Enhancement Shaman PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.0.5)

Last updated on Mar 19, 2021 at 12:21 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 does not replace the weak defensives of the Enhancement Shaman but can help them withstand damage, or help their teammates.


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.


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. Enhancement Shaman are very weak while stunned and this talent will help them survive.


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.


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.


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

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, you affected players will no longer receive the Exhaustion Icon Exhaustion debuff. This talent is a staple PvP talent that increases you and your teammates burst very deadly.

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.

Swelling Waves Icon Swelling Waves is a great defensive pick if you expect to be targeted. Since this talent only affects the heals you use on yourself this talent is very situational. If you are against a class you know you will not be able to kite using Frost Shock Icon Frost Shock or Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf, like Demon Hunters or Windwalker Monks, then 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

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.

Purifying Waters Icon Purifying Waters is another great defensive talent that should be used versus healers with multiple buffs that can be Purge Icon Purged. Because you will normally need extra healing, this will allow you to heal yourself when your healer is stuck in crowd control.



  • 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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