Enhancement Shaman PvP Rotation and Playstyle (Shadowlands Pre-Patch 9.0.1)

Last updated on Oct 18, 2020 at 10:15 by Tiqqle 4 comments

PvP requires you to perform various actions in the course of a duel, match, or battleground: interrupting/silencing enemies, damaging them, bursting them down, defending yourself, keeping yourself alive, etc.. It is a game mode that fully utilizes your kit, especially spells that are rarely used in PvE. On this page, we go through all the spells you need to use in PvP as an Enhancement Shaman, how you should use them, and we explain what your playstyle should be.

This page is part of our Enhancement Shaman PvP Guide.


Playstyle for Enhancement Shaman

The Enhancement Shaman should focus on maximizing their damage as much as they can. Maximizing damage and using instant utility like Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear, and Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem will give windows where your team can do devastating damaging bursts.


Before Gates Open

Have a plan for who you will be mainly using your crowd control on. Although Enhancement Shaman do lack crowd control, they still have Hex Icon Hex and Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem if someone stands near it.

If you are playing against a team that has the ability to fear your healer, you can use Tremor Totem Icon Tremor Totem. This is a great utility spell.

Use Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield on your teammate who will be focused, which is usually the Enhancemenet Shaman.

Use Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon and Flametongue Icon Flametongue on your weapons before the gates open.


Offensive Playstyle


Sustained Damage

Sustained damage is damage you do when your burst cooldowns are not available.

  1. Use and maintain Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock on the enemy as you approach.
  2. Use Earthen Spike Icon Earthen Spike as soon as you can.
  3. Use Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike.
  4. Use Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash and Crash Lightning Icon Crash Lightning as filler abilities.
  5. Use Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast or Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt if you have 5 or more Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks available.
  6. Use Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock as the last option for filler ability.
  7. If you cannot connect to your target use, Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock, Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock, or Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt.
  8. Use utility like Healing Stream Totem Icon Healing Stream Totem, Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem, Earthbind Totem Icon Earthbind Totem or Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield.
  9. Use your burst rotation.

Burst Damage

When you have the enemy healer in crowd control and you are trying to kill an enemy, you use your burst damage.

Before you burst, make sure you have Windfury Totem Icon Windfury Totem placed.

  1. Use Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit.
  2. Use Heroism Icon Heroism/Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust on your DPS teammate.
  3. Use Ascendance Icon Ascendance or Earthen Spike Icon Earthen Spike.
  4. Use Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike.
  5. Use Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike as soon as you get a Stormbringer Icon Stormbringer proc.
  6. Use Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash.
  7. Use Sundering Icon Sundering if you are using this talent.
  8. Use Reaping Flames Icon Reaping Flames if you are using this Major essence and the enemy is above 80% health or below 20% health.
  9. Use Elemental Blast Icon Elemental Blast or Lightning Bolt Icon Lightning Bolt if you have 5 or more Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks available.

Defensive Techniques

Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift is the main and only defensive cooldown on a Enhancement Shaman. This cannot be used while stunned, and reduces damage taken by 40% for 12 seconds.

Ethereal Form Icon Ethereal Form is your main defensive cooldown if the enemy team are classes with only physical damage available: Subtlety Rogue, Marksmanship Hunter, Windwalker Monk, Arms Warrior, and Outlaw Rogue. This is a very powerful defensive. Use this when you are being focused and your healer is having trouble healing you or is stuck in crowd control. It is also good to note that this cannot be used while stunned.

Healing Stream Totem Icon Healing Stream Totem is a passive healing totem with 10% of the health of the Enhancement Shaman. It heals about 20% of the maximum health of the Enhancement Shaman over 15 seconds, on a 30 second cooldown.

Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge is a spammable heal that can be used on any of your teammates. Use this if the enemy team does not have interrupts and you or a teammate need additional healing.

Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk will mostly be used to get to an enemy trying to run away, it can be used to avoid incoming damage or crowd control.



It is advised to use Macros to use abilities on enemies or allies without having to target them. For this reason, we have a page dedicated to them.



  • 18 Oct. 2020: Updated based on the 9.0.1 Pre-Patch for Shadowlands, and new author.
  • 12 Jul. 2020: Updated Burst and Sustained damage rotations.
  • 09 Mar. 2020: Updated Burst and Sustained Damage rotations.
  • 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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