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    Shaman Builds - For Mists of Pandaria 5.4 is a site that lists different talent builds for shamans of World of Warcraft. Many of these shaman builds come from forums, wowwiki or even myself. I hope you find the following builds useful.


    Finding the right shaman build that has been tested and work can save you a lot of gold and save you a lot of time figuring out a shaman build that works for you.


    Mists of Pandaria has been released and World of Warcraft has changed a lot with this expansion.


    The talent system has been completely overhauled. There are now 6 tiers of talents, 3 talents on each tier. You can select one talent for each tier that has been unlocked. The first talent tier unlocks at level 15 and then another talent tier unlocks every 15 levels.


    The Primary glyphs have been removed from the game and many glyphs added and removed.


    Other Changes:




    Patch 5.4 has been released and the following changes directly effect shamen:


    • Chain Heal effectiveness will no longer decrease with each jump (up from a 30% reduction to healing with each jump).
    • Earth Elemental Totem summoned Greater Earth Elemental will no longer Taunt off players that are in a tanking specialization.
    • Fire Elemental Totem summoned Greater Fire Elemental now deals 10% less damage.
    • Healing Rain healing has been reduced by 30%, and the area-of-effect has been increased to 12 yards (up from 10 yards). In addition, Healing Rain now functions like a smart heal, healing the 6 most injured friendly targets within range, and minor guardians are no longer targeted (Wild Imps, Bloodworms, Snakes from Snake Trap, etc.). There has been no change to the total amount of healing granted by the ability.


    • Purification now increases the healing done by Healing Rain by 100% in addition to the ability's current effects.
    • Ancestral Vigor now has a duration of 30 seconds (up from 15 seconds).
    • Riptide mana cost has been reduced by 25%.


    • New Major Glyphs
      • Glyph of Eternal Earth: Lightning Bolt now has a chance to add a charge to the Shaman's active Earth Shield. This cannot cause Earth Shield to exceed 9 charges.
      • Glyph of Purging: Successfully Purging a target now grants a stack of Maelstrom Weapon.
    • Major Glyphs
      • Glyph of Chaining now increases the cooldown on Chain Heal by 2 seconds, down from a 4 second increase.
      • Glyph of Cleansing Waters now heals the target for 5% of the Shaman's maximum health (up from 4%).
      • Glyph of Fire Elemental Totem now reduces the cooldown and duration for Fire Elemental Totem by 50%, up from 40%.
      • Glyph of Frost Shock now reduces the cooldown of Frost Shock by 2 seconds.
      • Glyph of Grounding Totem now increases the cooldown of Grounding Totem after reflecting a harmful spell by 20 seconds (down from a 35-second cooldown increase).
      • Glyph of Healing Storm no longer increases the healing of Healing Rain.
      • Glyph of Riptide reduces the initial direct healing of Riptide by 75%, down from a 90% reduction to healing.
    • New Minor Glyphs
      • Glyph of Astral Fixation: Astral Recall now takes the Shaman to their capital's Earthshrine.
      • Glyph of the Compy: Hex now transforms enemies into a Compy.
      • Glyph of Elemental Familiars: Summons a random Fire, Water, or Nature familiar. Familiars of different types have a tendency to fight each other.
      • Glyph of Flaming Serpents: The Shaman's Searing Totem now resembles Vol'jin's Serpent Ward.
      • Glyph of Lingering Ancestors: Resurrecting someone with Ancestral Spirit causes a ghostly ancestor to follow them around for a short time.
      • Glyph of Rain of Frogs: Allows the Shaman to summon a rain storm of frogs at a targeted location.
      • Glyph of Spirit Raptors: Spirit Wolves are replaced with Spirit Raptors.
      • Glyph of Spirit Wolf: Ghost Wolf can be now be used while the Shaman is a ghost.

    See Previous Shaman Builds for 4.3 builds.


    Elemental Shaman Builds (updated for 5.4)


    Your typical Elemental Shaman Build will look like this:

    elemental build


    Raid DPS Elemental Shaman Build - This build is what your general build should be in raids. Keep in mind that you should change your talents to take advantage of the game mechanics of each encounter.


    Spell Priority Rotation:

    1. Elemental Blast or Elemental Blast - Cast this is on cooldown if you have either of these talents.
    2. Flame Shock - DoT present
    3. Lava Burst - Whenever it's up
    4. Earth Shock - 5-7 Lightning Shield charges
    5. Searing Totem - Keep this up.
    6. Lightning Bolt - Filler

    Stat Priority:

  • Spirit / Hit - until capped at 7.5%
  • Int
  • Haste
  • Mastery / Haste
  • Crit

    Enhancement Shaman Builds (updated for 5.4)


    Enhancement Shaman Build - This is the default build for Enhancement Shaman for raids.


    enhancement shaman build


    Spell Rotation Priority:

    1. Unleash Elements or Elemental Blast - Use these whenever posible if you have either of these talents.
    2. Searing Totem
    3. Lightning Bolt - Use when you have 5 stacks of Maelstrom Weapon
    4. Flame Shock - If the Unleash Flame buff is present or if 0-3 seconds is left on this spell
    5. Stormstrike
    6. Lava Lash
    7. Unleash Elements
    8. Earth Shock
    9. Lightning Bolt - Use as filler

    Stat Priorities:

  • Agility
  • Hit (till cap 7.5%%)
  • Expertise (till cap 7.5%)
  • Mastery
  • Crit
  • Haste

    Restoration Shaman Builds (updated for 5.4)


    Raid Resto Shaman Healing Build - An all purpose raid healing build.


    resto shaman build


    Main Healing Spells will be:

    For Single Target Healing Use: Healing Wave, Greater Healing Wave, Healing Surge, Riptide
    AOE Healing Spells: Chain Heal, Healing Rain


    Restoration Shaman Stat Priorities:

  • Intellect
  • Spirit
  • Haste
  • Mastery
  • Crit