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Elemental Shaman DPS Beginner's Guide - Battle for Azeroth 8.3
2020/01/19 at 10:49 PM
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Looking to start playing a Elemental Shaman in World of Warcraft and just want simple advice? Look no further! In this guide, we will cover everything you need to start easily playing a Elemental Shaman in , without all the fuss of detailed guides Whether you're new to the spec, a casual achievement hunter, or a returning player looking to refamiliarize yourself with Elemental in Battle for Azeroth, these easy guidelines, covering simple and effective talents, rotation, and gear setup, will get you into the action as easily as possible.
Please keep in mind that this page is meant to get beginner players started quickly, and does not contain much in the way of detailed explanations, mechanics, competitive options, gearing, simulation comparisons, or nuance. For more in-depth information, including all those optimizations and more, check out the complete Elemental Shaman Guide pages linked in the navigation on the left-hand side of the page.
If you need help leveling to 120 in Battle for Azeroth, check out our
Rotation, Priority, and Abilities
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About the Author
This guide is written by Gistwiki, one of the mods of the shaman discord
and one of the minds behind the Elemental Shaman website
Storm, Earth, & Lava
. Feel free to bug me through Discord in Earthshrine or
if you have any questions!
This Elemental Shaman build is well rounded and suited for all types of content, without focusing on any one thing in particular. For a deeper look at each talent and more specialized builds for specific activities, see the
Elemental Shaman Talent Guide
Heart of Azeroth Essences
, or once 8.3 launches look for
as it's getting a big buff!
The Crucible of Flame
Essence of the Focusing Iris
, and when 8.3 launches look for the new
Breath of the Dying
This is a typical Elemental Shaman DPS rotation, using the talents recommended above. More optimized rotations and notes on on cooldown use can be found in the
Elemental Shaman Rotation Guide
on cooldown, and while it's active don't cast
and keep it active on your enemy at all times.
. Avoid capping on charges
Try to avoid reaching 100
. You can use
at or above 60
will give you a free charge of
every so often. Use that free spell immediately!
As a general rule of thumb, Elemental DPS is about making sure you avoid losing DPS by delaying the wrong spells at the wrong time. When looking at active talents to take later, remember that talents that don't generate any
will generally be a high priority as it's rare for you to lose something if you cast them immediately!
Corruption itself is a mostly random effect, and you cannot look to farm most corruptions. However, it's worth knowing which of the corruptions are stronger or weaker! For a damage proc, look for
. For a secondary stat proc, look for
. For a completely passive effect, look for
. In addition to this, there are some weapons that only have certain corruption effects on them"
Mar'kowa, the Mindpiercer
always comes with
Flash of Insight
- The % of intellect you gain changes every time it procs, which happens ~2.5 times a minute. We expect that this will be strong, though we're not 100% certain how strong just yet.
always comes with
. It looks cool, and is reminiscent of some of the old stacking stat trinkets. However in practice it's tuned to be relatively weak, and if we use the weapon with this on it at all we'll likely just cleanse the corruption off of it.
For a more complete breakdown on how the various corruption effects compare, see the
Elemental Corruption Guide
Elemental Shaman prefer Intellect through Item Level, followed by Critical Strike. Find out more about how stats work, including sample stat weights and scaling plots in the
, or get an overview of gear to look for from dungeons and raids in the
Elemental Shaman Gear Guide
Only two gear slots can be enchanted by all players in Battle for Azeroth: weapons and rings. There are also glove enchants which can assist with professions, Enchanter-only bracer enchants which modify hearthstone use, and Tailor-only cloak enchants which reduce threat slightly.
Enchant Weapon - Machinist's Brilliance
Enchant Ring - Accord of Critical Strike
Leviathan's Eye of Intellect
Deadly Lava Lazuli
The powers to go for above all else are
for single target and
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Our Elemental Shaman guides are always updated with the latest information from in-game experience, simulations, and logs; make sure to check our changelog to this page, by clicking on
at the top of the page. If you are interested in more in-depth Elemental Shaman guides for Visions of N'zoth, Battle for Azeroth's third and final content patch, make sure to browse the
below, and our list of
just beneath the
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