Elemental Shaman PvE Guide

PvE Guide
Patch: 8.3.7
Author: Wowmeta
Class: Shaman
Specialization: Elemental
Last updated on: Aug 20, 2020

Welcome to our World of Warcraft Elemental Shaman DPS Guide for Battle of Azeroth Patch 8.3 and latest Raid - Ny'alotha. Here you can explore the optimal choices of Talents, Stats, Gear (BiS), Gems, Azerite Powers & Azerite Essences, Races, Consumables, Rotation. We constantly check our guides to be up-to-date and make changes if needed.

You can use this guide as a solid starting point for building your character, while eventually, you might tweak things according to your gameplay preferences.

1. Talents

Earthen Rage
Echo of the Elements
Elemental Blast
Call the Thunder
Totem Mastery
Spirit Wolf
Earth Shield
Static Charge
Master of the Elements
Storm Elemental
Liquid Magma Totem
Nature's Guardian
Ancestral Guidance
Wind Rush Totem
Surge of Power
Primal Elementalist
Unlimited Power

2. Stats

Critical Strike > Versatility > Haste

3. Gear

Note: This list contains basic versions of each item (with baseline item levels), you should try to get the highest possible iLvL of each item listed here.

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4. Azerite essence

Azerite Essence
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5. Gem


6. Azerite powers

Azerite Power
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7. Races

Tauren > Dwarf > Goblin

8. Consumables

Ring enchant
Weapon enchant
Healing Potion

9. Rotation

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? Use Potion
? Use Potion: Use potion with Fire/Storm Elemental out or in AoE
? Use Racial Active Buff: Use with Elemental or Ascendance up
? Use Trinkets: Use Trinkets with buffs when Fire/Storm Elemental is out, during AoE, or with Ascendance.
? Refresh if Flame Shock is down or about to drop off. Do not use if Surge of Power is up.
? You only need to refresh this a couple of times during the fight. Pick a convenient time to refresh when it is starting to run low.
? If you are near max Maelstrom. If you take both Stormkeeper and Surge of power: When Stormkeeper is ready, wait until Lava Burst will be available in the next 3-4 seconds.
? Right after using Earth Shock. Save for 3+ targets if possible.
? If you have Surge of Power and Stormkeeper, use a Lightning Bolt before you would use a Lava Burst with the Surge of Power proc.
? If Stormkeeper and Surge of Power are up
? If Stormkeeper is up and Surge of Power is down
? If Surge of Power is up. If you have 2+ Igneous Potential, prioritize Lava Burst instead.
? If Master of the Elements is up
? If Flame Shock won't fall off before it hits
? If less than 30% of the DoT remains (about 7 seconds)
? If you are moving and can't take another action, use Frost Shock. Don't waste a Surge of Power proc though.

Frequently Asked Questions

🧐 How is this Guide useful?

The goal of our guides is to show you the overall "optimal" options for building your character. If you do not wish to dig through walls of text then you may like our visual "cut to the chase" approach.

📚 Where do you get this data from?

We use algorithms to parse big data chunks from Top 1% Raiders using various public World of Warcraft sources such as the official Blizzard API and WarcraftLogs. We believe that statistics is a very reliable method for determining solid choices for end-game optimization.

😸 Why do you show different recommendations for each boss?

There is usually a slight divergence in optimal choices for each given boss, so we decided to cover that in our guides. However, we also provide you with the 'All Stars' option which is the summary of most popular choices for all bosses together, in case you want the 'set it and forget it' approach (even though in some cases you might end up sacrificing a bit of your performance).