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Enhancement Shaman DPS Spec, Builds, Talents, and Glyphs (WoW 4.3.4)

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In this article, we present you with various talent trees for Enhancement Shamans (WoW 4.3) that you can use in specific situations. We also explain in detail what the talents do, how they work together, and how you can customise your talent tree in order to adapt it to a particular boss. The other articles of our Enhancement Shaman guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the left.

1. Standard Talent Build↑top

The following build focuses on Call of Flame Icon Call of Flame and Elemental Precision Icon Elemental Precision. This gives you the best AoE capabilities and is the most suited for current content. For AoE damage purposes, you can swap Glyph of Windfury Weapon with Glyph of Flame Shock.

2. Customising Your Build↑top

The talent build that we listed above will yield the best results with the current tier of content. There is a bit of room for customisation, if you desire to engage older content.

2.1. Talents

In the following image, the fixed talents have been hightlighted in green, while the optional talents have been hightlighted in red:

Talents for Enhancement Shamans

As you can see, the variations of the Enhancement specialisation stem from 5 talent points that you should invest in the following Elemental talents:

  • Call of Flame Icon Call of Flame, which increases your AoE damage;
  • Reverberation Icon Reverberation, which lowers the cooldown of Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear to 5 seconds, making it the best interrupt in the game (all the other interrupts have 10-second cooldowns or more);
  • Elemental Precision Icon Elemental Precision, which increases your overall damage.

In current content, Reverberation Icon Reverberation is largely useless because none of the fights require an improved Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear, so you will want to invest 5 points in Call of Flame Icon Call of Flame and Elemental Precision Icon Elemental Precision.

If you need an improved Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear, then you need to invest the remaining 3 points between Call of Flame Icon Call of Flame and Elemental Precision Icon Elemental Precision, depending on whether you need to do AoE damage or not.

2.1.1. Acuity and Concussion

In order to unlock the second tier of the Elemental Combat tree, we spent 3 points in Acuity Icon Acuity and 2 in Concussion Icon Concussion. As you get better gear, your critical strike chance increases and the bonus from Acuity becomes less and less valuable, especially if your uptime on Flurry Icon Flurry and Elemental Devastation Icon Elemental Devastation (two self-buffs triggered by your critical strikes) is almost permanent. Therefore, you may reach a point (over 25% critical strike chance unbuffed or so), where you will prefer unlocking the second tier of the Elemental Combat tree by investing 2 points in Acuity Icon Acuity and 3 points in Concussion Icon Concussion.

This scenario is unlikely as Critical Strike Rating is not a valuable statistics for Enhancement Shamans.

2.1.2. Talents Explained

The following list covers each of the fixed and optional talents with a brief explanation as to why they should be taken.

  • 2/2 Elemental Weapons Icon Elemental Weapons: this is a key talent, which greatly increases the effectiveness of the two imbues you will use: Windfury Weapon Icon Windfury Weapon and Flametongue Weapon Icon Flametongue Weapon.
  • 3/3 Focused Strikes Icon Focused Strikes: Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike is one of your main abilities, therefore increasing its damage by 45% is mandatory.
  • 2/3 Improved Shields Icon Improved Shields: this talent is the best filler you have in order to unlock your 31-point talent.
  • 3/3 Elemental Devastation Icon Elemental Devastation: Elemental Devastation Icon Elemental Devastation is the buff that will regularly be applied on yourself after choosing this talent. An interesting thing is that Elemental Devastation does not have an internal cooldown and will be refreshed every time you score a critical strike with non periodic spells. It means that the uptime of this self-buff will increase as your critical strike chance increases. Also, this buff increases the uptime of Flurry Icon Flurry, the buff enabled by the next talent we choose.
  • 3/3 Flurry Icon Flurry: Flurry Icon Flurry is the buff that will regularly be applied on yourself after choosing this talent. The buff has 3 charges which are used by subsequent melee attacks. In a similar fashion as Elemental Devastation, it does not have an internal cooldown and will be refreshed, with 3 charges, every time you score a critical strike with melee attacks. Just like Elemental Devastation, again, it means that the uptime of this self-buff increases as your critical strike chance increases.
  • 2/2 Ancestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral Swiftness: this talent makes it instant for you to shapeshift into a Ghost Wolf. This is very useful to help you avoid various boss' abilities.
  • 1/1 Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike: Stormstrike Icon Stormstrike is an integral part of your DPS rotation as an Enhancement Shaman. Enabling it is mandatory.
  • 3/3 Static Shock Icon Static Shock: the DPS boost provided by this talent is mandatory.
  • 3/3 Searing Flames Icon Searing Flames: you need to take this talent because it enables you to take Improved Lava Lash Icon Improved Lava Lash later on in the tree.
  • 1/1 Shamanistic Rage Icon Shamanistic Rage: the ability given by this talent will prove very useful while raiding because of the temporary damage reduction it provides. It will also enable you to continue casting your offensive spells, should you find yourself out of mana (which is very rare as an Enhancement Shaman).
  • 2/2 Unleashed Rage Icon Unleashed Rage: this talent is mandatory because of the boost it provides to your Expertise and the Attack Power increase to yourself and surrounding raid members.
  • 3/3 Maelstrom Weapon Icon Maelstrom Weapon: this talent is not as useful for raiding as it is for leveling up. However, it will regularly give you free and instant spells which you can use to damage the enemies or heal yourself and party members.
  • 2/2 Improved Lava Lash Icon Improved Lava Lash: this is a dramatic damage increase to your most damaging ability. This talent also causes Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash to spread your Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock to nearby enemies, which is very beneficial in multiple-target situations.
  • 1/1 Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit: this talent gives you a new ability which you can use to temporarily summon two Spirit Wolves, the damage of which scales with your attack power. The wolves also heal you every time they deal damage.
  • 2/3 Acuity Icon Acuity or 3/3 Acuity Icon Acuity: this talent increases your critical strike chance, which increases your damage and the uptime of Flurry Icon Flurry and Elemental Devastation Icon Elemental Devastation.
  • 2/3 Concussion Icon Concussion or 3/3 Concussion Icon Concussion: this talent provides a damage boost to some of your abilities, but you are mainly taking it because it is the only other alternative to unlock the next tier of the Elemental Combat tree.
  • 2/2 Call of Flame Icon Call of Flame: take this talent when you want to increase your AoE damage. Regarding single target damage, your Searing Totem Icon Searing Totem will only account for about 2% of your total damage, therefore, increasing its damage by 20% is an extremely small increase to your overall damage. In AoE damage situations, this talent increases the damage of Fire Nova Icon Fire Nova, your main AoE ability.
  • 2/2 Reverberation Icon Reverberation: the main benefit of that talent is the 10 second reduction on the cooldown of Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear, which enables you to single-handedly interrupt most boss abilities.
  • 3/3 Elemental Precision Icon Elemental Precision: choosing this talent gives a solid damage boost, as about 60% of your overall damage is caused by abilities or spells which deal Fire or Nature damage.

2.2. Glyphs

Choosing the correct glyphs as an Enhancement Shaman is rather simple, except for the major glyphs, for which you need to make a choice.

2.2.1. Prime Glyphs

Take the following glyphs:

If you need to boost your AoE damage and are willing to sacrifice some single-target damage, then you can replace Glyph of Windfury Weapon with Glyph of Flame Shock.

2.2.2. Major Glyphs

Glyph of Lightning Shield is the only major glyph that we deem to be mandatory. It saves you from wasting precious time refreshing your shield.

For the other glyphs, you can choose among (listed by usefulness in current content):

Your raid leader can also ask you to take Glyph of Healing Stream Totem to provide resistance to various magic schools.

2.2.3. Minor Glyphs

We advise you to take the two following minor glyphs:

They save you from carrying reagents with you.

For the same reason, you can take Glyph of Water Breathing as your third minor glyph, but Glyph of Astral Recall is also possible, depending on what you find more convenient.




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