Enhancement Shaman DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jun 29, 2021 at 06:55 by Wordup 15 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Enhancement Shaman in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.1. We also have default talent lists for various types of content, such as raiding or Mythic+. If you play with Warmode on, we have your PvP talents covered as well.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Enhancement Shaman talents.

1.

Talent Choices for Enhancement Shaman

Level Choices
15 Lashing Flames ? Lashing Flames Forceful Winds Forceful Winds Elemental Blast Elemental Blast
25 Stormflurry Stormflurry Hot Hand Hot Hand Ice Strike Ice Strike
30 Spirit Wolf ? Spirit Wolf Earth Shield ? Earth Shield Static Charge ? Static Charge
35 Elemental Assault Elemental Assault Hailstorm Hailstorm Fire Nova Fire Nova
40 Nature's Guardian ? Nature's Guardian Feral Lunge ? Feral Lunge Wind Rush Totem ? Wind Rush Totem
45 Crashing Storm Crashing Storm Stormkeeper Stormkeeper Sundering Sundering
50 Elemental Spirits Elemental Spirits Earthen Spike Earthen Spike Ascendance Ascendance

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Still Mind Icon Tome of the Still Mind and Codex of the Still Mind Icon Codex of the Still Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2.

Covenant Recommendation Change in Patch 9.1

ATTENTION

As of Patch 9.1 the recommended Covenant for Enhancement Shaman HAS CHANGED. Please check out the Covenant page of this guide for more information.

3.

Enhancement Shaman Talent Cheat Sheet

This section aims to provide you with a quick and easy set of builds for different situations that lets you get the most out of your Enhancement Shaman. These often work well with each other, and so the builds are quite locked in for that reason. We go into detail about each individual talent in the section underneath. Because we are heavily reliant on our legendary powers, they are being listed under the accompanying power.

3.1.

Doom Winds: AoE, Burst and All-Round Oriented

This build provides excellent burst in both single-target and AoE situations focused around making use of the Doom Winds Icon Doom Winds power. These windows are extremely potent, and is the go to option in Mythic+ and many raid encounters.

3.2.

Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones: Pure Single-Target

This build sacrifices burst and AoE tools to purely focus on dealing the highest amount of sustained single-target. The benefits are strong, and is absolutely a good pick on many raid encounters.

3.3.

Raiding

The above builds are more broad options, but do not account for specific boss-by-boss encounters. If you are looking for specific advice, you can check our dedicated raid page below.

3.4.

Mythic+

Mythic+ can potentially require a mix of certain AoE and Single-Target talents, depending on affixes and other variables. If you want advice that is specific to Mythic+, you should check out our page below.

3.5.

How To Use Enhancement Shaman Talents

A lot of the Enhancement talent choices add an additional ability or alter how you would play. We recommend you look at our rotation page linked below for more details on this.

4.

Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents for Enhancement Shaman

Lashing Flames ? Lashing Flames Forceful Winds Forceful Winds Elemental Blast Elemental Blast

Tier 1 talents provide damage increases for different damage profiles.

  • Lashing Flames Icon Lashing Flames causes your Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash to leave a debuff on your target for 20 seconds, increasing the direct damage and DoT effect of your Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock by 100%.
  • Forceful Winds Icon Forceful Winds causes each successive Windfury Attack Icon Windfury Attack within 15 seconds to increase all Windfury damage by 35%. This effect does not refresh itself.
  • Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast is an active ability with a 12-second cooldown and 40-yard range. This deals heavy Elemental damage, and increases your Haste or Critical Strike by 3%, or your Mastery by 6% for 10 seconds. This has a 2-second cast time, but damage can be increased and cast time reduced via Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon.

Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast deals a significant amount of single-target damage, but has a higher requirement to use and falls off in AoE. This is the ideal pure single-target option without factoring in legendaries, so when not using Doom Winds Icon Doom Winds will often be the pick if boss damage is your focus.

Lashing Flames Icon Lashing Flames has the most ease of use, and has no big interference with any part of the rotation. The damage that your Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock DoT deals is already quite high, and this only improves it. With the 20-second window, it also gives room to let you maintain it on more than one target in low cleave scenarios.

Forceful Winds Icon Forceful Winds is a strong pick and only gets stronger if making use of the Doom Winds Icon Doom Winds legendary. It has no rotational requirements, and is also the only choice that has a direct AoE impact due to the extra procs gained in AoE via Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning casts, so is strongly recommended in either circumstance.

5.

Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents for Enhancement Shaman

Stormflurry Stormflurry Hot Hand Hot Hand Ice Strike Ice Strike

Tier 2 talents provide additional procs or active abilities that mix up the rotation.

  • Stormflurry Icon Stormflurry grants Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike a 25% chance to strike your target an additional time for 40% damage. This effect can chain off itself and triggers all on-hit effects.
  • Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand grants your melee auto-attacks with Flametongue Weapon Icon Flametongue Weapon imbued a 5% chance to trigger an 8-second buff, reducing the cooldown of Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash by 75% and increasing its damage by 100%.
  • Ice Strike Icon Ice Strike is an active ability with a 15-second cooldown (reduced by Haste). Deals moderate Frost damage, slows your target by 50% for 6 seconds and resets the cooldown of your Shock spells when cast.

Stormflurry Icon Stormflurry is the most flexible choice on this row, granting a solid single-target increase and also providing a nice extra boost to AoE. The additional hits triggered can proc the splash effect from Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning, but note that it does not generate the guaranteed Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon charge from Elemental Assault Icon Elemental Assault.

Hot Hand Icon Hot Hand provides a small burst window that creates a one-two cycle of Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash-into-filler spell. This is a strong option for pure single-target situations, but the ability largely leaves our rotation in AoE so is very focused at what it is good at.

Ice Strike Icon Ice Strike is simply a bad pick in all current situations. The additional active ability and low payoff when cast makes it undesirable, coupled with it cluttering the rotation when compared to alternatives.

6.

Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents for Enhancement Shaman

Spirit Wolf ? Spirit Wolf Earth Shield ? Earth Shield Static Charge ? Static Charge

Tier 3 talents provide utility tools for different scenarios.

  • Spirit Wolf Icon Spirit Wolf causes Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf to grant an additional 5% Movement Speed and 5% damage reduction each second while active, stacking up to 4 times. These stacks are lost when leaving Ghost Wolf.
  • Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield applies a shield to your target with 9 charges, increasing all healing you do to them by 20%. If the target takes damage, a charge will be consumed and heal them a small amount. This can only be active on one target at a time.
  • Static Charge Icon Static Charge reduces the cooldown of your Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem by 5 seconds per target hit, up to a maximum of 20 seconds.

Spirit Wolf Icon Spirit Wolf provides the most flexible use here. It can be awkward to make use of and requires you to shift into Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf more than you may want to, but flat damage reduction and movement speed can be very strong.

Unfortunately for Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield, it is now exclusive with Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield which has been made baseline for Enhancement. The Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon the latter provides means that the overall healing from Earth Shield tends to be weaker in solo content. In situations such as raids, where you do not expect this to be happening, though, the extra self-healing boost this gives can be useful if you keep maintaining it.

Static Charge Icon Static Charge is extremely niche for situations where you expect to be frequently stunning large numbers of enemies on cooldown, which even in Mythic+ is rare. Can be an extra crowd control option if necessary.

7.

Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents for Enhancement Shaman

Elemental Assault Elemental Assault Hailstorm Hailstorm Fire Nova Fire Nova

Tier 4 talents offer big, but specialized damage increase choices.

Your choice on this row is between two options: Elemental Assault Icon Elemental Assault and Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm. This is decided based on whether it is a single-target encounter, or an AoE one.

Elemental Assault Icon Elemental Assault improves the damage of one of our strongest tools — Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike. The additional guaranteed Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks also smooth out downtime that can happen without AoE effects to support our generation, so excels in these scenarios.

At 3 targets and above however, Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm is very appealing and only gets better the more targets you are facing, up to 6. It deals strong rotational damage and smooths out the AoE rotation significantly. It can be flexibly pooled and adds an extra layer of burst in pulls, but in one-to-two target scenarios it falls off.

Fire Nova Icon Fire Nova is sadly far too difficult to execute in any realistic scenario. The damage it deals is okay, but the setup required to pull it off in most gameplay scenarios is too high, and very prone to failure, especially when compared to alternatives on the row.

8.

Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents for Enhancement Shaman

Nature's Guardian ? Nature's Guardian Feral Lunge ? Feral Lunge Wind Rush Totem ? Wind Rush Totem

Tier 5 talents provide additional movement and healing options.

  • Nature's Guardian Icon Nature's Guardian causes you to heal for 20% of your maximum health when you drop below 35% health. This effect has a 45-second cooldown.
  • Feral Lunge Icon Feral Lunge is an 8-25 yard range charge that also does minor Physical damage. This is on a 30-second cooldown and a 0.5-second Global Cooldown.
  • Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem summons a totem for 15 seconds that increases the speed of allies within 10 yards by 60% for 5 seconds. As long as allies remain in the area this will be refreshed. This has a 2-minute cooldown and can be placed up to 40 yards away.

In any situation where your group can capitalize upon Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem, it is the best choice by far. The refresh effect in the area is extremely powerful as it allows for unique benefits to the group to deal with mechanics. If this is not necessary, however, Feral Lunge Icon Feral Lunge provides a good amount of additional personal mobility and sticking power, so is a great choice in those circumstances.

Nature's Guardian Icon Nature's Guardian, on the other hand, gives you a modest amount of additional self-sustain that will also automatically activate, keeping you healthy in situations where you are brought low. This is a solid choice for Raids and Dungeons, especially in the event that you are not in need of extra mobility.

9.

Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents for Enhancement Shaman

Crashing Storm Crashing Storm Stormkeeper Stormkeeper Sundering Sundering

Tier 6 talents focus on providing additional burst and AoE tools.

  • Crashing Storm Icon Crashing Storm causes Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning to also leave an electrified zone on the ground for 6 seconds, dealing low Nature damage to any target within it each second.
  • Stormkeeper Icon Stormkeeper is an active ability with a 1-minute cooldown that causes your next two Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning casts to be instant and deal 300% increased damage. This has a 1.5-second cast, but can be made instant via Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks.
  • Sundering Icon Sundering is an active ability with a 40-second cooldown that deals massive "FlameStrike" (Fire/Physical) damage in a line and incapacitates targets hit for 2 seconds.

Sundering Icon Sundering provides a flexible choice in all situations, providing an extra burst AoE tool that Enhancement can sometimes be lacking in. It can also slot in to fill gaps in the single-target rotation as a high value cast without any cost. It can also trigger Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon imbue procs, meaning it synergizes excellently with Doom Winds Icon Doom Winds.

Stormkeeper Icon Stormkeeper currently has no strong use cases following its Patch 9.0.5 change. Due to the removal of the scaling from Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks present when consumed, it comes out as a net loss in many cases and no longer has the benefit to Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt for single-target. It should be avoided.

Crashing Storm Icon Crashing Storm can be used as a low impact option due to Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning now being part of the rotation at all times. It does suffer from situations where targets are moving, and has no places where it truly excels, so it exists as a simpler alternative.

10.

Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents for Enhancement Shaman

Elemental Spirits Elemental Spirits Earthen Spike Earthen Spike Ascendance Ascendance

Tier 7 talents enhance existing burst windows, or grant new ones.

  • Elemental Spirits Icon Elemental Spirits reduces the cooldown of Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit by 30 seconds, and and causes you to spawn two wolves in any combination from a pool of 3 Elements that provide the following buffs to you for the 15-second duration:
    • FireMolten Weapon Icon Molten Weapon increases your Fire damage by 20% and causes Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash to burn the target for an additional 35% of the damage dealt over 4 seconds. This effect accumulates much like Mastery: Ignite Icon Mastery: Ignite for Fire Mages.
    • FrostIcy Edge Icon Icy Edge causes all of your attacks to deal a fixed amount of additional Frost damage and slow the target by 30% for 3 seconds.
    • LightningCrackling Surge Icon Crackling Surge increases the damage of Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike and Windfury Attack Icon Windfury Attack by 35%.
  • Earthen Spike Icon Earthen Spike deals heavy Physical damage and increases the Physical and Nature damage you do to the affected target by 20% for 10 seconds. Has a 20-second cooldown.
  • Ascendance Icon Ascendance deals massive Nature damage around you when cast. It provides a 15 second buff that for the duration converts Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike to Windstrike Icon Windstrike with a 66% reduced cooldown, and your auto attacks into Windlash Icon Windlash. These both ignore armour and a 30-yard range.

Ascendance Icon Ascendance provides the best all-round option on this row. The on-cast allows it to be a great burst AoE tool, while the buff is more single-target burst-oriented, making it flexible as a tool you use differently depending on the situation. It also allows for an incredibly strong burst window when paired with Doom Winds Icon Doom Winds, and on average will win out in single-target if you can line these up.

Elemental Spirits Icon Elemental Spirits is a strong alternative specifically if you are playing a Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones single-target build. Otherwise, this is a fairly average pick due to the low damage contribution from each wolf.

Earthen Spike Icon Earthen Spike is a solid single-target boost and for pure sustained damage it can work. It has synergy with both Doom Winds Icon Doom Winds and Legacy of the Frost Witch Icon Legacy of the Frost Witch, however the former has a preference for Ascendance Icon Ascendance, and the latter is currently too weak to consider. In Cleave and AoE, this value drops significantly meaning it does not serve an adequate niche to justify picking.

11.

PvP Talents (War Mode)

"War Mode" is an optional feature that enables open world PvP encounters that confers some benefits when active:

  • Grants access to PvP talents in the open world.
  • 10% increase in World Quest rewards at max level.
  • 10% more experience gained while leveling.
  • Earn Conquest Points which can reward gear every week.

With the benefits of War Mode for leveling and PvE content, it is recommended to enable the feature to maximize your leveling and rewards at maximum level. However, you will open yourself up to open world PvP, so be aware of hostile enemy players who could interfere with you, this is a risk you will have to decide on your own if you want take.

If you are interested in doing PvP as an Enhancement Shaman or want to look into how to deal with PvP encounters when playing it, please refer to our dedicated PvP guide.

11.1.

Enhancement Shaman War Mode Talents

Generally the selections are made to optimize your ability to kill enemies faster, increasing your pace when moving through content. In the Shadowlands update, the PvP crowd control reduction talents have been removed, and will be replaced by trinkets available at level 60

  1. Ride the Lightning Icon Ride the Lightning provides the largest damage increase option, adding additional effects to each Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike cast.
  2. Shamanism Icon Shamanism allows for more liberal Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust / Heroism Icon Heroism usage without having to worry about the 10-minute lockout. Great for solo and duo content.
  3. Skyfury Totem Icon Skyfury Totem provides a moderate boost when staying in the same area, increasing your Critical Strike damage and Healing by 20% for 15-seconds, with a 40-second cooldown that is low enough to be used liberally, and boosting allies within its range on top of that.
  4. Counterstrike Totem Icon Counterstrike Totem replicates and reflects damage you take for 15 seconds, on a 45-second cooldown. This can be really strong when in dealing with lots of enemies to convert your health pool into damage.

Other options that are useful include Swelling Waves Icon Swelling Waves and Spectral Recovery Icon Spectral Recovery as healing tools, increasing your sustain either while in combat or moving between encounters. Thundercharge Icon Thundercharge can have some limited uses, increasing the recovery rate of your cooldowns between areas, but Enhancement does not have a lot of impactful tools to make use of this effect.

Ethereal Form Icon Ethereal Form, Seasoned Winds Icon Seasoned Winds, Static Field Totem Icon Static Field Totem, Unleash Shield Icon Unleash Shield and Grounding Totem Icon Grounding Totem have very limited PvE uses, being more focused on in-combat control more suited to a PvP engagement, and as such are not really recommended for efficient enemy killing.

12.

Changelog

  • 29 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.0.5 to reflect Stormkeeper changes.
  • 18 Jan. 2021: Refined some selections and removed more niche options due to build dominance.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Page updated for Shadowlands launch.
  • 13 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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