Using a combination of magic and physical based attacks, the Enhancement Shaman empowers their magic through sheer brute force.
Wielding two one handed weapons and striking with all manner of attacks, they are able to break past defenses quickly and with ease.
At one point in the game Enhancement Shamans could almost tank, and contained the highest possible burst damage due to the original Windfury attacks.
While those days are gone, what Enhancement brings to the table now is a huge amount of raid utility, buffs, and the ability to empower those around them.
Changes for Patch 5.2
The Elemental and Enhancement Shaman received many buffs in 5.2, as prior to this patch they were considered among the weakest of the current classes.
Here is an overview of some Enhancement specific buffs, but there were many others.
# Ancestral Swiftness now increases spell haste by 5% and melee haste by 10%, instead of 5% each.
# Primal Earth Elemental and Primal Fire Elemental now deal 20% more damage.
# Elemental Blast now has a chance to increase the caster’s Agility for Enhancement Shaman.
# Mental Quickness now lowers the cost of shocks by 90% (still lowers the cost of other “beneficial, instant, damaging and totem spells” by 75%).
# Spirit walk now has a 1-minute cooldown (was 2 minutes).
WoW Enhancement Shaman Talents and Glyphs
Enhancement’s primary focus is just that, the empowering of those around them. May of their abilities are focused on this, and their talent tree reflects that.
Level 15: Astral Shift is very good utility for mitigating damage in boss and raid encounters.
Level 45: Call of the Elements resets cooldowns on all totems, offering great DPS or survivability.
Level 60: Ancestral Swiftness provides 10% melee haste, a significant passive payoff. .
Level 75: For a time when Shamans need to put out that extra healing, Ancestral Guidance lets them do both tasks.
Level 90: With the increase in damage to the Primal Elementals, from a Enhancement Shaman they can do very significant damage.
WoW Enhancement Shaman Glyphs
Glyph of Chain Lightning – Increased DPS if 4+ Targets
Glyph of Fire Elemental Totem – Good for fights that require multiple DPS Checks.
Glyph of Flame Shock – Small Survivability boost.
Glyph of Feral Spirit – Good for Survivability
Glyph of Unleashed Lightning – Also good for high mobility fights.
Wow Enhancement Shaman Stat Priority, Gearing and Rotation
Stat Priority – Reforging and Gearing for 5.2
As a melee, Enhancement Shamans must take into account the 7.5% Hit and Expertise caps before considering any other secondary stats.
For them, Haste is the best stat (Which is why Ancestral Swiftness is so good).
Agility > Expertise (7.5%) = Melee Hit (7.5%) > Haste > Mastery or Crit
The below link contains information on Best in Slot gearing for 5.2
WoW Enhancement Shaman Rotation and Cooldowns
Buffs to Maintain at All Times:
MH: Windfury Weapon
1. Searing Totem as much as possible, Provides Searing Flames.
2. Lightning Bolt with 5 Maelstrom Weapon Stacks.
3. Stormstrike/Stormblast on Cooldown.
4. Flame Shock to Refresh Dot.
5. Lava lash on Cooldown
6. Unleash Elements on Cooldown
7. Earth Shock on Cooldown
8. Lightning Bolt as filler.
Cooldowns to Use and Watch:
Make sure to always cast Flame Shock when all trinket procs/weapon procs/Cooldowns are up, to maintain top DoT damage.
Feral Spirit, on Cooldown
Fire Elemental Totem: Stack with self buffs for extra damage.
Shamanistic rage, on Cooldown
WoW Enhancement Shaman Gems and Enchants
WoW Enhancement Shaman Gems
Keep in Mind the 7.5% Hit and Expertise, and then Gem for Haste.
Meta – Agile Primal Diamond
Prismatic – Delicate Primordial Ruby
Red – Delicate Primordial Ruby
Yellow – Deft Vermilion Onyx
WoW Enhancement Shaman Enchants
Shoulders – Greater Tiger Claw Inscription
Chest – Enchant Chest – Glorious Stats
Bracers – Enchant Bracer – Greater Agility
Belt – Living Steel Belt Buckle
Legs – Shadowleather Leg Armor
Boots – Enchant Boots – Blurred Speed
Main Hand – Enchant Weapon – Dancing Steel
Off Hand – Enchant Weapon – Dancing Steel
Tips for Enhancement Shamans
# Haste allows for greater uptime on Windfury Weapon, a primary source of damage for Enhancement Shamans.
# Ascension allows for a massive DPS boost, try to use it to match with trinket procs and Dancing Steel cooldowns.
# Mastery is not that useful for Enhancement, shy away from it.
Enhancement Shamans offer a unique playstyle, as a melee who also uses fire, nature and frost damage to blast enemies.
While not as powerful in PvP as some other melee, they have a good ability to kite stubborn melee, using their utility and survivability skills to avoid them.
While their rotation involves a lot of button mashing, it does mean they are relatively simple to excel with.
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