wotlk pve enhancement shaman rotation cooldowns abilities
  • Author: Nevermore
  • Date: February 16, 2022
  • Expansion: WotLK Classic

In this section we will be covering information on various spells and abilities that are in an Enhancement Shaman’s arsenal for Wrath of the Lich King. We’ll then be covering a detailed rotation for both single-target encounters and Area-of-Effect (AoE) encounters.

The Enhancement Shaman is a hybrid class, offering both high utility and high damage for its party. However, it has one of the hardest rotations in the current meta. In fact, due to how complicated it is, this specialization is off-putting for the majority of the players. Even so, with the proper knowledge you can turn the tide and bring forth the true wrath of the elements unto your enemies.

In this guide, we will go through several key points of the Enhancement Shaman’s gameplay and give suggestions for how you can perfect your playstyle.

As we already said, the Enhancement Shaman is a class that works as a hybrid, meaning that it can deal high-burst type of damage, while also providing utility and healing.

We will explain each of the three different aspects in turn, for you to form a good understanding. Because, after all, you don’t want to bring shame to the elements watching over you, right?

As an Enhancement Shaman, you are characterized as a fast-moving elementally-imbued warrior, striking your enemies with the force of nature itself. This is most notably demonstrated by the constant use of Stormstrike, a blow dealt with both of your weapons, which then empowers the next four sources of nature damage you deal to the target. You will find yourself spamming Stormstrike to dish out as much damage to your target as possible, but you aren’t limited to that tactic alone. You can also make use of Lava Lash, which is a strike dealt by your off-hand and is a perfect complementary ability to Stormstrike.

One of the most important aspects of our gameplay is the efficient use of Maelstrom Weapon stacks. This involves picking the right stacks and when to use them, and whatever you choose can make a major difference to your damage output, utility, or self-healing. For example, you can use it to proc an instant Hex, a powerful Chain Lightning (which is also a part of your standard rotation), or even a healing ability, such as the Healing Wave.

However, due to the high mana consumption of Chain Lightning and the high threat it generates, we will be using Lightning Bolt instead.

If you recall this from the Stat Priority section, the reason we wanted as much haste as possible is to proc Maelstrom Weapon and Windfury Weapon faster and more often. Keep in mind that our Tier 10 Set bonus gives us increased attack power for 10 seconds after we reach 5 stacks of Maelstrom Weapon, so strive to reach that point as often as possible.

Let’s move on to the next offensive array of spells under your command. Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry, we are just getting started.

The Shaman class comes with a sizable assortment of spells, called Shocks. These instant-cast spells provide a variety of effects that can be inflicted on your targets, most of them causing instant damage or damage over time. Flame Shock is an important spell from this set: apply it to your target and keep it up at all times. Earth Shock, on the other hand, is more of a situational instant-damage ability. It is best used against melee damage-dealers because of its reduction of attack speed. Then, there is Frost Shock – it provides some damage and inflicts a movement-slowing effect.

Now that we covered the Shock spells and your bread-and-butter Stormstrike, let’s now discuss your most powerful cooldown – the Feral Spirit. You should always try to find the right moment to unleash your wolves instead of bluntly throwing them out at the beginning of the fight. They come with a dash and can also stun your target. Most importantly, they offer a considerable amount of damage – thanks to our awesome pick of Glyph of Feral Spirit, they will also have an additional 30% from your own attack power. Try to unleash them after your trinket procs.

It’s extremely important to not forget to imbue your weapons with Shaman’s own unique effects. The Enhancement Shaman benefits the most from the Windfury Weapon effect, having the potential to trigger multiple melee attacks at once – which means more Maelstrom Weapon effects! Windfury should always be paired up with the Flametongue Weapon in your off-hand.

We will now dwell on the crucial part of the Shaman Class – indeed, the trademark of the class itself: its Totems. The Totems offer similar utility to the Auras of the paladin class, the shaman being originally considered paladin’s counterpart. Of course, there will be distinctive differences between their effects.

While you can place each of them individually, you can also make three presets which will come very handy when particular situations come up: this approach will offer the Shaman extreme versatility and lots of ways to counteract the potential threats.

If you want to use effects similar to the ones that come with Auras, you can place the Fire Resistance Totem, Frost Resistance Totem, or Nature Resistance Totem.You can also cast some empowering effects with the Windfury Totem, Strength of Earth Totem, and Flametongue Totem. Finally, some absorption effects are offered by the Tremor Totem and the Grounding totem.

Most of your utility comes from the proper use of Totems, with an exception of Heroism/Bloodlust, Hex, and Wind Shear. Wind Shear is a highly spam-able interrupt effect – use it as often as possible. Bloodlust speaks for itself: use it at the beginning for a burst. Finally, Hex is just a form of Polymorph. However, unlike with a mage, it will not regenerate the HP of the target and it will be harder to break.

Purge is another utility spell that is important to mention – it removes two beneficial effects from the target, making it a very good spell to use with enemies that try to buff themselves. You can use it in a boss fight like King Ymiron, for example, when Bane is active. Also, it comes handy in fights such as Lord Jaraxxus, when there are no mages in your group.

Healing comes easy as an Enhancement Shaman since you have the Maelstrom Weapon – it can be triggered to proc a very powerful heal, which is cast instantly. Aside from that, you have massive mobility, so you can just kite the target; as you reposition yourself, you can fully recuperate by using the Lesser Healing Wave and Healing Wave. Although proccing Chain Heal might seem like a good idea, do remember that its effectiveness is reduced by 40% for every target healed.

Finally, we will talk about Shamanistic Rage. It is one of the few defensive cooldowns at your disposal, but it also brings in a new flavor with the Tier 10 2-Piece Set bonus. Once you acquire two pieces of Tier 10, Shamanistic Rage turns into an offensive cooldown as well, now offering a 12% damage increase for 15 seconds. Make sure to integrate this into your burst.

Single-Target Rotation

Now that we have explained the Enhancement Shaman’s abilities in-depth, we will move forward with the Single-Target Rotation. As we mentioned previously, the Enhancement Shaman has a rather difficult rotation to pull off, often annoying or outright demoralizing players who are trying to master it. Remember this and try not to give up.

First of all, we are using the Lightning Shield build, which means that we will have to upkeep Lightning Shield at all times. Now, due to Static Shock, we will have an on-hit chance to expend one of the orbs from the Lightning Shield.

Make sure to open up with Flame Shock on the target – keep it up at all times. Your default Shock to follow with after Flame Shock should always be Earth Shock. Then, after placing Flame Shock on the target, you should spam both Stormstrike and Lava Lash on cooldown.

While your Stormstrike and Lava Lash are still on cooldown, and you have just used your Earth Shock, you will want to make sure that your Magma Totem is placed in the proximity of the target. Considering the way we spent our talents, you will want to use Magma Totem at all times and maintain it.

Then, use Fire Nova. Remember to use Fire Nova on cooldown, just like with Stormstrike or your Shocks.

The daunting part of this rotation is the simultaneous upkeep of both your Flame Shock and Lightning Shield, at all times. But, do not fret – with proper practice, it will become second nature to you.

Now that we have explained the rotation, we will also offer a summary to help you visualize it.

Lightning Shield -> Flame Shock -> Place Totems (Call of the Elements) -> Stormstrike -> Lava Lash -> Earth Shock -> Fire Nova.

With proper practice, you will master this rotation and become a true Enhancement Shaman.

Area-of-Effect Rotation 

As for the Area-of-Effect rotation, the Enhancement Shaman can make use of three distinct spells that can help him bring true devastation to groups of piled enemies.

The first one is the Magma Totem, which we have mentioned previously. Great thing is, this ability synergizes well with the second ability of the Enhancement Shaman – the Fire Nova.

Now we can literally fry our enemies with the use of Chain Lightning.

As an Enhancement Shaman, we do not possess as many AoE abilities as the Retribution Paladin or the Fury Warrior, but our abilities will still make quick work of any grouped-up enemies.

 

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Nevermore

Hey there folks, I am Nevermore and have been deeply passionate about WoW for more than a decade. Whether we talk about the hidden mysteries of Azeroth or the otherworldly Outland, my journey brought me here to share the things that I have experienced with you all.
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Sved
Sved
1 month ago

Does weapon speed effect dps as much as it does now? Also, if it does, do we need to make sure our weapons are hitting at the same time again in wrath? (maybe I was doing it wrong but getting both weapons to hit at the exact same time to both proc windfury wasnt super easy to me.)

Arvon-benediction
Arvon-benediction
3 months ago

With such a totem/shock heavy rotation why wouldn’t we want 100% chance for storm strike to give us 20% of our mana? Is mana not an issue as enhance? I know shamanistic rage gives us mana back but it just feels like I’d oom without that imp storm strike maxed in talents..I’ve only played ele shaman currently in tbc so I wouldn’t know about enhance at all; sorry if this is a stupid question

Canisus
Canisus
Reply to  Arvon-benediction
2 months ago

I played a private server, I would say early expac if you really struggle go for all the talent points in it but if you find mana management easy just use 2/3

Canisus
Canisus
Reply to  Canisus
2 months ago

Sorry I meant 1/2

Dazepo
Dazepo
2 months ago

which totem are you supposed to use

Canisus
Canisus
Reply to  Dazepo
2 months ago

Strength of earth, windfury if you have party members who can benefit of not use the agi totem, healing or mana stream totem depending on what you wanna do and magma totem for dps

Mowky
Mowky
Reply to  Canisus
23 days ago

Incorrect. The effects of Strength of Earth and Grace of Air are combined into a single earth totem, Strength of Earth. Totems are party/raid wide so as an enhancement shaman, you will be using Strength of Earth, Windfury, Healing Stream/Mana Spring totem and Magma Totem.

Mikalia
Mikalia
1 month ago

But what would you use for weapon effect? Windfury/Rockbiter/Flametongue?
Did I miss anything?

Mowky
Mowky
Reply to  Mikalia
23 days ago

Windfury on your main hand, Flametongue on your off hand.

asdMan69
asdMan69
4 days ago

You arent mentioning chain lightning or lightning bolt in the rotation at all?

Blightbane
Blightbane
3 months ago

WoW dude not a single word about maelstrom weapon talent with what you can cheat out instant lightening bolt and chain lightening when it stacks up, cant belive man. I also dont like that you show only 1 talent build there are many good enh talent build depends how good is your gear and even what you show I wouldnt call the best. Also I would argue with hit rating 9% is enought + talent + raid buffs you should have no problem with hit. No offense bro this guide needs a bit of correction

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