tbc classic pve elemental shaman guide burning crusade classic
  • Author: Kurathis
  • Date: July 17, 2021
  • Expansion: TBC Classic

Welcome to the Elemental Shaman guide for World of Warcraft the Burning Crusade. In this guide, you will learn about playing an Elemental Shaman in dungeons and raids. The guide includes Talents, Gems, Enchantments, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips.

Best Races

Alliance

Alliance only have access to one race to choose from when playing a Shaman, the Draenei. Draenei Shamans receive Inspiring Presence, which grants your party (as well as you) +1% chance to hit with spells. Draenei also benefit from Gift of the Naaru, which its heal scales with your level, effectively healing more the higher in level that you are. While this shouldn’t be used instead of a regular Healing Wave or Chain Heal, it can help out in the unlikelihood that you find yourself without mana.

Horde

Orc: Orc Shamans benefit from Blood Fury, an ability that grants you extra spell damage and healing on use. While it should be noted that it decreases healing done on you, it should be emphasized that your healing on party/raid members will not be affected.

Troll: Troll Shamans benefit from Berserking, an ability that grants you 10-30% increased spellcasting speed. The amount granted ultimately depends on your current health with lower amounts granting a higher increased casting speed.

Tauren: Tauren Shamans benefit from an increased health pool, thanks to Endurance. They also receive War Stomp, an AoE stun able to affect up to five mobs for two seconds. However, Tauren do have a larger hitbox than other races, so they have a greater risk of being interrupted while casting.

Alchemy

The biggest takeaway from Alchemy is the ability to craft Sorcerer’s Alchemist Stone beginning in Phase 5. Also, by selecting Alchemy we are able to create our own consumables, a presumably large expense when you begin raiding or running heroics.

Blacksmithing

Apart from being able to craft a few pieces that could benefit us such as Eternium Runed Blade, and being able to craft things like Arcanite Skeleton Key to help open chests, Blacksmithing doesn’t really offer us much. This is further evident since Eternium Runed Blade is Bind-on-Equip, and can be purchased from your local Auction House.

Enchanting

Enchanting provides players the unique opportunity to enchant their rings. Of the available ring enchants, we’d be interested in Enchant Ring – Spellpower, providing us with a total of 24 increased spellpower. Enchanting also allows us to enchant our own gear, along with other players’ gear.

Engineering

While Engineering does include fun items like Blue Firework and useful items such as Field Repair Bot 110G, it doesn’t offer much else in terms of utility for Elemental Shamans outside of Destruction Holo-Gogs (Cloth), Magnified Moon Specs (Leather), and Gadgetstorm Goggles (Mail), all of which are high-level options for your helmet equipment slot beginning in Phase 2.

Jewelcrafting

Jewelcrafting allows us to craft unique gems that only we can use, similar to an Enchanter’s rings enchants. Some of these gems are Blood of Amber and Don Julio’s Heart. It should be noted that these are unique and only one can be equipped on your gear at any one time. We’re also able to craft trinkets such as Figurine – Living Ruby Serpent.

Leatherworking

Leatherworking allows us to craft fairly powerful gear pieces such as the Windhawk Armor set. Leatherworking also provides you the opportunity to craft Drums of Battle, a great raid-utility item to increase your raid’s DPS.

Tailoring

Realistically speaking, Tailoring DOES give us the ability to craft our own Wrath of Spellfire Armor set, but it should be noted that you can purchase both pieces from the Auction House, while only losing out on the set bonus.

Gathering Professions

If you intend on picking Leatherworking or Alchemy, it may be beneficial for you to pick up Skinning or Herbalism, respectively.

 

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Singi
Singi
9 months ago

What about the totems? Which one should we use?

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ani
ani
Reply to  Singi
5 months ago

These 4 will cover most circumstances:

  • stoneskin
  • totem of wrath
  • healing stream/mana tot (preference)
  • wrath of air

Imo, the fun of totems (and shamans) is their flexibility and ability to “fill in the gaps” for a raid/group, so these will always be changing depending on your raid composition and fight requirements.

For raid composition examples, you could be lacking dk horn but you have a paly prot aura, you can do strength of earth instead of stoneskin, or if you or others are ooming pop mana tot, and if there’s not a enh sham and there’s already another ele or resto in the group, then you can be kind to melee and drop windfury instead. remember that mana and healing tots only affect your 5-man party, even when in a raid in 3.3.5.

Other times that one of the top 4 may be switched out are if a fight calls for tremor or cleansing totem, as those can both be very powerful tools in particular fights. rarely will you have to drop resist totems but they certainly can be called for if needed.

oh, also, don’t forget that magma or fire ele tot + fire nova can do decent aoe damage if you’re able to approach and not get slapped, especially if glyphed with totem of wrath.

hope some of that helps!

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selami
selami
1 year ago

“Gems are situational and depend on the build and equipment. They are used to reach the required stat caps.”

but what are the caps? whats the hit cap? does haste has cap? how mych crit is enough?

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Malphaz
Malphaz
Reply to  selami
1 year ago

Hi,

Added in the Stat Priority section

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ani
ani
Reply to  Malphaz
5 months ago

do you know the soft cap for haste? is there one?

Last edited 5 months ago by ani
OOOOOGAAAA
OOOOOGAAAA
1 year ago

Hey
What should I cast when Elemental Mastery is on Cooldown?

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Shanoob
Shanoob
Reply to  OOOOOGAAAA
1 year ago

Spam lightning bolt and use earth shock while the flame shock dot is active but lava burst isnt ready

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dvstt
dvstt
Reply to  Shanoob
1 year ago

by saying to use earth shock i can arleady tell you have no idea about ele shamans rotation

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That One Guy
That One Guy
Reply to  dvstt
1 month ago

New to Elemental shaman myself so Earth Shock is not used at all as Elemental shaman? Just want to make sure so I’m not losing dps by using it or anything like that lol

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Superspammin
Superspammin
Reply to  Shanoob
3 months ago

fail

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Froft
Froft
1 year ago

could put a rotation for beginner levels I have difficulty about which ability to use in sequence. can be up to level 30 to 60. And an explanation of how to play initially with the classes would be really cool and thanks for the site he is incredible and his work is great.

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Malphaz
Malphaz
Reply to  Froft
1 year ago

Hi!

For leveling, I suggest increasing mana sustainability where it’s possible, start with maxing on Convection [Tier 1]. Shamans don’t really have that much of a variety in spells so here are some quick notes

Flametongue Weapon; maintain Water Shield.
Lightning Bolt (with a Glyph) + Flame Shock is the basic combo for solo targets;
Chain Lightning + Fire Nova totem for AoE damage;

Defense-wise, use Stoneclaw totem (with a Glyph) is great for solo leveling.

One of the problems for Shamans is Mana, so Intellect (increased mana pool) is vital. I’d also go to dungeons as a healer to get better gear (with Intellect, Spell Damage, Spirit, Crit etc). Nothing worse than an undergeared caster.
Sadly, Lava Burst is only at level 75.

Overall, Elemental Shaman doesn’t need that much changes to the build that’s mentioned above (mainly because ele takes almost evey talent in the tree haha)

Good luck!

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Hellothere
Hellothere
3 months ago

BiS list,or which stats does my armor need to have.

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Yummy Yummy!
Yummy Yummy!
1 year ago

thanks for the guide … but can u add some profession and gear tips ?

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