Enhancement Shaman PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.1)
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.
Talent Choices for Enhancement Shaman
|15||✘ Lashing Flames||✔ Forceful Winds||✘ Elemental Blast|
|25||✔ Stormflurry||✘ Hot Hand||✘ Ice Strike|
|30||✘ Spirit Wolf||✔ Earth Shield||✘ Static Charge|
|35||✔ Elemental Assault||? Hailstorm||✘ Fire Nova|
|40||✔ Nature's Guardian||✘ Feral Lunge||✘ Wind Rush Totem|
|45||✘ Crashing Storm||✘ Stormkeeper||✔ Sundering|
|50||✘ Elemental Spirits||? Earthen Spike||✔ 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.
Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents
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, which also increases Windfury Weapon damage.
Tier 2 (Level 30) Talents
Tier 3 (Level 45) Talents
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 on the target.
Tier 4 (Level 60) Talents
Elemental Assault is the best choice in this tier. This talent helps further amplify the Stormstrike ability, and further helps generate Maelstrom Weapon stacks which is now critical for the Enhancement Shaman's damage rotation.
Tier 5 (Level 75) Talents
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 which will kill the Enhancement Shaman if talented into this choice.
Tier 6 (Level 90) Talents
Sundering is the best choice in this tier. This talent deals a decent amount of damage and can also be used as an interrupt.
Tier 7 (Level 100) Talents
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.
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.
Mandatory PvP Talents
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 as well. This is a good option to be able to self-heal to help during stuns on your healers or stay self-sufficient.
Situational PvP Talents
Seasoned Winds provides 15% damage reduction against possibly multiple schools of magic when interrupting the enemy. This promotes use of 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 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 has only around 5K HP, but can be an important factor when going for burst with 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 or Divine Shield.
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 or Cyclone or large spells like Ebonbolt.
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, or using the root effect from Earth Shield which does not have diminishing returns with normal root abilities from other classes.
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 reduces the cooldown of your Heroism/ 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 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 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 again to shift out. This can be used as an immunity against high burst classes such as Subtlety Rogues, Arms Warriors, and Windwalker Monks.
- 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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