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Enhancement Shaman Quick Start Guide
This Enhancement Shaman Guide is intended for new players just trying out the spec, casually raiding or working on max-level quests like class mounts, or for someone who hasn't played the spec in awhile and wants a quick brush up on what to do. If you are looking for more in-depth information, check out the other guide sections listed on the right-hand side of this page, or the
Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Here is a versatile all around build that serves well for most content as an Enhancement Shaman. These cover both single target and AoE as much as possible without sacrificing much, but a more in-depth look at talents, as well as for specific recommendations depending on gear can be found on the
Enhancement Talent Guide
Mastery = Haste > Agility > Versatility > Critical Strike
More in-depth information about stats can be found
in the Enhancement gear guide
In 7.2, fresh characters can catch up very to roughly 880 ilvl very quickly - between World Quests, Broken Shore Token drops or Relinquished tokens from Nethershards, Heroic/Mythic Dungeons, PvP and Crafted gear. Check the
Legion Gearing Before Raids
guide to get a read on the various ways you can find gear, and try out which one is most appealing to you. Any gear can trigger Warforged or Titanforged item level gains, so gear from any source can be a huge upgrade for new players.
Legendaries on the other hand is far more difficult to give a quick run down, as many have specific uses. Since can't really decide which you get, taking a look at the
Enhancement Shaman Gear Guide
to read up on them individually will give you the best information for the ones you have access to.
Thanks to Artifact Knowledge catch-up mechanisms added in 7.2, you'll be able to complete the first stage of your artifact, reaching level 35 very quickly after hitting 110.
For Enhancement, the starting artifact path follows this route:
empower your artifact
following the Broken Shore scenario, completing a short questline and acquiring Artifact Knowledge 26, you will then upgrade your artifact in the following way:
Winds of Change
Forged in Lava
Weapons of the Elements
Gathering of the Maelstrom
Choice between utility:
Spirit of the Maelstrom
Concordance of the Legionfall
Learn about the catch-up mechanisms in our
Tips for Alts Guide
. If you already have a main at 110 and AK 30 or higher, just send the BoA Artifact book
Artifact Research Compendium: Volumes I-V
over to your alt so they'll instantly hit Artifact Knowledge level 25.
Don't forget to complete the Class Hall questline for the
third Artifact Relic
, which was changed in Patch 7.2 to have faster missions and fewer requirements, allowing it to be completed in hours instead of weeks. Acquiring the third relic will greatly increase the item level of your weapon and grant another additional relic trait.
Here is a basic rotation for Enhancement Shaman below. More information about the rotation, as well as an explanation of important abilities and advanced tips, can be found
on the Enhancement Rotation Guide
to apply the
, try to make sure
if 2 targets are in range and the buff is not active
if the buff is absent
if two targets are in range
to generate Maelstrom
This covers the majority of the basics when jumping into Enhancement as a quick start. If you're interested in learning more, take a look at some of the other sections linked in the bar at the top and expand your knowledge further!
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