DPS Rotation & Cooldowns (5.4.8)
Maintaining a proper Rotation and using the right Cooldowns is essential to maximizing your Elemental Shaman. Use this guide to optimize your single target and AoE rotations while learning how to get the most out of your cooldowns.
Single Target Rotation
Buffs: Maintain these buffs at all times.
DPS Priority: Execute this priority for optimal DPS.
- Flame Shock Maintain DoT. Refresh at <= 3 sec.
- Lava Burst on cooldown. Watch for Lava Surge and Elemental Focus.
- Elemental Blast on cooldown.
- Earth Shock when you have 6-7 charges of Lightning Shield.
- Searing Totem when not using Fire Elemental Totem.
- Lightning Bolt as a filler spell. Procs Rolling Thunder.
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 and prioritize Lava Burst over your other abilities when Elemental Focus procs. After that, use Elemental Blast on cooldown and cast Earth Shock with 6-7 charges on Lightning Shield to activate Fulmination. Keep Searing Totem down at all times except when it is time to use Fire Elemental Totem. When you have nothing else to do, spam Lightning Bolt.
Unleash Elements: Unleash Elements is rarely worth using. It consumes a GCD and the Unleash Flame buff it provides only marginally improves the damage of Flame Shock or Lava Burst. Generally, it is better to just cast another Lightning Bolt and ignore the use of Unleash Elements.
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.
With 2 targets, stick with the single target rotation but swap Lightning Bolt for Chain Lightning and Searing Totem for Magma Totem. Also, keep the Flame Shock DoT on all targets. At 3-5 targets, keep the Flame Shock DoT on all targets, keep Magma Totem down, spam Chain Lightning, and cast Earth Shock at 7 Lightning Shield for Fulmination damage. Finally, at > 5 targets, keep Magma Totem down, use Thunderstorm and Earthquake on cooldown, and spam Chain Lightning.
These effective cooldowns are available if you chose them in your talent build.
These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.