Enhancement Shaman PvP Azerite Traits and Essences (Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1)
Azerite Traits and Essences, introduced in Battle for Azeroth, need to be chosen correctly, to ensure optimal performance. On this page, we explain how to pick your major and minor essences and which traits are best.
This page is part of our Enhancement Shaman PvP Guide.
Azerite Essences for Enhancement Shamans
Essences allow players to customize their characters while adding a new ability to use. This section will cover the best overall Azerite Essences for Enhancement Shamans in PvP.
For a general guide to all the essences, as well as how to obtain them and increase their ranks, check out our Essence guide.
Before reading this page, you should have a good understanding of the PvP playstyle of a Enhancement Shaman. So we advise you to read our dedicated page on the subject.
Conflict and Strife grants us Thundercharge as a baseline ability. This is a great cooldown for reducing the cooldown of your primary abilities. This will increase your overall sustained damage output.
If you want something that does a bit more damage when an enemy is at lower health, Breath of the Dying grants the ability Reaping Flames. This Essence is almost an "execute" ability that will help you and your team kill enemies when they are at low health.
In addition to having a Major Essence, you can choose two Minor Essences to place in your neck at Heart of Azeroth Levels 55 and 65.
Conflict and Strife grants a very powerful Versatility Minor Power. Not only do your spells have a chance to give you Versatility, but any loss of control to your character does too. This means that, if teams stun you and try to swap to you, you have additional Versatility and take less damage.
Azerite Traits for Enhancement Shamans
Azerite traits are unlocked in you helm, shoulders and chest. With each Azerite level in your neck, you get closer to unlocking the center trait in your gear. These traits vary from increasing damage or healing of certain abilities to helping increase your survivability. Depending on what traits you use, it can completely alter your playstyle and what talents you should be using.
For a general guide to the Heart of Azeroth and Azerite gear, check out our dedicated guide.
Below are the best Outer Ring traits.
The most important trait you are going to want to prioritize getting is Natural Harmony or Roiling Storm in all pieces of your gear, with one Ancestral Resonance. These are crucial to increasing your sustained and burst damage. Both Roiling Storm and Strength of Earth are great versus teams you will have a lot of uptime on, but lack when you are unable to get close to your target.
Below are the best Middle Ring traits.
This tier is primarily for increasing your overall damage output. All of the traits above increase your damage in some form and provide you will a significant damage increase. For random burst damage, Overwhelming Power and Elemental Whirl are best. For more consistent damage, Heed My Call and Gutripper are better options for this tier.
Below are the best Inner Ring traits.
All of these traits give you additional ways of surviving, through minor healing.
- 18 Oct. 2020: Updated some traits based on 9.0.1 Pre-patch for Shadowlands.
- 09 Mar. 2020: Updated Major and Minor Essences.
- 20 Jan. 2020: This page was checked for Patch 8.3 and no update was deemed necessary.
- 05 Jan. 2020: Page added.
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