Level 100 Elemental Shaman Guide [PvE]

A World of Warcraft Class Guide, Updated to Patch 6.2.4

DPS Rotation & Cooldowns for Elemental Shaman in PvE | Latest Patch 6.2.4

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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

Buffs: Maintain these buffs at all times.

DPS Priority: Execute this priority for optimal DPS.

  1. Flame Shock to maintain the DoT. Refresh at <= 9 sec.
  2. Lava Burst on cooldown. Watch for Lava Surge procs.
  3. Earth Shock when you have 17+ charges of Lightning Shield.
  4. Searing Totem when not using Fire Elemental Totem.
  5. Lightning Bolt as a filler spell.

The key to Elemental Shaman DPS is to make sure you have the 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 17+ charges on Lightning Shield to activate Fulmination. Keep Searing Totem down at all times except when you are using Fire Elemental Totem. When you have nothing else to do, spam Lightning Bolt.

What are the best totems?: The most relevant totems to Elemental Shamans are all used as DPS cooldowns and are discussed in the cooldown section of the this guide.

AoE Rotation

Elemental Shaman should switch to the AoE DPS rotation with 2+ targets. To execute this rotation, you should cast Earthquake on cooldown, but only after a Chain Lightning has provided the Enhanced Chain Lightning buff. Next, use Earth Shock with 17+ charges of Lightning Shield on the highest priority target. Use Thunderstorm when 10 or more targets are present. Finally, maintain Searing Totem at all times and use Chain Lightning as a filler spell.


Below is advice on how to use the performance-enhancing talents that were selected in this guide.

Effective Cooldowns

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

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