Elemental Shaman Dragonflight Class Guide

General Information

Welcome to our Elemental Shaman Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. We will help you to learn and master Elemental Shaman in either Raids or Mythic Keystone Dungeons.

Last Update: 16-03-2023

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Basics of Elemental Shaman

With strong flexibility in our Talent Trees, Elemental Shamans can perform very strong in either AoE, or Single-Target situations. Controlling the elements of lightning and fire, they also controll powerful elemental minions which strike their foes.

Stat Choice for Elemental Shaman

General Stat Priority for Elemental Shaman with our Build is:

  1. Intellect
  2. Haste
  3. Mastery
  4. Versatility
  5. Critical Strike

Basic Rotation

Please read our Rotation and Cooldown section for further information. 

Table of Contents

Builds and Talents

General Talent Tree

Most Notable Talents

Top row Talents like Chain Lightning, Lava Burst, Frost Shock, Chain Heal and Astral Shift are going to be implemented into your rotation, and have the biggest impact in your playstyle.

Other Damage Talents

Maelstrom Weapon and Flurry are increasing your Melee damage, Improved Lightning Bolt increases the damage of Lightning Bolt by 20% and Fire and Ice increase your Fire and Frost damage by 3%.

Crowd Control & Utility

Capacitor Totem, Hex, Wind Shear and Thunderstorm are your Crowd Control abilities. Tremor Totem, Windrush Totem, Poison Cleansing Totem, Stoneskin Totem and Purge grant you additional Utility for your group. Healing Stream Totem, Earth Shield, Mana Spring Totem and Ancestral Guidance are boosting your potential Heal output. Gust of Winds grants you an additional movement ability, while Spiritwalker’s Grace allows you to cast while moving.

Defensive Talents

Ancestral Dfense grants you Leech and Avoidance, and Elemental Warding grants reduced magical damage taken. Brimming with Life increases your Health while Reincarnation is off cooldown, and makes Reincarnation cool down faster.

Specialization Talent Tree

Single Target Talents
  • Stormkeeper is a 1-minute cooldown which causes your next 2 Lightning Bolts to deal more damage, and be instant cast.
  • Elemental Blast replaces Earth Shock if skilled, dealing damage and increasing your Critical Strike, Haste or Mastery for 10 seconds.
  • Primal Elementalist causes your elementals to be controllable and are 80% more powerful.
  • Ascendance is your 3-minute cooldown which removes the cooldown on Lava Burst, and cast an automatic Lava Burst on all enemies affected by your Flame Shock whenever used.
  • Aftershock grants Earth Shock and Earthquake to have a 25% chance to refund all Maelstrom.
Multi Target Talents
  • Earthquake is your Maelstrom spender for Multi-Target situations.
  • Echoes of Great Sundering causes your next Earthquake to deal more damage after using Earth Shock.
  • Primordial Wave causes your next Lava Burst to hit all targets affected by your Flame Shock.
  • Liquid Magma Totem deals damage to multiple enemies and applies Flame Shock to them.
  • Surge of Power will empower your next spell after using Earth Shock or Earthquake.
  • Electrified Shocks will cause your next Frost Shocks to damage up to 3 additional enemies after using Icefury.
  • Mountains Will Fall causes your Earth Shock and Earthquake to now benefit from your Mastery.

Mythic+ Talents For Elemental Shaman



Rotation and Cooldowns

Basic Rotation for Elemental Shaman in Single Target

Basic Rotation for Elemental Shaman in Multi Target

Stat Priority

Stat Choice for Elemental Shaman

General Stat Priority for Elemental Shaman with our Build is:

  1. Intellect
  2. Haste
  3. Mastery
  4. Versatility
  5. Critical Strike

Intellect is your primary stat, meaning that Itemlevel is superior in most cases. Higher Itemlevel will also increase your Stamina and Armor that you gain.

Critical Strike increases the chance for your abilities and spells to deal double damage.

Haste reduces your global cooldown, your time to cast spells, and reduces the cooldown of many abilities.

Versatility grants you a flat damage increase, but also a damage decrease for half of its value.

Mastery causes some of your spells to have a chance to deal additional damage.

The further we are getting into the expansion, the effects of diminishing returns start to limit your effective gain of your secondary stats. After reaching 30% (by rating) of any given stat, you will start to receive a penalty that reduces the gain from more of the same stat over this treshold.

Stat priority can differ on every character. Make sure to simulate yourself on Raidbots get the perfect results for you.

Gear and Trinkets

Best In Slot Gear for Elemental Shaman

This List shows the current Best-In-Slot Gear for Dragonflight Season 1. Many Items can be potentially substituted with any Profession Gear, especially early on into the Season.

Additionally, there is the option for Profession Gear to be crafted with additional Buffs/Perks, which can benefit your character in certain situations.

Best Trinkets for Elemental Shaman

This List shows the current Top 30 Trinkets, based on simulations for damage in a Single Target Situation.

This list might not reflect the perfect choice for your specific situation.

Trinkets can differ at any boss or in different dungeons.

To see a full overview of Trinkets – Please visit Bloodmallet


Gems, Enchants and Consumables