Enhancement Shaman DPS Vault of the Incarnates Raid Guide — Dragonflight 10.0.5

Last updated on Jan 24, 2023 at 16:01 by Wordup 32 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Enhancement Shaman for each boss of the following raid: Vault of the Incarnates. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.5.

1.

Introduction

Below, you can find class and spec-specific advice for every fight in Vault of the Incarnates. If you are looking for a general overview of the Raid that is not spec-specific, check out our dedicated Vault of the Incarnates guides.

On this page, you will find Enhancement Shaman specific information to deal with each boss in the Vault of the Incarnates raid. These are not complete encounter guides but specific tips for doing the bosses as a Enhancement Shaman.

This page assumes that you already understand most of the mechanics of each encounter. These can be found on the full raid guide, so what is contained here are details specifically tailored toward Enhancement Shaman and how you can deal with each fight as best as possible.

All recommendations are progression tips and aim to defeat the encounter as comfortably as possible, so they may not necessarily be the best strategy for the highest overall DPS.

2.

Talent Cheatsheet

There are currently three builds that are generally seen within the raid: a Physical pure single-target build, an Elementalist single-target/cleave build, and an Elementalist build. These all have encounters where they are used depending on what is needed, but for most cases we recommend the Elementalist single-target/hybrid build.

2.1.

Build Import Codes

Below are quick import codes that can be used for 3 sample builds, but each boss will also have a bespoke link tailored to the boss below based on recommendations. You can also use our Talent page to find out more about some of the builds being suggested here and why.

  • Elementalist Single Target: BcQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIJJpEJgkEikkQJhAAAAAAAAAAAAAQJCRIBFBkUSSSJAEJJA
  • Elementalist AoE: BcQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIJJpEJISSISCUSkAAAAAAAAAAAAAQJCRIBFBkUSSSJAEJJA
  • Physical Pure Single Target: BcQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIJJHAkcARSSSQSiECAAAAAAAAAAAAAlIEhEUEQSJJJlAQkkgC
2.2.

We have opted to recommend the Elementalist build as a basic go to because it is less sensitive to random elements and specific timers, while having well-built-in cleave options. However, both this or the Physical builds should work, and We recommend looking at the Talents page for more details:

3.

Eranog

While there are adds on this encounter, they tend to die so quickly that you will rarely get a good chance at doing real AoE to them. They can, however, be used for a small amount of additional funnel via Splintered Elements Icon Splintered Elements, and the burst provided by Elementalist builds makes it the recommendation.

3.1.

Talents

While Physical builds can work here just purely to focus on boss damage, the flexibility of Elementalist opens up much more room to deal with the encounter mechanics should your group struggle.

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3.2.

Tips

3.3.

Mythic Specific Tips

  • While adds will still die extremely quickly, the newly added Flamescale Captain will usually last long enough to get value out of Lashing Flames Icon Lashing Flames.
  • Try to apply Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock to both adds you intend to kill during Army of Flame Icon Army of Flame to create a path.

For more information, please refer to our Eranog guide.

4.

Terros

Terros is the raid's only pure single-target damage encounter. As such is the only encounter, we strongly recommend using a Physical build due to its high potential.

4.1.

Talents

While Elementalist single-target builds work just fine here, there is no reason not to play Physical as it is a 100% uptime pure single-target fight.

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4.2.

Tips

4.3.

Mythic Specific Tips

  • Due to the most common strategies stacking up for the Infused Fallout Icon Infused Fallout, minimal changes in this encounter on Mythic difficulty.
  • There is an increased focus on damage taken here, so using Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift and Planes Traveler Icon Planes Traveler for more frequent, higher uptime defense on Rock Blast Icon Rock Blast soaks is ideal
  • Mana Spring Icon Mana Spring gets a lot of value for your healers here and is recommended.

For more information, please refer to our Terros guide.

5.

The Primal Council

This is a relatively simple, pure AoE encounter at 4 targets. Both builds can work with the right talents, and your gameplay will be a full AoE rotation from start to finish.

5.1.

Talents

As this is a 4-target encounter with sustained damage and uptime, both Physical and Elementalist builds take their AoE variants to deal as much boss damage as possible here:

  • Physical: BcQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIJJpAIJJJikIJtEBAAAAAAAAAAAAAlIEhEUEQSJJJlAQkkA
  • Elementalist: BcQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIJJpEJISSISCUSkAAAAAAAAAAAAAQJCRIBFBkUSSSJAEJJA
5.2.

Tips

Each boss must die within a few seconds of the others or else risk a complete wipe. Because of the naturally high amount of funnel of Enhancement due to its damage delivery being focused on an "anchor" target, it is wise to cycle between targets to manually do even damage. This is most natural due to the playstyle Lashing Flames Icon Lashing Flames leans into.

5.3.

Mythic Specific Tips

This encounter remains largely the same on Mythic compared to Heroic. In some cases, it is even less hectic due to the reduced number of fire patches, so it plays the same.

For more information, please refer to our The Primal Council guide.

6.

Sennarth, the Cold Breath

While there are a lot of adds present here that provide opportunities to activate Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning, the priority is boss and add burst damage. We are excellent at both of these, and the AoE does not matter, so using an Elementalist build we can leverage some of our funnel.

6.1.

Talents

We recommend Elementalist builds here to make use of Splintered Elements Icon Splintered Elements and Ashen Catalyst Icon Ashen Catalyst to funnel into important targets. Some movement talents are also helpful here in dealing with the encounter.

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6.2.

Tips

6.3.

Mythic Specific Tips

  • Due to the ice on the pathway leading up to each new platform, it can be awkward to move here. Using Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf to get ahead is ideal.
  • Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift is handy for dealing with the Chilling Blast Icon Chilling Blast casts that overlap with these transitions when positioning is more chaotic.
  • The Frostbreath Arachnid needs to die quickly on Mythic, so having Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave ready to switch to it quickly and burn it down is ideal. These spawn roughly 10 seconds after the boss settles at a new platform.
  • Gust of Wind Icon Gust of Wind can be used to readjust if you are knocked in a terrible direction by Gusting Rime Icon Gusting Rime.
7.

Dathea, Ascended

Dathea is predominantly single-target focused but has add waves that are extremely important to deal with. So, some AoE is necessary for both Heroic and Mythic difficulty. Thankfully, Enhancement can take enough AoE while still maintaining a primarily single-target profile to deal with the fight and does not necessarily need to invest in our sustained AoE tools due to how short the add portions are. Some movement and control tools, however, are great pickups.

7.1.

Talents

Due to the fight rewarding versatile damage profiles, we strongly recommend using an Elementalist build here, as it can opt into a mostly single-target build and still do more than enough AoE to deal with the platforms with its free cleave tools.

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7.2.

Tips

  • Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem is best used during Cyclone Icon Cyclone to make sure you and your allies can stay out of the center.
  • Gust of Wind Icon Gust of Wind is preferable here as it allows you to adjust if you are ever knocked, during Blowback Icon Blowback and when coming back from the platform
  • Be very careful if using the above, though, as if targeted by Conductive Mark Icon Conductive Mark you may spread it if you aim wrong and land on an ally.
7.3.

Mythic Specific Tips

  • On Mythic, you ideally want to ensure you have cooldowns ready when you reach the platform. These are at either 90 seconds or 3 minutes depending on which group you are in, so as long as you do not sit on Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave, this should always be ready.
  • Volatile Infuser spawns should also roughly allow you to cast one Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave on it during the main phase before the platform and then have it ready for when you land.
  • Having Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem stun the platform and using Ancestral Guidance Icon Ancestral Guidance to assist your healer is especially useful here as damage intake is high.
  • We are also good for interrupting the Volatile Infuser on the way over to the platform, thanks to Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear being ranged.

For more information, please refer to our Dathea, Ascended guide.

8.

Kurog Grimtotem

The primary focus for Kurog is boss damage, and thus single-target is at a premium. Still, regardless of difficulty (though it increases significantly on Mythic), there are windows of cleave and AoE meaning that points can get tight to fit everything in here. Thankfully, Enhancement has access to some good options that allow it to keep access to key tools to contribute to the pressure points.

8.1.

Talents

Due to the fight changing target counts quite significantly in Mythic, we have provided separate builds depending on your difficulty. We recommend using Elementalist builds as they are better at dynamically switching between target counts.

  • Normal/Heroic: BcQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIJJpEJgkEikkQJhAAAAAAAAAAAAAQJCRIBFBkUSSSJAEJJA
  • Mythic: BcQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIJJpEJAJhIJJUSkAAAAAAAAAAAAAQJCRIBFBkUSSSJAEJJA
8.2.

Tips

8.3.

Mythic Specific Tips

For more information, please refer to our Kurog Grimtotem guide.

9.

Broodkeeper Diurna

The Encounter will have two separate roles dictated to the DPS: either pure boss damage or dealing with the frequent add waves. We are extremely good at both of these, and there are builds to support both. Regardless though, there will always be a portion of the fight in which you deal with just the boss alone (especially in Mythic), so a hybrid approach is suited.

9.1.

Talents

Two different builds are an option here, depending on your assigned role: a Physical one if you are focused entirely on boss damage, or an Elementalist option if you are dealing with adds. The latter is generally much more flexible, and we are good candidates for add damage, so it is recommended.

  • Physical Boss Duty: BcQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIJJHAkcARSSSQSiECAAAAAAAAAAAAAlIEhE0EQSJJJlAQkkgC
  • Elementalist Add Duty: BcQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIJJpEJAJhIJJUSkAAAAAAAAAAAAAQJCRIh0EgUSSSJAEJJA
9.2.

Tips

9.3.

Mythic Specific Tips

For more information, please refer to our Broodkeeper Diurna guide.

10.

Raszageth the Storm-Eater

Raszageth has many desirable damage profiles depending on your group and what it is struggling with. We have a wealth of options that can be taken depending on what you need. On Mythic, however, some extra wrinkles require a more specific build.

10.1.

Talents

Generally, on this encounter, we recommend Elementalist builds due to it having significantly more flexibility throughout the encounter and its different phases and the room to switch on the fly and contribute to each mechanic. Below is a link to a build for Normal/Heroic and a more bespoke Mythic build that takes additional utility options required to deal with the encounter.

  • Normal/Heroic: BcQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIJJpEJgkEikkQJhAAAAAAAAAAAAAQLCRIhUEFIlkk0AIRSCA
  • Mythic: BcQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIJJpkkASCikkQJhAAAAAAAAAAAAAQLCRIhQUgUSSSLASkEA
10.2.

Tips

  • Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear, Purge Icon Purge, Sundering Icon Sundering, Thunderstorm Icon Thunderstorm and Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem can all deal with the Volatile Current Icon Volatile Current adds, and many are at a premium due to being AoE.
  • Both Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk and Gust of Wind Icon Gust of Wind are useful here, with the former having more general applications and the latter allowing you to move quickly out of dangerous Lightning Breath Icon Lightning Breath and Lightning Devastation Icon Lightning Devastation casts. Go With the Flow Icon Go With the Flow can be considered to make sure you have it ready for every breath in the first intermission.
  • Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift is best saved for situations where you are targeted by Static Charge Icon Static Charge
  • Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem has applications throughout the encounter and should be used regularly. Discuss with your raid to cover important movement events.
  • Primordial Wave Icon Primordial Wave has several uses throughout the encounter and plays a large role in what makes Elementalist builds so good here:
    • In the first intermission, this can be used on the first and third sets of adds after spreading Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock from the Surging Ruiner, helping to clean them up quickly.
    • Can be used for every Stormsurge Icon Stormsurge shield, which are cast roughly 80 seconds apart, so in some cases, you can get an extra cast in between.
    • In the second intermission, you can make use of the Colossal Stormfiend to spread and burst the small adds down while funneling into the large add with the Splintered Elements Icon Splintered Elements buff.
10.3.

Mythic Specific Tips

For more information, please refer to our Raszageth the Storm-Eater guide.

11.

Changelog

  • 24 Jan. 2023: Large updates with Mythic tips added for all bosses.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Page added.
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