Enhancement Shaman PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.1)

Last updated on Jul 04, 2021 at 14:24 by Tiqqle 5 comments

Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as an Enhancement Shaman and gives you the best combinations you can take.

This page is part of our Enhancement Shaman PvP Guide.

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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

While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.

1.1.

Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Forceful Winds Icon Forceful Winds is the best choice as this provides the most damage, even though it requires uptime to generate stacks of the damage increasing buff. This also works well with our burst cooldown based on our legendary Doom Winds Icon Doom Winds, which also increases Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon damage.

1.2.

Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents

Stormflurry Icon Stormflurry is the best choice in this tier. This fits into the overall rotation well since Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike is the key to our big damage output.

1.3.

Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents

Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield is the best choice in this tier. This provides passive healing to the Enhancement Shaman or their teammates. This increases the healing received from the Enhancement Shaman as well which is critical when using Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge on the target.

1.4.

Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents

Elemental Assault Icon Elemental Assault is the best choice in this tier. This talent helps further amplify the Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike ability, and further helps generate Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon stacks which is now critical for the Enhancement Shaman's damage rotation.

1.5.

Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents

Nature's Guardian Icon Nature's Guardian is the best choice in this tier. This is a crucial defensive cooldown to help your survivability. If there are any Priests on the other team it is important to not talent into this talent though. This is because of Mindgames Icon Mindgames which will kill the Enhancement Shaman if talented into this choice.

1.6.

Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents

Sundering Icon Sundering is the best choice in this tier. This talent deals a decent amount of damage and can also be used as an interrupt.

1.7.

Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents

Ascendance Icon Ascendance is the best choice in this tier. This is a very strong burst cooldown that will often result in you killing an enemy player. This now does significant AoE damage when cast.

2.

PvP Talents for Enhancement Shaman

You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. The top three choices are the most useful, but can be replaced with other PvP talents, depending on your team's goal.

2.1.

Mandatory PvP Talents

Swelling Waves Icon Swelling Waves is a great defensive pick since Enhancement Shamans are often the enemy team's target. This talent only impacts heals you use on yourself, but is significant with the 20% increase from Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield as well. This is a good option to be able to self-heal to help during stuns on your healers or stay self-sufficient.

2.2.

Situational PvP Talents

Seasoned Winds Icon Seasoned Winds provides 15% damage reduction against possibly multiple schools of magic when interrupting the enemy. This promotes use of Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear which is critical to the utility of the Enhancement Shaman. This is a very strong choice against any teams with casters. When interrupting some casters like a Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt the Shaman will gain 15% damage reduction for all schools of magic which is a significant defensive to maintain throughout the match.

Static Field Totem Icon Static Field Totem has only around 5K HP, but can be an important factor when going for burst with Doom Winds Icon Doom Winds. This will allow you to get off your damage without being kited. This traps the enemy team within the circle, and they cannot even escape using Blink Icon Blink or Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield.

Grounding Totem Icon Grounding Totem summons an Air Totem with 5 health at the feet of the caster that will redirect all harmful spells cast on a nearby party or raid member to itself. Will not redirect area of effect spells. It lasts 3 seconds. This is a crucial talent for both you and your teammates. You should use this to "ground" crowd control like Polymorph Icon Polymorph or Cyclone Icon Cyclone or large spells like Ebonbolt Icon Ebonbolt.

Unleash Shield Icon Unleash Shield provides additional utility for the Enhancement Shaman to benefit from pushing enemy teammates off ledges using the benefit of this talent with Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield, or using the root effect from Earth Shield Icon Earth Shield which does not have diminishing returns with normal root abilities from other classes.

Skyfury Totem Icon Skyfury Totem can be a useful option if playing with a teammate who has high magic bursts. This totem only impacts abilities which are magic, and not Physical damage critical hits. Some examples to use this talent with would be a Retribution Paladins, Balance Druids, and Destruction Warlocks. This can significantly increase their burst window damage.

Shamanism Icon Shamanism reduces the cooldown of your Heroism Icon Heroism/Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust to 60 seconds at the expense of only making it give 20% Haste and last only 10 seconds. Additionally, affected players will no longer receive the Exhaustion Icon Exhaustion debuff. This talent can be used but costs a significant amount of Mana, which is how Enhancement Shaman heals themselves or teammates to sustain burst from the other team.

Ethereal Form Icon Ethereal Form is very valuable as a defensive with the amount of Physical damage only classes. This makes you immune to all Physical damage, but unable to attack or cast spells and your movement speed is reduced by 50%. It lasts 15 seconds. Use Ethereal Form Icon Ethereal Form again to shift out. This can be used as an immunity against high burst classes such as Subtlety Rogues, Arms Warriors, and Windwalker Monks.

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Changelog

  • 04 Jul. 2021: Updated based on Patch 9.1 of Shadowlands.
  • 19 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 02 Dec. 2020: Updated in preparation for first PvP season of Shadowlands.
  • 18 Oct. 2020: Updated for the 9.0.1 Pre-patch Shadowlands and new author.
  • 12 Jul. 2020: Updated Tier 4 and 6 Regular Talents.
  • 09 Mar. 2020: Updated PvP Talents.
  • 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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