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Elemental DPS Rotation in 3.2.2

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 | posted in , | 21 comments

Recent changes by Blizzard to the talent Shamanism have had a major effect on the Elemental Shaman dps rotation. The old rotation was Flame Shock, Lava Burst, Lightning Bolt x5, Lava Burst, Lightning Bolt x4. Restart by applying a new Flame Shock. Now that 3.2.2 has been out for a few weeks and I have had some time to raid with the changes in 3.2.2 there is a very different rotation since Shamanism effects our Chain Lightning spell.

Shamanism: Your Lightning Bolt and Chain Lightning spells gain an additional 3/6/9/12/15% and your Lava Burst gains an additional 4/8/12/16/20% of your bonus damage effects.

First Lightning bolt received a 5% buff and Shamanism includes Chain Lightning as well now. These changes have brought up a lot of opinions on which rotation to use and there has been some excellent testing and theory crafting done by Blinkenstein on his Elitist Jerks Blog. To summarize the findings it came down to 2 rotations. The first rotation involved using Chain Lighting on every cool down, the second using Chain Lightning after every Lava Burst. The most effiecent dps rotation came down to using Chain Lightning after every Lava Burst.

The dps rotation Elemental Shamans should be using post 3.2.2 will be LB, FS, LvB, CL, LBx4(if you have enough haste to fit in), LvB, CL, LBx3. Rinse and Repeat.

21 Responses So far
on October 8, 2009 at 7:11 PM  

With the new rotation, do you find your FS droping off just as your finishing the 2nd LB cast, meaning the 3rd LB has no FS ticks?

on October 11, 2009 at 11:25 AM  

With T9 gear you should be able to fit in this rotation.

on October 26, 2009 at 7:45 AM  

I don't get how CL is back in the picture.

When I leave it out I do more dps still.

I even tested on the Heroic Training dummy in thunderbluff a classic 3LB+1CL rotation. Did it 3 times for 400K damage and got an average of 3.6k dps.

On the same dummy I just spammed LB for 3 400K sessions and averaged 4.2K dps.

Even just seeing the numbers makes me wonder. My lightning bolts break 10K in some raids and I have yet to see CL do it. Not to menchon my average LB>CL. Only thing I see in my WWS reports that support that CL is better is that its Low end is always higher than LB's low end.

Do you have any other links besides EJ that has test and theory crafting? Because for starters, it wont let me view the link. Also, I don't like to just assume something is right because of one thread.

on October 26, 2009 at 2:10 PM  

It really doesn't come from one thread. Blinkenstein over at EJ probably does the best testing and theorycrating of anyone in the shaman community. There are quite a few knowledgeable poster on thos forums and they can give some really great insight into our class mechanics.

Provide a link to your armory so I can check to see if your spec/gear has anything to do with the dps results you are getting. If not it should come from the rotation ou are using.

on October 26, 2009 at 5:37 PM  


Don't get me wrong, I was just using classic rotation to narrow it down, I still compared FlS>LvB>CL>LB to FlS>LvB>LB and CL still loses for me. When I do use CL I use it after LvB for Ele Focus. I don't ever use it every time its up unless its for 2+ targets.

P.S Don't mind me being over the hit cap, can't drop any atm without losing out.

on October 26, 2009 at 6:22 PM  

Your armory looks decent. Try to get Bejewelled Wizard bracers crafted for you and maybe a LW crafted belt.

I would suggest trying the 2 rotations out in a raid setting keeping to 1 rotation per raid. The CL after LvB rotation should win out in the end.

on November 8, 2009 at 6:36 AM  

Hi! first time here, found this good site on google while desperatly I was looking for some tips.
I have an ele shaman since level68; and I found myself a bit confused with the haste thing.
I know is the secondary stat for "us", but sometimes my rotation seems to be a variable.
here is my armory, any guess is welcome ;)


p.s.: don't look at the resto spec, it's quite casual as I didn't have time yet to fix it.

on November 8, 2009 at 9:38 AM  


You have a really nice Elemental set. You need to replace one of you glyphs with Flameshock Glyph for the critical strikes on the dot. If you are raiding with 3200-3300 spellpower then keep Lava if not replace ToW.

If you are having rotation problems is it due to movement?

If not remember the best thing to do if you lose your rotation is stop casting and restart it to maximize your dps.


on November 8, 2009 at 2:43 PM  

Well this is my main, so I think I can get something more decent yet. The problem with rotation is that I don't know how to fill the 8 sec during lvb cd. All I can think is to apply more with chain lighting, but some of my guildmates don't think cl is a good point to start.
as my ammission, I use it quite often - in fact as a filler. It's not just movement, but also the time of casting of lb...
well tomorrow i'll try with the glyph you suggested and I'll see how it goes :)

Thanks a lot,

on November 11, 2009 at 6:03 PM  

Im trying to figure out the best rotation too and I cant seem to break 3300k raid dps. I was using the old rotation, maybe its a spec/gear thing I dont know. Any comment or suggestions would be greatly appreciated..


on November 22, 2009 at 9:10 AM  

Hey my toon is warsongrider and i tried ur rotation but if u could look at my gear and sugest stuff it be nice

on November 22, 2009 at 8:04 PM  


I looked at your armory and the first thing I would do is change you totem relic for Totem of Electrifying Wind. For 19 EoT you can get one off the vendors. That extra 200 haste will make a large difference for you. Even with Icecrown coming soon work on getting your 4 piece 232 gear you will see a nice upgrade in your dps.

on November 23, 2009 at 4:58 PM  


Im in kinda need for some help.. :(
My char Stardancer--> Skullcrusher--> Eu
I just cant seem to get proper dmg out of her.. i can see a lot of other shamans thats does way more dmg then me.. And no matter what i do, it doesent work.. Could any of you guys check me out and give me some tips and tricks if needed? ? I wanna improve So damn bad,. but NOTHING works for me..

Ty So much. :)

on December 1, 2009 at 1:27 AM  

Anonymous (Stardancer)..

have you loaded your character into the rawr calculator? (codeplex.com).

It indicates that many of your pieces of gear seem to be off a bit (gems) for max burst dps and itemization... in simulation you should be able to do 7472 dps with a FS,LvB,6LB,LvB,6LB,LvB,5LB rotation.

However, taking into account latency I would think you could do 5800 dps on a tank and spank non gimmick boss with your gear. You never metioned your dps. Do the other shamans have DPS enhancing professions and you don't? Do you turn your windows firewall off? Do you use quartz caster to cast in the red zone? Do you turn your video settings down a bit for raids?

My shaman is Arrghh (Hellscream/horde) (been lvl 80 for a week with no dps professions). My rawr simulation shows 5859 dps, and I did a 4300 dps Patchwerk (25) the other day using the EJ recommended rotation. I'm in lvl 200-226 gear with the lvl 245 relic. I use rawr to maximize all my characters. I seem to be a bit above other Elemental shaman I've run with in similar gear.

Your gear and spec looks great...I don't know what other advice there is to give you.

on December 11, 2009 at 4:09 AM  

Hey guys

I was wondering if you could help me out. I have been 80 for about a week now, and put some decent gear together but my DPS seems to be lacking.

I'm not sure what the best rotation is to be using, if you could take a look at my gear and spec that would awesome help.

Character -> Condico
Server -> Gul'Dan


on December 23, 2009 at 11:07 AM  

I just switched to this new rotation. With just totems down I went from 2500-2700dps to 3300-3600dps. This is on a heroic dummy. bit concerned about doing this in a boss fight and pull agro but we'll see. thanks! Great site! My Shammy is my first caster and I'm really enjoying it. Decent DPS, enough armor to slug it out on the edges. I'm usually res'ing Mages at the end of the boss fight.

on December 29, 2009 at 11:36 PM  

I'll start off with this:


I just returned to WoW after being off it for 4 months and it took me little over a couple of weeks to get the gear I am currently wearing.

In our raid last night our legendary wielding resto off specced (Elemental) for the raid about mid way through. And literally destroyed me on meters I was sitt around 5.2-5.5k dps (dependsing on fights whilest he in offspecc was doing 6.2k plus! After raid I discussed with him WTF was going on and how he was doing soo much DPS. our stats areabout the same save for he had like 80+ more haste than me till I ran ToC 5 man till my eyes bled to get the abyss rune.

My rotation is: FS,LvB,LBx w/e till cool down is up. popping EM at the beginning of fights and every-time its off CD, along with Black Magic Procs and totem. (Mind you I'm spamming LB's till my fingers bleed in between CD's and refreshes

I usually do around 5.3.-5.5 on heroic dummy...why can I not hit 6k+ with all the haste and SP I have I should be doing just as much if not more than he does in offspecc!

Granted one thing he says he has the engineering gloves haste that he pops with all other CD's

This is very frustarting to me as I have to Reapp to my guild after being gone so long and if someone in offspec is destroying me on meters thats just makes me look terribad and it VERY frusrtaing.

For techies I usually run about 110-130 MS in raids

HELP! what am I doing wrong can anyone give me a guess...I've talked to various server shaman and seem to can't get it...

on December 30, 2009 at 2:01 PM  


I am so glad I came across your site! I have had my shammy ever since the first day of TBC. I still have some probs. with rotation and knowing that my talents are really "correct" for max dps. I see other shamans with lesser gear much higher on the dps charts than I am in our raids =( Would you mind helping me out?

Thanks so much!

Crystalyn of Arathor (Alliance) Level 80 Elemental/Resto Shaman

PS The info above on spell rotation I will try right away as that question was already answered! TY!


on December 31, 2009 at 5:13 PM  

hi guyz, i have dps problem too. i have 4/5 of t9 set but still i do 3k dps i think this very low for this set. can u check my armory and suggest some valuable info about maximizing my dps.


on January 4, 2010 at 12:41 PM  

Hello I am first time user here,and a new lvl80 elemental shaman.My problem is i have been using the new dungeon finder to pug groups trying to gear up.But i have such pityful DPS i get kicked from groups before i get any gear.I have tried many different rotations and nothing i do will break 1400 i need help at this rate i will never get geared to do do anything good. I know i have terrible gear but there has to be something i can here is a link to my too and any help would be appreciated.


on September 27, 2010 at 2:15 PM  

My rotation is:
Flame Shock > Lava Burst > Chain L. > 3xL. Bolt > Chain L. > 1x L. Bolt.
and repet all.
I'm about 830 haste.
That way im using all Chain L. Cooldown and lava burst cooldown. with no delay on seconds.

When im using Chain L. on every Cooldown my dps is waay higher.

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