DPS Rotation & Cooldowns (5.4.8)
Maintaining a proper Rotation and using the right Cooldowns is essential to maximizing your Enhancement 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.
- Searing Totem Maintain as much as possible. Provides Searing Flames.
- Lightning Bolt with 5 Maelstrom Weapon.
- Stormstrike / Stormblast on cooldown.
- Flame Shock refresh DoT when Unleash Flame is up.
- Lava Lash on cooldown.
- Unleash Elements on cooldown.
- Earth Shock on cooldown.
- Lightning Bolt as a filler spell.
The key to Enhancement Shaman DPS is to keep Searing Totem down and to quickly use Lightning Bolt with 5 Maelstrom Weapon. From here, cast Stormstrike on cooldown. Stormstrike becomes Stormblast during Ascendance, but maintains the same position in your rotation. Maintaining the DoT from Flame Shock is your next priority, but Flame Shock should only ever be applied and refreshed when Unleash Flame is available from Unleash Elements. Cast Lava Lash on cooldown. Finally, use Earth Shock and Lightning Bolt as filler spells.
What are the best totems?: The most relevant totems to Enhancement Shamans are all used as DPS cooldowns and are discussed in the cooldown section of the this guide.
Keep Magma Totem down, Flame Shock a target and immediately Lava Lash to spread Flame Shock. Then use Fire Nova every time it’s up. Whenever Maelstrom Weapon stacks to 5, cast Chain Lightning. Also, use Unleash Elements every time it’s up, so that Fire Nova can take advantage of Unleash Flame.
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.