This page has data on legendary DPS comparisons as well as legendary-specific information for how to utilise them.

Tier 21 legendary changes

There isn’t much to note for legendary changes with the Tier 21 set bonus:

Differences between Tier 20 and Tier 21

For Single Target, the relative power of legendaries is largely unchanged. In Beastlord/AoE however, the power of Al’Akir’s Acrimony has come down with the removal of the proc-based Static Overload. Sephuz’s Secret remains the best legendary when you are able to proc its effect on a regular basis.

Single target legendary combinations

The best legendary combinations for single target are as follows:

  1. Smoldering Heart and The Deceiver’s Blood Pact – the core components of the Gambling Build. The synergy between these two legendaries is incredibly strong, making it the best legendary combination for single target.
  2. Smoldering Heart and any other legendary – The gloves are incredibly powerful. For single target, they should always be equipped.
  3. The Deceiver’s Blood Pact and Echoes of the Great Sundering – the boots/shoulders combination was very popular during Emerald Nightmare but fell out of favour between then and now. However, Tier 21 bonuses provide a nice boost to both of these effects, further compounded by their synergy. A decent pairing if you do not have the legendary gloves.
  4. Eye of the Twisting Nether and Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle – a relatively strong, consistent legendary pair. While they may not provide the highest possible DPS, they give a predictable effect, which can be valuable in progression.

AoE legendary combinations

  1. Sephuz’s Secret and Al’Akir’s Acrimony – when AoEing, this combination reigns supreme. The proc from Sephuz combined with boosted Chain Lightning damage makes for a great but indirect synergy.
  2. Sephuz’s Secret and other legendaries such as legendaries with useful effects Soul of the Farseer or legendaries that can act as stat sticks, like Prydaz, Xavaric’s Magnum Opus.

Utility legendary combinations

  1. Prydaz, Xavaric’s Magnum Opus and Roots of Shaladrassil is a great combination for some scenarios where your healer(s) are unable to keep up with the sheer amount of damage you’re taking. One example of this is in Mythic+, Tyrannical and Grievous Moroes. As a relatively squishy class with no sustained damage reduction, healers can struggle to keep up. Help them by equipping legendaries that keep you alive. A dead elemental shaman does no DPS!

We removed the legendary comparison tables that existed here. You can download Tier 21 legendary combination simulations at our Github repository, but you should be simulating yourself to determine which two legendaries you should used based on your non-legendary pieces and the situation you’re in.

Legendary tier list

To highlight the best and worst legendaries, we’ve put them into different tiers based on the value they provide. The order of items within a tier is unimportant.

“S” Tier

  • Smoldering Heart – great DPS value.
  • Sephuz’s Secret – being able to proc Sephuz on or near the 30 second cooldown makes this a huge boost. Moves to B-tier if you can’t proc it.

“A” Tier

“B” Tier

“C” Tier

C-tier legendaries aren’t bad, they just perform comparatively worse than the above legendaries, or their effect is too niche to make use of regularly.

  • Kil’Jaeden’s Burning Wish – excels when add spawns line up with its cooldown. Underwhelming otherwise, and it takes up a trinket slot.
  • Roots of Shaladrassil – movement in raids makes these hard to really utilise, and blocking a tier slot for a non-throughput legendary can be problematic.

“F” Tier

  • Vigilance Perch – don’t waste your gold. If you’re a new character, wait for your first two legendaries. Any other combination is better than this item.

Individual legendary item information

Al’Akir’s Acrimony (Alakirs)

The legendary bracers provide an easy DPS increase during AoE and cleave. Bracers increase the value of Lightning Rod in cleave and AoE situations slightly, but this doesn’t necessarily change anything in your priority list.

  • Rotation changes recommended: None. Do not substitute Chain Lightning in single target situations.

The Deceiver’s Blood Pact (Deceivers)

Although the legendary boots lost their strength in 7.1.5 (effect reduced to a 20% chance to refund Maelstrom), they’ve regained some appeal thanks to their synergy with the new legendary gloves and the 25% buff to Earth Shock in 7.2.5.

Echoes of the Great Sundering (Echoes)

The legendary shoulders are versatile and provide an increase in all situations. Even though they are not quite optimal for single target, don’t neglect the proc on single target fights. Always make use of the Earthquake proc before casting another Earth Shock. Encounter awareness helps with maximising the benefit from this item — delay casting Earthquake if the boss will move or if adds will spawn within the 10 seconds the proc is available. Never delay an Elemental Blast cast to cast the proc. The synergy between Echoes of the Great Sundering and The Blood Deceiver’s Pact is not significant enough to warrant taking these two items together over a more favourable legendary combination (see tables above).

Eye of the Twisting Nether (EotN)

The legendary shaman ring provides a nice, easy DPS boost. Elemental Blast will proc all three effects, making the buff easy to keep up. The effect, stats and prismatic socket make this an appealing legendary.

  • Rotation changes recommended: None.

Pristine Proto-Scale Girdle (Girdle)

The legendary belt provides a great, passive DPS increase.

  • Rotation changes recommended: None. Do not try to maximise the DoT-stack uptime.

Kil’Jaeden’s Burning Wish (KJBW)

The legendary trinket is a very strong increase for AoE and cleave situations and also provides some mediocre secondary stat boosts. The damage is less pronounced on single target but still provides an increase over a non-legendary trinket setup. Always use the trinket on single target unless 1) a period of AoE or cleave is coming up shortly, and 2) you won’t lose a cast of the trinket over the course of the encounter.

  • Rotation changes recommended: Treat the trinket like Stormkeeper. Save it for AoE if you don’t lose a cast over the duration of the fight.

Prydaz, Xavaric’s Magnum Opus (Prydaz)

The added stats on this legendary in 7.1.5 made this a very versatile and all-around good legendary. Don’t underestimate its value during progression.

  • Rotation changes recommended: None.

Roots of Shaladrassil (Roots)

The extra stats added to the legendary pants in 7.2 brought them more in line with the throughput legendaries. Having a powerful heal that scales with your health pool is a very attractive option during progression.

  • Rotation changes recommended: None.

Sephuz’s Secret (Sephuz)

This legendary ring provides an easy DPS increase during trash or add encounters. Earthquake‘s knockdown, Lightning Surge Totem‘s stun, Earthgrab Totem‘s root, Purge and Wind Shear all trigger the haste bonus, allowing the best uptime during extended trash pack fights or consistent add spawns. The passive 2% haste and 10% movement speed make this a very decent legendary. If you can proc the haste effect, it becomes extremely useful and one of the best situational legendaries you can equip.

  • Rotation changes recommended: None. (You should already be spamming Earthquake on those packs.)

Smoldering Heart (Smoldering)

The Smoldering Heart is the best single legendary you can get, bar none. Its effect is massively powerful, giving Earth Shock a 11-12.5% chance, Earthquake a 5% chance, and Flame Shock/Frost Shock a 2% chance to grant Ascendance for 10 seconds. However, you must be aware of some playstyle changes and notes about this legendary that aren’t apparent from the tooltip.

  • Rotation changes recommended: Cast as though you have Ascendance talented during the buff.

Special note about Gloves and the Gambling Build:

A post about the Gambling build has been made here.

Soul of the Farseer (Soul)

As mentioned in the Talents page, you should take Liquid Magma Totem for AoE and Storm Elemental in any other situation.

Uncertain Reminder (UR)

The legendary helm is a strong DPS increase for both short fights and incredibly long (10+ minute) fights. This legendary allows for greater synergy with Fire Elemental and Potion of Prolonged Power, as you get a full minute of lusted Fire Elemental/Prolonged Power rather than just 40 seconds.

  • Rotation changes recommended: None.

Vigilance Perch (Vigilance)

Vigilance Perch has no effect in instanced content. It has some use in World Questing, but we recommend avoiding this legendary.

  • Rotation changes recommended: None.