Level 100 Elemental Shaman Guide [PvE]

A World of Warcraft Class Guide, Updated to Patch 7.0.3

DPS Rotation & Cooldowns for Elemental Shaman in PvE | Latest Patch 7.0.3

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The following rotation guide was developed through extensive simulations and play testing with the goal of keeping the guide as simple as possible without sacrificing performance. This guide also included AoE rotations and provides details on when to use special talents and cooldowns.

Single Target Rotation

DPS Priority: Execute this priority for optimal DPS.

  1. Elemental Flame Shock to maintain the DoT with 20 Maelstrom refreshes.
  2. Lava Burst when available. Watch for Lava Surge procs.
  3. Earth Shock when you have >= 80 Maelstrom.
  4. Elemental Lightning Bolt as a filler spell and to build Maelstrom.

The key to Elemental Shaman DPS is to make sure you have the Elemental Flame Shock DoT up and use Lava Burst whenever it is available. Make sure to watch for Lava Surge procs that reset the cooldown on Lava Burst. After that, cast Earth Shock with >= 80 Maelstrom to maximize the damage bonus from Fulmination. When you have nothing else to do, spam Elemental Lightning Bolt to build Maelstrom.

AoE Rotation

Elemental Shaman should switch to the AoE DPS rotation with 2+ targets. To execute this rotation, you should maintain Earthquake Totem at all times. Next, use Earth Shock with >= 80 Maelstrom on the highest priority target. Finally, use Elemental Chain Lightning as a filler spell to generate more Maelstrom.


Information on how to incorporate the selected talents from this guide into your rotation is currently being re-worked for 7.0.3. Check back later!

    Effective Cooldowns

    These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.

    • Bloodlust Epic group cooldown. Use as directed by your party/raid leader.
    • Fire Elemental Cast with as many self-buffs as possible to maximize DPS.
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