggers Alpha Wolf Icon Alpha Wolf pulses.
  • The 4-piece provides cooldown reduction for each individual wolf, meaning that the 2-piece reduces it by 7, and a Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit cast by 14 seconds, respectively.

The general rule is that at full value, 14-second cooldown reduction on Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave is more valuable than the Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit reduction granted via Primal Maelstrom Icon Primal Maelstrom / Witch Doctor's Ancestry Icon Witch Doctor's Ancestry. However, in practice, the variable cooldown of Feral Spirit means you will often only be getting partial reduction, meaning that cycling them as often as possible is usually for the best. Bear in mind that these cycle often as fast as every 20 seconds, so keeping momentum is more important than a perfect setup unless you are dealing with specific mechanics.

Elementalist builds naturally benefit a little bit more because they take Splintered Elements Icon Splintered Elements in all builds. Storm, on the other hand, swaps one point from Elemental Assault Icon Elemental Assault in single target to access it. In AoE, it is a little more complicated, and I would recommend looking at the talent page for more details.

7.

Enhancement Shaman Major Cooldowns

Throughout the talent tree, there are a variety of different cooldown options that provide burst windows in different ways, many with different interactions. Below, we go over the ways they impact the rotation and how you should use them.

8.

Major Cooldowns

Doom Winds Primordial Wave Feral Spirit Ascendance
7.1.

Doom Winds

Doom Winds Icon Doom Winds deals minor physical damage to your target and empowers you for 8 seconds, tripling your chance to activate Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon and increasing the damage of your Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon attacks by 10%. While the buff is active; you should aim to fit as many main-hand abilities within the window as possible without sacrificing Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon spenders. Our main-hand attacks include:

  • Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike
  • Ice Strike Icon Ice Strike
  • Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning
  • Sundering Icon Sundering

These abilities will take precedence over most actions during Doom Winds Icon Doom Winds windows to fuel additional Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon procs. Try to keep an eye on the cooldown so you can prepare to spend resources or get other cooldowns active beforehand, even if they are not regularly at the top of your priority. Also, make sure not to use it just before downtime or you will waste the effect, as making use of these windows is crucial. If paired with Ascendance Icon Ascendance, make sure to use it after shifting form to overlap the buffs as much as possible.

7.2.

Primordial Wave

Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave deals moderate shadow damage and applies Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock to your target. When used, your next Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt will be empowered, echoing for 150% of its normal damage against all enemies currently affected by your Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock. With Primal Maelstrom Icon Primal Maelstrom, casting Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave will also generate 5/10 stacks of Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon, allowing you to easily combo your Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave-empowered Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt with Overflowing Maelstrom Icon Overflowing Maelstrom. Finally, with Splintered Elements Icon Splintered Elements, each Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt echoed by Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave will grant a stacking haste buff for 12 seconds - up to 40% haste with 6 active Flame Shock Icon Flame Shocks, giving you a window that can be used to unleash powerful burst AoE or funnel damage. Due to its relatively short cooldown, you should plan around these windows, ideally dumping your Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon and using this to refill immediately. This is our primary setup tool for Elementalist builds and deals excellent, immediate burst in both single-target and AoE so your cycles should always be planning around this cast. This is elevated even further by the Season 4 bonus, which doubles the rate at which we can cast this thanks to the frequency of Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit casts.

7.3.

Feral Spirit

Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit summons two wolves to fight with you for 15 seconds on a 90-second cooldown. When this is cast, you instantly generate one stack of Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon and gain an additional Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stack every 3 seconds for their duration. While active, the physical damage of your abilities (not including auto attacks) is increased by 15% per active wolf, stacking multiplicatively - meaning the default effect before other stacking buffs is 32.25% increased physical damage. This physical buff can be paired with our other physical cooldowns, such as Doom Winds Icon Doom Winds and Sundering Icon Sundering, to devastating effect. With Witch Doctor's Ancestry Icon Witch Doctor's Ancestry, the cooldown of Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit is reduced by 1/2 seconds every time you generate a stack of Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon.

The Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit capstone talents allow you to customize the effects of your cooldown even further, with Elemental Spirits Icon Elemental Spirits replacing the Physical buff provided by the wolves with random 20% fire, frost, or nature buffs. Alpha Wolf Icon Alpha Wolf, on the other hand, causes your wolves to be empowered by your Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning or Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning casts for 8 seconds, pulsing light, armor-ignoring, Physical damage to all enemies around them every 2 seconds , which is also uncapped. This package is a staple in virtually all Enhancement builds, and it thrives on high Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon generation to fuel even more casts for higher uptime on the respective buffs. This is treated more as a rotational cooldown in endgame play than a big cooldown movement due to this frequency, so always aim to keep them on cooldown cycling to the next use.

7.4.

Ascendance

Ascendance Icon Ascendance is a long cooldown that deals a huge AoE burst when it is either manually cast or randomly triggered via Deeply Rooted Elements Icon Deeply Rooted Elements, and also gives 15 seconds of sustained single-target damage by converting our Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike and auto-attacks into ranged, armor-ignoring attacks. Static Accumulation Icon Static Accumulation enhances this burst window, causing you to generate Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks every second while in the form passively. Finally, Thorim's Invocation Icon Thorim's Invocation greatly amplifies the burst potential of the cooldown, causing your Windstrike Icon Windstrike to automatically consume up to 5 Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks to discharge a Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt or Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning at your enemy, whichever you most recently used. This is especially useful as during the window, you are often flooded with resources without having spare Global Cooldowns to use them, so this allows us to siphon stacks efficiently.

7.4.1.

Elementalist Ascendance

Ascendance Icon Ascendance in Elementalist talent builds have a unique loop due to how busy the regular priority is. Despite most of the benefit is gaining access to Static Accumulation Icon Static Accumulation's refund effect, while this is active, there can be a number of clashes to keep in mind with some rules:

  • Still try and keep Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast recharging
  • If you ever reach a point where Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit may come off cooldown fast enough to have 4 wolves active; make sure to have 10 Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon for a last-second Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast.
8.

Mastering Enhancement Shaman Mechanics

As Enhancement has a lot of moving parts, some of the more specific details around our mechanics can be harder to pick apart. Below are some brief notes on some core mechanics that we make use of in most situations.

9.

Enhancement Insights

Weapon Imbues Maelstrom Weapon Group Buff Effects Crash Lightning Flame Shock
8.1.

Weapon Imbues and Buffs

Your Weapon Imbues should always be active as they confer a strong benefit. Some notes on each are:

  • Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon - only applied to the main-hand, these additional strikes are considered special attacks and, as such, can generate Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon and trigger procs such as Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer.
  • Flametongue Weapon Icon Flametongue Weapon - only applied to the off-hand, this causes all weapon attacks to trigger an additional hit of fire damage and doubles the damage your Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash deals while active.

While Weapon Imbues do block you from using weapon runes such as Hissing Rune Icon Hissing Rune, the extra mechanical effects these provide to the Enhancement toolkit make them more valuable and as such we always use them. This is made even more mandatory by the locked-in talent Elemental Weapons Icon Elemental Weapons, and you should never use double Flametongue Weapon Icon Flametongue Weapon - this confers no benefit.

Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield should always be kept active in solo content thanks to the additional Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon it generates, but has little value in group content. Generally, Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield is played instead and maintained for the minor additional sustain it provides.

8.2.

Maelstrom Weapon Details

Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon management is crucial if you intend to play Enhancement at a competitive level. This has a 20% chance to trigger from any melee hit and stacks up to 5 times (or up to 10 times with Raging Maelstrom Icon Raging Maelstrom). Each stack reduces the cast time of your next Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt/ Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning cast by 20%, and it can also increase the damage of affected spells by up to 25% per stack consumed, depending on how many points you have invested into Improved Maelstrom Weapon Icon Improved Maelstrom Weapon and Raging Maelstrom Icon Raging Maelstrom. By default, only 5 stacks can be consumed at once, at which point the affected spell will be instant cast; however, Overflowing Maelstrom Icon Overflowing Maelstrom allows you to consume up to 10 Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks per spell, greatly increasing the amount of damage done per cast.

While it is tempting to cast these spells as soon as you hit 5 stacks, you should train yourself to make use of the 10-stack limit granted by Raging Maelstrom Icon Raging Maelstrom. If you are not at risk of overcapping your Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks, then it makes more sense to focus on keeping your other abilities on cooldown as much as possible; however, do not use other abilities at the expense of wasting Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks. Currently in Season 4, we generally aim to spend at around 8 stacks or above, unless certain specific conditions are met with Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast's charge cooldown.

The only time this rule is broken is when playing a Storm build using Deeply Rooted Elements Icon Deeply Rooted Elements. This causes Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike casts to take all priority over Maelstrom waste, instead making the goal focused around casting that as much as possible even when capped. Thus, we use Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon to trigger Legacy of the Frost Witch Icon Legacy of the Frost Witch resets instead to increase our Stormstrike rate.

8.2.1.

Static Accumulation

Due to the passive refund proc on Static Accumulation Icon Static Accumulation, when playing this talent it removes Lava Burst Icon Lava Burst (if you are not playing Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast) from your rotation. It also raises the priority on Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt even at 5 stacks, as the chance to refund here is significantly more valuable than any other generation source.

8.3.

Group Buffs

Enhancement also brings a small package of extra effects that help the party or specific members of your raid group:

8.3.1.

Windfury Totem

Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem currently provides a solid boost to anyone in your party, meaning up to 4 other melee players can gain an advantage from this effect in a raid. This has a 20% chance to proc per auto-attack with a 0.5-second internal cooldown per player, but does not trigger from missed attacks and can miss itself. These extra attacks count as regular auto-attacks, meaning they proc all on-hit effects, but they do not affect Hunter auto-shots, pets, or guardians.

8.3.2.

Mana Spring

This allows us to convert Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike casts into Mana for healers, especially in raid situations. This is even more potent if you are playing a Storm build as this will often be pressing significantly more Stormstrike Icon Stormstrikes. Since points are not very tight on our class tree, this is a great option for many situations should you have room for it.

8.4.

Crash Lightning Explained

Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning looks simple on the surface but has many moving parts and is an essential aspect of Enhancement gameplay. There are some core components to bear in mind with how it works:

  • The Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning buff is triggered for 12 seconds whenever it strikes two targets, and should be maintained in any multi-target situation.
  • While active, Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike, Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash and Ice Strike Icon Ice Strike will trigger a separate damage splash event called Crash Lightning.
  • All Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning damage, both active and splash component, can trigger Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon individually, while only the active cast hits can Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer.
  • The initial cast of Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning can trigger individual Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon events on targets hit.

The above means that any time we can get more than one target together, we want to get this active for a free additional boost to our primary strikes. This also leads to additional resources, and, in AoE situations, can cause a flood of extra Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon which confers a number of benefits to both builds allowing for extra cooldown access, AoE and funnel. Storm generally uses this as a primary damage delivery tool due to its gameplay structure (and the additional synergy with Forceful Winds Icon Forceful Winds, Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon and Doom Winds Icon Doom Winds). Elementalist on the other hand uses it as a supporting resource generation tool to fuel other things and raise the value of Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash casts.

Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning also has two interactions to both increase access to, and amplify the damage of Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning:

  • Each target hit by Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning reduces the cooldown of Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning by 1 second (up to a maximum of 5 with Crashing Storms Icon Crashing Storms)
  • Each target hit by Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning increases the damage of your next active cast of Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning by 20% per target hit (up to 100% with Crashing Storms Icon Crashing Storms).

This creates a generate-spend relationship between the two that leads to both extra access to the resources to activate it, and increased frontloaded power of the activating tool keeping them both relevant in AoE.

Finally, Gathering Storms Icon Gathering Storms can be taken to cause each target hit by the initial Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning to increase the damage of your next Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike cast by 25% per target hit, stacking up to 6 for a maximum of 150%. This activates even on a single-target, giving a small boost to funnel on priority targets when taken.

8.5.

Flame Shock Explained

Regardless of build, Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock is a core component of your damage (though the degree of its importance depends on talent selections). It plays as both a passive, low-maintenance damage source in single-target and an AoE enabler, meaning that it will be a part of your rotation in almost every situation in most builds. There are some additional details to note when using it that are not quite as intuitive on the surface:

8.6.

Shocks and Pandemic

In single-target situations, you want to make sure that you keep Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock active at as close to 100% uptime as possible. You can refresh it based on the pandemic window whenever the damage over time effect has less than 5.4 seconds. With Molten Assault Icon Molten Assault, Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash will reapply Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock if it is active on the target of the Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash cast, meaning that it effectively maintains itself with the rotation.

8.7.

Flame Shock Spread

Molten Assault Icon Molten Assault allows the Shaman with an active Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock on their target to apply Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock to nearby targets via Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash casts. This enables a lot of other parts of our AoE kit, such as Fire Nova Icon Fire Nova, Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave, and Ashen Catalyst Icon Ashen Catalyst. When you cast Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash, it does not just apply the damage over time effect to other targets; rather, it casts an extra Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock on them, dealing the direct damage at the same time.

9.

Changelog

  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Updated for Season 4.
  • 21 Mar. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.6, condensed insights section.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2, slight structure changes but content remains accurate.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.2 and restructured the rotation tool.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Restructured cooldown section, but no content changes needed for 10.1.7.
  • 14 Jul. 2023: Added build loadout buttons to switches for easier rotation display.
  • 13 Jul. 2023: Cleaned up AoE rotation section with improvements for Storm.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.5 to remove 4-piece use from Storm and highlight Stormstrike over spenders.
  • 04 May 2023: Tweaks to rotation tool, added warnings to false talent combinations.
  • 01 May 2023: Overhauled for Patch 10.1 updates, with Storm builds, rotation tool updates, T30 bonuses and added sections.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed and improved rotation tool to align closer to current gameplay.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Added Tier Set section.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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