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Elemental Shaman DPS Guide

Elemental Contents

  1. Elemental Shaman DPS Talents
  2. Glyphs
  3. Elem Stats
  4. Rotations
  5. Gems
  6. Enchants
  7. Consumables
  8. Professions
  9. Races
  10. Leveling Quickly
This Elemental Shaman guide is primarily intended for Raiding and other PvE use at level 100. However, the principals will still apply during the leveling process and somewhat in PvP. If you’re looking for advice on leveling your Shaman, check out our Shaman Leveling Guide.Other Shaman Guides: 

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Elemental Shaman DPS Talents

Tier 1, Level 15

  1. Nature’s Guardian is useful if you anticipate dropping to low levels of health on a frequent basis.
  2. Stone Bulwark Totem
  3. Astral Shift is a useful damage mitigation tool, pick either this or Nature’s Guardian although personally I’m partial to Astral Shift.

Tier 2, Level 30

  1. Frozen Power is the least potentially useful of the three talents in this tier, only effective on a single target.
  2. Earthgrab Totem is an AoE root/slow.
  3. Windwalk Totem gives you and your raid immunity to movement impairing effects for a short time, quite useful under the right circumstances.

Tier 3, Level 45

  1. Call of the Elements is the most useful choice of this tier.
  2. Totemic Projection is useful for movement heavy fights, not much else.
  3. Totem Restoration is unimpressive at this time.

Tier 4, Level 60

  1. Elemental Mastery is my recommended choice, offering the greatest DPS increase.
  2. Ancestral Swiftness is an instant cast spell every minute plus a passive haste buff, not bad.
  3. Echo of the Elements has a chance to duplicate spells that deal direct damage or healing.

Tier 5, Level 75

  1. Healing Tide Totem is an effective raid healing tool.
  2. Ancestral Guidance is similar in effectiveness only it depends on your damage dealt and is thus best paired with other effects/cooldowns that boost your damage output.
  3. Conductivity is only useful for situations where the raid and enemies stack up in a single position.

Tier 6, Level 90

  1. All three talents are a decent DPS increase with Elemental Blast being the optimal choice.

Tier 7, Level 100

  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three

Elemental Shaman DPS Glyphs

  1. Glyph of Flame Shock
  2. Glyph of Fire Elemental Totem
  3. Glyph of Chain Lightning
  4. Glyph of Grounding Totem
  5. Glyph of Thunder
  6. Glyph of Spiritwalker’s Grace
  7. Glyph of Unleashed Lightning
  8. Glyph of Purge
  9. Glyph of Unstable Earth

Minor Glyphs are mostly just cosmetic

  1. Glyph of Thunderstorm – Important glyph to keep your tank from being annoyed with you.


Elem Stat Priorities

  1. Primary Stats: Intellect
  2. Secondary: Spirit (15%) > Haste
  3. Weaker: Critical/Mastery

Elemental Shaman DPS In-Depth Rotation Guide

Keep Lightning Shield active.

  1. Maintain Flame Shock on your target at all times for both the guaranteed Lava Burst critical and the chance for Lava Surge to proc.
  2. Cast Lava Burst as often as possible, including after Lava Surge procs.
  3. Keep Searing Totem active.
  4. Use Earth Shock when you have more than 5 charges of Lightning Shield.
  5. Cast Lightning Bolt when none of the above are available.

When facing multiple targets maintain Flame Shock on all of them and begin using Chain Lightning instead of Lightning Bolt while otherwise maintaining your single target rotation.

  1. Begin using Magma Totem if facing 3 or more enemies.
  2. Simply spam Chain Lightning when facing larger groups of 4 or more targets as well as cast Thunderstorm and Earthquake on cooldown.


  1. Fire Elemental Totem should be used as often as possible assuming that the elemental will actually be able to effectively attack the boss for the full duration of the ability. The Glyph reduces the cooldown and uptime of the elemental by 40%.
  2. Earth Elemental Totem should also be used on cooldown.
  3. Thunderstorm is an effective AoE tool and a method of regaining mana.
  4. Spiritwalker’s Grace should be activated whenever movement is required during an encounter.

Tier 4 Talented Abilities

  1. Elemental Mastery provides a 30% haste for 20 seconds and should be used on cooldown.
  2. Ancestral Swiftness allows for an instant cast spell every minute and should be used as often as possible.

Tier 5 Talented Abilities

  1. Both Healing Tide Totem and Ancestral Guidance are healing cooldowns and should be used when your raid needs them.


Elemental Gems

Int is solidly better than the other stats, but it isn’t wildly better. In addition, gems with secondary stats have twice the value of gems with primary stats, so your Haste gems are 320 points and your Int gems are 160. For this reason you should match socket bonuses, though we recommend only doing it if it’s for a nice Int or nicer Haste bonus. Keep in mind that Spirit from gear = Hit and you will want to keep an eye on your total Spell Hit. Slot appropriately.

If you find yourself short of the cash needed to buy expensive gems then you should see this post.

Your Mail Specialization adds to any Int gem, Enchant, or Profession bonuses, making them worth 5% more Int. That bonus does not add to other stats, such as Haste.


Elemental Enchantments

Mists of Pandaria enchants: Note that these are somewhat better than earlier enchants. Go here to learn how to make more gold so you actually can afford to buy all of your gems, enchants, pets, mounts, gear, dates, guild events, donations, vanity items, etc.

  • Head enchants are gone in MoP.
  • Shoulder enchants come from Inscriptionists.


Race Choice for Elemental Shamans

As prime bolt lobber and general Elemental Engine of Destruction your race doesn’t matter all that much. If being big and furry or short and annoying is more important than every last iota of DPS then go for it.


  • Can choose to be either Horse or Alliance upon leaving their starting area.
  • Take less falling damage, though this has little PvE use.
  • If you’re leveling then your rest XP lasts twice as long
  • If you eat then you get increased benefits from food buffs.
  • Can stun melee opponents for four seconds, which might have occasional use.
  • Good with cooking.


  • Self-Heal: You have plenty of heals, but this one is free and there are times when that’s a nice thing to have.
  • Jewelcrafting skill increase: JC has some nice self-only gems. This will get you into those gems that much sooner.


  • Stone Form washes away bleeds and other effects, but this is of value mainly in PvP.
  • Good with Archeology.


  • Blood Fury increases Spell Power for 10 seconds, which is a good thing in all cases.
  • Resistance to Stuns has PvP value and is occasionally useful in PvE, but will only reduce a 6 second stun by about 1 second.


  • War Stomp is strictly melee range so has very infrequent use in PvE, but has definite use in PvP when melee types get in your face.
  • Health Increase is good in all cases, but is actually kind of puny at high level.
  • Good with Herbalism, and this skill provides a Haste buff.


  • Berkserk increases casting speed, once every three minutes, which can be rather nice.
  • Regeneration Increase isn’t big enough to care much about, especially since you can heal.
  • Da Voodoo Shuffle is always useful in PvP (though not nearly as good as an escape ability or trinket.) Occasional value in PvE. It reduces a six second root to about 5 seconds.


  • Rocket Jump is a nice little escape from, or entry into, combat. Kinda like a cheap Blink spell.
  • Increased Haste (1%) is always useful.
  • Increased Alchemy skillis nice if you have that skill. Keeping a pile of mana potions on your bar is a good idea anyway.

PvE Choice? Orc or Troll, since you can pick the timing of your abilities for greatest effect. Draenei, followed by Goblins, for their passive haste increases.


Elemental Professions

Leveling any of the crafting professions will be expensive. Check out Tycoon if you are short on gold.


Elem Consumables

Note that Pandarens get twice the food buff. All food buffs last one hour.




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