Elemental Shaman Guide (7.1.5)

Last updated: January 9, 2017 at 22:06 pm

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Basic overview

The Elemental Shaman in 7.1.5 is one which deals in extremes. Whereas in patch 7.1.0 the prevalent builds were fairly close, simply changing one talent to alter focus to either burst or sustain / multi-target power. That changes in patch 7.1.5, as the talent builds provide not only different strengths and weaknesses, they present very different play styles.

The Ascendance build shows its strength in ST and council-style situations, allowing you to brutally punish a single target with Lava Burst and Earth Shock. In addition, Ascendance provides a significant burst cooldown. Elemental Fusion brings the council-style situations a step above, providing near constant Lava Surge. It has its downfalls; if you have an unlucky period of no procs and movement, your DPS will suffer.

The Icefury build boasts a much more robust and fast paced rotation, requiring you to use 5-6 main rotational spells with a rigid priority system and differing cooldown lengths. Its strengths lie in on-demand priority target burst and increased movement capabilities. With this build, damage is spread over many medium to short cooldown burst abilities, not allowing it to take advantage of burn phases.

The Fist of Ra-Den


Build comparison and sims

The two main raid builds have very comparable DPS in different scenarios, with the Ascendance build shining when you are able to stand still during your Ascendance burst windows. The Icefury build is slightly better in Patchwerk style scenarios and increases its lead over Ascendance in fights with movement.



Light Movement




Build choice

Due to the small difference in DPS between builds, we recommend being comfortable with every option in order to switch freely based on what an encounter requires. There is a considerable difference in playstyle from build to build, with each excelling in different situations. As of January 9, we do not recommend dedicating yourself to a single build based on legendaries.

We recommend using the Ascendance build if:

  • Prefer a simpler rotation
  • The encounter allows for multi-dotting
  • The encounter has a well-defined burst phase (Cenarius, Ilg’ynoth)


We recommend using the Icefury build if:

  • You enjoy complex, challenging rotations
  • The encounter involves a lot of movement
  • The encounter has short-lived adds that must be bursted down quickly (Ursoc, Odyn)


We recommend using the Lightning Rod build if:

  • You enjoyed Elemental in 7.1.0 and don’t want too much change
  • You mainly run Mythic+ dungeons
  • You value increased Cleave for slightly less Single Target damage