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

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In this article, we present you the various talents and glyphs that can be useful for Elemental Shamans (WoW 4.3). We also give you pointers for customising your talent tree and adapting it to particular bosses. The other articles of our Elemental Shaman guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the left.

1. Common Talent Builds↑top

The following talent build is almost standard for Elemental Shamans. It takes most of the necessary DPS talents, as well as the most useful of the utility talents. You will want to use it (or a variation of it, as we explain in the next section) in most cases.

This talent build sacrifices mobility for a small DPS boost. It replaces Ancestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral Swiftness in the Enhancement Tree with Totemic Focus Icon Totemic Focus in the Restoration Tree. Totemic Focus increases the duration of your Fire Elemental Totem Icon Fire Elemental Totem.

2. Customising Your Build↑top

Elemental Shamans have a few choices for customising their build. In each of the two common builds we gave above, there are a few talent points that can be freely invested. Some of the glyphs are also optional.

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 Restoration Shamans

Even if there are quite a few optional talents, things are much simpler than they appear. First, you should decide whether you want to go for Ancestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral Swiftness (for mobility) or for Totemic Focus Icon Totemic Focus (for a small DPS boost). If you only play Elemental, you can have two Elemental specs, one with Ancestral Swiftness and one with Totemic Focus.

2.1.1. Ancestral Swiftness Build

If you choose to go for Ancestral Swiftness Icon Ancestral Swiftness, you have 3 remaining talent points. You can freely spend them in the following talents:

  • In the Elemental Tree
    • 1/3, 2/3, or 3/3 in Elemental Warding Icon Elemental Warding: this gives you a useful damage reduction.
    • 1/1 Earthquake Icon Earthquake: this grants you the Earthquake Icon Earthquake ability, which is only useful in AoE fights where enemies are going to remain in the same position for the 10 seconds that Earthquake lasts. Even in fights where you can use Earthquake, you will obtain roughly the same results whether you use Earthquake or not.
  • In the Enhancement Tree
    • 1/2 or 2/2 in Totemic Reach Icon Totemic Reach: this increases the range of your totems and can be useful in fights where you frequently have to move to deal with adds before going back on the boss.
  • In the Restoration Tree
    • 1/2 or 2/2 in Ancestral Resolve Icon Ancestral Resolve: this reduces the damage you take while casting. Depending on the fight configuration, this talent can be more valuable than Elemental Warding Icon Elemental Warding (if the damage is mostly of Physical nature).

2.1.2. Totemic Focus Build

If you choose to go for Totemic Focus Icon Totemic Focus, you have only 1 remaining talent point. Invest it in one of these two talents:

2.2. Glyphs

Choosing the correct glyphs as an Elemental Shaman is not straightforward. There are several viable options for your choices of Prime and Major Glyphs.

2.2.1. Prime Glyphs

The two mandatory Prime Glyphs are the following:

For the last Prime Glyph, your choice will depend on how much you will have to move during an encounter:

2.2.2. Major Glyphs

The only mandatory Major Glyph is Glyph of Lightning Shield, which saves you from having to refresh your Lightning Shield Icon Lightning Shield.

For the remaining two Major Glyphs, you have the following choices (listed by order of popularity):

2.2.3. Minor Glyphs

We advise you to take the following Minor Glyphs:

The first two glyphs save you from carrying reagents with you.

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